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April 26, 2017 |

The F-35 joint program office has approved the newest version of the jet's diagnostic health management system for installation at Air Force and Navy sites, after several months of delays.

April 25, 2017 |

The Pentagon plans to seek more than $650 million in fiscal year 2018 to finance bulk purchase of parts for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production, an initiative congressional auditors say may be premature but which the Defense Department says will produce future savings in tandem with a potential multiyear block-buy package from foreign governments.

April 25, 2017 |

The Pentagon plans to award Pratt & Whitney a contract to study how the company will support future Joint Strike Fighter flight test activity for follow-on modernization.

April 21, 2017 |

Two more F-35A jets have arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, for a month-long European training deployment.

April 18, 2017 |

The U.S. military, which for a generation has wielded the world's preeminent air power capability, needs to prepare to trade in expectations for air dominance -- control of the entire battlespace at all times -- for something new: "on-demand air superiority," a shift due to increasing technological prowess of potential adversaries that will render U.S. air dominance unaffordable.

April 17, 2017 |

The Navy has lifted an operational pause that had been put in place for the T-45C Goshawk fleet after giving pilots a modified mask to use in flight.

April 12, 2017 |

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said this week the Air Force is not considering a stop-loss as an option to address its pilot shortfall.

April 11, 2017 |

The Navy believes it needs to nearly double the number of P-8A Poseidon aircraft it plans to buy over the next few years to meet operational demands on the fleet, a requirement that -- if funded -- would increase planned procurement from 30 to 58 for the Boeing-built aircraft through 2020 and carry a price tag of about $4.7 billion.

April 11, 2017 |

Air Force Air Combat Command's airborne networking industry day to be held Wednesday will explore ways to incorporate cloud-based airborne networking into future families of systems, as well as to drive current networking efforts that exist between services, to join initiatives already underway in other services and create new ones altogether.

April 07, 2017 |

The Trump administration and the Air Force have finalized minimum requirements for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, green-lighting price negotiations with Boeing, service officials told Inside the Air Force this week.

April 06, 2017 |

The Joint Requirements Oversight Council approved the Block 4 capability development plan last month for the Joint Strike Fighter, about 15 months late, and a cost estimate from the office of the secretary of defense will wrap up this summer, according to a program official.

April 06, 2017 |

Moscow last year significantly dialed back the number of long-range bomber sorties sent in the direction of the United States, a change that belies what a top U.S. military commander says is a "troubling" new capability: a Russian project to outfit its bomber fleet with cruise missiles that can hold the U.S. and Canada at risk.

April 05, 2017 |

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Wednesday a continuing resolution that lasts until October would delay the service's $6.9 billion engineering and manufacturing development contract for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization, due in 2018, for at least five months.

April 05, 2017 |

The Navy's air boss will decide by the end of April if the proposed fixes for the F-35C nose gear are acceptable for his pilots, according to an official.

April 05, 2017 |

The Navy is preparing to review final data on the testing of initial fixes made to the F-35C nose gear and helmet, as the service weighs whether to move on to at-sea tests later this year, according to a top admiral.

April 04, 2017 |

U.S. Strategic Command chief Gen. John Hyten on Tuesday told the Senate Armed Services Committee that 100 new B-21 bombers would be enough to satisfy strategic requirements, after the Air Force surprised analysts by suggesting it may look to grow the program.

April 04, 2017 |

A defective Navy EA-18G Growler has not arrived at Boeing yet, but the company is working with the service to get the aircraft to its facility for engineers to assess, according to a company executive.

March 30, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Sustainment Center is in the early phases of developing a sustainment strategy for the Northrop Grumman-built B-21 bomber, and is working to determine the gaps in skills and manpower it may need to address to support the new, stealthy bomber.

March 30, 2017 |

The Air Force thinks 1,900 fighter jets is its "bare minimum" inventory requirement, and one service official told lawmakers this week the true requirement -- to grow to 60 fighter squadrons -- is likely closer to 2,100 jets.

March 29, 2017 |

The Navy is in the process of sending a defective EA-18G Growler back to Boeing for evaluation because of "physiological episodes" being reported by pilots at a base in Washington state.

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