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SOURCE: REUTERS

The Trump administration discussed last week whether to conduct its first nuclear test explosion since 1992, the Washington Post reported late on Friday, citing a senior official and two former officials familiar with the matter. The topic surfaced at a meeting of senior officials representing the top national security agencies after accusations from the administration that Russia and China are conducting low-yield nuclear tests, the Washington Post said.

The meeting, however, did not conclude with any agreement to conduct a nuclear test. A decision was ultimately made to take other measures in response to threats posed by Russia and China and avoid a resumption of testing, the report added. Continue reading

SOURCE: AIR FORCE TIMES

For the second time in four days a fifth-generation fighter jet has crashed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron crashed upon landing around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Eglin, according to a media release. The pilot successfully ejected and was transported to the 96th Medical Group Hospital at Eglin for evaluation and monitoring.

The pilot is in stable condition. At the time of the accident, the pilot was participating in a routine night training sortie, according to the release.First responders from the 96th Test Wing are on the scene and the site is secured. The accident is under investigation. There was no loss of life or damage to civilian property. The name of the pilot is not being released this time. Continue reading

SOURCE: FORBES

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighter crashed in Florida on Friday. The crash leaves the Air Force with 185 Raptors out of the 195 that Lockheed Martin LMT built starting in the mid-1990s. The F-22 from the 43rd Fighter Squadron, part of the 325th Fighter Wing operating out of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida’s panhandle region, went down in the bases’ adjacent training range at 9:15 in the morning. The pilot safely ejected.

The crash reduces by one the F-22 training fleet but doesn’t directly impact the front-line Raptor force. Which is not to say future crashes won’t quickly erode the Air Force’s deployable F-22 fleet. There aren’t a lot of Raptors to go around. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE DRIVE

One of the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes recently visited Moffett Field in California. The aircraft in question was carrying an elongated pontoon-like pod underneath, known as the AN/APS-154 Advanced Airborne Sensor, or AAS, a powerful and secretive radar system.

A planespotter, photographer, and War Zone reader named Fred, who also goes by the Twitter handle cvvhrn, took the pictures of this particular P-8A, which is also known by the Bureau Number 169007, at Moffett on May 3, 2020. He was kind enough to share them with us so we could share them with you. Continue reading

SOURCE: EASTERN HERALD

The risk that the tail of the all-new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II multipurpose fighter might collapse at supersonic speeds, has forced military authorities to modify the flight regulations for that ship. There will be no structural improvements to its fuselage or other actions to fix the already discovered technical problem, they said at the Pentagon in a message sent last Friday to the Defense News website. Simply put, pilots will be advised to only overcome the Mach barrier for very short periods.

The matter was filed last December “under the category ‘no plans to correct’ (the flaw)”, due to the high costs that the full repair would have entailed, according to the official response. A review of the aircraft’s length and some materials would be essential, as well as subsequent flight tests. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ATUL KUMAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As time passing , tussle between US and Iran getting advance. After ending many waivers to buyers of Iranian oil now Donald Trump posted a threatening tweet against Iran which is really a matter of serious concern. On the other side Iran government has vowed to protect its territory at any cost. Tensions between Washington DC and Tehran gets heat when a unknown rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdad’s highly protected green zone on 19th June at night, falling near the American Embassy but causing no casualties. Although there are tensions in the gulf but it seems US is not in the mood of war and Trump publicly appealed to Iran to call him, the white house contacted the Swiss on 9th may to share a phone number the Iranians could call the white house.

But Swiss likely won’t hand over the number unless the Tehran asked for it. Well US asked Swiss for this help because since 1980 after Islamic Revolution in Iran there are no diplomatic relation between US and Iran. But on 10th may Iranian Islamic revolutionary guards head said Iran would not talk to US. Continue reading