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Air Force Won: Nutanix lands $45m deal to ply US flyboys with hyperconverged kit

Nutanix has scored a $45m contract, via an unnamed channel middleman, to supply hyperconverged kit to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT)*. So says respected financial analyst Jason Ader, at William Blair, who claimed a Nutanix reseller won the deal late last month. He estimated the $45m "will not all flow to Nutanix" - …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2018
Flak guns on a portion of the old Nazi German Atlantic Wall defence network. Pic: Shutterstock

US military gets authority to shoot down citizens' small drones

The US Army issued guidance to its formations a few months ago allowing it to shoot down consumer drones buzzing its units, according to reports. It is illegal to fly a consumer-grade drone within 400ft of a US Army base in April, the US Department of Defence stressed this week. Larger drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, as …
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US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

After more than 20 years of service, the US Air Force fly boys have today announced that the MQ-1 Predator drone is going to be phased out within a year. Since its first operational deployment in the Balkan wars in the mid-1990s, the Predator has evolved from a pure surveillance drone to an armed flying weapon that has become …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2017
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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

The US Air Force says a strong tailwind is behind the flight line fire that has grounded yet another of its F-35 fighter aircraft. The F-35A caught fire while getting ready to fly an exercise from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. It was one of seven at the base for surface-to-air training. The fire happened while the …
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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

The “ready for combat” F-35 has run into headwinds again, with 15 of the F-35A variant grounded in America because cooling line insulation is cracking up. Various reports state that the problem is non-conforming insulation in lines carrying coolant in the plane's wings. The F-35 passes its poly-alpha-olefin (PAO) coolant …
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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

In June, the US Air Force had to call on an apiarist for help after more than 20,000 bees swarmed at the exhaust of an F-22 Raptor. The incident has just come to light, courtesy of a USAF media release that says the bees were found in the “exhaust nozzle of an F-22 Raptor engine following flight operations at Joint Base …
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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

Today's generation of fighter pilots could be the last of their breed, thanks to an AI system dubbed ALPHA that's proving unkillable in air combat. The US Air Force has just completed dogfighting trials in a simulator, pitching the software against retired Air Force Colonel Gene Lee. The AI – which ran on a $35 RaspberryPi …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2016
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12 years of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash

The US Air Force Inspector General is investigating the corruption of around 100,000 investigation records, and presumably someone's asking hard questions about backups. Corruption in the database happened last month, but has only just come to light after both the USAF and Lockheed Martin threw in the towel on trying to …
SR-71 'Blackbird' testing. Pic: US Air Force

Juniper nets US Air Force network upgrade

Juniper Networks has snagged a share of US$24m being spent to upgrade the US Air Force's networks. The Base Information Transport Infrastructure (BITI) project covers both wired and wireless networks that connect the USAF's 175 bases and 800,000 users around the world. Under prime contractors Affigent and ThunderCat …
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US Air Force: 'Loose tweets destroy fleets'

Pic The US Air Force has warned its personnel to keep quiet of their activities on Twitter – or as they put it: "Loose tweets destroy fleets." The notice reminds everyone that terrorist organizations and sympathizers will exploit any military information posted on social networks and other websites. The warning extends not only …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015

US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

The US Air Force has reduced the number of drones it keeps in the air because their stressed-out pilots are quitting in large numbers. In February, the Air Force said it was planning to increase the number of daily drone flights over the Middle East and Asia to 65 a day, possibly rising to 70 a day dependent on need. But …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2015
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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

Medieval butcher bastards ISIS are adept at using the web to lure Western followers to their warped cause – but the internet can turn around and bite back. Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, head of US Air Combat Command, told a conference that analysts at the 361st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group spotted a …
Iain Thomson, 5 Jun 2015
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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

The US Air Force's not-so-secret space plane, the X37-B, has been successfully launched into low-Earth orbit along with an array of interesting test products. The rocket lifted off, after a 20 minute delay, at 1105 EDT (1505 UTC) from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Wednesday and delivered the space plane into orbit with its …
Iain Thomson, 20 May 2015
The X-37B space plane being hoisted into position

US Air Force reveals what's inside its top-secret space plane, this time

The US Air Force has responded to fears that it is weaponizing space through its secret space shuttle by providing some details of what it will contain at launch on Wednesday. The now not-so-secret X-37B will lift off at 1045 EDT (1445 UTC) from Cape Canaveral in Florida on an Atlas V rocket operated by the United Launch …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2015
X-wings extended on the Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

Private rocket firm SpaceX has settled its feud with the US Air Force over the rights to launch national security payloads. The company said that it would be able to compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA) for the ability to launch spy satellites. "Going forward, the Air Force will conduct competitions consistent with the …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2015
The first X-37B following landing at Vandenberg AFB after the inaugural OTV-1 mission. Credit: USAF

America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

The US Air Force has confirmed that its X-37B spacecraft designated Orbital Test Vehicle 3 has glided back to Earth and landed at 0924 PT (1724 UTC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base. "The landing of OTV-3 marks a hallmark event for the program," said the unnamed X-37B program manager in a statement. "The mission is our longest to …
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2014
The X-37B lifts off from Cape Canaveral. Credit: ULA

Secret U.S. 'space warplane' set to return from spy mission

The United States’ hush-hush robot spaceplane, the mysterious X-37B, is due to touch down at the US military space base in California this week, following a 22-month clandestine mission in orbit above undisclosed nations. The US Air Force has so far launched two of the clandestine spaceships, which look a little like mini- …

SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

SpaceX has won an injunction blocking the United Launch Alliance (ULA) from buying rocket equipment from Russia to service its contract with the US Air Force for orbital launches. Judge Susan Braden ruled on Wednesday that the ULA - a 50/50 joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing that has an exclusive, non-compete …
Iain Thomson, 2 May 2014

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