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Report: Poland Drops Plan to Buy Secondhand F-16s

Poland has canceled plans to buy secondhand F-16 aircraft made in the U.S. to replace the Polish air force’s fleet of Russian-made fighter jets, DoD Buzz reported Friday. Richard Sisk writes Bartosz Kownacki, Polish deputy minister of national defense, told a parliamentary committee that the country was looking to procure 50 to 100 used F-16 planes. “The …

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Gregory Zacharias: Air Force Seeks to Integrate AI Functions With F-35s

Gregory Zacharias, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has said the service branch has begun efforts to incorporate artificial intelligence functions into F-35s and other fighter aircraft in order to facilitate manned-unmanned teaming operations and integrate autonomous capabilities, Defense Systems reported Friday. “We are working on making platforms more autonomous with multi-infusion …

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Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan: F-35 JPO Eyes Follow-On Modernization Funds to Support Extended Flight Tests

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall is set to inform Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Arizona) through a letter that developmental test flights for the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter aircraft could extend to May 2018 from October 2017, Defense News reported Monday. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program …

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Nick Szechenyi: Japan Requests $51B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2017

Nick Szechenyi, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has said Japan has requested $51 billion in defense budget for fiscal year 2017 in response to regional security threats, the National Defense magazine reports. Vivienne Machi writes Szechenyi said those regional threats include disputes over the East China …

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White House: US Pledges $38B in Foreign Military Financing, Missile Defense Assistance to Israel

The U.S. government has pledged $38 billion in foreign military financing and missile defense assistance to the government of Israel under a memorandum of understanding that seeks to support Israel’s efforts to update its military. The White House said Wednesday the 10-year pact will allow Israel to acquire additional F-35 aircraft and build on its missile defense capacity to …

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Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes: USAF Air Dominance Study Nears Completion

The U.S. Air Force could release next month the findings of its research into the next generation of fighter aircraft and weapon systems, Reuters reported Thursday. Andrea Shalal writes Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, said the initiative will help the military service …

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