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  • IN FOCUS: End of F-22 production closes chapter in eventful history

    04/02/2012 5:58:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | 04/02/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    IN FOCUS: End of F-22 production closes chapter in eventful history On 14 March, a lone Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor took to the skies over Georgia on a test flight. It was the last of 187 aircraft ordered by the US Air Force. The USAF had originally wanted 750 of the stealthy fifth-generation fighters, but a political debate over the very nature of aerial warfare in the 21st century ultimately sealed its fate. The debate started in the halls of the Pentagon in the wake of the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan around 2004 and came to a head...
  • Lockheed Martin to celebrate delivery of 4,500th F-16

    04/02/2012 5:23:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | Apr. 01, 2012 | Bob Cox
    Lockheed Martin to celebrate delivery of 4,500th F-16 In late 1969, a conspiracy was hatched in secret all-night meetings in Washington, D.C.-area hotel rooms that would have a profound impact on military aviation and Fort Worth. A handful of people were at the meetings: two rebel Air Force colonels, a Pentagon analyst and a General Dynamics engineer. Their goal was to create a fighter jet -- a relatively simple, inexpensive plane that could be sold by the hundreds. Fortunately, the conspirators succeeded, probably beyond any of their wildest dreams. On Tuesday, Lockheed Martin will celebrate delivery of the 4,500th F-16,...
  • Pentagon focused on resolving F-35 software issues

    04/01/2012 9:20:55 PM PDT · by U-238 · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    The Pentagon is focused on resolving complex software issues on the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, even as it struggles to drive down costs, a top Pentagon official said on Friday, noting that software failures could "bring us to our knees." Air Force Major General John Thompson, the No. 2 official in charge of the huge multi-nation warplane development program, said the latest restructuring of the program had given officials enough resources and time to address future challenges. "Both the hardware and the software issues that we're addressing are all within the realm of being resolved," Thompson told...
  • Laser Horizons

    04/01/2012 8:34:03 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | John A. Tirpak
    Functional laser weapons are just five years away. Advocates hope that won’t always be the case. The Air Force has been working on airborne laser weapons for more than 40 years, but a fielded system remains elusive. Experts also warn that the US does not enjoy a commanding lead in laser research. And the Air Force’s flagship laser weapon program, the Airborne Laser (later called the Airborne Laser Testbed) was terminated late last year and is now being dismantled. Still, service and industry experts predict there is plenty of reason for realistic optimism. Operational laser systems that can perform a...
  • Raptors for the Long Haul

    04/01/2012 8:30:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Marc V. Schanz
    The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have a plan to make the most of the F-22 fleet. As always, money will be an issue. By the end of next month, the last F-22 Raptor built—tail No. 4195—should complete final checkout tests, take off from Lockheed Martin’s plant at Marietta, Ga., and fly to its new home at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Lt. Col. Paul D. Moga, once Air Combat Command’s F-22 demonstration pilot, and now commander of the 525th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf, will fly it there. As that last delivery flight takes place, the Air Force will confront a long...
  • USAF vows to discover root cause of Raptor's maladies

    03/31/2012 2:47:00 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/29/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) panel investigating a series of hypoxia-like incidents afflicting pilots flying the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has not discovered what is causing the problem, but service officials vow they will find the root cause. "I am convinced there is a root cause," says Maj Gen Charles Lyon, Air Combat Command's (ACC) director of operations. "I want everyone to know--particularly those who operate it and their families--we will not rest until we find that root cause." The USAF is continuing to test the F-22's life-support systems to try to determine what is still causing...
  • Nearing coffin corner: US air power on the edge

    03/30/2012 12:30:20 AM PDT · by U-238 · 20 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 3/21/2012 | Mackenzie Eaglen, Douglas A. Birkey
    Air power stands as a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s recent decision to prioritize defense efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. To make this strategy successful, the administration and Congress must ensure the nation has the necessary capabilities and capacity to secure national interests in an area defined by vast distances, limited basing options, and a pronounced threat to assured access. This means real investments—not budgeting sleights of hand that dilute America’s presence in other vital areas around the globe—and the ability to maintain strength across the national security portfolio. Though the United States currently dominates the skies, this will not...
  • U.S. and Allies Benefiting from Spike in Air-to-Air Missile Sales

