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The Pentagon’s research arm wants to award robot enthusiasts $150,000 apiece to crank out prototypes that could support troops. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s new Robotics Fast Track program aims to identify individuals and small business to develop the technology at a fraction of the cost of typical defense contracting programs.

The head of Air Force Special Operations Command said he wants to to put a laser weapon on an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship by the end of the decade. Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold talked about the effort Tuesday during an interview with Military​.com at the Air and Space Conference near Washington, D.C. The event was organized […]

The U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker made by Boeing Co. is scheduled to make its first flight on Sept. 25, a general said. The date was announced Tuesday by Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson during the Air & Space Conference near Washington, D.C. The milestone for the eventual successor to the KC-135 and […]

The Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper drone has successfully flown nighttime missions over the ocean and also teamed with fighter jets in a strike exercise off the Florida cost, Air Force officials said. “This was the first demonstration that the MQ-9 could complete the full kill-chain in a maritime environment,” Lt. Col. Travis Norton, chief of […]

A panel of defense analysts on Wednesday urged U.S. lawmakers to develop a fleet of next-generation bombers capable of piercing advanced enemy air defenses. Their testimony before a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee came as the Pentagon is poised to announce which defense contractor will land the potentially $100 billion contract to develop […]