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Franco-German superfighter to be combat-ready in middle of 21st century

France and Germany solidified a future partnership in defense strategy focused on jointly building a fighter aircraft to replace Germany's Eurofighters and France's Rafale aircraft. On June 19, the two European nations signed an agreement to produce a superfighter that will be available to enter...

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B1-B Lancer Completes Target-Seeking Long-Range Missile Test

A US Air Force B-1B supersonic bomber test-fired two sensorized missiles developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide enhanced surface attack options. Lockheed Martin announced May 23 that the B-1B Lancer's employment of two Long-Range Anti-Ship (LRASM) missiles struck targets successfully....

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US Navy's F-35C 'at risk' of missing 2018 IOC declaration

The US Navy's F-35C has been scheduled to reach initial operational capability (IOC) in 2018 since at least 2013. The odds of that happening appear increasingly low. In order for the Navy to officially say that the F-35C is ready for combat missions, it must...

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to fly unmanned in near future

Sometime in the not-so-distant future the most expensive weapons program in US history, the fifth-generation F-35 aircraft, will not require a human pilot, a US lawmaker said Tuesday. Speaking to Axios on Tuesday, Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) quoted a military general as saying: "the F-35...

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U.S. Congress Requests Space-Based Ballistic Missile Defense

The latest version of the US' fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill designates more funding to a space-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability, according to a new report. Lawmakers envision developing a space-based sensor layer to detect incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as well as an...

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Middle East Appetite For Fighter Jets Rages Despite Low Oil Prices

Defense sector analysts see a growing market for warplanes among Middle East nations over the next five years despite slumping oil prices in recent years. During the Dubai Airshow, which runs from November 12 to November 16, plenty of aircraft manufacturers will be angling to...

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General Atomics, Boeing, Northrop, Lockheed Will Bid To Produce Pentagon's MQ-25A Stingray Drone

The competition to produce the US Navy's carrier-based aerial tanker drone, the MQ-25 Stingray, has been whittled down to four companies: General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing. On Tuesday, the United States Naval Institute News service learned that Naval Air Systems Command had...

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New terror threat: Drones dropping dirty bombs in non-combat areas

Off-the-shelf drones armed with an improvised explosive device and radioactive material comprise an increasingly likely terrorist threat intelligence officials are keeping an eye on worldwide. The weapon would be physically and sociologically "poisonous," Friedrich Grommes, a senior German intelligence official told McClatchy's Tim Johnson on...

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