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  1. These images of the Chinese J-11B fighter were taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Tuesday. The fighter is seen beginning a pass under the Poseidon, then crossing the P-8A's nose and showing weapons  a display of potentially hostile intent. US Defense Department

    Chinese Fighter Buzzes US Patrol Aircraft

    A Chinese high-performance fighter intercepted and buzzed a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft on Tuesday in international air space over the South China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. French soldiers use a Mistral missile in 2009. Francois Mori / AFP

    Hungary Signs Air Defense System Upgrade Deal With MBDA

    The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has signed a deal with European missile producer MBDA to upgrade the Mistral 2 short-range surface-to-air missile systems operated by the country's armed forces.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. The US Air Force has issued a request for information, the first step to replacing the Russian-made RD-180 engine used for military launches. Patrick H. Corkery/ULA

    USAF Issues RFI for New Rocket Engine

    The US Air Force is officially looking into a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 14. MC3 Preston Paglinawan / US Navy

    CENTCOM: US Aircraft Bomb Targets in Northern Iraq

    American warplanes have bombed Islamist militants in northern Iraq near the Mosul dam, the US military's Central Command said on Thursday, in the latest air attack on the extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  5. The United Launch Alliance has received two more RD-180 engines. The Russian-made engines, used to launch satellites aboard the Atlas V vehicle, have become controversial since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ULA

    ULA Receives RD-180 Engines Despite Russia-Ukraine Crisis

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) received a pair of RD-180 rocket engines this week, the first delivery since Russia's invasion of Ukraine kicked off a national debate about the use of the Russian-made engines for national security launches.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  6. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Report: Japan Mulls Building Its Own Fighter Jets

    Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  7. Lockheed Martin's F-16V passed a major milestone this week. Neal Chapman/Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed: F-16V Passes Radar Integration Milestone

    Lockheed Martin has moved forward with a major milestone on its F-16V upgrade, the company announced this week.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  8. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders Want To Expand Iraq Airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  9. Pakistan Air Force F-16B models take part in a 2010 Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Pentagon has told international operators of the F-16B model to inspect their jets for cracks. Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps / US Air Force

    Pentagon Tells International Partners to Inspect F-16B Fleet for Cracks

    As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  10. Upgrading the Air National Guard's fleet of C-130H Hercules cargo transports, seen here dropping heavy equipment payloads during a training exercise in April, is a priority for the head of the Guard. Capt. Raymond Geoffroy / US Air Force

    Equipment Balance: Air National Guard Juggles National, Local Demands

    The US Air National Guard has always been defined by its ability to fulfill both military and civil missions.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  11. New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lift 105mm howitzers to a location at Fort Drum, New York. Black Hawk modernization is a major challenge facing the National Guard. Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone / US Army National

    Black Hawk Modernization Tops Army Guard Priorities

    The US Army has been saying for a decade that once the last American soldier leaves Afghanistan, the service will need at least two to three years of additional supplemental funding to reset and modernize.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  12. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke is director of the US Air National Guard. North Carolina Air National Guard

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, Director of US Air National Guard

    Over the past decade-plus, the US National Guard has established itself as a core part of America's military action overseas. At the same time, the Guard has to balance its military actions with its responsibilities at home.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  13. A pro-Russia militant stands guard on a road near Donetsk on Aug. 18. Dimitar Dilkoff / Getty Images

    Russia Stages New Military Exercises

    The Russian defense ministry said Wednesday it was conducting fresh military exercises in the south of the country as fighting intensified between rebels and government forces in Ukraine.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  14. More than half of the US Air Force's F-16D fleet has been grounded after cracks were discovered in a routine inspection. Chad Bellay / Lockheed Martin

    US Air Force Grounds 82 F-16Ds After Cracks Discovered

    The US Air Force has grounded over half of its F-16D Fighting Falcons, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) announced Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  15. Italian officials are investigating the collision of two Air Force Tornado aircraft. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Italian Air Force Jets Collide

    Two Italian Air Force Tornado aircraft reportedly collided during a training mission in central Italy on Tuesday, crashing and sparking a large forest fire.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  16. An X-47B lands the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    US Navy Flies Manned, Unmanned Carrier Jets Together For First Time

    It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the US Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  17. Nigeria Air Force Institute Develops Aircraft Trainer, but Funding Short

    The Nigeria Air Force Institute of Technology (NAF-IT) says it has designed and developed the country's first indigenous light trainer aircraft, intended to replace the service's fleet of aircraft imported from the 1970s and 1980s, now grounded by a lack

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  18. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter sits atop an armed military vehicle on Aug. 16 in Bashiqa. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    US Jets Strike Armored Vehicles in Iraq

    US jets and drones launched more airstrikes in northern Iraq on Thursday to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, the military said.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  19. Homegrown Plane: Japan reportedly plans to test fly its next-generation indigenous fighter  its first locally built fighter since the F-2, here  in January. Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt/ / US Air Force

    When Will Japan's Prototype Fighter Fly?

