Tag Archives: US Air Force

KC-46A Tanker Now Usable for F-15, F-16 Aircraft in USTRANSCOM; Brig. Gen. Ryan Samuelson Quoted

KC-46A Tanker

The KC-46A Pegasus tanker can now refuel all F-15 and F-16 aircraft variants for U.S. Transportation Command's operations, through a recently approved interim capability release. Gen. Mike Minihan, who leads Air Mobility Command, authorized the aerial refueler's third interim capability release on Wednesday, AMC said Friday.

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Former FAA Official Ravi Chaudhary Nominated to Lead Air Force Installations Office

Ravi Chaudhary

Ravi Chaudhary, former director of advanced programs and innovation at the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) commercial space office, has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment at the Department of the Air Force, the White House announced Thursday.

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Air Force Headquarters Completes Realignment to Merge All EMS Operations; Mary O’Brien Quoted

Mary O'Brien

The U.S. Air Force has finished consolidating its electromagnetic spectrum operation functions with the recent transfer of the Headquarters' EMS Superiority Directorate to the intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations staff. The realignment enables service officials to streamline oversight, policy and guidance related to EMS operations to improve collaborative work across various domains. 

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AF Materiel Command Employs New Contract Vehicle for Enterprise Procurements; Brig. Gen. Heath Collins Quoted

Brig. Gen. Heath Collins

Air Force Materiel Command's Armament Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base has created a new multiple-award contract vehicle dedicated to enterprise analytics, open system architecture, agile software development and digital procurements. AFMC said Wednesday its Eglin Wide Agile Acquisition Contract allows for up to $46 billion in awards over a 10-year work timeline.

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AFRL Gathers Scientists to Discuss DSX Spacecraft Findings; William Robert Johnston Quoted

Demonstration and

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) gathered scientists from government, industry and academia to discuss the initial results of a 23-month mission that conducted science experiments in Earth's radiation belts. AFRL said Tuesday that it administered a virtual meeting where representatives from Leidos, NASA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other organizations to discuss findings of the Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft. 

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Air Combat Command Concludes Design Certification Test of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb; Lt. Col. Daniel Jackson Quoted

F-35A with B61-12

Air Combat Command (ACC) and its maintenance partners have completed the final flight test exercise required to certify the B61-12 bomb's nuclear design. A pair of F-35A units dropped B61-12 joint test assemblies during the aircraft's first full weapon system demonstration. Pilots dropped the JTAs at Tonopah Test Range while observing operationally realistic flight envelopes.

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USAF, Boeing to Use VR in T-7A Red Hawk Technical Order Verification; Fred Tschirner Quoted

T-7A Red Hawk

The U.S. Air Force plans to certify the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft's technical orders via methods that rely on virtual reality and 3D modeling. The effort's assigned team and its partners at Boeing will use the latter's virtual reality technology to certify the technical orders in a way that mitigates risks, Air Force Materiel Command said Friday.

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Air Force Develops Expeditionary, Amphibious Capability for Commando II Aircraft; Lt. Col. Josh Trantham Quoted

MAC Digital Render

The U.S. Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is working on a new capability to make the C-130J transport aircraft more suitable for expeditionary missions in watery environments. AFSOC said Wednesday it partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop the MC-130J Commando II Amphibious Capability, also known as MAC.

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AFRL-Developed Autonomous Research Software Now Available for Public

Benji Maruyama

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) scientists have released to the public the Autonomous Research System open-source software (ARES OS), which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to improve research processes. ARES OS tasks autonomous “robots” made from carbon nanotube synthesis reactors to direct and perform research in the most efficient way possible without intervention from human scientists, AFRL said Wednesday.

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AFRL Opens New Wargaming, Simulation Laboratory at Kirtland AFB; Col. Eric Felt Quoted

Eric Felt

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has broken ground on its new Wargaming and Advanced Research Simulation (WARS) Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. AFRL said the over 10,600-square-foot laboratory will starting housing analysis, wargaming and simulation efforts for its organizations focused on directed energy technologies and space vehicles in the spring of 2023.

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