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Capability / Strategy / History Ad Hoc Update (22)

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A multiplicity of very interesting reports, especially on US programs.

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Lockheed Pitching F-22/F-35 Hybrid to U.S. Air Force – Defense One

With a Raptor’s body and the JSF’s brain, the new jet would aim to answer the next decade’s Russian and Chinese threats.

The F-22 Raptor Might Be the Deadliest Fighter Plane on Earth. There’s Just 1 Problem. | The National Interest

Not enough of them: In total, there are only six front line F-22 squadrons—rather than the required 10—all of which have fewer aircraft than a normal fighter unit.

F-35 Program Cutting Corners to “Complete” Development | Project On Government Oversight

Rather than actually fixing potentially serious F-35 design flaws, documents show, program officials are simply altering paperwork to make it appear as though the development process has been completed.

Uncertainty Surrounds F-35C Combat-ready Date | Combat Aircraft content from Aviation Week

The U.S. Navy is working on various challenges for the last of the Joint Strike Fighter versions, still hoping to have it ready for battle by early next year.

Video: F-35C Conducts First-Ever Operational Test At Sea | Defense content from Aviation Week

Aviation Week was invited to observe the first time the U.S. Navy F-35C conducted operational testing on an aircraft carrier. The test period began Aug. 22 and includes six F-35Cs and 30-40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. The service selected the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) for OT-1 and the aircraft carrier is operating somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.

U.S. Navy Pilots Use Workarounds For F-35C Night Ops | AWIN_Defense content from Aviation Week

Despite engineering a fix for green glow, a problem that obscures the vision of F-35C pilots during night operations, the U.S. Navy did not use its newly developed pilot helmet during its first, and possibly only, operational test at sea.

The Navy Is Fixing a Serious, Six-Year-Old Bug in the F-35 Fighter Helmet

The bug prevents less experienced F-35 pilots from landing on carriers at night.

Questions Surround UK F-35 Month-Long Flying Break | Defense content from Aviation Week

The British defense ministry says there is no danger to the UK’s plan to achieve initial operating capability from land bases with the Lockheed Martin F-35.

This Is Why All That Fighter Jet Testing Is So Important

We’ve said more than enough about all the problems with the F-35 Lightning II, the jet that’s supposed to be the next backbone of many of the world’s air forces. Seemingly endless testing, endless fiddling, with weapons that don’t quite work properly yet. Well here’s what can go wrong without some of that.

B-52 Readied For Intense Hypersonic Weapons Test And Deployment Role | Combat Aircraft content from Aviation Week

Hypersonic weapons testing and fielding will enhance the B-52H’s long-range strike capability.

U.S. Air Force Mulls B-52 Upgrade Effort | Defense content from Aviation Week

The U.S. Air Force may formalize plans for a B-52J upgrade variant of its venerable bomber, and briefed industry on the potential effort during a platform update at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, Aerospace DAILY has learned. Col. Lance Reynolds, B-1 and B-52 systems program manager, told attendees during an industry update in August that the B-52J is a “potential future effort,” according to presentation slides. Some proponents have previously suggested the “J” designation for a modified B-52, specifically for an “arsenal plane” variant concept floated in 2016. But the update documents presented at Tinker are thought to be the first time that the proposed B-52J title has been used publicly by the Air Force.

U.S. Air Force Looks To Fast-Track B-52 Reengining | Aviation Week & Space Technology content from Aviation Week

New urgency, linked to engine sustainability and need for outsize hypersonic weapon launch capability, drives potential acceleration of B-52H reengining plan.

Boeing Wins Navy’s Lucrative MQ-25 Contract | Combat Aircraft content from Aviation Week

The $805 million contract is just the start of what might blossom into $7 billion in carrier-based, aerial refueling tanker work.

