40-year-old A-10 Thunderbolts get new wings as Air Force continues to look for a permanent replacement
Maintainers have installed new wings to the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt, effectively breathing new life into a platform that is having trouble finding a suitable successor. The 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron swapped wings on 162 A-10s at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, as part of the A-10 Enhanced Wing... Read more
U.S. adding to its missile defense system by buying ‘iron dome’
The U.S. Army is taking a step in the right direction when it comes to shooting down a cruise missile by purchasing the proven American-Israeli Iron Dome system. A joint development between America’s Raytheon and Israel’s Rafael, the missile defense system -which is partially built in the United States-... Read more
Most C-130 Hercules back in the air after they were grounded for inspections
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Air Force has resumed flights of almost three-quarters of the transport planes that the service grounded last week after maintainers discovered unusual cracks in the wing joints of an Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft, an Air Mobility Command spokeswoman said Wednesday. Ninety-one... Read more
Congress set to approve Space Force next month, hold up centers around name
The long-awaited U.S. Space Force may soon have Congressional approval, making it the newest military branch to be created in over 70 years. Both the House and the Senate have proposed plans for Space Force in different versions of the annual defense bill, the new space-based defense branch would... Read more
Russian jets intercepted off Alaskan coast by U.S. & Canadian forces
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes American and Canadian fighter jets intercepted a pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Thursday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Two U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets and two Canadian CF-18 Hornet fighters... Read more
Test successful: F-35 Lightning II sends live target data to Missile Defense system
The F-35 Lightning II has completed a monumental milestone during a recent Orange Flag exercise, transmitting live targeting data to the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). The system, developed by Northrop Grumman, was able to link up with the F-35’s onboard sensor suite,... Read more
New Air Force hypersonic scramjet engine hits Mach 4 in testing
An air-breathing hypersonic engine developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force recently broke a world record for thrust production- and the test data is out. The Air Force Research Laboratory publicly announced the tests on August 5, noting that the 18-foot long scramjet was tested over a... Read more
Rescue teams search for missing pilot after Super Hornet crashes during training flight
Ashleigh Panoo The Fresno Bee Military search and rescue teams are continuing their search for a Lemoore Naval Air Station pilot whose fighter jet crashed in Death Valley on Wednesday, U.S. Navy officials said during a press conference. The Super Hornet went down around 10 a.m. during a routine... Read more
Navy gives Lockheed Martin $3.2 billion to make more radars for E-2D Hawkeye
Mark Weiner Syracuse Media Group, N.Y. The Lockheed Martin plant in suburban Syracuse has landed a $600 million share of a $3.2 billion Navy contract to provide radars for its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, the company said today. Lockheed Martin will provide its APY-9 radars for the early-warning surveillance... Read more
Air Force adds hand-to-hand combat as requirement during basic training
James Bolinger Stars and Stripes Changes to Air Force basic training this summer include switching to the M4 carbine from the M16 and an increased emphasis on hand-to-hand fighting skills. Training on the M4 is part of an emphasis on preparing new airmen for deployment into areas of potential... Read more
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