Pentagon will pit F-35 against older-generation fighters in CAS evaluations

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The Pentagon’s Office of Operational Test and Evaluation will make the F-35 undergo a series of tests on the close-air support mission in 2018.

A U.S. Air Force pilot navigates an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing into position to refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 336th Air Refueling 130516-F-XL333-499
By MSgt John Nimmo Sr. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Turkish warplanes in Azerbaijan for TurAz Falcon 2015

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The Turkish Air Force is dispatching F-4s, F-16s, C-130s and helicopters to Azerbaijan for exercise TurAz Falcon 2015.

Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon, Turkey - Air Force JP7136173
By Aldo Bidini [GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons

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USAF close to making decision on physical standards for combat jobs

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A research conducted this year to determine what are the new physical requirements for combat jobs in the U.S. Air Force has been completed and its results will soon be submitted to the Secretary of Air Force.

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By Staff Sgt. Staci Miller (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1057399) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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F-22s could take part in joint exercises with Czech Gripens

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U.S. Air Force F-22s will likely participate in joint exercises with Gripens from Czech Republic during their training deployment in Europe.

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By bomberpilot (imx00000045Uploaded by High Contrast) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Danish F-16s heading to Iceland for air policing mission

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Four F-16s from Denmark will fly to Iceland as the next rotation for the NATO air policing mission, replacing Czech Gripens.

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By Tim Felce (Airwolfhound) (F16 – RIAT 2011Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Rosoboronexport: Egypt didn’t buy Ka-52

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Rosoboronexport has refuted an earlier report by TASS that Egypt has signed a contract to buy Ka-52 attack helicopters.

Камов Ка-52, Торжок-1 RP69102
By English: Alex BeltyukovРусский: Александр Бельтюков [CC BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons
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Watch 4 F-22s arriving at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

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Four F-22s from the 95th Fighter Squadron arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 28 as part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe.

F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren

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Iran, Russia sign MoU on implementation of S-300 sale

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An unidentified official from Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) told RIA Novosti that a memorandum on the implementation of the agreement to supply Russian S-300 air defense systems to Iran has been signed.

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By Vitaly V. Kuzmin (http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/384) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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For the first time, USMC will have female LAAD gunners

Posted in Air Defense, Marines on August 28th, 2015 Be the first to comment

Four enlisted female U.S. Marines will create history when they graduate from the Low Altitude Air Defense Gunner’s (LAAD) Course 3-15, becoming the first to break into the all-male Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

LAAD gunners aim high
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo

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CP-140 slid off runway after aborting take-off

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A RCAF CP-140 had to abort its take-off run at Nova Scotia but the aircraft subsequently slid off the runway and into grass around 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 27.

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By RAF-YYC from Calgary, Canada (CP-140 AuroraUploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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