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Laser Dazzlers For Defending Tanks Against Marauding Drones Are An Untapped Countermeasure

Advanced laser dazzlers mounted on armored vehicles could automatically blind incoming drones during their vulnerable terminal attack runs.

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Satellite imagery shows curious activity, including a cluster of crane barges, at a prominent shipyard in China over a period of several days in June 2024.

Odd Activity At Chinese Submarine Shipyard Draws Interest

The sudden appearance of four crane barges where a submarine had been parked has prompted questions about the possibility of an accident.

An active expendable decoy, or AED capability has been tested and integrated on U.S. F-35 stealth fighters, resulting in a decision to field this operationally. The move apparently involves the British-made Leonardo BriteCloud, a small active-radar decoy that we have discussed at length in the past and which promises to enhance the F-35’s ability to defeat various types of air defense system threats.

F-35s Set To Get Missile-Luring Expendable Active Decoys

The British-made BriteCloud advanced expendable radar decoy looks set to be the next addition to the F-35’s self-protection suite.

The battle for Krynky, a key fishing village in Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast, may soon be over.

Ukraine Situation Report: Bloody Battle For Key Fishing Village May Soon Be Over

The fight for the small fishing village of Krynky has raged since October with heavy losses by both sides.

119 F-16C Fighting Falcon 330MP AF Greece Kleine Brogel 2007

Greek F-16C/Ds Lined Up For Ukraine: Report

Greece could become the next European NATO F-16 operator to provide surplus fighters to Ukraine with dozens of Block 30 C/D models.

B-2 sprit taking off.

B-2 Stealth Bomber’s Latest Upgrade Is Here

The Spirit Realm 1 upgrade provides the B-2 stealth bomber with new communications and weapons capabilities.

An F-16D on the Lockheed Martin production line in Greenville.

Inside The Lockheed Martin Plant That’s Spearheading Resurgent F-16 Sales

Branded Content: 50 years after its first flight, Viper orders are growing stronger for a fighter that still meets operator needs.

240416-N-HE057-1516 RED SEA (April 16, 2024) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the "Fighting Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, participates in an airborne change of command ceremony above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the Red Sea, April 16. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to support maritime security and stability in the Middle East region. (Official U.S. Navy photo)

F/A-18F Super Hornet Pilot Is First U.S. Female Aviator To Shoot Down An Enemy Aerial Threat

A female naval aviator from Strike Fighter Squadron 32 shot down a Houthi drone during a recently concluded deployment to the Red Sea.

The definitive audit of all the weapons dropped by Doug Masters in his F-16 in Iron Eagle.

Iron Eagle: The Definitive Audit Of How Many Weapons Doug Masters Launched From His F-16

It has become a cult classic but the 1980s air combat flick has gotten a bad rap for its portrayal of the F-16's capabilities. Is it really deserved?

Experienced snipers break down how U.S. Secret Service counter-snipers handled the assassination attempt on Donald Trump.

Experienced Snipers Break Down The Trump Assassination Attempt

Two veteran snipers and a retired Secret Service agent give us their takes on how these security operations are conducted and what may have gone so wrong.

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Russia has, for the first time, published footage showing what it says is the carriage and launch of the guided, glide version of its huge FAB-3000 aerial bomb — a weapon that weighs over 6,600 pounds in its basic version. The weapon is among the more recently announced additions to the family of UMPK munitions, which add a pop-out wing kit and a guidance package to a range of existing freefall weapons, as you can read more about here.

Russia’s Giant 6,000lb Glide Bomb Seen Launched From Su-34 For First Time

The FAB-3000 bomb is mated to a UMPK tail kit turning it into a standoff guided weapon capable of considerable destruction.

While former President Donald Trump's personal protection detail should be lauded for their actions during an assassination attempt, the fact that an armed man climbed a roof less than 450 feet away with a clear line of site is a failure of Secret Service planning, a former FBI agent told us.

Ex-FBI Agent’s Analysis Of Secret Service’s Actions Surrounding Trump Assassination Attempt

The highly-experienced retired FBI agent was baffled by the nearby unattended rooftops in clear line-of-sight of the former president.

Former President Donald Trump was injured in a shooting at rally in Butler County, Pennsylvania that is now being investigated as an assassination attempt.

