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  1. The F-22 Raptor is expected to see future operations over Syria. Staff Sgt. Jared Becker/ / US Air Force

    F-22 Continuing Operations in Syria

    The kid gloves appear to be fully removed from the F-22 Raptor, with a US Air Force general indicating Monday that the fifth-generation fighter will be available for future operations over Syria for the foreseeable future.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  2. An F-22 Raptor performs a refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker in August. Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards / US Air Force

    Column: A Threat The F-22 Can't Eliminate

    Taking out an Islamic State command-and-control facility is one thing.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  3. A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft on Sept. 23 after strike operations in Syria. Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland / Air Force

    US Air Force Takes the Lead on Airstrikes Against Islamic State

    The Air Force has flown a large majority of all airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, with the mission expected to change as Islamic State fighters adjust to the aerial bombardment.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  4. A Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off May 11 during a joint exercise at an air base in northern Jordan. US Air Force

    Jordan Secure Despite Role In Anti-IS Coalition, Government Says

    Jordan, which has joined a US-led coalition waging airstrikes on the Islamic State group, said Sunday it has secured the country's borders against 'any threat.'

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  5. Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter jets prepare to land at the Akrotiri British airbase on Sept. 27 after returning from a mission over Iraq. Getty Images

    Armed British Warplanes Flying 'Daily' Over Iraq

    Armed British warplanes are flying daily missions over Iraq and would launch air strikes if called in by local forces on the ground, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Sunday.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  6. Need for ISR: An F-22 Raptor launches from a base in the Middle East for strike operations over Syria on Sept. 23. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/ / US Air Force

    Experts: As Operation Continues, ISR Demand To Grow in Syria

    It can be easy, in the first days of strikes on Syria, to focus on the weaponry being dropped. After all, the explosion from a 1,000-pound bomb makes great video.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  7. The British are prepared to use Tornados to launch strikes against militants in Iraq. Gavin Fogg/ / AFP

    UK Aircraft Prepared To Attack Militants in Iraq

    Royal Air Force Tornado strike jets are poised to attack Islamic State (IS) targets in a matter of hours following the British Parliament's Friday vote approving action against the militants.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  8. The first A-29 Super Tucano of the Pentagon's Light Air Support program, destined for the Afghan Air Force, has been delivered to the Air Force in Jacksonville, Florida. Embraer/SNC

    SNC, Embraer Deliver First A-29 to US Air Force

    Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and Embraer have delivered the first A-29 Super Tucano to the US Air Force, with company officials pledging Embraer's Jacksonville, Florida, facility will produce the remainder of its order on time.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  9. Departing CEO Robin Southwell led an Airtanker consortium that subsequently secured a private finance initiative deal to supply A330 inflight refueling aircraft for the Royal Air Force. Wikipedia

    Airbus's Southwell To Step Down

    The boss of Airbus UK Robin Southwell is leaving the company after nearly a decade at the controls.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  10. Sen. Carl Levin says political support for the F-35 remains strong.

    Despite Troubles, Veteran Senator Calls F-35's Political Support 'Fairly Strong'

    There are no political wolves moving to sink their teeth into the Pentagon's F-35 fighter program, despite a speckled past, says one veteran US senator.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  11. French President Francois Hollande holds a press conference Sept. 24 at the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Alain Jocard / AFP

    France Launches Fresh Iraq Strikes as Country Mourns Hostage

    France carried out a fresh round of airstrikes in Iraq Thursday as it renewed its determination to fight Islamic State jihadists after the beheading of hostage Herve Gourdel.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  12. Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft fly over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / U.S. Air Force

    CENTCOM Releases New Video of Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Syria

    Central Command released new video Thursday of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria by US and coalition aircraft.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  13. The Pentagon intends to take two F-35C models, shown here doing catapult launch tests at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in 2013, to carrier trials in November. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 'On Track' for Carrier Tests in November

