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Acting SecAF & Roper Likely Head To Paris Show, With F-35A

Posted by Colin Clark on


Amid chatter about what aircraft will make their way to Paris, the Air Force going all in.

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China’s Eating Up US Drone Market; U.S. Troops At Risk

Posted by Paul McLeary on


While Washington struggles to update its arms export policies, China is spreading its influence, one drone sale at a time.

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Predator Started Drone Revolution, And Made Military Innovation Cool

Posted by Richard Whittle on


  The iconic weapon of the post-911 era, the Predator, is being retired today. I asked Rick Whittle, who quite simply wrote the book on the subject, to tell our readers why Predator matters both as a weapon and as a concept. See what the man who fired the Predator’s first Hellfire missile — and… Keep reading →

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A-10 To Fly Til 2021; Plans To Buy More F-35As: Goldfein

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Congressional supporters can heave a sigh of relief with word from Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein that the ugly and effective A-10 will keep flying through 2021. But Goldfein seemed to make pretty clear that the plane will probably be retired after that because Close Air Support missions can be carried out by… Keep reading →

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Tern Tailsitter Drone: Pilot Not Included

Posted by Richard Whittle on


One of the oddest military drones aborning reinvents a stillborn technology from 1951. That’s because the unmanned aircraft revolution is resurrecting configurations that were tried more than a half century ago but proved impractical with a human pilot inside. The case in point: Northrop Grumman’s new Tern, a drone designed to do everything armed MQ-1 Predators… Keep reading →

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EXCLUSIVE: Meet Bell’s V-247, Armed Tiltrotor Drone For Marines

Posted by Richard Whittle on


PENTAGON: A sleek little model sits on the desk of Lt. Gen. Jon “Dog” Davis, Marine deputy commandant for aviation. What is that, we asked? The next tiltrotor Bell Helicopter Textron hopes the Marine Corps will buy. But it’s not the V-280 Valor, the new manned tiltrotor Bell plans to fly next year. It’s an… Keep reading →

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What The Future Of GPS, Bombers, Fighters Should Be

Posted by Steve Callicutt on


  The core task of the men and women who buy America’s weapons is to envision the adversaries and environments of tomorrow and buy forces that are up to the challenge. This involves generating a similar set of assumptions to those used by operational strategists. Today, three assumptions underpin U.S. acquisition strategy that will leave tomorrow’s forces… Keep reading →

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V-22 Refueling Contract Highlights Close Ties To F-35

Posted by Richard Whittle on


When the Marine Corps developed the V-22 Osprey in the 1980s, the vision was pretty simple: fly troops ashore in amphibious assaults launched from beyond the range of anti-ship missiles. Now they’re turning the Osprey into a gas station. The Marines clearly envision the tiltrotor as a sort of flying Swiss Army knife. One clear example… Keep reading →

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Just Warfare Entails Risk; Movie ‘Eye In The Sky’ Perverts Just War Laws

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Dave Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Power Studies, was the first general charged with overseeing drones and the Air Force general in command of the Air Operations Center when the first Predator fired a Hellfire missile. Dave knows drones, their capabilities and the laws and policies governing their use. He provides a… Keep reading →

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General Atomics Plans 150kW Laser Tests; Eye On AC-130, Avenger

Posted by Richard Whittle on


General Atomics, whose MQ-1 Predator changed the world, is to start testing another potentially revolutionary weapon next month: a 150-kilowatt class laser. Several other companies are developing laser weapons and “we’re looking at all of them,” said Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, head of Air Force Special Operations Command, in an interview with Breaking Defense. “The… Keep reading →

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