President Donald Trump speaks Monday evening at Fort Myer, Va., where he outlined his strategy for the war in Afghanistan. Screenshot photo
Joint military exercises between US and Republic of Korea (ROK) forces began Monday with computer-simulated war scenarios. The annual war games, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, will continue until Aug. 31 and involve about 17,500 US forces and 50,000 ROK personnel, as well as troops from seven partner nations. While North Korea said the drills are “aimed to ignite a nuclear war,” Defense Secretary James Mattis insisted they are defensive in nature. Read the full report by Wilson Brissett.
Lockheed Martin announced Friday that it has completed initial testing of its Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) configured for use on the Air Force’s B-1B bomber. A B-1B from Edwards AFB, Calif., test-dropped a LRASM over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, Calif., the company said in a press
release. The missile, which is based on the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and is designed to operate in contested environments, successfully tracked and intercepted a moving naval target. Lockheed also said that deployment of LRASM on both the B-1B and the Navy’s F/A-18 is one year ahead of schedule. B-1B integration should be complete in 2018 and the F/A-18 version by 2019, the company said. Lockheed is developing the missile on a 2016 Department of Defense
contract. —Wilson Brissett
A German air force Tornado and an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 314th Fighter Squadron fly in formation together during the last joint flying mission at Holloman Air Force Base, Aug. 17, 2017. Air Force photo by Maj. Bradford Brizek
A major part of the international partner training mission at Holloman AFB, N.M., is drawing to a close. The 49th Fighter Wing there has hosted German air force pilots through a basic weapons course, an instructor course, and a fighter weapons instructor course since 1992. Now Holloman says the mission will be complete by mid-2019. On Aug. 17, a German air force Tornado and USAF F-16 flew together for the last time. “After more than 20 years of joint operations with the US Air Force we are all feeling sad about leaving Holloman AFB and the Southwest,” said Col. Stephan Breidenbach, German air force Flying Training Center commander, in a press release. Over 25 years, hundreds of pilots have been trained and thousands of sorties with the German air force’s Tornado fighter, according to
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