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  1. A Boeing KC-46A prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight in this artist's conception. The first flight of the KC-46 test aircraft has been pushed back to November. Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Air Force

    First Flight Delayed for KC-46A Test Aircraft

    The first flight of the KC-46A program's test aircraft has been pushed back until mid-to-late November, with the first next-generation tanker not expected to fly until April, the program's top officer said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  2. Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, speaks Sept. 16 during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference,. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Space Command Chief: SpaceX Certification Looming

    SpaceX is getting close to certification for military launches, perhaps as soon as the start of December, the new head of US Air Force Space Command said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  3. A U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an Aug. 21 mission in northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / Air Force

    Air Mobility Crews Have Logged More Than 1,000 Sorties To Support Airstrikes in Iraq

    Air Mobility Command tankers have flown more than 1,000 missions in support of airstrikes against the Islamic State, AMC commander Gen. Darren McDew said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  4. Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer. Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin

    Pratt: F-35 Fix Could Begin Installation Before End of Year

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  5. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, director of the Air National Guard, said the Guard needs to know how many C-130 aircraft are required on the homefront. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    Air National Guard Head Wants Study for Future C-130 Path

    The head of the US Air National Guard wants to launch a study on the path forward for the component's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  6. Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, US Air Force Research Laboratory commander, speaks Tuesday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AFRL Commander: 'Digital Teammates' Will Support a Shrinking Force

    As the force gets smaller, the US Air Force may look increasingly to machines to make decisions in team with airmen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  7. Australia is sending Super Hornets, a tanker and an airborne early warning and control aircraft to the United Arab Emirates where they will prepare for possible use against the Islamic State. Nigel Pittaway/Staff

    Australian Hornets, Support Aircraft, Troops Deploy to UAE

    Australia is sending up to eight F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters, an Airbus KC-30 multirole tanker transport and an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Middle East this week for possible use against Islamic State

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  8. Close Proximity: During the Gaza conflict, Israeli F-16s struck targets less than 350 meters from friendly forces, much closer than normal. Here, an Israeli F-16 drops flares during a pass over the Gaza border on July 23. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Gaza War Leaned Heavily On F-16 Close-Air Support

    Hundreds of the more than 6,000 targets struck from the air during Israel's 50-day urban war in Gaza were from fighter jets delivering one-ton bombs in record time and in close proximity to friendly ground forces.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  9. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Breedlove: Junior Officers, NCOs a Resource 'That NATO Can't Waste'

    NATO partners need to do a better job putting noncommissioned officers and junior officers in alliance leadership roles, Gen.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  10. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, expects the program to be given priority under possible tight budgets ahead. Andy Morataya / US Air Force

    Bogdan: F-35 Likely Protected in Next Budget

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  11. Boeing is looking at its 737-700 airframe as a potential winner for the Air Force's next-generation Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System program. Boeing illustration

    Boeing: 737 Size a Benefit for JSTARS Recap

    As Boeing attempts to position itself as the leader in the race to replace the US Air Force’s joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft, the company is relying on the belief the service will want more power for potential growth down the line.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  12. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said the US Air Force is getting 'very close' to identifying 21 general officer billets to eliminate. Mike Morones/Staff

    Secretary James: 21 US Air Force General Officer Billets To Be Cut

    The US Air Force plans to eliminate 21 general officer billets in fiscal 2015, as part of a review directed by Secretary Deborah Lee James earlier this year.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  13. Soldiers exit a CV-22 Osprey during a 2011 training exercise in New Mexico. Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has completed a successful test flight on an engine enhancement for the V-22. TSgt DeNoris Mickle/US Air Force

    Rolls: Flight Test Successful on V-22 Engine Upgrade

    Rolls-Royce has completed a successful flight test of its new engine upgrade for the V-22.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  14. An F-16 flies during June exercises. Lockheed Martin has successfully linked a live and virtual F-16 for training operations. Air Force

    Lockheed Successfully Links Live, Virtual F-16 For Training Exercises

    Lockheed Martin has taken a major step forward in advancing live, virtual and constructive (LVC) technologies with a training exercise that linked a pilot flying an F-16 in the air with a 'wingman' flying an F-16 on the ground, fighting against computer-g

