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  • Turkey's Role in F-35 Parts to Continue Until 2022
    Turkey's Role in F-35 Parts to Continue Until 2022 3 October 2020
    The United States will continue to buy F-35 Lightning II parts from Turkey despite removing Turkey from the F-35 program. The United States will continue to buy parts for the F-35 Joint Assault Aircraft from Turkey by 2022, although Ankara has purchased the Russian S-400 air defence system, the Pentagon's top procurement official said. Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of purchasing at the secretary of Defence, said the Pentagon should continue to buy Turkish-made parts i...
  • Nex Gen Flight from USAF 17 September 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a digitally-engineered Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) advanced aircraft flight demonstrator for the first time, the service unveiled on 15 September at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The programme is classified and USAF leadership refused to provide details, including who developed the aircraft, any contract values, and when it might be fielded. But Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for Acquisition...
  • Robot Dog Era in USAF
    Robot Dog Era in USAF 9 September 2020
    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) used robot dogs as part of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) during its exercise in the Mojave Desert. Four-legged robots, vision 60 UGV "autonomous unmanned ground vehicles" were used to offer the soldiers a map of the battlefield. The exercise, which scripted the potential battle of the future, used artificial intelligence and rapid data analysis to detect and counter threats to security forces, possible attacks by missiles ...
  • US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028
    US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028 27 August 2020
    A Pentagon contract awarded to a US company indicates US plans to remain on US bases established in Turkey until 2028. Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $974,000,000 contract for U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) base operating support. This contract provides day-to-day base operations and maintenance services throughout locations within USAFE-AFAFRICA. Work will be performed at Mor&oacut...
  • Microrobot Era Begins in USAF
    Microrobot Era Begins in USAF 14 August 2020
    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced that USAF has begun using microrobots in base security. The football-sized platform records audio and video to transfer information simultaneously. Available for use on various terrains, Throwbot can continue the operation when it falls from areas up to 10 meters high. The USAF aims to identify people who remain in the corners in a possible clash at the bases with Throwbot's camera. The microrobot will also be used in commercial vehicle inspections, con...
  • Turkey's F-35s Officially Transferred to USAF
    Turkey's F-35s Officially Transferred to USAF 22 July 2020
    Eight F-35A Lightning II were included in the US Air Force (USAF) inventory as a result of Turkey's removal from the F-35 program, according to a post on the US Department of Defence’s website. The United States, which will change its platforms in line with the needs of the USAF, aims to operational the aircraft by 2026. At the beginning of June, the US Senate Armed Services Commission raised the issue of adapting the F-35 to the USAF configuration. On ...
  • USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory
    USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory 14 July 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence has reached an agreement with Boeing for the F-15EX program worth about $23 billion. Boeing announced that the first two jets have begun work under the deal. Delivery of F-15EX, which is expected to replace the F-15C/Ds operational in the United States Air Force (USAF) inventory, will begin next year. This year's fiscal budget includes delivery of eight platforms. A total of 76 F-15EX are scheduled to be in inventory during the five-year ...
  • F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning
    F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning 25 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, can not get rid of problems although equipped with the state-of-the-art components, can't fly with lightning. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) detected damage on lightning protection system in one of the platform's most common models, the F-35A Lightning II. The problem was detected during routine Depot Leve Maintenance performed at the Hill Air Force Base Ogden Logistics Complex. It was announced that the problem was damage in one of the gas cylin...
  • U.S. Senate Announces Decision for Turkey's F-35s
    U.S. Senate Announces Decision for Turkey's F-35s 11 June 2020
    Today's statement by the US Senate Armed Services Committee included a decision for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which was sold to Turkey. Ankara and the White House's failure to agree on the S-400 air defence system supplied by Turkey from Russia resulted in the suspension of membership in the F-35 program, which Turkey is partnering with. The Committee has authorized the USAF to adapt six F-35s previously sold to Turkey to the United States Air Force (USAF) confi...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC
    Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC 14 May 2020
    Propeller driven ground attack aircraft offer cost effective solution in air-superiority environments. Platforms propelled by piston or turborpop engines can be equipped with weapons in different types and diameters. The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) procured an additional A-29 Super Tucano for CAA (Combat Aviation Advisor) missions. Single aircraft to be acquired under the agreement, which signed with Sierra Nevada Corporation,...
