Archive for December 17th, 2017

B-52’s new conventional rotary launcher has seen combat

Posted in Air Force on December 17th, 2017 by alert5 – 1 Comment

Military.com reported that the B-52 used its conventional rotary launcher in combat on Nov. 18. This mission was in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq).

A U.S. B-52 Bomber sits on a flightline with munitions loaded on a newly installed conventional rotary launcher in its bomb bay, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 17, 2017. The CRL will allow the B-52 to carry more smart bombs . The CRL upgrade was used in support of a new offensive campaign in Afghanistan Nov. 19, 2017. Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) launched a series of ongoing attacks to hit the Taliban where they are most vulnerable: their revenue streams. Together, Afghan and U.S. forces conducted combined operations to strike drug labs and command-and-control nodes in northern Helmand province. These types of strikes represent the highest level of trust and cooperation between ANDSF and USFOR-A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

A U.S. B-52 Bomber sits on a flightline with munitions loaded on a newly installed conventional rotary launcher in its bomb bay, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 17, 2017. The CRL will allow the B-52 to carry more smart bombs . The CRL upgrade was used in support of a new offensive campaign in Afghanistan Nov. 19, 2017. Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) launched a series of ongoing attacks to hit the Taliban where they are most vulnerable: their revenue streams. Together, Afghan and U.S. forces conducted combined operations to strike drug labs and command-and-control nodes in northern Helmand province. These types of strikes represent the highest level of trust and cooperation between ANDSF and USFOR-A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)


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DoD releases video showing F/A-18F encountering UFO

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The Pentagon has given New York Times a video which shows a F/A-18F – flown by a former CO of VFA-41 – encountering an unidentified flying object (UFO) in November 2004.


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Myanmar commissions six Yak-130s into service

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The Myanmar Air Force has officially commission six Yak-130 advanced jet trainers into service on Dec. 15.

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Photo: Myanmar Armed Forces
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Germany officially starts process to buy new heavy-lift helicopters

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The top ranking officer of the German Armed Forces, Gen. Volker Wieker, has kick started the process to buy a new heavy-lift helicopter for the country, Reuters report.

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By Tim Felce (Airwolfhound) (CH53 – RIAT 2010) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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