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  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...
  • Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender
    Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender 16 July 2020
    The aerial refuelling procedure is a matter that takes aircraft endurance and range beyond limits. For this reason, the refuelling aircraft, which are serving as "flying gas stations", are important power multipliers for the air forces. Retirement time came for the KC-10 Extender refuelling tankers, who have been in the US Air Force inventory for 39 years. The first platform, which will be replaced by the KC-46A Pegasus, which has come to the fore with frequent problems, w...
  • Nuclear Task for Raytheon
    Nuclear Task for Raytheon 24 April 2020
    The US, which announced that suspension of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces / Mid-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, is determined to return its tactical nuclear capability to its old days. With the AGM-86 ALCM (Air Launched Cruise Missile / Airborne Cruise Missile) systems retired in November 2019, the US took action to fill the capability gap in the cruise missile area that could carry nuclear warheads. In this context, the US Air Force (US Air Force / USAF) has signed a...
  • New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order
    New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order 2 April 2020
    The USA continues its steps to improve its tactical strike capability. The United States signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for USD 946 million to procure cruise missiles. With contract; company will produce a total of 790 JASSM-ERs, which 360 ​​within the scope of Lot 17, 40 for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and 390 within Lot 18. The air-to-surface long-range cruise missile AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Exten...
  • Collaboration of Rolls-Royce and Purdue University
    Collaboration of Rolls-Royce and Purdue University 14 March 2020
    With the new motor control capability (FADEC) developed by Rolls-Royce in partnership with Purdue University, it will be able to test electronic engine controllers (EEC). Tom Bell, CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, said, “Rolls-Royce has partnered with Purdue University for decades and we are excited to launch our new controls capability on campus to assemble and test these high-tech engine components. Whether for the Rolls-Royce AE family of engines or for our competitive F130 engine f...
  • Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52
    Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52 30 September 2019
    Greek Cyprus will show off its new acquisition the Serbian NORA B-52 Self Propelled Gun-Howitzer. Greek Cypriot administration will celebrate “the 59th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Cyprus” in accordance with the “anniversary”, National Guard will show off its new acquisition Serbian NORA B-52 cannons.  Serbian Foreign Minister Alexander Vulin will attend the ceremony.
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin 15 August 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • AGM-183A,Tested for the First Time 17 June 2019
    The U.S. Air Force successfully conducted the first flight test of its AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, on a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft on June 12 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The test gathered data on drag and vibration impacts on the weapon itself and on the external carriage equipment of the aircraft. The prototype did not have explosives and it was not released from the B-52 during the flight test. ARRW is set to reach early operational capabilit...
  • DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons
    DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons 7 May 2019
    Two hypersonic vehicle prototypes developed by US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Air Force are due to fly by the end of 2019, the agency’s director said May 1. DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker met with press on 1 May Defence Writers' Group breakfast and answered questions about ongoing projects inside the Pentagon's research arm. "[They are] two very different concepts but when you're talking hypersonic [weapons], it is good to have what I ...
  • US Extends Nuclear Range
    US Extends Nuclear Range 16 March 2019
    The US Air Force (USAF) Nuclear Weapons Centre has awarded Boeing a USD250 million contract to integrate the Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile weapon system to replace AGM-86 ALCM (Air-Launched Cruise Missile). The LRSO is expected to be fielded in the B-52H large-payload multirole strategic bomber aircraft in the 2030 timeframe. Boeing will undertake aircraft and missile carriage equipment development and modification, and full integration and testing of the LRSO for the U...
  • KC-46 Tests Finished
    KC-46 Tests Finished 17 July 2018
    The KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft also completed its final tests. Boeing KC-46 program manager Mike Gibbons stated that completing tests before the planned in October is a great success for the Boeing Air Force Team. Tests for receiver certification, which began in April 2018, have been completed with the last flight in the past days. Aerial refueling was carried out at different altitudes and speeds to the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F/A-18 Hornet, KC-46...
  • Sniper to the Qatar Aircrafts
    Sniper to the Qatar Aircrafts 14 June 2018
    Qatar announced that it would prefer the Sniper targeting pod for the Rafale aircraft it ordered, and it is reported in the statement made by Lockheed Martin that the pods ordered by Qatar Emirates Air Force will begin to be delivered in 2019 and that the integration process and flight tests continues. Rafale; become 10th Sniper targeting pod user after Harrier GR9, B-1B Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress, F-15 Eagle family, F/A-18 Hornet family, Eurofighter Typhoon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 F...
  • LRSO, B-52 Integration Will Begin in 2019
    LRSO, B-52 Integration Will Begin in 2019 11 April 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 10 April that they will begin integrating the nuclear-capable Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile onto its Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber from the beginning of 2019. The service will spend $250 million for integration, development and testing of the weapon system on the USAF’s fleet of 76 B-52H bombers between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2023. 
