All United States Air Force articles – Page 5

  • Chengdu J-20

    USAF backs off sixth-gen 'fighter' in quest for air supremacy


    The US Air Force will begin an extensive campaign of prototyping and experimentation relating to new air superiority technologies, including new aircraft types, after completing a wide-ranging examination of future air battle concepts and weaponry.

  • News

    Alaska base selected to house F-35 squadrons


    The US Air Force will station two operational F-35A squadrons on America’s northwestern flank in Alaska, nearby where F-22s typically intercept long-range Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers.

  • Gremlins

    DARPA selects industry teams for 'Gremlins' UAV project


    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked four teams for its Gremlins project, which aims to launch volleys of small, low-cost unmanned air vehicles from bombers, cargo aircraft or possibly even fighter jets, and recover them via a Lockheed Martin C-130 transport.

  • QF-16 over water - USAF

    Pentagon touts "Loyal Wingman" for combat jets


    US Air Force plans to insert a “brain” into current-generation fighter jets to create autonomous flying wingmen paired with the Lockheed Martin F-35 were given a bump today, with the Pentagon’s second-in-charge saying he expects to see “unmanned wingman in the air” before convoys of driverless Humvees.

  • Kelly Johnson U-2 - Lockheed Martin

    OPINION: High-altitude stakes soar for U-2 successor


    S​ince the Space Shuttle’s final mission in 2011, Americans have had to explain to their children that the only way to space now is via a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, blasting off from Kazakhstan. This storyline is only being corrected with the development of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragon ...


    Raytheon and Northrop contracted for JSTARS radar battle


    The US Air Force has locked in Raytheon and Northrop Grumman as its two competing radar vendors for the new-generation Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) programme. Each has been awarded “no-to-exceed” contracts with ceiling values of $60 million and $70 million, respectively, according to a contract announcement ...

  • MQ-9

    USAF still does not know why its Block 1 MQ-9s fail


    The US Air Force says it has avoided 17 more MQ-9 Reapers crashes since last April thanks to a backup electrical system that has been installed as a safeguard against a still-undetermined problem with the starter-generator on the Block 1 version's Honeywell turboprop engine.

  • UH-60L

    USAF to begin converting L-model Back Hawks into HH-60Gs


    The US Air Force expects to begin converting 21 second-hand US Army L-model Black Hawks to the HH-60G Pave Hawk standard for combat rescue missions “later this year”.

  • Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk. USAF

    USAF eyes 41 UH-60Ms for $1.4 billion to recap patrol Hueys


    The US Air Force says it needs 41 new helicopters to help guard and escort nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, more than 400 of which are on alert at three air force bases in America’s far north.

  • F-35

    F-35 chief expects P&W's bomber work to reduce F135 cost


    The head of the multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme expects Pratt & Whitney to significantly reduce the cost of the F135 now that it has been named as the propulsion system supplier for the Northrop Grumman B-21 bomber.

  • F-15E

    Pentagon worried about dwindling USAF fighter numbers


    US deputy secretary of defence Robert Work has expressed concern about the size of the US Air Force’s tactical fighter force, which has dropped from 88 squadrons before the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 to just 54 squadrons today.

  • UH-1N

    Support builds for USAF to replace Hueys with Black Hawks


    The US Air Force will decide in “next couple of weeks” whether to procure Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to replace the Vietnam-era Bell UH-1N Hueys that protect America’s nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles.

  • B-21

    Penalty for breaking Northrop's B-21 contract is '$300 million'


    The US Air Force says it would cost the US government upward of $300 million to breaks its cost-plus contract with Northrop Grumman to develop the B-21 strategic bomber.

  • F-22

    USAF wants on-time F-X, not more F-22s


    The US Air Force has no interest in restarting production of the Lockheed Martin F-22, partly because it too expensive and because it wants to move quickly on a next-generation fighter.

  • A-10

    USAF studying future attack aircraft options


    The US Air Force has begun studying future close air support aircraft to succeed the Fairchild Republic A-10 as the Pentagon evaluates the weaponry it needs for “prolonged operations” of one year or more.

  • F-35A - Edwards AFB 17 Sq T&E est - Crown Copyrigh

    Aviation accounts restored in DOD 'unfunded priority' lists


    If Congress directed an extra $690.5 million to the US Air Force, it would restore the five Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft that it cut from its fiscal year 2017 budget request. The US Marine Corps, meanwhile, would spend a $750 million windfall on two more F-35Bs and two ...

  • X-51A. USAF image

    ANALYSIS: America's hypersonic missile revolution beckons


    Long before hitching a ride to the moon aboard Apollo 11, then US Air Force test pilot Neil Armstrong was zipping around in a rocket-powered North American X-15, which to this day remains the fastest manned, winged aircraft ever built. That flight record of Mach 6.72 or 7,274km/h was set ...

  • Arsenal Plane

    USAF flaunts ‘arsenal plane’ concept at Air Warfare Symposium


    The US Air Force has offered the first artist’s impression of the Pentagon’s “arsenal plane” concept in a video presented by service secretary Deborah Lee James at an Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

  • Bomber

    USAF Global Strike chief seeks beefed-up bomber force


    The head of US Air Force Global Strike Command has called for a beefed-up bomber force of “175 to 200” bombers and will make a formal recommendation to the service chief of staff and major command leaders next month.

  • B-21

    USAF reveals Northrop's B-21 long-range strike bomber


    ​The US Air Force has revealed its bomber for the 21st century, the Northrop Grumman B-21 long-range strike bomber.