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  • Sunken AAV7 Located
    Sunken AAV7 Located 7 August 2020
    AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles have been successfully operating for years. On July 30, 2020, an AAV7 belonging to the US Marine Corps was sunk near San Clemente Island in Southern California. The exact location of the platform that took water for an unknown reason and was buried in the ocean was determined. The platform, which is detected about 117 meters deep off the San Clemente Island, is planned to be rescued in the coming days. The US Navy HOS Dominator ship is carrying ...
  • NATO Receives Fourth RQ-4D Phoenix UAV
    NATO Receives Fourth RQ-4D Phoenix UAV 31 July 2020
    On Monday, the Headquarters Allied Air Command press release said that the fourth UAV of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force arrived at the Italian Air Force Base in Sigonella, Italy. “On July 26, 2020, the fourth remotely piloted aircraft of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force arrived at the Italian Air Force Base in Sigonella, Italy.  The aircraft took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California, USA, at 18:33 local time on July 25 ...
  • Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off
    Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off 16 July 2020
    The 416th Flight Test Squadron recently completed a round of tests of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s “Gray Wolf” prototype cruise missile at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Gray Wolf is a DoD-directed prototype production and demonstration of low-cost, subsonic and networked collaborative cruise missiles. The missiles are designed to launch in a swarm to target enemy integrated air defence threats. The missiles offer a stand-off solution for the ...
  • New LHD Delivered to US Navy
    New LHD Delivered to US Navy 1 March 2020
    US Navy, which continues to studies at full capacity to maintain and modernize amphibious assault capability, the received its new LHD. The acceptance of the new platform, which was built by the main contractor, Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipyard, was completed after the navy acceptance trials. The ship, which is expected to significantly increase the force transport capability of the US Marine Corps, stands out with its features such as expanded hangar ...
  • First USMC F-35C is Operational
    First USMC F-35C is Operational 24 January 2020
    The USA left another important milestone behind the F-35C Lightning II aircraft. Five years after the delivery of first F-35C Lightning II (serial number 114), the first US Marine Corps operational unit received the F-35C Lightning II. The platform, which will be used for pilot training missions first, was assigned to VMFA 314 "Black Nights" (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron). The unit, which stopped flights with F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in June of last year, en...
  • The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile
    The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile 13 December 2019
    The United States has tested a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 12.  The weapon is reported to have flown more than 500km. The press release says the launch took place within nine months of contract award. “The joint government-industry team began work after the U.S. suspended its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty obligations in February 2019 and executed the launch within nine months of contr...
  • 11th C-17 for India
    11th C-17 for India 29 August 2019
    India continues to add C-17 transport aircraft to its inventory. On August 26, Boeing delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in New Delhi. The aircraft, which is the last of 12 'white-tail' airlifters that Boeing built before closing down its C-17 production facility in Long Beach, California, in 2015, was acquired by the IAF for USD336.2 million.   The airlifter joins 10 other C-17s that are operated...
  • KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully
    KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully 21 June 2019
      The U.S. Air Force’s new air refuelling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus, is undergoing a variety of tests out of Edwards Air Force Base, California. Starting on April 29th, the KC-46 conducted the first refuelling test with a Travis AFB C-5M Super Galaxy. The testing is a part of a larger test program to certify aerial refuelling operations between the KC-46 and 22 different receiver aircraft. C-5M crew tested with the KC-46 was the ability to connect w...
  • 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...
  • Major Milestone at US Homeland Missile Defence System
    Major Milestone at US Homeland Missile Defence System 27 March 2019
    The U.S. Missile Defence Agency, announced that it had conducted a successful test against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) class target. This test was the first salvo engagement of a threat-representative ICBM target by two Ground Based Interceptors (GBI), which were designated GBI-Lead, and GBI-Trail for the test. The GBI-Lead destroyed the re-entry vehicle, as it was designed to do. The GBI-Trail then looked at the resulting debris and remaining objects, and, not finding any ot...
  • AARGM-ER  support on F-35
    AARGM-ER support on F-35 11 March 2019
    Northrup Grumman won Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range/AARM-ER Missile award. The missile will be used on D / A-18E / F, EA-18G and F-35A / C aircraft. The company will sign $ 322.5 million for its Engineering and Production activities. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Northridge, California, is awarded a $322,504,595 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the AGM-88G, Advanced Anti-Radia...
