Category: Air Force

Upgrades, Development to F-35 Jet Will Cost $1 Billion Per Year

During a House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee hearing Wednesday, lawmakers were apprehensive about the strategy known as continuous capability development and delivery, or C2D2. This strategy aims to do smaller, incremental updates instead of taking F-35s off the flightline to get months’ worth of larger, packaged software and modernization upgrades needed to “keep […]

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America Can Now Fly F-35s off of Assault Ships—Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal

The U.S. Marine Corps has deployed a detachment of Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighters onboard USS Wasp (LHD-1), marking the first time the jet has deployed operationally onboard a large deck amphibious assault ship. The arrival of the F-35B onboard the L-class ships mark a massive boost in striking power for the roughly 40,000-ton […]

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The Navy Will Be Getting 14 More F/A-18 That Will Fly through 2040

The Navy budget gives the service its long-sought after F/A-18 Super Hornet increase by adding 14 fighters and more than $1 billion in procurement funds – all as part of a sweeping effort to increase the F-18 fleet size, meet mission requirements, accommodate new technologies and ultimately fly alongside the F-35C through the 2040s. Given […]

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Here’s why B-2 Bomber it’s Still One of the Most Feared Aircraft in the Sky

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the deployment to Guam of one of America’s most important and expensive weapon systems – the B-2 Spirit. The B-2 was originally intended to carry nuclear bombs deep into Soviet territory if the Cold War had ever turned hot. Its shape – paired with the plane’s stealth systems – would […]

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Here’s everything the Air Force wants in a light attack plane

The Air Force is now finalizing requirements documentation, planning a new round of combat-scenario assessments, and refining an acquisition strategy for its fast-tracked new Light Attack aircraft. The Air Force plans a new round of tests and experiments for the new aircraft — a new multi-role aircraft intended to fill specific and highly dangerous attack […]

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Nuclear Review Ushers in Strategic Environment Change, Stratcom Chief Says

From a warfighter’s stance, the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review changes the strategic environment as a threat-based approach, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said here today. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten delivered the keynote address at a seminar on the posture review at National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass […]

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US Air Force Plans to Retire B-2s and B-1s in Preparation for New B-21 Raider

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to start mothballing the B-2 Spirit and B-1B Lancer fleets in preparation for the next-generation stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, according to Aviation Week. The nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber and conventional B-1B supersonic bomber fleets will ultimately be retired to free up funds to support the B-21 program, which is expected […]

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This is the Air Force’s complete history of the F-16

The F-16 Fighting Falcon, originally developed by General Dynamics (now Lockheed-Martin), is a proven compact, single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft. Since the F-16A’s first flight in December 1976, this highly maneuverable air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack aircraft has provided mission versatility and high-performance for the U.S. and allied nations at a relatively low-cost. In an air […]

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USAF Orders More Upgraded Massive Ordnance Penetrator Bombs Amid Tensions with N. Korea

The U.S. Air Force will pay Boeing nearly $21 million to build more of the service’s heaviest conventional bomb, the GBU-57/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, following successful tests of a new variant that includes an improved fuze. The huge bunker busters would be an essential component of any strike against North Korea, including a limited operation to […]

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Here’s What An F-22 Raptor Fighter Pilot Had To Say About Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter

After watching an F-22 Raptor twist and turn last week during an impressive demonstration at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, we asked the 1st Fighter Wing’s commander if he’s worried about Russia’s new Su-57 stealth fighter. “It’s always good to be chased,” Colonel Jason Hinds, commander of the 1st Fighter Wing, told Business Insider. “When people […]

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Crazy videos show the A-10 Warthog doing what it does best

A-10 Thunderbolt II, yang dikenal sebagai Warthog, sangat populer – sangat populer. Ini sangat populer dengan pasukan darat, karena Warthog memberi mereka dukungan udara yang dekat saat mereka  terjepit  atau  menggunakan acar . Pilot A-10 sering dianggap berbeda dari pilot tempur lainnya, dengan perspektif yang lebih mirip kekuatan darat yang sering mereka lindungi. Itu sebabnya […]

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How the Air Force Could Fly the F-22 Raptor Until 2060

The U.S. Air Force is laying the groundwork for the F-22 Raptor to serve another 42 years. That means the world’s first fifth-generation fighter, which entered service in 2006, could fly until 2060. To do so, the Raptor must remain competitive with new Russian and Chinese fighters as well as rival jets still on the […]

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F-35 Put Through its Paces in First Asia-Pacific Deployment

Look at the skies above Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa and twice daily you’ll get a glimpse of U.S. Air Force F-35 fighter jets taking off, only to land several hours later. Watch the base itself and you’ll see maintainers working round the clock to ensure the service’s newest fighter jets […]

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Is This the Real ‘F-52’ Fighter?

