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January 18, 2018 | Daily News

The nominee for the long-vacant Air Force acquisition executive role is planning "a very deep-dive" look at the F-35 program, particularly in the area of sustainment.

January 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force, about halfway into its E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System upgrade program, wants to bring the platform up to speed with open mission systems standards.

January 11, 2018 | Daily News

The newest version of the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System completed formal testing late last year and could be approved for installation at the first operational validation site in late February.

January 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office recently dismissed Raytheon's formal protest that the Air Force unfairly excluded the company's "Archimedes" wide-area surveillance radar from the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization competition.

January 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office will soon begin accepting proposals for a secretive project to allow semi-autonomous unmanned aircraft systems to team with manned fighter aircraft.

December 22, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force could request proposals from industry in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 for a two-step B-52 engine replacement effort, according to a notional schedule released last week.

December 22, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force says Northrop Grumman hasn't improved the quality or speed of maintenance on E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System jets despite efforts to nudge the company along, although Northrop argues it is taking steps to better its workflow.

December 21, 2017 | Daily News

The Federal Aviation Administration has signed off on one of two key certifications for the Boeing-built KC-46 tanker, the company announced this week.

December 21, 2017 | Daily News

Although the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is not slated to enter full-rate production until the mid-2020s, the Pentagon's deputy secretary of defense wants the program to operate as though it is already producing at full capacity.

December 21, 2017 | Daily News

A new cost estimate on F-35 concurrency reveals a 24 percent drop or a reduction of $400 million over an 11-month period.

December 14, 2017 | Daily News

The Air National Guard's full-time force falls a couple hundred pilots short of where it needs to be, but the Guard is in a unique position to help grow the service's pilot pipeline, according to the head of the National Guard Bureau.

December 14, 2017 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office confirmed this week that a Defense Acquisition Board slated for early December "did not happen."

December 13, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy investigated a series of physiological episodes involving aircraft pilots on a case-by-case basis and not as a series of related events, according to a new government report that suggests the service could have more effectively reviewed the problem.

December 13, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force expects that “re-sequencing” its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter transition at Eielson Air Force Base, AK, and Burlington Air National Guard Base, VT, could relieve some strain on its maintainer training pipeline.

December 08, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force is delaying its engineering and manufacturing development contract award for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program from March to August 2018 as companies work through evaluation notices, two industry sources told Inside Defense Friday.

December 07, 2017 | Daily News

The E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System program office and Boeing are still working through myriad technical problems discovered in the fleet's Block 40/45 overhaul, though more than 12 aircraft have already been upgraded, according to the colonel who oversees the fleet at Tinker Air Force Base, OK.

December 05, 2017 | Daily News

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The F-35 joint program office is considering outfitting the aircraft with an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System prior to the start of Block 4 modernization.

December 05, 2017 | Daily News

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter testers here are preparing to start in the spring a graduated test effort, which allows the program to begin operational testing before all of its jets are configured with the required modifications.

December 05, 2017 | Daily News

Raytheon will add its GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II to the F-35A under a Nov. 22 contract worth nearly $60 million, according to an Air Force spokesman.

December 04, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy's latest attempt to find the most efficient way to complete planned purchases of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye appear to be stymied by lawmakers unwilling to allow a multiyear procurement deal beginning in fiscal year 2019 for the Northrop Grumman-built aircraft longer than five years.

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