- Breaking Defense 21:36May 20, 2022Air Force to name newest hypersonic weapon maker by SeptemberThe Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile program, although nascent, is “going pretty well,” program executive Brig. Gen. Heath Collins told Breaking Defense in an exclusive interview.
< Air Warfare, Congress, AGM-183A, Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon ARRW, Boeing, F-15EX, Gen. Heath Collins, Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM), Lockheed Martin, Raytheon >
- Breaking Defense 13:19May 20, 2022Russia’s military is now a ‘wounded bear.’ Can it revive itself?The Norwegian chief of defense, along with experts, assess Russia’s poor performance, how long the conflict will likely last, and what Russia would have to do to rebuild its early losses.
< Air Warfare, Land Warfare, Networks / Cyber, Norway, Russia, Ukraine >
- Breaking Defense 03:01May 20, 2022New Air Force One could face ‘quite a significant’ 3-year delayThe major driver of the delay is the bankruptcy of GDC Technics, Boeing’s original subcontractor for the VC-25B’s interiors, and the hiring of a new interior supplier, said Andrew Hunter, the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics.
< Air Warfare, Congress, Air Force One, Andrew Hunter, Boeing, VC-25, VC-25B >
- Breaking Defense 23:05May 19, 2022Don’t be dazzled by Russia’s laser weapons claims: Experts“There’s not a lot of detail, but from what there is, there’s no need to hyperventilate,” said Laura Grego, an astrophysicist at MIT.
< Air Warfare, Global, Space, anti-satellite, directed energy weapons, laser dazzling, lasers, Russia, Ukraine >
- Breaking Defense 19:21May 18, 2022Israeli military exercise to simulate attack on Iranian nuclear targetsIsraeli military officials told Breaking Defense the US Air Force would provide refueling services for Israeli fighters during the exercise.
< Air Warfare, Global, Middle East, Air Force, IDF, iran, Israel >
- Breaking Defense 13:35May 18, 2022Pentagon pilots have reported 11 ‘near misses’ with UFOs“We’re open to all hypotheses, we’re open to any conclusions that we may encounter” about UAP sightings, said Ronald Moultrie, DoD undersecretary for intelligence and security.
< Air Warfare, Congress, Ronald Moultrie, Space Force, U.S. Navy, UFOs, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) >
- Breaking Defense 23:25May 17, 2022Rafael’s Aerospike, new close air support missile, makes SOFIC debutThe new “light weight” missile is designed for air-to-surface strikes, supporting special operations, the Israeli firm says.
< Air Warfare, Global, air-to-ground strike, Israel, Missiles, Rafael, SOFIC 2022 >
- Breaking Defense 22:04May 17, 2022‘That still needs further development’: SOCOM leaders want more layered airborne ISRSpecial Operations Command want to linked up sensors, space-based assets and open source data to give operators improved situational awareness.
< Air Warfare, Land Warfare, Networks / Cyber, Space, Gen. Richard Clarke, intelilige, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, SOCOM SOF, SOFIC 2022, space, Special operations >
- Breaking Defense 19:35May 17, 2022Russians fire S-300 at Israeli jets in Syria; could impact tactics, geopolitics“If this is a onetime incident, that is one thing,” said the senior defense source. “If this is a change in Russian policy, the Israeli government will have to decide: when a Russian battery launches, will Israeli attack it?”
< Air Warfare, Global, Israel, Russia, S-300, syria >
- Breaking Defense 16:45May 17, 2022Air Force finally gets a successful launch of hypersonic ARRW missileWith a successful launch finally under its belt, the major looming question is whether (and when) the Air Force will approve production of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon/
< Air Warfare, Congress, Air Force, ARRW, hypersonic >
- Breaking Defense 16:15May 16, 2022The Air Force we need now can’t be sacrificed for the force we need in the future“Shortchanging what you can deliver today for a dream sheet regarding the future is a dangerous course given the current fragility of the existing force and scope of demand,” writes Doug Birkey.
