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Boeing P-8A Begins Advanced Airborne Sensor Testing

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Congressmen Garamendi and Runyan Introduce Bill to Strengthen Air Mobility Mission — Press Release

Legislation would prevent gaps in Air Mobility Mission with Transition from KC-10 to KC-46 Tankers

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ-03) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) introduced H.R. 4230 bipartisan legislation that seeks to limit the retirement of the KC-10 aircraft.

Retiring the entire KC-10 fleet was not part of the Obama Administration’s FY15 defense budget proposal, yet Secretary of Defense Hagel stated that “if sequestration resumes at full force in 2016, the Air Force would have to retire its entire fleet of KC-10 tankers.”

This legislation seeks to ensure that the KC-10 tanker aircraft fleet is not retired prematurely and is available to continue to carry out its critical air refueling and cargo missions. The bill specifies that no funds can be used to retire or store the KC-10 aircraft until the new KC-46A tanker has been tested, is fully operational, and four test and 18 initial tankers have been delivered.

“Air Mobility Command is responsible for the rapid delivery of military assets around the world – something that will continue to grow in importance. This bill would strengthen the continuity of this vital mission,” said Congressman Garamendi, co-chair of the Congressional Air Mobility Caucus. “This bipartisan legislation would ensure that the Air Force maintains its strategic refueling capability as it transitions from the KC-10 to the KC-46 aircraft over the next few years. The bill requires that critically important acquisition and delivery milestones for the KC-46 are met before a KC-10 divesture could occur. This bill would help maintain stability in the military operations at Travis Air Force Base, our nation’s ‘Gateway to the Pacific.’”

“The KC-10 aircraft, which is the largest, newest, and most capable refueling aircraft currently in the military’s inventory, is a workhorse and vital to meeting air refueling mission taskings for the Arctic, Trans-Atlantic, and Pacific routes,” said Congressman Runyan. “As one of two primary homes to the KC-10, JB MDL is vital to carrying out these critical missions. The KC-10 has made a huge impact on mission readiness by combining long-range aerial refueling and cargo transport, and can be refueled in flight. It is crucial that we keep the KC-10 in full operation until the new KC-46 is completely ready for prime time.”

Runyan and Garamendi, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, teamed up last October and sent a letter to Secretary Hagel urging the DoD not to eliminate the entire fleet of KC-10 aircraft. Both Congressmen have also addressed this issue on several occasions with Air Force and DoD leadership in recent and past House Armed Services Committee hearings and conference calls, expressing their strong concerns that the KC-10 not be retired prematurely.

Click here to read text of H.R. 4230.

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Aussie Poseidon will be an advanced version of the US Navy P-8A

February 25, 2014 by · Comment
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US Army Tests High Power Laser Weapon

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US Army Tests High Power Laser Weapon

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Sikorsky, Aurora Flight Sciences to Develop VTOL X-Planes for DARPA

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Sikorsky, Aurora Flight Sciences to Develop VTOL X-Planes for DARPA

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Boeing Teams with Saab to Develop a New Trainer for the USAF T-X Program

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Avionics, Weapons Bay Upgrades Increase the B-52H Conventional Attack Versatility

November 7, 2013 by · Comment
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Avionics, Weapons Bay Upgrades Increase the B-52H Conventional Attack Versatility

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Washington Beef up the Gulf States with 10,000 Strike Weapons Worth US$10 Billion

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Boeing F-15SE Fails Seoul`s Final Selection of Next Fighter Jet

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$500 M. Apache Deal Promotes US-Indonesia Relations, Hope for Recovery of WWII MIA

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US Navy Awards UCLASS Studies Amid Debate on Performance

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Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle to be Seoul’s Next Generation Fighter

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Solar HALE Drones Turn into Atmospheric Satellites

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Commercially Certified, ScanEagle Head for Alaska to Track Icebergs, Whales

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Is Seoul Underestimating its Fighter Procurement Costs?

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Boeing Receives US Army $4 Billion Multi-year Contract for Chinook Helicopters

June 25, 2013 by · Comment
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Boeing has won a five-year contract with the U.S. Army for as many as 217 CH-47F Chinook helicoptersIn an agreement that will save the U.S. government more than $800 million, the Army and Boeing have signed a $4 billion multi-year contract for 177 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, with the Army holding options that could increase its total buy to 215...

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Boeing-Embraer Tighten KC-390 Cooperation

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Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 6.45.42 PMThe growing cooperation between Boeing and Embraer on the Brazilian KC-390 programme. According to this agreement Boeing will lead sales, marketing, training and sustainment of the KC-390 in selected markets. i-hls reports. Boeing and the Brazilian...

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Raytheon awarded contract for F-15C AESA radars

June 14, 2013 by · Comment
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apg63v3_eglinBoeing Company has awarded Raytheon a follow-on contract for the sixth production lot of APG-63(V)3 active electronically scanned array radars for United States Air Force and Air National Guard F-15C aircraft. The original contract from Boeing began...

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Hypersonic Missile Sets World Record on Longest Hypersonic Flight

May 4, 2013 by · Comment
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Boeing X-51A Waverider hypersonic missile carried by a US Air Force B-52H prior to the third and final test flight. Photo: USAFThe fourth and final flight of the Boeing X-51A Waverider test program has accomplished a breakthrough in the development of flight reaching Mach 5.1 over the Pacific Ocean May 1. The WaveRider unmanned hypersonic vehicle traveled more than 230...

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JAGM to Follow JCM in Obama’s Latest Budget

The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program is an Army run one to develop a replacement for the air launched Hellfire and Maverick missiles. The Hellfire is fired from helicopters and started life as a laser guided anti-tank missile. It now has a variety of warhead options and has seen heavy use in Iraq and Afghanistan from AH-64 and AH-1W attack helicopters. The Maverick is fired from fixed wing aircraft primarily by the U.S. Air Force and too was initially an anti-tank system.

Several years ago there was a similar program in development called the Joint Common Missile (JCM). This was cancelled around 2005. The JAGM program began a few years later. Originally it was planned to have two teams compete for designs and then take one into production. Raytheon (RTN) and Boeing (BA) formed a team and Lockheed Martin (LMT), who had been the prime contractor for the JCM, also competed. One of the requirements for JAGM is the use of a 3 mode seeker utilizing radar, infrared and laser guidance.

In 2012 the Army rather then continuing the contest decided to delay final development and production of the system. Rather the two teams would be given contracts to continue their work and this could then support a later production decision if it was decided to finish out the program. Both contenders were given about $60 million contracts for this work.

Now in the latest budget submitted by the Obama administration last week it looks like a final decision has been made to cancel JAGM. Only the costs of the current development plan are considered which would save a little over $200 million in the 5 years the budget plan covers. It is of course up to Congress to decide whether to remove the funding and end this program.

The Hellfire has a successful history but the JAGM, and JCM, would have offered improvements in size, range and guidance capability. If sequestration continues then the U.S. military will be faced with more choices of deferring new development, using existing equipment or investing in new capabilities for them. The current budget without considering those mandatory cuts already is starting to make those kind of decisions.

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Boeing’s ‘Phantom Phoenix’ Introduce Medium, Small and Nano Satellites

PhantomPhoenix300A family of small satellites under development at Boeing are designed to be quickly tailored for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions

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