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Russian Foreign Minister: at least six F-35 fighters were spotted near Iranian border

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made an ambiguous statement regarding Iran’s downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752. Lavrov, speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow on Friday, said that Iran’s ‘accidental’ shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner last week occurred at a time when Iran was spooked by reports of advanced U.S. stealth […]

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U.S. Navy patrol squadron concludes maritime operations in the Arctic

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The U.S. Navy announced that Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 recently concluded maritime operations in the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans on, Jan 11, 2020. For almost 80 days, the “Skinny Dragons” conducted Anti-Submarine Warfare missions aboard their fleet of P-8A Poseidon jets, the nation’s only long-range anti-submarine warfare aircraft, from partner nation air bases in […]

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DARPA’s Gremlins program achieves key developmental milestone

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics have achieved a significant milestone with the development of the new unique Gremlins air vehicle. Dynetics announced that the new X-61A Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) had successfully performed its maiden flight in November 2019. The test took place at Dugway Proving Ground near Salt Lake City, […]

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Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant helicopter hits 100 knots

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The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant coaxial helicopter flew more than 100 knots in a Jan. 13 flight test, according to press reports. “100 knots and counting! We’re developing technologies for the U.S. Army that will make #SB1Defiant the fastest, most advanced military helicopter ever,” Boeing Defense’s Twitter account announced on 17 January. The new helicopter also […]

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U.S. Air Force leverages robots to strip paint from venerable A-10 Lightning II

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Robotic media blasting used to strip paint from fighter aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon has been around at Hill Air Force Base for more than three decades. Now, the technology is being used for the first time to remove paint from the A-10 Thunderbolt II. The 576th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is upgrading its […]

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Boeing performs Chinook Block II flight test with new rotor blades

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U.S. aerospace giant Boeing performed the flight test of its Chinook Block II helicopter with the new Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades (ACRB). “The new blades will add 1,700 pounds (771 kilograms) in lift capability for the U.S. Army soldiers,” Boeing Defense’s Twitter account announced on 16 January. Developed by Boeing and the U.S. Army, the […]

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U.S. Air Force develops unique directed energy weapon

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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has developed a unique directed energy weapon demonstrator called the High-power Adaptive Directed Energy System, or HADES, that completed field testing in 2019. “HADES technology was designed with the warfighter in mind,” said the AFRL program manager Dan Marker. “The system works by combining a large number of high […]

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U.S. Air Force remove nuclear gravity bombs from B-52H approved weapons configuration

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The director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen has reported that the U.S. Air Force remove B61-7 and B83-1 nuclear gravity bombs from B-52H approved weapons configuration. “B-52 bombers are no longer authorized to carry nuclear gravity bombs. New Air Force instruction describes removal of B61-7 and B83-1 […]

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U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft conducts flight operations

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U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft conduct flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America while at sea in U.S. 7th Fleet. The America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a […]

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U.S. Air Force achieves significant milestone with new X-60A air-launched rocket

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The U.S Air Force has achieved a significant milestone with the development of the new X-60A air-launched rocket. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-60A program recently achieved a key developmental milestone with the completion of integrated vehicle propulsion system verification ground testing. The X-60A is an air-launched rocket designed for hypersonic flight research. It is being developed […]

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