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  1. An F-35A from Edwards AFB, California, flies on Feb. 7. Lockheed Martin

    Top USAF Officials Defend F-35

    Despite ongoing restrictions on the fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the US Air Force's top general warned against being 'alarmist' when discussing the fifth-generation jet's engine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  2. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testify before the House Armed Services Committee in March. A new strategy document emphasizes better relations with Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    New US Air Force Strategy Emphasizes Closer Ties With Industry, Congress

    The US Air Force is calling for closer ties to industry, better relations with Congress, and increased flexibility for both airmen and acquisitions — all part of a 30-year strategy document unveiled Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  3. The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 Flight Restrictions Lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    US Calls On Moscow To Get Rid of Banned Arms

    Ratcheting up tensions with Moscow, Washington on Tuesday urged Russia to destroy prohibited weapons after it accused Russian leaders of flouting a 1987 treaty banning medium-range cruise missiles.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  5. An AgustaWestland helicopter flies at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England. India on February 15, 2013. AFP

    Finmeccanica Kickback Probe Dropped Amid Executives' Corruption Trial

    As two former Finmeccanica executives prepare to hear if they will be sentenced this autumn for their role in an allegedly corrupt helicopter deal, an Italian magistrate has halted a separate probe into corporate responsibility at the group.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  6. The Royal Air Force's 10 MQ-9 Reapers will be incorporated into the core equipment program after combat operations end in Afghanistan. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    Reapers To Join UK's Core Equipment Program

    The British Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is to take the Royal Air Force's fleet of 10 MQ-9 Reapers into its core equipment program following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  7. Gen. Gilmary Michael Hostage US Air Force

    Gen. Hostage: Manned, Unmanned Mix Needed In Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  8. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a pair of US Air Force GSSAP satellites launches the evening of July 28 from Cape Canaveral. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Successfully Launches GSSAP

    The US Air Force's new geosynchronous spy satellite is on its way into orbit.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  9. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery, a missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images

    Senior Dem: With Supplemental in Doubt, 'Another Approach' for Iron Dome May be Needed

    One senior House Democrat says including millions for an Israeli missile defense program in a broader spending bill could delay — or even kill — the funds.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. Saab officials said the company chose to not bid on a Denmark fighter program and concentrate on other markets. Above is a Gripen E/F Test aircraft. Stefan Kalm/ / Saab

    Saab Eyes Other Markets After Dropping Denmark Bid

    Sweden's decision not to submit a formal bid for Denmark's $5.5 billion to $6 billion Fighter Replacement Program (FRP) was a 'strategic choice' supported by state partners and Saab, said Ulf Hammarström, the CEO of Sweden's Defense Export Agency (DEA).

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  11. An MQ-9 Reaper UAV taxies after landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. US, Iranian and Iraqi unmanned vehicles share airspace over Iraqi skies. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson / US Air Force

    US, Iranian Drones Crowd Iraqi Air Space

    Despite a years-long history of intermittently sniping at one another's drones in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf, the United States and Iran have for the most part avoided each other in the air.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  12. A Delta IV rocket carrying the first two satellites for the GSSAP program awaits launch on July 25. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Ready for New Geosynchronous Overwatch

    The US Air Force will soon have new spy satellite capability that will provide oversight over other objects in space.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  13. Avro transport aircraft Indian Air Force

    India's Tender for Private-Sector-Built Airlifter May Not Take Off

    India's first attempt to operate a military aircraft-building program involving the domestic private sector appears to be a non-starter as only one potential foreign partner is likely to submit a bid, a Ministry of Defence source said.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  14. Lessons From Libya: A Canadian CF-18 fighter lands at an airbase in Sicily after a mission in Libya in March 2011. Concern over civilian deaths during the Libyan campaign has made low collateral damage weapons a priority for the Royal Canadian Air Force. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/ / AFP

    Aiming To Cut Collateral Damage, Canada Eyes Smarter Weapons

    The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking at acquiring new weapons to reduce collateral damage, a key recommendation that emerged from the service's war in Libya.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  15. A Russian MIG-29 performs during the MAKS 2009 international aerospace show outside Moscow. A MiG-29 crashed July 27 in Russia, killing the pilot, according to reports. Dmitry Kostyukov / AFP

    Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Killing Pilot

    A fighter jet crashed in southern Russia on Sunday, killing the pilot, the head of the air force told Russian news agencies, blaming a technical fault.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  16.  Mike Morones/Staff

    Interview with Bennett Croswell, President of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

    On June 23, an F-35A gearing up for a flight caught fire.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  17. Under Development: Boeing officials have long said they do not expect to profit on the KC-46A tanker before it enters production. boeing

    Boeing Discloses KC-46 Design Flaw as Companies Report Mixed Earnings

    Boeing said it would eat $272 million in the development of the new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker after discovering wiring issues in test aircraft.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  18. The first KC-46A test aircraft in development at a Boeing facility near Seattle. Aaron Mehta/Staff

