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September 18, 2019 | Daily News

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin is proposing a sweeping five-year sustainment contract it hopes will set the stage for a future multiyear deal.

September 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering retiring a portion of the B-1 fleet as part of its fiscal year 2021 budget request in order to shift funds to other major modernization and procurement efforts within the bomber fleet.

September 16, 2019 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force is in the final stages of completing an acquisition strategy for the F-15EX, and is mapping out options for future capability upgrades, the program executive officer for fighters and bombers told Inside Defense today.

September 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee is proposing a $270 million cut to the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Transition Program and are calling on the service to deliver details on plans to transition the new engine technology into major programs like the F-35.

September 12, 2019 | Daily News

Senate appropriators want more details about the Air Force's F-15EX procurement plan, including its reasoning for pursuing a sole-source buy of Boeing-made jets.

September 12, 2019 | Daily News

Senate appropriators this week echoed concerns from House lawmakers that the Air Force is slow-rolling its Light Attack Aircraft experimentation campaign.

September 10, 2019 | Daily News

A Senate panel today marked up its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill in accordance with a bipartisan budget deal, appropriating $622 billion in base spending, $70.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations and $1.7 billion in emergency funding.

September 09, 2019 | Daily News

An Air Force official anticipates an emphasis on testing prototypes for precision strike and aircraft self-protect capabilities in the 2021-2023 time frame.

August 21, 2019 | Daily News

The head of Air Combat Command told reporters this week he has been meeting regularly with congressional staffers during recess to discuss the Air Force's plans for the Next-Generation Air Dominance program and lawmakers' proposed $500 million cut to its fiscal year 2020 funding request.

August 19, 2019 | Daily News

The first delivery in the foreign military sale of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to Nigeria is not expected until May 2021, one year later than initially scheduled.

August 16, 2019 | Daily News

This month, the Air Force began limited flight operations to support airfield assessments at Air Base 201 in Niger, where the service is building infrastructure, including a runway, to support regional counterterrorism missions.

August 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy disagrees with the House Appropriations Committee's choice to rescind fiscal year 2019 advanced procurement funding for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, arguing the move would set back the service's timeline for standing up the Marine Corps' second squadron of F-35Cs.

August 13, 2019 | Daily News

An investigation by the Pentagon's internal watchdog found NATO's efforts to train Afghan forces for airdrops and airstrikes have failed to meet certain deadlines and objectives.

August 08, 2019 | Daily News

The unit cost of a new F-15 self-protection capability has spiked more than 24% above its original estimate due to a decision to reduce the overall quantity and subsequent delays to hardware delivery and test jet modifications -- triggering a Nunn-McCurdy cost breach.

August 07, 2019 | Daily News

In the wake of a congressional proposal to cut the Air Force’s fiscal year 2020 Next-Generation Air Dominance funding in half, service officials say they may need to do a better job of explaining the "family-of-systems" concept.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Presidential Aircraft Replacement program will cost $5.2 billion, the Pentagon revealed last week, roughly $500 million more than the $4.6 billion Air Force estimate for the pair of new highly modified Boeing 747-8s presented to Congress in March -- and a year after President Trump claimed White House negotiations saved more than $1.4 billion on the VC-25B development contract.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program costs grew in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, according to a new selected acquisition report, which reflects a $25 billion increase in base year 2012 dollars, driven largely by a refined Block 4 cost estimate and new sustainment cost projections.

August 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is in the midst of source selection for an effort aimed at developing a common, open architecture of aircraft simulators that could set the foundation for a future common simulation environment.

July 24, 2019 | Daily News

The B-21 Raider is expected to have its first flight in December 2021, according to Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin has already taken actions to address Turkey's suspension from the F-35 program and expects limited "future production or sustainment impact," the contractor's chief executive said today.

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