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Space Armageddon: Why the Pentagon fears Russia and China’s star wars weaponry
Space

Space Armageddon: Why the Pentagon fears Russia and China’s star wars weaponry

Russia and China are both in a race to catch the US with their space warfare capabilities. Early last month senior Pentagon officials huddled for two days of top secret discussions about Russia and China’s space weapons. Experts from the U.S. Space Command, the Missile Defense Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA, among others, delivered classified briefings on the grave threat posed by these incredibly destructive high-tech devices. A highly-classified tabletop wargame followed.  The danger of space warfare is increasing, as the two-theater war scenario that the U.S. has long feared is no longer hypothetical. Moscow and Beijing are strengthening their anti-U.S. partnership at a time when Russia is engaged in a brutal war on Ukraine and China is turni...
Bell’s High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) aircraft
Air Force, Air

Bell’s High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) aircraft

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced on September 19, 2022 it has entered into a teaming agreement with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a global aerospace and national security company, for Bell’s High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) aircraft. As part of the collaboration, SNC will specifically support the design and development of mission systems for HSVTOL variants. Bell’s HSVTOL vehicles blend the hover capability of a helicopter with the speed, range and survivability features of fighter aircraft, with low downwash hover capability and jet-like speeds of more than 400 kts/460 mph/741 km/h. This family of scalable aircraft concepts is designed to carry out USAF and USSOCOM missions across the full spectrum of conflict and political scenarios, including pe...
Army’s tactical and navigational capabilities MULTI-DIMENSIONAL APPROACH
C4ISR, Army

Army’s tactical and navigational capabilities MULTI-DIMENSIONAL APPROACH

The Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space Cross-Functional Team (APNT/Space CFT) takes a multi-dimensional approach to understanding and preparing for future warfare. The team, based at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is dedicated to advancing the Army’s tactical and navigational capabilities and ensuring tomorrow’s Soldiers have the modern situational tools they need to maneuver with utmost accuracy, safety and skill. The CFT is making significant progress toward this goal by leveraging iterative developments, remaining open to new technologies and committing to continuously evolving PNT equipment and systems to meet changing threats and needs. «Our Cross-Functional Team will continue to assess and strengthen the future of our operational environments, emerging threats and tech...
The Brazilian armed forces acquire 27 H125 helicopters
Air, Armed Forces Branches

The Brazilian armed forces acquire 27 H125 helicopters

The Brazilian armed forces, through the Combat Aircraft Programme Coordinating Committee (COPAC), have acquired 27 single engine H125 helicopters to boost the training capacity of the Brazilian Navy and the Air Force. The H125 will be produced in the H125 final assembly line located in Itajubá, Brazil at Helibras’ factory where the H225Ms for the Brazilian armed forces are also assembled. These new helicopters will replace the ageing AS350 and Bell 206 helicopters currently in service with the Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian Navy respectively. «This joint procurement contract represents the realisation of a project that will equip both the Brazilian Air Force and Navy with modern aircraft that will meet the needs of the Forces for the next 30 years», said Commander of the Air For...
The French Navy has taken delivery of the first of six H160s that will perform search and rescue (SAR) missions
Navy

The French Navy has taken delivery of the first of six H160s that will perform search and rescue (SAR) missions

The French Navy has taken delivery of the first of six H160s that will perform search and rescue (SAR) missions. The aircraft is part of the interim fleet that will be delivered by the partnership formed between Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran Helicopter Engines. «The delivery of the first H160 to a military customer is a major milestone for the H160 programme», said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. «This is the first public service version of the H160 to be delivered worldwide. Furthermore, the delivery takes place soon after two H160s entered into service this summer, in Brazil for the private and business aviation segment and in Japan for news gathering missions», he added. «With this H160 we will strengthen our partnership with the French Navy, delivering the right hel...
Latest Israeli Air Strike on Damascus International Airport Kills Five Syrian Soldiers: Fragile Defences Under Pressure
News, Air Force

Latest Israeli Air Strike on Damascus International Airport Kills Five Syrian Soldiers: Fragile Defences Under Pressure

The Israeli Air Force in the early hours of September 17 launched an air strike on Damascus International Airport, marking the latest of several attacks on civilian airports in the country which critics have claimed are an attempt to stymie its post-war recovery. The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that "Our air defences intercepted hostile missiles in the airspace of Damascus and its countryside, shooting down a number of them," but conceded that five Syrian soldiers were killed in the attack. Israeli fighters have consistently engaged Syrian targets from beyond the country’s airspace after taking losses, particularly after the shooting of an F-16I fighter by a Syrian S-200 missile system in February 2018 which was widely publicised and saw footage leaked on the intern...
US approves F-16 equipment for Pakistan
Air Force, Air

US approves F-16 equipment for Pakistan

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Pakistan of F-16 Case for Sustainment and related equipment for an estimated cost of $450 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Pakistan has requested to consolidate prior F-16 sustainment and support cases to support the Pakistan Air Force F-16 fleet by reducing duplicate case activities and adding additional continued support elements. Included are U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics services for follow-on support of Pakistan’s F-16 fleet to include: Participation in F-16 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program Electr...
The Security Service of Ukraine released a photo of special forces personnel taken in the town of Kupyansk
Special Forces

The Security Service of Ukraine released a photo of special forces personnel taken in the town of Kupyansk

The Security Service of Ukraine released a photo of special forces personnel taken in the town of Kupyansk, Kharkiv region, liberated from Russian invaders. The Security Service of Ukraine published the relevant photo on Telegram. "Special forces personnel of the Centre of Special Operations ‘A’ of the Security Service of Ukraine are in Kupyansk which has been and will always be Ukrainian! We will free our land to the last centimeter! We move further! Glory to Ukraine!" the post reads. Source: Ukrinform
US nuclear bombers fly over the Middle East in a show of force. Tensions between Washington and Tehran intensify
Air Force, Armed Forces Branches

US nuclear bombers fly over the Middle East in a show of force. Tensions between Washington and Tehran intensify

The United States Armed Forces revealed this Monday that it has sent two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to fly over territories in the Middle East, in what they consider a show of force exercise, given the growing tensions between Washington and Iran. 'AP News' reports that the two bombers left the Fairford airbase, in the United Kingdom, and flew over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Peninsula and the Red Sea, as part of military exercises that had the participation of aircraft from the Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Israeli forces will also have been present at the exercises, although it has not been officially confirmed by Washington. Israel, for its part, claimed that three F-16 jets had joined the multinational air mission, having accompanied the US bombers “along the skies of I...
China launches spy satellite capable of capturing images through clouds
Space, Intelligence

China launches spy satellite capable of capturing images through clouds

  China has launched a mysterious spy satellite that "monitors land, crop yields and natural disasters" but could also gather military intelligence, according to some analysts. The Yaogan 33 satellite lifted off alongside China's Long March 4C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on Sept. This was the 35th successful launch by the East Asian space power this year. The US Space Force has captured two new objects in orbit associated with the launch of Jiuquan: the new satellite in one orbit and the upper stage of Long March 4C orbiting in a lower orbit. Little is known about Yaogan 33, a new classified series of remote sensing satellites. China says the spacecraft will be used for "scientific experiments, census of national land resources, harvest es...