Japanese government refutes claim that Chinese fighter was aggressive against JASDF aircraft

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The Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government has refuted a claim by a former JASDF officer that a Chinese fighter had made a threatening move against a Japanese aircraft as if to carry out an attack.

Japan air self defense force Mitsubishi F-15J 305SQ 20th anniv. RJAH
By Cp9asngf (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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VMFA-211 to stand up as 2nd F-35B squadron, 1st Harrier unit to do so

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VMA-211 is set to become the second operational F-35B squadron and the first unit to transition from the AV-8B Harrier on Jun. 30.


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Germany and IAI reached preliminary agreement over lease of Heron TP

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The German Ministry of Defense has reached an agreement with Israel Air Industries (IAI) over the lease of five Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicles.

4X-UMI David Tobarra
By David Tobarra [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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AI running on a Raspberry Pi beats retired USAF fighter pilot at dogfights

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An Artificial Intelligence software, dubbed ALPHA, challenged retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Col. Gene Lee in several dogfights and the machine emerged as the winner each time.


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Pic of the day: F-21 Kfir at MCAS Beaufort

Posted in Industry, Marines on June 29th, 2016 Be the first to comment

An F-21 KFIR taxis on the flight line aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort June 27. The aircraft is visiting Fightertown to participate in training operations with tenant squadrons. The KFIR is with the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company. According to the ATAC website, the company has trained Navy, Marine, Air Force and Army air-crews, ship-crews, and combat controllers in the air-to-ship, air-to-air, and air-to-ground arenas.

MCAS Beaufort remains busy
Photo by Staff Sgt. Dengrier Baez


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