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    Odin of Ossetia

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    U.S.A. & Canada Preparing for the Third World War?

    Post  Odin of Ossetia on Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:16 pm


    Air raid sirens, military jets taking off, artillery fire heard from a distance.

    More about this here:

    http://www.morningnewsusa.com/ww3-alert-air-raid-sirens-in-san-diego-tacoma-canada-tweets-and-video-23112768.html



    Someone who commented on this at another forum claimed that he has lived in San Diego for many years, but that is the first time ever that air raid sirens were heard.
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  JohninMK on Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:28 pm

    Might be from VT but it is the kind of article that they are good at.


    The US Air Force says a severe shortage of fighter pilots and aircraft has made the force nearly unable to satisfy combat requirements abroad.

    The USAF is currently authorized to hire 3,500 fighter pilots but it is 752 pilots short, Voice of America (VOA) reported Monday, citing Major General Scott Vander Hamm, who is tasked with fixing the pilot crisis. The force has also shrunk in size over the past years, having only 55 squadrons in 2016, compared to 134 in 1986. “We have too few squadrons to meet the combatant commanders’ needs,” Vander Hamm said.

    The acute shortage has reduced the USAF’s ability to accomplish missions at home and abroad by at least 20 percent over the past decade, the report noted. The US has been carrying out airstrikes in a significant number of countries over the past years, including Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    However, Vander Hamm said the shortage has started taking its toll and the force might need to “take some degradations in the frontline squadrons” come next year. “What that would mean to us is that we would have to accept not being able to get forces to theater in the same time we could, which to a warfighter, that means it could cost lives in a conflict,” he explained.

    Given the technological advances of fighter jets over the years, it would take years to train pilots who can deal with combat situations. Although the number of pilots trained by the USAF in 2016 increased by about 135 compared to two years ago, the number of pilots who left the force was much bigger.

    According to Vander Hamm, this year only 40 percent of American pilots accepted the bonus payment that the air force gives them after 10 years as an incentive to stay.

    The report noted that the shortage has led to longer and more frequent deployments overseas, destroying the morale of the pilots.

    “We were on 45-day rotations. Then they made it 90-day rotations. Then they made it 120-day rotations. Now it’s six-month rotations with one-year rotations sprinkled on top of it for key positions,” said an F-22 pilot, who asked to remain anonymous.

    The Air Force has asked Congress to increase the bonus from $25,000 per year to $48,000 per year as an attempt to keep the remaining pilots.


    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/11/28/us-air-force-pilot-shortage-hits-bombing-for-wall-street-loses-its-appeal/
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  George1 on Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:40 pm

    US Air Force Wants More Than $10 Billion in New Aircraft Purchases

    The US Air Force is seeking funding for additional F-35 jets and an experimental light attack aircraft program, pushing the unfunded requirements on their 2017 wish list to $10.6 billion.

    Congress has extended the service’s funding until April, instead of passing a defense spending bill for 2017, giving the GOP-controlled legislative branch and the White House time to decide how to direct the budget for the rest of the fiscal year.

    The service restored funding for eight C-130Js and five F-35s, in its original $7.2 billion list of unfunded priorities. These were cut from 2017’s fiscal budget request, but the new list calls for two MC-130Js, 11 C-130Js, an HC-130J, and doubles the number of F-35As the force would find, if it can get the money.

    Some line items reflect new priorities for the service, like an $8 million experimental light attack aircraft program that could signal future Light Attack/Armed Reconnaissance OA-X development.

    After a January incident at Minot Air Force Base, in which a B-52 lost an engine mid-flight during a training exercise, the force added $10 million for a re-engining risk-reduction study for the aging bomber.

    According to Defense News, the force also added $63 million to modify the EC-130H Compass Call, $120 million for its Operational Control System (OCX) program, and about $51 million to fund the new Nuclear Command, Control and Communications program office’s manpower requirements.

    https://sputniknews.com/military/201702011050217496-air-force-wants-billions-aircraft/
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:19 pm

    Boeing and Leonardo debut the MH-139, their bid for the Huey replacement

    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/boeing-and-leonardo-debut-the-mh-139-their-bid-for-the-huey-replacement
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  AlfaT8 on Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:42 pm

    George1 wrote:Boeing and Leonardo debut the MH-139, their bid for the Huey replacement

    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/boeing-and-leonardo-debut-the-mh-139-their-bid-for-the-huey-replacement

    "Leonardo"???...... somebody's wayy to full of themselves. Rolling Eyes
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  George1 on Tue May 23, 2017 4:29 pm

    US Air Force Working on Baby ‘Mother of All Bombs’
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:18 pm

