Broken Booms: Why Is It So Hard To Develop & Procure A New USAF Tanker? 

I was catching up on the KC-46 Pegasus program when I read this story and this story, among others, discussing further delays and issues with the USAF’s long awaited new tanker. All this reminded me of a question I have asked for so long: Why has it become so hard for the USAF to develop and procure a new tanker?
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Good thoughts, I agree, but the idea is to forward deploy AIP boats, similar to how the LCS is doing now. I even mentioned pairing them with an LCS. This way you have higher sortie rates on a regional basis. Having a couple dozen super nuke boats available at any given time doesn’t give you much coverage around the… » 4/24/15 10:30am Today 10:30am

This Fisheye Video Shot In A Eurofighter Typhoon Cockpit Is Mezmerizing

We have seen countless in-fighter jet cockpit videos set to the song Sail and many other high energy ones with pulsing techno beats and fast cuts, but this gorgeous fisheye video shot from inside a EF2000 allows you to feel the freedom of soaring through the skies in one of the world’s most powerful fighter aircraft. » 4/24/15 6:13am Today 6:13am

The Navy's Most Shadowy Spy Is 450 Feet Long & Named After Jimmy Carter

Submarines are a lot like Batman, they are covered in rubber and are great fighters, but they are gadget toting stealth detectives at their core. Of the Navy’s sub force, there is no boat more capable at sleuthing under the high seas than the heavily modified Seawolf Class submarine, the USS Jimmy Carter SSN-23. » 4/23/15 11:49am Yesterday 11:49am

Bask In The Awesome Of The Bat-Winged X-47B Sipping Gas From A Tanker

The Navy’s unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator, the X-47B, not only plugged into a refueling basket trailing behind an Omega KC-707 tanker, but it also sipped gas from it for the first time. This historic mission is slated to be the X-47Bs last in what has been an incredibly successful test program with huge… » 4/22/15 8:00pm Wednesday 8:00pm

Check Out This Royal Air Force Typhoon With A Battle Of Britain Paintjob

A couple weeks ago we saw Canada’s CF-18 Demo Team Hornet all decked out like a Hawker Hurricane to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Now we get to see the Royal Air Force’s tribute, a stunning Eurofighter Typhoon marked up like a Spitfire from that same period. » 4/22/15 12:50pm Wednesday 12:50pm

Watch This Massive Explosion In Yemen Take Out A Weapons Dump

This video is described as a Saudi air strike on a Houthi rebel weapons dump in Yemen. That’s not verified yet, but whatever it was resulted in a massive explosion and equally insane shock wave. Also, it’s blue. But that’s probably because of jacked up white balance or some in-camera effects options pushed to their… » 4/21/15 6:55pm Tuesday 6:55pm

These MiGs Were Used As USAF Fighter Stand-Ins For James Bond SPECTRE

A gaggle of Hungarian Air Force MiG-23s and MiG-21s located at Budaors Airfield were painted and had prosthetics attached to them so that they would look like USAF fighters. This fighter masquerade of sorts was for the production of James Bond SPECTRE which will be released this November. » 4/21/15 5:29pm Tuesday 5:29pm

Iran Flaunts Its Wacky Combat Aircraft Collection During Army Day Parade

Iran’s Army Day parade always features an interesting hodgepodge of rickety floats and actual military hardware. This year included a high-speed flypast of what is just about the best eye candy around for any military aviation buff: A KC-747 , F-14A, F-4E, and a MiG-29UB all in formation.
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This F-15 Turns Gobs Of Fuel Into Fire During A Glorious Engine Test Run

NASA recently built a new engine thrust stand at its Armstrong facility located at the northern edge of Edwards AFB. It can hold back 60,000 pounds, allowing crews to do engine runs on F-15 and F/A-18s with both engines running at full power simultaneously, including F-15B #836, the oldest serving Eagle in the US… » 4/21/15 8:00am Tuesday 8:00am

Is The US About To Blockade Iranian Arms Shipments To Yemen?

Reports suggest that the super carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy are moving into position off the coast of Yemen in an attempt to interdict Iranian arms shipments intended to resupply Shiite Houthi rebels in that country. » 4/20/15 5:00pm Monday 5:00pm

Russian Troops Have Close Call With Missile, Giggles & Cheers Ensue

These onlooking Russian soldiers got much more than they bargained for when this S-300 surface-to-air missile battery fired off a dud round. It is not clear if the missile’s motor ended up firing at the very last second or if it fell back to the ground, but it’s amazing just how well everyone took the terrifying… » 4/19/15 11:15am Sunday 11:15am

Someone Trapped This Destroyer Inside A Rainbow

The USS Porter is encased in a rainbow during exercise Joint Warrior taking place off the coast of Scotland. Joint Warrior is biannual training event led by the UK and is considered Europe’s largest military exercise, bringing 55 ships and 70 aircraft together for elaborate NATO-centric combined arms operations.
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So Cruise missiles, such as the TLAM, have been sent after a targets for decades autonomously. What is the difference between that and a recoverable UCAV?. In fact, most new smart weapons have the ability to chose their own targets, and even loiter looking for ones of opportunity. Sorry, the autonomy apple has already… » 4/17/15 2:00pm 4/17/15 2:00pm

Breathtaking Photos Of Fighter Jets Soaring Over Yosemite Park

F-35Cs of VFA-101 "Grim Reapers" traveled from their home at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to Naval Air Station Lemoore in California to show off their new rides for the first time to West Coast strike fighter squadrons. These breathtaking shots, taken over Yosemite National Park, were snapped to remember the… » 4/17/15 12:00pm 4/17/15 12:00pm

X-47B Demonstrates Unmanned Aerial Refueling For The First Time

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle demonstrator has added yet another huge feat to its long list of incredible accomplishments, which includes operating from an aircraft carrier. This time, it has demonstrated the first step in autonomous aerial refueling, plugging into a aerial refueling basket behind an … » 4/16/15 5:17pm 4/16/15 5:17pm