Nuevo dron sin superficies móviles de control
Investigadores de BAE Systems y la Universidad de Manchester probaron con éxito un vehículo aéreo no tripulado experimental sin superficies móviles de control, según informó BAE Systems en diciembre de 2017. El dron a reacción MAGMA, con una envergadura de 3’5 metros, puede ayudar a BAE en el desarrollo... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s ‘Extraordinary’ Ukraine Mission Went Nowhere Near the Russians
The U.S. Air Force’s “extraordinary” surveillance flight over Ukraine in early December 2018 flew nowhere near Russian forces, one expert concluded. On Dec. 6, 2018, the Air Force deployed one of its OC-135 observation planes to Ukraine at Kiev’s request. American, Canadian, German, French, Romanian and British observers were... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Probably Can’t Afford to Replace the F-22
A new fighter to replace the F-22 Raptor could eat the U.S. Air Force’s budget starting in the 2030s, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The Air Force on average spent $12 billion per year, in current dollars, on new aircraft between 1980 and 2018. But replacing the flying branch’s... Read more
The U.S. Navy’s Carrier Air Wings Lack Range
The U.S. Navy’s carrier air wings lack the range to win in battle with Chinese and Russian forces, according to one new study. The Navy’s nine front-line wings “lack the range, endurance, survivability and specialization to carry out the operational concepts needed to defeat great-power militaries,” the Washington, D.C.-based... Read more
U.S. Air Force Cadets Are Building a Stealthy Drone
Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy are building a stealthy target drone to help pilots prepare for combat with Chinese and Russian stealth fighters. But the drone could do so much more. The U.S. military uses a variety of drones as targets in live-fire exercises. The Pentagon also... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s Treaty Planes Are Falling Apart
The two surveillance planes the U.S. Air Force uses to monitor Russian forces under the auspices of a 1992 arms-control treaty are old, in poor condition and barely flyable, records reveal. Their toilets in particular are a problem. On Dec. 6, 2018, the Air Force deployed one of the... Read more
Japan Triples Its F-35 Order
Japan has decided to buy a lot more F-35 stealth fighters. Officials from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito agreed in a Dec. 5, 2018 meeting to acquire 99 Lockheed Martin F-35s to replace an equal number of Boeing F-15s that Japan acquired in... Read more
In a Message to Russia, Ukraine Invites U.S. Air Force Overflight
The U.S. Air Force deployed a surveillance plane to Ukraine on an “extraordinary” mission apparently to inspect Russian forces, the U.S. State Department announced on Dec. 6, 2018. A four-engine OC-135 carried observers from the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Romania and the United Kingdom, according to the State... Read more
A Mach-10 Missile Won’t Save Russia’s Stealth Fighter
The Russian air force will arm its Su-57 stealth fighters with a hypersonic missile, state media reported on Dec. 6, 2018. But with the Kremlin having deferred final development and full-scale production of the Su-57, the plan could result in no more than a token hypersonic strike force, if... Read more
U.S. Air Force Vice Chief: America Needs More Bombers
The U.S. Air Force needs more bombers and tankers, Gen. Stephen Wilson, the service’s vice chief of staff, told National Defense for an article the magazine published in December 2018. But with military spending likely to decline following several years of increases, the flying branch could struggle to afford... Read more
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