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Category: Air

SIGAR Opens Preliminary Inquiry Into Light Air Support Deal

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has opened a preliminary investigation into the Light Air Support (LAS) deal between the Air Force and contractors Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and Embraer [ERJ]. LAS...

Action Pending on AESA Radar for Typhoon

The four nations behind development of the Typhoon fighter are expected to announce they are moving ahead with a program to fit an active electronically scanned array (AESA) to the jet when the Eurofighter...

Unmanned helicopters could soon battle US wildfires

The US Department of the Interior could begin using unmanned air vehicles to battle forest fire within a year based on a recent demonstration in which Kaman Aerospace and Lockheed Martin doused controlled burns...

Unmanned helicopters could soon battle US wildifres

The US Department of the Interior could begin using unmanned air vehicles to battle forest fire within a year based on a recent demonstration in which Kaman Aerospace and Lockheed Martin doused controlled burns...

KF-16 Fallout: BAE Cuts 191 Jobs

BAE Systems has laid off 191 employees at a Fort Worth, Texas, facility as part of the continuing fallout from South Korea’s cancellation of a contract to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighters. …read...

Canada Rethinking Opposition to MD Systems

Once cautious about involvement in missile defense, Canada’s military and government are slowly, but steadily, moving to a position where they could play a role in both ground-based and maritime systems. …read more Source::...

MDA Aims for 2020 Fielding of Redesigned Kill Vehicle

Deployed in 2004 as a bulwark against North Korea’s missile program, the original exoatmospheric kill vehicle (EKV) was rushed into development and fielded as a prototype. …read more Source:: Defense News (Air)

Japan To Focus on Atago, PAC-3 Upgrades

Japan’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) plans revolve around bolstering its Aegis-based fleet and upgrading its Patriot capabilities to counter a still-limited threat from North Korea. …read more Source:: Defense News (Air)

NTSB ruling strengthens FAA enforcement power on UAVs

​The US National Transportation Safety Board has given the Federal Administration a major victory in the regulator’s efforts to govern the commercial use of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) in the national airspace. …read more...

McKinley Named President, CEO at NDIA

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) announced today that retired US Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley will take over as president and CEO on Jan. 1. …read more Source:: Defense News (Air)

First C-27J Transfer to Coast Guard

The Coast Guard took delivery of the first of 14 former Air National Guard C-27J transports it is slated to receive. The airplane, which formerly served at the Mississippi ANG’s schoolhouse at Key Field...

Greece – F-16 Sustainment

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece for F-16 sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $188 million. The Defense...

War Is No Video Game – Not Even Remotely

The first person to fire a Hellfire missile from a Predator drone in combat and destroy a target writes here about his experience. Scott Swanson has never written about this before. Read on. The...

PLAAF to fine tune pilot selection process

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force is making changes to its pilot selection process, Lieutenant Colonel Xiao Dong, deputy head of the PLAAF’s pilot recruitment bureau, said at a news conference in Zhuhai. …read...

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