  • Unusual Training at Far East
    Unusual Training at Far East 5 May 2020
    In the Far East, where the waters are getting warmer every day, training activities continue at full speed as well as armament. The USA continues its training activities despite COVID-19. Within the framework of these activities, fixed-wing air elements affiliated to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) conducted anti-surface warfare trainings. F/A-18 Hornets of the Marines conducted exercises on simulated attack scenarios with AGM-84D Harpoon missiles. The trai...
  • Nuclear Task for Raytheon
    Nuclear Task for Raytheon 24 April 2020
    The US, which announced that suspension of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces / Mid-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, is determined to return its tactical nuclear capability to its old days. With the AGM-86 ALCM (Air Launched Cruise Missile / Airborne Cruise Missile) systems retired in November 2019, the US took action to fill the capability gap in the cruise missile area that could carry nuclear warheads. In this context, the US Air Force (US Air Force / USAF) has signed a...
  • S-400 Solution for F-35
    S-400 Solution for F-35 20 April 2020
    Turkey procured S-400 Triumf (NATO code: SA-21 Growler) air defence system from Russia and then, the future of F-35 Lightning II has become a conundrum future for the Turkish Air Force. Turkish Armed Forces acquired an S-400 system in line of the requirement for the high altitude air defence system. Then, the Washington administration stopped the F-35 deliveries and suspended the presence of Turkey in the program with these missile systems pose a threat to critical te...
  • Climate Tests Succesful
    Climate Tests Succesful 16 April 2020
    An important milestone has been left behind in the new combat search and rescue helicopter program. Test activities continue in the HH-60W Jolly Green II program, which was launched within the scope of the new search and rescue helicopter requirement of the the US Air Force (USAF). The platform completed the extreme weather tests on April 2. Jolly Green II has passed tests at the McKinley Climate Laboratory the in the Eglin Air Force Base, located in Florida. In the l...
  • Bulgarian Jet Problem Solved
    Bulgarian Jet Problem Solved 3 April 2020
    The final decision was made in the Bulgarian jet tender, which turned into a complete puzzle and many candidates shown. Bulgaria made its choice in the endless jet procurement process. Sofia signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for the procurement of F-16V Block 70, costs 512 million USD. Within the scope of Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Sofia will receive a total of eight aircraft. All platforms that will enter Bulgarian inventory at the time when the engine selection...
  • New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order
    New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order 2 April 2020
    The USA continues its steps to improve its tactical strike capability. The United States signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for USD 946 million to procure cruise missiles. With contract; company will produce a total of 790 JASSM-ERs, which 360 ​​within the scope of Lot 17, 40 for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and 390 within Lot 18. The air-to-surface long-range cruise missile AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Exten...
  • New Planes for Light Attack
    New Planes for Light Attack 18 March 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has purchased two AT-6 Wolverine platforms for use in ongoing light attack tests. The aircraft will be built in Wichita, Kansas. USAF has purchased for $70.2 million two Textron Aviation Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine aircraft for its continued light attack experiment. The light attack experiment has evolved and diminished in scope over several years. Originally, the USAF intended to find a cheap-to-fly ground-attack aircraft. It intended to buy dozens of light at...
  • Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak"
    Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak" 17 March 2020
    With the end of the Cold War, the West is relaxed and reduced the force multipliers until the 2010s, and the military forces of NATO and its allies, especially the USA, have weakened more than ever. In a news article published in the USA, Retired General John Loh from the US Air Force (USAF) made some analysis on the country's air force. Loh stated that the USAF experienced the weakest period in its history, which is considered one of the indispensable elements of...
  • Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing
    Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing 24 February 2020
    The operational test phase has started in the new utility helicopter helicopter program. The operational testing phase of MH-139A Gray Wolf helicopters, will replace the UH-1 Iroquois, which has become one of the symbolic platforms of the Cold War thanks to its iconic sound and mission achievements, has begun. Trials to be carried out within the 413th Flight Test Squadron affiliated to the US Air Force (USAF) Material Command will also be the platform's first comp...
