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Capability / Strategy / History Ad Hoc Update (30)


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I dealt with tunnels and tunnel detections and neutralization in my past, so the two tunnel articles are especially interesting to me. This could be expanded upon with a little digging, forgive my pun.  Just think when the use of tunnels began, in the bible.  There was a serious effort in the area of “Deep and buried” targets and facilities in the past, I’m sure we haven’t mastered that yet.

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Most interesting developments in space, air power – especially fighter programs, and other tech. Two articles on tunnel warfare, and some very interesting history items. Vale Dick Cole, the very last of Doolittle’s Raiders.


The EU releases guidelines to encourage ethical AI development

No technology raises ethical concerns (and outright fear) quite like artificial intelligence. And it’s not just individual citizens who are worried. Facebook, G…

China Is Closing the Innovation Gap: Report – Defense One

A leading tech-policy think tank says the United States needs a national strategy of its own to compete in advanced technologies.

Russia and China Target Middle East Arms Deals – WSJ

Russia and China are stepping up their efforts to woo Persian Gulf arms buyers, encroaching on a market long dominated by the U.S. and Europe and raising security concerns in Washington.

Indian ASAT Debris Threatens All LEO Sats: Update « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

Indian claims of no threat from ASAT test debris is “nonsense.”

Space Power: A Personal Theory of Power and the Buttress of the Modern Military | The Strategy Bridge

Earth-shaking rocket launches aside, space is the silent partner in nearly American military endeavor today. Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and the subsequent counterinsurgency operations that followed demonstrated that clearly enough. Space guides soldiers, sailors, airmen, and bombs to their targets, gives the photographs and signal intercepts to understand what enemies are planning, and provides secure, global communication in an era of global need.

Congress Must Push DoD To LEO, Former Reps Say | RealClearDefense

Congress Must Push DoD To LEO, Former Reps Say | RealClearDefense

Meet the Future Unmanned Force | RealClearDefense

Meet the Future Unmanned Force | RealClearDefense

Are reprogrammable satellites ready for prime time?

A new generation of satellites is coming to the launch pad, and it’s promising a tectonic shift in satellite operations.

It’s time for military SATCOM to adapt

To maintain superiority in an increasingly competitive global military landscape, new network architecture must be enabled to assure resilient, uninterrupted communications from any location at any time.

The chicken-and-egg debate about new threats in space

Years before Space Force, nations set in motion the current state of weapons aimed at orbit.

Nostalgia Is a National Security Threat – Foreign Policy

By idealizing the past, Americans have made themselves unsafe in the present.

The H-20 and JH-XX: China’s Two (Yes, Two) New Stealth Bombers | The National Interest

Why would PLA even order two types of stealth bombers?

Relax Lockheed, We Need F-35s and F-15s to Meet Our Defense Needs | The American Spectator

It seems an easy enough case to make. Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary of defense, came to the Pentagon from Boeing, where he worked on commercial planes, military helicopters and missile defense systems. President Trump is said to favor him in…

The US Air Force Needs F-35s, Not the F-15EX – Defense One

Only about 20 percent of USAF fighters are fifth-generation aircraft. Winning tomorrow’s wars depends on growing that share faster, not slower.

Aircraft Carrier Scare: How Russia and China Could Sink the Navy’s Most Important Warship | The National Interest

We count all the ways.

U.S. Marine Corps plans to extend AV-8B Harrier II service life to 2028 – Defence Blog

