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*+-The Navy issued video Thursday afternoon showing the first ever refuel of the X-47B, a carrier drone prototype. Built by Northrop Grumman, the X-47B has taken part in a host of tests as the Navy sees what’s possible for a future carrier drone fleet. (Video after the jump)

*+-Twelve F-15 Eagle fighters and 200 airmen from the Florida Air National Guard began deploying to Europe this week as part of the U.S. and NATO buildup and training effort to deter Russian aggression. All equipment and personnel from the 125th Fighter Wing based in Jacksonville, Fla., were expected to arrive in Europe by mid-April […]

*+-The Pakistanis reportedly test fired a laser guided missile from an airborne drone built in Pakistan last week. The missile, called the Burq, was fired Friday from the Burraq, an all-weather drone, Pakistani Maj. Gen. Asim Salim Bajwa said on Twitter.

*+-A Kurdish newspaper is reporting that an Iranian drone crashed west of Tirkit, Iraq, where Iranian Quds Forces are working with Iraq soldiers to retake Tikrit from ISIS militants. Iran has flown drones over Iraq since last year when militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria started over taking Iraqi forces in Northern Iraq and gaining […]

*+-The Pentagon wants to launch satellites from a fighter jet as it seeks to lower the costs of sending Defense Department satellites into space. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is leading the project called Airborne Launch Assist Space Access, or ALASA. Bradford Tousley, director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, said earlier this month the […]