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October 26, 2017 | Daily News

Defense analysts say the Air Force's reconsideration of what should follow the legacy E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System is driven by the strategy and budget concerns of a new slate of Pentagon leaders, who worry key command-and-control aircraft could be shot down by advanced foreign adversaries.

October 25, 2017 | Daily News

Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer Defense and Security announced Wednesday they will build six more A-29 Super Tucanos for Afghanistan's fledgling Air Force, bringing the fleet to a total of 26 jets.

October 24, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force's new under secretary said this week he applauds the F-35 joint program office's new plan to incorporate agile software development into its follow-on modernization strategy, noting it will help lay the foundation for the service's approach to future fighter capability development.

October 23, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force is awaiting further guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense on how many retired pilots the service can recall as instructor pilots and staff officers and for how long, following an executive order signed by President Trump Oct. 20.

October 23, 2017 | Daily News

The Defense Department will begin its deep-dive review of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's cost this month, planning meetings with principal contractors Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE in the coming weeks.

October 17, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force's military deputy for acquisition said today the service may have to request additional funding from Congress to pursue a light-attack combat demonstration, saying he's not sure it is feasible for the service to find the money internally.

October 16, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy refuses to equip the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors the Air Force flight tested on the RQ-4 Global Hawk because of size, weight and power constrictions.

October 16, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy's 10 T-38 trainer aircraft could face obsolescence issues in the future due to the Air Force transition to T-X, according to a report viewed by Inside the Navy.

October 13, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering competing a slate of upgrades to the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, according to a recent notice.

October 12, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force wants to retrofit its more than 240 C-130J airlifters with a broad slate of upgrades to meet changing military airspace requirements and incorporate mission-specific enhancements and deficiencies corrections identified since the jet was fielded in 2016.

October 11, 2017 | Daily News

L3 Technologies and the Air Force in late September completed a preliminary design review to move legacy EC-130H Compass Call equipment to the Gulfstream G550, after L3 submitted a report to the Air Force that determined the business jet is the best platform for the electronic-attack mission, according to an L3 Technologies spokeswoman.

October 11, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy has several high profile acquisition programs at risk if Congress adopts a six-month continuing resolution -- the Joint Strike Fighter, Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine and the Ford-class aircraft carrier.

October 05, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy is permitting the 65 percent of its T-45C Goshawk training aircraft outfitted with a new temperature and oxygen pressure system to fly, following a number of physiological episodes, according to a service official.

October 04, 2017 | Daily News

The Pentagon is paying Lockheed Martin $60 million for Joint Strike Fighter cost savings projects to reduce the cost of the F-35.

September 29, 2017 | Daily News

Air Mobility Command has initiated three pilot programs that it hopes will put the command on a path toward better understanding the condition of its aircraft and predicting when parts will fail.

September 26, 2017 | Daily News

Boeing said this week the company continues "to make progress" on KC-46 flight testing and, when pressed, did not dispute the Air Force's schedule projection that the first new tanker will be delivered next spring.

September 22, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force and Boeing will conduct testing in October to observe whether KC-46 boom-scraping incidents are occurring at higher rates than on the legacy tanker fleet and will decide later this fall whether to pursue a fix to the deficiency.

September 21, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force continues to evaluate its business-case analysis for an upgrade or replacement of the B-52 engine, and is weighing whether to request permission from Congress to pursue a unique approach to funding the effort.

September 21, 2017 | Daily News

Textron's Scorpion jet holds "intriguing possibilities" for the Air Force's mix of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, the head of Air Combat Command said this week, suggesting the service may be in the market for a cheaper alternative or addition to legacy big-wing ISR platforms.

September 21, 2017 | Daily News

The Defense Department needs to learn from past failures and put mitigation strategies in place as it prepares to ramp up the development of the fledgling Afghan Air Force, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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