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February 17, 2017 |

Boeing officials plied President Trump's staff with literature on a newly rebranded variant of the Super Horner -- the F/A-18 XT -- which the defense contractor is pitching in response to Trump's request for a proposal to compete against the Navy's Joint Strike Fighter aircraft requirement.

February 17, 2017 |

The Pentagon has stripped plans for the United States to participate in buying Joint Strike Fighter aircraft as part of a new three-year "block-buy" contract, largely limiting participation in the potential multiyear deal to foreign buyers, according to a senior Defense Department official. The deal was originally touted to save as much as $3 billion.

February 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The F-35 program manager told Congress this week the program incurs an additional $30 million in costs for every six months initial operational test and evaluation is delayed -- one of several reasons he has pushed for an early start to the key testing phase.

February 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Special Operations Command chief Lt. Gen. Brad Webb said Tuesday the command is exploring its options for replacing the U-28A and MC-12 fleets with platforms that can be used in low- and high-intensity operations in an analysis of alternatives slated to wrap up in July.

February 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The commander of the 388th Fighter Wing, which operates F-35As at Hill Air Force Base, UT, said this week that widely reported development problems with the stealthy jet's diagnostics and health management system have become a "non-event" for the wing as the system matures and new software is fielded.

February 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, last week pushed the Senate Armed Services Committee to approve additional funds for the Afghan Air Force, calling airborne fighters key to the continued push against the Taliban.

February 16, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' directive to review the Joint Strike Fighter program stems from a pair of phone calls then-President-elect Donald Trump had in January with F-35 Joint Program Office director Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the senior Air Force officer told lawmakers.

February 16, 2017 |

The head of the F-35 joint program office told lawmakers this week he is 'confident' he won't be asking lawmakers for more money to complete development, stating that favorable future negotiations could free up funds to mitigate additional costs.

February 16, 2017 |

The Pentagon is testing a fix to the F-35C's nose gear at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Lakehurst, NJ, and hopes to have results in March, according to the F-35 program executive officer.

February 16, 2017 |

The Air Force may consider speeding up its procurement plans for the F-35A, but has cautioned that doing so prior to the delivery of Block 4 in the early 2020s would add considerable retrofit costs to the program.

February 15, 2017 |

Amid reports from industry and the Air Force of peaked interest in a possible B-52 engine replacement, the service recently indicated it has started developing an acquisition strategy and, if it opts to pursue the effort, may release a request for proposals in 2020.

February 09, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The F-35 joint program office and Lockheed Martin are reviewing the program's schedule for releasing software Block 3F to its full mission simulators and may consider distributing the upgrade in two phases.

February 09, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Follow-on testing and evaluation for the latest version of the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System has been pushed back two years to fiscal year 2018, according to the Air Force.

February 07, 2017 |

Despite the narrowing competitive field for the Air Force's $16.3 billion T-X development effort, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters Tuesday he is "still pretty optimistic" about the program and is unsurprised some companies decided the service's approach did not align with their business strategies.

February 06, 2017 |

The F-35 joint program office said today that its Feb. 3 announcement of a multibillion-dollar contract to Lockheed Martin for the 10th low-rate initial production lot was a handshake agreement, and the final award will not be made for "weeks."

February 03, 2017 |

The Navy -- eyeing a potential budget increase in fiscal year 2017 -- is moving to roll back cuts to the P-8A maritime patrol aircraft program imposed during a spending squeeze three years ago by proposing funding to restore six aircraft to the program of record, according to a service document. 

February 03, 2017 |

The F-35 joint program office on Friday awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to produce 90 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in low-rate initial production Lot 10 -- after more than a year of negotiations.

February 02, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Boeing will not recommend any new service-life requirements for the legacy Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System as a result of its now-complete widespread fatigue testing, the Air Force said this week.

February 02, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force approaches the most extensive modernization effort its small B-2 bomber fleet will likely ever undergo, the task of identifying a test aircraft has proven more difficult than expected.

February 02, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Boeing last week was given a sole-source contract worth about $3 million to continue pre-milestone B activities for phase two of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, the Air Force announced in a Jan. 27 Federal Business Opportunities notice.

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