Here Are The Pentagon’s “Tough Choice” Cuts To Airpower As Part Of Its 2021 Budget

The Pentagon has released its latest budget request, covering the 2021 Fiscal year, which includes approximately $705 billion in planned spending. This is $13 billion less than the U.S. military asked for last year, but still relatively close in terms of overall expected funding. Given this drop in funding, senior U.S. military officials have said that they had to make tough choices, especially in the planning for various military aviation programs, which are traditionally big-ticket items in the annual defense budget.

E-11A Pilots Died Flying An Aircraft From A Fleet So Small None Are In The U.S. For Training

All individuals who fly the highly specialized U.S. Air Force E-11A Battlefield Airborne Control Node, or BACN, aircraft volunteer for this job and that there are so few of these planes that they’re all forward-deployed in Afghanistan. This means that aviators have no chance to train on the type in the United States before they head to Kandahar Airfield to begin flying actual operational sorties.

Highly Specialized Air Force E-11A Communications Aircraft Crashes And Burns In Afghanistan (Updated)

Details are still limited, but pictures and video footage circulating on social media shows that a U.S. Air Force E-11A Battlefield Airborne Control Node, or BACN, aircraft has crashed in Afghanistan. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident and the fate of the crew remain unknown.

Air Force Wants Its XQ-58A Valkyrie Drone To Help F-22s And F-35s Talk To Each Other

The U.S. Air Force hopes to begin tests involving a Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie stealthy unmanned aircraft acting as a data-fusion and relay gateway between its F-22 Raptors and F-35A Joint Strike Fighters early next year. This will follow a separate experiment to first demonstrate that the new data link, known presently as GatewayOne, can enable the two jets to share information without degrading their stealthy signatures, scheduled to occur next month.