Category Archives: Aviation

 UCLASS RFP Delayed Again Following Pentagon Meeting

UCLASS RFP Delayed Again Following Pentagon Meeting

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Navy’s unmanned X-47B conducts night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

Navy’s unmanned X-47B conducts night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

The final request for proposal (RFP) for the Navy’s planned carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been delayed pending a review of the service’s information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) portfolio as part of the service’s budget process this fall, Navy officials told USNI News on Friday afternoon. Read More

Chinese MOD Calls for a Stop of U.S. ‘Close-In’ Surveillance Flights

Chinese MOD Calls for a Stop of U.S. ‘Close-In’ Surveillance Flights

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hinese J-11 fighter jet is seen flying near a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon about 215 km (135 miles) east of China's Hainan Island. DoD Photo

hinese J-11 fighter jet is seen flying near a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon about 215 km (135 miles) east of China’s Hainan Island. DoD Photo

China called on the U.S. military to stop its “wide in range, highly frequent and close in distance,” surveillance missions on the edge of the Chinese mainland, People’s Liberation Army officials said in a Thursday Beijing press conferences. Read More

Singapore Quietly Expanding Fighter Force

Singapore Quietly Expanding Fighter Force

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force Boeing F-15SG Eagle takes off from Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia during Exercise Pitch Black, August 2014 toting a practice GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM). Mike Yeo Photo

A Republic of Singapore Air Force Boeing F-15SG Eagle takes off from Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia during Exercise Pitch Black, August 2014 toting a practice GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM). Mike Yeo Photo

Singapore appears to have more than its declared total of 24 Boeing F-15SG Eagle multirole fighters, with recent developments indicating that the small Asian city-state is already operating 32 aircraft, and looks set to bring that total up to 40. Read More

Essay: The Legal and Moral Problems of Autonomous Strike Aircraft

Essay: The Legal and Moral Problems of Autonomous Strike Aircraft

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The Navy's unmanned X-47B lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 17, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s unmanned X-47B lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 17, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s move toward developing a carried-based unmanned combat aircraft might eventually afford the service the ability to strike targets at long-range, but there are ethical and legal questions that linger should the Pentagon develop a fully autonomous system. Read More

Brookings Panel Outlines Tensions In Ukraine Conflict

Brookings Panel Outlines Tensions In Ukraine Conflict

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Russian troops in Crimea in March. REUTERS Photo

Russian troops in Crimea in March. REUTERS Photo

The way out of the Ukraine-Russia crisis lies in both countries realizing they “are not just neighbors, but relatives”—a goal not easily reached, a former senior State Department official said. He added, “Let’s just hope they survive the next week” as fighting has stepped up around separatist strongholds in Donetsk and Luhansk. Read More