Archive for April 20th, 2017

The man who fired the Arrow ABM in combat was drafted to become a cook

Posted in Air Defense on April 20th, 2017 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

When Second Lt. Chen Shaked reported to the Israel Defense Force induction center, the assignment officer told him he would end up as a cook or maintenance worker in the military. But the former basketball player wanted to be a combat soldier and choose to be assigned to the air defense artillery. On Mar. 17, he fired a Arrow anti-missile interceptor at an incoming Syrian missile. Becoming the first person to do so.

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By United States Missile Defense Agency (US Missile Defense Agency Arrow gallery Image link) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Brake chute testing for F-35 has started

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F-35A, AF-2, has started testing the brake parachute system at Edwards Air Force Base on Apr. 16, the Norwegian ministry of defense announced.

First Norwegian F-35 Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base
By U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Hellenic Army general killed in UH-1H crash

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A Hellenic Army UH-1H helicopter crashed near the village of Sarantaporo on Apr. 19 and four aboard the helicopter were killed. One person survived the crash.

Hellenic Army UH-1
By Jerry Gunner from Lincoln, UK (DSCN3744Uploaded by Alaniaris) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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USN simulates the operation of MQ-25 for first time

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PMA-268 has carried out a simulation to operate the MQ-25 at NAS Patuxent River on Apr. 11. NAVAIR said the demonstration validated the first build of the MD-5 Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS).

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Photo: U.S. Navy
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TU-2S crash was due to pilot error

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A pilot who was flying the U-2 for the first time made a mistake during a stall maneuver and put the aircraft into an unrecoverable situation, an investigation board for the deadly Sept. 20, 2016 accident has concluded.

U-2 crash
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