USAF airborne LASER destroys boosting missile

2/12/2010 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Missile Defense Agency officials demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed, successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile Feb. 11 over the Pacific Ocean.

The experiment, conducted at Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Sea Range off the central California coast, serves as a proof-of-concept demonstration for directed energy technology.
The Airborne Laser Testbed is a pathfinder for the nation’s directed energy program and its potential application for missile defense technology.

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AEROFLOT’s enlargement – The bigger, the safer?

Aeroflot’s enlargement designed to boost air safety, but carries risk

17:33 03/02/2010 Russia’s plans to integrate six smaller airlines into the country’s flagship carrier Aeroflot is aimed at improving air safety and modernizing the domestic air fleet, but was likely to create one more monopolist, an expert said on Wednesday.>>

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Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Sukhoi PAK FA / T-50 deliveries delayed

Russian 5th-generation fighter deliveries delayed until 2015

18:45 09/02/2010 Deliveries of fifth-generation fighters to Russia’s Air Force will start in 2015 rather than in 2013 as previously announced, the Air Force chief said on Tuesday.>>

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News – Nato cargo via Kazakhstan

NATO, Kazakhstan sign Afghanistan cargo transit deal

16:10 27/01/2010 NATO and Kazakhstan signed on Wednesday a deal which would allow the alliance to transport its Afghanistan-bound military cargo via the territory of the Central Asian state.>>

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F-15 rewire flight

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by Wayne Crenshaw
78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

1/19/2010 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – A new rewire flight at Robins is playing a key role in keeping the aging F-15 Eagle flying for years to come.

The flight will perform a complete rewire on 122 F-15s during the next five years. The rewiring will be done on C and D models, and when complete, the flight will spend at least another five years working on E models.

Keith Gilstrap, the rewire flight chief, said the reason for the rewire is that the insulation on the existing wire is getting brittle and causing shorts. Although it has not caused any crashes, it has led to a significant amount of field repair time and false troubleshooting, as technicians try to figure out why aircraft systems fail intermittently, he said.

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