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Old May 25th, 2017   #271
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THE PENTAGON—President Donald Trump’s first proposed budget for the U.S. Air Force keeps the service’s top modernization priorities on track, but does not include the major boost to procurement programs that many defense hawks had hoped for.
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A separate Space Corps may be in the offing now that the HASC has voted to split off responsibility for the Space domain away from the Air Force The latter have objected against the move but funnily some Representatives seem to have been unaware of the initiative. LOL.


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House panel votes to split Air Force, create new U.S. Space Corps

As part of its version of the 2018 Defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services Committee voted late Wednesday night to create a sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces: the U.S. Space Corps, which would absorb the Air Force’s current space missions...

But the measure, which would also establish a new U.S. Space Command and make the new chief of the Space Corps the eighth member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has the support of both Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the full committee, and its ranking Democrat, Adam Smith (D-Wash.) The bill language was developed by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), the top Republican and Democrat on the strategic forces subcommittee.

All of them argued Wednesday that the creation of a dedicated service for space had been studied for years, and that the idea’s time had come...

The bill would order the Defense Department to establish the new corps by January 2019. It would be a distinct military service within the Department of the Air Force, in much the same way the Marine Corps operates as a service within the Department of the Navy. The Secretary of the Air Force would oversee both the Air Force and the Space Corps, but the new chief of staff of the Space Corps would be a new four-position, co-equal with the chief of staff of the Air Force. DoD would have to deliver reports to Congress in both March and August of next year on the details of how it plans to set up the new service.
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Antonov looks to US for An-70 resurrection as An-77; it could be developed jointly with US: Antonov looks to US for An-70 resurrection | Jane's 360
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Ukraine’s Antonov seeks US industry cooperation for An-70-based lifter Who knows, US may even buy some! But Russia will raise the issue of intellectual property as AN-70 was developed jointly, not to mention their $100M invested in the project.
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Mines? The forgotten Hero's of the Pacific War. During "Operation Starvation" the USAAC dropped 12,000 mines from B-29s around Japanese harbors and choke points which resulted in the sinking of 1,250,000 tons of shipping being sunk and 670 ships. That was about 1/6'th of what we sunk with submarines.

It was highly effective then so why not now? Look at all the trouble those Iraqi mines caused in their war with Iran.


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The US seems to be seeing a new emergence of air-deployed anti-ship mines. The idea revolves around so-called Quickstrike mines: replace the bomb's fuse with a magnetic/seismic sensor, and it becomes a mine.

Now give it a guidance kit like JDAM, and it becomes Enhanced Quickstrike. These mines can be airdropped with the same parameters as any other JDAM, with standoff capability, and can be used to lace any precise area with anti-ship mines. This is in contrast to legacy low-speed, low-altitude on-site deployment.

Theoretically any platform capable of dropping bombs can drop Quickstrikes as well. So an aircraft like a B-1 can now lay multiple minefields from a safe standoff distance. The Enhanced Quickstrikes themselves can be completely assembled with components already in stock.

It looks like mine warfare will see a huge surge in importance, especially in peer-peer warfare scenarios. Example given in the article is the return of harbor mining.

The Antiship Mine Gets New Wings | The Diplomat

EDIT: I put this in the US aviation thread because the mines were air-deployed, but I've just realized that the maritime forum might be a more appropriate place for it.
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The USAF will be adding another Raptor to its fleet.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...-fleet-440178/
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The USAF will be adding another Raptor to its fleet.

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interesting, I didn't know that the USAF parked up some raptors any idea on numbers parked up google not coming up with anything
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This one is the only available jet for upgrade and deployment to the USAF. 195 Raptors were built of which 8 were test jets. The new addition brings the fleet up to 188 I think. There have been 5 losses and one test jet is at Wright-Patterson and the other is at the National Air Force museum.
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$20Million to bring it to operational status? Good value for money.
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USAF hints in 6th gen tech

The USAF recently hinted at the emerging technology that would be part of the upcoming F-22 replacement know for now as Penetrating Counter Air(PCA)

Focuses will be extended range((B-21 escort role foreseen), stealth, and internal weapons load.



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The KC-46 continues to struggle.

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The USAF is preparing to reinstate 24/7/365 nuclear alert aircraft; something not done since 1991. Certainly ups the ante if it happens.
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Sign of the times I guess, back to the past.

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USAF deploying 12 F35A to Japan

The USAF is forward deploying 12 F35As to Kadena in November. Will be an initial 6 month deployment.




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The USAF is preparing to reinstate 24/7/365 nuclear alert aircraft; something not done since 1991. Certainly ups the ante if it happens.
The Air Force and US Strategic Command say they aren't planning to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert
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US Strategic Command chief Air Force Gen. John Hyten said through a spokesman that he was not currently considering putting bombers on alert.

"There are no discussions or plans for US Strategic Command to place bombers on alert. Any decisions related to the posture of nuclear forces would come from, or through, US Strategic Command," the spokesman told Breaking Defense. "We constantly train, prepare and equip our personnel to ensure we have a combat-ready force that underwrites strategic deterrence in the 21st century."

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek acknowledged that base-infrastructure upgrades, exercises, and equipment modernization were all happening but said they were needed to "maintain a baseline level of readiness."
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