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Restoring an F-35A Lightning II: A collaborative endeavor
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/458844/re ... e-endeavor
30 Nov 2023

https://x.com/ryankakiuchan/status/1730 ... 97375?s=20 ---> Maintainers at Hill Air Force Base in Utah stitch two damaged aircraft into a fully operational F-35A Lighting II. Nose section of AF-211 (had a nose landing-gear separation) is being replaced with undamaged nose from AF-27 (had a severe engine fire).

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NGAD Price Per Tail Will More Than Double That of F-35
https://www.airandspaceforces.com/ngad- ... t-of-f-35/

NGAD - a generational divide?
https://www.aerosociety.com/news/ngad-a ... al-divide/
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The red bolded part below is not referring to the Patriot missile, but rather the American football team (New England Patriots) and football player -- Tom Brady. I am mentioning this for readers outside of North America, who will not get the cultural reference :)

https://x.com/AlexHollings52/status/173 ... 44462?s=20 ---> The F-15EX is not stealthy. Heck, it doesn’t even wanna be. It’s like the Patriots offense during the Brady years. Predictable… but too effective to be stopped.

The F-15EX is the deadliest dogfighting Eagle ever to fly

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F-15EX To Be Based At Kadena Air Base In Japan: Report
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/f ... pan-report
18 Dec 2023
A total of 36 F-15EX Eagle IIs could be poised to reinstate a permanent fighter force at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.
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I fly in the B-2 Stealth Bomber!

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https://raytheon.mediaroom.com/2023-12- ... S-military
RTX's Raytheon to build defensive microwave antenna systems for U.S. military
Systems will use directed energy to defeat airborne threats

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon, an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business, will design, build and test two high-power microwave antenna systems that will use directed energy to defeat airborne threats at the speed of light. The systems are designed to be rugged and transportable for front-line deployment.

Raytheon to build defensive high-power microwave antenna systems for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force under the DARPA DEFEND program.

Under the three-year, $31.3 million contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Raytheon will deliver prototype systems to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force as part of the Directed Energy Front-line Electromagnetic Neutralization and Defeat (DEFEND) program.

"Non-kinetic defense systems are a key part of America's national defense strategy," said Colin Whelan, president of Advanced Technology at Raytheon. "The new iterations of Raytheon's high-power microwave systems are cost-effective and reliable solutions that operate at the speed of light – enabling our warfighters to defend against faster and more maneuverable threats."

Raytheon has been a leader in the use of high-power microwaves for nearly 80 years. The new HPM prototype systems build on Raytheon's decades of experience developing capabilities like the Counter-Electronic High Power Microwave Extended Range Air Base Defense, known as CHIMERA.
This is to mitigate the costs of using a 2 million USD missile to shootdown a 2K USD drone, as per the following Sputnik news item.

https://sputnikglobe.com/20231219/us-mi ... 7613.html
The news was announced Tuesday in US media as drone attacks from smaller adversaries increasingly change the dynamics of warfare internationally. Most recently, Houthi fighters in Yemen have used suicide drones to attack ships in the Red Sea as the country attempts to enforce a blockade against Israel. Drones have also seen use by both sides in Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.
The swarms can be attacked with missiles, but that strategy is costly – far more costly than the drones themselves. Pentagon planners hope to find a cheaper way to neutralize the threat.
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I always like this guy and his takes:

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House Members Send Warning to White House Over AUKUS, Attack Submarine Procurement
https://news.usni.org/2024/01/18/house- ... rocurement
18 January 2024
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New Report: Misplaced Flashlight Sucked into F-35 Engine Caused $4 Million in Damage
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https://x.com/Liz_Friden/status/1752810 ... 32030?s=20 ---> BREAKING: The USS Carney shot down an anti-ship ballistic missile and several drones launched by the Houthi's in the Gulf of Aden today, a U.S. defense official tells Fox News. The Carney shot down the ballistic missile with the SM-6 which costs $4.3 million.

https://x.com/Doha104p3/status/1752814755054596232?s=20 ---> First confirmation of SM-6 usage. I can already see the cost argument being made. You know what's far worse than a $4 million SAM being used? An AShBM with 500-1,000kg warhead impacting the ship and causing casualties. SM-6 did its job perfectly.

