All Military Operators articles – Page 12

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: How LightningStrike is challenging convention


    A year after taking on one of the US Defense Advanced Projects Agency’s (DARPA) more challenging assignments, Aurora Flight Sciences has frozen the design of the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) X-plane, which is now designated as the XV-24A LightningStrike.

  • News

    ​Fury ramps up flight tests ahead of LRIP


    Lockheed Martin is ramping up long-range endurance tests on its Fury UAV ahead of its low-rate production later this year, clocking in more than 200 flight hours since May 2016.

  • News

    ​F-35 will not attend Paris Air Show


    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not make another trip across the pond this summer for the Paris air show, the joint programme office confirmed this week.

  • News

    Defiant's first flight falls behind


    Sikorsky-Boeing’s SB-1 Defiant has fallen months behind its scheduled first flight in the US Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration (JMR-TD), even as Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor marches toward its first flight in September.

  • News

    ​Sikorsky and RCAF no closer to finding fault on Cyclones


    The Royal Canadian Air Force and Sikorsky appear no closer to finding the root cause of a failure with a flight control computer that has left its fleet of CH-148 Cyclone maritime patrol helicopters grounded since 10 March.

  • News

    Boeing pulls out of Belgian fighter competition


    Boeing will not compete its F/A-18 Super Hornet to replace Belgium’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16s, the company informed the nation's government this week.

  • News

    USAF leaves behind two F-35As during Lakenheath deployment


    The US Air Force deployed six F-35As to RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk last week, with its remaining two jets deploying today after pilots delayed their transatlantic trip.

  • News

    T-45s flying again after brief grounding


    ​The US Navy’s commander of Naval Air Forces allowed the service’s T-45 Goshawk trainer jets to return to flight 17 April, after US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) temporarily grounded the fleet in light of persistent oxygen issues on the aircraft.

  • News

    USAF F-35A deploys to Europe


    ​A small squadron of the US Air Force’s F-35As will fly to Europe this weekend for training with NATO allies, marking the F-35A’s first international deployment.

  • News

    ​Air Force authorises extended life for F-16


    The F-16 Falcon will live to fight another day, or at least another 4,000 hours, according to the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin.

  • News

    ​Amid budget uncertainty, USAF weighs F-15 retirement


    The US Air Force’s chief of staff is not counting out retiring the F-15C/D fleet, but can’t make any solid plans for the aircraft until the service has funding in place.

  • News

    ​Air Force explores next-generation ejection seat


    The US Air Force is conducting market research for a next-generation ejection seat for fighters and bombers, according to a 5 April notice posted on Federal Business Opportunities.

  • News

    Initial speed requirements pushed UH-1Y out of Huey competition


    Stringent speed requirements originally set out by the US Air Force for its UH-1N Huey replacement would have pushed Bell Helicopter’s UH-1Y Venom out of the competition.

  • News

    ​US Navy temporarily grounds T-45 fleet


    The US Navy has ordered a three-day grounding of its T-45 Goshawk trainer jets while NAVAIR looks for ways to correct persistent oxygen issues on the aircraft.

  • News

    ​Marine One to hit first flight this summer


    Sikorsky is set to complete first flight this summer of its VH-92, the Marine One configuration of its commercial, medium lift S-92 helicopter, according to NAVAIR’s presidential helicopter replacement programme manager.

  • News

    ​Pentagon greenlights CH-53K production


    The Pentagon approved the US Navy’s Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion to enter its production and deployment phase this week, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

  • News

    ​MH-60 updates could feed into Future Vertical Lift


    A set of mid-life updates to the US Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter will likely appear in the Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft, along with the service’s next MH-XX maritime helicopter, according to the US Navy’s H-60 helicopter programme manager.

  • News

    ​DOD demurs on production go-ahead for CH-53K


    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin are keeping mum on the CH-53K King Stallion’s production go-ahead, which was scheduled for a DOD review last week.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: Navy weighs future of tactical air


    ​US Navy air fleet plans looked set - until tweet from president Donald Trump called into question its assumptions about F-35s and F/A-18s

  • News

    USAF completes last tests for F-35 ejection seat


    ​The US Air Force completed electromagnetic environmental effects (EEE) testing on the Lockheed Martin F-35’s escape system 23 March, marking the last round of testing on the Martin-Baker US16E (MKk16) ejection seat.