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November 13, 2017
 

Headlines – November 13, 2017

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Green Beret discovered SEALs’ illicit cash – then he was killed –
The story surrounding the slaying of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar keeps unraveling, starting with the SEALs-turned-suspects’ assertion that the soldier was drunk the night he died.
 
U.S. Air Force official confirms rumors of F-35 talks with UAE –
The U.S. Defense Department has begun talks with the United Arab Emirates about a potential sale of F-35 joint strike fighters, the U.S. Air Force’s number-two general said Nov. 10.
 
 

Business

Japan’s C-2 airlifter makes its international debut –
Japan showcased its new Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft for the first time amid an international crowd at the Dubai Airshow.
 
Canadian air chief looks to speed up up fighter buy –
Canada will kick start its competition for a future fighter jet in 2019 with the hopes of awarding a contract by 2021, but the head of the Royal Canadian Air Force wants the process to move as quickly as possible.
 
Despite obstacles, Saab still hopeful for future Gripen C sales –
Saab’s deal with Bulgaria for the Gripen C has fallen through, and firm contracts with Slovakia, Croatia and Botswana have proven elusive, but the company’s head of aeronautics is still hopeful that it can sell the Gripen C to one or more of those countries.
 
Naval Group lands deal with UAE for new warships –
The United Arab Emirates has selected the Gowind corvette from Naval Group in a planned order for two warships and an option for two more, in a bid to boost the Gulf state’s naval capability, UAE and France announced.
 
 

Defense

Army works to upgrade 155 mm lethality, range and accuracy –
Army researchers are developing upgrades that will allow 155 mm artillery rounds to travel farther, target smarter and do more damage when they hit, especially on armored vehicles.
 
Don’t reactivate the old frigates, internal U.S. Navy memo recommends –
A move gaining traction in the upper echelons of the Navy to bring back mothballed Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates would cost billions, cut into modernization accounts for other ships and add little to the Navy’s capabilities, according to documents obtained by Defense News.
 
U.S. Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian –
Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore “Iranian markings,” the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom’s earlier allegations.
 
Here’s the latest updates on where JSTARS, T-X and OAX stand –
The Air Force remains undecided on the future of JSTARS and its light attack test, but is confident that its next generation trainer will be awarded early next year – and begin production before the year is through.




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Headlines – November 20, 2017

News U.S. pursues quiet troop buildup in Somalia – The number of U.S. military forces in Somalia has more than doubled this year to more than 500 people as the Pentagon has quietly posted hundreds of additional special operations personnel to advise local forces in pockets of Islamic militants around the country, according to current...
 
 

News Briefs – November 20, 2017

Japanese tug boat scrapes U.S. Navy ship during exercise A Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer during a towing exercise, the Navy said. The USS Benfold sustained minimal damage Nov. 20, including scrapes on its side, the Navy said in a statement. No one was injured on either...
 
 
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NASA launches NOAA weather satellite aboard ULA rocket to improve forecasts

NASA photograph At Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 2, the Delta II rocket engines roar to life. The 1:47 a.m., PST, Nov. 18, liftoff begins the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, mission. JPSS is ...