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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 11 Mai 2010 - 12:07

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U.S. Air Force Awards Raytheon $34 Million for Laser-Guided Maverick


AMMAN, Jordan, May 10, 2010 The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) $34.4 million to continue design work on the AGM-65E2/L laser-guided Maverick missile, the newest variant of the Maverick. The contract requires Raytheon to develop, integrate and test the missile’s guidance and control section.

“The laser-guided Maverick is an ideal weapon for urban combat and high-speed maneuvering targets,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile System’s Air Warfare Systems product line. “The combat-proven Maverick is integrated on more than 25 aircraft in 33 nations, and we hope to have the newest addition to the Maverick family available for export soon.”
The laser-guided Maverick will have an enhanced laser seeker and new software, reducing the risk of collateral damage and enabling aviators to use onboard aircraft lasers to designate targets.
Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 13 Mai 2010 - 12:19

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Pratt & Whitney Delivers 1000th F117 Engine to U.S. Air Force




– Pratt & Whitney delivered the 1,000th F117 engine powering the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft to the United States Air Force. Four Pratt & Whitney F117 engines provide power for 100 percent of The Boeing Company’s C-17 Globemaster III — the world’s premier heavy airlifter. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
“Air Mobility Command relies on the products, services and support that Pratt & Whitney provides,” said Lieutenant General Rusty Findley, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command. “Our friends, allies and countrymen can rest assured knowing that AMC’s C-17 Globemaster III, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, will deliver the right effects, to the right place, at the right time.”
The F117-PW-100 is a derivative of Pratt & Whitney’s commercial PW2000 engine powering the Boeing 757. The F117 has consistently proven itself as a world-class reliable engine. Through Pratt & Whitney’s ongoing investment in product improvements, the engine continuously surpasses established goals of time on wing, in-flight shut downs, and support turnaround time.
“Pratt & Whitney is proud to deliver the 1,000th engine to the U.S. Air Force, one of our key customers,” says Bev Deachin, vice president, Pratt & Whitney Military Programs & Customer Support. “This milestone is yet another testament to the superb dependability, reliability and performance of Pratt & Whitney’s F117 engine, and our dedication to our customers’ airlift mission.”
Four Pratt & Whitney F117 engines, each rated at 40,440 pounds of thrust, enable the C-17 transport to carry a payload of 160,600 pounds, take off from a 7,600-foot airfield, and fly 2,400 nautical miles without refueling. With more than 7 million hours of proven military service and more than 40 million hours in commercial use, the F117/PW2037 reinforces Pratt & Whitney’s promise to deliver Dependable Engines.
“Pratt & Whitney’s F117 team is honored to be part of the exceptional C-17 program answering the call for humanitarian efforts worldwide,” said Deachin.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Lun 17 Mai 2010 - 11:43

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USAF to Expand C-130 Hercules Training Fleet
The US Air Force will expand its C-130 Hercules training fleet with additional planes from the air national guard and air force reserve squadrons.
USAF secretary Michael Bruce Donley said the air force would establish an air reserve component training unit at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
"This will include the temporary movement of some air national guard and air force reserve aircraft to establish an ARC C-130 formal training unit to meet the air force's total force training needs," he said.
Air force reserve chief Lt. Gen. Charles E Stenner Jr said the air force reserve would meet the air force's operational and training mission requirements.
"Guard and reserve crews are well versed in a variety of C-130 mission sets and are certainly well qualified for this training mission," he said.
Air national guard director Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt said that this partnership would assist the air force in training qualified total force C-130 crews.
Donley said that new C-130J Super Hercules would continue to enter the air force as C-130 training requirements decrease, allowing the temporarily relocated C-130s from air guard and reserve components to return to their home units
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 18 Mai 2010 - 1:33

un articl qui date de mois de février passé

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Des Mirage F1 pour les Etats-Unis ?


