Aeronautics

These were the Swiss and Austrian fighter jets that provided air cover for Davos

From January 16 to 20, Swiss and Austrian Air Force jets contributed to the security of the WEF international conference at Davos, Switzerland.<p>This year’s Swiss Air Force MOB (Main Operating Base) was Sion airbase, in southwestern Switzerland, with Meiringen airfield being its alternate.<p>The …

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Why No Nation Wants to Battle America's B-2 Stealth Bomber

The upgrades keep coming. A pair of United States Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers hit terrorist targets in Libya on last Wednesday. The strike …

Armed Conflict

Air Force favors Fort Worth site versus Whiteman AFB for F-35s

Warrensburg – Fort Worth’s Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base is the preferred site for F-35 stealth fighters, not Whiteman Air Force Base, the Air …

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Drone Tests New Tech to Help FAA Track Commercial Spacecraft

A drone that drops into flight from a high-altitude balloon is helping the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test new technologies for …

Drones

The Not-So-Secret Way to Kill a Stealth Fighter

Combine phased array radars with big missiles<p>by DAVE MAJUMDAR<p>The United States has poured tens of billions of dollars into developing …

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Light Attack: Removing the Veil on OA-X

There has been a recent flurry of press attention on OA-X, an Air Force effort to obtain off-the-shelf light attack aircraft. Sen. McCain’s recent …

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Former defence chief Tom Lawson fears Liberals fighter jet plan too pricey

The former head of Canada's military says the Liberal government’s plan to buy an interim fighter jet fleet will be expensive and difficult to carry …

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Deal close on dropping price per F-35 to below $100 million U.S., according to reports

The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin Corp are close to a deal that would bring the price per F-35 below $100 million U.S. for the first …

Military Aircraft

In 1999, America Destroyed China's Embassy in Belgrade (And Many Chinese Think It Was on Purpose)

A tragic tale that still has legs in Beijing.During NATO’s 1999 air war over Yugoslavia, the Atlantic alliance struck hundreds of targets over Serbia …

Stealth Aircraft

A Stealth Fighter Shootout: America's F-23 vs. the F-22 Raptor (Who Wins?)

A battle for the 'what-if' skies. <i>With the F-23, the Air Force would have a greater margin of superiority over potential threats like the Chinese J-20</i> …

Stealth Aircraft

How to shoot down a stealth fighter

Editorial note: I actually wrote most of this five years ago, but was reluctant to publish it for misguided patriotic reasons. Since people are …

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All we know about the U.S. B-2 bombers 30-hour round trip mission to pound Daesh in Libya

In a massive two-aircraft nighttime precision strike supported by at least one armed drone U.S. Air Force stealth bombers have killed over 80 ISIL …

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The US Air Force is considering this new low-cost fighter for counterterrorism missions

The Air Force intends to conduct an informal experiment of a potential light attack fighter aircraft the service could use in ongoing counterterrorism air campaigns, the service’s top general said Wednesday.<p>Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said the Air Force is looking to programs such as …

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A Big Upgrade to the F-22 & F-35 Stealth Fighters Is in the Works (As in Artificial Intelligence)

Could these planes now really be the ultimate weapons of war? <i>Advancing Artificial Intelligence will help drones & fighter jets with reconnaissance,</i> …

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Congress Produces Its Shopping List for Beefing Up the U.S. Military

New fighters, bombers, ships, and even a new tank are on the list.<p>The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Arizona Senator John McCain, released a paper on Tuesday calling for the Pentagon to receive a nine percent boost in defense spending next year. The plan calls for spending more …

Stealth Aircraft

US airstrike wipes out dozens of ISIS terrorists in Libya

A pair of B-2 “stealth” bombers blasted two ISIS training camps in Libya on Wednesday evening, dropping 108 precision-guided bombs and sending …

Stealth Aircraft

The US just put China on notice with F-35s in the Pacific — but China may be ready with a counter punch

The US just put China on notice by making the first-ever permanent forward deployment of US Marine Corps F-35Bs to Iwakuna, Japan.<p>But while the plane has revolutionary radar-evading capability, China has some tricks up its sleeve as well.<p>The F-35B has only just gone online with initial operational …

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First on CNN: US bombs ISIS camps in Libya, dozens killed

(CNN)US B-2 bombers struck and destroyed two ISIS camps in Libya overnight, with initial estimates that over 80 militants were killed, US officials told CNN Thursday.<p>The strikes were on external actors who were actively "plotting attacks in Europe," Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told …

Fighter Aircraft

Defense Department nearing deal to lower price of fighter jets

The US Defense Department and Lockheed Martin Corp. are nearing a deal that would lower the price of the F-35 fighter jets to under $100 million per …

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Why The B-2 Stealth Bomber Was Used To Strike ISIS Camps In Libya

America's most valuable stealth combat aircraft might have seemed like an odd choice to bomb a target whose air defenses were neutered in 2011. It …

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The F-35 Is Not Too Big to Fail

Other viable options exist<p>by DAN GRAZIER<p>On Dec. 22, 2016, outraged by the F-35’s cost overruns, president-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to …

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Return of the Light Brigade

Twelve thousand feet below, the North Carolina countryside slides serenely past as I watch from the rear cockpit of an airplane designed for a …

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Cost of Air War Against ISIS Climbs to $11 Billion: Pentagon

The cost of the U.S.-led air war against the Islamic State has climbed to nearly $11 billion since its inception, <b>the latest figures show</b>.<p>By the end …

Military Aircraft

The Air Force Desperately Needs A Stealth Tanker

Fielding a stealthy tanker would go a long way to remedy the USAF’s near-sighted practice of betting heavily on relatively short-ranged stealth …

Fighter Aircraft

Boeing has an updated F-18 in the works — here's how it's 'comparable' to the F-35

President-elect Donald Trump caused a genuine uproar in the combat-aviation community when he tweeted in December, "Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!"<p>The idea that an F/A-18 Super Hornet could …

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Trump wants at least a 10 percent cut in F-35 costs, report says

The chairman of a key subcontractor in the F-35 program told Bloomberg News Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump wants to reduce the cost of the project by at least 10 percent.<p>“We’ve been told through Lockheed that the president has an ambition to reduce the cost of the aircraft by a material …

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Super Hornet

On Nov. 22, 2016, the Canadian public was informed of an urgent “capability gap” within the fighter jet force structure of the Royal Canadian Air …

Fighter Aircraft

Nigerian fighter jet 'mistakenly bombs' refugee camp, kills more than 100 people

A military spokesperson said that while the incident was not intended, 'these things do occur'.<p>More than 100 people were killed and around 200 …

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Buy Your Own Private Air Force for Just $200,000

Must pickup from Mideast location.<p>There's a Florida company specializing in used military aircraft sales, and boy have they got a deal for you: 20 jet airplanes for less than $250,000. The 20 Fouga Magister trainers are sitting in Israel just waiting for someone of modest means who wants to start …

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The US Air Force is beefing up cybersecurity for the F-22 and F-35

The Air Force is working closely with industry partners to strengthen cybersecurity for larger service platforms such as an F-22 or F-35 fighters.<p>“We have to understand that today’s weapons systems are not operating in isolation. They are operating as part of a netted enterprise. Each weapons …

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