Featured — August 12 – Aerotech News & Review



US launches three airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia
Four al-Shabab militants are presumed dead after a series of airstrikes launched by US forces in Somalia, US Africa Command announced on August 10.

Ukraine says 9 Russian fighter jets were destroyed in explosions in Crimea
Ukraine’s air force said on August 10 that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in massive explosions at an air base in Crimea, amid speculation they were the result of a Ukrainian attack that would represent a significant escalation of the war.

Crimean airfield blast was the work of Ukrainian special forces, official says
The attack marked a dramatic escalation in the war, demonstrating the ability of Ukrainian forces to strike deeper behind Russian lines than previously thought.


Richardson: TBG and HAWC can still ‘inform’ other hypersonic efforts
The Tactical Boost Glide program and the hypersonic breathing weapon concept still have value, even if the programs they support are either source selection or airborne, said Gen. Duke Z. Richardson, chief of the Air Force Materiel Command, Aug. 10. .

Spanish army buys Milrem ground robot for testing
The Spanish military has taken delivery of a THeMIS robotic vehicle, manufactured by Estonian Milrem Robotics, to evaluate how unmanned ground technology can improve the operations of its ground forces, the company announced on August 9.

Textron Systems loses bid to change Navy’s course on MCM USV contract
The Government Accountability Office has dismissed Textron Systems’ legal challenge to the Navy’s award of a $122 million contract to Bollinger Shipyards to produce a new unmanned surface vehicle.

Canada plans to buy four new Airbus air tankers and requests a proposal
The Canadian government plans to award a contract to Airbus for four new strategic tanker aircraft next year, according to the country’s Ministry of National Defence.

After the Tunisian president took power, are Western defense agreements being called into question?
The United States has criticized the “erosion” of democracy in the North African country, but has not said it will cancel or reduce aircraft sales.


Army researches data as they use next-gen squad weapons
Armaments Research Co. will provide U.S. soldiers with real-time data on the health and readiness of rifles the service recently selected for its close combat force under the Next Generation Squad Weapons program, the company announced. in a press release on August 10. .

Redstone Unveils New Range of ‘Directed Energy Beam’ Tests
When the large garage-like gate opened on August 8 to a beige building in a field off the main roads of Redstone Arsenal, the view was down a 400-meter clear path ending in a small mountain of red dirt from Alabama.

‘A bullet made of light’: Army to deploy first Stryker-mounted combat laser in next 45 days
In addition to the directed energy system for the Stryker, the military is considering a small laser for a smaller vehicle.

This Air Force drone just proved it can be a ‘Grunt Angel’ in a war with China
The MQ-9 Reaper drone, symbol of the global war on terrorism, could soon provide the same cheap but effective reconnaissance and support over the Pacific.

The B-52 will receive at least one new designation with radar, engine upgrades
The B-52H will be redesignated B-52J or possibly B-52K when it receives new radar and new engines, but the Air Force has not yet decided what will constitute the new B-52 variant, according to the Col. Louis. Ruscetta, Senior Materials Manager for the program.


Biden signs health bill from exposure to burning pits
Millions of veterans are now eligible for expanded access to health care and disability benefits related to combustion smoke and other toxic exposures after President Joe Biden signed into law on August 10 a new comprehensive veterans legislation.

How a military veteran battling PTSD built a castle on a mountain and rebuilt his life, one stone at a time
Mikey Allen hadn’t planned to build a castle. He just needed a place to be alone, to find some peace.

At least one photo found for every veteran honored at the Vietnam Memorial
A photo of every service member whose name is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is now featured on a website dedicated to honoring them.


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