  • An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper
    An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper 15 February 2019
      General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH tested an electronic warfare payload on an MQ-9 Reaper. Integrated into a gondola that can be loaded under the MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) drone, the ARDS (Advanced Radar Detection System) payload can be used to detect and locate radar emissions. The ARDS is equipped with a totally digital radar emission tracking system. The system is already ope...
  • Global Hawk Drone Crash Caused By Faulty Data: Accident Report
    Global Hawk Drone Crash Caused By Faulty Data: Accident Report 30 September 2018
    US explained why a US Air Force Global Hawk drone crashed and destroyed itself last year.  It is stated that the crash is as a consequence of the aircraft’s “erroneous” data. Incident investigation report published by the military this week claims that the drone, "having failed to detect the erroneous nature of LNA's navigational data, sent control inputs to correct the false roll data." According to report, "this included kee...
  • British-F-35B Conducts Trials With UK-Built Weapons
    British-F-35B Conducts Trials With UK-Built Weapons 31 August 2018
    The UK’s F-35B Lightning has conducted its first trials armed with UK-built weapons, Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew has said. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew revealed that a British F-35 Lightning jet reached the landmark milestone whilst he was on a visit to the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) in Wales. The jet, which was flown by a British pilot from RAF 17 Squadron, took to the skies from Edwards Air Force base in southern California fo...
  • MALD-X Successfully Completed First Trials
    MALD-X Successfully Completed First Trials 25 August 2018
    US Defence Department announced that MALD-X (Miniature Air-Launched Decoy) successfully completed a “a complex free flight demonstration of advanced electronic warfare techniques.” The decoy builds on previous MALD iterations that can jam an enemy's electronics. Known by its acronym MALD-X, the Miniature Air Launch Decoy confuses enemy air defences by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures, according to manufacturer Raytheon, who...
  • General Atomics To Upgrade USAF Reaper Drones For $133M
    General Atomics To Upgrade USAF Reaper Drones For $133M 23 August 2018
    US drone maker General Atomics has been awarded a $133 million worth contract to provide advanced sensor for the US Air Force’s Reaper drones as part of the modernization effort to upgrade MQ-9 Reaper surveillance and attack UAS. According to Pentagon press release, General Atomics will complete the development, integration, and flight test of an advanced sensor into an MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle in realistic test scenarios at continental U.S. and outside the continental U.S...
  • Lockheed Martin To Build Three Infrared Geosynchronous Spacecraft For $2.9 Billion 15 August 2018
    Lockheed Martin won almost $3 billion to build three space vehicles to operate in geosynchronous high earth orbits (HEO) 22,000 miles above the planet, the US Defence Department said in a press release. "Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $2,935,545,188 not-to-exceed un-definitized contract for three Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles," the release said on Tuesday. The contr...
  • The Depths of Mars Put Under The Scope
    The Depths of Mars Put Under The Scope 5 May 2018
    The American National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) new spacecraft InSight, which will be sent to Mars, has been launched from a base in California. NASA will go down to the depths of Mars and investigate the geological history of the Red Planet. The vehicle will place seismometers on the surface of Mars with the help of robot arms. NASA will try to get information on how the planet is formed with the seismic data from Mars. Through the earthquake info...
  • B-21 Completes Preliminary Design Review
    B-21 Completes Preliminary Design Review 20 April 2018
    Northrop Grumman's new B-21 Raider bomber has completed its preliminary design review, a US Air Force official revealed. The bomber will now move forward to the next step before assembly of the first aircraft; the critical design review. Northrop Grumman has also delivered the first set of software for the B-21 programme. USAF plans to purchase 100 B-21s and the first deliveries are expected to begin in the mid-2020s. Northrop has been awarded the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB)...
  • Raytheon Completes F-35C, JSOW Integration Tests
    Raytheon Completes F-35C, JSOW Integration Tests 19 April 2018
    Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C onto the C variant of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-35, and the F-35 Joint Program Office participated in the latest test, which took place on the Navy's China Lake ranges in California. The JSOW glide weapon uses a GPS-inertial navigation system with an imaging infrared seeker that can identify and track targets autonomously....
