Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
|Rapidly rising costs may force the Ministry of Defence to cut its planned order of 138 stealth jets.|
| MPs on the Commons defence committee heard it was impossible to accurately forecast the costs of the F-35. |
Britain has already signed a contract for the first batch of 48, which are estimated to cost £9.1bn by 2025, including training and maintenance. Now it would be “imprudent” and “misleading” to even give an estimate for the cost of the rest.
Friday, November 17, 2017
|The S-500 is so capable that many U.S. defense officials worry that even stealth warplanes like the F-22, F-35 and the B-2 might have problems overcoming them.|
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The ever-escalating war of words between the United States and North Korea got dialed up when an editorial in a state-run newspaper called President Trump a coward who deserved the death penalty.|
“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership. He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people.”
Most senior American officials who stop in South Korea spend at least a couple of hours in the DMZ.
|The editorial also mocked Trump for skipping a visit to the Demilitarized Zone, a 2.5-mile-wide and 160-mile-long strip that divides North and South Korea. “He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.”|
North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency called Trump a “lunatic old man” who was “lost to sense.” The outlet also urged Americans to oust Trump and suggested that he had “begged for nuclear war.”
Sunday, November 12, 2017
|The US and South Korea launched a military drill involving three American aircraft carrier strike groups in a massive show of force that drew the anger of rival North Korea. The USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz, and USS Theodore Roosevelt converged in the region for the four-day manoeuvres, also involving 11 American Aegis vessels and seven South Korean warships. North Korea's foreign ministry issued a statement describing Trump's trip as "a warmonger's visit for confrontation. It is also nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the US defence industry by milking the moneybags from its subordinate 'allies'."|
Friday, November 10, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
|The US Navy is now finalizing the weapons, sensors and technologies it plans to engineer into a new, more survivable and lethal Littoral Combat Ship variant designed to perform anti-submarine and surface warfare functions at the same time.|
The new ship, called a Frigate, will be integrated with anti-submarine surface warfare technologies including sonar, an over-the-horizon missile and surface-to-surface weapons such as a 30mm gun and closer-in missiles such as the Hellfire. The littoral zone is the part of a sea, lake or river that is close to the shore. In coastal environments the littoral zone extends from the high water mark to shoreline areas that are permanently submerged. It always includes this intertidal zone.
|USS Independence in 2009||The new Frigate is slated for delivery to the Navy by 2023; the platform is an outgrowth of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship effort which originally planned to build 52 shallow-water multi-mission ships.|
The Independence class is a class of littoral combat ships built for the United States Navy. The hull design evolved from a project at Austal to design a 40 knot cruise ship. That hull design evolved into the high-speed trimaran and the Independence class was then proposed by General Dynamics and Austal as a contender for Navy plans to build a fleet of small, multipurpose warships to operate in the littoral zone. Two ships were approved, to compete with Lockheed Martin's Freedom-class design.
|The emerging Frigate ship will also be equipped with next-generation and stronger electronic warfare technologies far greater than the existing LCS and comparable to current Navy Cruisers and Destroyers. In addition the ship will be configured to accept and integrate new technologies and weapons as they emerge such as lasers and rail guns.|
The Navy's focus on anti-piracy, counterterrorism, ensuring freedom of navigation and a technique they call Visit, Board, Search and Seizure means the new ship will have seven 11-meter rigid inflatable boats for combat or expeditionary missions.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
|There's no end in sight to the unkind words about the 5th generation 'flying toaster'. Latest are the bugs in its ejector-seat mechanism that are ready to decapitate the pilot should said pilot have to exit the toaster suddenly.|
The most recent suggests the entire F-35 project ultimately will cost US taxpayers $1.53 trillion over the aircraft's 60-year lifetime. Overrun so far is $35 billion of a total cost of $406.5 billion. The time to repair a part is averaging 172 days, with the new jets being "unable to fly about 22 percent of the time.”
|The F-35B, the Marine Corps version of the fighter that’s scheduled to begin ship deployments next year won’t have the required maintenance and repair capabilities at sea at all.|
Reports say the jets cannot launch vertically without a 'skijump' for assistance because they are too heavy, even when not carrying weapons.
Monday, October 23, 2017
|Taking to his favorite medium, Twitter, on Monday morning, Trump in so many words accused a gold-star widow of lying about the conversation they had after her husband's death in Niger. The grieving Myeshia Johnson, wife of the late Sgt. La David Johnson, broke her silence about the now-infamous phone call she received from Trump offering condolences. she told ABC's Good Morning America that the call from Trump left her "very upset and hurt; it made me cry even worse." She confirmed that Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson recalled the call correctly. She said Trump didn't even know her husband's name.|
|Meanwhile it has been revealed Trump has played golf on one of every four days of his presidency. He has logged his 75th appearance on the grounds of one of his golf courses since he entered the White House in January.|
The US Secret Service has reportedly spent at least $137,505 renting golf carts to protect the President at his private clubs as he plays golf.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
|U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a Florida congresswoman "fabricated" an account of him telling the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband "knew what he signed up for." Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was in the car with Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body of Johnson's husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, when Trump called. Wilson said she and others heard part of the conversation on speakerphone.|
|In yet another early morning tweet Trump said ... "Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!" Trump wrote without specifying what proof he had. No 'proof' has been forthcoming.|
Wilson stood by her account, telling CNN on Wednesday that "the president evidently is lying, because what I said is true." Wilson said she and others in the car with Johnson heard Trump. Wilson said, "He doesn't even know how to sympathize with people. We're grieving. This is a grieving community. ... It's disgraceful for him to even tweet about this. And as I say, this gentleman has a brain disorder and he needs to be checked out."
Saturday, October 14, 2017
|The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), often called The Boneyard, is a United States Air Force aircraft and missile storage and maintenance facility in Tucson, Arizona. |
AMARG takes care of more than 4,400 aircraft, which makes it the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world.
The hard soil makes it possible to move aircraft around without having to pave the storage areas.
|AMARG was established in 1946 as the 4105th Army Air Force Unit to house B-29 and C-47 aircraft. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was chosen because of Tucson's low humidity, infrequent rainfall, alkaline soil and high altitude of 2,550 feet, reducing rust and corrosion.|