Upgrades, Development to F-35 Jet Will Cost $1 Billion Per Year

During a House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee hearing Wednesday, lawmakers were apprehensive about the strategy known as continuous capability development and delivery, or C2D2. This strategy aims to do smaller, incremental updates instead of taking F-35s off the flightline to get months’ worth of larger, packaged software and modernization upgrades needed to “keep […]

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America Can Now Fly F-35s off of Assault Ships—Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal

The U.S. Marine Corps has deployed a detachment of Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighters onboard USS Wasp (LHD-1), marking the first time the jet has deployed operationally onboard a large deck amphibious assault ship. The arrival of the F-35B onboard the L-class ships mark a massive boost in striking power for the roughly 40,000-ton […]

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These are the world’s newest aircraft carriers

The earliest aircraft carriers in history looked nothing like they do today. They were known as “seaplane tenders” because they could only carry and support seaplanes. These ships, like France’s Foudre and Britain’s HMS Ark Royal didn’t even have large flat decks, because seaplanes could only take off from the surface of the ocean after […]

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US State Department Offended by Clip During Putin’s Speech

US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to talk to representatives of Russian media outlets during a press briefing on Thursday, causing outrage among the US reporters who got involved to defend their Russian colleagues. Read more: https://goo.gl/zqTMu6

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The Kennedy reached 70% completion late this month.

The USS John F. Kennedy, the second of the US Navy’s Gerald R. Ford-class advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, has reached 70% completion, according to the shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls. Like the first-in-class Gerald R. Ford, the Kennedy is being constructed using a modular technique, in which smaller parts of the ship are welded to form larger chunks, […]

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The Navy Will Be Getting 14 More F/A-18 That Will Fly through 2040

The Navy budget gives the service its long-sought after F/A-18 Super Hornet increase by adding 14 fighters and more than $1 billion in procurement funds – all as part of a sweeping effort to increase the F-18 fleet size, meet mission requirements, accommodate new technologies and ultimately fly alongside the F-35C through the 2040s. Given […]

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Here’s why B-2 Bomber it’s Still One of the Most Feared Aircraft in the Sky

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the deployment to Guam of one of America’s most important and expensive weapon systems – the B-2 Spirit. The B-2 was originally intended to carry nuclear bombs deep into Soviet territory if the Cold War had ever turned hot. Its shape – paired with the plane’s stealth systems – would […]

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Here’s everything the Air Force wants in a light attack plane

The Air Force is now finalizing requirements documentation, planning a new round of combat-scenario assessments, and refining an acquisition strategy for its fast-tracked new Light Attack aircraft. The Air Force plans a new round of tests and experiments for the new aircraft — a new multi-role aircraft intended to fill specific and highly dangerous attack […]

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Nuclear Review Ushers in Strategic Environment Change, Stratcom Chief Says

From a warfighter’s stance, the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review changes the strategic environment as a threat-based approach, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said here today. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten delivered the keynote address at a seminar on the posture review at National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass […]

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Why the new Zumwalt destroyers’ guns won’t work

The Navy is about to give their Zumwalt-class destroyers some serious ship-killing upgrades. The multi-billion dollar vessels, equipped with a host of advanced technologies, will be given additional weapon systems, primarily for their Mk 57 vertical-launch systems. According to a report by DefenseNews.com, the upgrades are part of the Defense Department’s effort to counter China’s increasingly […]

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The Army Is Testing A New Rifle With Better Range And Accuracy Than The M4

To paraphrase the legendary military theorist Carl von Clausewitz: Everything in small arms is simple, but the simplest thing is difficult. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has waged a relentless war against the Department of Defense’s acquisition process (hereafter referred to as “purgatory”) to replace the decades-old weapons currently in soldiers’ kit with […]

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US Air Force Plans to Retire B-2s and B-1s in Preparation for New B-21 Raider

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to start mothballing the B-2 Spirit and B-1B Lancer fleets in preparation for the next-generation stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, according to Aviation Week. The nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber and conventional B-1B supersonic bomber fleets will ultimately be retired to free up funds to support the B-21 program, which is expected […]

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This is the Air Force’s complete history of the F-16

The F-16 Fighting Falcon, originally developed by General Dynamics (now Lockheed-Martin), is a proven compact, single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft. Since the F-16A’s first flight in December 1976, this highly maneuverable air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack aircraft has provided mission versatility and high-performance for the U.S. and allied nations at a relatively low-cost. In an air […]

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Here’s Why the Navy’s New, Urinal-Free Supercarrier is Facing a Ton of Problems

The Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2019 budget includes a hefty chunk of cash for a fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier, but the Navy may have to wait a little bit longer to see its dreams of an 11-carrier fleet truly realized. Among the slew of vessels included in the Navy portion of President Donald Trump’s plannedboost to the US armed forces budget are three […]

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USAF Orders More Upgraded Massive Ordnance Penetrator Bombs Amid Tensions with N. Korea

The U.S. Air Force will pay Boeing nearly $21 million to build more of the service’s heaviest conventional bomb, the GBU-57/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, following successful tests of a new variant that includes an improved fuze. The huge bunker busters would be an essential component of any strike against North Korea, including a limited operation to […]

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Here’s What An F-22 Raptor Fighter Pilot Had To Say About Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter

