Featured — August 22 – Aerotech News & Review



US, South Korea restart live military drills
The 11-day show of military force after a four-year hiatus is likely to anger neighboring North Korea and China, security experts said.

‘Search and Destroy’: New US Aid to Ukraine Targets Russian Artillery
A new $775 million military aid package for Ukraine marks the first time the United States has sent ScanEagle drones, to target artillery, as well as 105mm howitzers and anti-tank rounds for the rifle Carl Gustaf in the fight against Russia, the Pentagon announced on August 28. 19.

Russia claims to have deployed Kinzhal hypersonic missile to Ukraine three times
Russia has deployed Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missiles three times during what Moscow calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on August 21.


Raytheon looks at the small satellite edge
In this week’s Defense Dollars, Raytheon buys a satellite company and Booz Allen Hamilton extends a contract.

US Air Force chooses five companies to prototype next-generation engines
On August 19, the US Air Force awarded contracts worth up to nearly $4.9 billion to five companies to develop prototypes of an adaptive engine for its next-generation fighter jets.

With competition from KC-Y tankers uncertain, next-generation KC-Z study to start earlier than planned in 2024
Currently, the Air Force envisions its next-generation KC-Z tanker as a family of systems, which could include a tanker aircraft as well as “other technologies, whether it’s survivability, connectivity, or maybe efficiencies that we want to get out of that.” said program manager Paul Waugh.


Service academy applications plummet amid recruiting and pandemic challenges
Applications to service academies have fallen dramatically in the past year – ranging from 10% to nearly 30% – as the military continues to face recruiting challenges amid a nationwide decline in college enrollment across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Battle lines drawn for Bonhomme Richard arson trial
After two days of hearings at Naval Base San Diego, a Navy judge is considering what evidence will be admitted in next month’s trial of the sailor accused of setting the fire that destroyed the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard in 2020.

The 644th Combat Comms Squadron takes on an F-35 ACE challenge
For 30 days in April and May, a group of expeditionary communications technicians gathered at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, with one task: find a way for the F-35 to transfer data over islands in the Pacific remote or disputed.

Space Force hopes to test uniform wear in spring 2023
Currently, there are only six prototypes of the Space Force service uniform – two debuted by male and female officers in September 2021, two more for enlisted male and female Guardians, one for Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, and one for Chief Space Force Master Sergeant Roger A. Towberman.


Amid abortion fight, House Democrats want to hear from veterans on reproductive health care
House Democrats are taking comments from veterans on reproductive health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs in the latest congressional salvo on abortion rights.

‘This is what a loophole looks like,’ says veteran who doesn’t qualify for help under new fireplace law
A prominent veterans advocate who is now ill from toxic exposure, including after overseas deployments following the 9/11 attacks, will not benefit from the recently passed PACT law, according to medical records reviewed by CBS News.

Road to recovery on display this weekend at the Warrior Games event
Warrior Games competitors, representing all branches of the U.S. military service and Special Operations Command, will demonstrate their skills at the Walt Disney World Resort, including retired Central Florida veterans Andrew Blackburn and Mark Coltrain.


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