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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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The U.S. Air Force’s top civilian said she’s “certain” the service will certify Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to launch military satellites. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the comments during a State of the Air Force briefing Thursday at the Pentagon. “As far as I’m concerned, this is not a question of if they […]

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Royal Air Force Lakenheath will be the first European base to host U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons, the Pentagon announced. The facility, located in the eastern part of England in the United Kingdom, will house two operational squadrons consisting of 24 aircraft apiece, for a total of 48 F-35As, beginning in 2020, according to […]

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The Navy is using a special, hi-tech side-scanning sonar system to assist Indonesian authorities searching for debris and bodies from Air Asia flight QZ8501, the passenger jet which recently crashed into the Java Sea. Called the Tow Fish side-scan sonar system, the technology uses sonar to map the ocean floor and search for debris and […]

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China, the world’s second-largest defense spender behind the U.S., launched a website designed to modernize and provide more information about its weapons acquisitions. According to an article by the state-run news agency Xinhua: “Under the General Armament Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), weain​.mil​.cn provides information on the country’s weapon and armament needs, relevant policies, procurement notices, enterprise […]

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