    03/28/2012 11:02:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    U.S. and Allies Benefiting from Spike in Air-to-Air Missile Sales 14:24 GMT, March 28, 2012 PATUXENT RIVER, Md. | Reflecting a recent report on international arms transfers, one of the Navy’s oldest, affordable and most successful air-to-air missiles has seen heightened interest in foreign military sales (FMS). The AIM-9 Sidewinder, short-range, air-to-air missile, carried primarily by tactical aircraft, entered service with the Navy in the mid-1950s, and variants and upgrades remain in active service worldwide after six decades. The volume of worldwide arms transfers in 2007-2011 was 24 percent higher than in 2002-2006 and the five largest arms importers in...
  • F-35 local area flights show progress at Eglin

    03/27/2012 8:50:27 PM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/26/2012 | Dave Majumadar
    F-35 test pilots at Eglin AFB have flown seven local area orientation flights around the Florida base since flight operations began on 6 March, a US Air Force official says. "We've flown seven sorties so far and are planning to fly four more next week," the USAF official says. "We've only cancelled two sorties and they were both for weather." Two qualified test pilots - USAF Lt Col Eric Smith and US Marine Corps Maj Joseph Bachmann - are flying a series of local area flights to gauge the readiness of the 33rd Fighter Wing's new Lockheed Martin F-35As and...
  • No Go On A Nuclear-Powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?

    03/26/2012 6:27:31 PM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies · 11+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 3/26/2012 | :David Pugliese
    There have been a number of articles lately about the U.S. developing a new unmanned aerial vehicle in secret. Dave Majumdar, at Air Force Times, recently had an article about how the U.S. Air Force’s decision to postpone development of a next generation unmanned combat aircraft suggests that service might be developing something else in the “black world.” The article quoted USAF intelligence chief Lt.-Gen. Larry James who said that there is no immediate need for a next generation replacement for the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper. And the Predator-C Avenger UAV the USAF is buying will be used only as...
  • F-35A completes first night refueling mission

    03/26/2012 5:54:59 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies · 8+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 3/26/2012 | Lockheed Martin
    The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35’s boom receptacle. Vitt’s sortie lasted more than three hours. In addition to qualifying with the KC-135, the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards AFB will also conduct night refueling tests with the KC-10.
  • Space Capability Integral to All Military Operation

    03/26/2012 1:11:35 AM PDT · by U-238 · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/26/2012 | Defense Talk
    Space capabilities have become integral to all military operations, the commander of Air Force Space Command told reporters here during a Defense Writers Group breakfast yesterday. "It's hard to imagine what life was like before we had ... GPS providing very accurate targeting capability, military satellite communications providing all the reach-back that's needed, [and] missile warning providing cover for our deployed forces," Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton said. The Air Force launched and maintains the 24 satellites that make up the GPS navigation system. The all-weather, 24-hour system was intended for military use, but in 1983 President Ronald Reagan...
  • AF-Navy collaborate to find answers on hypoxia

    03/25/2012 8:24:53 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 3/25/2012 | Barrie Barber
    The Air Force and the Navy have combined research into a perplexing problem that may have vexed both services in the skies. The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Naval Medical Research Unit, next door to each other at Wright-Patterson, have linked research for hypoxia — incidents that may have caused a lack of oxygen to reach pilots during some flights in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter and the Navy’s F-18, military leaders said. “We had what we believe was a common issue,” said Capt. Rita Simmons, executive officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit....
  • USAF fields first upgraded F-22 Raptors

    03/23/2012 7:27:03 PM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/23/2012 | Dave Mujumdar
    The US Air Force has begun to deploy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors upgraded with enhanced air-to-ground strike capabilities to the operational fleet, starting with the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. "The 525th Fighter Squadron was the first Combat Air Forces squadron to receive an [Increment] 3.1 modified aircraft," says squadron commander Lt Col Paul "Max" Moga. "The capabilities this incremental upgrade brings are a complete game-changer for the F-22, making it even more lethal and survivable in combat." The unit's flagship, tail number 4115, is the first aircraft to be equipped with the modifications, which add a...
  • Air Force Will Continue to Launch Mysterious X-37B Space Plane

