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8/22/2014
Pentagon: Isis is 'beyond anything we've seen' and must be contained
Senior Pentagon officials described the Islamic State (Isis) militant group as an “apocalyptic” organisation that posed an “imminent threat” on Thursday, yet the highest ranking officer in the US military said that in the short term, it was sufficient for the United States to “contain” the group that has reshaped the map of Iraq and Syria.
8/22/2014
The F-35 vs. The VHF Threat
The heated and ongoing international debate regarding the combat effectiveness of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in a highly contested environment has led many observers to question the fighter’s survivability in the face of advanced Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) systems and very high frequency (VHF) radars. Yet, few have examined the issue closely using lessons drawn from the only incident in which a stealth aircraft was lost in combat.
8/22/2014
GE wants in on new fighter jets
GE Korea, the local unit of the United States-based General Electric, expressed a keen desire to participate in Korea’s next-generation fighter jet program once it gets off the ground. If Korea chooses GE jet engines, according to Khang Sung-wook, president and chief executive of GE Korea, it will help Korea nurture its aerospace industry since GE remains open to delivering its technological expertise.
8/22/2014
Pro-Russian rebels shoot down three Ukrainian aircraft amid heavy fighting
Pro-Russian rebels have shot down another Ukrainian Air Force's Su-25 Frogfoot fighter aircraft in the Luhansk region. Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko was quoted by 112.ua as saying: "Today a Su-25 attack aircraft has been shot down while on a combat mission. "The fate of the pilot is unknown yet but hope remains that he will be alright."
8/22/2014
Chinese Jet Threatened U.S. Intelligence Aircraft
A Chinese jet fighter flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft near Japan this week in an encounter that highlights China’s continued aggressiveness in the region. The P-8, a new, militarized Boeing-737 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, was conducting routine surveillance of the Chinese coast over the East China Sea on Monday when the incident occurred, said U.S. defense officials familiar with reports of the encounter.
8/22/2014
Drones are taking flight: Britain is at forefront of aerospace technology
Drone is a dirty word in Whitehall. Ministry of Defence and Royal Air Force officials avoid using the description for the squadrons of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – also known as remotely piloted air systems – increasingly being used by British forces. American-built Reaper UAVs have already been in service for several years with the RAF in Afghanistan, while Thales is building its Watchkeeper system for the British Army to replace the Hermes 450, an unarmed surveillance machine.
8/22/2014
Defense Ministry reveals prototype of first Japanese stealth fighter
The Defense Ministry released images of a homegrown experimental combat plane designed to be Japan's first stealth fighter. The sleek jet features huge box-like intakes for its highly sophisticated engines. The aircraft, dubbed the Advanced Technological Demonstrator (ATD), is now undergoing trials. From tip to tail, it is 14 meters long with a nine-meter wingspan, slightly smaller than an operational fighter jet due to the scaled-down engines.
8/22/2014
Essay: The Legal and Moral Problems of Autonomous Strike Aircraft
The U.S. Navy’s move toward developing a carried-based unmanned combat aircraft might eventually afford the service the ability to strike targets at long-range, but there are ethical and legal questions that linger should the Pentagon develop a fully autonomous system. As currently envisioned, the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) will be autonomous, but it will have a “man-on-the-loop” according to Rear Adm. Mat Winter.
8/22/2014
Keep on Rockin’: C-130J Ferries to Little Rock AFB
The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, received another Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules airlifter today. Brig. Gen. Brian Robinson, vice commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott AFB, Illinois, ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility here.
8/21/2014
The Arab world has to take on Isis in its own backyard
The Middle East hosts a formidable array of air power. Between them, the six nations of the Gulf Co-operation Council possess more than 600 combat-capable aircraft. Add Jordan, Turkey, and Egypt, and you have 1,000 more. Why, then, is only the US dropping bombs on the jihadis of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) as they expand their “caliphate” in the heart of the region?
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