La France aurait entamé des discussions pour la vente de dix à trente Mirage F1 à son partenaire américain. Alors que Hervé Morin a confirmé, après plusieurs mois d’atermoiements administratifs, l’achat d’un lot de Javelin prélevés sur le stock existant de l’armée américaine (la modernisation du Milan se poursuivant...), les Etats-Unis ne masquent pas, en retour, leur intérêt pour un lot de Mirage F1 “déclassés”. Les pièces détachées et le maintien en condition opérationnelle (MCO) étant compris dans le possible marché.

Cet achat, qui ne rapporterait pas grand-chose à l’Etat français, serait réalisé sur le même schéma que celui des Mig-29B/UB/Fulcrum C (6+16+6) acquis par Washington en Moldavie et en Allemagne. Ces Mig seraient stockés sur la base 51 et serviraient parfois d’“agresseurs”.

Le Mirage F1, rencontré durant la guerre d’Irak (on trouve des Mirage F1 dans des pays arabes, dont l’Iran, qui possède un escadron de Mirage F1E irakiens, la Libye, le Maroc...), pourrait également jouer le rôle de l’agresseur lors d’exercices de type “Red Flag”. L’engin de Dassault y serait l’ennemi, à l’instar de F15 et F16 repeints pour l’occasion. 

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 18 Mai 2010 - 1:53

C'est la 3ème fois que cet article est posté...


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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 18 Mai 2010 - 14:26


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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 18 Mai 2010 - 17:05

[quote="Yakuza"]Navy pas USAF Maatawi Wink

deja posté ici
http://far-maroc.forumpro.fr/ameriques-f24/us-navy-t2016-240.htm[/quote]


Oups je me suis trompé d’article
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USAF Begins Work on First Cyber Warfare Intelligence Centre
The USAF Air Force Centre for Engineering and the Environment has begun the construction of the new 38,000ft² cyber warfare command centre at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
The centre will be the new home for the 68th Network Warfare Squadron (NWS) and the 710th Information Operations Flight, currently located at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio, California.
Lackland has been chosen for its proximity to cyber-related commands such as the National Security Agency's Texas Cryptologic Center and the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency.
It is also close to the 67th Network Warfare Wing, the Joint Information Operations Warfare Command and the Air Force Cryptologic Support Group.
The 68th NWS commander Col. Bradford Shwedo said the building will be the first of its kind in the nation, as well as the first step in cyber warfare.
Scheduled to be completed this year, the new building will serve as an office space for 400 defence personnel
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 18 Mai 2010 - 18:01

Raptor a écrit:
C'est la 3ème fois que cet article est posté...


svp les gars, pas de 4ème fois.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mer 19 Mai 2010 - 15:48

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Advanced AIM-120 missile passes final flight test


Lt. Col. Jim Hecker fires an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile at a sub-scale aerial target drone.

09:00 GMT, May 19, 2010 On May 4, 1989, the AIM-120A advanced medium-range air-to-air, or AMRAAM, passed its final flight test for use on U.S. fighters. The AIM-120A demonstrated its ability to achieve multiple targets. On the Gulf Test Range near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., an F-15 Eagle fired two missiles at two QF-100 drones at 10,000 feet and two more at two drones at 5,000 feet. The test resulted in three direct hits and one pass within lethal distance.

The AIM-120 AMRAAM is a new generation air-to-air missile. It has an all-weather, beyond-visual-range capability. The Air Force, U.S. Navy and America's allies use the missile. It is a follow-on to the AIM-7 Sparrow missile series. The missile is faster, smaller and lighter, and has improved capabilities against low-altitude targets. It incorporates active radar with an inertial reference unit and micro-computer system, which makes the missile less dependent upon the fire-control system of the aircraft. Once the missile closes on a target, its active radar guides it to intercept. This enables the pilot to aim and fire several missiles simultaneously at multiple targets. The pilot may then perform evasive maneuvers while the missiles guide themselves to their targets.

AMRAAM has three variants - AIM-120A/B/C -- operational on F-15, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-22 Raptor aircraft.

