Monday, November 29, 2021

Aviation

US Navy’s Stingray drone is getting ready for its first carrier demonstration

The U.S. Navy has announced that its Carrier-Based MQ-25 Stingray Tanker Drone program is getting ready for its first carrier demonstration. According to a recent service news release from Naval Air Systems Command, the U.S. Navy and Boeing...

Croatia buys French Rafale fighters to replace MiG-21

French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation reported that Croatia has placed an order for 12 Rafale fighter aircraft to replace the Soviet-era MiG-21 Fishbed. As noted by the company, at a ceremony attended by the President of the French Republic...

Canada may send CF-18 fighters to Ukraine amid Russian troop buildup

Canadian Government is considering deployment of its troops in Ukraine to warn off a renewed invasion threat from Russian forces. On November 24, The Globe and Mail reported that Canada is considering larger deployments to Ukraine, including deploying...

Portuguese F-16s intercept Russian bombers near NATO airspace

F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets of the Portuguese Air Force intercepted Russian military aircraft, including Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear bomber during an Air Policing mission. The Portuguese Air Force regularly participates in NATO Air Policing missions to safeguard the...

Raytheon integrates its next-gen smart munition on F-35

Raytheon, one of the world's largest defense contractors, has confirmed that it begin integrating and formally testing its GBU-53/B StormBreaker glide bomb on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  According to a recent company news release, the first-ever StormBreaker...

US considering providing ex-Afghan Mi-17 helicopters for Ukraine

The United States is considering providing Ukraine with more weapons, including Mil Mi-17 helicopters previously belonged to the Afghan Air Force, CNN reported Monday. On November 22, CNN reported that the Biden administration is weighing sending military advisers...

US Air Force implements virtual reality training system

The U.S. Air Force implemented a virtual reality training system called Street Smarts Virtual Reality ( SSVR system) to train its defenders, according to a recent service news release. The Public Affairs press release said that defenders with 75th...

US Air Force B-1B bombers return home after six-week mission in Europe

The U.S. Air Force has announced that two hundred Dyess Airmen returned home on Nov. 18 from a six-week Bomber Task Force mission in Europe. The mission first arrived Oct. 6, 2021, in Fairford, England, and for the...

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