KC-X UPDATE—Game On

Boeing on Friday morning turned in its KC-X tanker proposal, formerly offering to build 179 of its 767-based NewGen Tankers to replace the Air Force’s oldest KC-135s, according to a company release. The Chicago-based company joins EADS North America in...

Now the Fun Starts

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he is confident that the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Air Force will be successful this time around in acquiring the KC-X, the new tanker aircraft to replace the nation’s Eisenhower-era KC-135s....

First Out of the Gate

EADS North America on Thursday announced that it would turn in its KC-X tanker proposal to the Air Force later that same day, one day ahead of the Pentagon's July 9 submission deadline. EADS is offering the KC-45, a platform based on the Airbus A330 airframe. The company is pitted against Boeing—and possibly a third tanker team of US Aerospace-Antonov—for the rights to supply the Air Force with up to 179 new tankers to replace the oldest KC-135s in the inventory. Boeing is proposing its 767-based NewGen Tanker. Boeing spokesman Bill Barksdale told the Daily Report Thursday that the company would submit its bid Friday morning. Pentagon spokeswoman Cheryl Irwin said the announcement of the winning tanker is still anticipated in the "early fall." We've also heard Air Force officials speak of the November timeframe. (See also AFP report)

Payton-less Place

Gary Payton, who has overseen the Air Force’s space portfolio since 2005 is retiring, effective July 31, service officials announced Thursday. No word yet on who will succeed him as deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for space programs. A...

Mattis Tapped to Head US Central Command

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he is recommending that President Obama nominate Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the next commander of US Central Command. Mattis—oftentimes outspoken and a critic of the Air Force-championed concept of effects-based operations—has...

Rolls Royce Makes F136 Pitch

Dennis Jarvi, president of Rolls Royce’s US operations, said Wednesday the F136 engine that the company is developing, together with partner General Electric, would save US taxpayers billions of dollars and provide the F-35 strike fighter with a more robust...

AMC Promotes Airmen’s All-around Fitness

Air Mobility Command has launched an initiative called “comprehensive airman fitness” to bolster the resiliency of airmen, Air Force civilians, and their family members. “Comprehensive airman fitness is not a program, but an approach to better equip you to handle...

Eyes on Orbit Successfully Track Missile

Northrop Grumman announced Thursday that the two space tracking and surveillance system demonstration satellites that it built together with Raytheon successfully detected and tracked a missile over the Pacific Ocean during a Missile Defense Agency flight test last month. “The...

Presidential Lessons

Boeing is applying two lessons as it pursues the VXX Presidential helicopter contract, Marco Di Gabriele, director of the company’s international helicopter business development, told reporters Wednesday in Arlington, Va. The company is offering the Boeing 101 helicopter, an AgustaWestland...

Taking a Load off Their Backs

The fledgling Afghan National Army Air Force, with the help of its US Air Force advisors, took another step in growing its capabilities with the completion of its first C-27 airdrop mission on June 30. The airdrop occurred over the...

Airmen Making Waves

First Lieutenant Elise Jones and SSgt. Joseph Jacovina, Air Forces Central liaison officers, work daily at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia to help move oversized USAF equipment, such as mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, either further downrange or back to the...

Air Sorties from SWA 070210

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, July 2-3, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 47 115 162 12,277 CAS/Armed Recon 40 159 199 17,410 Airlift 345 345 31,600 Air refueling 99 99 8,213 Rescue 60 60 3,626 Total...