    03/22/2012 9:00:20 PM PDT · by U-238 · 23 replies · 3+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/22/2012 | Stew Magnuson
    What payloads are aboard the Air Force’s X-37B space plane, which has been orbiting the Earth for more than a year, remains top secret. Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, was peppered with questions about its purpose at a gathering of Washington, D.C.-based defense reporters March 22. He remained tight-lipped about the mystery spacecraft’s mission, but did say that the service has no intention of purchasing any more of the winged, reusable vehicles, which resemble a smaller version of NASA’s now returned space shuttle. “It is doing very well on orbit,” he said. “It has had...
  • F-22 fighter jets retrofitted after Alaska crash

    03/21/2012 4:18:43 PM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2010 | Associated Press
    Air Force is replacing handles that engage the F-22 Raptor fighter jet's emergency oxygen system after pilots reported feeling lightheaded and the death of a captain whose $143 million aircraft took a nosedive into a mountain range in Alaska. Capt. Jeffrey Haney was killed in November 2010 during a night mission about 100 miles north of Anchorage. An accident investigation found that the plane's controls and switches contributed to the crash, particularly an emergency oxygen system activation ring on the back edge of the ejection seat. The report found that the two-step process to manually activate the system required the...
  • USAF can't afford JSTARS replacement

    03/20/2012 8:16:55 PM PDT · by U-238 · 21 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/20/2012 | Dave Majumdat
    The US Air Force has completed an analysis of alternatives (AOA) for its next generation ground moving target indication (GMTI) radar aircraft fleet, but top service officials say the service can't afford to implement the study's recommendations. "The reality is there is not enough space to undertake a new start business-class ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] platform," USAF chief of staff Gen Norton Schwartz told the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 20 March. "We simply don't have the resources." The USAF approved the study in January and forwarded it on to the US Department of Defense's office of Cost...
  • Korean Air delivers rewired F-15 fighter

    03/20/2012 6:28:38 PM PDT · by U-238 · 19 replies
    The Korean Hearld ^ | 3/20/2012 | The Korean Hearld
    Korean Air on Tuesday made its first delivery of a rewired U.S. fighter plane from its Busan Tech Center under a $400 million order it won from the U.S. Air Force last September. Under the deal, Korean Air will work on 60 F-15 fighters stationed in the Pacific region by 2016, replacing their tail wings and re-wiring them in line with the U.S. military’s project to improve its combat strength. Korean Air will also carry out maintenance work. The airliner said it replaced some 15,000 Kepton wires used in the F-15 with more elastic Teflon wires and ran tests to...
  • Lockheed begins test flights of final F-22

    03/14/2012 9:34:54 PM PDT · by U-238 · 19 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/14/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    The last F-22 Raptor to be built for the US Air Force took-off on its inaugural test flight earlier today with a company pilot at the helm, a Lockheed Martin executive says. "I was just watching the take-off of aircraft 4195, so it's now made its first flight on its way to delivery," says Jeff Babione, Lockheed's F-22 programme manager. "We just had everyone outside the building watching the take-off of the final Raptor." Lockheed test pilot Bret Luedke-- a veteran aviator who has flown almost every Raptor the company has ever built--is flying the aircraft. Babione says that company...
  • ACC 2-star recognizes Det 1 for F-22 modification

    03/14/2012 6:44:32 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    USAF Air Education and Training Command ^ | 3/7/2012 | Capt. Tristan Hinderliter
    The Air Combat Command director of operations visited a detachment at Luke on Monday to recognize the unit for designing an important safety feature for the F-22 Raptor. "This is really an important thing you have done for the Air Force and the F-22 fleet," Maj. Gen. Charles Lyon, ACC director of operations, told leadership at Detachment 1, ACC Training Support Squadron, a tenant unit at Luke. The modification is to the F-22's Emergency Oxygen System handle, which makes it easier for the pilot to access. Det 1 model makers Floyd Slinker and Terry Waugh designed it. Approximately 200 handles,...