During the full-scale development phase, Hughes Aircraft Co. completed missile development and Raytheon was selected as a follower producer. A production contract to both vendors was awarded in 1987. More than 200 of the test missiles were launched during flight tests at Eglin AFB, Fla.; White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; and Point Mugu, Calif.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 22 Mai 2010 - 14:09

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X-51A Waverider flight planned for May 25

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) – Weather permitting, Air Force officials said the X-51A Waverider will make its first hypersonic flight test attempt May 25 after it is released from a B-52 Stratofortress off the southern coast of California.
The unmanned X-51A is expected to fly autonomously for five minutes, powered by a supersonic combustion scramjet engine, accelerating to about Mach 6 and transmitting vast amounts of data to ground stations before breaking up after splashing down into the Pacific, as planned. There are no plans to recover the flight test vehicle, one of four built.
“In those 300 seconds, we hope to learn more about hypersonic flight with a practical scramjet engine than all previous flight tests combined,” said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate here.
The longest previous hypersonic scramjet flight test performed by a NASA X-43 in 2004 was faster, but lasted only about 10 seconds and used less logistically supportable hydrogen fuel, Mr. Brink said.
The X-51A program is a collaborative effort by representatives from the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, with industry partners The Boeing Company and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.
The X-51 will depart Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. and be carried aloft under the wing of a B-52 belonging to the Air Force Flight Test Center there. It will be released at approximately 50,000 feet over the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range. A solid rocket booster will accelerate the X-51A to approximately Mach 4.5, before being jettisoned.
Then the cruiser’s scramjet engine, remarkable because it has virtually no moving parts, will ignite. Burning the same JP-7 jet fuel once used by the SR-71 Blackbird, it will accelerate the X-51A to Mach 6 as it climbs to nearly 70,000 feet. Hypersonic combustion generates intense heat so routing of the engine’s own JP-7 fuel will serve to both cool the engine and heat the fuel to optimum operating temperature for combustion.
A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion will aid in transmitting telemetry data to people at both Naval Air Station Point Mugu and Vandenberg AFB, Calif., before it arrives at its final destination: Ridley Mission Control Center at Edwards AFB.
The May 25 hypersonic test will actually be the third time the X-51 has flown, but in each previous instance it has remained attached to the B-52’s wing. The first captive carry flight Dec. 9, 2009, verified the B-52’s high-altitude performance and handling qualities with the X-51 attached and tested communications and telemetry systems. The other flight, intended essentially as a dress rehearsal for the hypersonic flight, took place earlier this year.
Program officials said this will be the only hypersonic flight attempt this fiscal year, a change from the original test plan which was to fly in December 2009 then three more times in 2010.
A combination of factors, including access to supporting flight test and range assets, was cited as the reason for the pause. Availability of the Air Force Flight Test Center’s B-52, which has been in high demand to support a number of other high-priority weapon system tests and is readying to undergo periodic depot-level maintenance later this year, was noted.
“This is an experimental X-plane and it’s a complicated test. We knew the original schedule was aggressive and we would need to be flexible,” Mr. Brink said. “It’s also expensive to keep a staff of engineers and support staff at the ready and then not be able to fly when supporting assets aren’t available. So we elected to make only one hypersonic try this spring and then pause for a few months to conserve funding.”
Mr. Brink called the test “a major team effort” by AFRL, DARPA, Air Force Flight Test Center, NASA, the U.S. Navy, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.
The shark-like shape of the 14-foot long X-51A cruiser gives a hint to the technologies it is designed to explore, Mr. Brink said. Virtually wingless, it is designed to ride its own shockwave, thus the nickname, Waverider. The heart of the system is its Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne SJY61 scramjet engine, but other key technologies that will be demonstrated by the X-51A include thermal protection systems materials, airframe and engine integration, and high-speed stability and control.
Officials said the X-51A program will pave the way to hypersonic weapons and future access to space. Since scramjets are able to burn atmospheric oxygen, they don’t need to carry large fuel tanks containing oxidizer like conventional rockets, and are being explored as a way to more efficiently launch payloads into orbit.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 25 Mai 2010 - 0:36

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Lockheed Martin Delivers First U.S. Air Force Advanced EHF Satellite
New-Generation Protected Military Communications Satellite Scheduled to Launch July 2010

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 25th, 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered the first satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for a July 30 liftoff aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle. The AEHF system will provide the U.S. military and national leaders with global, protected, high capacity and secure communications.

