Gen. Mike Holmes, head of Air Combat Command, said the U.S. Air Force is considering if the T-X trainer aircraft can be acquired to meet the service's other requirements like performing light-attack missions or serving as an “aggressor” plane, Defense News reported Thursday. “You could imagine a version of the airframe that could be equipped as a light fighter. You can imagine a version that is equipped as an adversary air-training platform,” Holmes told reporters at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Thursday.Read More »
The first two Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aircraft have been delivered to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas five years after the installation was selected as the first Main Operating Base, McConnell AFB said Friday. The base commenced construction of facilities such as an air traffic control tower, a fuselage trainer, technical training dormitories and aircraft maintenance hangars in preparation for the delivery.Read More »
A new assessment report shows the Pentagon is advancing missile defense for the U.S., with the military now capable of deterring certain attacks from North Korea or Iran, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The annual report from Robert Behler, director of operational testing at the Department of Defense, highlights the improved capability of DoD’s $180B network of ground- and sea-based missile interceptors, sensors and communications.Read More »
Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, conducted an inspection of the T-X trainer aircraft during his visit to Boeing’s production facility in St. Louis on Jan. 15, the Air Force reported Wednesday. Goldfein shared his observations on the aircraft during the inspection, including his comments on the sight lines the plane offers.Read More »
The delivery of the first Boeing-built KC-46 tanker aircraft to the U.S. Air Force was postponed following the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, Defense News reported Monday. A source said the service branch was scheduled to receive the first tanker on Monday but leadership changes at DoD stalled the decision on KC-46.
The Air Force Research Laboratory has developed an electrical systems tester to support maintenance work on the Boeing-built B-52 bomber aircraft. AFRL teamed up with the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the University of Dayton Research Institute to build an EST prototype, the service said Monday.Read More »
The U.S. Air Force has decided to incrementally purchase hypersonic weapons instead of procuring the technology in large quantities, Flight Global reported Monday. Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition and technology, USAF, said that the service branch intends to achieve initial operational capability for its Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon by 2020.Read More »