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Daily News | May 21, 2014

EAST HARTFORD, CT -- The F-35 fighter and KC-46 tanker aircraft programs will drive the growth of Pratt & Whitney's military engines business over the next decade as Defense Department technology development and demonstration efforts foster new opportunities, according to company executives.

Daily News | May 20, 2014

EAST HARTFORD, CT. -- Lockheed Martin's new F-35 Final Assembly Check Out facility in Italy has taken delivery of its first F135 engine as international participation in the Joint Strike Fighter program ramps up, according to engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

The Insider | May 16, 2014

The Air Force is looking for potential suppliers of contractor logistics support for the Air National Guard's specialized fleet of RC-26B intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft despite uncertainty about where they will be located.

Daily News | May 12, 2014

Air Force Materiel Command is moving ahead with its acquisition of more than 125 advanced targeting pod systems for the governments of Iraq, Pakistan and Taiwan.

Daily News | May 7, 2014

The House Armed Services Committee has moved to block the Air Force from retiring three E-3 Sentry aircraft and disbanding an associated reserve unit at Tinker Air Force Base, OK.

Daily News | May 6, 2014

The Air Force will not achieve the level of long-term savings it hopes for if the House Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill -- including a provision to save the U-2 spy plane from retirement -- is enacted.

The Insider | May 6, 2014

The Turkish government announced May 6 that it will place an initial order for two F-35A fighter aircraft, which will be delivered in the Block 3F configuration as part of low-rate initial production Lot 10.

The Insider | May 5, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the way for the University of Alaska Fairbanks to conduct wildlife research using small unmanned aerial systems at its official UAS test site in Fairbanks, AK, according to an agency press release.

Daily News | April 30, 2014

House authorizers want the Air Force secretary to brief Congress on why the service shelved a mature beyond-line-of-sight airborne communications exchange system, known as the Tactical Airborne Communications Pod, only to fund the development of another system to meet similar requirements.

Daily News | April 25, 2014

Northrop Grumman remains upbeat about the future of its aerospace systems enterprise despite a modest decrease in first-quarter sales and ongoing budget uncertainty, thanks mostly to continued domestic investment and international interest in the RQ-4B Global Hawk, MQ-4C Triton and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye platforms.

Daily News | April 23, 2014

The Australian government confirmed last night its intent to buy 72 F-35 aircraft or more, depending on the future condition of its F/A-18 Super Hornets.

Daily News | April 15, 2014

The Air Force is proceeding with the development and evaluation of its Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper aircraft and plans to award a contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to modify Block 30 ground control stations in support of those efforts.

Daily News | April 14, 2014

The Air Force intends to halve its fleet of highly deployed EC-130H Compass Call aircraft after fiscal year 2015 due to budget constraints and reduced demand for the mission, Air Combat Command has confirmed.

Daily News | April 11, 2014

The Air Force vice chief of staff has denied the service is violating the law by taking actions to retire its fleet of A-10 close-air-support aircraft, such as cutting pilot training hours and canceling modernization work in calendar year 2014.

Daily News | April 10, 2014

Pentagon officials are trying to decouple the Quadrennial Defense Review from Russia's annexation of Crimea and other recent events in Eastern Europe as a way of countering calls by House lawmakers for the document to be rewritten.

Daily News | April 9, 2014

The Pentagon's top F-35 official has rejected reports that South Korea will receive F-22 technical information as part of the country's deal to buy 40 F-35 fighter aircraft.

Daily News | April 4, 2014

The Air Force has released its latest guidance on the development of remotely piloted systems and aircraft in an attempt to look beyond the “tyranny” of the current budget cycle, which is forcing the service to recalibrate its spending on unmanned capabilities, according to service officials.

Daily News | April 1, 2014

As the Air Force prepares to unveil a 25-year strategy for the development of remotely piloted aircraft, the service's top acquisition official for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets has spoken about some avenues already being explored -- including the creation of a common mission control center for RPAs and the possibility of having one pilot control a fleet of unmanned aircraft.

Daily News | March 24, 2014

The Pentagon's costly Joint Strike Fighter program has been given a welcome boost with South Korea formally announcing a decision to select the fifth-generation F-35A Lighting II aircraft for its F-X program, the plane's manufacturer Lockheed Martin said today.

Daily News | March 21, 2014

The Republic of Korea Air Force will select its new fighter, or F-X, “next month” and Lockheed Martin's F-35A Lightning II is considered a frontrunner so long as the United States is able to provide technical support for South Korea's own fighter program, the KF-X.

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