U.S. Marine Corps leadership recently decided to extend the service life of the fleet of AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft to 2028. “We will continue to be a fourth-gen/fifth-gen fleet out until about 2030, with Harriers probably going to 2028 and F/A-18s going to 2030-2031,” said Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for aviation. He testified April 4 during a hearing of the Tactical Air and Ground Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. The Harrier, based on the British-designed Hawker-Siddley Kestrel, entered service in the Marine Corps in the 1980s. Its twin intake Rolls Royce engine produces more than 23,000 pounds of thrust, enough to rocket the sleek 24,000 pound aircraft into flight in less than 844 feet, the length of the Bonhomme Richard. With a maximum speed of nearly 650 miles per hour and a range of 2,400 miles, the Harrier has extended the reach of the Marine Corps across entire regions and strategic sea-lanes during the last three decades. At its inception, the Harrier replaced other less capable, though no less formidable, Marine Corps fixed-wing jets. The AV-8B, technically a vertical/short takeoff and landing aircraft, combines maneuverability, adaptability, reliability and inherent combat-power into its 46-foot frame. It launches into flight in roughly seven seconds, using the aft-facing sea breeze to generate lift beneath its 30-foot wingspan, to provide close-air-support to ground troops with one 25 mm cannon and up to 9,200 pounds of ordnance. It has supported training, operations and combat almost continuously, but as Marine Corps aviation continues to grow and evolve, the Harrier will eventually enter the annals of Marine Corps history. Its successor, the so-called 5th generation fighter jet, the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, is scheduled to replace the Harrier in the near future. Marine Corps extended the Harrier’s service life in view of delays of the delivery F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike. To date, the F-35B aircraft has deployed on two amphibious assault ships, USS Wasp and USS Essex.

The F-22 Raptor vs. the F-23: A Stealth Showdown That Doesn’t Matter | The National Interest

“The YF-23 won’t save us.”

Air Force F-22 Stealth Fighters Might Have a Problem: China Claims It Can Track Them | The National Interest

A lie?

China’s J-20 fighter‘s engine WS-15 Appearance – YouTube

 

Check Out Russia’s Su-35 Fighter: The Plane the U.S. Air Force Fears Most? | The National Interest

Or not?

U.S. Air Force orders super high-speed computer for F-15 fighter jets – Defence Blog

The U.S. Defense Department has announced the award of a $91 million modification to previously awarded contract to Boeing for a super high-speed computer intended to improve the aircraft’s electronic warfare ability. Under the modification, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, one of the largest US defense contractors, based in St. Louis, provides for the exercise of an option for the production and integration of the Advanced Display Core Processor II (ADCPII) boxes into the F-15 platform. “The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $91,290,023 modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract FA8634-18-C-2698 for F-15 Advanced Display Core Processor II (ADCPII ) Low-Rate Initial Production 3,” said in a statement. Also stressed that work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 28, 2021. According to Boeing, ADCPII is the fastest fighter jet computer in the world while capable of processing 87 billion instructions per second of computing throughput- translating into faster and more reliable mission processing capability for aircrew. The increased processing capability is critical to new advanced capabilities such as Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), long range infrared search and track capability (IRST), high speed radar communications and future software suite upgrades. The new super high-speed computer will also help facilitate emerging F-15 “fly-by-wire” automated flight control systems.

Netherlands F-16 fighter jet literally ran into its own rounds during exercise – Defence Blog

The Dutch state broadcaster NOS has reported a Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft literally ran into its own rounds in January during an exercise over Vlieland. According to the Dutch Broadcast Foundation, the incident occurred during the January exercise at the Leeuwarden air base, but information about it appeared only now. January 21, two F-16 fighter jets took off and opened fire on targets at the test site. The pilot of one of the F-16 fighter jet aircraft had flown into his own stream of cannon rounds and later suffered considerable damage. At least one fired round caused damage to the exterior of the aircraft. Parts of the munition also ended up in the engine. Nobody was hurt during the incident. The pilot followed emergency procedures and was able to land the fighter jet safely at Leeuwarden Air Base. The Netherlands Defense Safety Inspection is looking into how one of the aircraft was able to shoot itself. The inspection would also like to find out if aircraft crew or ground personnel was endangered during the exercise. The investigation is now in full swing. Tests are being run and the inspection is in conversation with those involved. “This is a serious incident. We therefore want to fully investigate what happened and how we would be able to avoid this in future”, inspector-general Bagerbos said.

