Military Aircraft

Fighting for “Future Vertical Lift”

By Jan Tegler

July 1, 2018

Rotorcraft advocates in the U.S. military have been laying the research groundwork to replace many of today’s helicopters with versions that would employ a revolutionary propulsion concept to-be-decided. Jan Tegler looks at the battle to elevate the Future Vertical Lift initiative into an acquisition program and speed up its schedule.

Grading the MQ-25

By Jan Tegler

April 30, 2018

Is the U.S. Navy's proposed refueling drone the best strategy for empowering pilots to penetrate enemy airspace?

Research reboot

By Keith Button

February 28, 2018

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab will spend much of 2018 taking a fresh look at its approach to science and technology

Red Air reset

By Jan Tegler

February 1, 2018

U.S. Air Force is preparing to outsource much of its demand for "aggressor" aircraft to private companies

Game changer

By Henry Canaday

May 31, 2017

DARPA’s plans for a demonstrator UAS for the Navy


By Joe Stumpe

April 17, 2017

The U.S. Air Force is having a hard time letting go of the A-10

New blueprint, old dream

By Debra Werner

March 6, 2017

Designing a jet-fast plane that can stop on a dime in midair, hover and speed off

Carrier Drone Debate

By Keith Button

August 31, 2016

Was it wise or foolish for U.S. Navy to choose a refueling drone as a warplane?