Sniper Killed, Trump Injured After Deadly Shooting At Rally (Updated)

One shooter is dead along with one rally attendee after an attempt to assassinate the former President.

With one million FPV drones pledged to Ukraine by an international coalition, the need for pilots is only going to increase.

Ukraine’s FPV Drone Obstacle Course Teaches How To Chase Vehicles, Fly Into Windows

Weaving through tank hatches and chasing down trucks is harder than it looks and realistic training is key.

Life in an underground shelter during World War II, Paris, March 1940

Bunker Talk: Let’s Talk About All The Things We Did And Didn’t Cover This Week

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F-35 deliveries will resume with a limited TR-3 software load.

F-35 Deliveries Finally Cleared To Resume, New Jets Will Be Limited To Training

After a yearlong hiatus, production F-35 deliveries are resuming, but the long-awaited Block 4 upgrades will have to wait.

The US Air Force has revealed that development of a new relatively low-cost stand-off precision-guided munition is for Ukraine.

Air Force’s Cheap And Fast To Produce Long-Range Missile Is Being Built For Ukraine

The Extended Range Attack Munition aims to give Ukraine a badly needed capability boost in its ability to strike over hundreds of miles.

Ukraine apparently carried out a long-range drone strike on the Russian Kapustin Yar nuclear missile test site.

Ukraine Situation Report: Russian Strategic Missile Testing Facility Attacked

The attack on the Kapustin Yar site 400 miles from the front lines appears to be another in a string of Ukrainian strikes on Russian strategic military assets.

Private aerospace firm Metrea has bought France's entire fleet of KC-135 tanker in a major new bet on contractor aerial refueling services.

All Of France’s KC-135 Tankers Bought By Private Aerial Refueling Company Metrea

Metrea now boasts the fifth-largest tanker fleet on Earth as it bets big on new U.S. military and foreign air force opportunities.

There is no official replacement for the F-22 Raptor, says the head of Air Combat Command. That could be another blow to the withering Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program.

Air Force Now Says It Has No Official F-22 Raptor Replacement

A sixth-generation fighter being developed under the Air Force Next Generation Air Dominance program was supposed to supplant the Raptor but its future is increasingly uncertain.

AIM-9 Shorads system which could be similar to FrankenSAM.

Ukraine’s FrankenSAM Air Defense Concept Could Be Used To Protect USAF Bases

Rapidly developed to meet an urgent Ukrainian requirement, the FrankenSAM concept is now being eyed for the U.S. military.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has directed the Pentagon to look into the possibility of transferring retired A-10 Warthog ground attack jets to Jordan.

Surplus A-10 Warthogs Could End Up In The Jordanian Air Force

If Jordan is truly interested in the A-10s it would boost its ground-attack capacity and it could open the door to transfers elsewhere.

The transfer of F-16s from Denmark and The Netherlands to Ukraine is now underway, U.S., Danish and Dutch officials say.

Transfer Of F-16s To Ukraine Is Now Underway

The expectation is that the fourth-generation fighters, donated by Denmark and the Netherlands, will be operational over the skies of Ukraine this summer.

The latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage features the "Beast" presidential limousine used to transport the President of the United States.

What We Just Learned About The “Beast” Presidential Limousine From Jay Leno’s Garage

The Secret Service shared some interesting details about one of the world's most secretive cars with the former Tonight Show host.

Chinese soldiers are taking part in maneuvers in Belarus, adding another new dynamic to the security situation in Eastern Europe, dominated by Russia’s war in Ukraine and the fallout surrounding it. While Belarus has been a staunch ally of Russia it has, more recently, made overtures toward China, with the aim of building closer relations with it, including in the military sphere.

Chinese Troops Begin Drills Along Poland’s Border In Belarus

Already a lockstep military ally of Russia, Belarus is now deepening relations with China, including training with PLA troops near NATO borders.

Air Force special operations aviators are now training on AT-802U aircraft ahead of the arrival of their first OA-1K Sky warden light attack planes while questions grow about the program's future.

AT-802U Trainers Arrive To Prepare USAF Aviators For A Murky Light Attack Future

The first OA-1K light attack planes are set to be delivered this year as attention shifts away from the operations they were designed for.

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