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Defense USA

US Air Force Developing Combat Tanker-Airlifter that Can Land on Water (Tara Copp, Defense One)

A rendering of a twin float amphibious modification to an MC-130J Commando II.

A rendering of a twin float amphibious modification to an MC-130J Commando II. COURTESY PHOTO

The U.S. Air Force is working on detachable pontoons and other modifications for its MC-130J Commando II that could enable special forces to rely less on land-based runways in future conflicts, the service said Monday. 
US Air Force Developing Combat Tanker-Airlifter that Can Land on Water – Defense One
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AUKUS China CPTPP Defense Indo Pacific

AUKUS and the CPTPP: It’s all about China (Ian Hill, The Interpreter)

China’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) just hours after announcement of the new tripartite AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) security partnership may – or may not – have been coincidental. Regardless, both events illustrate the rapidly shifting geostrategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region.

AUKUS is a momentous agreement – for all three parties.

AUKUS and the CPTPP: It’s all about China (lowyinstitute.org)

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Defense Lebanon USA

US 5th Fleet kicks off first-ever Central Partnership Station exercise in Lebanon that pairs training, humanitarian aid (Megan Eckstein, Defense News)

The Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2), arrives in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit Dec. 30, 2015. Choctaw County is the second of 10 vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transportation of troops and military equipment. (Heather Judkins/US Navy)

U.S. 5th Fleet is beginning the inaugural Central Partnership Station exercise in Lebanon, meant to marry partner-building military training with humanitarian work in U.S. Central Command.

The exercise, which mirrors the partnership station series that have been conducted in U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, will grow the Lebanese Armed Forces’ ability to conduct missions like mine countermeasures, naval construction and disaster-related public health activities, as well as deliver goods like baby formula to the Middle East partner nation, 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Tim Hawkins told Defense News.

US 5th Fleet kicks off first-ever Central Partnership Station exercise in Lebanon that pairs training, humanitarian aid (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

Northrop Grumman now has five B-21 stealth bombers in production (Valerie Insinna, Defense News)

B-21 Raider concept

Artist rendering of a B-21 Raider concept in a hangar at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., one of the future bases to host the new airframe. (Courtesy photo by Northrop Grumman)

The U.S. Air Force has five B-21 Raider bombers currently in various states of production at manufacturer Northrop Grumman’s plant in California, the service’s top civilian said on Monday.

“We have been living off of bomber fleet investments made many decades ago, but that is rapidly changing,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told the audience at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference here.

Northrop Grumman now has five B-21 stealth bombers in production (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

Air Force testing how to do intelligence in disconnected environments (Mark Pomerleau, Defense News)

16th Air Force is maturing its ability to converge intelligence, cyber and information warfare capabilities, but it needs to improve its speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Byers)

As the Air Force looks to mature its information warfare organization and posture, it is beginning to experiment with how to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in disconnected and disaggregated environments.

Unlike the last 20 years, the U.S. military expects every aspect of its operations ― including the flow of data and information — to be stressed by high-tech adversaries.

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Defense USA

AFSOC plans to demo amphibious MC-130J by end of next year, commander says (Leila Barghouty, Defense News)

A rendering of a twin float amphibious modification to an MC-130J Commando II is shown here. Air Force Special Operations Command and private sector counterparts are currently developing a Removable Amphibious Float Modification (RAFM) for the MC-130J, allowing aircraft to take off and land in bodies of water and conduct runway independent operations. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

Air Force Special Operations Command plans to demonstrate an amphibious version of the MC-130J Hercules by the end of next year, AFSOC’s commander told reporters Monday morning at the Air Force Association convention.

“I can say with certainty that our plan is to conduct a demo by the 31st of December next year.,” AFSOC commander Lt. Gen. Jim Slife said in a roundtable with media on Sept. 20. Slife emphasized that a flying demo would most likely feature a single aircraft and would be aimed at validating digitally engineered models that the program has run so far on the aircraft’s capabilities.

AFSOC plans to demo amphibious MC-130J by end of next year, commander says (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

SecAF to Congress: Let us retire aircraft or we can’t beat China (Valerie Insinna, Defense News)

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall walks with Air Marshal Melvin Hupfeld chief of the Australian air force, before a meeting at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 8, 2021. (Wayne Clark/U.S. Air Force)

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall on Monday used his first public speech to send a message to Congress: The aircraft in your district are not exempt from the retirements the Air Force must do to free up funds for next-generation planes, drones and weapons.

“I have one request of the Congress: help us to focus on the one fight — the strategic competitive fight — we must win,” Kendall said during a speech at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber conference.

SecAF to Congress: Let us retire aircraft or we can’t beat China (defensenews.com)

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Defense

Kaman unveils medium-lift UAV to resupply distributed Marine Corps forces (Megan Eckstein, Defense News)

Kaman’s KARGO UAV is a quadcopter designed to carry hundreds of pounds of supplies to Marines in expeditionary bases away from logistics hubs, either in a conformal pod or in a sling load under the unmanned air vehicle. (Kaman imagery)

Kaman is unveiling this week a medium-lift unmanned quadcopter meant to solve the biggest challenge to the Marine Corps’ expeditionary advanced base operations concept: resupplying small units of Marines scattered around island chains.

Kaman’s KARGO unmanned aerial vehicle has been designed from scratch over the past nine months to meet the Marines’ needs for an Unmanned Logistics Systems-Air (ULS-A) medium-lift vehicle for the distributed laydown the Marines expect will be the hallmark of their operations in the future in places like the Pacific, the Baltic Sea or other contested areas.

Kaman unveils medium-lift UAV to resupply distributed Marine Corps forces (defensenews.com)

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Defense

Ultimi test della US Air National Guard della contromisura BriteCloud di Leonardo (Analisi Difesa)

Il BriteCloud 218 di Leonardo si appresta a effettuare una campagna di prove integrato sugli F-16 dell’US Air National Guard (ANG). Si tratta della fase finale del programma della Difesa USA Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT), la cui conclusione aprirà la strada a un potenziale impegno sul sistema da parte degli Stati Uniti.

BriteCloud è la prima contromisura al mondo a utilizzare un jamming miniaturizzato per la protezione dai missili dei velivoli da combattimento. Le prossime prove permetteranno al governo degli Stati Uniti di decidere sull’acquisto del sistema di Leonardo, progettato in UK e attualmente in servizio con la Royal Air Force.

Ultimi test della US Air National Guard della contromisura BriteCloud di Leonardo – Analisi Difesa

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