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SOURCE: Ajai Shukla/ Business Standard

The United States Department of Defense (the Pentagon) revealed on Thursday that the Chinese air force “has been reassigned a nuclear mission”, and is developing long-range strategic bombers to deliver nuclear weapons.

“The deployment and integration of nuclear capable bombers would, for the first time, provide China with a nuclear ‘triad’ of delivery systems dispersed across land, sea, and air,” it said.The US Congress-mandated “Annual Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” is a Pentagon summary of Chinese military developments over the preceding year. Continue reading


US engineers have developed a system that uses ordinary WiFi to easily detect weapons, bombs and explosive chemicals in bags with nearly 100 per cent accuracy, demonstrating low-cost technology for security screening. The suspicious object detection system is easy to set up, it reduces security screening costs and avoids invading privacy, whereas the traditional screening typically requires high staffing levels and costly specialised equipment.

“This could have a great impact in protecting the public from dangerous objects,” said Yingying (Jennifer) Chen, Professor at the Rutgers University at New Brunswick in New Jersey, US. Continue reading


The Air Force will soon operate F-35s with fast-evolving collision-avoidance technology able to help fighter jets avoid ground collisions by using computer automation to redirect an aircraft in the event that a pilot is injured or incapacitated.

Later this year, the Air Force will fly an F-35 equipped with an existing technology now in F-16s called Air-Ground Collision Avoidance System, or AGCAS.The system is slated to be fully operational on an F-35A as early as summer, 2019, service officials said. Continue reading


President Donald Trump has signed a $716 billion defense spending bill that would delay the delivery of the F-35 fighter jets to Turkey pending a Pentagon report.In a ceremony at Fort Drum military base in New York on Aug. 13, Trump expressed his pleasure for Congress’ quick approval of National Defense Authorization Act.

“We are going to strengthen our military like never ever before. And that’s what we did,” Trump said.He said with the new budget for 2019, the U.S. will make a critical investment in nuclear weapons. Continue reading


Rare footage of an F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter flying over the Sierra Nevada mountains in nearly full ‘Beast Mode’ with an external load of bombs and missiles, has been captured by a Dutch aviation photographer.

Climbing high to the peaks of Sierra Nevada mountain range at Needles Point Lookout Trail Head near Springville, California, the renowned Dutch photographer, Frank Crebas, managed to record Top Gun tricks performed by the Royal Netherlands Air Force guru pilot and 323 TES commander, Lt Col Ian ‘Gladys’ Knight flying out of Edwards Air Force Base. Continue reading


Vice President Mike Pence laid out plans Thursday for the nation’s sixth military branch, the U.S. Space Force, which he said will be established by 2020. Speaking at the Pentagon, Pence pushed American dominance in space, warning of dangers from potential foes.

“Just as we’ve done in ages past, the United States will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield,” he said. “The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”Pence’s remarks came nearly two months after President Donald Trump signed a directive ordering the Department of Defense to create the military branch. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 6 August that it formally intends to solicit proposals from limited sources and award one contract for light attack aircraft production.

The USAF anticipates a request for proposal (RFP) by December and a contract award by September 2019, according to a notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website. The service suggested that Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) and Textron Aviation were the only companies that appear to possess the capability of meeting the requirement within the USAF’s timeframe without causing a delay in meeting the needs of the warfighter. Continue reading


The last week has seen many reports about Iranian naval exercises in the Persian Gulf. At the same time, the United States has increased its rhetoric against the Iranian regime. The president has pledged to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran (technically called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), has reimposed sanctions on Iran, and appears to be in a tweeting feud with the Iranian leadership.

So, is the United States going to war with Iran? Continue reading