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News - USAF

Programme Results - Defence Insight

  • APCs/IFVs - 4x4, Reconnaissance/patrol vehicles

    JLTV Oshkosh Contract (US Air Force)

    As of November 2020, the US DoD had signed 14 contracts with Oshkosh Defense covering the delivery of approximately 17,731 JLTVs to all branches of ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - small

    RQ-20B Puma (USAF)

    Programme Background Requirement According to the AeroVironment Vice President and product line general manager, Trace Stevenson, the USAF Security Forces requires a small UAV to ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    MQ-9A Reaper (USAF)

    Programme Background Procurement & Inventory According to the USAF FY2019 Budget Estimate document, the USAF set aside funds to acquire 433 MQ-9 Reapers by the end of ...

  • AEW&C

    E-7A Wedgetail (USA)

    Programme Background Speaking on 21 September 2021 during the annual Air Force Association (AFA) Meeting in Washington DC, USAF Chief of Staff Gen Charles Brown ...

  • Fighter - multirole

    F-35A Joint Strike Fighter - USAF Future Procurement

    USAF has ordered 400 F-35 aircraft until FY2020, the remaining 240 out of 1377 fighters will be acquired at a rate of 48 per year ...

  • Transport/tanker aircraft

    KC-Y Tanker Aircraft (USA)

    Programme Background The USAF is replacing its fleet of 396 KC-135 Stratotanker refuelling aircraft, built in the 1950s and 60s, and 59 KC-10 Extenders, which entered service ...

  • Tiltrotors

    V-22 Osprey (MV-22B/CMV-22B)

    The V-22 Osprey Joint Services Advanced Vertical Lift Aircraft (V-22) Program was established by the DoD to develop, test, evaluate, procure, field and support a ...

  • Fighter - multirole

    F-15EX - USAF (Announced)

    Programme Background The F-15EX will be based on the 2-seat F-15QA (Qatar) configuration upgraded with USAF-only capabilities, including the Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability ...

  • Fighter - multirole

    F-15EX - USAF (Contracted)

    Programme Background USAF is looking to procure 144 F-15EX fighter aircraft, including two RDTE configurations and six low-rate initial production aircraft. F-15EX will replace ageing ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) (USA)

    Programme Background Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) The USAF envisages several UAVs working alongside a single crewed aircraft, with each platform perhaps hosting a different mission set, ...

  • APCs/IFVs - 4x4, Reconnaissance/patrol vehicles

    JLTV Future Procurement (US Air Force)

    According to the FY2021 USAF budget request documents, the USAF procured 103 JLTVs in FY2019, 146 in FY2020 and 142 in FY2021. This suggests an ...

  • Transport/tanker aircraft

    KC-46A (USA)

    Programme Background The first four Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) KC-46A aircraft were delivered to McConnell AFB in Kansas in January 2019. As of December 2020, a ...

  • Military helicopters - multirole

    MH-139 (UH-1N Huey Replacement)

    Other bidders included Sikorsky with HH-60U offer and Sierra Nevada with upgrading offer of UH-60As to UH-60L configuration.In February 2018, Leonardo filed a protest to ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Skyborg (USA)

    Programme Background Programme Intention Skyborg is one of three USAF Vanguard programs outlined in the Air Force Science and Technology 2030 initiative. The program intends ...

  • Transport/tanker aircraft

    C-37A - USAF

    Programme Background The USAF was using C-20B transport aircraft, variant of civilian Gulfstream III, to provide worldwide airlift for DoD and government officials. With the ...

Equipment Results - Defence Insight

  • Air: air combat simulators

    USAF E-3 CTSS

    L3Harris Technologies has supported E-3 aircrew training since 1993 and is currently under contract to support the USAF’s E-3 Contractor Training and Simulation Services (CTSS) ...

  • Air: air combat simulators

    USAF F-16 MTC

    L3Harris Technologies has delivered seven F-16 Mission Training Centers (MTC) to the USAF and is currently on contract to deliver three additional MTC systems to ...

  • Air: air combat simulators

    USAF EC-130H WST

    In 2015, L3 Link (now L3Harris Technologies) delivered an EC-130H Weapon System Trainer (WST) and accompanying support systems to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. This ...

  • Air: transport/tanker simulators

    USAF KC-135 ATS

    The KC-135 Aircrew Training System (ATS) programme delivers initial qualification, requalification, continuation and upgrades training for USAF KC-135 aircrews, including pilots, co-pilots and boom operators. ...

  • Air: transport/tanker simulators

    USAF C-5 WST

    CAE has designed and manufactured all nine of the USAF’s C-5 weapon system trainers (WST), with the two latest delivered in 2001 to Kelly AFB, ...

  • Air: transport/tanker simulators

    USAF C-130J MATS

    Training for USAF C-130J crews is managed under a programme called C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (MATS). Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for ...

  • Air: air combat simulators

    USAF B-2 Training System

    L3Harris Technologies is the prime contractor on the USAF’s B-2 training system, providing contractor logistics support, long-term software support and operating the programme’s training system ...

  • Air: air combat simulators

    USAF F-16 ATD– JHMCS

    L3Harris Technologies has provided its simulated Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) and Advanced Helmet Mounted Display (AHMD) on the USAF’s F-16 Aircrew Training Device programme. ...

  • Air: air combat simulators

    USAF F-16 Training System

    L3Harris Technologies is supporting approximately 180 F-16 pilot and maintenance trainers as part of the USAF’s F-16 Training System. Programme contract options extend through 2019. ...

  • Air: transport/tanker simulators

    USAF HC/MC-130J WST

    CAE has designed and manufactured HC/MC-130J weapon systems trainers (WST) that are used by the USAF’s Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operations Command. ...

  • Air: fixed-wing flight simulators

    USAF E-3A AWACS Training Devices

    CAE designed two E-3A operation flight trainers and one flight training device for the USAF. Under a subcontract to L3 Communications, CAE designed and manufactured ...

  • Air: air combat simulators

    USAF E-8C Flight and Mission Crew Training

    L3Harris Technologies, under contract with Northrop Grumman Corporation, provides flight and mission crew training services in support of the USAF’s E-8C JSTARS Total System Support ...

  • EO/IR systems

    Q-39

    The AN/AAQ-39 is the EO/IR fire control system operational on Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130U gunships. The Q-39 targeting system consists of a large-aperture ...

  • Subsystems: software, Subsystems: visual

    SimuSphere HD

    SimuSphere HD immerses fast jet pilots in a virtual training environment claimed to be equivalent to real-world flying missions. As part of L3Harris Technologies' HD ...

  • Air: surveillance and maritime patrol radar

    AN/APQ-170

    The AN/APQ-170 is a multi-mode radar fitted to USAF MC-130H Combat Talon II special operations aircraft. The system is used for terrain following/avoidance, weather mapping ...