Archive for December 2nd, 2016

A-10 pilot clocks 6,000 hours

Posted in Air Force on December 2nd, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

It is rare for a fighter pilot to log more than 4,000 hours on a aircraft type, and a A-10 pilot with the 303rd Fighter Squadron recently clocked an astonishing 6,000 hours on the attack jet on Nov. 14.

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Photo: Lt. Col. Marks
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Experts warn Pentagon that China, Russia are ahead in hypersonic weapon research

Posted in Research, Space on December 2nd, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

An unclassified report produced by a blue-ribbon panel of experts for the U.S. Air Force Studies Board at the National Academies of Science warns the Pentagon that both China and Russia are ahead in the race to develop hypersonic weapons.

X-51A Waverider on B-52 2009
By U.S. Air Force/Chad Bellay [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Ukraine’s missile test will avoid Crimea airspace

Posted in Air Defense on December 2nd, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

A missile test by Ukraine which will result in the projectiles flying over Crimea has been altered after the maneuvers had angered Russia.

Ukrainian 9k33 Osa SAMS during the Independence Day parade in Kiev
By Віталій (Парад в Києві 24.08.2008) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Kratos cleared to replace the BQM-74E with the BQM-177A

Posted in Industry, Navy, UAV on December 2nd, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

Kratos has recently successfully achieved the final development program milestone for its BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) and the future sub-sonic target drone for the U.S. Navy will enter Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) once the Federal Fiscal 2017 Budget is approved.

SSAT-01[1]
Photo: NAVAIR
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Egypt getting 65 LANTIRN targeting pods under EDA program

Posted in Air Force on December 2nd, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

The U.S. government is transferring 65 LANTIRN targeting pods to Egypt under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program.

F-16 flies over Iraq, May 7, 2006
By Sr. Brian Ferguson, U.S. Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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