The Air Force Weather Agency just introduced the newest fine-scale computer-forecasting program, the first to be developed in almost a decade. Called the weather research and forecasting model, or WRF, the system is more accurate and efficient than previous models and will help improve weather forecast accuracy. An Air Force release says that it also will improve mission execution for the precision airdrop system, target acquisition weapon software, and field artillery targeting applications. Future WRF models will add even more fine-scale resolution and improved accuracy.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.