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  • Space Force to be the Topic of Next National Space Council Meeting

    10/19/2018 1:58:08 PM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Jeff Foust, SpaceNews Writer
    WASHINGTON — The status of proposals to create a separate branch of the U.S. military devoted to space will be the subject of the next meeting of the National Space Council on Oct. 23. Vice President Mike Pence, in an Oct. 12 tweet, said that the interagency group will discuss "progress made and next steps" on the formation of a Space Force, a plan formally announced by President Trump  at the council's last meeting in June. The president "has rightly called for the creation of a 6th branch of the Armed Forces to advance US dominance in space," Pence wrote. "#SpaceForce is...
  • Ukrainian Su-27UB Flanker Crashes, Reportedly Killing Ukrainian and U.S. Pilots Onboard (Updated)

    10/16/2018 7:58:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Details about the mishap are still limited, but a Su-27UB Flanker combat jet from Ukraine's Air Force has crashed in that country, killing its Ukrainian pilot, as well as reportedly a member of the U.S. Air National Guard. The jet had been flying a training sortie as part of Exercise Clear Sky 2018, which began on Oct. 8, 2018. The accident occurred at around 5:00 PM local time on Oct. 16, 2018, near the village of Ulaniv, which is situated approximately 185 miles southwest of the Ukranian capital Kiev. Ukraine's military immediately launched a search and rescue operation that unfortunately...
  • Hurricane Michael Mangled at Least 17 F-22 Raptors That Failed to Flee Their Base

    10/16/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies ^ | 10/15/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is assessing what damage more than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters suffered when Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Up to $2 billion in fighter jets were trapped on the ground because of maintenance issues and forced to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Photographs show the hangars where F-22s were parked suffered severe damage. First, the good news: Although Tyndall Air Force Base took a hard hit from the hurricane, all 3,600 military personnel and their families living on the base were successfully evacuated beforehand. The 93 Air Force personnel...
  • China Reportedly Plans To Unveil H-20 Stealth Bomber At Air Force Anniversary Parade In 2019

    10/15/2018 7:24:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Less than a week after Chinese state media said the H-20 stealth bomber program was making “great progress,” there are now reports that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, or PLAAF, might be planning to publicly reveal the plane during celebrations the mark the 70th anniversary of its founding in 2019. It has also emerged that the PLAAF showed off a logo featuring the silhouette of a flying wing-style aircraft at a recent official gala promoting plans to establish a “first-class strategic bomber division,” which may also be a nod to the up-coming H-20. Defence Blog was among the first...
  • British pilot makes history to become the first to perform 'rolling landing'... (F-35B)

    10/15/2018 7:10:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | October 15, 2018 | LEIGH MCMANUS
    A British test pilot has made history by performing a ‘rolling landing’ with an F-35 stealth fighter onto the deck of an aircraft carrier Peter 'Wizzer Wilson', a BAE Systems test pilot, put the £120m aircraft down on HMS Queen Elizabeth without using its vertical landing system or a ‘tailhook’. Despite blustery conditions, he performed a more conventional short landing in a world first. The new landing technique means that the cutting-edge jet will now not have to jettison fuel or expensive weapons into the sea before it touches down on the aircraft carrier after a mission. The Royal Navy...
  • Japan eyes purchasing more F-35As to counter China

    10/15/2018 12:12:47 AM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    JAPAN NEWS - YOMIURI ^ | October 13, 2018
    Japan eyes purchasing more F-35As to counter China By JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI TOKYO — The government is considering procuring about 20 additional F-35A stealth fighter jets for the Air Self-Defense Force, starting from as early as fiscal 2020, in a bid to counter China's rapidly expanding air power, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The procurement plan will be stated in the next Medium Term Defense Program for fiscal 2019-23, which is slated to be compiled by the end of this year, according to sources close to the government. The newly acquired aircraft will be added to the F-35As to be deployed...
  • Military Grounds Entire Fleet Of F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets

    10/11/2018 10:05:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | 10/11/2018 | Bill Gallucio
    The United States military announced that they are grounding their entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets. The drastic decision comes just two weeks after one of the jets crashed during a training mission in South Carolina. The Pentagon said that all 280 F-35's currently in service will be checked for faulty fuel tubes before they will be able to fly again. Currently, only half of those aircraft are capable of flying. "The U.S. services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all...
  • KILLING THE LAVI (Israeli fighter)

