Headlines – August 15, 2016



SpaceX does it again –
California-based SpaceX’s eighth launch this year carried a Japanese satellite into orbit.


KC-46 tanker cleared for production –
The KC-46A Pegasus tanker has been cleared for production, a major step forward for the Boeing-led design.
Tata Power SED emerges as lowest bidder to build sonar systems –
Private defense company Tata Power’s Strategic Engineering Division has emerged as the lowest bidder to build 78 portable diver detection sonar systems.
Honeywell nears $3 billion deal to buy JDA software –
Honeywell International Inc. is nearing a deal to acquire JDA Software Group Inc., a maker of software that helps businesses manage their supply chains, according to a person familiar with the matter.


GOP, Dems dig in for defense fight –
Democrats and Republicans in Congress are digging in for a fight on defense spending that is unlikely to be resolved until after the election.
F-22 Raptor encounters formidable foe — 20,000 honey bees –
Of all the challenges aircraft maintainers face, this might have been one of the strangest.
Air Force chief of staff: Pilots getting half the training they need –
Air Force pilots today are receiving about half the home-station training that new Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said he received when he was a captain flying F-16s.
Take a look at the hovering F-35B through a high definition thermal imager –
The footage in this post shows the heat signature of another stealthy (and quite controversial) aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35B, the STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) of the Joint Strike Fighter.
Crewless ships in the Navy: Not if, but when –
A team of senior Navy officials is examining the future makeup of the U.S. fleet at a time of growing demands and squeezed budgets. One of the expected takeaways is the idea that the Navy can’t continue to do business as usual and will have to turn over some jobs to unmanned vessels and submarines.
Inside the V-22s carrier delivery mission –
The U.S. Navy recently opted to use V-22 Osprey tiltrotors as its future carrier onboard delivery aircraft to replace the C-2 Greyhounds currently performing those missions. To help prepare for the transition, the Navy held demonstration operations aboard the USS Carl Vinson off the coast of South California.
U.S. Marines, sailors flex their amphibious muscles in Russia’s backyard –
U.S. Marines and sailors recently teamed with other NATO allies during a major show of force in Ukraine amid growing concerns about a Russian military plus-up on the Crimean border.


Grass-roots veterans programs foster growth and healing –
The creation of community-based, grass-roots programs focused on the psychological health of combat veterans has picked up considerably over the past decade.


Has a ‘second Earth’ been found around our nearest star? –
The European Southern Observatory, based in Munich, Germany, will announce the finding at the end of August.