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-+*The U.S. Air Force is making progress in developing a hypersonic weapon based on the success of an experimental scramjet program, engineers said. The service in 2013 conducted its fourth and longest flight of the so-called X-51 WaveRider. After separating from a rocket launched beneath the wing of a B-52 bomber, the hypersonic vehicle built […]

-+*The Air Force is making upgrades to the communications and weapons systems carried by the B-2 bomber by accelerating development of an air-launched, guided nuclear cruise missile and preparing to produce modifications to the existing B-61 nuclear bomb, service officials said. The B-2 upgrades will outfit the attack aircraft with next generation digital nuclear weapons called […]

-+*The Navy is working on a $1.6 billion technological upgrade overhauling ship defense systems onboard amphibs and aircraft carriers to include interceptor missiles, streamlined radars and software improvements, service officials said. The work is being done on what’s called Ship Self Defense Systems, or SSDS – a series of integrated technologies being upgraded to track, […]

-+*A government watchdog group has released a new report saying ongoing Navy plans and debates about how to build a first-of-its kind carrier launched drone could wind up creating serious cost and resourcing challenges. The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, report also says continued deliberations about the scope of the drone’s requirements are substantially delaying […]

-+*The Senator leading the fight to keep the A-10 Thunderbolt in the active Air Force fleet said she wants a permanent solution that ends what has become an annual fight with the Air Force over the fate of the close-air-support aircraft. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, compared the fight to a classic Bill Murray film […]