Tag: aviation

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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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 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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The F-35 could intercept a North Korean missile launch — but it could bring an all-out war

The F-35, the most expensive weapons system in history that boosters say can do just about anything in aerial combat, could have a new mission: shooting down intercontinental ballistic missiles. Ballistic missiles, like the kind North Korea has been perfecting with the goal of being able to reach the US with a nuclear warhead, pose […]

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Training Simulators Poised for Rapid Global Expansion

ORLANDO, Fla. — Keeping pace with the worldwide rollout of the F-35, nations flying the fifth-generation joint strike fighter will soon be receiving state-of-the-art simulators to train their pilots and maintainers, a representative of the aircraft’s manufacturer Lockheed Martin said Nov. 28. There are five training centers in the United States currently, but that will […]

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There's One Reason the A-10 Warthog is Irreplaceable

There’s One Reason the A-10 Warthog is Irreplaceable

No matter how advanced smart bombs get, and no matter how stealthy and quick an aircraft can become, the A-10 has one factor that guarantees it can never truly be replaced: its gun. These days, pretty much any warplane can drop guided munitions with pinpoint accuracy, but what makes the A-10 so special is one […]

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