Poland set to buy new U.S. fighter jets, expand American military forces within the European nation
Poland is looking to cozy up to the United States again with the potential purchase of F-35 Lightning IIs, upgrading its airpower and shedding its former Soviet-bloc image. In all, 32 F-35’s would replace the long-in-the-tooth Soviet-era aircraft in Poland’s arsenal. “Fifth-generation fighter jets are already on the horizon,” Polish... Read more
Failure to launch: Congress committee approves partial funding for Space Force
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has rejected a plan that would fully fund the sixth branch of the military, known as “Space Force.” In the 2020 budget proposal, the Committee claimed the proposal “leaves many unanswered questions and lacks important details and supporting analysis to justify the... Read more
Blue Angel’s “Fat Albert” takes final flight
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are saying “so long” to their beloved C-130T aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” The announcement came on Wednesday, and the Blue Angels team noted that the plane -which falls under the US Marine Corps- had served for 17 years and had flown for... Read more
Drone runway in Niger done, but security concerns have delayed takeoffs
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S. military has finally completed runway work at a new air base in Agadez, Niger, but Air Force officials said Wednesday it will still be several months before flight operations can begin at what is anticipated to be a major intelligence gathering hub... Read more
Air Force bringing back two prop planes for low-intensity conflicts
Two propeller-driven aircraft have been selected by the United States Air Force to fill a wide variety of combat roles. The Light Attack Aircraft Program has produced two winners for the USAF- the Sierra Nevada-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and the Textron AT-6, two prop-driven aircraft that are ready, willing... Read more
Former ambassador, astronaut nominated for Air Force secretary
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he would nominate Barbara Barrett, a former ambassador to Finland and astronaut, to be the next secretary of the Air Force, replacing Heather Wilson who is slated to leave that post at the end of this month. “I... Read more
Sikorsky makes $1.1 billion deal with Navy for new heavy-lift helicopters
Stephen Singer The Hartford Courant Sikorsky Aircraft has announced it will build 12 heavy-lift helicopters as part of a $1.1 billion U.S. Navy contract and among 200 aircraft for the Marine Corps. Sikorsky, the Stratford-based unit of defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp., said Friday it will begin deliveries of... Read more
Boeing’s new Apache looks a lot like a 1960’s helicopter
Boeing has released concept footage of a high-speed Apache attack helicopter during the Vertical Flight Society’s 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display- and it looks awfully familiar. Known as the Advanced AH-64 Block 2 Compound, the concept will serve as an interim solution in the U.S. Army Future Vertical... Read more
NATO scrambled fighters to intercept Russian jets, called it a ‘professional’ encounter
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes NATO jets were scrambled twice in two days to intercept Russian aircraft flying along the Baltic coastline toward Moscow’s military hub in Kaliningrad, the British Defense Ministry said Thursday. The quick reaction intercepts were the first for the British detachment that took over the... Read more
Air Force will have a new secretary starting on June 1st
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Matthew P. Donovan, the under secretary of the Air Force, will become acting secretary of the service on June 1, after Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson resigns her position, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Wilson announced in March in a letter to President Donald... Read more
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