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  15. US Air Force leaders are looking far down the road to envision operations beyond the days of the F-22 fighter, pictured, the KC-10 and KC-135 tankers. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young / US Air Force Central Com

    What's Next: USAF Lays Groundwork To Replace Fighter, Tanker Fleets

    As US Air Force leaders gather this week outside of Washington, they bring a warning: Potential adversaries are spending big on technology, and the US can't afford to fall behind.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  16. A pair of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fly over Kansas. Congressional protection of the close-air support plane has complicated Air Force budgeting. Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel / US Air Force

    Sources: Expect Next Year's USAF Budget To Continue Push for Cuts

    When the US Air Force rolled out its budget request in March, it was billed as a realistic look at the post-sequestration world, one filled with necessary tough choices but still maintaining current capabilities.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  17. The F-35 joint strike fighter. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    Column: Betting on the F-35

    The afternoon drive team on Washington's WTEM sports radio station has some advice for, ahem, sports fans: Keep betting on the Dallas Cowboys' opponents to cover the spread until one fails to.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  18. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James sees more agreement than disagreement in getting Air Force requests through Congress. Mike Morones / Staff

    Deborah James' Mission: Prioritize Wisely To Maintain Capable, Agile US Air Force

    The US Air Force has weathered a difficult year of personnel cuts, tough budget decisions and a cheating scandal that rocked the nuclear force.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  19. Capt. Sean McKee meets with Polish paratroopers in April before they conduct low-level jumps during training at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Tech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks / Air Force

    US Air Force Expects High Op Tempo for Europe Rotations

    The US Air Force has spent the last 20 years reducing its footprint in Europe, but the last six months of Russian military aggression, among other world events, could force the service to rethink that strategy.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  20. Senior Airman Johnathan Morgan assists a CV-22 crew chief with a fuel hose. 'The airplane has proven its worth on the battlefield,' says Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold. Staff Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik / Air Force

    USAF Special Operators Prepare for Fight Against Extremism

    As budget restrictions and sequestration-related cutbacks have hit most of the US Air Force, the service's special operators have largely been protected, and that has been necessary to keep air commandos ready to face the battles they are uniquely suited

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  21. Artist rendering of the KC-46 tanker. Chuck Schroeder / Boeing photo Illustration

    Recapitalizing the Future: Service Juggles Demands of 6 Foundational Programs

    The US Air Force has six major aircraft recapitalization programs it must balance in the next five years during an era of budget reductions.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  22. An Atlas V rocket launches a US Air Force meteorological satellite on April 3. The service has said it must develop a domestic alternative to the Russian-made RD-180 engines, which powers the rocket. Joe Davila / US Air Force

    Rocket Engine Presents Unexpected Budget Challenge

    Renewed tensions with Russia has made it clear the US Air Force will have to develop a homegrown rocket engine to launch military equipment. The question is: What does that mean for the rest of the service's budget?

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  23. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James deliver their 'State of the Air Force' to reporters in the Pentagon on July 30. US Air Force

    Interview: Gen. Mark Welsh, US Air Force Chief of Staff

    The US Air Force represents the largest source of air power in the world, but finds itself at an inflection point in its history, facing dramatic choices in technology, manpower and mission areas. Gen. Mark Welsh took over as chief of staff two years ago.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  24. Boeing is looking at its 737-700 airframe as a potential winner for the Air Force's next-generation JSTARS program. Boeing Illustration

    Boeing Eyes 737-700 Solution for New JSTARS

    Boeing is officially planning a variant of its 737-700 commercial jetliner as a competitor for the Air Force's next-generation Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) replacement.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  25. Russia's President Vladimir Putin, seen here in July, said Sept. 10 that Western countries were provoking the Ukraine crisis in order to 'revive NATO.' Alexei Nikolsky / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia Announces Plans To Upgrade Nuclear, Air Defense Forces

    Russia will respond to the United States' 'prompt global strike' program designed to take out targets within an hour by upgrading its nuclear and space defense forces, its deputy prime minister said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  26. A lawsuit blames Sikorsky and other manufacturers for a Jan. 16 UH-60M Black Hawk crash that killed one soldier and injured two others. Here, a UH-60M flies near Fort Drum, New York. Army