  • Trident II D5 Test Launch from US Submarine
    Trident II D5 Test Launch from US Submarine 2 April 2018
    The US Navy launched two Trident II D5 Life Extension (LE) missiles from Ohio-class ballistic missile USS Nebraska off the coast of southern California. The test firing of Trident II D5 LE demonstrated the performance and readiness of the strategic weapon system which has been recently upgraded to continue their service with the US Navy and the British Royal Navy into the 2040s. USN said the joint government and industry team will use this data to asses...
  • LCS' Mine Reconnaissance Module Passed Tests
    LCS' Mine Reconnaissance Module Passed Tests 19 March 2018
    The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) program successfully completed Developmental Testing (DT) of the Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) off the coast of Southern California on 22 February, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on 15 March.  Consisting of the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle with its Mission Control System (MCS), the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlespace Reconnaissance and Analysi...
  • Wi-Fi gets in battlefield
    Wi-Fi gets in battlefield 13 January 2018
    US Army is preparing to use Wi-Fi technology in battlefield to secure fast reliable mission command and network communication.  Following the relocation of a command post on the battlefield, referred to as a “jump,” Secure Wi-Fi enables critical network and mission command systems to come up online in minutes, versus waiting many hours for Soldiers to wire a command post for network connectivity. The 1st Armoured Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division successful...
  • Military Satellite “Zuma” Goes Missing After SpaceX Launch
    Military Satellite “Zuma” Goes Missing After SpaceX Launch 12 January 2018
    A military satellite launched by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is missing. Elan Mask’s SpaceX’s Falcon 9 lift off successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday carrying a classified payload code-named Zuma. The U.S. Strategic Command stated it wasn’t tracking any new satellites, an indication that the satellite somehow failed to deploy properly. “After review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night. If we o...
  • One More Step Towards Early Operational Capability
    One More Step Towards Early Operational Capability 18 December 2017
    Lockheed Martin has successfully fired production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber, the company announced on 12 December.  During the trials at Point Mugu Sea Range, California, two LRASMs were simultaneously launched from B-1B against multiple maritime targets, meeting the primary test objectives. LRASM is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies...
  • GBU-39 Boost to Reaper
    GBU-39 Boost to Reaper 8 December 2017
    General Atomics has been awarded a $17,4 million contract to integrate the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) onto the MQ-9 Reaper via universal armament interface on a dual carriage system. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an expected completion date of 27 November 2021.  
  • Icy Runway Tests of F-35
    Icy Runway Tests of F-35 28 November 2017
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is undergoing extreme weather testing on icy runways at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, in order to pass its drag chute certification a requirement for Norway’s version of the jets, Lockheed Martin said in a release on Monday. Norway has welcomed its first three F-35As to Ørland Air Base for permanent basing earlier this month. “This initial testing is the first of two phases to ensure the F-35A can operate in...
  • Australia’s Buccaneer Satellite Launched
    Australia’s Buccaneer Satellite Launched 28 November 2017
    Australia has launched a miniature satellite, designated as Buccaneer, from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, on a Delta-II rocket on 18 November.  Buccaneer is designed to improve understanding of the outer atmosphere, in particular, the Ionosphere, which plays a key role in Australia’s Over-the-Horizon radar capability. Buccaneer’s first mission is to test key technologies in preparation for the main mission in a few years when it will per...
  • Commissioned in Pearl Harbor
    Commissioned in Pearl Harbor 17 July 2017
    The US Navy commissioned new Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) with a ceremony held on 15 July at Pearl Harbor. USS John Finn (DDG 113) is the 29th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare. USS John Finn will be homeported at...
  • MDA In Pursuit Of Laser-Armed UAV
    MDA In Pursuit Of Laser-Armed UAV 22 June 2017
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is in pursuit of a laser-armed unmanned aircraft to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the 2023 timeframe. According to MDA solicitation published on 13 June, the agency requires a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the payload capacity needed to carry a high-energy laser system payload to high altitudes.  Proposed aircraft should be able to maintain continuous posi...
