Catching Up in Electronic Attack

The Air Force “isn’t quite ready to fight” in the emerging electronically saturated battlespace, but “we’re getting there,” said Col. Joseph Skaja, chief of Air Combat Command’s combat enabler division that supervises electronic warfare and directed energy. Speaking at a...

What Scares the Vice Chief

China’s increasing ability to deliver advanced combat aircraft is disconcerting, Gen. Phillip Breedlove, vice chief of staff, told lawmakers this week. “Clearly, we are some number of decades ahead of the Chinese in stealth and in the capability to employ...

F-35 Sensor Integration Remains Challenging

Flights of the F-35 strike fighter’s sensor suite aboard a BAC 1-11 surrogate test bed at the Northern Edge training exercise in Alaska in June proved to be a “very, very successful demonstration” of those sensors’ capabilities, said Maj. Gen....

One Pod Fits All

The Air Force will be necking down from two self-protection jammer pods for its combat aircraft to one, according to Col. Joseph Skaja, Air Combat Command’s electronic warfare requirements chief. Speaking Thursday in Washington, D.C., at the Lexington Institute’s electronic...

The First Thing We Cut

Electronic warfare isn’t as obviously constituent-serving as programs that sustain production of ships, airplanes, and vehicles, but needs robust investment and advocacy, said Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) Thursday. “In times of peace, electronic warfare is the first thing we cut,”...

Flight Tests Validates JASSM Software

A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile released from a B-52H at 25,000 feet in altitude flew its programmed flight profile and struck its designated target in a recent test at White Sand Missile Range, N.M., announced Lockheed Martin, the stealthy cruise...

Just a Rough Guess

The Air Force’s notional unit cost of the new penetrating bomber—which service officials peg at $550 million for a run of 80 to 100 of the aircraft—is, at best, a “rough estimate,” according to Shay Assad, director of defense pricing...

Diving Down to the Subs

The Pentagon’s “should cost” analysis of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 strike fighter program is extending to major subcontractors, such as Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, which build the stealth fighter’s midsection and empennage, respectively. So said Shay Assad, the Pentagon’s director...

Soaring Performance at Edwards

The 445th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, Calif., put the Air Force Academy’s new TG-16A sailplane through a rigorous set of safety and performance flights this month over the California desert. “This is the first time we’ve taken it...

New C-17 Gets Special Name

Air Force and Boeing officials dedicated the service’s newest C-17 to recipients of the US military’s highest decoration, unveiling Spirit of the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at JB Lewis McChord, Wash. “Whenever this C-17 flying the insignia of...