“Shipment of the first AEHF satellite is testimony to a strong government and industry partnership focused on achieving total mission success on this vitally important program,” said Col. Michael Sarchet, commander of the Protected Satellite Communications Group at the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. “AEHF will play an integral role in our national security space architecture, and we look forward to providing this new capability to the warfighter.”

The AEHF system is the successor to the five-satellite Milstar constellation and will provide significantly improved global, highly secure, protected, survivable communications for all warfighters serving U.S. national security. The governments of Canada, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom participate in the AEHF program as international partners and will have access to the communications capability of AEHF.

A single AEHF satellite will provide greater total capacity than the entire Milstar constellation currently on-orbit. Individual user data rates can be up to five times higher than Milstar’s highest speed. The faster data rates will permit transmission of tactical military communications, such as high-quality real-time video and quick access to battlefield maps and targeting data.

“Lockheed Martin is extremely proud of this significant program milestone,” said Mike Davis, Lockheed Martin’s AEHF vice president. “This satellite will provide substantially improved protected communications capabilities for the warfighter, and we look forward to achieving mission success for our customer.”

The second AEHF spacecraft (SV-2) has completed Final Integrated System Test which verified all spacecraft interfaces, demonstrated full functionality and evaluated satellite performance and is now preparing for Intersegment testing to ensure the spacecraft is ready for flight. The third AEHF satellite, SV-3, has completed acoustic testing, one of several critical environmental tests that validate the overall satellite design, quality of workmanship and survivability during space vehicle launching and on-orbit operations. SV-2 and SV-3 are on track for launch readiness in 2011.

The AEHF team is led by the U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., is the AEHF prime contractor and system manager, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., as the payload provider.

“Assured communications for our military services is absolutely essential wherever they may be deployed,” said Stuart Linsky, vice president, Satellite Communications, for Northrop Grumman. “Capabilities provided by AEHF will give more warfighters access to the protected communications they need.”

Lockheed Martin is currently under contract to provide three AEHF satellites and the Mission Control Segment. The program has begun advanced procurement of long-lead components for a fourth AEHF satellite.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 25 Mai 2010 - 11:54

pour ceux qui ont encore des doutes, içi on peut voir ce qu'est vraiment la taille d'un satellite militaire ....

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 25 Mai 2010 - 12:54

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U.S. Air Force Awards Raytheon $97 Million for More Miniature Air Launched Decoys


TUCSON, Ariz. | The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) $96.7 million for a third production lot of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy.

MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost, decoy flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and programmable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles (about 575 statute miles).

"MALD protects aircrew and their aircraft by mimicking the signatures and combat flight profiles of U.S. and allied aircraft," said Ken Watson, the U.S. Air Force's MALD program manager. "This contract delivers additional capabilities to the combatant commanders by giving them more options to shape the battlespace."

MALD is currently in production, and Raytheon has delivered more than 100 units to the U.S. Air Force. This new contract calls for the company to build approximately 300 additional decoys -- nearly equal to the total of Lots I and II combined. Additionally, the contract requires the delivery of the MALD-Jammer in preparation for the MALD-J™ initial operational test and evaluation phase, with production expected to begin in 2011.

"This contract showcases the reliability and capability of the baseline program," said Scott Muse, Raytheon's MALD program director. "MALD can be certified on any aircraft with a 14-inch suspension carriage, and its modular design opens the door to numerous options beyond the stand-in-jammer, making MALD an ideal solution for the men and women in uniform."

