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Aircraft Compatibility Testing Begins Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

Aircraft Compatibility Testing Begins Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departed its homeport of Norfolk, Jan. 16 to begin Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) off the East Coast as the first aircraft, an E-2D landed, on board. ACT continues the at-sea testing of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) – two Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) systems ...

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France Deploys Charles De Gaulle (R 91) Aircraft Carrier to Anti-Islamic State Mission in Middle East

France Deploys Charles De Gaulle (R 91) Aircraft Carrier to Anti-Islamic State Mission in Middle East

France will deploy its only aircraft carrier to join coalition operations against the Islamic State (IS) terror group, President Emmanuel Macron has announced. “The aircraft carrier will support Chammal operations [in the Middle East] from January to April 2020 before deploying to the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea,” Macron said in a New Year’s address to the French military. ...

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Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed after being hit by Iranian Tor-M1 Missile

Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed after being hit by Iranian Tor-M1 Missile

Ukrainian passenger jet probably crashed after being hit by a Russian-made Tor-M1 missile over Parand and crashed in the town of Khalaj Abad. Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, en route from Tehran to Kyiv, with 176 people on board has crashed in Iran just minutes after take-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, and officials say there is no chance of ...

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U.S. Air Force awards $768 million contract to Raytheon for AMRAAM missiles

U.S. Air Force awards $768 million contract to Raytheon for AMRAAM missiles

The U.S. Department of Defense and Raytheon Company announced an agreement worth about $768 million for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, also know as AMRAAM, Production Lot 33. “Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a$768,283,907 non-competitive fixed-price incentive (firm) contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 33,” a Raytheon news release states. “This contract ...

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Russia’s 5th Generation Fighter Jet Su-57 crashes during factory testing

Russia's 5th Generation Fighter Jet Su-57 crashes during factory testing

One of Russia’s cutting-edge Su-57 fighter jets has crashed during routine factory test flights near the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant in the Far East. The pilot ejected safely and was picked up by a Mi-8 rescue helicopter. The aircraft involved in the incident belonged to the manufacturer and was undergoing a series of flight tests some 110 kilometres off Dzyomgi airbase ...

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Indian Air Force brings down 83 LCA deal cost by over Rs 10,000 crore

Indian Air Force brings down 83 LCA deal cost by over Rs 10,000 crore

Tough negotiations by the Defence Ministry’s finance wing and the Indian Air Force (IAF) with the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have helped in getting the price of the 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) deal by over Rs 10,000 crore. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement, had, in November 2016, approved purchase of ...

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The United States military tests new ballistic missile, Russia nervous

The United States military tests new ballistic missile, Russia nervous

Last week, the U.S. Air Force, in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office, conducted a flight test of a prototype conventionally-configured, ground-launched ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base that really unnerved the Russian military and politicians. This test marked the second of a prototype conventionally-configured, ground-launched missile system since the U.S. withdrew from the INF Treaty in August. On ...

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Lockheed Martin’s experts detail laser weapon program

Lockheed Martin’s experts details laser weapon program

Lockheed Martin’s experts have revealed details of directed energy and laser weapon system programs. Directed energy and laser weapon systems are a proven solution that effectively addresses tech-driven threats with more accurate, flexible and affordable performance than offered by traditional ballistics. “They’re designed to be precise, to yield minimal collateral damage and, in essence, offer an endless magazine,” said Dr. ...

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Fire Breaks out on Russia’s only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

Fire Breaks out on Russia's only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

A fire broke out on Russia’s only aircraft carrier as it underwent repairs in an Artic shipyard, Russian news agencies reported, wounding at least two service members. Russia’s Northern Fleet officials on Thursday said the blaze on the ship, the Admiral Kuznetsov, has been contained and the injured men have received medical attention. The Admiral Kuznetsov has been undergoing repairs ...

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Ankara threatens to close down U.S. Air Force base in Turkey

Ankara threatens to close down U.S. Air Force base in Turkey

A senior Turkish official said that Ankara threatening to close down the U.S. Air Force Incirlik Air Base. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a statement that Ankara may insist that the U.S. leave Incirlik air base if Washington goes ahead with the sanctions it has threatened in response to Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense systems. “We will ...

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