< Air Warfare, Congress, Air Force, Frank Kendall, Mitchell Institute, op-ed commentary >
- Breaking Defense 17:56May 13, 2022Norway’s chief of defense: Finland, Sweden in NATO ‘opens up a lot of possibilities’“We have to review all of our plans, we have to look at the investments,” Gen. Eirik Kristoffersen, Norway’s chief of defense, told Breaking Defense in a May 12 interview, just hours after Finland made its NATO move official.
< Air Warfare, Global, Land Warfare, Naval Warfare, Finland, NATO, Norway, Russia, Sweden >
- Breaking Defense 18:30May 12, 2022Raytheon’s venture capital arm makes big bet on commercial hypersonic plane startupAn investment into a startup like Hermeus that is looking at commercial hypersonic tech could lead to leap-ahead approaches that benefit defense applications.
< Air Warfare, Space, Hermeus, hypersonic, Raytheon, venture capital >
- Breaking Defense 17:05May 11, 2022Army FLRAA decision likely in September, but Black Hawks will stick aroundArmy officials assure lawmakers they’re putting their Future Vertical Lift helos through the testing ringers, and that the aircraft they’re meant to replace won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
< Air Warfare, Land Warfare, Army, FLRAA, Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft / FARA, Future Vertical Lift / FVL, Sen. Mark Kelly, Sen. Richard Blumenthal >
- Breaking Defense 23:46May 9, 2022In Army helo competitions, Sikorsky says factory tech, 3D printing give them an edgeIn plant tour, Sikorsky official says “hundreds” of parts could be 3D printed if chosen for Army’s high-profile FARA and FLRAA competitions.
< Air Warfare, Land Warfare, Naval Warfare, 31 Army priority programs, Army, CH-53K, FLRAA, Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft / FARA, marines, Modern Day 2022, Modern Day Marine 2022, Paul Lemmo, Sikorsky >
- Breaking Defense 23:09May 6, 2022After DoD’s $1.5B move, Army and Marines rush to buy new Javelins, Stingers“We are actively negotiating right now — the Army is — for Stinger and related components, and that’s ongoing,” said Bill LaPlante, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, in wake of US sending thousands of weapons to Ukraine.
< Air Warfare, Congress, Land Warfare, Pentagon, Javelin, Kathleen Hicks, Russia, Stinger, Ukraine >
- Breaking Defense 17:23May 6, 2022Poland accelerates new SHOARD effort in wake of Ukraine; are regional customers possible?“We can see how important the air and anti-aircraft defense capability is” in Ukraine, said Poland’s defense minister. “Hence, we have significantly accelerated the deliveries of the Narew system to equip the Polish Army.”
< Air Warfare, Global, Land Warfare, Mariusz Blaszczak, narew, Poland, Ukraine >
- Breaking Defense 23:04May 4, 2022Lawmakers press Air Force on speeding up purchase of Boeing E-7 Wedgetail“Getting the airplanes is about a two-year process, and then modifying them is another two year process,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said Tuesday. “There are things that we could do, however, to maybe get access to aircraft earlier one way or another.”
< Air Warfare, Congress, AWACS, Boeing, E-7, Frank Kendall, Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Wedgetail >
- Breaking Defense 23:27May 3, 2022New Marine Corps aviation plan makes ‘digital interoperability’ a top priorityThe Marine Corps has not published a new aviation plan since 2019.
< Air Warfare, All Domain, Naval Warfare, All Domain Operations, aviation, digital interoperability, JADC2, Lt. Gen. Mark Wise, Marine Corps, Project Overmatch >
- Breaking Defense 21:56May 3, 2022How to save $40B on the F-35 Program[Sponsored] A suite of software and hardware upgrades for the F-35 Lightning II fighter – known as Block 4 – has been in the works for years, with plans to bring everything from new weapons, electronic warfare software updates, and cockpit improvements to the jet in order to counter threats from near-peer competitors like China and…
< Air Warfare, Sponsored Post, Air Force, air warfare, Block 4 software, Enhanced Engine Program (EEP), F-35, Pratt and Whitney, Pratt Whitney Custom, Presented by Pratt & Whitney, sponsored content >
- Breaking Defense 20:13May 3, 2022US army considers Israeli-made Firefly loitering mini-droneDeveloped by Rafael, the small Spike-Firefly is designed to be operated by a single soldier.