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More than 125 Raytheon employees design and build the MALD and MALD-J in Tucson, Ariz.; Goleta, Calif.; and El Segundo, Calif.

Hundreds of employees in scores of businesses across the U.S. design and manufacture MALD and MALD-J components. Major suppliers include: AML Communications, Camarillo, Calif.; AUSCO, Port Washington, N.Y.; BAE, Berthoud, Colo.; CEI, Sacramento, Calif.; Celestica, Austin, Texas; Eagle Pitcher, Joplin, Mo.; EDO, Bohemia, N.Y.; Enser, Pinellas Park, Fla.; Engineered Fabrics Corp, Rockmart, Ga.; GDOTS, Redmond, Wash.; Hamilton-Sundstrand, Rockford, Ill.; Hamilton-Sundstrand, San Diego; LaBarge, Joplin, Mo.; Moog, East Aurora, N.Y.; Tecom, Westlake Village, Calif.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 25 Mai 2010 - 16:33

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Okinawa Decision Has Missile Defense Element


May 25, 2010





By backpedaling on a campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine Corps airbase from Okinawa, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama may have nonetheless secured additional airborne cruise missile and tactical ballistic missile defenses for Japan.
China is seen as the cruise missile threat since it has developed a new, faster, long-range weapon that can be launched from its Su-27MKK strike fighter fleet. North Korea has the greater fear factor, however, because of its suspected nuclear ballistic missile capability and its government’s erratic behavior and apparent aggressions, such as the alleged sinking of a South Korea warship.
Okinawa is already home to the first wing of U.S. Air Force Boeing F-15Cs carrying an older model of active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The Raytheon-designed radar essentially increases the aircraft’s radar range from about 50 miles to around 150 miles (horizontal or vertical) and it allows the fighters to detect small and stealthy targets in time to intercept cruise missiles with specially designed AIM-120C-6 and AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (Amraam) weapons.
U.S. defense officials tell AVIATION WEEK that more AESA-equipped fighters will be stationed in Okinawa to further beef up the anti-missile forces already there. The initial Okinawa-based F-15 unit worked out tactics for cruise missile defense while stationed in Alaska. Two years ago the unit made the shift to Japan’s southernmost airbase, which has responsibility for an area of operations that extends to within about 20 miles of China.
The newest twist is that the U.S. Air National Guard and Raytheon are talking about demonstration of an air-launched, hit-to-kill missile called the network-centric airborne defense element (NCADE) for a ballistic missile defense mission. It uses an Aim-120 Amraam missile body and extends the range far enough to support an anti-ballistic missile mission.
The Guard revealed in late April that it had started upgrades of its Golden Eagle F-15C fleet starting with the Florida ANG’s 125th Fighter Wing, followed by units in Massachusetts and Montana.
“We’re embracing an air-launched concept for theater ballistic missile defense as a deterrent and as a tactical capability to protect our forces in-theater and for homeland defense,” says Maj. Todd Giggy, the 125th’s chief of weapons and tactics.
USAF F-22s also carry AESA radars, as will both the Air Force’s active fleet of 220 F-15Es, with the APG-82(V)4 radar, and Air National Guard F-15s, with the APG-63(V)3 radar.
Leading officials have not mentioned specifics in public, but in explaining his reversal on keeping U.S. forces on Okinawa the Japanese prime minister said he now had a better appreciation of their role as a deterrent in the region.
Still, there was a public outcry from some Okinawa residents after the announcement that Japan would stick with the 2006 agreement it had reached with the U.S. over basing. That deal called for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to be moved to the less-populated north side of Okinawa rather than off the island.
In a visit there, Prime Minister Hatoyama offered his apology “for causing much confusion” by first supporting opposition to the Okinawa rebasing and then accepting it after public furor was expressed. It was his second visit this month.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mer 26 Mai 2010 - 12:37