    Contract for the modernization of F-16 fighters of the US National Guard Air Force

    On May 31, 2017, the US Department of Defense awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $ 243.873277 million contract for the delivery of 72 sets of the AN/APG-83 airborne radar with an active phased array antenna (AFAR) to upgrade 72 Lockheed fighters Martin F-16C/D US Army National Guard. The radar should be delivered by January 31, 2019.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2663238.html

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  JohninMK on Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:07 pm

    The EC-130J is the one in the background with the X antenna on its tail. From Wiki

    The EC-130J Commando Solo is a modified C-130J Hercules used to conduct psychological operations (PSYOP) and civil affairs broadcast missions in the standard AM, FM, HF, TV and military communications bands. Missions are flown at the maximum altitudes possible to ensure optimum propagation patterns. The EC-130J flies during either day or night scenarios with equal success, and is air-refuelable. A typical mission consists of a single-ship orbit which is offset from the desired target audience. The targets may be either military or civilian personnel.

    The EC-130H Compass Call aircraft attempts to disrupt enemy command and control communications and limits adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. The Compass Call system employs offensive counterinformation and electronic attack capabilities in support of U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface, and special operations forces. The EC-130H was used extensively in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, disrupting Iraqi communications at both the strategic and tactical levels. It has also been used in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Inherent Resolve against the Islamic State.

    Joseph Trevithick‏ @FranticGoat

    Rare image of an EC-130J in theater in a photo ostensibly about EC-130Hs assigned to the 386th AEW in Kuwait.



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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:47 pm

    Bit of a coincidence, the replacement for that EC-130H Compass Call Hercules in the photo above has been announced

    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/14190/its-official-the-usafs-next-jamming-plane-will-be-a-gulfstream-bizjet
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  JohninMK on Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:57 am

    Black project likely

    Military.com | 8 Sep 2017 | by Oriana Pawlyk and Brendan McGarry

    A pilot was killed in another plane crash this week at the Nevada Test and Training Range, the Air Force said.

    Lt. Col. Eric Schultz died from injuries sustained in an accident in which an aircraft crashed around 6 p.m. local time on Tuesday at the range, located about 100 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base, according to a release from the base issued Friday evening.

    The aircraft, the type of which wasn't specified, was assigned to Air Force Materiel Command and was flying a training mission at the time of the mishap, the release states.

    "Information about the type of aircraft involved is classified and not releasable," Maj. Christina Sukach, chief of public affairs for the 99 Air Base Wing at Nellis, said in an email.


    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/08/airman-dies-another-plane-crash-nevada-training-range.html
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  JohninMK on Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:44 pm

    JohninMK wrote:Black project likely

    Military.com | 8 Sep 2017 | by Oriana Pawlyk and Brendan McGarry

    A pilot was killed in another plane crash this week at the Nevada Test and Training Range, the Air Force said.

    Lt. Col. Eric Schultz died from injuries sustained in an accident in which an aircraft crashed around 6 p.m. local time on Tuesday at the range, located about 100 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base, according to a release from the base issued Friday evening.

    The aircraft, the type of which wasn't specified, was assigned to Air Force Materiel Command and was flying a training mission at the time of the mishap, the release states.

    "Information about the type of aircraft involved is classified and not releasable," Maj. Christina Sukach, chief of public affairs for the 99 Air Base Wing at Nellis, said in an email.


    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/08/airman-dies-another-plane-crash-nevada-training-range.html


    Looks like it could possibly be their Su-27

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  George1 on Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:53 pm

    In the US, a new long-range air-to-air missile is being developed

    According to the Flight International magazine, in the budget documents of the US Department of Defense for the fiscal year 2018, the secret program Long-Range Engagement Weapon (LREW), which is being implemented with the goal of "maintaining superiority in the air" and being a project to create a new air- air "of long range.

    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/2932005.html
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  Odin of Ossetia on Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:30 am




    U.S. Air Force has a Shortage of 2 000 Pilots.


    USAF colonels may serve for an additional three years, and there is a shortage of some other officers.


    https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/01/air-force-colonels-nearing-mandatory-retirement-can-remain-3-more-years/





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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:17 am

    US Air Force has chosen the MH-139 helicopter to replace UH-1N

    As reported on September 24, 2018 by Boeing Corporation, the US Air Force chose the multipurpose MH-139 helicopter (version of the famous Italian helicopter Leonardo AW139) proposed for it to replace the fleet of Bell UH-1N Huey helicopters used to provide security for US land-based strategic missile systems of mine base.



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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:22 pm


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    A US Marine Corps F-35B crashed today in South Carolina near Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort, the pilot is believed to have ejected but the pilot's status is unknown, according to a US military official


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