    Suit Names Sikorsky in Fatal Black Hawk Crash

    Relatives of three US soldiers involved in a January Black Hawk helicopter crash have filed a lawsuit claiming assembly defects caused a mechanical failure, leading to the crash that killed one and injured the other two soldiers.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  27. The US has approved the sale of three UH-60M Black Hawks to Brazil. US Army

    US Clears Black Hawk Sale to Brazil

    The US State Department has cleared a $145 million sale of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Brazil, the Pentagon agency that coordinates foreign weapon sales said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  28. Navy Needs: India's Akash short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) defense system is displayed at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in Goyang in October. The Indian Navy is seeking its own SRSAM, since the Akash system does not come in a naval version. JUNG YEON-JE / AFP via Getty Images

    Indian Navy May Walk Away From French Missile Deal

    The Indian Defence Ministry has sent a global request for information for short-range, surface-to-air missiles (SRSAMs), throwing into question an existing deal with the French for the same weapon for the Indian Navy.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  29. Political Changes: Turkey's President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets the press as he arrives at the prime ministry office for a Cabinet meeting on Aug. 25 in Ankara. ADEM ALTAN/ / AFP/Getty Images

    New Turkish Fighter Could Involve Overseas Companies

    Turkey's procurement administration has signaled it might rethink an ambitious indigenous fighter jet program, with a view to restructuring it and possibly adding foreign partners.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  30. Homegrown Solution: Italy has extended its lease for a Gulfstream III fitted out for signals intelligence, similar to this one. But local firms are considering whether a domestic plane could be purchased. Lockheed Martin

    Italian Firms To Push For Homegrown SIGINT

    Italy has decided to renew its lease of a signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft from Lockheed Martin, even as Italian defense firms consider offering a homegrown SIGINT plane they say would guarantee work domestically if purchased.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  31. Air Wing: Chinese media have released details on which aircraft will be featured aboard the carrier Liaoning, seen here docked at Dalian on July 6. STR/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Chinese Carrier's Purported Air Wing Deemed Plausible but Limited

    New details have emerged on the aircraft lineup for the new carrier Liaoning, which analysts say is a 'plausible' mix of foreign-designed fighter jets and various helicopters, yet limited due to its lack of other necessary aircraft.

    • Sep. 7, 2014
  32. The Air Force believes it has a solution to a series of cracks found in its F-16D fleet. Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Air Force

    Fix Decided on For F-16 Cracks

    The US Air Force and Lockheed Martin have reached agreement on a fix for a series of cracks impacting F-16B and D fleets around the world.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  33. A US V-22 Osprey lands at the NATO summit meeting in Newport, Wales, on Friday. NATO

    V-22 To Participate in NATO Exercises

    NATO intends to use US V-22 Ospreys in upcoming exercises across the alliance, which could lead to increased interest in the aircraft by European countries, a top commander said on Friday.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  34. View dated on October 3, 2013, shows inside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi after the deadly assault by Islamist gunmen on September 21, 2013. AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon: Al-Shabaab Leader Killed In Somalia Airstrike

    The US military has killed the leader of an al-Qaida-linked Islamic group in a Somalia airstrike, the Pentagon announced Friday.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  35. Americans On Flight From Afghan Air Base Re-routed To Iran

    A charter plane carrying about 100 people including Americans was diverted to Iran on Friday during a flight from Bagram air base in Afghanistan, US officials said.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  36. Pakistan's establishment of new airbases such as PNS Siddique in the southwest is part of a move away from bases in crowded Karachi, where an attack on the Mehran Naval Air Base destroyed this new P-3C Orion patrol aircraft in 2011. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

    New Air Base Continues Pakistan Navy's Move From Karachi

    The Pakistani Navy this week commissioned a new air base intended to move its air assets away from the vulnerable and congested city of Karachi, and to help protect the coast and Pakistan's maritime territory.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  37. The first multi-ship flight with all three F-35 variants on Nov.19. The US Air Force general in charge of the Joint Strike Fighter program is warning that there is a danger of missing deadlines if his test fleet of aircraft are not flying regularly by the end of September. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 Head: Delays Coming if Test Planes Grounded Through September