    The F-35 joint strike fighter is on track to conduct trials aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier in November, but there are still variables as to what may be tested, the program's top official said today.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  14. Maj. Mariam al-Mansouri, 35, 'led the squadron' of UAE fighter jets that participated in raids targeting Islamic State jihadists in Syria as part of the US-led campaign against extremists. She is reportedly the first female UAE pilot of a fighter jet. AFP

    Female UAE Pilot 'Leads Strikes' on Jihadists

    A female pilot has led United Arab Emirates airstrikes that targeted Islamic State jihadists in Syria as part of the US-led campaign against extremists.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  15. The Houses of Parliament in London. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

    British MPs to Vote Friday on Anti-IS Airstrikes in Iraq

    The British Parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Friday to vote on whether to join US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  16. A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker on Sept. 23 over northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / U.S. Air Forces Central

    US, Coalition Forces Hit IS Oil Refineries in Syria

    US aircraft and those from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates struck Islamic State targets in Syria Wednesday, including 12 'modular oil refineries,' the US Central Command said.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  17. The South Korean national flag, left, is displayed on a model of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II in 2013. A deal has been finalized between South Korea and the US government to acquire 40 F-35As. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

    South Korea To Buy 40 F-35As for $7 billion

    South Korea has finalized a deal with the US government to buy 40 F-35As built by Lockheed Martin, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  18. The Marine Corps' Hybrid Energy Internally Transportable Vehicle trailer was designed specifically with the MV-22B Osprey in mind, as it can be transported in the aircraft. The trailer was on display Sept. 24 during the Modern Day Marine Expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Marine Corps Develops New Equipment Built for the Osprey

    New equipment being developed by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab is tailor-made to fit inside the service's most expeditionary aircraft — the MV-22B Osprey.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  19. Two Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcons take off June 11 during an exercise with US and coalition partners. Jordanian warplanes carried out a bombing raid against the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, according to US officials. Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer / US Air Nationa

    US Officials: Jordan Bombed IS in Syria on Wednesday

    Jordanian warplanes carried out a bombing raid against the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday as part of a second day of US-led airstrikes against the jihadists, two US defense officials told AFP.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  20. EC145 Corporate Passengers Transport PECCHI.Anthony / Airbus

    Finmeccanica Sues US Over Airbus Helicopter Deal

    Italian aerospace giant Finmeccanica has sued the US government over the Pentagon's plan to award an Army helicopter contract to Airbus, violating its rules against sole-source contracts.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  21. A new GAO report acknowledges attempts by the Pentagon to find ways to drive down sustainment costs of the F-35 joint strike fighter, but made it clear the agency disagrees with how the F-35 joint program office is moving forward on that issue. Lockheed Martin

    GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates

    Sustainment estimates for the F-35 joint strike fighter may not be realistic and require further study before a plan is finalized, the government's watchdog wrote in a new report.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  22. A Marine rappels down from an MV-22B Osprey. Rolls-Royce says it hopes the Marine Corps will be interested in using its upgraded V-22 engine. Lance Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/US Marine Corps

    Will USMC Pursue Engine Upgrade for V-22?

    While Rolls-Royce has completed a successful flight test of its new engine upgrade for the V-22, it is unclear whether the US Marine Corps will pursue a re-engine plan.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  23. A long-planned sale of Apaches to Iraq has been thrown into limbo. Michael Goettings/Boeing

    Apache Sale to Iraq Thrown Into Doubt Because of Iraqi Inaction

    A proposed $4.8 billion sale to Iraq of the latest Apache AH-64E helicopter may have fallen through because Baghdad failed to sign an offer made by the US government for 24 of the aircraft.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  24. The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile. The Philippine Sea and the destroyer Arleigh Burke fired a total of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles at militant groups in Syria. MC1 Eric Garst / Navy

    U.S. Airstrikes Pound Militant Groups in Syria

    The U.S. military has launched airstrikes against two terrorist groups in Syria, using manned aircraft, drones and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by Navy warships, according to U.S. Central Command.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  25. A German Navy Sea Lynx lifts off from a US Navy ship in the Gulf of Aden after a refueling stop. Many deployed German frigates carry two of the helicopters. MC1(SW) Rachael L. Leslie/ / US Navy