< Air Warfare, All Domain, Land Warfare, All Domain Operations, drones, Israel, loitering munitions >
- Breaking Defense 19:02May 3, 2022Air Force backtracks, now says it’s paying for KC-46 panoramic camera fixThe Air Force could not provide a cost estimate detailing what the service will pay in order to replace the KC-46’s panoramic sensors.
< Air Warfare, Congress, A330 MRTT, Airbus, Boeing, Frank Kendall, KC-46A, LMXT, Lockheed Martin, Remote Vision System >
- Breaking Defense 22:56May 2, 2022Army stretches little wings with desert mini-drone swarm tests“That is just a lot of complicated work,” said Jeffrey Langhout, listing a series of technical challenges the Army hope to identify and overcome.
< Air Warfare, All Domain, Land Warfare, Air Launched Effects / ALEs, all-domain, Combat Capabilities Development Command, EDGE 22 >
- Breaking Defense 18:39May 2, 2022As drone threats spread in Gulf, TRD Singapore looking for UAE partnershipThe company has sold ten manpack anti-drone systems to the UAE military but is now looking to form a joint venture for greater production.
< Air Warfare, Global, Land Warfare, counter drone, Houthis, Middle East, Pacific, singapore, trd singapore >
- Breaking Defense 12:46May 2, 2022Infographic: The weapons and equipment the US has given Ukraine so farUkraine says the material assistance from the US and other partners has helped tremendously as it fends off Russian invaders, but the fight is far from over.
< Air Warfare, Global, Land Warfare, Pentagon, infographic, Russia, Ukraine >
- Breaking Defense 12:45May 2, 2022As battle for Ukraine enters a new phase, so does lethal US aid“This has been such a plastic conflict. … I think there’s a lot of indications that the Ukrainians are doing a tremendous job,” said Mara Karlin, the assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities. Given that, “you can plan more and more for things that would need greater training.”
< Air Warfare, Congress, Global, Land Warfare, Naval Warfare, Pentagon, arms exports, howitzers, Phoenix Ghost, Russia, Switchblade, Ukraine >
- Breaking Defense 21:42April 29, 2022INTERVIEW: With radars and UAVs, Israel’s IAI diving ‘full force’ into US marketIsrael Aerospace Industries President and CEO Boaz Levy speaks to Breaking Defense about his envisioned ‘network’ of firms in the US, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and his new Gulf customers.
< Air Warfare, Global, Land Warfare, Boeing, COVID-19, iran, Israel, Israel Aerospace Industries IAI, Lockheed Martin, Middle East >
- Breaking Defense 15:29April 29, 2022Pentagon wants $500M to get data to manage F-35 parts“It’s not a matter of data rights, it’s matter of data delivery and being able to have that data delivered is going to cost money,” Lt. Gen. Eric Fick said.
< Air Warfare, Networks / Cyber, Defense Budget 2022, F-35, JPO, Lt. Gen. Eric Fick >
- Breaking Defense 13:51April 29, 2022Morocco moves to become maintenance hub for F-16s, C-130sA new maintenance facility could begin doing work on regional C-130 fleets before the end of the year.
< Air Warfare, Global, c-130, f-16, Middle East, Morocco >
- Breaking Defense 19:53April 28, 2022Fresh off Air Force 3DELRR win, Lockheed eyes Norway, other international buyersA Lockheed official confirmed the company will compete in a Norwegian military radar competition.
< Air Warfare, Global, 3DELRR, Lockheed Martin, Norway, Norwegian Armed Forces, P 2078, Rick Herodes, TPY-4, US Air Force >
- Breaking Defense 23:45April 27, 2022Delayed again, Navy won’t resolve strike fighter shortfall until 2031: LawmakerIt’s the second time the Navy moved the goal posts on resolving the longstanding problem.
< Air Warfare, Naval Warfare, F-35, f/a-18, Frederick Stefany, Navy, Rep. Donald Norcross, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, strike fighter shortfall >
- Breaking Defense 21:59April 27, 2022Lacking demand, Air Force may skip KC-Y tanker competition, Kendall says“I love competition. I’m all for it. It’s the best tool have to reduce costs. But we actually have to have a demand for the other aircraft that’s being offered,” the Air Force Secretary said.