    10/08/2018 7:53:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | October 4, 2018 | John W. Golan
    Thirty-one years ago, on Aug. 30, 1987, an Israeli cabinet voted to terminate Israel’s Lavi fighter program, ending the largest single weapons development effort in the history of the Jewish state. It was a narrow, party-line vote in a divided “national unity” Cabinet. As the story behind this airplane has receded into history and its memory has faded among the succeeding generations, its broader meaning and significance to Israel’s national security has likewise been largely lost. The consequences of decisions not fully understood at the time that they were made will so often be visited upon the generations that follow....
  • Rafael, Lockheed Pitch Spike Missile For Army Helicopters

    10/08/2018 7:37:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | October 05, 2018 | ARIE EGOZI
    Firing the Israeli Spike NLOS missile from a Colombian Arpia-4 helicopter, a variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk. Three weeks ago, US Army experts traveled to the Negev Desert to watch a test of the latest, longest-range version of Rafael’s Spike missile. Fired from an Israeli AH-64 Apache, the same gunship used by US attack helicopter squadrons, the Spike NLOS struck a target 20 miles away — four times the range of the standard US Hellfire. “The missile hit the target with maximum precision,” Moshe Elazar, head of Rafael land systems, proudly told Breaking Defense. While the US Army hasn’t...
  • Russia to add in-air refueling upgrade to Backfire bombers in violation of INF treaty

    10/05/2018 12:20:34 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 8 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 10/5/18 | Jon E. Dougherty
    The Russians continue to deny they are in violation of the INF Treaty, but if they’re indeed upgrading Tu-22s with in-flight refueling, this is another way they’re doing it in addition to building and deploying intermediate-range nukes on Russian soil. As part of the original treaty, the U.S. insisted that Russia remove the in-flight refueling capability from Tu-22s, making them less of a strategic asset. Adding it again means that they will have to be counted as such, under the INF and the New START Treaty, which expires in 2021. On many fronts, the U.S. and Russia are increasingly at...
  • My Observations And Questions After Finally Seeing F-35Bs Operate From HMS Queen Elizabeth

    10/04/2018 11:16:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Drive ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    What a crazy week it has been for the F-35 program and the F-35B in particular. In the space of just a few days, the type racked up its first U.S. combat mission, its first operations aboard the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, and its first total loss crash and pilot ejection. It was definitely a mixed bag, but as I noted to readers on Friday, the F-35 program can only be incredibly proud of its safety record. Sure there have been plenty of close calls, but going through nearly 12 years of tortured developmental and operational...
  • China's new 'budget' fighter to replace MiG-21 makes debut flight

    09/29/2018 5:57:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    PTI ^ | September 29, 2018
    China conducted the debut flight of an indigenously-built low-cost combat aircraft meant for export, state-run media reported Saturday. As a light attack aircraft or fighter jet, the FTC-2000G is a replacement for old models such as China's J-7 and the former Soviet Union's MiG-21. The FTC-2000G, developed for export by the State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), made its debut flight on Friday in the south-west province of Guizhou, state-run China Daily reported. The FTC-2000G aircraft flew for about 16 minutes. More than 1,000 people, including AVIC executives and provincial leaders as well as ambassadors and military attaches from...
  • Pilot ejects from F-35B after $100 million fighter jet crashes for the first time in South Carolina

    09/28/2018 1:19:02 PM PDT · by DFG · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/28/2018 | AFP, HANNAH PARRY, MICHAEL P. HUGHES
    A US F-35 pilot was forced to eject midair after the $100million fighter jet crashed in South Carolina. The aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash during a training exercise Friday, officials said. The crash appears to be the first of its kind for the troubled F-35 program, marking an unfortunate moment for the most expensive plane in history. Speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement, a defense official told AFP that the Marine Corps F-35 had crashed outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.
  • Here Are The Specific Terms Of The USAF's T-X Contract That Boeing Just Won