U.S. Navy awards Boeing with $808M contract for four MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles – Defence Blog

After a months-long competition, Boeing has won a $805.3 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build the first four MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles. In a statement released on 30 August, Boeing has announced that company is awarded a $805,318,853 fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract to provide the design, development, fabrication, test, verification, certification, delivery, and support of four MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles, including integration into the carrier air wing to provide an initial operational capability to the U.S. Navy. The statement added that the work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri; Indianapolis, Indiana; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Quebec, Canada; Palm Bay, Florida; San Diego, California; and various locations inside and outside the continental U.S., and is expected to be completed in August 2024. “As a company, we made an investment in both our team and in an unmanned aircraft system that meets the U.S. Navy’s refueling requirements,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “The fact that we’re already preparing for first flight is thanks to an outstanding team who understands the Navy and their need to have this important asset on carrier decks around the world.”

U.S. Navy Taking Over MALD-X Jammer | AWIN_Defense content from Aviation Week

Raytheon’s ADM-160 Miniature Air-Launched Decoy (MALD) stand-in jammer has taken a step forward with flight tests of the MALD-X-equipped improved electronic-warfare payload, data link and low-altitude flight …

US MALD-X program completes free flight demonstration

US MALD-X program completes free flight demonstration

IAI Negotiating New Kfir Export Sale | AWIN_Defense content from Aviation Week

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is trying to sell 12 upgraded Kfir fighter jets still left in its inventory to export customers.

Israeli F-16 Sale To Croatia Facing Hurdles | AWIN_Defense content from Aviation Week

An agreement to sell 12 Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-16C/D fighters to Croatia may face some major obstacles.

What will top the Space Force to-do list?

If Congress moves forward with a Space Force, protecting GPS satellites will inevitably be one of the service’s top priorities. Here’s why …

How the Air Force data strategy is evolving

Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, the deputy chief of staff for ISR, explains the genesis for the Air Force’s new “Next Generation ISR Dominance Flight Plan,” which lays out the service’s goals for the next 10 years.

Northrop Grumman gets a start on next-gen missile warning satellites

The Air Force wants the new satellites to be more resistant to emerging threats and be able to operate in contested electromagnetic environments.

Pentagon preparing to test MQ-9 Reaper for missile defense missions

The MQ-9 has been used in the past to track ballistic missiles during a test, but the Missile Defense Agency envisions a broader role for the platform.

Russia offers Sosna air defense system for export to Southeast Asia – Defence Blog

Nudelman Precision Engineering Design Bureau (KBtochmash) says it has begun promoting the Sosna short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for export to Southeast Asia. Newest Russian-made mobile short-range surface-to-air missile system Sosna which continues the line of the Strela-10 was unveiled for the first time at Army-2018 International Military-Technical Forum. KBtochmash sees opportunities to further penetrate the Southeast Asia market by increasing its focus on promoting new Sosna missile system aiming to replace the Strela-10M. A considerable amount of Strela-10 in various modifications has been delivered to the armies of more than 20 states in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Now the development of Pantsyr-S1 is completed and modernization of Tor is done. These air defense systems distinguish themselves by a high technological state of the art, availability of several firing channels and are capable to struggle against the wide range of air targets. However, these systems are characterized by high complexity and high cost. They are also vulnerable because of radio-frequency radiation. Therefore as long ago as the nineties of the last century Arkady Shipunov, Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences has suggested developing a substitution for Strela-10 – it should be light, passive and rather inexpensive missile systems with an electro-optical control system and laser-guided surface-to-air missile. This new system is intended for strengthening a tactical air defense and operation both independently and as a part of the composite air defense units. The new Sosna mobile short-range surface-to-air missile system is intended to protect against all types of air threats including high-precision weapons e.g. cruise missiles and guided aircraft missiles in the area of the system responsibility: in a range – up to 10 km, in altitude – up to 5 km. The weapon system of the Sosna consists of 2×6 Sosna-R missile launchers mounted on a turret which can turn on 360°. The turret also includes air search and target tracking equipment, missile flight control units that are combined by an integrated high-precision ECM-protected electro-optical control system (EOCS). The Sosna can be used as a part of the battery, including the battery of mixed air defense unit, receiving target designation from a battery control post, from the commander’s vehicle, or independently. A battery of Sosna can use the sector search and thus can operate without external target designation, carrying out all-around surveillance and target designation in a passive mode that does impossible the attacks of antiradiation missiles.

