Dec 30, 2020
Indonesian Fisherman Catches Apparent Chinese UUV
A fisherman in Indonesia, referred to only as Saeruddin, recently brought in a very different kind of haul, catching what appears to be a Chinese underwater drone. At least two other...
Dec 23, 2020
Canada's Sad, Tiny Sub Fleet
The Royal Canadian Navy's Victoria class diesel-electric submarine HMCS Corner Brook will be out of commission until at least next summer after a recent leak caused damage to the...
Dec 22, 2020
Navy Wants C-130J Hercules as Next Doomsday Plane
The U.S. Navy says it has determined that a modified C-130J-30 Hercules turboprop airlifter is the best available platform to provide airborne command and control support for...
Dec 16, 2020
XQ-58 Drone Busts Networking Logjam Between F-22 And F-35
The U.S. Air Force has successfully demonstrated the ability of a new communications and data gateway, designed in part to be installed on a specially configured XQ-58A Valkyrie...
Dec 12, 2020
DARPA’s Gremlins Drones Were ‘Just Inches’ From Success
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced that a number of X-61A Gremlins drones failed to link up in flight with a recovery system installed on a C-130...
Dec 8, 2020
USAF's New Rescue Helicopters Already Need Major Upgrades
The Air Force only received its first two HH-60W Jolly Green IIs in November, but the service is already looking to upgrade its newest combat rescue helicopters. Many of the proposed...
Nov 18, 2020
Army Hires Company to Develop Stryker Cyber Defenses
The U.S. Army has hired a company to develop a prototype cybersecurity kit for its Stryker family of 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles. This comes more than a year after it first emerged...
Nov 13, 2020
The View Through the Army’s New NVGs Looks Like a Video Game
The goggles help soldiers see more clearly at night, can pipe in video from other optics, and provide important data like a mini heads-up display. The U.S. Army is in the process of...
Nov 11, 2020
Army Offers Glimpse of New Low-Cost Surface-To-Air Missile
The U.S. Army has released what appears to be one of the first images of a prototype low-cost surface-to-air missile following a successful flight test. The weapon is primarily...
Nov 4, 2020
Navy Prepares for Integration of MQ-25 With E-2 Hawkeye
The U.S. Navy has revealed more details about its plans for its future fleet of Boeing MQ-25A Stingray tanker drones and how it will integrate them into its carrier air wings...
Nov 2, 2020
Space Force Takes Control of the X-37B Spaceplane
The fledgling U.S. Space Force's Space Delta 9 is tasked with performing a mission set that the service describes as orbital warfare. This includes keeping an eye out for potentially...
Oct 20, 2020
Chinese Bomber Spotted Carrying Huge Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles
Pictures have emerged confirming that the newest variant of China's People's Liberation Army Air Force's Xian H-6 bomber, the H-6N, does indeed have a semi-recessed area with a hard...
Oct 14, 2020
StormBreaker Mini Glide Bomb Is Ready For War
The U.S. Air Force has approved Raytheon's GBU-53/B StormBreaker glide bomb, also known as the Small Diameter Bomber II (SDB II), for use on its F-15E Strike Eagles. This means that...
Oct 5, 2020
C-17 Launches Pallet of Mock Missiles During Arsenal Plane Test
A U.S. Air Force C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft simulated the launch of multiple AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile cruise missiles via a palletized system...
Sep 24, 2020
CH-47 Chinook Flies With T408 Engines for First Time
Boeing, in cooperation with the U.S. Army, has flown a CH-47 Chinook powered by two General Electric T408 engines, the same ones found on Sikorsky's larger CH-53K King Stallion, for...
Sep 23, 2020
Russia’s New Icebreaker Is Heading to the Arctic
Artika, the first of Russia's new nuclear-powered Project 22220 icebreakers, the largest and most powerful such ship in the world at present, has set sail for its future homeport in...
Sep 12, 2020
Two Russian MiG-29s Have Crashed in Libya
U.S. Africa Command says that at least two MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets, possibly piloted by shadowy Russian mercenaries, have crashed in Libya. Jared Szuba, the Pentagon...
Aug 29, 2020
Russian Submarine Sets Off Alarm Bells After Surfacing Near Alaska
Russia's Pacific Fleet has claimed that the surfacing of the guided-missile submarine Omsk in the Bering Sea off Alaska yesterday was "routine," despite it being a highly unusual...
Aug 25, 2020
6 B-52s Fly Alongside Norwegian Fighters in a Clear Signal to Russia
While increased U.S. Air Force heavy bomber operations in the Pacific region have drawn significant attention in recent months, the service has also been stepping up similar...
