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2/4/2023
KF-16 Fighter Jet ‘Fires’ During US Defense Secretary’s Visit To Seoul; South Korea To Investigate The Incident
On January 31, a South Korean KF-16 multi-role fighter aircraft accidentally fired a flare while in flight, prompting the country’s Air Force to investigate the incident, reported South Korea-based Hankyoreh daily. The misfire happened on the same day when Lee Jong-sup, the South Korean defense minister, and Lloyd Austin, the US defense secretary, met in Seoul’s Yongsan Defense Ministry building.
2/4/2023
Manned Naval Aircraft
In the naval domain, both fixed and rotary wing types perform a wide range of missions. These range from fast-jets flying from aircraft carriers for air-to-air and air-to-surface sorties to helicopters being used. One of the most prolific users of manned naval aircraft is the United States Navy and its NIMITZ class aircraft carriers.
2/4/2023
What happened in the Russia-Ukraine war this week? Catch up with the must-read news and analysis
Kyiv’s forces are preparing for the war’s most intense phase, world affairs editor Julian Borger reported from the Ukrainian town of Huliaipole 60 miles (100km) east of Zaporizhzhia city. Russia is relentlessly building up its forces while Vladimir Putin is moving the economy towards a war footing to churn out new tanks and missiles. The chief of the Russian general staff, Valery Gerasimov, has been put in direct charge of Ukrainian operations, a move seen by many analysts as presaging a major o
2/3/2023
Stunning ‘Kill Rate’ In Ukraine, Germany To Include IRIS-T Systems In Its $18.5B Missile Defense Shield Program
According to a defense ministry paper accessed by Reuters, Germany intends to buy eight IRIS-T air defense systems for its armed forces. The defense deal is listed as one of several planned purchases anticipated to be submitted for approval to parliament in the second quarter of 2023.
2/3/2023
US, India seek joint production of GE jet engines for HAL’s combat aircraft
President Joe Biden’s administration has promised to fast-track the approval the General Electric Company of the United States sought to produce in India the engines to power the combat aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The Biden Administration also agreed to work with the American Congress to lower the barriers for the export of High-Performance Computing technology and source code from the US to India.
2/3/2023
53rd Wing’s MUSTANGS: the future of agile data capture and ACE capability
The 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron hit major milestones in the development and testing of their Multi-Utilization Secure Tactical and Network Ground Station, or MUSTANGS, through its recent participation in Pacific Edge 22. During the exercise, MUSTANGS proved its ability to process, curate, and send F-35A Lightning II data over-the-horizon to a reprogramming laboratory, all in a matter of minutes.
2/3/2023
Air Guard Updates 148th Fighter Wing F-16s with Radar Pods
Subject matter experts from Air Combat Command, Air Force Materiel Command, the Air National Guard, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Reserve Test Center and the 148th Fighter Wing exercised end-to-end employment of the recently fielded AN/ASQ-236 radar pod and planned how the Air National Guard will operationalize the pods for all ANG F-16 fighter aircraft.
2/2/2023
Taiwan scrambles jets, missile systems after Chinese PLA aircraft cross median line
Taiwan activated its missile systems and sent fighter jets into its skies after Chinese aircraft swarmed towards the democratic nation. It’s the latest in a series of provocative moves by Beijing, which views Taiwan as its own territory despite it never having been under Communist rule. Taiwan offers an alternative version of a China that is Western aligned with multi-party elections.
2/2/2023
Air Force Says It Needs More Survivable Tankers By 2040
The U.S. Air Force says it would like to have a fleet of next-generation aerial refueling tankers in service by 2040. At least for the time being, the service says that it is willing to consider a wide range of options for what the tankers might actually look like, but says they will need to be able to provide support in "contested scenarios." Lockheed Martin and Boeing have already been exploring relevant design concepts with blended wing-body planforms and that are at least somewhat stealthy.
2/2/2023
Belgium delays Chad’s plans to arm it’s Cessna 208 aircraft
The Chadian Air Force trying to improve its firepower by upgrading and arming two of its US-donated Cessna 208 ISR aircraft, as it awaits delivery of Turkish Hükus trainer and light attack aircraft. But the effort is facing stiff resistance from the Belgium government which are worried over Chad’s spotty human rights track record.
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