    Boeing Takes $272 Million KC-46 Hit

    Boeing is taking a $272 million hit to its KC-46A tanker contract after discovering a wiring issue that will require fixing on a test aircraft.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  19. Australia's first F-35 is presented during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. Nigel Pittaway

    First Australian F-35A Rolled Out

    The first F-35A for the Royal Australian Air Force was rolled out during a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin facility.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  20. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to Conduct Test of Norwegian Missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  21. Russia began supplying military helicopters, including Mi-35 attack helicopters, pictured here in Afghanistan in 2009, and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said July 24. AFP

    Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

    Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  22. The Typhoon is one of the competitors to replace the Danish Air Force's F-16 fleet. GEOFFREY LEE/ / Eurofighter

    Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Announce Bids on Danish Fighter Competition; Saab Withdraws

    Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin have confirmed they have submitted bids to replace the Royal Danish Air Force's aging F-16 combat jet fleet but Saab has withdrawn from the competition.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  23. After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines — surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare. US Air Force

    Air Force Refocuses on Training as Wars Wind Down

    After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines — surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  24. Gen. William Shelton, commander of the US Air Force Space Command in 2013. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

    Shelton: Russia's Doubt Over US Satellite Capabilities Shows 'Desperation'

    Russian statements expressing skepticism that the US can produce satellite images showing a surface-to-air missile shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17 shows 'desperation' on Russia's part, the top Air Force space official said today.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  25. The US should develop a new engine for the Atlas V launch vehicle, said the outgoing head of the US Air Force Space Command. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Space Head: Time Right for New Engine

    The outgoing head of the US Air Force Space Command said the time is right for a new rocket engine to be developed in the United States, regardless of whether current engine sales are cut off by Russia.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  26. South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration has selected Korea Aerospace Industries to develop a helicopter for civil and military purposes. Korea Aerospace Industries Concept

    KAI Picked To Build S. Korean Light Armed Helo

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has been tapped to develop a 10,000-pound helicopter to be used for civil and military purposes, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  27. Shiite Muslim volunteers join the Iraqi Army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Iraq's ambassador to the US has urged the US to begin airstrikes against ISIL. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraqi Ambassador: US Should Begin Airstrikes in Iraq Now

    The Iraqi ambassador to the United States explicitly called for ramped up American military involvement in his country on Monday, asking the United States to launch air strikes against positions being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  28. A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter, similar to this Venezuelan Mi-35 seen in 2008, crashed July 21 in a restive part of the country. Pedro Rey / AFP

    Nigeria Air Force Helicopter Crashes In Restive Region

    A Nigerian helicopter crashed on Monday in an area where the military is battling Boko Haram Islamists, killing two of the three people on board, a statement said, but there was no indication the chopper was shot down by insurgents.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  29. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and members of a forensic team inspect a refrigerator railroad car containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on July 21. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country, where the plane was downed by a missile on July 17. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Ukrainian PM Calls On West for Weapons After Airliner Downed

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country following the shootdown July 17 of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  30. A pro-Russia militant holds up a stuffed animal as others look on at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 18. Dominique Faget / Getty Images

    Airliner Strike Intensifies Urgency for E. European Procurement, Cooperation

    The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger aircraft over eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are fighting against Ukraine's pro-government troops, is likely to further contribute to security concerns in Eastern Europe, where NATO all

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  31. A US Senate panel is calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reassess the value of an alternate power plant, such as the General Electric-Rolls-Royce F136 pictured here, for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. US Air Force

    Experts: Don't Bet on Revival of 2nd F-35 Engine

    The revival of the Pentagon's storied F-35 alternative engine program is unlikely despite a US Senate panel raising that possibility, experts say.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  32. India's Light Combat Aircraft is expected to miss its 2014 deadline for final operational clearance. AFP

    India's 20-Year Late LCA Faces Fresh Delays

    India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark-1, already 20 years late, likely will miss its final operational clearance (FOC) deadline set for the end of 2014, an Indian Air Force source said.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  33. A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field July 20 near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

    Report: US Believes Russia Gave Rebels Missiles That Downed Airliner

    The United States believes Moscow provided Ukrainian rebels with the missile launchers that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and moved them back into Russia after it was hit, US newspapers reported late Saturday.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  34. Next Jets: South Korea seeks to replace its aging F-5 fighter jets with the KF-X. PARK JI-HWAN/ / AFP/Getty Images

    S. Korea Opts for Twin-Engine Fighter Development

    The South Korean military has chosen to equip its future fighter jet with two engines instead of one amid lingering worries over the economic and technical merits of the twin-engine aircraft development.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  35. Looking Skyward: Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Boeing have teamed up to compete for the XS-1 space plane program. David Ryde/ / Getty Images

