Savannah, Ga. The Air Force plans to award a contract for engineering, manufacturing, and development of its next-generation JSTARS in 2017, but some contractors are pressing the service to move faster. One group, led by Gulfstream and Northrop Grumman, said they are to going to move forward with a proposal now. The team, one of three vying for a contract to recapitalize the JSTARS fleet, has been testing a prototype for years, and flew a team of reporters to the Gulfstream production facility on Wednesday in Savannah, Ga., to display the maturity of the program. Northrop has a prototype Gulfstream 550 aircraft, outfitted with a radar canoe and several sensors and radars, that has been in testing and company officials say their version—with a range of almost 7,000 nautical miles and cruising altitude of 51,000 feet—?is ready for the Air Force. The prototype can fit 10 operators, down from the current E-8C requirement of 18, and though Gulfstream has never produced an aircraft with in-flight refueling capability, officials say they can engineer that into an aircraft. “We can go a lot faster” than the Air Force’s schedule, Northrop’s vice president and integrated product team lead Alan Metzger said at the Gulfstream facility. The team is going against Boeing’s planned modified 737 and a joint effort by Bombardier and Lockheed Martin centered on a Bombardier Global 6000 bizjet. A Defense Acquisition Board meeting on the contract is expected soon. (See also The JSTARS Recap from the February issue of Air Force Magazine.)
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of Air Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.