    When will Japan's ATD-X indigenous stealth fighter prototype make its first flight? Hard to tell.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  20. US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq on Aug. 14 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass.. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    Obama: 'We Broke the ISIL Siege of Mount Sinjar'

    US President Barack Obama declared Thursday that US airstrikes had broken the siege of an Iraqi mountain sheltering civilian refugees and that troops conducting reconnaissance there would be withdrawn.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  21. An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense Panels Hold Up $7M Funding Shift for Hellfire Missiles for Now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  22. The second production F-35 is flown during an airframe loads envelope expansion mission June 11. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Further Restrictions Lifted for F-35 Test Fleet; Army Awarded Contract

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test fleet will be able to fly six hours between engine inspections for weapon test and refueling missions, as restrictions on the fifth-generation fighter continue to ease.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  23. Democratic Rep. Ron Barber first won passage of an amendment during the House Armed Services Committee's mark-up of its 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that would block Air Force plans to retire the venerable A-10 fleet. Weeks later, he was a co-sponsor of an amendment on the House floor to the 2015 defense appropriations bill that would prohibit the service from spending any funds to retire the planes.

    In Tight Re-election Race, Rep. Barber Touts A-10 Advocacy in New Campaign Ad

    An Arizona congressman who has led the fight on Capitol Hill to block plans to retire the A-10 attack plane is touting his victories here in a new campaign ad back home.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  24. A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft takes off from the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) on June 20. Staff Sgt. Lukas Atwell / Marine Corps

    US Military Aircraft Operating In Northern Iraq

    US helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys are on the ground in northern Iraq and operating from a secure airfield protected by Kurdish forces, the latest sign of an expanding Iraq mission that now includes about 1,000 US troops, defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  25. Two French Rafale fighter planes fly July 14 outside Paris before taking part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees. Franck Pennant / AFP

    India Talks To Buy French Fighter Jets Still On, Minister Says

    India's talks to buy fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation in a 2012 deal worth $12 billion are still underway but are complex, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  26. The SBIRS GEO-1 satellite. Lockheed Martin

    USAF General: DoD Must Change How it Buys Satellites

    The Pentagon needs to fundamentally change the way it buys satellites in an effort to lower costs as US defense spending contracts, a top Air Force general said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  27. Peshmerga forces hand out water bottles and show the way to displaced Iraqi families from the Yazidi community as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on Aug. 11. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    UK Joins International Effort To Aid Yazidis in Iraq

    Britain will be part of an international mission to rescue Yazidi refugees stranded in northern Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  28. A Royal Saudi Air Force AWACS takes off. The US has approved upgrades to five Saudi AWACS aircraft. Jim Anderson / Boeing

    US Clears Major Arms Sales to Saudi, Turkey

    The US cleared two major potential sales to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced Tuesday.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  29. US sailors directF/A-18E Super Hornets on Aug. 1 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. So far, there has been no collective insistence from members of Congress that they should approve limited US airstrikes on Iraq, which began last week. Joshua Card / US Navy via AFP

    Unlike on Syria, No Groundswell From Lawmakers for Iraq Strikes Authorization Vote

    There is no groundswell from US lawmakers demanding President Barack Obama seek their approval for new airstrikes in Iraq, a sharp contrast from his flirtation with strikes in Syria.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  30. The IDF's Skylark mini-UAV is used broadly in support of ground forces in the latest Gaza operation. Israel Defense Forces

    Israeli Forces Praise Elbit UAVs in Gaza Op

    Israeli military commanders are crediting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by Elbit Systems for delivering added operational value in recent combat in Gaza.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  31. The US Army's Future Vertical Lift program aims to replace the service's Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. US Army

    US Army's JMR Program Kicks Off; Two Contracts Awarded

    Less than two weeks after announcing that it was pushing back the initial selection of the technology demonstrator phase of the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter program and working to forge a closer relationship with industry, the US Army awarded two dev

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  32. A photo taken on June 11 and released by Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China shows a Japanese F-15 jet approaching a Chinese plane (out of frame) in a spot where the two countries' air defense zones overlap. PLA Defence Ministry / AFP

    Report: Japan To Test First Homegrown Stealth Fighter Jet

    A group of major Japanese firms are planning a test flight next year for the nation's first homegrown stealth fighter jet, a report said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  33. A mixed flight group of Strizhi and Russkie Vityazi (Russian Knights) perform Aug. 27 during the MAKS-2013, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, Russia. Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP

    Swiss Bar Russian Display Team from Air Show Over Ukraine Crisis

    Switzerland said Tuesday that it has decided to block the participation of Russia's air display team at a military show in the neutral nation due to the Ukraine crisis.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  34. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel attends an Aug. 11 wreath laying ceremony at the ANZAC War Memorial in Sydney. Lisa Maree Williams / AFP

    Hagel: Air Strikes In Iraq Effective

    Air strikes aimed at halting the advance of Sunni Islamic State militants in Iraq have been effective and the US is open to further requests for help, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Monday.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  35. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters look on as smoke billows from the town of Makhmur on Aug. 9 during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants. Safin Hamed / AFP

    US Confirms Fresh Airstrikes Against Militants Near Arbil

    United States warplanes and drones pummeled Islamic State militants near Arbil in a fresh wave of airstrikes on Sunday, destroying armed trucks and a mortar position, the US military confirmed.