Aug 22, 2020
Air Force's Mayhem Project Tied To Hyperonic Engines
The U.S. Air Force's latest hypersonic development program, called Mayhem, looks to be aimed at acquiring expendable testbeds for new advanced jet engines, including turbine-based...
Aug 15, 2020
The Navy Now Has a Submarine Aggressor Unit
The U.S. Navy has stood up an aggressor squadron to train its submariners, as well as anti-submarine forces, about what to expect from their potential opposing counterparts,...
Aug 12, 2020
B-21 Stealth Bomber Is "Starting To Look Like An Airplane"
Randy Walden, the Air Force official responsible for managing the B-21 Raider stealth bomber program, recently offered a brief update on the progress that Northrop Grumman is making...
Aug 7, 2020
Stealth Put to Test Teaming RQ-170s, F-35s, B-2s With Other Jets
The U.S. Air Force has revealed a major recent exercise involving a wide variety of different stealthy aircraft, including F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, F-22 Raptors, and a B-2A...
Jul 13, 2020
Trump Says He’s Working to Get 10 More Icebreakers for the USCG
U.S. President Donald Trump says his Administration is working to secure 10 icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard. He also claimed that these ships would be cheaper to acquire than...
Jul 8, 2020
Ukraine Cleared to Move Javelin Missiles to Front Lines
Ukrainian troops are now allowed to use their new American-supplied Javelin anti-tank missiles anywhere in the country and against any party, including against Russian tanks in its...
Jun 26, 2020
Air Force Lays Out "Skyborg" AI Combat Drone Program
The U.S. Air Force has released a slick new video regarding its Skyborg program, which is developing a suite of systems that will form an artificial intelligence-driven "computer...
Jun 23, 2020
Congress Wants Hypersonic Missiles on Navy's Stealthy Destroyers
Legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives are looking to direct the U.S. Navy to start working on arming its Zumwalt class stealthy destroyers with the new Conventional Prompt...
Jun 22, 2020
Russia Sent Three Types of Fighters to Intercept B-52s
The Russian military sent Su-30 Flanker and Su-35 Flanker-E fighter jets and MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors to monitor two U.S. Air Force B-52H bombers that flew over the Sea of...
Jun 18, 2020
USAF's Options For Hiring Private Aerial Refueling Companies
The U.S. Air Force has released a report it sent to Congress earlier this year about how it might make use of private contractors to provide aerial refueling services to support...
Jun 8, 2020
Looking Beyond Traditional Orbits to Get an Upper Hand in Space
The Air Force is running an internal competition to pick a new project to explore potential military activities in new areas of space. In the running are proposed efforts to examine...
Jun 5, 2020
USAF Buying Missiles Set to Become Its First Hypersonic Weapons
The U.S. Air Force plans to buy at least eight prototype AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapons, or ARRWs. This initial batch of these hypersonic missiles will support...
May 27, 2020
Armed Russian Fighters Fly Danger Close to U.S. Navy Patrol Plane
The U.S. Navy has released a video and images showing two fully-armed Russian Su-35 Flanker-E fighter jets flying dangerously close to one of its P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes...
May 22, 2020
Northrop Grumman Reveals New Mini Torpedo
Northrop Grumman has built and tested a new Very Lightweight Torpedo, derived from an earlier U.S. Navy-funded design. The company says it will submit this weapon as an option for...
May 13, 2020
Raytheon Developing Ramjet Round For Army's Super Howitzers
The U.S. Army has hired Raytheon, working in partnership with the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, to begin developing a new 155mm ramjet-powered long-range...
May 12, 2020
What Ground Forces Look Like to EW Systems
The head of the U.S. Army's 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment has offered an interesting and unusually detailed look at the threat that electronic warfare and electronic support measures...
May 7, 2020
Navy Wants to Buy 30 New Light Amphibs
The U.S. Navy wants to buy as many as 30 of a new class of Light Amphibious Warships that would be significantly smaller and cheaper to operate than its existing fleets of large...
Apr 29, 2020
USAF Down To One Tired Old Open Skies Surveillance Jet
Only one of the U.S. Air Force's two OC-135B surveillance aircraft is available to conduct missions under the Open Skies Treaty, a reality that is set to continue to be the case at...
Apr 28, 2020
Marines Launch Amphibious and Air Assaults in the Persian Gulf
U.S. Marine Corps and Navy forces recently conducted mock amphibious and air assaults on a pair of small islands in the Persian Gulf that belong to Saudi Arabia. The exercise came...
