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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.

May 29, 2020

The Air Force is asking for proofs of concept from industry in response to its plan to lease advanced training aircraft to support a proposed new fighter pilot training program.

May 28, 2020

The Air Force sees "real possibility" in the prospect of using cargo aircraft as bomb trucks after conducting successful tests with the C-17 and C-130.

May 25, 2020

Three Senators are pushing for the Government Accountability Office to investigate continued KC-46 tanker delays and review the status of prime contractor Boeing's work to address current deficiencies with the aircraft.

May 20, 2020

The Air Force this week released a formal solicitation for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program and plans to award a contract by June 2021.

May 19, 2020

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin up to $485 million to manufacture and upgrade airborne sensor systems that provide advanced detection capabilities for U.S. and international customers.

May 12, 2020

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights risks in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's test schedule and manufacturing practices -- noting concerns with the Pentagon's plans to continue delivering aircraft despite a nine-month operational testing delay.

May 1, 2020

The Air Force this week awarded General Electric four undefinitized contract actions worth $707 million to produce F110 engines for foreign military sales customers -- a move the service's acquisition executive said was made, in part, to support the propulsion industrial base as it faces severe impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 30, 2020

The Air Force is making progress toward a full-scale engine test in early fiscal year 2021 of advanced engine technologies being matured under the Adaptive Engine Transition Program.

April 29, 2020

Boeing faces a charge of $168 million on the VC-25B Air Force One replacement program as a result of "engineering inefficiencies" associated with the coronavirus pandemic, the company revealed in a filing today.

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.