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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.

December 01, 2017 | Daily News

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The F-35 developmental test team here completed weapons delivery accuracy testing this week -- a key milestone toward closing out its portion of the program's system development and demonstration phase in December.

November 29, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy is taking several steps to improve the capabilities of its live, virtual and constructive training ranges by 2020, according to the service's air boss.

November 22, 2017 | Daily News

Senate appropriators are pushing the Air Force to recapitalize its legacy E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System with a new aircraft, and suggest the Army be considered to run an alternative JSTARS follow-on acquisition if the Air Force changes its current plan to replace the platform.

November 21, 2017 | Daily News

Concerned that the Navy and Air Force are deferring F-35 ramp-up plans to future years due to budget constraints, Senate appropriators are recommending boosts to the services' Joint Strike Fighter procurement accounts and are encouraging the two services to procure the jets at higher rates.

November 20, 2017 | Daily News

The commander of Air Combat Command expects that in order to develop the next generation of air superiority capabilities and platforms, the Defense Department will need to match the investments it made in aircraft development and procurement during the Reagan-era buildup in the 1980s.

November 20, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force no longer believes a recapitalized E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft could adequately perform its mission in contested airspace, and is still deciding whether to pursue that multibillion-dollar acquisition for permissive environments, the head of Air Combat Command said Monday.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

Lawmakers want the Pentagon to complete a mobility requirements and capability study by 2018 -- about a year before it had planned to begin its own review.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

Congress is backtracking on earlier language that would have blocked the Air Force from retiring Lockheed Martin's U-2 Dragon Lady and Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk before 2024.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

Lawmakers scolded the Air Force but pared back restrictions on the service's program to move EC-130H Compass Call equipment to a new aircraft in the final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill, which the House and Senate passed this week.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

The program executive officer for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program confirmed to Inside the Air Force this week his team is identifying ways to cut down on the fleet's certification process and is considering other options for saving time and money.

November 16, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force will hold an industry day next month to discuss its acquisition strategy to replace the B-52's TF33 engine with a commercial variant -- appearing to rule out the option of an engine upgrade.

November 16, 2017 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers have proposed legislation to set the size of the Air Force's current fighter aircraft fleet as a floor, blocking the service from unilaterally retiring any fighter or attack aircraft through 2022.

November 16, 2017 | Daily News

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program expects to meet with Pentagon leadership in early December for approval of a new plan that will allow it to continuously develop software capabilities following completion of the post-system development and demonstration phase.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy stood up a "Rhino Readiness Recovery" team to address readiness issues within the strike fighter community, according to the service's air boss.

November 13, 2017 | Daily News

The reconciled version of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill directs the Air Force to report its analysis of why the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program should be changed or canceled and its impact on the military, if the service plots a new direction for that effort in the FY-19 budget request.

November 10, 2017 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin announced this week it has delivered 10 F-35 full mission simulators to four international partners and plans to deliver another 16 systems to non-U.S. customers in 2018.

October 30, 2017 | Daily News

The Marine Corps has requested an external study on F-35 sustainment cost because of a breakdown in communication between the service and the program office, according to a Government Accountability Office official.

October 27, 2017 | Daily News

Joint Strike Fighter test pilots have recommended a new set of strap-in procedures when operating the carrier variant to reduce bounce in the cockpit, according to the F-35 program office.

October 27, 2017 | Daily News

Parts reliability and data rights are creating significant obstacles to Joint Strike Fighter sustainment, the Government Accountability Office writes in a new report.

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