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Air Force Special Operations Command’s top officer said he wanted to explore the possibility of adding a laser or directed energy weapon to the AC-130J Ghostrider. Air Force Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, head of AFSOC, told a crowd at NDIA’s SO/LIC conference in Washington D.C. on Tuesday that he thought the technology was mature enough to […]

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The Air Force plans to conduct the first test flight of its new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter in 2019 as a step toward fielding an operational aircraft in 2021 and reaching full-rate production by 2023, service officials said. The new helicopter, called CRH, will be engineered to perform high-risk medical evacuations and other rescue and […]

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The Navy is massively expanding its planned use of the Standard Missile-6, a new high-tech ship-launched surface-to-air missile that can destroy enemy missiles, aircraft and unmanned systems. In total, the Navy has authorized use of the SM-6 to expand from five ships to more than 35 ships. “This effort is steeped in fleet requirements, focusing […]

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New Air Force Secretary Deborah James has made it clear that it’s about time the service’s drone pilot force gets paid. She announced Thursday that she was more than doubling monthly incentive pay for drone pilots from $600 to $1,500. The demand for Air Force drones such as the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reapers […]

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In a major boost for military tilt-rotor aircraft, the Navy has a preliminary agreement to buy MV-22 Ospreys to replace the aging C-2A Greyhound fixed-wing turboprops for the delivery of supplies and personnel to carriers. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was expected to outline the Osprey deal in remarks Thursday to the Surface Navy Association National […]

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