Archive: Air Force

ULA Sets New Date for Delta IV Launch of NRO Payload

United Launch Alliance on Tuesday announced it had rescheduled a Delta IV Heavy launch carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office for Jan. 19. The launch, dubbed NROL-71, was previously scheduled to launch in December from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, but was scrubbed multiple times due to technical and weather conditions. The […]

Air Force Awards Lockheed $462 Million to Further GPS Ground Control System Modernization

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a follow-on contract for the GPS Control Segment sustainment program to help the service further modernize its ground control systems as new GPS III satellites come online, the company said Jan. 10. The GPS Control Segment Sustainment II (GCS II) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is worth $462 million and […]

Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker from Boeing

The Air Force accepted the first KC-46A Pegasus tanker from Boeing [BA] on Jan. 10, marking a significant step forward in the service’s effort years in the making to procure a new aerial refueling aircraft. “This is a major milestone for our next generation tanker and will allow our Airmen to begin operational testing and […]

SASC Subcommittee Chair Wants Air Force Leader for Next Defense Secretary

As President Trump reportedly searches for his next secretary of defense, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) has already thrown his pick into the ring: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson. Rounds, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee’s cybersecurity subcommittee, first floated Wilson’s name in a Dec. 23 tweet, stating “As President Trump carefully weighs his next […]

Boeing, Partners End 2018 With Billion-Dollar Rotorcraft Work Windfall

Atop winning several of the largest and most contentious military acquisition competitions of 2018, Boeing [BA] in the month of December alone took home a share of nearly $2 billion in rotorcraft contracts from the U.S. Defense Department, much of it in conjunction with joint-venture partners. Boeing was selected in 2018 to build both the […]

Lockheed Meets 2018 F-35 Delivery Goal, Increases Production By 40 Percent

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Thursday it has delivered the 91st F-35, reaching its delivery target for 2018, while increasing production of the fighter jet by nearly 40 percent from last year. Officials said the goal for 2019 is to reach another 40 percent increase in production and deliver 130 F-35s as the company works toward […]

Pentagon Draft Proposal Puts New Space Force Under Air Force

The Defense Department is planning to push a plan to implement a new Space Force under the umbrella of the Air Force, according to a draft proposal currently working its way through Pentagon leadership. The legislative proposal, which was viewed by Defense Daily on Dec. 20, states that a United States Space Force would be […]

FLIR Will Provide Infrared Sensors For Air Force Huey Replacement

Boeing [BA] has chosen FLIR Systems [FLIR] to provide the electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) surveillance sensor for the U.S. Air Force UH-1N replacement helicopters it is building in concert with Leonardo. The Air Force in September chose the Boeing-Leonardo team’s MH-139 to replace its aging UH-1 fleet. The helicopters will oversee security and provide operational support at […]

Air Force Light Attack Aircraft RFP Delayed Until 2019

The Air Force’s awaited release of a final request for proposals for a light attack aircraft (LAA) has been pushed back to early next year. The service intended to release the request by the end of 2018, and sources on Dec. 18 told Defense Daily that as of Monday, it had been expected by Dec. […]

Lockheed Martin, Universal Synaptics Partner to Address Fighter Jet Faults

Lockheed Martin [LMT] will be the systems integrator of two Universal Synaptics automated test equipment solutions across key Defense Department programs under a new intermittent fault detection technology licensing agreement. The Universal Synaptics automated test equipment (ATE) Lockheed Martin will be responsible for are the Isolation System 2.0 (IFDIS2) and the Voyager Intermittent Fault Detector […]