  • US Completed U-2 Modernisation
    US Completed U-2 Modernisation 21 February 2020
    Although manned aircraft leave their places to unmanned aerial vehicles in reconnaissance missions, manned reconnaissance missions are still crucial. That's why Dragon Lady, one of the most iconic platforms of the Cold War, continues to change to keep up with the age. The US Air Force (USAF) announced the completion of the SYERS (Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System) -2C modernisation activities for U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft, which carried out by in cooperation ...
  • USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider
    USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider 2 February 2020
    US Air Force shared new renderings of the B-21 Raider aircraft. Northrop Grumman’s stealth bomber B-21 will be the successor to the B-1B Lancer and also to the B-2 Spirit, the first bomber invisible to radars. Northrop Grumman won the competition in 2015 and will make a new flying wing that is expected to enter service in the middle of this decade. The jet is expected to fly in 2021, but the USAF does not reveal how many units will be ordered. In the image published ...
  • $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air
    $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air 3 January 2020
    Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a five-year contract worth $7 billion for maintenance of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. This additional five-year contract will extend the service’s contract work with Lockheed Martin through 31 December 2032. Work will be performed at a variety of operational bases, wherever the F-22 is deployed, according to the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin produced 195 examples of the F-22, with the last stealth fighter rolling off its production li...
  • USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day
    USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day 16 December 2019
    The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Centre for Rapid Innovation has developed an unmanned platform that flew a two 1/2-day continuous flight demonstration from Dec. 9 to Dec 11 at Dugway Proving Ground. The Ultra Long Endurance Aircraft Platform, or Ultra LEAP, consists of a high-performance, cost-effective, sport-class commercial airframe converted to a fully automated system with autonomous take-off and landing capabilities, the service says in a press release. <...
  • USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35
    USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35 14 November 2019
    Sometime next month, the U.S. Air Force plans to get the F-22’s Inter/Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) to talk with the F-35’s Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL). Both jets will share data with each other via the GatewayOne node that sits on top of pole. And if all goes well, the GatewayOne will be mounted on the XQ-58A four months later for further testing. The event is hosted by North American Aerospace Defence Command and U.S. Northern Command.
  • HH-60W to be Tested
    HH-60W to be Tested 12 November 2019
    New HH-60W helicopters of US landed at Eglin Nov. 6 to begin developmental testing. The second HH-60W general-purpose helicopter reached the test area the next day. The platform is based on the UH-60M helicopter in design. The aircraft is modified to perform missions locating and rescuing downed pilots in hostile territory, and United States Air Force (USAF)purchased 113 HH-60W helicopters equipped for search and rescue missions. HH-60W is significantly more capable and re...
  • Production Approval for HH-60W
    Production Approval for HH-60W 26 September 2019
    Lockheed Martin announced that the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, the M-level UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, has received Milestone C initial production approval. The Combat Rescue Helicopter will perform combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. The joint Sikorsky and USAF flight test team have executed over 70 hours of envelope expansion flights. A much-improved version of the 1970s UH-60 Black Hawk design, ...
  • Three New Fighters to Norway
    Three New Fighters to Norway 15 September 2019
    The Royal Norwegian Air Force on Thursday took delivery of three additional F-35A fighters ( AM20, AM21 and AM22), ferried to Norway’s Orland air base by USAF pilots. They increase Norway’s F-35 fleet to 22 aircraft, 15 of them in-country and seven in the US. The Armed Forces now have a total of 15 aircraft in Norway and seven aircraft in the United States.  Norway has sufficient numbers of aircraft to declare the F-35 system has attained Initial Operation Capabilit...
  • Old Black Hawk with New Face 10 August 2019
    The U.S. Air Force has received the first Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, which in turn is a rebuilt low-hour U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk.    The first 210th RQS Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk was delivered to Alaska Air National Guard.   The HH-60 is the Department of Defence's sole combat-search-and-rescue helicopter. The OLR program will restore the Pave Hawk fleet to its authorized size.
  • Raiders About to Fly 27 July 2019
    The new B-21 Raider stealth bomber is making good progress, USAF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said. Speaking on deterrence and the need to modernize the nuclear command, control, and communications network, Wilson said he was at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in the last few weeks, “looking at the B-21,” and said the company is “moving out on that pretty fast’’. US Air Force is analysing the long-range strike capability of the platform, but they s...
