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April 29, 2020

Boeing announced today it incurred an $827 million pre-tax KC-46 tanker charge in the first quarter of 2020, due to costs associated with its agreement with the Air Force earlier this month on a remote visual system design and “productivity inefficiencies” due to COVID-19 factory disruptions.

April 27, 2020

The Air Force is prolonging a study of the feasibility of using commercial air refueling services to help meet tanker demands, telling lawmakers last week it would take another 60 days to complete its review.

April 21, 2020

Lockheed Martin said today it is lowering its sales guidance for the year, primarily because of expected challenges to F-35 production related to the coronavirus crisis.

April 20, 2020

The Air Force's F-16 program office is finalizing a contract worth up to $62 billion with Lockheed Martin to provide foreign partners a standard version of the advanced Block 70/72 Viper variant -- starting with Morocco and Taiwan.

April 16, 2020

A congressional watchdog is warning the Air Force's decision to bypass the traditional requirements process for the Advanced Battle Management System poses several development risks.

April 16, 2020

The VC-25B program that's building the next Air Force One has completed its critical design review -- a key milestone on the path to delivering the aircraft that will transport the president around the world.

April 10, 2020

The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command said this week he thinks a clean-sheet Arsenal Plane platform may better meet the service's need for long-range strike capabilities than repurposing existing cargo or bomber platforms, as the service has discussed in the past.

April 2, 2020

The Air Force announced today it has reached two significant agreements with Boeing to release $882 million the service had withheld due to continued design challenges with the KC-46 remote visual system and to move ahead with a two-step redesign of the KC-46 remote visual system.

April 2, 2020

The Marine Corps' top officer said it's not yet cutting the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program of record numbers, but could trim the buy in the future.

April 2, 2020

After a major uptick in foreign military sales last year, the Air Force expects to make even more deals moving forward, in large part driven by increased demand for fourth-generation aircraft.

March 30, 2020

The Boeing-built KC-46 has a new Category 1 deficiency involving excessive fuel leaks, which was first identified during an air refueling test last July.

March 27, 2020

The Marine Corps' new force design initiative raises questions about a future major vehicle program and the requirements for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the 2030 fight.

March 26, 2020

After notifying industry that it planned to award a sole-source contract to lease advanced training jets in support of a possible new concept of operations for fighter pilot training dubbed Reforge, Air Combat Command confirmed to Inside Defense this week it has opted to open the competition after reviewing industry responses to its notice.

March 26, 2020

A new report from the Heritage Foundation highlights concerns about the Air Force's capacity and readiness shortfalls and suggests the service should shift some funding away from research and development to boost fighter and tanker procurement and reprioritize its F-35 beddown schedule to assure that forward-based, active-duty units receive the jet sooner.

March 23, 2020

As it gears up to fight China in a period of great power competition, the Marine Corps will trim the size of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons and cut all tank battalions in the next 10 years.

March 20, 2020

A group of 130 lawmakers is calling on congressional leadership to fund 98 F-35s in the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill -- 19 more than the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps included in their budget requests and two more than they asked for in their unfunded requirements lists.

March 16, 2020

The Government Accountability Office is calling on the Defense Department to create a strategy for its redesign of the F-35's troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System, and a new report from the watchdog highlights the need for a standardized performance metric to track the system's impact on fleetwide readiness.

March 11, 2020

The Air Force is working with Northrop Grumman to determine whether technology developed as part of the canceled B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization program can be used for other Air Force applications.

March 10, 2020

The Navy does not expect to eliminate its shortfall of strike fighter aircraft until 2029 and a senior service official conceded today to lawmakers the gap could widen as a result of attrition before then.

March 9, 2020

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UT -- As the F-35 program shapes requirements for the program that will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System, users here are hopeful the new capability will overcome the challenges of ALIS without abandoning the pieces that are working.