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July 10, 2020

Although the House Appropriations defense subcommittee is recommending full funding for the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System, lawmakers are calling out the program office for failing to develop a system that meets requirements and directs the Defense Department to ensure a smooth transition to the replacement capability.

July 7, 2020

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill would fully fund KC-46 tanker procurement, add money to maintain the MQ-9 Reaper production line and support the Space Force’s three requested National Security Space Launch services.

July 2, 2020

The Air Force has approved a new, $5.2 billion lifecycle cost estimate for the F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System -- a $2 billion increase that reflects the Air Force's decision to buy 144 additional systems for the new F-15EX even as the program faces significant fielding delays due to an unexpected component redesign.

July 1, 2020

The F-35 program team recently demonstrated a key Distributed Mission Training milestone, connecting the Joint Strike Fighter with the F-22, F-16 and E3 Sentry in a simulated, highly contested environment, prime contractor Lockheed Martin announced today.

June 24, 2020

As the Air Force works to prove out a new concept of operations for fighter pilot training, the service is considering repurposing a portion of its F-22 training fleet for operational and adversary air roles, according to the head of Air Combat Command.

June 24, 2020

A Senate panel is proposing legislation to re-instate -- after a brief hiatus -- the requirement for the Pentagon to produce an annual aviation inventory and funding plan, a move that could provide lawmakers as well as aerospace and defense analysts insight into the U.S. long-term investment plans for the approximately 14,000 aircraft flown by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

June 23, 2020

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is calling on Lockheed Martin to release a slew of documents related to its work on the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System and its alleged misuse of Electronic Equipment Logs.

June 23, 2020

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants to block the Air Force from making its planned KC-135 retirements until after a key upgrade to the KC-46 remote visual system is completed.

June 22, 2020

A House panel is seeking more information from the Pentagon about the Navy's F/A-18 fleet in response to the service's proposal to sundown the production line in fiscal year 2022, but has stopped short of forcing the Defense Department to continue the program.

June 22, 2020

House lawmakers are calling on the Defense Department to provide new details on the status of F-35 software development and modernization plans and directing Pentagon cost estimators to conduct a "non-advocate review" of the Air Force and Navy's Next-Generation Air Dominance programs.

June 18, 2020

The Navy's team assessing physiological episodes in aviators has concluded its investigations into two aircraft fleets, but the admiral in charge says the team’s work will have implications for other military planes as well.

June 11, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill largely rejects the Air Force's divest-to-invest budget strategy, calling on the service to maintain certain legacy fleets it had wanted to retire and sustain a minimum wartime aircraft capacity level for each of its mission sets.

June 11, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 25-2 Wednesday evening to approve its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, including billions of dollars in new U.S. military investments focused on deterring China in the Indo-Pacific region.

June 10, 2020

The Air Force will release a request for proposals in the coming months for the Stand-in Attack Weapon -- an upgraded version of a developmental Navy guided missile that's intended to enhance the F-35's ability to defeat anti-access/area-denial defenses.

June 9, 2020

The Next-Generation Air Dominance program office is aiming to complete its acquisition strategy by the end of this summer and is working now to better understand the potential life-cycle cost of the digital century series model as compared to that of legacy aircraft.

June 8, 2020

The Air Force will delay the completion of operational testing for the KC-46 airborne refueling tanker until after Boeing upgrades the aircraft's Remote Vision System -- a slowdown that will push a full-rate production decision from this September to late fiscal year 2024.

June 8, 2020

Air Mobility Command plans to submit an updated commercial aerial refueling study plan to the Air Force secretary by June 15 after early analysis of five options for supplementing existing tanker capability revealed a need for more data on the legal and financial implications of relying on contractor-operated refueling aircraft.

June 4, 2020

As the T-7A Advanced Pilot Training program moves from design into the build phase, after passing air vehicle and ground-based training system critical design reviews in March, prime contractor Boeing says the program's use of digital engineering tools is reducing the time it takes to integrate hardware and software, increasing quality and providing key analytics as the program crafts future test plans.

June 3, 2020

A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals a projected six-month delay to the B-52 Radar Modernization Program that will push the beginning of development from this September to March 2021.

June 3, 2020

The F-35 joint program office says despite a minor delay in the program's operational test schedule related to the COVID-19 pandemic, program-required test activities are slated to wrap up in the fall. These will be followed by a slate of "runs for score" meant to test the Joint Simulation Environment's integration with the aircraft and its subsystems.