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Introducing the USAF’s airborne networking future

An extraordinary briefing slide from Northrop Grumman’s press conference on the B-2 at AFA last week has perhaps inadvertently tipped me off to the US Air Force’s new airborne networking strategy. [Click on the picture below to see a larger image.] This slide about the B-2′s networking roadmap offers the first detailed glimpse I’ve seen […]

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New AC-27J gunship moves forward

New funding to launch a gunship variant of the L-3Communications/Alenia C-27J Spartan joint cargo aircraft (JCA) is now beingfinalized in the USmilitary’s budgeting process, L-3 confirms. The AC-27J would serve as acomplementary asset for the Air Force Special Operations Command’s existingfleet of heavier AC-130 gunships. A formal requirements document is beingdeveloped and “funding profiles are […]

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Code name alert: Is Liberty Ship a new Big Safari?

The US Army has Constant Hawk. The US Marine Corps has AngelFire. Somebody has something called Highlighter. What the heck are they? Constant Hawk, Angel Fire and Highlighter are the names of manned,light aircraft that have been invented since the Iraqi occupation began tofight against the scourge of improvised explosive devices. Public details vary greatly […]

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Sen Hillary Clinton: Airbus tanker may “undermine” US competitiveness

Also overheard at yesterday’s nomination hearing for the new chief of staff and secretary of the air force: General Norton Schwartz and Michael Donley, respectively. HILLARY CLINTON: I was struck whenthe spokesperson indicated that the air force could not and did not take intoconsideration the impact of the [KC-X contract] award on the industrial base. […]

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Schwartz: $5 billion for more F-35s

Overheard in yesterday’s nomination hearing for General Norton Schwartz, the selected next chief of staff of the US Air Force:The new six-year spending plan by the Pentagon adds $5 billion to the US Air Force recapitalization budget. Schwartz sounded grateful, although the USAF was asking for $20 billion a year for the next 20 years.First […]

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