All United States Air Force articles – Page 9

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    AFSOC developing tactics for '2020' AC-130 gunship laser weapon


    The head of US Air Force Special Operations Command has issued a “JFK challenge” to the defence industry to install a high-power electric laser on an AC-130 gunship by the end of the decade.

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    AFSOC seeks expendable, small UAV as AC-130 gunship sensor


    US Air Force Special Operations Command wants an expendable, tube-launched small unmanned aerial vehicle for its AC-130 “battleplane” for peering beneath cloud cover to direct gunfire and precision-guided munitions.

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    USAF seeks ‘interim’ CHAMP, longer-range air-to-air missiles


    The US Air Force plans to introduce Boeing and Raytheon’s “CHAMP” high-power-microwave emitting cruise missile into the combat force on board the 1990s conventional air-launched cruise missile as an “interim capability” while the technology transitions to Lockheed Martin’s JASSM-ER.


    Northrop, Raytheon JSTARS radars to detect slow, human targets


    Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are at two different places in the race to replace the US Air Force’s radar-carrying Northrop E-8C “JSTARS,” but the two companies say their competing radar solutions will be ready in time to meet the initial fielding date in 2022 or 2023.

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    P&W, GE submit proposals for next-gen fighter engine development


    ​Pratt & Whitney and General Electric’s proposals for the next phase of US Air Force’s sixth-generation fighter engine development effort are due tomorrow, with two sides anticipating sole-source contract awards in June or July of 2016.

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    Deptula: USAF needs 174 new bombers to replace ‘geriatric’ force


    ​The US Air Force needs at least 120 combat-coded next-generation bombers and another 54 for test, training and attrition reserve, which is far more than the 80 to 100 the service intends to buy, according to retired Lt Gen David Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute.

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    CAE reveals plans for extending Predator training


    CAE’s defence lead has revealed plans to replicate the unmanned air vehicle training that it offers to the US Air Force to more operators of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems family of Predator UAVs.

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    USAF needs more than 80 to 100 new bombers


    A former commander of the USAF’s bomber force says 80 to 100 new Long-Range Strike Bombers are not enough to meet American national security objectives, and the service should consider buying more to rejuvenate its “withering” combat fleet of Boeing B-1s and B-52s.

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    New details emerge about LRS-B as contract announcement nears


    ​With a contract announcement imminent, new details about the US Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber have emerged that paint the classified project as being less exotic and probably more affordable than previously imagined.

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    USAF’s first combat-coded F-35s arrive at Hill AFB


    The US Air Force’s first two combat-coded Lockheed Martin F-35As have touched down at Hill AFB in Utah, marking a new era in aviation for the base’s active-duty 388th and reserve 419th fighter wings, which are to receive 70 more jets through 2019.

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    Senators put DOD on notice over LRS-B, KC-46A fumbles


    US Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain and Jack Reed have fired two warning shots at the US Air Force over its handling of the Long-Range Strike Bomber and Boeing KC-46A programmes, with the former unwittingly reporting false long-term cost projections and the later experiencing development delays and cost ...

  • F-22

    USAF moving F-22s to Europe as warning against Russia


    The US Air Force has announced the inaugural deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-22 to Europe to counter a “resurgent Russia”.

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    USAF plans to end MQ-1 Predator operations in 2018


    The remotely-piloted aircraft that ushered in the armed drone revolution, the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-1, will be put out to pasture by 2018, after more than two decades of service, the US Air Force says.

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    PICTURES: US F-16s launch against ISIS from Turkey


    The US Air Force is striking militant groups in Iraq and Syria with renewed vigour just days after six Lockheed Martin F-16s arrived at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to support Operation Inherent Resolve.

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    A-10 replacement? USAF strategy calls for 'future CAS platform'


    A new strategy document released by US Air Combat Command points to the development of a future close-air-support platform as the service pushes to retire the long-serving Fairchild Republic A-10 – its primary close-in attack airplane used to protect ground troops.

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    USAF's first two combat-coded F-35s take flight


    The US Air Force’s first two combat-coded Lockheed Martin F-35s have come off the assembly line at Fort Worth in Texas, with the second aircraft completing its first flight last week.

  • MQ-9

    Holloman AFB to train 40% more Predator, Reaper pilots in 2016


    Holloman AFB in New Mexico has become ground zero for the US Air Force’s shakeup of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper operations, and will soon be training more pilots per year than any other schoolhouse in the service, manned or unmanned, bypassing even Boeing C-17 pilot output.

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    US Air Force F-16 crashes in Germany


    A US Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C based out of Spangdahlem AFB in Germany has crashed during a training exercise in Bavaria.

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    First USAF F-16s arrive in Turkey after basing agreement


    ​The US Air Force has moved six Lockheed Martin F-16s and 300 personnel to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey following the country’s recent decision to host US warplanes as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.


    ​Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop make JSTARS cut


    The US Air Force has picked Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to carry its infant Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization programme forward, sidelining an unnamed fourth bidder.