  • Success In The Very First Test
    Success In The Very First Test 1 June 2017
    The US's Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor has been tested on 30 May for the first time, successfully intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile target. According to the US Missile Defence Agency report, an ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Multiple sensors provided target acquisition and tracking data to the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communication (C2BMC)...
  • Two Launches In A Week
    Two Launches In A Week 4 May 2017
    An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile has been launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 3 May. Nuclear-capable missile delivered a single re-entry vehicle to a target about 6,800 kilometers away at Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. It was the second such launch in the last week. 
  • Orbital ATK Firm Wins Contract to Design Advanced Anti-Air-Defense Missile
    Orbital ATK Firm Wins Contract to Design Advanced Anti-Air-Defense Missile 3 November 2016
    "Orbital ATK Inc., Defense Electronic Systems, Northridge, California, is being awarded $14,303,613 for engineering studies to conduct a set of design analyses for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile front end, including engineering studies and assessments related to the platform interface compliance, structural integrity, thermal capabilities, millimeter wave performance, and anti-radiation homing effectiveness," according to company’s  press release. The missile ...
  • New Record by SM-6
    New Record by SM-6 4 October 2016
    The US Navy announced on 29 September that it has successfully completed the longest range anti-air warfare intercept which took place at the Point Mugu test range in California, on September 22. The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton, equipped with the latest Aegis Baseline 9, successfully processed data from a remote airborne sensor to engage and destroy an over-the-horizon threat representative target using the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during the Naval Integrated Fire ...
  • Russia's Turn to Observe
    Russia's Turn to Observe 26 September 2016
    Russia will conduct observation flights over Greece and the United States under the Treaty on Open Skies, which entered into force in 2002, providing for unarmed aerial surveillance flights between 34 member states. The observing aircraft will depart from Nea Anchialos airport in Greece and Travis airport in California within the last week of September. Russia uses the Antonov An-30 for their observation flights.
  • Disappointment in the US Navy
    Disappointment in the US Navy 2 September 2016
    The US Navy is very much disappointed with its littoral combat ships (LCS) due to repetitive issues encountered since last December. This time, bad news came from USS Freedom. Currently deployed in San Diego, USS Freedom will most probably be kept off duty for a long time due to severe damage in one of its engines. At the beginning of July, while the LCS was operating off Southern California, it was noticed that a drain leaking from a seawater...
  • F-35A completes first live air-to-air ‘kill’ test
    F-35A completes first live air-to-air ‘kill’ test 5 August 2016
    F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office announced that The F-35 Lightning II launched an air-to-air missile and directly hitting a drone over a military test range off the California coast July 28. U.S. Air Force test pilot, Maj. Raven LeClair, employed an AIM-9X missile from an F-35A's external wing against an aerial drone target in restricted military sea test range airspace. Test data and observers confirmed the F-35 identified and targeted the drone with its mission systems sensors, pa...
  • Dutch F-35s Land in the Netherlands 24 May 2016
    The Netherlands' first two F-35s landed at Leeuwarden Air Base. The jets, known as AN-1 and AN-2, took off from Edwards Air Force Base, California to participate in the country's largest air show. The Netherlands is preparing for a total of 27 F-35s, which will be permanently based in Leeuwarden in 2019 and Volkel Air Base starting in 2021.
  • Lockheed’s Dual Mode Plus at trial 31 March 2016
    Lockheed Martin’s proposed alternative to the Boeing laser-guided joint direct attack munition (Laser JDAM) are being validated on a US Navy F/A-18 at the China Lake complex in California's Mojave Desert. The company wants this trial to be extended to F-16s one of the most selling fighter aircrafts. Dual Mode Plus bombs are a derivative of Lockheed’s Paveway II Plus laser guidance assembly, that transforms free fall classical "dumb" bombs into precision-guided, direct-attack weapons. ...
  • Chinese businessmen admitted hacking US defence firms 24 March 2016
    Chinese national, Canada residential Su Bin pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the hacking of trade secrets from US defence contractors, including plans for transport and fighter jets, officials said. Su Bin, also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, was a China-based businessman in the aviation and aerospace fields. Su was initially arrested in Canada in July 2014 on a warrant based on a US request. He waived extradition and was sent to the United States in February 2016...