    Civil Firms Looking to Military Space

    Some of the biggest names and deepest pockets in Silicon Valley are looking to space as their next big investment opportunity, and while the targets of their investment are primarily commercial, the Pentagon's in-house tech think tank is also drawing thes

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  36. Grim Task: Rescuers stand on the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. DOMINIQUE FAGET/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Analysts: Airliner Shootdown Points to Russian-Made System

    US officials said on July 18 that they were unsure if the BUK surface-to-air missile system suspected of shooting down a Malaysian Air flight on July 17 was transported over the border from Russia, or a Ukrainian system captured by pro-Russian separatists

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  37. People search for bodies on Fridayat the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board Flight MH17 died when the plane crashed. Dominique Faget / AFP

    Ukraine Rebels Promise MH17 Investigators Safe Passage

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine agreed Friday to allow investigators access to the scattered crash site of a Malaysian airliner that was shot down, killing all 298 aboard.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  38. A picture taken July 17 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget / AFP

    Reports: Malaysian Airliner Crashes in East Ukraine

    A Malaysian passenger liner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in insurgency-wracked east Ukraine, regional officials said Thursday, as Ukraine's president said the jet may have been shot down.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  39. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yoshikazu Tsuno / Getty Images

    Japan, Britain To Launch Joint Missile Research

    Japan said Thursday it would join forces with Britain to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while also moving to export Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  40. A British RAF Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft leaves RAF Marham in Norfolk, England. Gavin Fogg / AFP

    Selex Provides Jamming Pod for RAF Tornado Aircraft

    Selex ES has been contracted to design and develop a common jamming pod for RAF Tornado aircraft, the firm said Wednesday at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  41. With its latest partnership agreement, Boeing could have a stake in the Aerosud/Paramount Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft effort. AHRLAC

    Boeing Continues Partnership Strategy With Paramount Group Deal

    In what is the latest move by Boeing to collaborate with a company offering knowledge of an untapped market, the aerospace giant has signed an agreement with The Paramount Group of South Africa.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  42. The Watchkeeper UAV could become part of Thales' plan to lease sensor capabilities. Thales

    Want To Lease a Watchkeeper UAV? Call Thales

    As part of a plan to lease and rent sensor capabilities to military and civilian customers, Thales has said it would consider leasing out the Watchkeeper UAV.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  43. A demonstrator of Alenia's new M-345 trainer was flown at Farnborough. Alenia Aermacchi

    Alenia Flies New Trainer Demonstrator at Farnborough

    One year after announcing it at the Paris Air Show, Italy's Alenia Aermacchi has flown a demonstrator of its new basic advanced M-345 trainer at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  44. A US Senate panel is calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reassess the value of an alternate power plant, such as the General Electric-Rolls-Royce F136 pictured here, for the F-35 joint strike fighter. US Air Force

    Senate Panel to Pentagon: 'Reassess' Value of Alternate F-35 Engine

    In the wake of an engine fire that grounded the F-35 fleet, a US Senate subcommittee wants senior Pentagon officials to consider reviving an effort to develop a second power plant.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  45. The Atlas V launch vehicle currently handles most national security missions. Lockheed Martin

    USAF Seeks Space Launch Proposals From Industry

    The US Air Force this week opened competition for a national security space launch for the first time in a decade.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  46. Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries hopes to gain C-130 upgrade work outside of Turkey. Lockheed Martin

    Turks Seeking C-130 Upgrade Deals Abroad

    Turkey's national aerospace specialist has perhaps busied itself too long with upgrading the country's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft but it finally reached the delivery stage and is now confident it may win similar upgrade contracts abroad.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  47. The flight deck crew secures an F-35B Lighting II aircraft aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) following testing. Commandant Gen. Jim Amos said a recent fire in an F-35A was probably a 'one-off' incident. US Navy

    USMC Commandant: F-35 Engine Fire a 'One-Off' Incident

    As the Pentagon announced it was un-grounding the F-35 fleet following an investigation into a June engine fire, the commandant of the US Marine Corps reiterated his support for the fighter program and said the mishap amounted to a fluke.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  48. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the F-35 would not be making the trip to the Farnborough Air Show. US Air Force

    It's Official: F-35 Not Flying To Farnborough

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will not be flying at the Farnborough International Airshow, to the disappointment of attendees, program supporters and partnered militaries.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  49. An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. A Senate subcommittee added $1.3 billion for a dozen of the aircraft. MC2 John Philip Wagner/ / Navy

    US Senate Panel Proposes Keeping A-10, 11 Aircraft Carriers With $547.9B Defense Bill

    A US Senate panel on Tuesday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending as part of a bill that would keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  50. The P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft participates in a flying display at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow. The Boeing Co.

    Boeing Sees UK C-17 Lease as Model for P-8

    As speculation grows that the UK could be interested in the Boeing P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, a Boeing official said the firm is looking at using its C-17 lease deal with the UK as a model for future P-8 customers.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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