    • Aug. 10, 2014
  36. Shiite Iraqi Kurds, known as 'Shabak,' displaced by fierce fighting between Kurdish peshmerga forces and jihadist militants from the Islamic State (IS) stop for water on the road between Kirkuk and Arbil having fled the area of Bartala near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, on Friday. Jihadists seized Iraq's largest dam north of their hub of Mosul, giving them control over the supply of water and electricity for a vast area, officials said. MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images

    Obama Vows To Continue Iraq Air Strikes 'If Necessary'

    President Barack Obama on Saturday vowed to continue air strikes against militants in Iraq if needed to protect US diplomats and military advisers.

    • Aug. 9, 2014
  37. Although considered less pinpoint than its fast-jet cousins, the A-10 could also play a role in what may be its last military campaign before the Air Force retires the plane. Proponents of the plane say its ability to get low to the ground could help prevent civilian casualties in a situation where the insurgent population may be mixing with non-combatants. US Air Force

    As Strikes Begin in Iraq, Many Options for Pentagon

    The US campaign against a militant group that has taken control of huge chunks of Iraq has begun.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  38. Sailors make final inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet that participated in airstrikes on militants in Iraq. MC2 Joshua Horton/Navy

    US Launches Second Wave Of Airstrikes In Iraq

    US warplanes made a second wave of airstrikes Friday in northern Iraq against the militants who have besieged a religious group and threatened the city of Irbil, a Pentagon official said.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  39. Raytheon won the contract to equip US Air Force aircraft such as the E-4 with its Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals system for secure communications. US Air Force

    Raytheon: FAB-T Qualification Testing Done By Year's End

    Raytheon is on track to finish qualification testing on its Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminals (FAB-T) by year's end, a company official said.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  40. A US Air Force F-22 Raptor roars through the sky during the Australian International Airshow in Melbourne on March 1, 2013. PAUL CROCKAFP/Getty Images

    Senate Blocks F-22 Cut, Little Else for USAF Reprograming

    The relationship between the US Air Force and Congress has been strained for several years, but budget documents show the four major defense committees are at least willing to consider most of the service's funding priorities.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  41. The Textron AirLand Scorpion doesn't yet have a buyer, but that hasn't stopped the plane from taking part in a major National Guard training exercise this week. Textron

    In a Marketing Coup, Scorpion Joins Guard Exercise

    The Textron AirLand Scorpion doesn't yet have a buyer, but that hasn't stopped the plane from taking part in a major National Guard training exercise this week.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  42. Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall wants the Army to present him with its business case for retiring Bell TH-67 and OH-58 training helicopters and replacing them with Airbus Lakotas, like the one pictured here. Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Walker/US Army

    Kendall Wants Business Case for US Army Helicopter Swap

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer has asked the US Army to justify its proposal to retire two types of Bell-made training helicopters and replace them with 100 new Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  43. A US Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System takes off. Boeing has been awarded a contract to upgrade NATO's fleet of E-3As. US Department of Defense

    Boeing Wins Upgrade Contract for NATO AWACS

    Boeing has been awarded a $250 million contract to upgrade NATO's fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, the company announced Wednesday.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  44. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium rocket launches in 2012 with the third Global Positioning System IIF satellite. Air Force

    Senate, House Panels Hold Up Proposed EELV Funds

    A Senate committee is holding up a plan to shift $100 million to an Air Force space-launch program, telling the service to devise a plan for a new liquid rocket engine.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  45. China conducted their third anti-satellite test on July 23, according to US experts. Wikipedia

    China Developing Capability To Kill Satellites, Experts Say

    US defense experts and the US State Department are describing China's successful July 23 so-called 'anti-missile test' as another anti-satellite test (ASAT).

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  46. Next Helos: The US Army's Future Vertical Lift program would replace its Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. US Army

    US Army's JMR Helo Selection Slips

    The initial down-select for the technology demonstrator phase of the US Army's ambitious Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter program has missed its original July deadline, and Army officials are now saying they'll inform industry teams about who is moving f

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  47. An F-35A from Edwards AFB, California, flies on Feb. 7. Lockheed Martin

    Top USAF Officials Defend F-35

    Despite ongoing restrictions on the fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the US Air Force's top general warned against being 'alarmist' when discussing the fifth-generation jet's engine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  48. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testify before the House Armed Services Committee in March. A new strategy document emphasizes better relations with Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    New US Air Force Strategy Emphasizes Closer Ties With Industry, Congress

    The US Air Force is calling for closer ties to industry, better relations with Congress, and increased flexibility for both airmen and acquisitions all part of a 30-year strategy document unveiled Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014

    Finmeccanica Kickback Probe Dropped Amid Executives' Corruption Trial

    As two former Finmeccanica executives prepare to hear if they will be sentenced this autumn for their role in an allegedly corrupt helicopter deal, an Italian magistrate has halted a separate probe into corporate responsibility at the group.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  50. The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 Flight Restrictions Lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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