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2/6/2016
Belarusian Yak-130 aircraft to test air-to-air rockets
Belarusian Yak-130 aircraft will test air-to-air rockets for the first time in the former air force exercise area Polessky in Gomel Oblast on 5 February, representatives of the Belarusian Defense Ministry told BelTA. According to the source, Belarusian Air Force and Air Defense units continue mastering the combat and training aircraft Yak-130. “Today Belarusian pilots will launch guided air-to-air missiles using Yak-130 aircraft for the first time ever in the former exercise area Polessky.
2/6/2016
Can Air Force F-35 Pass Deployment Test To Be Ready For Combat?
The F-35 needs to pass new tests at a base in Idaho later this month for it to stay on track toward being combat ready for the Air Force by August. The Air Force is sending its version of the Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-35 to Mountain Home Air Force Base in southwestern Idaho from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, according to Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria in a Reuters report.
2/6/2016
More Bombs, More Boots: The US War on ISIS Is Heating Up
For months, members of Congress and former Pentagon officials have been criticizing the Obama administration's approach to defeating ISIS, arguing that airstrikes and occasional special-forces operations are not enough to destroy the Islamist insurgency. In November, Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA, told CBS's Face the Nation, "I think it's now crystal clear to us that our strategy, our policy vis-à-vis ISIS, is not working."
2/6/2016
This New Ad Reveals More Of Northrop Grumman's Vision For A Sixth-Generation Fighter
Most ads aren’t designed to break big news, but Northrop Grumman has been in the habit of using dramatic commercials to bring us surprise details on its vision for America’s air combat future. The company’s latest one gives us one of the best looks yet at their evolving sixth-generation fighter concept.
2/6/2016
The Air Force Is Finally Getting The Flying Arsenal Ship It Badly Needs
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has been busy highlighting key pieces of the Pentagon’s upcoming budget that will be published on February 9th. One of the primary items identified in it is the development of an aerial arsenal ship. The arsenal ship concept is something we talk about regularly here on Foxtrot Alpha, both those that fly and float.
2/6/2016
How America's New Invisible Flying Gas Stations Could Keep Russia in Check
Ashton Carter, the US secretary of defense, is currently on a promo tour for the Pentagon's 2017 budget — and as he's been attempting to sell the proposed $582.7 billion in funding, he has been spilling the beans about a number of previously classified weapons and technology programs.
2/6/2016
Helmet Could Let Pilots 'Look Through' Aircraft
The Eurofighter Typhoon is one of the most advanced combat aircraft in the world and BAE Systems has created a helmet that could make its pilots more effective. Striker II has an integrated night vision camera and a high definition digital display that projects flight information onto the visor. BAE claims the helmet has the ability to virtually see through a Typhoon by linking up to different systems on the aircraft.
2/6/2016
Russian MiG to Sign MiG-35 Fighter Contract With Defense Ministry This Year
JSC Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG plans to sign a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry on the delivery of MiG-35 fighters before the end of this year, MiG Deputy Director General Alexey Beskibalov told journalists.
2/6/2016
Russian Southern Military District Receives 4 Su-30SM Fighters
The fighter aviation division of the Russian Southern Military District received four Su-30SM (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) fighter aircraft on Friday, the district’s press service said.
2/5/2016
USAF to continue A-10 ‘Warthog’ wing production
The US Air Force has not only ditched long-standing plans to retire the hardy Fairchild Republic A-10 attack airplane but is launching a follow-on wing replacement programme to keep the combat veteran flying well into the next decade.
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