Archive for February, 2017

U.S. Navy still can’t figure out how to dispose carrier Enterprise

Posted in Navy on February 28th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on U.S. Navy still can’t figure out how to dispose carrier Enterprise

The U.S. Navy issued a request for proposal last year asking the industry on how to dispose non-nuclear portions of USS Enterprise. It has since recalled the request after determining that it requires more time to decide on the best option.

USS Enterprise makes its final voyage. (9100691233)
By Official U.S. Navy Page from United States of America Photo by John Whalen/U.S. Navy (USS Enterprise makes its final voyage.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Germany will continue to operate CH-53s till 2030

Posted in Air Force, Industry on February 28th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on Germany will continue to operate CH-53s till 2030

Germany intends to keep its CH-53 fleet running till 2030. To achieve that, it has awarded Airbus Helicopters a contract to retrofit 26 helicopters.

Sikorsky CH-53 ILA-2006 1
I, Igge [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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DoD confirms MQ-1 retirement next year

Posted in Air Force, UAV on February 28th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on DoD confirms MQ-1 retirement next year

The Pentagon has confirmed that it will retire the MQ-1 fleet early next year. Its role will be taken over by the MQ-9.

MQ-1 Lethal Presence
By U.S. Air Force photo by Lt Col Leslie Pratt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Taiwan to merge Air Defense Missile Command under Air Force on Mar. 1

Posted in Air Defense, Air Force on February 27th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on Taiwan to merge Air Defense Missile Command under Air Force on Mar. 1

News outlets in Taiwan report that the country’s Air Defense Missile Command, currently reporting directly to the Ministry of National Defense, will be merge under the Air Force on Mar. 1.

Tien Kung Ⅲ Missile Launcher Trailer Display at Military Academy Ground 20140531
By 玄史生 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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JASDF scrambling four instead of two fighters each time

Posted in Air Force on February 27th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on JASDF scrambling four instead of two fighters each time

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has switched from scrambling two fighters each time to four aircraft, this is so that the service can better deal with aircraft coming from China.

F-15J (819) at Komatsu
Yusuke D. [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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