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Fifth Generation Fighters Vital to Respond to Future Crises in Pacific Theater, Commander Says

Adm. Phil Davidson, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, told lawmakers this week that fifth generation fighters, such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 and F-22, are vital to respond to future crises in the region. “Certainly, fifth gen fighters, I would tell you, are the backbone of any of our planning for a crisis forward in the […]

US Air Force to End Launch Services Agreements with Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin

On Dec. 31, the U.S. Air Force ended its Launch Services Agreements (LSAs) with Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin and paid out $787.2 million to the companies–$531.7 million to Northrop Grumman and $255.5 million to Blue Origin, the Air Force said on Jan. 22. The service said that the termination letters to the companies “are not releasable.” Under the […]

Roper: F-35 Program at an ‘Inflection Point,’ as Air Force Looks to Reduce Flying Hour Cost to Bank for Future Systems

The program for the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter, managed by the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland,  is at an “inflection point” in which the program needs to reduce sustainment, cost-per-flying hour costs, as the U.S. Air Force looks to double its fleet of the conventional F-35As over the […]

The Runway to Recovery: Future Proofing Will be Key for Commercial Aviation Progress in 2021

  Commercial aviation has faced major challenges in 2020 due to the near shut-down of international travel in March 2020. Commercial operators and MROs have had to park almost entire fleets of aircraft and maintain them over a 9-month period to ensure they are flight-ready—when the time comes. But as vaccines are rolled out, the […]

US Air Force Considering Possible Autonomous, Stealth Attributes for Future Tanker

The U.S. Air Force continues to study what attributes its future KC-Z tanker should have, as the service tries to resolve six Category 1 deficiencies on its Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tankers–design and product quality faults that raise the possibility that the service may not field all planned KC-46As by the scheduled date of 2029 and may have […]