Testing location, dates set for new B-21 stealth bomber
The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force has announced that the new B-21 stealth bombers will be built in the Golden State, providing California industry with more money and responsibility toward America’s defense. The Raider bombers will be “born” at the Northrop Grumman Facility in Palmdale, California, the... Read more
Weapon of choice: Report says more than 90 countries use combat drones
Drones are now used by over ninety-five militaries around the world, according to a new report on UAVs- a telling tale concerning the use of unmanned vehicles in modern warfare. The Drone Databook, released by the Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone, revealed that there are... Read more
Russian PM says any U.S. attempt to break through Kaliningrad air defense as “idiotic”
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes A U.S. general’s comments about a plan to break through Russian air defenses in the military exclave of Kaliningrad if necessary were dismissed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as “idiotic,” Russia’s Tass news agency has reported. Medvedev lashed out at statements made last... Read more
Air Command may ground new KC-46 until Boeing can fix major technical issues
Boeing has continued to blunder the KC-46 Pegasus tanker project and now the Air Mobility Command is complaining that the company has failed to make any progress with urgent technical issues. The Category 1 issues, which describes a technical issue that could result in human life or aircraft lost,... Read more
Air Force may change fitness assessment, says airmen lose too much weight ahead of test
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes The Air Force is considering changes to the way it conducts fitness assessments to prevent airmen from over-taxing their bodies to try to meet test standards, the service’s top enlisted leader said. On the heels of three deaths earlier this year that occurred... Read more
Air Force may have to adopt a “no bomber” strategy as B-1’s age out
As the B-1B fleet nears retirement and the B-21 Raider seems further and further away from becoming a frontline reality, the Air Force may have to come up with a new bomber strategy for standoff operations. With B-1 fleets currently running ragged with little to no spare parts, it’s... Read more
New air-to-air missiles smaller, faster, and can take out more targets
Raytheon is in the process of developing a new air-to-air missile that will replace the AIM-120, one that will weigh less, take up less room and perform better than ever thought possible. Known as the Peregrine, the missile is designed to take out drones, cruise missiles, and manned threats... Read more
Poland getting 32 new F-35s after DoD approves $6.5 billion sale
The U.S. State Department has given Lockheed-Martin the green light to sell 32 brand-new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Poland as part of a $6.5 billion order. The sale comes as no surprise to many, as post-Cold War Poland has consistently proven itself to be a reliable ally of... Read more
Iran confirms rocket launch went wrong, says communication satellite still intact
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Iran confirmed on Monday that an explosion had taken place at its launch site in central Semnan, but said the “accident has nothing to do with the start of our communications satellite.” Government spokesman Ali Rabiei added that no one had been killed in the explosion,... Read more
Space Command opens in Colorado, but there’s still a long way to go until a Space Force is established
Tom Roeder The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) U.S. Space Command will open for business Thursday with a White House ceremony, but a permanent home for the command, now in Colorado Springs, has yet to be announced. President Donald Trump is expected to announce the establishment of the command, which... Read more
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