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    I couldn't find a thread on US forces like the many other threads for other countries. I don't know if this is intentional and the US forces, as they are so large, are to be treated on a single issue basis, like the F-35 thread. If that is the case can the mods please delete this? If not, here we go.

    Sputnik are quoting the US Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear as telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday that the United States will station B-1 strategic bombers in Australia.
    Last edited by TheKiwi; 14-05-2015, 03:41 PM.

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    I would think it would be best of each US military branch had its own thread.

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    • #3
      Good idea mate

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      • #4
        Like it. I can't so can a Mod please change this thread title to 'US Flying forces' please? As well as starting 'US Land forces' and 'US Sea forces' perhaps?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JohninMK View Post
          Like it. I can't so can a Mod please change this thread title to 'US Flying forces' please? As well as starting 'US Land forces' and 'US Sea forces' perhaps?
          I was thinking more like United States Airforce, United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps.

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            The US Air Force and defense contractor Raytheon have passed a final review of the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), an advanced bomb that can change direction and target in midflight through the use of a secure datalink, Raytheon said in a statement on Monday.

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            • #7
              F-22 coming to Europe?

              The US Air Force plans to further increase the number of its rotational forces in Europe amid tensions with Russia and could deploy the F-22 fighter to Europe, US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying. She made the statement during the Paris Airshow at Le Bourget earlier this week.

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                http://rutube.ru/video/4b1d3bc920fd8...0161a49d6defa/

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                  News: USAF looks at fourth-gen fighters

                  A senior USAF officer has said that Air Combat Command is studying the viability of purchasing new fourth-generation fighter aircraft. Up to 72 aircraft could be purchased to equip a single fighter wing, with upgrades of legacy fighters also being evaluated.

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                    US Air Force facing bigger pilot shortage than thought

                    Senior Air Force officials said Wednesday the Air Force will face a shortage of 700 fighter pilots by the end of 2016. That shortfall is estimated to grow to 1,000 by 2022.

                    The gap in pilots marks a sharp increase since March, when Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle testified before Congress that the Air Force needed 511 fighter jet pilots to adequately carry out current missions.
                    More: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/10/us...ilot-shortage/

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                    • #11
                      Boeing's KC-46 program approved for production: U.S. Air Force

                      Boeing Co's KC-46A refueling plane has been approved for production, with work underway for the first two low-rate initial production lots to be awarded in the next 30 days, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday.

                      "The KC-46 program has made significant strides in moving the Air Force toward the modernization needed in our strategic tanker fleet," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said in a statement announcing the approval.

                      The Air Force added it would soon award Boeing contracts for the first two batches, 19 aircraft in total, with a pre-negotiated combined value of $2.8 billion.
                      More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKCN10N2JZ

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                        No man left behind: the US next gen air combat helicopter

                        An update from Sikorsky reveals that the $1.2bn programme to replace the US Air Force's rapidly ageing HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters is progressing well. The contract signed in 2014 will see the delivery of HH-60W designed for critical combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all US military services. Claire Apthorp caught up with the project to get a glimpse of the final product and find out what it can do.

                        Personnel recovery from the battlefield is a mission that the US military takes very seriously. ‘No man left behind’ is a motto not only rolled out in the films, it is a tenet that the military will devote almost limitless resources to in order to deliver on and bring its soldiers out of harm’s way.

                        For the past three decades the mission of extracting personnel from the battlefield under stressful conditions for the US Air Force (USAF) – and conducting search and rescue operations – has been fulfilled by the HH-60G Pave Hawk. With this fleet now ageing and in need of replacement, the air force is running the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) programme, under which it will procure the HH-G60’s successor.
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                        http://www.airforce-technology.com/f...opter-4970625/

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                        • #13
                          New Cruise Missile Crucial To Nuclear Deterrence

                          Critics of US nuclear modernization claim the Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) weapon — an aircraft-launched nuclear cruise missile — can be eliminated without harming America’s security interests. But the LRSO provides America with a unique capability to deter adversaries from using nuclear force and projects credible power while keeping US forces safe.

                          Updated standoff weapons ensure America maintains a credible and reliable strategic deterrent force. Standoff cruise missiles are launched from a bomber outside defended airspace and penetrate enemy territory — allowing a non-stealthy aircraft like the B-52 to strike well-protected targets.
                          More: http://breakingdefense.com/2016/07/n...ar-deterrence/

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                            B-52 releases JASSM from internal bay: Success marks another 'first-ever' for AFTC

                            EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

                            Team Edwards accomplished another first recently by executing a clean separation of three Joint Attack Surface Standoff Missiles, or JASSMs, from the internal weapons bay of a B-52 Stratofortress here.

                            The aircraft has long been capable of carrying JASSMs on its wing pylons, but this is the first time they have been successfully released from Conventional Rotary Launcher in the internal bay.
                            More: http://www.afgsc.af.mil/News/Article...-for-aftc.aspx

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                              America's F-15 Fighter Will Soon Carry Double the Amount of Weapons into Battle

                              The US Air Force is vigorously upgrading the 1980s-era F-15 fighter by giving new weapons and sensors in the hope of maintaining air-to-air superiority over the Chinese J-10 equivalent.

                              The multi-pronged effort includes the current addition of electronic warfare technology, super-fast high-speed computers, infrared search and track enemy targeting systems, increased networking ability and upgraded weapons-firing capability, Air Force and Boeing officials said.

                              “The Air Force plans to keep the F-15 fleet in service until the mid-2040’s. Many of the F-15 systems date back to the 1970’s and must be upgraded if the aircraft is to remain operationally effective. Various upgrades will be complete as early as 2021 for the F-15C AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar and as late as 2032 for the various EW (electronic warfare) upgrades,” Air Force spokesman Maj. Rob Leese told Scout Warrior.
                              More: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the...e-amount-17384

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