< Air Warfare, Congress, A330 MRTT, Air Force, Boeing, Frank Kendall, House Armed Services Commitee, KC-46A, LMXT, Lockheed Martin >
- Breaking Defense 19:57April 27, 2022Navy’s next-gen, ship-killing missile will be a hypersonic weapon dubbed HALOThe fiscal 2023 budget request is the first to outline crucial details about the next increment of OASuW, including its hypersonic capability.
< Air Warfare, Naval Warfare, Army, Conventional Prompt Strike, Halo, hypersonic, Navy, OASuW, OASuW II >
- Breaking Defense 16:48April 27, 2022Boeing adds $1B in new charges for Air Force One replacement, T-7 Red Hawk programsThe $367 million charge for the T-7 Red Hawk is the program’s first cost overrun, while the $660 million charge for VC-25B now brings total cost overruns for that program up to more than $1 billion.
< Air Warfare, Pentagon, Air Force One, Boeing, T-7A Red Hawk, VC-25, VC-25B >
- Breaking Defense 16:03April 27, 2022Let a Stinger be a Stinger. A new design isn’t needed.Developing a new Stinger replacement will add unnecessary costs to taxpayers and likely deliver far later than the capability is needed, warns POGO’s Dan Grazier.
< Air Warfare, Land Warfare, op-ed commentary, POGO, Raytheon, Stinger >
- Breaking Defense 00:11April 27, 2022Air Force chooses Boeing E-7 Wedgetail to replace old AWACS planesThe decision had seemed an inevitability for months, but the timing of the announcement was a surprise.
< Air Warfare, Boeing, E-7, Wedgetail >
- Breaking Defense 17:29April 26, 2022Facing obsolete parts, Raytheon struggling to replace Stingers sent to Ukraine“Unfortunately, DoD hasn’t bought a Stinger in about 18 years. Some of components are no longer commercially available, and so we’re going to have to go out and redesign some of the electronics in the missile of the seeker head,” Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes said.
< Air Warfare, Global, Land Warfare, Pentagon, Greg Hayes, Raytheon, Stinger, Ukraine >
- Breaking Defense 22:30April 25, 2022F-35 modernization program’s costs, schedule keeps growing: GAO“In 2021, the program office added 3 years to its Block 4 schedule and now expects to extend Block 4 development and delivery into fiscal year 2029, in part, due to the addition of new capabilities,” the GAO said in its annual report on the F-35.
< Air Warfare, Congress, Pentagon, Continuous Capability, F-35, F-35 Block 4 modernization, Government Accountability Office, Lockheed Martin >
- Breaking Defense 21:17April 25, 2022Reusable hypersonic flight testing accelerates technology development[Sponsored] Regular, routine, and reusable hypersonic flight testing in the operational environment is a cost effective, critical component of leap-ahead technologies.
< Air Warfare, Sponsored Post, Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, Air Force, BOLT II, Chinese hypersonic weapon test, Department of Defense, hypersonics, presented by stratolaunch, sponsored content, Stratolaunch, Stratolaunch native, technology >
- Breaking Defense 17:00April 25, 2022Sikorsky-Bell chooses Honeywell engine and power systems for FLRAAThe news comes months after Sikorsky-Boeing announced it would be using Honeywell’s HTS7500 turboshaft engine for its FLRAA offering, the DEFIANT X.
< Air Warfare, Land Warfare, Army, Bell Textron, FLRAA, Honeywell, Sikorsky-Boeing >
- Breaking Defense 19:50April 21, 2022Meet ‘Phoenix Ghost,’ the US Air Force’s new drone designed for Ukraine’s war with Russia“The Phoenix Ghost is this was rapidly developed by the Air Force, in response, specifically to Ukrainian requirements,” a senior defense official told reporters. “This is a great example of adapting to their needs in real time.”
