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An engine shortage is the newest problem to hit the F-35 enterprise

WASHINGTON — The F-35 joint strike fighter program is grappling with a shortage of the jet’s Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, and it could be months before the situation starts to improve, a defense official said Friday. The problem, according to the F-35 joint program office, is twofold. First, the F135 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., has not been able to process…
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Skydio poised to supply first tranche of short-range recon drones to US Army

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has chosen California-based drone manufacturer Skydio to continue in a final prototyping phase, which should lead to the company supplying the service’s first tranche of short-range reconnaissance unmanned aircraft systems. The Short-Range Reconnaissance system is a platoon-level, small quadcopter unmanned aircraft that will provide enhanced situational awareness…
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For the First Time in 2 Decades, the US Has Gone a Year Without a Combat Death in Afghanistan

A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Sgt. 1st Class Javier J. Gutierrez, of San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 10, 2020 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (Eric M. Fisher/U.S. Air Force) KABUL, Afghanistan — No U.S. troops have died in combat in Afghanistan for a year as of Monday, but the Taliban have threatened to target them again if Washington opts to keep international forces in the country…
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Air Force’s “Golden Horde” swarming munitions program to get a second chance this month

WASHINGTON — After the Air Force’s first test of “Golden Horde” swarming bombs was deemed a partial success, the service will give the technology a second shot later this month, the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory said Thursday. The Golden Horde program is one of AFRL’s three top priorities. The effort involves networking a swarm of munitions together and equipping them…
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