Is the US Army biting off more than it can chew? We ask its future vertical lift modernization boss

Defense News sat down with Brig. Gen. Wally Rugen at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium to talk about progress his team is making on future vertical lift modernization efforts.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $3.2-Billion E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Contract Modification – USNI News

The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $3.2-billion five-year contract modification to buy 24 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $3.2-billion five-year contract modification to buy 24 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne surveillance aircraft. The new award, announced by the Pentagon late on April 10, modifies a $99.8-million contract awarded to Northrop Grumman in February 2018. The previous contract paid for long-lead parts and support associated with the full-rate production covered by the new multi-year procurement (MYP) contract. Loaded with sensors and communications equipment, such as the powerful AN/APY-9 radar, the E-2D is often described as a carrier strike group’s “quarterback” because of its central role in executing a networked warfare concept. The Hawkeye increases battlespace awareness by detecting, tracking and linking sensors to shooters, according to Northrop Grumman. “This is a critical element in providing the next generation of world-class command and control aircraft to the fleet,” Capt. Keith Hash, the Navy’s E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data Systems Program Office (PMA-231) program manager, said in a statement. “The use of the MYP contract allows a substantial savings over the use of single-year contracts and helps us fulfill our mission to increase U.S. naval power at sea by providing our fleet the information they need to accurately plan and win the fight today and tomorrow.” The new contract is a continuation of the Navy’s effort to upgrade the networked capabilities of its carrier strike groups. In 2014, the Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $3.64-billion contract to build 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes. Congress later added a 26th Hawkeye to the previous multi-year. When compared to how much it would cost to purchase 24 aircraft using yearly contracts, the Navy predicts the new five-year multi-year contract shaves $410.6 million, or 11 percent, off the program cost.

U.S. Navy awards Northrop Grumman $3 billion for 24 E-2D Hawkeye early warning aircraft – Defence Blog

U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman has received a production order for 24 E-2D Hawkeye early warning aircraft, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. U.S. Navy on 10 April awarded Northrop Grumman a modification to definitize the previously awarded E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) Lot 7 advance acquisition contract to a multi-year fixed-price-incentive-firm contract, according to a Department of Defense statement. This modification provides for the procurement of 24 full-rate production Lots 7-11 E-2D AHE aircraft. Work is expected to be completed in August 2026. According to the Northrop Grumman, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is a game changer in how the Navy will conduct battle management command and control. By serving as the “digital quarterback” to sweep ahead of strike, manage the mission, and keep our net-centric carrier battle groups out of harms way, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the key to advancing the mission, no matter what it may be. The E-2D gives the warfighter expanded battlespace awareness, especially in the area of information operations delivering battle management, theater air and missile defense, and multiple sensor fusion capabilities in an airborne system.

Air Force improves new inspection plan for KC-46s, paving the way for deliveries to restart

The next KC-46 deliveries could occur as early as next week.

Russian company will move production of advanced drones to the US – Defence Blog

A private maker unmanned aerial vehicle ADA Aerospace look to move production away from Russia to the US. ADA Aerospace already has reached an agreement with the authorities of the American state of New York, told the RIA Novosti state news agency on 4 April. According to media reports in recent weeks, the company was offered about $ 200 million of investment, real estate in exchange for the establishment of a production facility in the United States. Also noted that ADA Aerospace and the Department of Economic Development of New York have signed agreements, the content of which is not disclosed. The company expects that the relocation of employees will take no more than four months. The founder and head of the board of directors of ADA Aerospace, Alexander Milevsky, responded to RBC Novosibirsk that the opening of a production line abroad would not affect the work of the units in Novosibirsk and Kazan. However, the creation of production in these cities is impossible. “In Novosibirsk, there are no suitable conditions for locating production facilities,” Milevsky stressed. In Russia, the development of the company did not find customers. The Ministry of Defense cooperates with other firms Zala, Sukhoi. The EMERCOM of Russia also did not interest the development of ADA to search for people and work in arctic conditions. It is worth noting that a number of experts, both in the United States and in Russia itself, were skeptical about the ability of ADA Aerospace to open production in the United States. Moreover, it became known that Ada Aerospace LLC was registered in 2015 in Moscow with a registered capital of only 10 thousand rubles or $152. Video of TRIADA EX II UAV developed by ADA Aerospace.

