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June 21, 2021

The Defense Department -- in a sign of confidence in the operational potential of its fledgling KC-46 tanker fleet, despite serious deficiencies -- is asking Congress to rescind statutory limitations on retiring older aircraft in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to accelerate the Air Force's future force design and avoid $845 million in additional costs to extend the service life of aging KC-10A and KC-135s.

June 21, 2021

Supplier parts shortages on the T-7 advanced trainer program have pushed back a milestone C decision by about seven months, according to industry officials. (UPDATED)

June 18, 2021

Supplier parts shortages, design delays and testing discoveries on the T-7 advanced trainer program have pushed back a milestone C decision by about 15 months.

June 17, 2021

Collins Aerospace has started production on its next-generation Tactical Combat Training System II, and received milestone C approval for the program on schedule in April.

June 16, 2021

The Air Force today released a sources-sought notice seeking a non-developmental air refueler to supplement its tanker fleet later and plans to release a request for proposals by the end of this year.

June 16, 2021

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget request for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's continuous modernization effort is approximately $830 million higher than projected -- an increase the department links to expanded Block 4 test capacity, hardware upgrade development and the purchase of additional spare engines to support the flight test fleet.

June 11, 2021

FORT WORTH, TX -- As Lockheed Martin and the F-35 joint program office continue negotiations for the next production contract, the company is looking to smooth out delivery quantities and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 10, 2021

The Air Force is progressing toward a down-select decision for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program, with plans to award a contract in September following a technical risk assessment and cost estimate review this summer.

June 8, 2021

The ranking member on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said today he thinks the service should restructure or recompete its contract with Boeing for the KC-46 tanker.

June 8, 2021

The Air Force has not finalized a new schedule for the Air Force One replacement program, but the service's top weapons buyer told lawmakers today Boeing has projected at least a one-year delay.

May 28, 2021

Despite repeated statements from lawmakers and the Navy itself that the fleet needs to grow to counter China, the Navy plans to procure just eight ships in the Biden administration's fiscal year 2022 budget.

May 28, 2021

The Air Force's $156.3 billion fiscal year 2022 budget request calls for a reduction of 206 legacy aircraft, including the A-10, F-15, F-16, KC-135 and KC-10 tanker fleets.

May 28, 2021

The Pentagon is seeking $245.6 billion in total modernization funds for fiscal year 2022, a $2.4 billion increase above what Congress enacted in FY-21, though the department plans to reduce procurement and divest some "outdated" weapon systems.

May 27, 2021

A new report from the Defense Department inspector general found that inadequate testing and poor program management led to a $100 million redesign of the KC-46 tanker's boom -- one of the Category 1 deficiencies that has delayed the aircraft's operational acceptance.

May 24, 2021

Sustainment issues have caused the Navy's P-8A Poseidon fleet to slip below the required mission capability rate, according to a recent Defense Department inspector general report.

May 24, 2021

The Biden administration will send its fiscal year 2022 defense budget request to Congress on Friday, setting the stage for debates on spending levels, modernization priorities and the potential divestiture of weapon systems deemed unsuitable for competition with China, the Pentagon's "pacing challenge."

May 20, 2021

The Air Force may update its F-35 retrofit plan to include more than 470 aircraft in low-rate initial production lots 5 through 16.

May 19, 2021

The Navy's new Joint Precision Approach and Landing System reached initial operational capability on May 4, the service announced Tuesday.

May 13, 2021

Performance issues linked to one of Boeing's Air Force One suppliers will impact the program's schedule, though the Air Force has not yet determined the scope of that impact, the service's military deputy for acquisition said today.

May 13, 2021

The head of the F-35 joint program office said today it's unlikely the program's Autonomic Logistics Information System replacement will be delivered in 2022 as planned, and he expects to have solidified a new schedule in the next six to nine months.

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