Tag Archives: USAF

Boeing supports USAF launch of Raytheon MALD-J

Boeing earlier this month supported the U.S. Air Force in the first powered launch of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) from a B-52. The successful test, in which the electronic jammer was launched from a B-52 Stratofortress, took place over the Gulf of Mexico at the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., test range. Boeing designed the avionics software ...

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Ex-USAF pilot remembers his time during duty

In 3 years of Doug Brower’s service at the Galena Airforce Base, Alaska, the most exciting experience was to be scrambled to intercept a Soviet Tu-16 nicknamed Badger. He along with Darrel Hunt, his Weapons Systems Office flew F-4Es who protected United States borders during the 70s remember the days of cold war. Doug Brower now a civilian Cargo Pilot, ...

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Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel still in top secrecy

Since the confirmation of the existence of the “Beast of Kandahar” by U.S. Air Force the secret is out of the stealth UAV that was seen flying out of Afghanistan in late 2007. It was the RQ-170 Sentinel developed by Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works as a stealth UAV and operated by the 30th Reconnaissance Squadron of United States Air Force ...

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F-22 Raptor flown on synthetic biofuel

Just like Toyota is developing technology to face the challenges of finding renewable energy sources with its Prius, the aerospace industry is making its own efforts. These efforts are now no more limited to deliver a greener aviation industry in terms of passenger airliner. On 18th March 2011, an F-22 Raptor successfully flew at supercruise on a 50/50 fuel blend ...

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$730 Million modification for F-22 Raptor sustainment

Lockheed Martin Corp has received a $726.6 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force for sustainment of the F-22 Raptor fleet. This modification is for the 2011 Follow-On Agile Sustainment for the Raptor (FASTeR) sustainment contract, which was awarded initially in 2008, with an option for 2009 that was exercised. A follow-on modification was issued for 2010. FASTeR is ...

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Fewer Airbus A400M planes to be purchased by Germany

In a further blow to the troubled Airbus A400M project, Germany will take delivery of only 40 of the 53 military transport planes as decided by the parliamentary budget committee. Deputies signed off on the revised project, which will see Germany maintain its order of 53 planes but then sell on 13 of them to another client, a parliamentary source ...

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New Photos of USAF RQ-170 Sentinel released

Well we have heard quite a lot about the stealthy aircraft that was used in Afghanistan by USAF called  “Beast of Kandahar” (RQ 170 Sentinel) . We now also have the latest images of this unmanned drone constructed by Lockheed Martin . The USAF also have confirmed  that the RQ-170 Sentinel is in development, and is expected to provide reconnaissance ...

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Nuclear weapons center attains full operational capability

The commander of the Air Force Materiel Command declared full operational capability for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center during the change of command ceremony Jan. 20 here. Gen. Donald Hoffman, the AFMC commander, spoke about the center’s growth and said the center was the “single bellybutton for the Air Force in sustainment and assurance that our nuclear weapons are ...

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Final F-35A Development Jet Arrives at Edwards Airforce Base

A Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter came in for a landing at Edwards AFB, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 22, after a 3.2-hour ferry flight from Fort Worth, Texas. The jet, known as AF-4, is the fifth F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft to ferry to Edwards for testing. Till date, the F-35 program has achieved 578 total test flights. ...

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BAE Systems wins mission planning software contract for F-35

BAE Systems has signed a $3.8 million contract to continue supplying the secure operating  system that runs the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s mission-planning software. “The most advanced aircraft in the world demands the most sophisticated technology in the  world,” said John Lewington, director of Cyber Security Solutions for BAE Systems. “This  demonstrates our expertise in providing innovative cyber solutions that ...

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