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USAF to Deploy Raptors in Japan and Guam
The US Air Force will deploy its F-22A Raptors at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and Kadena Air Base, Japan, for training by the end of May 2010 .
During the four months of training, 12 F-22As from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, will be deployed to Kadena and 12 will be deployed from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to Andersen.
Nearly 250 airmen will accompany the Raptors to each location for the training.
It will be the first time that F-22s from Holloman Base have been deployed to the Western Pacific to train in a forward location.
The F-22A aircraft can avoid enemy detection and cruise at supersonic speeds. It is highly manoeuvrable and will provide the joint forces with integrated situational awareness.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 28 Mai 2010 - 14:10

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Boeing Receives 1st F-16 for Conversion into QF-16 Aerial Drone


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 27, 2010 — The first retired F-16 Falcon arrived at Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] Cecil Field facility in Jacksonville on April 22 to begin conversion into a QF-16 aerial drone. Boeing received a $69.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force on March 8 for the first phase of the QF-16 program.
The Boeing-led team, which includes BAE Systems, will begin engineering, manufacturing and development of the full-scale manned and unmanned QF-16s during Phase 1. The drones will be used as aerial targets for newly developed weapons and tactics. They will be a higher-performing aircraft than the QF-4s they will replace.
The team will receive six F-16s during the program’s development phase. After modification to the QF-16 configuration, they will serve as prototypes for engineering tests and evaluation prior to low-rate initial production. Up to 126 QF-16 drones will be converted beginning in 2014.
Source: Boeing

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 28 Mai 2010 - 14:34

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C-17 Globemaster IIIs prepare to land at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 19, 2010, after participating in a mobility exercise over the Nevada Test and Training Range. The exercise was part of the larger bi-annual U.S. Air Force Weapons School Mobility Air Forces exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brett Clashman)

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 29 Mai 2010 - 17:39

B-2A Spirits from the 509th Bomb Wing have deployed to Andersen AFB in Guam.

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B-2A Spirits from the 509th Bomb Wing have deployed to Andersen AFB in Guam.

March 5: B-2A Spirits from the 509th Bomb Wing based at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) in Missouri have landed at Andersen AFB in Guam, replacing B-52H Stratofortresses deployed from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana as part of the continuous bomber presence on the Pacific island.

The B-2s join F-22 Raptors deployed from the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska as part of the theatre security package.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 3 Juin 2010 - 15:43


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F-22 Raptors from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, fly over Alaska May 26, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 4 Juin 2010 - 13:53

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USAF sets 2013 entry for extended-range JASSM
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The US Air Force says it will be ready to deploy the extended-range version of its Lockheed Martin-built AGM-158 joint air-to-surface stand-off missile (JASSM) in the second half of 2013.

Using larger fuel tanks and a more efficient Williams International F107-WR-105 turbofan engine, rather than the Teledyne CAE J402-CA-100 turbojet, the JASSM ER (AGM-158B) will have a range of more than 926km (500nm), up from 370km for the original missile.

The AGM-158 entered service in 1999 and has not been used in combat to date. Lockheed in April rolled out the 1,000th JASSM round from its Troy, Alabama factory, one of 1,200 units that have been purchased for use with the Boeing F-15, B-1B and B-52, Lockheed F-16 and Northrop Grumman B-2, and with the US Navy's Boeing F/A-18.

Early problems with the cruise missiles, which caused the air force to put the programme on hold from June 2007 until May 2008 have been addressed. This was evidenced by 15 successful launches in 16 tests of Lot 7 JASSMs in autumn 2009, says Col Stephen Demers, air force JASSM programme manager and 308th Armament Systems Group commander. "These are the best results in the history of the programme," he says.

Lockheed was awarded a Lot 8 production contract for 158 missiles in January. Problems with Lot 5 and 6 missiles, which included fuzes that failed to initiate detonation and electrical problems elsewhere in the missile were fixed at Lockheed's expense and incorporated into Lot 7 examples, says Demers.

The USAF "upped" quality control on all suppliers in the aftermath of the investigations, he adds.

To date, the air force has tested six JASSM-ER missiles launched from a B-1 bomber (below) and has five additional tests due this summer, starting in July.



