August 10, 2018 Military Aviation News

Joint military exercise, Northern Strike, continues


It was another busy day as Northern Strike continued on Wednesday, August 8, with first-responder drills focused on vehicle extrication taking place in Rogers City. UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters also practiced sling-loading equipment at Alpena CRTC, along with many other activities in Grayling and on the Lake Huron Water Range.

Defeating modern air defenses is achievable with smart strategies, not only stealth and standoff


In the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress agreed with the Air Force to cancel the manned JSTARS recap program in favor of a largely space-based system, the Advanced Battle Management System. ABMS is undefined, without an estimate of cost and with an unknown fielding date. In the meantime, against Air Force wishes, Congress has disallowed the retirement of any of the 17 legacy E-8C JSTARS aircraft.

NATO scrambled to INTERCEPT five Russian supersonic fighter jets flying near Europe


The onslaught of Russian aircraft were shadowed by the NATO Air Policing Mission (APM) team tasked with guarding airspace over the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. NATO aircraft were scrambled to escort Russian planes on eight separate occasions between July 30 and August 5, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence. On each occasion the Russian aircraft were flying either to or from Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave situated between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic

USAF analyst suggests ways to avoid cost overruns on 6th-gen fighter


The Aircraft and Weapons division chief with the US Air Force Cost Analysis Agency has made a series of suggestions in a research paper for keeping the price of a sixth generation fighter down after analysing a myriad of cost-overruns by the B-2, F-22 and F-35 programmes.

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