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Boeing received a $9 million contract from DARPA to continue developing its Phantom Swift X-Plane, an experimental future vertical lift platform.  The Phantom Swift has two downward facing fans that allow for vertical take-offs and landings. The forward propulsion for the aircraft comes from wingtip thrusters that propel the Phantom Swift after the lift fans are […]

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The commander on board the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier overseeing the ongoing airstrikes in Iraq said Navy F/A-18s have flown at least 30 bombing missions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, targets. Thus far, Navy planes have destroyed ISIL mobile artillery positions, convoys and other strategic targets including […]

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The Navy and Raytheon recently test-fired a Standard Missile-6 against a low-flying subsonic cruise missile target over land Aug. 14, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. “The test was the Navy’s attempt to demonstrate an intercept of a subsonic, low-altitude target over land, and it did just that,” said CMDR. Sidney Hodgson, deputy program manager […]

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The Navy launched and landed a carrier-based drone in rapid succession with an F/A-18 fighter jet as part of a series of joint manned and unmanned flight tests aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt Aug. 17 off the coast of Norfolk, Va., service officials said. The Navy’s carrier-based drone demonstrator, the X-47B, flew from a carrier […]

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The Navy has released its latest round of video of F/A-18 Super Hornets launching from a U.S. carrier on missions to strike Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militant targets. The Super Hornets are launching from the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier operating in the Persian Gulf. Navy Super Hornets and Air Force MQ-1 Predators have […]

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