BAE Systems announced on Jan. 20 it has reached an agreement to buy two subsidiaries being divested for antitrust reasons by Raytheon and UTC as part of the merger between the latter two companies. The agreement includes Collins Aerospace’s military Global Positioning System business, a UTC subsidiary, as well as Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios (ATR) business.
The US Space Force recently revealed the nameplates that airmen who are assigned to the Space Force will wear over their utility camouflage uniforms. Space Force members will wear a full color flag on the left arm, whereas members of the US Air Force wear a spice brown flag on the right arm.
The B-52 Stratofortress will no longer carry the B61-7 and B83-1 nuclear gravity bombs as it prepares to carry the new long-range standoff weapon, known as LRSO. Following reports that the bomb variants had been removed from the Cold War-era aircraft's inventory, officials at Air Force Global Strike Command confirmed the move is in line with the bomber's transition into an era of modern warfare.
The Air Force wants to lower supersonic flight floors to provide pilots with more realistic training opportunities. Conservationists worry those changes could have negative impacts for wildlife, especially bighorn sheep and sage grouse, that live in the huge area covered by Mountain Home Air Force Base airspace.
Gen. Robin Rand, the first four-star commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, will receive the Order of the Sword—the highest honor the enlisted force can bestow on an officer. Rand retired in September 2018 after nearly four decades in uniform.
According to the source, the aircraft revealed itself at an altitude of 31,000 feet over the nuclear facility when the pilot turned on a non-encrypted transponder.
The Advanced Tactical Acquisition Corps (ATAC) in partnership with AFWERX, is assisting the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability Office in its search for the next-generation gaming technology that will help improve joint warfighter integration and combat capabilities. AFWIC is looking for modern video gaming technology developed by companies with experience and success creating the world’s most popular video games.