  • T-X Starts EMD Flight Trial 3 July 2019
      Boeing has begun Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) flight trials of the T-X trainer aircraft it has developed with partner Saab for the US Air Force.  The first EMD sortie, which was announced by the company on 1 July, involved Boeing T-X aircraft N381TX flying out of the company's St Louis facility in Missouri. With two EMD aircraft so far built, 71 test flights were flown between December 2016 and December 2018. Since then, Boeing and Saab h...
  • F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea
    F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea 2 July 2019
      The "Tri-Lightning" 2019 international aerial exercise was held over the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of the F-35I Adir fighter jet. The IAF's 140th ("Golden Eagle") Squadron participated in the USAF-led exercise alongside aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. This was the first time that the IAF's "Adir" Division participated in an exercise alongside international aircraft of the same model. In th...
  • B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth
    B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth 1 April 2019
    The US Air Force selected Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota as the preferred location to base the first operational Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber and the stealth aircraft’s formal training unit. B-21s will be located on Whiteman AFB in Missouri and Dyess AFB in Texas once they become available. The USAF says it selected bases using criteria meant to minimise mission impact while transitioning from older bombers, maximise facility reuse, minimise cost and reduce ov...
  • US Extends Nuclear Range
    US Extends Nuclear Range 16 March 2019
    The US Air Force (USAF) Nuclear Weapons Centre has awarded Boeing a USD250 million contract to integrate the Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile weapon system to replace AGM-86 ALCM (Air-Launched Cruise Missile). The LRSO is expected to be fielded in the B-52H large-payload multirole strategic bomber aircraft in the 2030 timeframe. Boeing will undertake aircraft and missile carriage equipment development and modification, and full integration and testing of the LRSO for the U...
  • USAF Wants to Continue Light Attack Experimenting
    USAF Wants to Continue Light Attack Experimenting 14 March 2019
      Despite questions about its future, the Air Force’s light attack experiment is scheduled to continue as the service plans to procure about six turboprop aircraft in fiscal year 2020 while opening up the experiment to more platforms over the next few years. The US Air Force is requesting $35 million from the US Congress to continue its light attack experiment in 2019 with the purchase of several aircraft from Sierra Nevada-Embraer and Textron. The ser...
  • Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus
    Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus 25 January 2019
      The KC-46 Pegasus replenishment tanker, which struggled with difficulties in the manufacturing and testing process, reached a happy ending. Boeing delivered the first KC-46 to the US Air Force (USAF). The KC-46 Pegasus, developed from the Boeing 767 commercial airliner, was officially handed over to the USAF at a ceremony held at Boeing's Everett Plant. Due to problems, the delivery will be delayed. Platform will be transferred to McConnell Air Force, stationed ...
  • US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft
    US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft 12 January 2019
    The US Air Force (USAF) accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling on 10 January which is more than two years late, and despite major technical deficiencies.  USAF said it will withhold payment of $28 million per aircraft until the faults are fixed. The service is scheduled to take physical delivery of the first KC-46A at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB), Kansas, as early as late January, according to USAFUSAF spokesperson Captain Hope Cronin sai...
  • Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order
    Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order 7 January 2019
      Northrop Grumman signed a procurement agreement with the US, amount of USD 3.6 billion. Under the agreement, the company will supply a Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) to the US Air Force (USAF). The products to be delivered within the scope of the LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure) procurement program will be integrated into large aircraft operating within the USAF. How many systems will be procured is not disclosed. DIRCM, first i...
  • Review Time for B-21
    Review Time for B-21 17 December 2018
    United States Air Force (USAF) has left a significant phase in the future bomber project. In the last days of November, B-21 weapon system design parameters were reviewed. While assessing the capabilities of the aircraft during the evaluation activities, USAF studied to determine possible risk factors. As a result of multidisciplinary technical evaluation studies, it was decided that the B-21 program would mature enough at the expected level and the program could resume. B-21 Raider, whose de...
  • Is Cyber Gap in F-35s?
    Is Cyber Gap in F-35s? 15 November 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has announced that cyber gaps have been detected in external support units of F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Studies have been initiated to eliminate these gaps.   The statement made from USAF. In the statement it is told that F-35 is a software-based aircraft and any software-based system is available for hacking. Lockheed Martin reported that the platform, which is relatively safe, is protected by multi-layer security systems. However, it was re...