All United States Air Force articles – Page 6

  • Reaper UAV - USAF

    Enhanced MQ-9 carries out maiden flight


    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has carried out the maiden flight of an enhanced endurance variant of its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicle at its Palmdale, California facility.

  • Euro Hawk credit Northrop Grumman

    Northrop preparing German Euro Hawk to fly again


    The Northrop Grumman-built “Euro Hawk” unmanned air vehicle will fly again after the Germany Air Force decided to resume testing of the aircraft and its Airbus Defence & Space signals intelligence payload.

  • KC-46A

    US Air Mobility Command readying for KC-46A introduction


    The head of US Air Mobility Command says he is not overly concerned about the Boeing KC-46A’s eight-month development delay and legacy KC-10 and KC-135 aerial tankers will not start retiring until the next-generation tanker is ready for combat.

  • B-1

    US fighter and bomber chiefs embrace Pentagon's 'arsenal plane' plan


    ​The US Air Force’s top fighter and bomber commands are actively pushing for the introduction of so-called arsenal planes as they seek to “fling” long-range weapons into future warzone guarded by sophisticated enemy air defence systems as a compliment to front-line stealth fighters.

  • F35-A AMRAAM

    USAF reveals slimmed-down SACM air-to-air missile concept


    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) says it has begun early research into a miniature air-to-air missile that would be carried on the next-generation of advanced fighter jets.

  • Global Hawk

    Northrop RQ-4B trials Dragon Lady’s SYERS-2 sensor


    The US Air Force's Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle has successfully flown one of the Lockheed Martin U-2’s most prized sensors in an aerial demonstration from Northrop’s Palmdale, California site.

  • RQ-4

    ANALYSIS: Defence firms get creative at Air Warfare Symposium


    The Air Force Association’s annual gathering in Orlando, Florida has convened again, and the turnout this week reflects an ambitious US Air Force that is reaching for the future while also searching for new and inventive ways to boost the destructive power of its legacy aircraft.

  • F-35

    Trial F-35A deployment smooths path for first combat squadron


    Six F-35A of 31st Test Evaluation Squadron have deployed to Mountain Home AFB in Idaho this month for an “operational deployment test” that will clear the way for 10 operational jets from the first combat-coded squadron, which will follow this summer.

  • UH-1N

    USAF ditches Black Hawk revival in search for Huey replacement


    The US Air Force needs $2.5 billion to replace its 62 outdated Bell UH-1N Twin Hueys and is now considering whether to sole-source a portion of that 72-aircraft requirement for security operations around its 450 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile silos.

  • F-22

    F-22 Raptors in South Korea as warning to 'provocative' North


    American F-22 Raptors have joined locally based F-16s and F-15K Slam Eagles in South Korea for a show of force following “provocative actions” by the North.

  • Global Hawk surrogate SYERS-2 test - actual - Nort

    SYERS-2 integrated on Global Hawk ahead of first flight test


    Northrop Grumman has completed integration of the UTC senior year electro-optical reconnaissance system (SYERS-2) on board its RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle, ahead of an imminent first flight test with the type.

  • News

    ​SINGAPORE: F-15SG, AH-64D to perform joint aerial display


    This year’s aerial display at the Singapore Airshow will include a unusual joint performance between a Republic of Singapore Air Force Boeing F-15SG fighter and AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.

  • B-2A

    USAF calls for nuclear debate as fiscal realities set in


    ​The US Air Force has called for a national debate on how best to modernise America’s nuclear arsenal, with one official saying funding levels become “unmanageable” in budget year 2022 and beyond as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) replacement project ramps up.

  • News

    USAF explains budget reduction for LRS-B


    ​The US Air Force’s funding profile for development of the Northrop Grumman long-range strike bomber (LRS-B) has come down by $2.8 billion in the service’s latest budget proposal, which was submitted on 9 February.

  • Charts

    Pentagon curtails aircraft procurement in 2017 budget plan


    The Pentagon has reduced aviation procurement by 7.2% to $45.3 billion in its fiscal year 2017 budget submission compared to the $48.8 billion requested last year.

  • Boeing B-52

    New report recommends White House kill B61-12 and LRSO


    The Centre for American Progress has proposed sweeping cuts to the US nuclear arsenal including the elimination of the B61 consolidation and new standoff cruise missile as a way of realising $120 billion in savings over 30 years.

  • Northrop NGAD

    USAF considers defensive lasers for future fighters


    ​The dawn of the combat laser era might begin in 2021 when the US air force hopes to begin demonstrations of a podded electric laser system for fifth and sixth-generation fighter jets that can destroy incoming missiles, not just dazzle them.

  • F-35

    F-35A cost and readiness data improves in 2015 as fleet grows


    The cost of operating the Lockheed Martin F-35A has come down 37.6% compared to last year and is now $17,000 cheaper to fly per hour than its fifth-generation cousin, the Lockheed F-22 Raptor.

  • Bombers

    DOD reveals ‘arsenal plane’ and microdrones in budget speech


    The Pentagon is building an repurposed “arsenal plane” that would carry large volumes of bombs and missiles into battle alongside modern combat aircraft like the Lockheed Martin F-35.


    Raytheon and Northrop to receive JSTARS radar contracts


    The US air force is poised to award sole-source contracts to Raytheon and Northrop Grumman for the development of their competing active electronically scanned array radars as part of its Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS recapitalisation effort.