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air forceChina Airshow shows J-20 with missile bay open and new missiles

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China showed off four J-20 stealth fighters during the last day of the 12th Zhuhai Air Show. Two of the stealth fighters opened their weapons bay to show four medium-range air-to-air missiles and two close-range combat missiles. They also had …

air forceChina adds thrust vectoring for better aerial movement on J-10 fighters

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China’s J-10 fighter has been upgraded with thrust vectoring controls. This allows for better aerial movement. The J-10 is a copy of the American F-16. The Chinese J-10 was built with Israeli assistance from Israel’s F-16-based Lavi fighter. It is …

air forceBoeing will spend 35% of military purchase in Israel

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Boeing will collaborate with Israeli industries for at least 35 percent of the value of any transaction it signs with the Israeli government. Israel will be buying about $10 billion worth of jet fighters, helicopters and other military gear. The …

air forceUSA, China and Russia Military Jet Production and estimates for 2030

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The US got about fifty F-35s in 2017 and 26 F-18 Superhornets. In 2018 there will be seventy F-35s for the USA and about fourteen F-18s. The US is getting about 75 to 85 fighter jets every year. In 2017 …

air forceRepairing Tyndall airbase and F-22 fighters will easily top a billion dollars

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Tyndall airbase suffered a lot of damage from Hurricane Michael. Many buildings on base are a complete loss, and the rest sustained severe damage. The drone runway had catastrophic damage. Tyndall’s marina is completely destroyed, including its structures and docks. …

air forceHurricane Michael damaged seventeen F-22 jets

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There have been reports that up to 17 F-22 stealth fighters were damaged by Hurricane Michael. The Air Force continues to assess the potential damage to multiple F-22 Raptor fighter jets inflicted last week by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air …

air forceAll F-35 stealth fighters are grounded after September crash

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The global fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 combat jets have been temporarily grounded to investigate engine problems following a Marine Corps plane crash last month. Officials said the fleet of about 320 jets would undergo inspections over the next 48 …

air forceUS defense spending will surge past $1 trillion per year and get surprisingly little

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The US spends $890 billion on defense in 2019 . Continuing this rate of spending will mean the US Navy would shrink to 230 ships in 2047. Increasing costs for ships and planes and other military equipment cannot be contained. …

air force3D printing of multiple fuzes to choose how many parts of a bomb explode

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The Air Force Research lab is working on conventional explosive bombs with adjustable explosive force. Air Force Research Lab has over $5 billion per year in funding which is more than the $3.5 billion of funding for DARPA. 3D printing …

air forceGrowing US Air Force 24% by 2030 will cost $25+ billion per year

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For FY2018, the Air Force requested a top-line budget of $132.4 billion in Air Force-controlled funding that invests primarily in Airmen, readiness, nuclear deterrence operations, space and cyber capabilities, combat Air Forces and infrastructure. The US Air Force has requested …