    09/28/2018 9:47:23 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 11 replies
    The War Zone ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Boeing, along with its partner Saab, has just won out big in securing the U.S. Air Force's long-awaited T-X jet trainer contract. Now, additional, more specific details have emerged that shed more light on the service's plans and what the Chicago-based planemaker does and doesn't stand to gain from the deal. The Pentagon released a number of relatively detailed specifics about the deal in its daily contracting announcement on Sept. 27, 2018. The Air Force offered further information in its own statement and in comments to reporters, according to Defense News. At present, the Air Force expects to purchase...
  • Much-maligned F-35B fighter makes combat debut with Afghanistan mission

    09/27/2018 9:39:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Week, India ^ | September 28, 2018
    The US military announced on Thursday that its F-35B stealth fighter jet had carried out its first combat operation, with a strike mission against Taliban targets in Afghanistan. The fighters were launched by the US Marines from an amphibious assault ship at sea. The F-35B is one of three variants of the F-35 fighter programme, which is the largest and most expensive weapons programme in US history. Last year, the US government revised the F-35 programme's total cost estimate to nearly $406 billion, after it briefly declined to less than $380 billion. The programme has seen significant criticism over its...
  • Royal Navy Bids Farewell to the Sea King

    09/27/2018 8:03:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AIN online ^ | September 27, 2018 | David Donald
    The UK's last military Sea Kings touch down for the last time after delivery into storage. (photo: Royal Navy) On September 26 three Westland Sea Kings from the Royal Navy undertook a ceremonial last flight after 49 years of service. The trio of 849 Naval Air Squadron Sea King ASaC7 helicopters took off from their home base at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall for a flight that took them for a fuel stop at RNAS Yeovilton and a flypast of the Yeovil factory where they were made, before landing at the HMS Sultan base in Gosport to await...
  • Putin's latest weapon: Hypersonic air-to-air missile fired from Russian stealth jets...

    09/27/2018 7:53:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | September 27 2018 | TIM STICKINGS
    Russia is set to add a hypersonic missile to its arsenal which can hit targets almost 200 miles away, Moscow's official media outlet has reported. The R-37M missile, which is designed to target enemy aircraft and can travel at Mach 6 - more than 4,500mph - is an upgrade on a Soviet-era weapon first launched in 1985. The latest missile, which will be fired from Russia's planned SU-57 stealth jets, is said to be equipped with an active-seeker homing system to blast enemy planes out of the sky. The new air-to-air missile is intended to target enemy fighter jets as...
  • Boeing wins $2.4 billion contract to replace Air Force's aging iconic Huey choppers (abbr,)

    09/24/2018 7:15:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sept. 24, 2018 | Amanda Macias |
    WASHINGTON —The U.S. Air Force has selected Boeing to replace the service's aging fleet of UH-1N Iroquois helicopters, which are currently tasked with security missions as well as protecting America's nuclear missile arsenal. The long-awaited Pentagon contract is worth $2.4 billion for up to 84 aircraft. The service awarded Boeing approximately $375 million for the first four helicopters on Monday.
  • SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: 'We Would Launch A Weapon to Defend the US'

    09/24/2018 8:35:59 AM PDT · by ETL · 12 replies ^ | Sept 23, 2018 | Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews Staff Writer
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell speaks to audiences around the world and gets lots of questions. During  at the Air Force Association's annual symposium, Shotwell was thrown a question she said she had never heard before: "Would SpaceX launch military weapons?" "I've never been asked that question," Shotwell said somewhat surprised. Her response: "If it's for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would." The room packed with Air Force service members and military contractors burst into applause. They seemed impressed that SpaceX is one of the world's coolest companies and also...
  • A new jet could fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

    09/21/2018 1:07:37 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 33 replies
    Fast Company ^ | BY MELISSA LOCKER
    A new hypersonic plane could rival Superman for the fastest thing in the sky. A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences just announced that when they tested a scaled-down model of their new hypersonic plane in a wind tunnel it got up to speeds of Mach 7, or 5,300 miles per hour. That’s way past Mach 5, which NASA defines as five times faster than the speed of sound, which would be about 3,800 mph at sea level. The researchers published their results in the Chinese journal Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy. The plane was developed for the...