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Air Force’s Updated ‘Frankenphone’ Aims to Facilitate Communications Between Reaper Drone Pilots, Ground Crews

A U.S. Air Force officer has redesigned a device to help address communication difficulties between ground forces and pilots of General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, the Air Force reported Thursday. Capt. Gregory, a flight training commander with the service branch’s 42nd attack squadron, created an upgraded version of …

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Air Force Expects to Receive 1st KC-46 Tanker in Late Spring 2018

The U.S. Air Force has pushed back to late spring of 2018 its expectation for Boeing to deliver the first KC-46 tanker aircraft citing delays in obtaining airworthiness certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration and completion of the test flight program, Defense News reported Thursday. “Once Boeing receives the remaining design approvals from …

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Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris: Air Force Eyes 165-Bomber Fleet

Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements at the U.S. Air Force, has told lawmakers that the service branch wants to have 165 aircraft in its future bomber fleet, DoD Buzz reported Monday. Members of the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee asked Harris …

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MDA Conducts Ground-Based Ballistic Missile Defense Intercept Trial

The Missile Defense Agency conducted an initial live-fire test Tuesday of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense platform component of the ballistic missile defense system. MDA said Tuesday a land-based interceptor that launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California used its exo-atmospheric kill vehicle to intercept and destroy an intercontinental ballistic missile that took off from …

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