At the top of Air Mobility Command’s wish list, and among its biggest challenges, is connecting its aircraft through common datalinks and communication channels so that refueling tankers and airlifters can provide more to a fight beyond their traditional roles.
The U.S. Air Force is ready to make a commitment to fielding a Collaborative Combat Aircraft—a loyal wingman-type drone to fly alongside future fighters—after reviews found the service could field a “meaningful capability” over the next several years, the service’s top official says.
Australia’s department of defense is sticking with the Lockheed Martin C-130J to replace and expand the Royal Australia Air Force’s existing fleet of 12 C-130Js under its medium air mobility replacement program.
Lockheed Martin is pitching a three-phase adoption of datalinks, processing and enhanced situational awareness for its LMXT tanker, as the U.S. Air Force works through its requirements and decides whether to continue with a competition for the KC-Y “bridge tanker.”
The U.S. Marine Corps has taken the first step toward fielding a new Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Family of Systems (FOS), releasing a request for information (RFI) on Oct. 21 to gather information on available options.
The C-390 Millennium is a truly remarkable aircraft, fast gaining a reputation for its reliability and performance in delivering vital aid, completing humanitarian missions and playing a key role in joint military exercises.