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March 23, 2018 | Daily News

As the Air Force and Boeing work toward the first KC-46 tanker deliveries later this year, the service expects a full-rate production decision will slip past the current estimate of May 2020.

March 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is studying whether Lockheed Martin's U-2 can fly until 2100, about five decades longer than its current expected service life, according to Susan Thornton, director for information dominance programs in the service's acquisition branch.

March 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is exploring a potential new mission for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: ballistic missile defense, according to a senior DOD official. The move could leverage sensors on the planned fleet of 2,456 new stealthy aircraft the U.S. military plans to buy in the coming decades to help detect and track enemy launches.

March 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force will continue fleshing out a path to add lasers to mobility aircraft after considering demonstrating a laser weapon on a range of those platforms last year, one of the service's research chiefs said this week.

March 16, 2018 | Daily News

The head of Air Force Materiel Command said this week she counts the service's ongoing light-attack experimentation effort as a success, but that the challenge will be in readying its acquisition enterprise to rapidly procure the aircraft.

March 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department has commenced a sweeping new mobility study, an assessment that aims to consider the precise number of aerial refueling tankers, cargo aircraft and supply ships needed to support the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy and drive any related new investment decisions in the military's fiscal year 2020 spending plan.

March 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to retire a fourth E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System in fiscal year 2021, after its latest budget request revealed a plan to retire three of the 16-aircraft fleet in FY-19.

March 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force expects to adjust its plans to begin retiring KC-10s in fiscal year 2019 due to forecasted delays in the delivery of the first KC-46 tankers.

March 14, 2018 | Daily News

The general in charge of Air Force Materiel Command told reporters Wednesday the service is working closely with the F-35 joint program office and prime contractor Lockheed Martin to stand up an organic software depot capability as soon as possible, but discussions around intellectual property have been delaying that process.

March 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is asking Congress for permission to negotiate a $3.5 billion contract with Northrop Grumman to buy E2-D Advance Hawkeye aircraft in a multiyear deal that would bundle two dozen of the airborne surveillance, detection and tracking systems as part of a block buy the service says would net savings of $336 million.

March 02, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is proposing a new three-year, consolidated contract to buy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, a $3.7 billion deal that locks in orders through 2021, as a hedge against the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter taking longer than planned to be fielded.

March 02, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force Special Operations Command patched software problems discovered with the AC-130J Ghostrider's 30 mm gun, which were described in the director of operational test and evaluation's latest annual report, according to the head of AFSOC.

March 02, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force Special Operations Command chief Lt. Gen. Brad Webb is optimistic that service leaders' focus on science and technology will help propel an initiative to field a laser on the new AC-130J Ghostrider gunship, he told reporters at a recent conference.

March 01, 2018 | Daily News

The head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program told reporters this week that while negotiations with prime contractor Lockheed Martin for the next lot of low-rate initial production jets is progressing, he has been disappointed with a lack of collaboration from the company to significantly lower the aircraft's unit cost.

February 28, 2018 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office and Lockheed Martin will hold a "Consideration Summit" in a few months to discuss software deficiencies and make sure the government does not pay for the same product twice.

February 27, 2018 | Daily News

Boeing has reached a $3.9 billion agreement with President Trump for two 747-8 jets that will serve as the next presidential aircraft fleet, capping off a period of tumult for the program after Trump in 2016 tweeted it was too expensive and should be canceled.

February 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2019 budget request includes funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's new Follow-On Modernization plan, dubbed Continuous Capability Development and Delivery, but it is unclear whether the projection incorporates a new cost estimate for the effort.

February 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request reveals some details of its plan to retire legacy B-2 and B-1 bombers as it begins to field the B-21 in the mid 2020s.

February 14, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's budget outlook for Next-Generation Air Dominance has nearly doubled in its fiscal year 2019 funding request, which proposes $9.8 billion over the next five years to support continued experimentation and risk reduction for a new air dominance family of systems.

February 14, 2018 | Daily News

Budget uncertainty may stall a contract award this spring to construct an F-35B vertical lift-fan test facility at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC, to support depot-level maintenance.

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