US & Japan Conduct Resilient Shield 2018

Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, along with Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, U.S. Air Force assets, and units from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), will participate in Resilient Shield 2018, Feb. 16-23. Resilient Shield is an annual computer-based Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise held at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, and other command centers throughout the region. “Resilient Shield is designed to test our tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) against potential regional threats while ensuring Japanese and U.S. forces are well-rehearsed in executing…

Read More

US Air Force Prepares Heritage Flyover for Super Bowl

The Air Force’s Heritage Flight is scheduled to visit Minnesota to represent the Air Force Feb. 4 at the Super Bowl. For the first time in the unit’s history, the Heritage Flight will perform an aircraft flyover — consisting of two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and a P-51 Mustang — over U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during the Super Bowl’s opening ceremonies. The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Program presents the evolution of Air Force air power by flying state-of-the-art fighter aircraft in close formation with vintage…

Read More

Trump Signs Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Authorization

President Donald J. Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law during a White House ceremony Dec. 12. The act calls for $626 billion for the department’s base budget and another $66 billion for operations. The act includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel. The act authorizes the department to spend money but the appropriations bill–which actually provides the funds–is still in Congress. U.S. Military: ‘Greatest Fighting Force’ “This historic legislation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform–the greatest fighting…

Read More

GPS III and OCX Successfully Complete Factory Mission Readiness Test

The first advanced GPS III satellite successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), further validating the U.S. Air Force’s modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) is ready to launch its first satellite. On November 2, 2017, GPS III Space Vehicle 01 (GPS III SV01), the first of 10 GPS III satellites designed by Lockheed Martin and OCX, being developed by Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN), successfully completed Factory Mission Readiness Testing (FMRT). The FMRT validated the command and control interaction between GPS III and the…

Read More

Lockheed Martin Awarded $22 Million for Paveway™ II Plus Laser-Guided Bombs

Lockheed Martin received a $22.8 million contract from the U.S. Air Force on behalf of the U.S. Navy to produce Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) kits. The award includes guidance kits and air foil groups (tail kits) for GBU-12 (500 pound) configuration LGBs, slated for delivery by fourth quarter 2019. The contract is a follow-on to the U.S. Air Force’s $131 million fiscal year 2017 LGB award. In that competition, Lockheed Martin secured the ninth consecutive majority share of available funding in the annual U.S. Air Force competition.…

Read More

Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Marks Another Successful Flight Test

Lockheed Martin successfully fired production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber. During the test over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, B-1B aircrew simultaneously launched two LRASMs against multiple maritime targets, meeting the primary test objectives, including target impact. “This continued success with LRASM provides confidence in its upcoming early operational capability milestone, putting a proven, unmatched munition into the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force inventories,” said David Helsel, LRASM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The successful flight…

Read More

U.S. Must Move Faster or Risk Losing Lead in Space

The U.S. advantage in space is eroding and the military must move faster to maintain a lead in this critical warfighting domain, defense officials said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California today. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Gen. John Hyten told CBS News reporter David Martin that the United States is prepared to fight a war in space today, but not in the future. Adversaries saw the U.S. advantage during the first Gulf War and have spent the decades since developing ways to overcome the…

Read More

Draken International Expands Fleet with Acquisition of 22 Mirage F1M Fighter Jets

Draken International, a global leader in advanced adversary air services, has acquired 22 Mirage F1M and F1B fighter jets in an effort to enhance adversary services for the United States Air Force and other Department of Defense clients. The Mirage F1Ms were predominantly flown by the Spanish Air Force and have been fully modernized. This acquisition increases Draken’s fleet size to over 100 fighter jets as the company continues to expand its capabilities. With the completion of the procurement phase, the Mirage F1Ms will soon join Draken’s existing fleet of…

Read More

Thornberry on Air Force failure to record criminal record of former Airman

Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the Air Force’s handling of the criminal records of former Airman Devin P. Kelley: “News that the Air Force failed to notify the FBI of Devin Kelly’s military criminal record is appalling. I understand that Secretary Wilson has initiated an investigation, but I don’t believe that the Air Force should be left to self-police after such tragic consequences. Furthermore, I am concerned that the failure to properly report domestic violence convictions may be a systemic issue. I commend the DOD IG…

Read More

U.S. Seeks Only Peaceful Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam and Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over the waters east of North Korea, Sept. 23, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning said. In a show of force, Manning told Pentagon reporters, the aircraft flew north of the Demilitarized Zone, the farthest north any U.S. fighter or bomber has flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness of North Korea’s “reckless behavior.” He added, “The United States seeks only the peaceful…

Read More

USAF awards contracts for new nuclear missile to Lockheed, Raytheon

The Air Force is on track to replace the aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile with modernized weapon capabilities designed for its nuclear bomber fleet, to include the B-21. Today, the Air Force awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Raytheon Company to mature design concepts and prove developmental technologies for the new Long Range Standoff weapon. “This weapon will modernize the air-based leg of the nuclear triad,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “Deterrence works if our adversaries know that we can hold at risk things they…

Read More

Boeing Awarded Design Work for New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Boeing will develop its preliminary design for America’s next intercontinental ballistic missile through a $349 million U.S. Air Force contract announced today. Boeing and Northrop Grumman each received risk-reduction contracts for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, which will replace the Minuteman III ICBM. In 2020, the Air Force will choose one company to develop the new land-based element of America’s nuclear triad. Missiles launched from submarines and aircraft are the other elements of the triad. “Since the first Minuteman launch in 1961, the U.S. Air Force has relied on…

Read More

Navy Completes First LRASM Free Flight from B-1B Lancer

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin conducted the first free flight launch of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a B-1B Lancer Aug. 16 over Point Mugu Sea Range in California. This event marked the first end-to-end functionality test of LRASM, and proved the weapon’s ability to identify and prosecute a moving target at sea. During the test, aircrew aboard the B-1B from Edwards Air Force Base launched the missile over Point Mugu Sea Range. The missile navigated through all planned waypoints, transitioned to mid-course guidance and flew toward…

Read More

Far-North Base Connects Air Force to its Satellites

April 18, 2017 – Far north — so far the northern lights are to the south — is Detachment 1 of the Air Force’s 23rd Space Operations Squadron, a remote unit situated nearly on top of the world in the ice fields of Thule Air Base, Greenland. As the northernmost U.S. military installation, Thule Air Base’s unique location almost 1,000 miles north of the Arctic Circle allows Detachment 1 to efficiently and frequently track satellite movements. Relaying this information in a timely manner is vital to the Air Force Satellite…

Read More

USS Coronado at LIMA 2017

March 21, 2017 – Assets from the U.S. Navy and Air Force are on display at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2017, March 21-25. Founded in 1991, LIMA is a biennial event which has become a premier destination for aerospace and maritime manufacturers. The U.S. last participated in LIMA in 2015. “LIMA is a tremendous opportunity for the United States military to engage with counterparts in southeast Asia and to showcase our capabilities and assets,” said U.S Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdir. “It is also an…

Read More