The presidential helicopter replacement program recently executed a successful critical design review of the VH-92A, Lockheed Martin announced Monday. The July review showed the design of the modified Sikorsky S-92A meets the system requirements, and the program to deliver the next Marine One is now ready for the assembly, test, and evaluation phase, according to a Lockheed release. The Navy awarded Sikorsky—which was acquired by Lockheed Martin in November 2015—a $1.24 billion contract in May 2014 for an expected total of 23 aircraft by 2023. Spencer Elani, Sikorsky’s director of the VH-92A helicopter program, called this month’s milestone an “important achievement” and said Sikorsky has already completed several milestones on or ahead of schedule and is “committed to staying on that track as we head into the building phase of the program,” according to the release. Two aircraft, engineering development models, are currently undergoing modification, and a first flight is planned for 2017. Initial fielding of the replacement fleet is expected in 2020. (See also The Saga of Marine One from the February 2012 issue of Air Force Magazine.)
Sept. 28, 2022
Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond delivered a keynote address on “The State of the Space Force” at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference, Sept. 20, 2022. Watch the video or read the transcript.
MacDill Air Force Base was evacuated and the gates locked as Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Sept. 28. Meanwhile, other Air Force bases in Florida remained open but on a heightened state of alert, with aircraft at several installations being evacuated out of caution.
Better incorporating the joint force improved the outcome of a wargame held this summer, but a great deal of work will be needed to bring those “trans-domain” changes to fruition, said Air Force futurist Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote. The Global Integrated Wargame, which included all the services and the…
As the Air Force moves forward with its efforts to operationalize the concept of agile combat employment, leaders need to embrace an iterative approach that builds on itself, recognizing that ACE may never be fully complete, said Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.
The Defense Department released its annual report on civilian casualties, the first since the department came under increased pressure to better mitigate the harm of U.S. operations and assess their aftermath. The report details 12 total deaths from U.S. forces in 2021.
China’s approach to developing a sixth-generation fighter is similar to that of the Air Force—a family of systems with an “exponential” improvement in stealth over current platforms—and China both knows how to pursue that technology and is moving rapidly to develop it iteratively, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mark D.…
Department of the Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall delivered a keynote address on "One Team, One Fight, One Year Later" at AFA's Air, Space & Cyber Conference. Watch the video or read the transcript.
The Air Force should take a rapid but iterative, building-block approach to developing the concept of Collaborative Combat Aircraft--uncrewed airplanes that will aid the crewed ones with sensing, jamming and carrying weapons--or it may get the concept expensively wrong, Air Combat Command's Gen. Mark D. Kelly said Sept. 21. It's…