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F-35As deploy to test readiness

Posted February 22, 2016 by A1C Jessica H. Evans

Six F-35As arrived at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 8, from Edwards AFB, Calif., to begin an operational deployment test at a nearby range complex. The test will help develop the concept of operations as well as validate the aircraft's capability to deploy.

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KC-135 crew saves F-16 pilot from ejecting over enemy lines

Posted February 19, 2016 by SrA. David Bernal Del Agua

Courtesy photograph SrA. Jonathan Nigl, left, a 384th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, Maj. Robert Bradley and Capt. Nathanial Beer, both 384th ARS pilots, pose for a photo in front of their aircraft. A KC-135 Stratotanker crew from McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, saved an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from ejecting over Islamic State of…

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Navy team modifies Edwards KC-135 instrumentation

Posted February 19, 2016 by Rebecca Amber

A U.S. Navy Aircraft Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation team is hard at work augmenting instrumentation to a KC-135 tanker assigned to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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F-22 Raptors conduct show of force over South Korea

Posted February 17, 2016 by

Four U.S. F-22 Raptors conducted a combined formation flight alongside South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles and U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons at Osan Air Base, South Korea, to demonstrate the capabilities of both nations Feb. 17, in response to recent provocative actions by North Korea.

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More robust US airpower needed, AF leaders tell lawmakers

Posted February 17, 2016 by SSgt. Whitney Stanfield

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and other senior leaders testified before the House Armed Services Committee about readiness and the fiscal year 2017 Air Force budget request Feb. 12. The panel, which also included Lt. Gen. John Raymond, the deputy chief of staff for operations, and Lt. Gen. John Cooper, the…

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US Army awards Raytheon $31.8 million contract for continued Excalibur production

Posted February 17, 2016 by

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon a $31.8 million contract to produce and deliver 464 Excalibur Ib extended-range precision projectiles. In full-rate production since mid-2014, Excalibur Ib has revolutionized cannon artillery, making it possible to engage targets precisely at long ranges.

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Cockroach-inspired robotics research opens new doors for missions

Posted February 15, 2016 by Jenna Brady

Supported by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, University of California-Berkeley researchers have developed a small, crawling robot that mimics a cockroach's ability to squeeze through confined spaces.

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Navy considers electric gun for a Zumwalt-class destroyer

Posted February 15, 2016 by David Sharp

BATH, Maine–Development of a futuristic weapon depicted in video games and science fiction is going well enough that a Navy admiral wants to skip an at-sea prototype in favor of installing an operational unit aboard a destroyer planned to go into service in 2018. The Navy has been testing an electromagnetic railgun and could have…

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AF officials announce fiscal 2017 budget force structure changes

Posted February 15, 2016 by

Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget Feb. 12. This year’s budget request continues the momentum gained from the recovery provided by the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act, but still reflects the tough choices the Air Force was forced to make as the demand for Air Force capability…

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AF temporarily transitions to contract maintenance for some active-duty units

Posted February 15, 2016 by

The Air Force will temporarily transition some legacy active-duty maintenance units to contract maintenance beginning in fiscal year 2017 and continuing through fiscal year 2020. The move to contract maintenance for some legacy non-deployable flying units and back shop maintenance will allow the Air Force to cross train approximately 1,100 experienced maintainers from legacy aircraft…

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