    The head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is warning that there is a real danger of missing deadlines if his test fleet of aircraft are not flying regularly by the end of September.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  38. Turkey has finished upgrading the last of 41 Pakistani F-16 fighters. Aamir Qureshi / AFP

    Turkey Delivers Upgraded F-16s to Pakistan

    Turkey has delivered the last four F-16 fighter aircraft it upgraded for the Pakistani Air Force, the company tasked with the work said Sept. 2.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  39. Iranian President president Hassan Rouhani, center, visits a display of Iran's new Nasr-e Basir missile on Aug. 24 as part of Iran's defense capabilities exhibition inside the defense ministry building in Tehran. AFP

    Iran Unveils New Missile, Radar Systems

    Iran unveiled a new surface-to-air missile Tuesday and two radar systems it said would improve its defenses against 'enemies.'

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  40. Ugandan soldiers, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia arrive Aug. 31 in the town of Kurtunwaarey, Somalia, after having liberated it from Al Shabab. Tobin Jones / AFP

    US Targets Shebab Leader In Somalia Airstrike

    US forces have carried out airstrikes against the leader of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the main target, officials said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  41. In this June 13, 2010, file photo, a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile sits on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini / AFP

    Officials: US To Move Drone Base To Northern Niger

    The US military will shift its drone flights in Niger from Niamey to a base further north, allowing Washington to better track Islamist fighters in the region, a defense official said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  42. MAIDEN VOYAGE: The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Royal Air Force has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN15, took off from Seville, Spain, at 14:25 local time (GMT+1) on 30 August and landed back on site 5 hours and 5 minutes later. Media Airbus Defence And Space

    Royal Air Force A400M Makes Its Maiden Flight

    The Royal Air Force's first Airbus A400M has made it's maiden flight moving Britain closer to becoming the third operator of the new European airlifter.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  43. The United Arab Emirates is seeking tech transfer as part of talks on purchasing two Pleiades-type satellites. CNES artist's conception

    France, UAE Close In on Spy Sat Deal

    The United Arab Emirates and France are expected to finalize the Falcon Eye spy satellites deal within the coming weeks while looking into the purchase of 40 Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  44. This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Incident with US P-8 Sparks Debate on Pacific Posture

    When a Chinese J-11 fighter intercepted and flew within 20 feet of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon on Aug.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  45. Changes Coming: Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States Conference Aug. 24 in Chicago. Sources are concerned that an accelerated internal review could result in hasty decisions. Illinois National Guard

    Concern Over Speed of Air Force Process

    The US Air Force's top general said he wants to figure out the balance between the active, Guard and reserve components for the vast majority of his service's programs in time to drive fiscal 2016 decisions.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  46. An Indian Army Chetak helicopter makes a fly-past during a National Cadet Corps parade in New Delhi. A competition to replace Indian Chetak and Cheetah helicopters has been canceled. Prakash Singh/ / AFP

    India Cancels $1 Billion Light Helicopter Tender

    India has canceled the purchase of 197 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) worth $1 billion in which Airbus Helicopter's AS550 was competing with Russia's Ka-226T built by Kamov. The cancellation followed lengthy corruption investigations.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  47. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF Chief: Pratt Close To Developing F-35 Engine Fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  48. India and Japan will discuss the possible joint production of the Japanese company ShinMaywa's US-2 amphibious aircraft during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tokyo visit Aug. 30-Sept. 3. AFP

    India-Japan Talks To Focus on Strategic Ties, Possible Aircraft Deal

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Japan will include talks on possible joint production of amphibious aircraft and other matters related to strategic and defense ties between the two countries.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  49. The solar-powered Zephyr UAV demonstrated the ability to conduct an extended flight during times of limited sunlight. Airbus

    Zephyr Solar UAV Operates 11 Days in Winter Conditions

    Airbus' Zephyr 7 solar-powered UAV has recorded an 11-day, non-stop flight in winter weather conditions, the company said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  50. Provocative Act: This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Defense Ministry Tells US To Stop 'Close-in' Surveillance

    China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to 'undesirable accidents.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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