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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter just announced plans for the Defense Department to collaborate with NATO allies to better protect critical infrastructure in cyberspace.

You’d be forgiven if you missed it. The big news out of his press conference on Tuesday in Estonia was how the Pentagon will ship a brigade’s worth of Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and Paladin howitzers, among other equipment, to Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s recent military activity in the region. [Continue reading…]

BF-04 Flight 298. First Ski Jump on 19 June 2015 with Mr. Peter Wilson as the pilot.

The F-35B jump-jet version of the Joint Strike Fighter has completed its first takeoff from a ski jump, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

The stealthy fifth-generation fighter jet designed to fly like a plane and land like a helicopter accomplished the task Friday from a test-ramp at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, according to Joe DellaVedova, a spokesman for the Pentagon’s F-35 program. [Continue reading…]

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The U.S. Navy recently test-fired a Standard Missile-6 at a supersonic, over-the-horizon target from a desert ship at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, as part of ongoing testing of a next-generation shipboard cruise missile defense system slated to deploy later this year.

The SM-6 was functioning as part of a critical emerging technology for the Navy called Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air, or NIFC-CA.  The NIFC-CA system uses an airborne relay sensor, ship-based radar technology and the SM-6 missile to locate and destroy approaching anti-ship cruise missiles, aircraft and UAV targets at distances beyond the horizon, Navy officials say. [Continue reading…]

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PARIS — Russian aerospace giant United Aircraft Corp. plans to ink a deal this year to supply the Chinese military with two dozen Sukhoi Su-35 multi-role fighter jets, an official said.

When asked for the status of the talks between the two countries on the sale, Yuri Slyusar, the head of the Moscow-maker of civilian and military aircraft confirmed the pending agreement this week at the Paris Air Show, held outside the city at the historic Le Bourget airfield. Sukhoi is a subsidiary of United Aircraft. [Continue reading…]

141217-N-DC018-366  CELEBES SEA (Dec. 17, 2014) Sailors assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 prepare an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system for flight operations aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos/Released)

The Navy is poised to begin operational testing of its new MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS, a vertical take-off-and landing drone engineered for maritime missions and slated to deploy aboard the services’ Littoral Combat Ship by 2018, service officials said.

The MQ-8C is a larger, upgraded version of the currently existing MQ-8B Fire Scout, a vertical take-off– and landing unmanned system which deployed to the Pacific theater aboard the USS Fort Worth, or LCS 3, this past November.

The upgraded MQ-8C launched on its first test flight in the Fall of 2013. The Navy has been conducting initial testing with two test MQ-8C aircraft as a step toward eventually acquiring up to 40 MQ-8Cs, said Capt. Jeff Dodge, program manager, Multi-mission Technical Unmanned Air System Office. [Continue reading…]