The Air Force will declare initial operational capability with the C-5M Super Galaxy on Friday, according to senior service officials. The declaration means there are sufficient aircraft, training of flight and ground crews, as well as spares on hand both domestically and at forward operating areas to allow the C-5M to go to war if needed. The stage was set for IOC last month, when the 16th C-5M was delivered to Dover AFB, Del. By the end of 2016, Air Mobility Command expects to have all 52 C-5Ms in service at three operating locations. The upgrade of all C-5Bs, two C-5Cs, and one C-5A includes replacement of the aircraft’s engines and more than 70 other structural and capability improvements. It builds on the Avionics Modernization Program, which was completed last year. The Air Force has been using the initial C-5Ms for the past two years, and the giant airlifter has turned in an on-time departure reliability between 88 percent and 93 percent, service officials said. Unmodified C-5s struggle to make 50 percent on-time departure rates. AMC boss Gen. Paul Selva has said the Air Force doesn’t need to modify the remaining C-5As, as the C-5M fleet as now projected will satisfy the service’s needs.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…