AFP
  • New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order
    New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order April 2 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 March 18 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" March 17 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 February 24 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 February 21 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 February 2 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 January 3 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 December 16 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 November 14 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 November 12 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 September 26 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 September 15 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 August 10 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 July 27 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 July 3 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 July 2 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 April 1 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 March 16 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 March 14 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 January 25 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 January 12 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 January 7 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 December 17 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? November 15 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...
  • 3-D Audio Warning to A-10 Thunderbolts
    3-D Audio Warning to A-10 Thunderbolts November 8 2018
    USAF (US Air Force) is considering integration of audio warning system to A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. In this context, USAF has started to study.   How many units will be procured in order to increase the situational awareness of pilots has not been determined yet. All of the A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet or a part of the fleet is yet to be integrated. A total of 150 to 200 units are expected to be procured a 3-D audio warning system. Thanks to the 3-D technology, pilot...
  • Hurricane Hit Raptor
    Hurricane Hit Raptor October 16 2018
    Hurricane Michael hurt the American Air Force. The hurricane last week was effective and wind speed during the disaster reached 250 km / h. Hurricane hit the East Coast, and the Air Force took its share. In line with the warnings of meteorology, 33 of the 55 F-22A Raptor aircraft stationed in Florida were shifted to another bases. However, 22 F-22As that were unable to fly due to maintenance and repair operations were stranded on top. During the hurricane, the platforms underneath the hangar ...
  • Boeing to Replace T-38
    Boeing to Replace T-38 September 29 2018
    Boeing announced on 27 September it won the US Air Force’s lucrative T-X trainer contract. Boeing beat out Lockheed Martin and a Leonardo-CAE-Honeywell team to replace the USAF's ageing Northrop T-38 Talon trainers. Boeing and Saab AB teamed to offer a clean sheet aircraft with Triumph Group providing the wing, vertical tail, and horizontal tail structures. Lockheed Martin teamed with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to offer KAI's T-50A. The Leonardo team offered its T-100....
  • Drones Prepare For Dog Fight September 20 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) scored the first air-to-air kill for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during trials late last year, the service disclosed on 19 September. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, comma...
  • USAF Cancels ‘Bunker-Buster’ Contract Due to Foreign-Owned Recipient September 7 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has cancelled one of two contracts recently awarded to manufacture BLU-137/B penetrator warheads because the recipient is foreign-owned and so unqualified according to the Jane’s. Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) protocol bars US from completing the award. The USAF has therefore withdrawn a USD419.6 million deal for 300 BLU-137/B ‘bunker buster’ bodies awarded to Finkl & Sons Company on 27 June. The Jane’s ...
  • General Atomics To Upgrade USAF Reaper Drones For $133M
    General Atomics To Upgrade USAF Reaper Drones For $133M August 23 2018
    US drone maker General Atomics has been awarded a $133 million worth contract to provide advanced sensor for the US Air Force’s Reaper drones as part of the modernization effort to upgrade MQ-9 Reaper surveillance and attack UAS. According to Pentagon press release, General Atomics will complete the development, integration, and flight test of an advanced sensor into an MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle in realistic test scenarios at continental U.S. and outside the continental U.S...
  • Last Two Nominee for Light Attack
    Last Two Nominee for Light Attack August 14 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has shared the draft of Request for Proposal with Sierra Nevada / Embraer and Textron Avitaion for the Light Attack Aircraft Procurement Program. According to the press release, the last Request for Proposal will be shared in December 2018. The statement also includes a description of the fact that the file is still being worked on but talks with potential suppliers will be carried out so that the necessary timings can be reached. Sierra Nevada...
  • 20 Years Modernisation: C-5M Super Galaxy
    20 Years Modernisation: C-5M Super Galaxy August 8 2018
    Lockheed Martin completed the process of upgrading the C-5A / B / C Galaxy strategic transport aircraft to the C-5M Super Galaxy standard. The last modernized C-5M Galaxy also completed the US Air Force / USAF's Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP). The C-5M program, which started in 1998 and lasted for 20 years, has progressed in two phases. Within the first phase of the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP), the C-5s were fitted wit the more modern versions of...