  • USAF Bombers Arrived in Australia
    USAF Bombers Arrived in Australia 2 April 2018
    US' B-52 Stratofortress Bombers arrived in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Darwin to participate in Enhanced Air Cooperation. RAAF Base Darwin is hosting the bombers while they take part in training activities with the Australian Defence Force in designated military airspace near RAAF Base Williamtown until early April.  Australia and the United States commenced Enhanced Air Cooperation in February 2017. However, RAAF Darwin hosted USAF B-52s in 2012, ...
  • USAF Determined a Roadmap For Bombers
    USAF Determined a Roadmap For Bombers 12 February 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) will retire its B-1 and B-2 bombers in the early 2030s as the new B-21 aircraft is slated to be ready in mid-2020s.  The service will include the overhaul the B-52s in its inventory to its fiscal 2019 budget and extend their service life till 2050 due to the comparatively lower maintenance needs and the ability to carry the new Long Range Standoff cruise missile. However, the B-1 and B-2 bombers will be retired and replaced by th...
  • JASSM-ER Declared Operational on F-15Es
    JASSM-ER Declared Operational on F-15Es 8 February 2018
    Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) – Extended Range (ER) achieved full operational capability on the F-15E Strike Eagle. With completion of integration and the fielding of JASSM-ER's Suite 8 Operational Flight Program, the F-15E Strike Eagle becomes the first Universal Armament Interface (UAI)-compliant platform to field JASSM-ER. Armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead, JASSM-ER and JASSM can be used in all weather conditions....
  • B-52s To Assume Responsibility from Lancers
    B-52s To Assume Responsibility from Lancers 17 January 2018
    Six US B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, are deploying to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission.  The Stratofortresses, last deployed to the region in July 2016, will assume responsibility for USPACOM’s CBP operations near the end of January 2018 from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancers, deployed from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. ...
  • New Engine & Modernization to  B-52: $11,9 Billion
    New Engine & Modernization to B-52: $11,9 Billion 27 December 2017
    The US Air Force allocated a budget for its plans to modernize the iconic bomber of the Cold War era, B-52 Stratofortress. The B-52 performed its first flight on April 15th, 1952. B-52H model, the latest version of the aircraft, will benefit from the program. First, the engine which the 76 Boeing B-52H aircraft in the US Air Force inventory will be fitted with will be decided on. Instead of the 8 Pratt & Whitney TF33 turbofan engines providing the necessary power to the aircraft, 608 new ...
  • Targeting Support to F-16
    Targeting Support to F-16 16 March 2017
    Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) to provide LITENING Advanced targeting pods for its F-16 aircraft. Denmark is the first international operator of the LITENING G4 pod, having taken the first delivery in 2013. LITENING Advanced Targeting System is designed to increase situational awareness and targeting capabilities for strike and ISR missions. The system can be integrated on  A-10, AV-8B, B-52, C-130, F-15, F-16 an...
  • The US Conducted Trials With Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile
    The US Conducted Trials With Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile 21 January 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) revelaed that it has air-launched a nuclear-capable AGM-86B cruise missile for trial purposes. The service indicated that three tests were conducted with AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missiles which did not carry warheads, keeping the dates undiclosed. The trials were conducted from the USAF's strategic bomber aircraft B-52H Stratofortress at Utah Test and Training Range. Stratofortress is able to carry 20 AGM-86Bs simultaneously.
  • Air Force Secretary: B-52 Incident Don't Require New Engines
    Air Force Secretary: B-52 Incident Don't Require New Engines 9 January 2017
    Making a statement on the B-52 engine incident, the secretary of the US Air Force Deborah Lee James declared that the aircraft did not need an immediate engine replacement and thus, taking an action on fleet basis was unnecessary. On 4 January, a B-52 dropped one of its eight engines during a training flight, however returned to its base without any complications. By the time, James said that the investigation would deepen when the engine was found and only then they would decide wh...
  • B-52 Bomber Dropped Engine During Training
    B-52 Bomber Dropped Engine During Training 6 January 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) revealed that on Wednesday, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber had dropped engine during training flight. Reportedly, the aircraft, powered by eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engine, had dropped one of its engines due to a yet-unknown reason, right after it took off from Minot Airbase. The parts of the engine was found approximately 46 km northeast of the airbase. The bomber landed safely thanks to its remaining seven engines. USAF stated that ...
  • USAF Replaces Bomber Aircraft
    USAF Replaces Bomber Aircraft 22 September 2016
    The US discussed the modernization of USAF bomber fleet at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference held on 19 September. Having a total 158 B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers in their inventory, USAF plans to bring in B-21s as they retire the aging fleet. The Air Force demanded systems that were survivable, reliable and efficient in the long run and a development contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman in October 2015. The new stealth bomber cost $23.5 billion to develop and is wort...
  • US B-52 strategic bomber flew over disputed South China Sea Islands 13 November 2015
    Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told a news briefing that a US B-52 strategic bomber flew over artificial Chinese islands in the South China Sea recently and was contacted by Chinese ground controllers but continued its mission undeterred. “We conduct B-52 flights in international air space in that part of the world all the time,” in response to a question about the flight. Cook did not give about timing but according to another unnamed US official reportedly stated that the flight had bee...