    German Navy Grounds Sea Lynx Helicopter Fleet

    A 22-centimeter-long crack discovered in a German Sea Lynx Mk88 helicopter has grounded 21 of the Navy's 22-strong Sea Lynx fleet, according to the Defense Ministry.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  26. Four F/A-22 Raptors fly on a test mission. Airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Sept. 22 were carried out by F/A-22 Raptors, according to reports. Air Force

    US Begins Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Syria

    The US military has begun its first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria late Monday, as the war ordered by President Obama against the militant organization took on an urgent new phase.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  27. Replacing the U-2 Dragon Lady with the unmanned Global Hawk is not optimal, but 'we'll make it work,' Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Hostage said. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / Air Force

    US Air Combat Command Chief Reluctantly Accepts Global Hawk Over U-2

    While the plan to keep new, unmanned Global Hawks over the aging manned U-2 has support among top Defense Department officials, the top combat general in the US Air Force says it is not the best military solution.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  28. A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force E-2C Hawkeye aircraft crew chief directs an aircraft in 2010 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Japan's Defence Ministry wants to replace their Hawkeyes with planes featuring advanced surveillance radar by the mid-2020s. Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey / US Air Force

    Report: Japan Wants Its Own Early-Warning Planes

    Japan's Defence Ministry wants to develop its own early-warning aircraft, replacing US-made planes as the Chinese and Russian air forces grow more assertive, a report said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  29. Lebanese army soldiers inspect the wreckage of an Israeli drone that crashed along the southern Lebanese border with Israel, on Saturday. ALI DIA / AFP/Getty Images

    Source: Israel Drone Crashes Inside Lebanon

    An Israeli drone crashed inside Lebanon on Saturday, coming down close to the demarcation line with the Jewish state, a military source.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  30. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    Hollande: France Carries Out First Air Strike in Iraq

    French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  31. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech Sept. 18 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Patrick Kovarik / AFP

    Hollande Goes On Offensive With Iraq Airstrike Decision

    President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct airstrikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  32. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support New Rocket Engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  33. Final approval on India's purchase of 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers has been delayed because of a missing file. BAE Systems

    Indian MoD Source: Purchase of 20 Hawk Trainers On Track Despite Lost File

    An order for 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers for the Indian Air Force worth $333 million has been delayed as the file detailing the purchase has been misplaced, an Indian Defence Ministry source said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  34. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and the Chief of US Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attend the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force to Congress: Protect Readiness, Enact CR

    The leadership of the US Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  35. Jeff Bezos, right, the founder of Blue Origin and, gestures toward a model of the BE-4 rocket engine during a press conference with Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, on Wednesday. Win McNamee/ / Getty Images

    ULA Teams With Blue Origin for New Rocket Engine

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is teaming with Seattle-based Blue Origin to design and produce a next-generation, American-made rocket engine for space launch, the companies announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  36. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: US Troops in Iraq Could Call in Airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  37. An Arrow missile launches in central Israel, south of Tel Aviv. A recent intercept test of the Arrow 2 missed its mark. Israel Aerospace Industries/AFP

    Arrow-2 Intercept Test Misses Target

    Israel has determined that a Sept. 9 intercept test of the joint US-Israel Arrow-2 missile missed its target.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. A US-made F-16 jet fighter takes off from a highway in southern Chiayi county on Sept. 16 during the Han Kuang drill. Taiwan displayed how its air force jets could land, refuel and take off on a closed-off motorway in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Fighter Jets Land On Taiwan Highway In 'China Attack' War Games

    Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets and early warning aircraft could land, refuel and take off on a closed motorway on Tuesday, in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. Improved Air Defense: The Tien Kung 3, above, will replace Taiwan's Hawk surface-to-air missile system. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Taiwan Retires Hawk Missiles

    Taiwan will begin retiring its Hawk surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in 2015 as production of the new Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow) SAM system ramps up, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) source said.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
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