President Donald Trump recently told reporters that the United States had delivered the F-52 to Norway. The statement was obviously a mistake; there is no such thing as an F-52 yet. The aircraft only exists in the context of a video game called “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”—however, there was once a real world concept […]

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Former F-35 pilot explains how the US Marine Corps’ version makes China’s ‘carrier killer’ missiles irrelevant

As China builds out its network of militarized islands in the South China Sea and expands a sphere of influence designed to keep the US out, the US Marine Corps is putting the finishing touches on a weapon to burst its bubble: the F-35B. China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force has turned out a massive number of […]

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The USAF Has a Plan to Guarantee the F-22 Dominates the Skies Until 2045

The Air Force is rapidly pursuing a new “agile software development” strategy for its F-22 Raptor to quickly equip the stealth fighter with new sensors, improved radar and avionics, faster computer processors and greatly enhanced weapons technology, service officials said. The acquisition strategy, called Raptor Agile Capability Release (RACR), is led by Air Force Secretary […]

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Japan Deploys First F-35A Stealth Fighter

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force deployed its first F-35A fighter jet

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed its first F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant of the aircraft, at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture in the northernmost part of Honshu on January 26, Japan’s Ministry of Defense announced last week. The aircraft constitutes the nucleus […]

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US Bombers Appear to Be Readying for Tactical Nuke Strike on N. Korea

The US has been quietly amassing firepower in the Pacific during a lull in tensions with North Korea, but recent developments on an under-the-radar nuclear weapon suggest preparation for a potential tactical nuclear strike. The US recently sent B-2 stealth bombers to Guam, where they joined B-1 and B-52s, the other bombers in the US’s fleet. […]

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This ugly aircraft still blinds enemy radar after 45 years

Let’s face it, the naked eye can only see so far and it can’t track the really fast stuff. Radar makes up for that natural shortcoming and has become a necessity in warfare. In fact, it’s arguably the main reason that the British won the Battle of Britain. Ever since the Battle of Britain, folks […]

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The U.S. Air Force Is Quietly Cutting A-10s

The U.S. Congress wants to keep the A-10 Warthog attack jet flying. The U.S. Air Force, not so much. Lawmakers have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to maintaining a dedicated ground-attack aircraft and, more importantly, an effective close air support capability. They have done so through legislation in successive National Defense Authorizations Acts since 2013. In […]

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The US Military just majorly stepped up nuclear bomber deployments to Guam

The US deployed every type of strategic and nuclear-capable bomber to Guam amid soaring tensions between the Washington and Pyongyang in a move sure to rattle North Korea. The B-1B Lancer bomber, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, and the B-52H – the workhorse bomber that dropped tens of thousands of tons of munitions on North […]

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B-52H Bombers Have Arrived In Guam

The War Zone was the first to report yesterday that two B-52s were en route to Guam, and once there they would join examples of the USAF’s other two heavy bomber types that have also taken up station on the island. A cadre of B-1Bs have been forward deployed to Guam for nearly a year […]

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Watch an F-15 intercept a Russian Navy SU-30 in Europe

The U.S. Air Force will complete its fifth rotation as the lead nation for the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission on Jan. 8, 2018. On Jan. 5, videos documenting their efforts during their four-month deployment were publicly released. In particular, the videos capture previously unreleased footage of RAF Lakenheath F-15s conducting “safe and standard intercepts […]

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The USAF Solidifies Options for B-52 Bombers Engine Replacement

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has laid out three potential plans for replacing the B-52’s engines, a key step for keeping its oldest bomber in service into the 2050s. For almost two decades, the Air Force has studied whether and how to replace the B-52’s Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-103 engines, eight of which have powered […]

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The new Viper attack helicopters pack a huge Hellfire punch

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 received three upgraded AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 19, 2017. The AH-1Z aircraft is an updated version of the AH-1W, bringing new capabilities and features into the squadron’s arsenal. “The AH-1Z’s are replacing the AH-1W’s, which are essentially from the 1980’s,”said Marine Corps Capt. […]

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These are the most incredible of the US Air Force in 2017

From the eastern edge of Europe to the western reaches of the Pacific, and from North America to South Asia, few places were out of reach for the US Air Force during 2017. Ongoing mission demands around the world for the last two decades has saddled the force with a high operational tempo, straining its […]

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B-1B's LRASM Strikes Multiple Targets in New Test

B-1B’s LRASM Strikes Multiple Targets in New Test

The U.S. military is prepping for anti-surface warfare to make a comeback, and it’s moved one step closer with another successful test of the latest air-launched Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. Lockheed Martin Corp., the missile’s manufacturer, recently launched the AGM-158C LRASM from a B-1B Lancer, at Point Mugu Sea Range, California, the company said. The […]

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The F-22 came face to face with Russia’s top fighter and was at a major disadvantage

Two US F-22 stealth fighter jets intercepted Russian Su-25 and Su-35 jets that crossed into the US’s area of operation over Syria on Wednesday, and it highlights a downside to the US’s top fighter jets. The F-22, with its incredible acrobatic abilities in air and all-aspect stealth cloaking it from enemies at a distance, is […]

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The Air Force secretary just gave the A-10 Warthog a boost

After years of speculation surrounding the fate of the A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” — and amid compounding budget pressures — the Air Force’s beloved light attack aircraft just picked up a major boost from current Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Dec. 11, the former Air […]

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X-32: The Fighter Plane That Almost Replaced the F-35

The Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t have to opt for the F-35. In the 1990s, both Boeing and Lockheed Martin bid for the next big fighter contract, a plane that would serve in each of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as grace the air forces of many US allies. Boeing served […]

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