10 of the most powerful weapons NATO has to take on Putin’s Russia | Business Insider

For seven decades, the NATO alliance has practiced collective defence and deterrence against evolving international threats, and over the years, its capabilities have changed accordingly.

Report names 10 of most powerful weapons NATO has to take on Putin’s Russia – news world | UNIAN

For seven decades, the NATO alliance has practiced collective defense and deterrence against evolving international threats, and over the years, its capabilities have changed accordingly. Business Insider has provided some highlights of the many powerful weapons NATO could bring to bear against Russia.

Soldiers, Marines try out new device that puts ‘mixed reality,’ multiple functions into warfighter’s hands

The system melds navigation, targeting, situational awareness and communications into a single device with advanced thermal and night vision.

US Army shows how it will use HoloLens in the field

When Microsoft employees balked at the company’s $479 million HoloLens contract with the US Army, it raised a question: just what would this system look like?…

Here’s the US Army version of HoloLens that Microsoft employees were protesting – The Verge

In November, we learned that Microsoft won a $479 million contract to supply the US Army with a version of its HoloLens augmented reality headset — a move that Microsoft’s own employees decried this February, prompting Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella himself to respond. Now, for the first time, we’re seeing what those hundreds of millions of dollars actually bought. CNBC got an exclusive look at the so-called Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), which turns out to be a modified version of the new HoloLens 2.

In Belarus, launched launches from the modernized “Osa”

n Belarus, a new version of the anti-aircraft missile complex “Osa” – 9A33-1B “Osa” TUT.by reports Tests of the modernized complex took place at the end of March on the territory of the 174th airborne ground and Air Defense Forces of the Belarusian Armed Forces in the Brest region. In 9A33-1B “Osa”, about 70% of the regular electronic equipment of the combat vehicle was replaced, due to which the immunity of electronic systems improved, the combat capabilities of the station of escort and the aiming were improved. Developers emphasize the improvement of the ability of the ARM to operate on small-scale targets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles. It is expected that the upcoming exhibition MILEX 2019 will demonstrate a modernized complex on the chassis of the Minsk Automobile Plant. The anti-missile system of the short range of action 9К33 “Osa” is designed for destruction of air targets at a distance of up to 10 km and at altitudes of up to 5 km. Armed with anti-aircraft subdivisions of the air defense of the land forces.

Russia Has a ‘Bullet’ That Could Kill America’s Best Tank (But There’s a Problem) | The National Interest

It doesn’t fit inside most Russian tanks.

The UK wants its bombs to live longer, and it thinks data can help

Can big data make a bomb live longer? The U.K. wants to find out.

Lockheed and Israeli company team up for US Army missile defense radar ‘sense-off’

Lockheed is poised to partner with Israel’s Elta Systems to compete in a radar

MYSTERY: WHY DOES A PRIVATE COMPANY IN TEXAS HAVE ITS VERY OWN ‘AIR FORCE’? || WARTHOG 2019 – YouTube

 

Why Smart Manufacturing? – IEEE Spectrum

Digitalization spells opportunity for electronics manufacturing

The Proliferation of Tunnel Warfare – Geopolitical Futures

The Syrian civil war brought tunnel technologies to Bashar Assad’s forces. It’s something Israel may want to keep in mind as it pushes a “safe zone” farther into Syrian territory.

To win underground, look for lessons in this Icelandic lava tunnel

Autonomous navigation and LIDAR are as useful on earth as beyond it

Panavia Tornado History | RAF Tornado Warplane

Built for the Cold War, the Tornado remains a prime example of what happens when European engineering minds come together.

A legend passes: Dick Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103

“Everyone wanted to go on that mission,

Untold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence – IEEE Spectrum

J.C.R. Licklider’s proposals for “man-machine symbiosis” led to the invention of the internet

Building the System/360 Mainframe Nearly Destroyed IBM – IEEE Spectrum

Instead, the S/360 proved to be the most successful product launch ever and changed the course of computing

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