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin tapped to upgrade Javelin missile system – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon and Lockheed Martin’s joint venture company a $14,3 million modification (0003 11) to contract W31P4Q-17-D-0005 for Javelin Weapon System modernization engineering development. According to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defense, announced Thursday, work on the contract will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of September 2020. Army fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $14.3 million were obligated at award. Javelin is the world’s most versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided munition and surveillance weapon system. It is made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin. Javelin is combat proven and has a greater than 94 percent reliability rate. It can be deployed from multiple platforms and used in all weather, day or night operations. Scheduled to be in inventory until 2050, the program has developed and demonstrated remote launchers for ground vehicles as well.

Why the Five Eyes boosted intelligence sharing despite tension

America’s closest intelligence allies agreed to boost cybersecurity and intelligence sharing despite political tension.

UK eyes alternative to Galileo satellite system as Brexit row widens

The Brexit squabble has snared Britain’s fast-growing space industry, which has been excluded by the EU from bidding for further Galileo-related contracts.

The UK’s plan for its own GPS is Brexit in a nutshell — Quartz

Pride and industrial policy are no reason to spend billions

Britain starts work on satellite system to rival EU’s Galileo | Reuters

Britain said on Wednesday it would start work on an alternative satellite system to the European Union’s Galileo project to ensure its national security if it is barred from equal access to the EU program after Brexit.

BS Alert? Russian Underwater Drone Armed With Assault Rifle? – To Inform is to Influence

I’m tempted to throw the BS flag on this one.  Due to severe resistance by the water, I have seen bullets of all calibers lose all momentum shortly after entering the water. Why am I not throwing the BS flag yet? Only two things prevent me from doing so. First is the Russian supercavitating torpedo,…

The Aviationist » What’s this mysterious aircraft spotted at Edwards AFB? The secretive B-21 Raider, the RQ-180 drone or “just” a B-2?

Who will mass produce the first lethal drone?

A new study looks at the state of the current military drone market to see if any nation is close to developing a proverbial AK-47 of drones.

Experts assemble for UN-hosted meeting on ‘killer robots’

Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with “killer robots” — futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention.

The Pentagon Wants AI to Take Over the Scientific Process – Defense One

The project is part of DARPA’s newly launched Artificial Intelligence Exploration program, which aims to develop next-generation artificial …

Russia, US Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race – Defense One

A look at the Iron Man-like dreams and power-starved realities of dueling technology programs.

What commanders will need in multidomain operations

New operating environments demand new capabilities.

SOCOM seeking technologies for war in a post-cyberpunk era

In order to fight the wars of the present and the future, SOCOM is asking for a suite of technologies straight out of a cyberpunk thriller.

Marines 3D-print concrete barracks in just 40 hours | Fox News

Marines have used a specialized 3D concrete printer to print a 500-square-foot barracks room in just 40 hours.

New technology promises more efficient spectrum use

A new technology can make radios ignore the signals of their own broadcasting, allowing for more simultaneous communication and expanding the available spectrum.

Is this the new wave of submerged communications?

A new technique would allow submarines to communicate with aerial drones while remaining submerged.

Francesco Tonolini and Fadel Adib TARF Paper

If You Want More Defense Innovation, Spend Less on Legacy Platforms – War on the Rocks

An important effort, led by the Senate Armed Services Committee, to address an alarming shortfall in defense research and development investment by

Psychology Studies Often Can’t Be Reproduced : Shots – Health News : NPR

Many social sciences experiments couldn’t be reproduced in a new study, thus calling into question their findings. The field of social science is pushing hard to improve its scientific rigor.

Social science replication crisis: studies in top journals keep failing to replicate – Vox

What scientists learn from failed replications: how to do better science.