  • Billion Dollar Penalty for Boeing
    Billion Dollar Penalty for Boeing July 27 2018
    Boeing has another penalty. In the last financial quarter we passed, the penalties for Boeing's KC-46 program were reached $ 426 million. Boeing's total penalties for the KC-46 isalsa reached $ 3.4 billion. The US Air Force will supply the KC-46 Pegasus to replace its aging KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-10 Extender aircraft. KC-46 made its maiden flight in 2015. Aircraft has a fuel capacity of 72, 870 kilograms. USAF is is planning to procure179 of thes...
  • US Defence Bill Cuts JSTARS
    US Defence Bill Cuts JSTARS July 26 2018
    US National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), recognised the US Air Force’s plan to replace the Northrop Grumman E-8 JSTARS with a new network of sensors spread across unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft, called the Advanced Battle Management System. The new system will replace most of piloted aircraft with UAV. The NDAA bill adds $120 million to the General Atomics MQ-9 programme “to accelerate the development of the Advanced Battle Management System” instead of...
  • SNC Submits Final Bid To Replace USAF UH-1N Huey Fleet
    SNC Submits Final Bid To Replace USAF UH-1N Huey Fleet July 25 2018
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has submitted its Sierra Force helicopter in its final bid and proposal to replace the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) UH-1N Huey fleet. SNC will purchase divested UH-60A helicopters from the US Army. Then, it will convert the aircraft’s exterior and interior, upgrade it to an UH-60L model. This allows for a modern, cost-effective helicopter, the company said in a statement Monday. The A model has a lower price-per-unit to purchase, but once the c...
  • Czech Nominee for Light Attack
    Czech Nominee for Light Attack July 17 2018
    Aero Vodochody announced that the new variant of L-159 jet trainer is developing. The platform, called F/A-259 Striker, is being developed for the USAF for OA-X light attack aircraft. In June, the company signed a cooperation agreement with IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) for the development of an advanced variant of the L-159, the new platform will be ready for delivery in 2020. This platform will be equipped with a fourth generation avionics suite. Company also noted that t...
  • KC-46 Tests Finished
    KC-46 Tests Finished July 17 2018
    The KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft also completed its final tests. Boeing KC-46 program manager Mike Gibbons stated that completing tests before the planned in October is a great success for the Boeing Air Force Team. Tests for receiver certification, which began in April 2018, have been completed with the last flight in the past days. Aerial refueling was carried out at different altitudes and speeds to the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F/A-18 Hornet, KC-46...
  • New and improved 'bunker buster' bombs for USAF
    New and improved 'bunker buster' bombs for USAF June 30 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a contract for a new penetrator warhead. New penetrator will replace its current BLU-109/B and BLU-109C/B systems. Superior Forge and Steel Corporation will deliver 300 of the improved BLU-137/B penetrator warheads. Valued at USD476.9 million, the award will run through to 3 May 2020. The USAF first declared its intention to procure an improved ‘bunker buster’ bomb with a draft request for proposals (RFP) that was issued in De...
  • UH-1Ns Close to Retirement
    UH-1Ns Close to Retirement June 23 2018
    According to a statement made by the US Air Force (USAF), UH-1N utility helicopters in the USAF will be retired soon. UH-1N Twin Huey helicopters, which have been in different missions for 46 years, are deployed in seven different air bases in the US. The helicopters to replace the UH-1N have not yet been selected. The selection is to be completed within the year following completion of necessary analyzes and deliveries to be completed between 2020 and 2032. The UH-1N Twin Huey...
  • Light at the End of KC-46 Tunnel
    Light at the End of KC-46 Tunnel June 21 2018
    Boeing signed the first KC-46 Pegasus tanker delivery contract to the US Air Force (USAF). According to the agreement, the first aircraft will be delivered in October 2018. This agreement is the prodorm of the end of tough process, which began 16.5 years ago after the US Senate approved the decision to replace the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The USAF expects the first 18 KC-46s to be delivered by April 2019. Boeing reported that 43 of the KC-46s were in different production phases and ...