Archive for October 8th, 2017

Portugal deploys 4 F-16s to Romania

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Four F-16s from the Portuguese Air Force have been in Romania since Sept. 18 for exercise Falcon Defense 2017.

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Photo: NATO/Matos Pires
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Overhaul of Admiral Kuznetsov affected by budget cuts

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According to Interfax, the Russia military has decided to cut the budget for the overhaul and modernization of aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier
Mil.ru [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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USAF overhauling the ALCS

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The U.S. Air Force has selected both Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins for the upgrade of the Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS). The ALCS allows the U.S. Navy’s E-6B to launch ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles via radio.

Airborne Launch Control System patch
By United States Air Force (625th Strategic Operations Squadron) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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USAF gradates the 500th F-35 pilot

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Eglin Air Force Base has trained and graduated the 500th F-35 pilot on Sept. 19. Maj. Chris Campbell was previously a F-16 test pilot before he converted to the F-35 at the 33rd Fighter Wing this summer.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Slotten, 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 student pilot, climbs into an F-35 Lighting II at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., July 7, 2017. Slotten dropped GBU-12 Paveway II bombs for his first time from the F-35 during training at the Barry M Goldwater Range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Slotten, 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 student pilot, climbs into an F-35 Lighting II at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., July 7, 2017. Slotten dropped GBU-12 Paveway II bombs for his first time from the F-35 during training at the Barry M Goldwater Range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)