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US Army spent billions on a new helicopter that now will never fly
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2024/02 ... never-fly/
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Boeing Boasts Near Mach 3 Top Speed For F-15EX
https://aviationweek.com/shownews/singa ... eed-f-15ex
21 Feb 2024

https://x.com/Doha104p3/status/1760361523547914352?s=20 ---> "Boeing F-15EX can reach nearly Mach 3 in controlled flight in a “clean” configuration, meaning no external pylons, munitions or sensors, Boeing’s program manager said Feb. 21 at the Singapore Airshow." In combat config, won't be anywhere near that speed.

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Rakesh wrote: 22 Feb 2024 04:47 Boeing Boasts Near Mach 3 Top Speed For F-15EX
https://aviationweek.com/shownews/singa ... eed-f-15ex
21 Feb 2024

https://x.com/Doha104p3/status/1760361523547914352?s=20 ---> "Boeing F-15EX can reach nearly Mach 3 in controlled flight in a “clean” configuration, meaning no external pylons, munitions or sensors, Boeing’s program manager said Feb. 21 at the Singapore Airshow." In combat config, won't be anywhere near that speed.
Oops :)

https://x.com/DrChrisCombs/status/17614 ... 41819?s=20 ---> The "F-15 can go Mach 3" claim never quite passed the sniff test (the engines aren't really built for that), so this clarification makes sense.

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MIT News
Benchtop test quickly identifies extremely impact-resistant materials

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Unprecedented U.S. Hypersonic Weapon Test In West Pacific Appears Imminent
https://www.twz.com/air/unprecedented-u ... s-imminent
04 March 2024
An AGM-183A ARRW test from Guam would send signals throughout the Pacific and could help save the weapon from cancellation.
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https://www.defensenews.com/land/2024/0 ... pe-effort/
US Army scraps Extended Range Cannon Artillery prototype effort
Published on 11th March 2024
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F-15EX Fleet To Be Cut Down To 98 Jets In New Air Force Budget
https://www.twz.com/air/f-15ex-fleet-to ... rce-budget
11 March 2024
The USAF is still trying to get a handle on how many F-15EXs it actually wants, but how many it really needs is another question.
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Canopy Sill Longeron Cracks Caused The Grounding Of 90 USAF F-16s Within The Past Year
https://theaviationist.com/2024/03/17/c ... past-year/
17 March 2024
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Unprecedented U.S. Hypersonic Weapons Test From Guam Has Occurred
https://www.twz.com/air/unprecedented-u ... s-occurred
19 March 2024
The final planned live-fire test of an AGM-183A hypersonic missile is major show of force toward China, though the weapon’s future is murky.
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Four Army AH-64 Apaches Have Now Crashed In Just Two Months
https://www.twz.com/air/four-army-ah-64 ... two-months
28 March 2024
The two most recent Army AH-64 crashes happened within days of each other this week and the Army National Guard has grounded its Apaches.
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https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... lar-drive/

American submarines will further extend their advantage in the undersea domain. In the first of a kind, the U.S. Navy has fitted a new form of propulsion, magnetohydrodynamic drive (MHD), to a Virginia class submarine. This promises to make the submarine virtually undetectable, the holy grail of naval warfare.
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Cough, Cough

1st April 2024.
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drnayar wrote: 01 Apr 2024 13:27 https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... lar-drive/

American submarines will further extend their advantage in the undersea domain. In the first of a kind, the U.S. Navy has fitted a new form of propulsion, magnetohydrodynamic drive (MHD), to a Virginia class submarine. This promises to make the submarine virtually undetectable, the holy grail of naval warfare.
:D the entire article is filled with shout-outs to the Hunt for Red October.

Well played, comrades

PS - wonder if there is news of any progress (or failure) of the Chinese program

https://www.popsci.com/china-new-submar ... r-warfare/
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Constellation Frigate Delivery Delayed 3 Years, Says Navy
https://news.usni.org/2024/04/02/conste ... -says-navy
02 April 2024
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Lockheed Martin Conducts Historic LRASM Flight Test
https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2024-04 ... light-test
03 April 2024

Lockheed Martin Conducts Test With 4 LRASM In Flight
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... in-flight/
03 April 2024
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https://x.com/paulmcleary/status/1775287808724226289 ---> BREAKING: The Navy released a fact sheet late Tuesday showing that every major shipbuilding program they're working on is delayed by years. YEARS. It's jaw-dropping.

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^ why is this dude Bermuda-shivering? As the USN Admiral said, they need just 48 hrs to toast the PLAN.
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