October 2019

Boeing’s top executive relinquishes chairman title in wake of 737 MAX crisis

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — Boeing’s board of directors on Friday removed its top executive from the chairmanship position in the wake of the 737 MAX safety crisis, the company announced Friday evening. Dennis Muilenburg will continue to lead the company as chief executive officer, president and a director. David Calhoun, currently the independent lead director, was elected by the board to serve as its non-executive chairman. The board made the decision… Read More »Boeing’s top executive relinquishes chairman title in wake of 737 MAX crisis

No US forces harmed by explosion in Syria says official

[ad_1] An explosion near U.S. special operations forces located in Syria has not resulted in any casualties for American forces, but details remain scant on what happened. If the explosions were caused by Turkish forces invading Syria, it would be the first case of them firing upon its NATO ally. In a statement released in Turkish, the government of Turkey said that the incident occurred when a Kurdish outpost, roughly… Read More »No US forces harmed by explosion in Syria says official

Out of space at home, Singapore warplanes rehearse bomb runs in Idaho, Utah

[ad_1] MELBOURNE, Australia – The southeast Asian island nation of Singapore has finished carrying out an integrated strike exercise in Idaho, honing its military’s ability to maintain a persistent presence on the battlefield as well as its ability to gather intelligence and act on it in a timely manner. The exercise, codenamed Forging Sabre 19, was held primarily at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and the nearby Mountain… Read More »Out of space at home, Singapore warplanes rehearse bomb runs in Idaho, Utah

How the Pentagon plans to protect American forces in Syria from Turkish attacks

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — As Turkey continues an incursion into Syria targeting Kurdish forces backed by the U.S., the Pentagon has given the Turkish military detailed coordinates of where American forces are, and a stark warning: American personnel in Syria have the right to defend themselves, even against a longstanding NATO ally. Speaking to reporters Friday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and the newly-installed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,… Read More »How the Pentagon plans to protect American forces in Syria from Turkish attacks

Norway’s F-35s have a problem with a unique piece of gear

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — Norway’s F-35s have a unique feature that distinguishes them from other countries’ version of the joint strike fighter: a drag chute that is used to slow the landing of the jet in icy conditions. However, the the drag chute is failing more than expected and the Royal Norwegian Air Force is working with the Pentagon to fix the issue before next winter. “It’s not working the way… Read More »Norway’s F-35s have a problem with a unique piece of gear

F-15s, air defense systems and thousands of U.S. troops heading to Saudi Arabia

[ad_1] The Pentagon is sending Air Force F-15s, new air defense systems and other assets — along with the thousands of U.S. troops needed to operate and maintain them — to Saudi Arabia. According to chief department spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has authorized the deployment of two fighter squadrons, an air expeditionary wing, two Patriot batteries and a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) to… Read More »F-15s, air defense systems and thousands of U.S. troops heading to Saudi Arabia

Philippine air force reactivates seven old Huey helos thanks to spares from Japan

[ad_1] MELBOURNE, Australia – The Philippines is set to return more U.S.-built utility helicopters to its stretched helicopter fleet thanks to spare parts from Japan, even as the country continues to buy newer transport helicopters and is reportedly seeking more. According to the government’s official newswire, Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesman Maj. Aristides Galang said in a statement that seven Bell UH-1 “Huey” helicopters would be brought back to flying… Read More »Philippine air force reactivates seven old Huey helos thanks to spares from Japan

New missile warning satellites pass design test

[ad_1] The Air Force’s next generation early warning missile defense satellite passed a preliminary design review, the service announced Oct. 10. Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared system is being built to replace the Space-Based Infrared System, a crucial part of the nation’s missile defense architecture. The Space and Missile Systems Center has awarded contracts for five Next Gen OPIR satellites: three in geosynchronous orbit and two covering the polar regions.… Read More »New missile warning satellites pass design test

Kurds may be wiped out before Turkey sanctions happen, senators worry

[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― Senators critical of President Donald Trump’s sudden military withdrawal from Syria are prepping a legislative response to the Turkish offensive there, but some colleagues worry America’s Kurdish partners may be dead by the time sanctions are imposed. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., have proposed Congress’ most concrete legislative response to date to the unfolding crisis. Their bill includes sanctions on Turkish President Recep… Read More »Kurds may be wiped out before Turkey sanctions happen, senators worry

South Korea to buy 20 more F-35 jets

[ad_1] SEOUL — South Korea will begin the second phase of its plan to acquire stealthy fighter jets, code-named F-X III, by acquiring 20 more F-35s, the country’s arms procurement agency has confirmed. The Asian economic power had ordered 40 F-35As for Air Force operations under a 2014 deal worth about $6.4 billion, with the delivery of the fifth-generation fighters starting earlier this year. “The government is preparing to launch… Read More »South Korea to buy 20 more F-35 jets