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August 18, 2017 |

A classified change to the Air Force's acquisition strategy for the B-2 Defensive Management System upgrade will not significantly impact the program's time line, a service spokesman confirmed this week.

August 18, 2017 |

The Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program office and Boeing are working on ways to drive costs down during the 18-month preliminary design phase, which is slated to begin after a contract award in September.

August 17, 2017 |

By the end of the year, F-35 maintainers will have access to 100 new virtual training modules through Lockheed Martin's Aircraft Systems Maintenance Trainer.

August 16, 2017 |

The Defense Department is sidestepping a requirement to conduct a review of the U.S. military's future aircraft needs originally requested by Congress to produce a prioritized ranking -- or "optimized mix" -- of short- and long-range strike aircraft as well as the best combination of manned and unmanned platforms.

August 16, 2017 |

The Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing is continuing its investigation of the F-35 Onboard Oxygen-Generating System and plans to begin comparison testing later this month with one of the systems used by a pilot who experienced physiological symptoms at Luke Air Force Base, AZ.

August 14, 2017 |

The Trump administration is echoing concerns raised by the Obama administration about the ability of the aerospace sector to sustain the unique design and manufacturing skills needed to ensure future U.S. military combat aircraft can be both designed and produced, according to a report by the Pentagon office charged with monitoring the defense industrial base.

August 10, 2017 |

Defense analysts say the Air Force's decision to buy two jetliners left behind by a bankrupt Russian airline to recapitalize the Air Force One fleet won't make much difference for the multi-billion-dollar program's bottom line.

August 07, 2017 |

The Air Force is delaying a contract award for a T-1 trainer avionics modernization program by eight months due to a stronger-than-expected industry response to its solicitation.

August 04, 2017 |

The Air Force has awarded a contract to Boeing to buy two 747-8 jets that will comprise the next presidential aircraft fleet, but will not disclose how much the service is paying despite touting the move as a cost-saving measure.

August 03, 2017 |

KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND -- Senior Air Force officials -- including top brass from major commands and the Pentagon -- are scheduled to arrive here in early September as part of a trip across the High North intended to jump-start work on an Air Force Arctic strategy, and for the chance to see the only service aircraft equipped with skis to operate in the most extreme polar conditions: the LC-130.

August 03, 2017 |

Lockheed Martin and the New York Air National Guard are exploring options to bypass planned incremental improvements of the U.S. military's only ski-equipped C-130 fleet in the 2020s and, instead, outfit the 109th Airlift Wing with the newest variant of the intra-theater lift aircraft -- a notional LC-130J.

August 02, 2017 |

The EA-18G Growler program office submitted paperwork to Navy leadership following cost breaches in both its research and development and operations and sustainment accounts, according to the service.

July 31, 2017 |

The Navy's top Joint Strike Fighter official, Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, is skeptical the modified helmet that fixes green-glow problems will be ready for an at-sea test this fall.

July 28, 2017 |

The Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, NV, is working to develop a capability to connect F-22 and F-35 simulators in a common environment by 2019 -- an effort that will set the foundation for a new Virtual Test and Training Center.

July 27, 2017 |

KANGERLUSSAUQ, GREENLAND -- On the tarmac in this sleepy town 60 miles above the Arctic Circle tucked at the terminus of a dramatic fjord, an Air Force team from New York works all spring and summer flying a handful of cargo planes -- modified to operate on ice and snow -- to conduct military training and support scientific research on Greenland's ice sheet.

July 26, 2017 |

The Air Force expects to unveil an updated bomber roadmap in September that will detail future bomber force-structure needs and identify the new B-21 Raider's role in that future fleet.

July 21, 2017 |

The Air Force this week awarded General Electric a $409 million contract to support next-generation engine technology development, the latest in a string of awards to airframe and engine developers.

July 21, 2017 |

The Air Force is expected to field software improvements to the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 upgrade starting this year, though none will affect the program's cost, schedule or performance, according to a selected acquisition report obtained by Inside Defense this week.

July 21, 2017 |

Gulfstream is reinforcing its position in the search for a new platform to replace the EC-130H for the Compass Call mission, as the Government Accountability Office mulls two bid protests filed by Boeing and Bombardier and L3 Technologies waits to see if it can lead the Compass Call effort on behalf of the Air Force.

July 21, 2017 |

The Navy must rebaseline the EA-18G Growler program after incurring cost breaches in both its research and development and operations and sustainment accounts, according to a selected acquisition report obtained by Inside Defense.

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