After watching an F-22 Raptor twist and turn last week during an impressive demonstration at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, we asked the 1st Fighter Wing’s commander if he’s worried about Russia’s new Su-57 stealth fighter. “It’s always good to be chased,” Colonel Jason Hinds, commander of the 1st Fighter Wing, told Business Insider. “When people […]

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Crazy videos show the A-10 Warthog doing what it does best

A-10 Thunderbolt II, yang dikenal sebagai Warthog, sangat populer – sangat populer. Ini sangat populer dengan pasukan darat, karena Warthog memberi mereka dukungan udara yang dekat saat mereka  terjepit  atau  menggunakan acar . Pilot A-10 sering dianggap berbeda dari pilot tempur lainnya, dengan perspektif yang lebih mirip kekuatan darat yang sering mereka lindungi. Itu sebabnya […]

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US Army Sniper School

US Army Sniper School: Rifle Familiarization, Stalking, Ghillie Wash & Suit Vegitation

Soldiers familiarize themselves with their rifles during training, how to stalk through the forest during training, get wet and dirty as they prep their Ghillie Suits during training, learn how to add vegetation to their Ghillie Suits to achieve maximum concealment during training at the U.S. Army’s Sniper School at Fort Benning, GA.

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How the Air Force Could Fly the F-22 Raptor Until 2060

The U.S. Air Force is laying the groundwork for the F-22 Raptor to serve another 42 years. That means the world’s first fifth-generation fighter, which entered service in 2006, could fly until 2060. To do so, the Raptor must remain competitive with new Russian and Chinese fighters as well as rival jets still on the […]

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F-35 Put Through its Paces in First Asia-Pacific Deployment

Look at the skies above Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa and twice daily you’ll get a glimpse of U.S. Air Force F-35 fighter jets taking off, only to land several hours later. Watch the base itself and you’ll see maintainers working round the clock to ensure the service’s newest fighter jets […]

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Is This the Real ‘F-52’ Fighter?

President Donald Trump recently told reporters that the United States had delivered the F-52 to Norway. The statement was obviously a mistake; there is no such thing as an F-52 yet. The aircraft only exists in the context of a video game called “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”—however, there was once a real world concept […]

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Former F-35 pilot explains how the US Marine Corps’ version makes China’s ‘carrier killer’ missiles irrelevant

As China builds out its network of militarized islands in the South China Sea and expands a sphere of influence designed to keep the US out, the US Marine Corps is putting the finishing touches on a weapon to burst its bubble: the F-35B. China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force has turned out a massive number of […]

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The USAF Has a Plan to Guarantee the F-22 Dominates the Skies Until 2045

The Air Force is rapidly pursuing a new “agile software development” strategy for its F-22 Raptor to quickly equip the stealth fighter with new sensors, improved radar and avionics, faster computer processors and greatly enhanced weapons technology, service officials said. The acquisition strategy, called Raptor Agile Capability Release (RACR), is led by Air Force Secretary […]

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Japan Deploys First F-35A Stealth Fighter

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force deployed its first F-35A fighter jet

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed its first F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant of the aircraft, at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture in the northernmost part of Honshu on January 26, Japan’s Ministry of Defense announced last week. The aircraft constitutes the nucleus […]

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S. Korea, U.S. defense chiefs reaffirm ‘no wedge’ in alliance

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 — The defense chiefs of South Korea and the United States have reaffirmed that North Korea will not succeed in driving a wedge in the bilateral alliance, the Pentagon said Saturday. During a meeting in Hawaii Friday, South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis addressed concerns that […]

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US Bombers Appear to Be Readying for Tactical Nuke Strike on N. Korea

The US has been quietly amassing firepower in the Pacific during a lull in tensions with North Korea, but recent developments on an under-the-radar nuclear weapon suggest preparation for a potential tactical nuclear strike. The US recently sent B-2 stealth bombers to Guam, where they joined B-1 and B-52s, the other bombers in the US’s fleet. […]

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EA-6B

This ugly aircraft still blinds enemy radar after 45 years

Let’s face it, the naked eye can only see so far and it can’t track the really fast stuff. Radar makes up for that natural shortcoming and has become a necessity in warfare. In fact, it’s arguably the main reason that the British won the Battle of Britain. Ever since the Battle of Britain, folks […]

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The U.S. Air Force Is Quietly Cutting A-10s

The U.S. Congress wants to keep the A-10 Warthog attack jet flying. The U.S. Air Force, not so much. Lawmakers have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to maintaining a dedicated ground-attack aircraft and, more importantly, an effective close air support capability. They have done so through legislation in successive National Defense Authorizations Acts since 2013. In […]

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The US Military just majorly stepped up nuclear bomber deployments to Guam

The US deployed every type of strategic and nuclear-capable bomber to Guam amid soaring tensions between the Washington and Pyongyang in a move sure to rattle North Korea. The B-1B Lancer bomber, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, and the B-52H – the workhorse bomber that dropped tens of thousands of tons of munitions on North […]

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B-52H Bombers Have Arrived In Guam

The War Zone was the first to report yesterday that two B-52s were en route to Guam, and once there they would join examples of the USAF’s other two heavy bomber types that have also taken up station on the island. A cadre of B-1Bs have been forward deployed to Guam for nearly a year […]

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