All United States Air Force articles – Page 5

  • Chengdu J-20
    News

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

    2016-04-07T18:58:11Z

    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

    2016-04-04T23:43:38Z

    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
    News

    DARPA selects industry teams for 'Gremlins' UAV project

    2016-04-04T15:43:20Z

    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
    News

    Pentagon touts "Loyal Wingman" for combat jets

    2016-03-30T19:58:00Z

    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

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

    2016-03-29T10:20:37Z

    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 ...

  • JSTARS
    News

    Raytheon and Northrop contracted for JSTARS radar battle

    2016-03-25T17:22:54Z

    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
    News

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

    2016-03-17T20:11:34Z

    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
    News

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

    2016-03-17T16:47:31Z

    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
    News

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

    2016-03-16T22:07:31Z

    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
    News

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

    2016-03-10T21:38:21Z

    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
    News

    Pentagon worried about dwindling USAF fighter numbers

    2016-03-10T13:42:28Z

    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
    News

    Support builds for USAF to replace Hueys with Black Hawks

    2016-03-09T22:17:25Z

    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
    News

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

    2016-03-09T17:56:15Z

    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
    News

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

    2016-03-09T16:53:11Z

    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
    News

    USAF studying future attack aircraft options

    2016-03-09T14:34:34Z

    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
    News

    Aviation accounts restored in DOD 'unfunded priority' lists

    2016-03-05T00:58:21Z

    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

    ANALYSIS: America's hypersonic missile revolution beckons

    2016-03-04T22:05:29Z

    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
    News

    USAF flaunts ‘arsenal plane’ concept at Air Warfare Symposium

    2016-02-26T23:04:51Z

    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
    News

    USAF Global Strike chief seeks beefed-up bomber force

    2016-02-26T19:15:49Z

    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
    News

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

    2016-02-26T15:06:38Z

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