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September 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department has reached an $11.5 billion deal with Lockheed Martin to buy 141 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the 11th low-rate initial production lot.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force awarded a Boeing-Saab team a $9.2 billion contract today to build the next-generation T-X training jet -- the company's third major defense contract in the last two months.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force thinks it can cut between two and five years off the time line to re-engine the B-52 by using digital and virtual prototyping technology.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

After several years of working with engine-makers to test and prototype adaptive engine technologies, the Air Force is starting to take steps to field some of those capabilities -- building a roadmap for legacy system upgrades and awarding two major contracts to begin risk-reduction for a next-generation adaptive engine.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force analysis that concludes 386 operational squadrons -- nearly 25 percent more than it currently has -- are required to execute the 2018 National Defense Strategy at low to moderate risk is driven in part by an assumption that the service needs to be prepared to simultaneously perform a handful of major tasks and missions, according to a senior service official.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force has extended its analysis of alternatives exploring next-generation air dominance capabilities, which was supposed to be completed this summer, and top acquisition officials told reporters this week the service is moving away from "a single addition" and more toward a portfolio of capabilities.

September 19, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force’s budding light-attack aircraft acquisition program looks set to use Section 804 authorities to bring the new fleet on quickly, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes told reporters Wednesday.

September 18, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- A U.S. Transportation Command-led mobility and capability requirements study has been delayed until later this year as the Pentagon works to incorporate additional threat-based planning data into the scope of the review.

September 17, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced today the service will grow its total number of operational squadrons from 312 to 386 -- a 25 percent increase it plans to implement between fiscal years 2025 and 2030.

September 15, 2018 | Daily News

Congressional appropriators this week agreed to put $100 million toward the early stages of the Air Force’s O/A-X light-attack aircraft procurement program, after the Senate proposed three times as much money but the House offered none.

September 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force announced this week a number of efforts to address an uptick in unexplained physiological events experienced by training pilots, including a redesign of the T-6 onboard oxygen-generating system and adoption of new maintenance procedures.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office expects to start its first formal operational testing events in November, after Director of Operational Test & Evaluation Robert Behler directed the program to hold off on starting the tests until the newest version of software is available to the test aircraft fleet.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers, acquiescing to the Air Force's request to end the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program, are now turning to address maintenance issues with the legacy fleet.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

DAYTON, OH -- The program executive officer in charge of the Air Force's fighter and bomber fleets said this week his directorate is facing a significant modernization bow wave that is making it difficult to balance aircraft availability with the need for improved capability for an aging workhorse fleet.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

DAYTON, OH -- The program executive officer in charge of the Air Force's fighter and bomber fleets said this week his directorate is facing a significant modernization bow wave that is making it difficult to balance aircraft availability with the need for improved capability for an aging workhorse fleet.

September 12, 2018 | Daily News

A government watchdog has found the operating costs of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, EA-18G Growler and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet programs increased from fiscal year 2011 to FY-16, according to a new report.

September 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is on track to field the Small Diameter Bomb Increment II on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet by its goal of fiscal year 2020, according to a spokesman for Naval Air Systems Command.

September 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force later this month will roll out its vision for a right-sized service that can meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy, focusing on the importance of the service's squadrons rather than the size of its aircraft fleet.

August 25, 2018 | Daily News

A pilot program the Navy is using to improve aircraft depot maintenance -- which it has been testing on F/A-18s and MV-22s -- may be pushed out to the rest of the fleet, according to the Navy secretary.

August 22, 2018 | Daily News

A new report from the RAND Corp. finds that creating a flying-only track for commissioned Air Force officers could help the service retain and recruit pilots.

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