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The U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker made by Boeing Co. is scheduled to make its first flight on Sept. 25, a general said. The date was announced Tuesday by Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson during the Air & Space Conference near Washington, D.C. The milestone for the eventual successor to the KC-135 and […]

A panel of defense analysts on Wednesday urged U.S. lawmakers to develop a fleet of next-generation bombers capable of piercing advanced enemy air defenses. Their testimony before a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee came as the Pentagon is poised to announce which defense contractor will land the potentially $100 billion contract to develop […]

The U.S. Air Force acknowledged it’s expanding the number of drone surveillance missions flown by contractors in response to a chronic pilot shortage in the service. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh discussed the issue Monday during a “State of the Air Force” briefing with reporters at the Pentagon.

The Air Force has moved into production of its Small Diameter Bomb II that can pinpoint targets from long distances, destroy stationary or moving targets and change course in flight using a two-way data link, service officials said. “Using its dual-band weapon data link, it can change targets in flight and can be controlled by […]

The failure of a SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station will have serious implications not only for the company’s civilian and commercial business, but also its ambitions to crack into the military market. The explosion of the company’s Falcon 9 on June 28 over Cape Canaveral, Florida — more than two minutes into […]