Tracking China’s Sudden Airpower Expansion Along Its Western Border

[…] China’s heavy investment in airpower-related facilities in the region is already being leveraged by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), as evidenced by an unprecedented level of activity along the Sino-Indian border as of late. This is in addition to massive growth in ground-based air defenses, as well as the construction of Read more about Tracking China’s Sudden Airpower Expansion Along Its Western Border[…]

The Navy’s Tanker Drone Makes History By Refueling A Manned Aircraft For The First Time (Updated)

Boeing’s MQ-25 Stingray test asset, known as T1, has conducted the first successful aerial refueling of a manned receiver aircraft by an unmanned tanker. The landmark is a vital one as the U.S. Navy looks forward to adding the MQ-25 to its carrier air wings, or CVWs, in the future. The Navy’s Naval Air Systems Read more about The Navy’s Tanker Drone Makes History By Refueling A Manned Aircraft For The First Time (Updated)[…]

A.I. used at sea for first time off coast of Scotland to engage threats to ships

For the first time, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is being used by the Royal Navy at sea as part of Exercise Formidable Shield, which is currently taking place off the coast of Scotland. This Operational Experiment (OpEx) on the Type 45 Destroyer (HMS Dragon) and Type 23 Frigate (HMS Lancaster), is using the A.I. applications, Startle Read more about A.I. used at sea for first time off coast of Scotland to engage threats to ships[…]

This Is What Pilots Actually See Inside Red 6’s Augmented Reality Dogfighting Goggles

Augmented reality systems are on the verge of making a huge impact on how America’s military fights and trains. When it comes to the latter, one company, aptly named Red 6, has identified an inflection point where cost and existing capabilities become problematic for America’s tactical aircraft communities—training for air-to-air combat. While contractor aggressor services Read more about This Is What Pilots Actually See Inside Red 6’s Augmented Reality Dogfighting Goggles[…]

Israel’s operation against Hamas was the world’s first AI war

Having relied heavily on machine learning, the Israeli military is calling Operation Guardian of the Walls the first artificial-intelligence war. “For the first time, artificial intelligence was a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy,” an IDF Intelligence Corps senior officer said. “This is a first-of-its-kind campaign for the IDF. We implemented new Read more about Israel’s operation against Hamas was the world’s first AI war[…]

Boeing KC-46A’s Vision System Can’t Reliably Show The End Of The Refueling Boom. Boom doesn’t work much anyway.

KC-46A’s Remote Vision System (RVS), which the boom operators use to connect the boom with receiving aircraft. It’s a critical system on the Pegasus and fundamental to its ability to operate as a tanker for receptacle-equipped aircraft from the U.S. military and its allies. It’s also a new kind of technology for Air Force refueling Read more about Boeing KC-46A’s Vision System Can’t Reliably Show The End Of The Refueling Boom. Boom doesn’t work much anyway.[…]

The First Privately Owned F-16 Aggressor Jet Has Taken To The Sky

In a follow-up to our big piece on Top Aces’ recently acquired fleet of second-hand F-16A/B ‘Netz’ fighters from Israel, the company has now taken one of these jets aloft for the first time. This also marks the first time a 4th generation fighter of any kind has been flown by a private adversary support Read more about The First Privately Owned F-16 Aggressor Jet Has Taken To The Sky[…]

How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to launch rocket attacks at Israelis from densely populated civilian areas. © Hosam Salem for The New York Times The Al Shrouq building in central Gaza, which Read more about How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict[…]

ENVG-B – latest iteration of night vision goggles offer augmented reality, stereo vision, white lines

The ENVG-B is a helmet-mounted, dual-waveband goggle with industry-leading, fused white phosphor and thermal technologies. […] Flexible 40 Field-Of-View with options of white-hot, black-hot and outline modes […] Augmented Reality Soldiers keep eyes on target without having to look down to read maps or check radios for critical information. High-resolution goggle display Data display includes Read more about ENVG-B – latest iteration of night vision goggles offer augmented reality, stereo vision, white lines[…]

F-22 And F-35 Datalinks *Finally* Talk Freely With Each Other Thanks To A U-2 Flying Translator

Five F-35A Joint Strike Fighters and a single F-22 Raptor “talked” with each other using their proprietary stealthy datalinks via a U-2S Dragon Lady spy plane carrying a specialized communications gateway payload, during a recent demonstration. This marks the first time that the Air Force’s two stealth fighters were able to exchange data freely in Read more about F-22 And F-35 Datalinks *Finally* Talk Freely With Each Other Thanks To A U-2 Flying Translator[…]

Superspreaders of Malign and Subversive Information on COVID-19: Russian and Chinese Efforts Targeting the United States

Both Russia and China appear to have employed information manipulation during the COVID-19 pandemic in service to their respective global agendas. This report uses exploratory qualitative analysis to systematically describe the types of COVID-19-related malign and subversive information efforts with which Russia- and China-associated outlets appear to have targeted U.S. audiences from January 2020 to Read more about Superspreaders of Malign and Subversive Information on COVID-19: Russian and Chinese Efforts Targeting the United States[…]

Project FoX Brings Avionics + Sensor Data to Commercial Computer Tablets In F-35 Stealth Fighter Cockpits

The U.S. Air Force has, for the first time, live-streamed data directly from the F-35A stealth fighter and onto a commercial computer tablet in the cockpit, during ground tests at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The March 31 trial, part of the Fighter Optimization eXperiment, or FoX, demonstrated that data from the jet could Read more about Project FoX Brings Avionics + Sensor Data to Commercial Computer Tablets In F-35 Stealth Fighter Cockpits[…]

Belgium’s Hard-Worked F-16 with P&W F100 engines Fighter Fleet Has Just Been Grounded

