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air forceUS military targets reducing time to overhaul ships, planes, tanks by 25%

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One-third of the US Navy’s destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious ships are under significant repair. Maintenance issues have grounded two-thirds of the US Navy’s strike fighters. The military will use a new, computer-based database to manage logistics, maintenance and the supply …

air forceThe USA is no longer guaranteed future military technology dominance

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The US has enjoyed complete military dominance since about 1985. The Soviet Union and now Russia is competitive with the number of nuclear weapons. Th Soviet Union also had a total volume of tanks and armored vehicles which the USA …

air forceIndia and Russia are talking about upgrading Su-35 with stealth

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The standard russian Su-35 jet is able to match performance characteristics of a fifth-generation fighter — with the sole exception of its lack of stealth capabilities. A fifth-generation variant of the Su-35 could mean just adding stealth modifications. Boeing has …

airplaneLightweight alloy enables folding wings in flight for more fuel efficiency and performance

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NASA has successfully applied a new technology in flight that allows aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent flight series, which took place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, was part …

airplaneRussian making big wing in ground effect plane for Arctic and Pacific bases

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The Russian military is developing a wing in ground effect a super-heavy transport- ekranoplan is developed, capable of landing not only on water, as its predecessors, but also on land. By its dimensions, the car will be comparable to the …

air forceF35 maintenance facilities are 6 years behind schedule and fixing a part can take 6 months

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F-35 stealth jets are having significantly longer repair times than planned because maintenance facilities are six years behind schedule. The time to repair a part has averaged 172 days — “twice the program’s objective” — the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s …

air forceStealth fighters, submarines and aircraft carriers could become ordinary weapons

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The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The nuclear-powered submarine. Ultra-advanced stealth bombers and fighters. These all represent the most lethal, sophisticated and expensive weapons in the US military’s mighty arsenal—and they might soon all be close to obsolete. The aircraft carrier, stealth …

air forceExperimental Scaled Composite plane

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Scaled Composites has flown a new experimental aircraft called the Model 401. It has new features, including signature reduction design features. It is similar to the General Atomics Predator C Avenger and could be used for unmanned refueling drones and …

air forceUS Senate budgeting $200 million in 2018 to speed laser and microwave weapons

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The US Senate’s version of the annual defense bill provides $200 million for rapid prototyping of directed energy weapons. There’s no shortage of U.S. military interest in battlefield lasers and other directed-energy weapons. From truck-mounted lasers to high-powered microwaves that …

air forceUS and China stealth fighters would attack bases, refueling planes

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China’s j-20 stealth fighter is operational. It has small wings and is not optimized to beat other advanced fighters like the US F-22 raptor. Short-range tactical fighters like the F-22, F-35 and J-20 are ill-suited for operations in the Western …