< Air Warfare, Global, Land Warfare, Air Force, drones, Phoenix Ghost, Russia, Switchblade, Ukraine >
- Breaking Defense 23:29April 20, 2022SpaceX beating Russian jamming attack was ‘eyewatering’: DoD official“The way that Starlink was able to upgrade when a threat showed up, we need to be able to have that ability,” said Dave Tremper, the Pentagon’s director of electronic warfare. “We have to be able to change our electromagnetic posture, to be able to change very dynamically what we’re trying to do without losing capability along the way.”
< Air Warfare, Land Warfare, Networks / Cyber, Pentagon, Space, electronic warfare, Elon Musk, In Focus Electronic Warfare 2022, Russia, Starlink, Ukraine >
- Breaking Defense 20:11April 20, 2022Future of Air Force’s chief architect position unclear after Dunlap’s departure“[Air Force] organizations get to manage individual programs, but we don’t have someone who is in charge of the overall design of these things that have to tie together and perform functions as a whole,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said. “I think we need to create something that has more of that kind of responsibility.”
< Air Warfare, All Domain, Pentagon, Space, Advanced Battle Management System, Air Force Chief Architect, All Domain Operations, Frank Kendall, Preston Dunlap >
- Breaking Defense 16:03April 20, 2022Ukraine war shows America could be outgunned without investing in energeticsEnergetic materials — critical chemicals that help determine the range, size, and explosive power of missiles and rockets — are in dangerously short supply for American interests, write Nadia Schadlow and Brady Helwig of the Hudson Institute.
< Air Warfare, Land Warfare, Naval Warfare, Pentagon, energetics, Hudson Institute, industrial base, Missiles, nadia schadlow, op-ed commentary >
- Breaking Defense 19:44April 19, 2022EXCLUSIVE: Boeing to pay for upgrades to KC-46 tanker’s panoramic systemWhether the RVS 2.0 would include changes to the panoramic camera system was a major point of contention between the Air Force and the defense contractor.
< Air Warfare, Air Force, Boeing, KC-46A, Remote Vision System >
- Breaking Defense 18:16April 19, 2022China says Solomon Islands security pact signed; critics knock Morrison governmentMorrison’s “government has really dropped the ball on this,” Peter Dean at the University of Western Australia said. “Why had the warnings last year had not been taken more seriously?”
< Air Warfare, Global, Naval Warfare, australia, Australian 2022 federal election, Australian Defense, China, Solomon Islands >
- Breaking Defense 18:01April 19, 2022Air Force’s math on the F-15EX and F-35 doesn’t add upIn a new op-ed, JV Venable of the Heritage Foundation goes deep on Air Force budget figures to answer the question of which is more expenses, the F-35A or F-15EX.
< Air Warfare, Defense Budget 2023, F-15EX, F-35, John Venable, op-ed commentary >
- Breaking Defense 23:23April 18, 2022Air-breathing hypersonics: A new tactical capability to counter evolving threats[Sponsored] Because DARPA’s Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept doesn’t exit and re-enter the atmosphere like boost-glide hypersonics, it is less reliant on costly exotic materials for thermal management.
< Air Warfare, Sponsored Post, Air Force, darpa, DOD, Glide Phase Interceptor, HAWC, hypersonic, Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept / HAWC, Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM), Joint Hypersonic Transition Office, missile defense agency, Missiles, Northrop Grumman, Presented by Raytheon Missiles Defense, Raytheon Missile Defense, Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE), sponsored content, technology, Wes Kremer >
- Breaking Defense 21:00April 15, 2022Divide and conquer: Air Force’s next-gen fighter to get unique software system“We can actually then change the mission systems and allow various vendors to compete, as long as they meet, form fit and function,” Air Force Gen. CQ Brown said. “And because it drives competition, you get a better end product, and ideally, it brings the price down as well.”
< Air Warfare, Air Force, Gen. CQ Brown, Next Generation Air Dominance, Sixth generation fighter >
- Breaking Defense 21:43April 14, 2022Air Force’s nuclear modernization bill is cramping fighter jet procurement“Ideally, I’d like to get to higher [fighter procurement rates],” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown said. “If I had a big blank check, I’d actually take care of it all.”
< Air Warfare, Congress, Boeing, F-15EX, F-35, Gen. CQ Brown, LGM-35A Sentinel, Lockheed Martin >