Belgium’s entire fleet of F-16 fighter jets, the backbone of its combat air force, has been grounded since yesterday after one of the Vipers experienced problems with its Pratt & Whitney F100 engine. As of today, the air defense of the European country has now been taken over by the neighboring Netherlands. “While technicians work Read more about Belgium’s Hard-Worked F-16 with P&W F100 engines Fighter Fleet Has Just Been Grounded[…]

Construction Of A Large Runway Suddenly Appears On Highly Strategic Island In The Red Sea

Satellite imagery shows that, earlier this year, construction began on a new, approximately 6,150-foot-long runway on Perim, an island right in the middle of the highly strategic Bab Al Mandeb Strait, which links the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. In addition to its location inside this critical maritime junction, which is an important Read more about Construction Of A Large Runway Suddenly Appears On Highly Strategic Island In The Red Sea[…]

GPS jamming around Cyprus gives our air traffic controllers a headache, says Eurocontrol

[…] Jamming of the essential navigational satellite signal has caused enough headaches for the EU air traffic control organisation to prompt an investigation, complete with an instrumented aircraft designed to detect signs of GPS jamming. Airliners rely on GPS to a great extent, and air traffic management (the science of making sure airliners don’t come Read more about GPS jamming around Cyprus gives our air traffic controllers a headache, says Eurocontrol[…]

British Troops Get Small Swarming Drones They Can Fire From 40mm Grenade Launchers

British Army troops in Mali are now reportedly using tiny unmanned aircraft that can be fired from standard 40mm grenade launchers. These diminutive quad-copter-type drones can be fitted with various payloads, ranging from full-motion electro-optical video cameras to small high-explosive or armor-piercing warheads, and that can fly together as a swarm after launch. Overt Defense Read more about British Troops Get Small Swarming Drones They Can Fire From 40mm Grenade Launchers[…]

Air Force Says KC-46 Is A “Lemon” That It’s Trying To Make Lemonade Out Of

The U.S. Air Force has described its bedeviled KC-46A Pegasus tanker as a “lemon,” amid ongoing problems that prevent it from performing its primary aerial refueling mission on a day-to-day basis. Now the Air Force is trying to find other ways to make use of these aircraft, of which it has already received 42 examples Read more about Air Force Says KC-46 Is A “Lemon” That It’s Trying To Make Lemonade Out Of[…]

£30-million injection for UK’s first uncrewed fighter aircraft

The uncrewed combat aircraft will be designed to fly at high-speed alongside fighter jets, armed with missiles, surveillance and electronic warfare technology to provide a battle-winning advantage over hostile forces. Known as a ‘loyal wingman’, these aircraft will be the UK’s first uncrewed platforms able to target and shoot down enemy aircraft and survive against Read more about £30-million injection for UK’s first uncrewed fighter aircraft[…]

Pentagon Puts F-35 Full-Rate Production Decision On Hold

In a setback for the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter program, the U.S. Department of Defense has formally decreed that a decision on full-rate production of the jet is on indefinite hold. The Milestone C decision on whether or not to ramp up the manufacture of Joint Strike Fighters had been due in or before Read more about Pentagon Puts F-35 Full-Rate Production Decision On Hold[…]

Air Force Flies AI Copilot on U-2 Spy Plane in first. Very Star Wars referenced

For Star Wars fans, an X-Wing fighter isn’t complete without R2-D2. Whether you need to fire up converters, increase power, or fix a broken stabilizer, that trusty droid, full of lively beeps and squeaks, is the ultimate copilot. Teaming artificial intelligence (AI) with pilots is no longer just a matter for science fiction or blockbuster Read more about Air Force Flies AI Copilot on U-2 Spy Plane in first. Very Star Wars referenced[…]

NSA Spied On Denmark As It Chose Its Future Fighter Aircraft: Report – also FR, NL, DE, NO, SE

Reports in the Danish media allege that the United States spied on the country’s government and its defense industry, as well as other European defense contractors, in an attempt to gain information on its fighter acquisition program. The revelations, published online by DR, Denmark’s Danish public-service broadcaster, concern the run-up to the fighter competition that Read more about NSA Spied On Denmark As It Chose Its Future Fighter Aircraft: Report – also FR, NL, DE, NO, SE[…]

RAF Uses Autonomous Drone Swarm Loaded With Decoys To Overwhelm Mock Enemy Air Defenses

Italian defense contractor Leonardo says that it has conducted a successful demonstration in cooperation with the U.K. Royal Air Force of an autonomous swarm of unmanned aircraft, each carrying a variant of its BriteCloud expendable active decoy as an electronic warfare payload. Using the BriteClouds, which contain electronic warfare jammers, the drones were able to Read more about RAF Uses Autonomous Drone Swarm Loaded With Decoys To Overwhelm Mock Enemy Air Defenses[…]

SmartShooter ‘Automatically’ Shoots Drones Out of the Sky using Colt personal gun

The Air Force was already familiar with the possibilities of the ‘SmartShooter’ smart aiming system. The only thing that was unknown was whether it is also effective in combination with the Colt C7 5.56mm long-range automatic rifle. Operation The system uses video analysis. A shooter aims his weapon at the target with the SmartShooter. So Read more about SmartShooter ‘Automatically’ Shoots Drones Out of the Sky using Colt personal gun[…]

British Army develops AI shotgun drone with machine vision for indoor use

The British Army has reportedly developed AI-equipped killer drones armed with twin-linked shotguns designed for blasting enemies of the Queen hiding inside buildings. As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, the Army is already looking at strapping a chain gun or rocket launcher to its i9 drone instead of the shotguns, according to The Times. “It Read more about British Army develops AI shotgun drone with machine vision for indoor use[…]