Female soldier in the running to be first woman on the moon in 2024
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes Lt. Col. Anne McClain is one of 12 female astronauts who could become the first woman on the moon by 2024, a list compiled by NASA shows. She’s also the only one of the 12 who’s in the Army. After President Donald Trump directed... Read more
Better communication: Air Force testing new headset for flight line
Christopher Dennis Stars and Stripes Maintenance squadrons at RAF Mildenhall have begun testing headsets with bone conduction microphones to see if they would allow airmen who work on the flight line to communicate without excessive noise, while providing hearing protection. “The headphones work like normal over-the-ear headphones that you... Read more
Taiwan beefing military budget to beat back China and the U.S. is more than willing to help
Taiwan is looking to buy several American F-16s to complement its military, an act aimed at showing the People’s Republic of China that it would resist any threats of invasion. A long-time ally of Taiwan, the United States is more than willing to sell a few of its top-tier... Read more
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
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