All Military Operators articles – Page 20

  • KC-46A

    Patent application reveals KC-46 refueling pod fix


    ​A recent patent application reveals one issue Boeing overcame on its KC-46A tanker’s wing aerial refueling pod system.

  • ABC Laser

    Northrop captures beam control award for laser fighter jet demo


    The US Air Force awarded a $39 million contract to Northrop Grumman to develop the laser beam control portion of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s podded electric laser concept for fifth- and sixth-generation fighter jets.

  • An A-10 Warthog prepares to take off from Al Asad

    Government report: USAF lacks info to back A-10 retirement


    Champions of the Fairchild Republic A-10 may be able to eke out a few more years for the Warthog following the release of a government report criticizing the US Air Force’s plan to retire the aircraft.

  • F-35A - Lockheed Martin

    Pentagon's top weapons tester doubts F-35A capabilities


    ​A recent memo from the Pentagon’s top weapons tester throws cold water on the Air Force’s initial operational capability announcement earlier this month, which declared the F-35A equipped with Block 3i software could provide basic capabilities.

  • F-35 surge

    Block 3F software aids F-35 weapons test


    With the aide of its new Block 3F software, the Lockheed Martin F-35 recently completed twelve weapons delivery accuracy and thirteen weapon separation tests during a month-long weapon test on the US West Coast.

  • Boeing TX

    Boeing offers sneak peak of new T-X trainer


    ​After photos leaked of Northrop Grumman and BAE System’s new T-X trainer offering, Boeing and Saab revealed their own T-X sneak peak this week.

  • FA-50 - KAI

    ​Air Force and Lockheed to initiate airworthiness tests for FA-50


    Following an airworthiness assessment of Textron AirLand’s dual light attack fighter and trainer, Scorpion, the US Air Force is moving toward a second cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Lockheed Martin.

  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems "Predator C"

    US Navy steps away from stealth for MQ-25


    ​A stealth and tanking mission will not go hand in hand for the Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray, according to the commander of Naval Air Forces.

  • KC-46 refuels A-10 640

    Boeing moves ahead with initial KC-46A production


    ​The Air Force awarded Boeing a $2.8 billion contract to begin low-rate initial production Lots 1 and 2 for the KC-46A tanker programme.

  • Draken Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Credit Chris Stellwag

    Commercial A-4 Skyhawk crashes near Nellis


    A contractor operated Douglas A-4K Skyhawk crashed near Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada around 7:40 a.m. local time, according to Air Force Air Combat Command.

  • A29

    USAF Air Combat Command chief skeptical over new aircraft for permissive environments


    ​US Air Force Air Combat Command chief Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle doubts the need for a new, low-end close air support aircraft when he foresees fewer more contested environments in the future.

  • F-35 AIM-9X 640

    F-35A takes down target drone


    ​The F-35A marked its first air-to-air kill test after launching an AIM-9X missile from its external wing and hitting a subscale aerial target drone, the US Air Force announced 1 August.

  • Raven UAV - Royal Netherlands Army

    Ukraine receives Raven UAVs


    ​The Armed Forces of Ukraine received a batch of AeroVironment RQ-11B Ravens for reconnaissance missions, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced yesterday.

  • T-38

    Air Force dangles price incentives for advanced T-X trainer


    ​The US Air Force has proposed millions of dollars in incentives for contractors who bring forth a T-X trainer aircraft that exceeds the service’s outlined performance requirements, according to the latest draft request for proposals released late Tuesday.

  • News

    Funding for new close air support platform remains uncertain


    ​While rumblings of two potential close-air support platforms for the US Air Force shook Washington last week, discussions surrounding a possible light-attack aircraft and A-10 replacement have yet to reach the service’s secretary.

  • An A-10 Warthog prepares to take off from Al Asad

    USAF seeks two new close-air support aircraft


    ​The US Air Force is considering two new procurements to boost their close air support mission, including an off-the-shelf option for permissive environments and a cheap, clean sheet design aircraft that would replace the Fairchild Dornier A-10 Warthog.

  • Northrop LRSB 200

    ​USAF not settled on number of B-21s


    The US Air Force will not determine how many B-21 bombers are needed for the fleet until the first aircraft is fielded in the 2020s, according to the service’s deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration.

  • Strike Eagle

    F-15E demonstrates new display system


    ​Boeing demonstrated an improved display system on a US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles earlier this month, uniting the host of upgrades the service will implement on its F-15Es and F-15Cs.

  • F-35A

    Lockheed confirms Turkey’s F-35s in early stages of production


    ​As the US government navigates its tenuous relationship with Turkey following a botched military coup last week, Lockheed Martin is forging ahead with its planned production of its first two F-35s for Turkey.

  • An F-35A Lightning II taxis on the flightline on E

    F-35 impact from unrest in Turkey unclear: Lockheed


    A failed military coup last week will not affect Lockheed Martin’s business relationship with Turkey, though it could be too early to make that call, according to top Lockheed executives.