Demers expects the first production buy for the JASSM ER by January 2011 as part of the weapon's Lot 9 purchase. Air force testing of the JASSM ER, which has 70% hardware commonality and 95% software commonality with the regular version of the cruise missile, will include 21 test launches.

Demers says Lockheed's F-35 Lightning II is "on the list" to receive both missiles, to be carried externally, but that no funding is in place for the work. A systems level readiness review is set for summer, following successful subsystem production readiness reviews conducted between February and April, the air force says.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 8 Juin 2010 - 14:07

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U.S. Air Force orders 8 C-27J aircraft from Finmeccanica





Alenia North America, a unit of Italy's Finmeccanica, has received a $319 million order from the U.S. Air Force for eight C-27J tactical transport aircraft, bringing to 21 to total number now ordered by the U.S. Air Force and Army.

The aircraft will be delivered during 2012 to L-3, Finmeccanica's partner on the program, Finmeccanica said in a statement. The 21 aircraft now ordered by the U.S. are worth $812 million, the firm added.
Finmeccanica said the U.S. military's 2011 budget, now in Congress, also contains $351 million for a further eight C-27J orders.
Separately, Finmeccanica-owned U.S defense electronics firm DRS Technologies has signed a teaming agreement with Boeing to work on Boeing's U.S. tanker offering, the firm said June 7.
DRS will work with Boeing on console design and manufacture the Aerial Refueling Operating Station for the aircraft, should Boeing win the contest
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 8 Juin 2010 - 16:27

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As the Space Shuttle Atlantis headed to space and the International Space Station for the final time on May 14, a pair of F15 Strike Eagles patrolled the skies above the launch and captured this stunning image. Note the shadow of the plume. Lt. Col. Gabriel Green and Capt. Zachary Bartoe photographed the launch from an F-15E Strike Eagle over Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Colonel Green is the 333rd Fighter Squadron commander and Captain Bartoe is a 333rd FS weapons system officer. Both aircrew members are assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 10 Juin 2010 - 13:44

B-52s Headed to Guam



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Three B-52H Stratofortesses take off on their way to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of a deployment June 2, 2010, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. During the six-month deployment, nearly 350 Airmen and more than five B-52s will provide U.S. Pacific Command with a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michael J. Veloz)

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 11 Juin 2010 - 15:10

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Converting C-5 to a Super Galaxy

Lockheed Martin inducted its third C-5 Galaxy strategic air-lifter into the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) production line at its facility here today.
The aircraft will become the sixth C-5M flying operational missions in support of America’s strategic airlift requirements in mid-2011. The largest and most capable airlift aircraft in the U.S. Air Force fleet, the C-5M is rapidly becoming the cornerstone of Global Reach in support of operations around the world.
The RERP modifications will make the aircraft a C-5M Super Galaxy and consist of more than 70 improvements and upgrades to the C-5 airframe and aircraft systems, and include the installation of new higher-thrust, more reliable turbofan engines.
"We are excited every time we induct an aircraft to become a Super Galaxy, because it is the sunrise of a new generation of strategic air-lifters.
The strategic value of the C-5M, as well as the value to the taxpayer, is unmatched,” said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin C-5 vice president. “The C-5M is less than half the cost of other U.S. strategic air lifters and it provides twice the capability."
The third aircraft to enter the RERP/Modernization production line is a C-5B based at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This aircraft was delivered to Dover on Jan. 28, 1987 and has served U.S. military operations across the globe in such areas as Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, Qatar, Senegal and Thailand.
The first production C-5M is scheduled for delivery to Dover AFB later this year.
Current Air Force plans call for Lockheed Martin to deliver 52 C-5Ms (modification of 49 C-5Bs, two C-5Cs, and one C-5A) by 2016. Three C-5Ms, the former Super Galaxy test fleet, were given the highest rating possible during Air Force testing and have set 42 world records in airlift while flying operational missions worldwide.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

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