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*+-The U.S. Air Force acknowledged it’s expanding the number of drone surveillance missions flown by contractors in response to a chronic pilot shortage in the service. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh discussed the issue Monday during a “State of the Air Force” briefing with reporters at the Pentagon.

*+-The Air Force has moved into production of its Small Diameter Bomb II that can pinpoint targets from long distances, destroy stationary or moving targets and change course in flight using a two-way data link, service officials said. “Using its dual-band weapon data link, it can change targets in flight and can be controlled by […]

*+-The failure of a SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station will have serious implications not only for the company’s civilian and commercial business, but also its ambitions to crack into the military market. The explosion of the company’s Falcon 9 on June 28 over Cape Canaveral, Florida — more than two minutes into […]

*+-PARIS – International militaries and border partrols want smaller, lighter and more resilient sensors that can fit on aircraft most wouldn’t consider traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, said a FLIR Systems official here at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport. FLIR Systems showed off their Star SAFIRE 380 HDC sensor pod at […]

*+-The Army has developed an airborne satellite system that can be loaded onto an Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft that allows paratroopers to communicate with voice, video and data while flying to the mission, Army officials said. Army leaders hope to deploy the system called Enroute Mission Command Capability, or EMC 2, by 2017. “EMC […]