The USAF is modernizing its Boeing F-15 fleet–that includes both the C/D air superiority fighters and the multirole F-15E Strike Eagle. The USAF is adding active electronically scanned array radar, new electronic warfare systems, and adding a new display computer to the jets amongst a host of other upgrades. The modifications are probably the first […]
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50 years ago today, the US Army received its first CH-47A Chinook tandem-rotor helicopter. It’s probably not likely that anyone that day could have foreseen that exact same helicopter would not only be flying, but also receiving upgrades so that it can continue to fly for the foreseeable future. Moreover, it’s entirely possible that the […]
The new leadership team is in place at US Air Forceheadquarters. Gen Mark Welsh has officially taken office as the Chief of Staffof the USAF as of this past Friday, 10 August. His biggest challenge will be the budget during his time in office, no doubt. Meanwhile, over in the Pacific, Gen Herbert “Hawk” […]
The Northrop Grumman X-47B made its first flight out of the US Navy‘s flight test center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, yesterday. Here is a Naval Air Systems Command video of the event. My colleagues Flight reporter Zach Rosenberg and Stephen Trimble–the original creator of this blog– are at the base today for […]
The US Air Force is asking industry for information on howto increase the Bell UH-1N’s endurance, range, speed, all-weather capability,survivability and equip it with modernized communication and navigation systemcapabilities. The USAF wants that requirement filled in fiscal years 2014 to2018. Given that laundry list, it sure sounds like the USAFbasically wants to recreate the […]
Neither Lockheed Martin nor the Joint Strike Fighter program office could be found anywhere at the Navy League’s Sea, Air, and Space Exposition–which is strange since the Department of the Navy ‘owns’ two of the three F-35 variants. They’re also supposed to buy 680 jets–420 USMC jets (340 F-35Bs + 80 F-35Cs) and 260 planes […]
Propulsion is the key the US Navy’s next-generation F/A-XXfighter to replace the service’s Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet in the2030. “That’s the long-lead item, frankly,” says Rear AdmiralWilliam Moran, director of the N98 air warfare office at USN headquarters. “Interms of technology it takes you to another place.” The USN will have to engage with […]
Happy Saturday minions… Here are some videos from Red Flag over at Nellis courtesy of the USAF. One is just of them refueling over the barren Nevada desert. The other is of airfield operations at Nellis.
Lockheed Martin’s modified optionally-manned Kaman K-MAX isdoing well in US Marine Corps user trials in Afghanistan. While the USMC isprobably onboard, what about the US Army? They could certainly use somethinglike this. But do they have the money and the interest? That is the question…Meanwhile, NATO countries are apparently lining up to buy it according […]
Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $258.8 million not-to-exceed undefinitized modification to the previously awarded low rate production contract for the F-35.