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Russia has stepped up military air operations over Europe while continuing to bolster aggression by separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Pentagon said Thursday. “There’s been an uptick to Russian air activity in the region” to include a flight by two Russian “Bear” bombers off Britain’s southern coast Wednesday, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon […]

The combat performance of the U.S. military’s small unmanned aircraft systems during the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has inspired international market interest in the technologies, Lockheed officials said. There continues to be strong interest from militaries around the world in small, hand-launched, high-endurance UAS with electro-optical/infrared imaging technology, Jay McConville, Lockheed’s director of […]

Fewer than 10 U.S. Air Force drone pilots are slated to receive this year a new $1,500 bonus designed to address a personnel shortage in the highly stressed workforce, an official said. The low number confirms what operators of the MQ-1 Predator and other remotely piloted aircraft suspected about the increased financial incentive — that […]

The Navy and Raytheon have completed simulated target tracking with a new, more-sensitive radar slated to deploy on destroyers by 2023. Early versions of the Navy’s new Air and Missile Defense Radar, or AMDR, closed what’s called the “track loop” for anti-air warfare and ballistic missile defense simulations, Raytheon officials said. “You put in simulated […]

The U.S. Air Force manipulated casualty data to make the A-10 attack aircraft appear more hazardous than it really is, according to a watchdog group. The service “cherry-picked” information on civilian casualties and friendly fire deaths in Afghanistan, making it look as though the aging gunship is responsible for killing more American troops and Afghan civilians than any other warplane, according to the […]