Apr 22, 2020
Russia Abandons Nuclear Destroyer, Supersized Frigate Programs
Russia's Severnoye Design Bureau has stopped development entirely of its Project 23560 destroyers, also known as the Lider class, and the Project 22350M frigate, an expanded...
Apr 20, 2020
USAF Abruptly Ends Continuous Bomber Presence on Guam
The U.S. Air Force has ended its uninterrupted rotations of bombers to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, which have been ongoing since 2004, as it shifts to a less predictable concept...
Mar 31, 2020
USAF Reveals KC-46 Tankers Leak Fuel Excessively
Boeing's seemingly perpetually troubled KC-46A Pegasus tanker has yet another major problem, its fuel system leaks excessively. This comes nearly a month after the U.S. Air Force...
Mar 28, 2020
Now Both Aircraft Carriers In Western Pacific Have COVID-19 Cases
Two sailors onboard the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which forward-deployed in Japan and presently pier-side there, have tested positive for the COVID-19 novel...
Mar 27, 2020
Nukes Drive Germany's Plan To Replace Its Tornados
Germany is reportedly getting close to settling on split purchase of Eurofighter Typhoons and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers to replace its aging fleet of Panavia...
Mar 26, 2020
Bell and Sikorsky to Compete for the Army’s FARA Helicopter
The Army wants to buy hundreds of examples of the winning design to fill the gap left by the early retirement of its OH-58D scout helicopters.
Mar 14, 2020
Space Force Just Received Its First New Offensive Weapon
U.S. Space Force has begun operating a new offensive weapon system, an upgraded version of a ground-based satellite communications jamming system, for the first time in its short...
Mar 3, 2020
Missile-Laden Loyal Wingmen Drones to Protect Tanker Aircraft?
General Atomics has revealed what appears to be a previously unknown unmanned aircraft concept, called Defender, that is capable of air-to-air combat and mid-air refueling. The...
Feb 18, 2020
DARPA Wants to Design an Unmanned ‘Flying Gun’
Budget documents describe a gun-armed "missile" that would be able to engage multiple targets, either on the ground or in the air.Tucked away inside the Defense Advanced Research...
Feb 12, 2020
Navy Wants Money to Get Started on Future SSN(X) Attack Sub
The U.S. Navy is asking for funds to begin developing the requirements for an all-new attack submarine, now known as SSN(X), as well as examining associated technologies and concepts...
Feb 4, 2020
Navy to Greatly Expand P-8 Poseidon's Mission
The U.S. Navy says that it is interested in dramatically expanding the arsenal of weapons that its P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft are capable of carrying. The service says...
Jan 31, 2020
Navy Missile Sub Begins First Patrol Armed With Low Yield Nukes
The U.S. Navy has reportedly sent an Ohio class ballistic missile submarine on patrol for the first time carrying Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles armed with the new...
Jan 29, 2020
The RQ-170 Stealth Drone's First Trip to Korea
More than a decade after the U.S. Air Force officially confirmed its existence, details about the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone and its operational exploits remain extremely limited....
Jan 22, 2020
British Streetfighter II Tank Is All About The Urban Fight
The British Army recently showed off a new concept for a Challenger 2 main battle tank optimized for urban operations, dubbed Streetfighter II. The vehicle has an Israeli-made...
Jan 21, 2020
New Details About Long-Range Ground-Launched Hypersonic Weapon
Lockheed Martin job posting has offered new details about the design and development schedule of a tactical, ground-launched hypersonic weapon that the U.S. Army and the Defense...
Jan 17, 2020
F-35’s Cloud-Based Brain Rebranded ODIN and Is Still Years Away
The Pentagon says that a replacement for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's long-troubled cloud-based computer brain is finally coming. The U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy have...
Jan 16, 2020
Special Operators Are Eying This Machine Gun
Gunmaker Sig Sauer says it has delivered a number of its MG 338 machine guns to U.S. Special Operations Command, along with sound suppressors and ammunition for them, after the...
Jan 14, 2020
USAF B-52H Bombers Have Said Goodbye to Nuclear Bombs
U.S. Air Force manual has confirmed previous reports that the service's iconic B-52H bombers are no longer authorized to carry nuclear gravity bombs. The only nuclear weapon these...
Jan 11, 2020
Russian Spy Ship Aggressively Approaches U.S. Destroyer
The U.S. Navy has revealed that a Russian Navy spy ship "aggressively approached" the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Farragut in the North Arabian Sea yesterday. This follows a...
Jan 3, 2020
The Abysmal State of Germany's Helicopter Fleet
A report has emerged that shows just 15 percent of Germany's Tiger attack helicopters and only around 12 percent of its NH90 transport helicopters were mission capable as of November...
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