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air forceAir Force awards Lockheed up to $480 million for air launched hypersonic weapon test

The US Air Force is giving Lockheed Martin a second hypersonic weapon contract. This will be for up to $480 million. Lockheed is to conduct air-launched rapid response weapon critical design review and test and production readiness support. The work …

air forceChina has some military systems that match US gear but it will be 2030s to build matching quantity

China has new Navy 055 destroyer than might be better than the US Arleigh Burke Destroyer but is not better than the Zumwalt. China is currently only planning to build eight 055 destroyers. China will likely have new destroyers and …

air forceChina is constantly improving stealth planes, drones and engines

In 2019, China will start deploy J-20B stealth fighters with a new Xian WS-15 jet engine. This engine could finally bring China to about the engine performance level of the US PW-119 engine that were installed over 20 years ago …

air forceUK plans new £2 billion stealth fighter program

The UK plans to have a new stealth fighter flying by 2035. The British plane would be a sixth-generation fighter. It would be able to operate with a pilot or as a drone. The United States might be part the …

air forceRussia cancels stealth Su-57 but will make improved Su-35

Russia is cancelling the Su-57 (aka T-50) stealth fighter. They built 11 planes in early production but India has dropped out as a partner. Russia will apply the stealth technology and other advancements for an improved version of the SU-35. …

air forceEngine and electrical improvements will allow the F35 to add combat lasers in the mid-2020s

Pratt and Whitney is proposing improved power, electricity and efficiency for the F35 engine. Increased electrical power and better heat management would allow for combat laser pods to be added to the F35. Electrical and thermal upgrades would be available …

air forceChina H-20 long range bomber is copying the 21 year old US B-2

China’s long-range bomber should have a range of at least 12,000 kilometers and 20 tons of capacity, Fu Qianshao, an air defense expert. The H-20 bomber likely has prominent stealth defense capability and a better performance than the US B-2 …

air forceUS hypersonic cruise missile will only have Lockheed prototype by 2022

The US Air Force skipped having competitive hypersonic cruise missiles prototypes and only has Lockheed for its $1 billion hypersonic cruise missile development contract. There was not enough money for multiple prototypes. Lockheed is to deliver hypersonic missiles with early …

air forceUS Air Force Falcon Heavy mission pushed to October, 2018

The US Air Force is the first paying customer for a Falcon Heavy mission. The STP-2 mission has a number of objectives, including demonstrating the new rocket’s capabilities and launching several satellites. The U.S. Air Force is targeting October for …

air forceFaster weapons development and rollout critical with rise of hypersonics and anti-stealth technology

The US Air Force is finishing engineering details on an aggressive plan to prototype, test and deploy hypersonic weapons on a faster schedule. Having a faster development and rollout of offensive military capabilities is critical with decline of stealth and …