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Air Force Unveils Plans to Maintain Bomber Fleet

The U.S. Air Force has detailed its plans to update its existing bomber fleet and acquire new aircraft in the fiscal year 2019 budget request. The military branch said Monday it aims to modernize the B-52 Stratofortress fleet; continue installing upgrades on the B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft; and acquire the future …

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Air Force Sets Next F-35A Air National Guard Bases

The U.S. Air Force has announced two preferred Air National Guard bases to receive the F-35A conventional takeoff-and-landing aircraft. The military branch said Thursday it expects the Truax Field base in Wisconsin and the Dannelly Field base in Alabama to begin accommodating F-35A jets in 2023. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, said the service …

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Ellen Lord: NDAAs Help Pentagon Accelerate Procurement, Modernization Efforts

Defense Department acquisition chief Ellen Lord has said defense policy bills enacted over the past two fiscal years have helped DoD to cut through the “red tape” that affected its acquisition and modernization efforts. The U.S. Air Force reported Thursday she told Senate Armed Services Committee members that NDAAs have “provided the direction and …

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Air Force Picks Tyndall AF Base as MQ-9 Reaper Wing Location

The U.S. Air Force has selected Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida as its preferred location to house a new military wing along with 24 units of the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper remotely controlled aircraft. Tyndall’s MQ-9 Reaper Wing will comprise an operations group that will have mission control elements and launch-and-recovery platforms, as well …

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Air Force Leaders Call for Fiscal 2018 Budget Stability

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein have said the military branch needs a stable budget to conduct national security efforts. Wilson told reporters during the State of the Air Force Address held Tuesday at the Pentagon the branch seeks to restore readiness and modernize forces …

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Air Force Eyes Laser Weapon System for Warfighting Arsenal

The U.S. Air Force looks to integrate the use of high-energy laser weapon systems into the service branch’s warfighting arsenal, AFCEA International reported Wednesday. The Air Force Special Operations Command will start to assess a complete laser system for the AC-130J Ghostrider gunship which will feature a beam control system, …

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