Draken International Expands Fleet with Acquisition of 22 Mirage F1M Fighter Jets

Draken International, a global leader in advanced adversary air services, has acquired 22 Mirage F1M and F1B fighter jets in an effort to enhance adversary services for the United States Air Force and other Department of Defense clients. The Mirage F1Ms were predominantly flown by the Spanish Air Force and have been fully modernized. This acquisition increases Draken’s fleet size to over 100 fighter jets as the company continues to expand its capabilities. With the completion of the procurement phase, the Mirage F1Ms will soon join Draken’s existing fleet of…

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Thornberry on Air Force failure to record criminal record of former Airman

Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the Air Force’s handling of the criminal records of former Airman Devin P. Kelley: “News that the Air Force failed to notify the FBI of Devin Kelly’s military criminal record is appalling. I understand that Secretary Wilson has initiated an investigation, but I don’t believe that the Air Force should be left to self-police after such tragic consequences. Furthermore, I am concerned that the failure to properly report domestic violence convictions may be a systemic issue. I commend the DOD IG…

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U.S. Seeks Only Peaceful Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam and Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over the waters east of North Korea, Sept. 23, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning said. In a show of force, Manning told Pentagon reporters, the aircraft flew north of the Demilitarized Zone, the farthest north any U.S. fighter or bomber has flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness of North Korea’s “reckless behavior.” He added, “The United States seeks only the peaceful…

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USAF awards contracts for new nuclear missile to Lockheed, Raytheon

The Air Force is on track to replace the aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile with modernized weapon capabilities designed for its nuclear bomber fleet, to include the B-21. Today, the Air Force awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Raytheon Company to mature design concepts and prove developmental technologies for the new Long Range Standoff weapon. “This weapon will modernize the air-based leg of the nuclear triad,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “Deterrence works if our adversaries know that we can hold at risk things they…

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Boeing Awarded Design Work for New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Boeing will develop its preliminary design for America’s next intercontinental ballistic missile through a $349 million U.S. Air Force contract announced today. Boeing and Northrop Grumman each received risk-reduction contracts for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, which will replace the Minuteman III ICBM. In 2020, the Air Force will choose one company to develop the new land-based element of America’s nuclear triad. Missiles launched from submarines and aircraft are the other elements of the triad. “Since the first Minuteman launch in 1961, the U.S. Air Force has relied on…

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Navy Completes First LRASM Free Flight from B-1B Lancer

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin conducted the first free flight launch of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a B-1B Lancer Aug. 16 over Point Mugu Sea Range in California. This event marked the first end-to-end functionality test of LRASM, and proved the weapon’s ability to identify and prosecute a moving target at sea. During the test, aircrew aboard the B-1B from Edwards Air Force Base launched the missile over Point Mugu Sea Range. The missile navigated through all planned waypoints, transitioned to mid-course guidance and flew toward…

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Far-North Base Connects Air Force to its Satellites

April 18, 2017 – Far north — so far the northern lights are to the south — is Detachment 1 of the Air Force’s 23rd Space Operations Squadron, a remote unit situated nearly on top of the world in the ice fields of Thule Air Base, Greenland. As the northernmost U.S. military installation, Thule Air Base’s unique location almost 1,000 miles north of the Arctic Circle allows Detachment 1 to efficiently and frequently track satellite movements. Relaying this information in a timely manner is vital to the Air Force Satellite…

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USS Coronado at LIMA 2017

March 21, 2017 – Assets from the U.S. Navy and Air Force are on display at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2017, March 21-25. Founded in 1991, LIMA is a biennial event which has become a premier destination for aerospace and maritime manufacturers. The U.S. last participated in LIMA in 2015. “LIMA is a tremendous opportunity for the United States military to engage with counterparts in southeast Asia and to showcase our capabilities and assets,” said U.S Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdir. “It is also an…

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USO Announces New Leadership for New Era of Entertainment

March 13, 2017 – The USO’s iconic tradition of bringing entertainment to service members around the globe is being optimized with new leadership. Starting in April, longtime nonprofit entertainment representative Lorie Hennessey will join the USO as its Senior Vice President of Entertainment. Hennessey will lead a newly-configured entertainment team and manage all USO entertainment activities to deliver best-in-class celebrity engagement and USO tours to service members and their families. Hennessey will be supported by two vice presidents — newly-named USO Vice President of Entertainment Partnerships Mimi DiTrani and long-time…

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