The F-35A is ready for combat and will deploy “in the
spring to summer” overseas, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Hawk Carlisle
told defense writers in Washington, D.C., Friday.
As the US-led coalition closes the noose on ISIS in
Mosul, Iraq and, later, Raqqa, Syria, deconfliction with Russia’s
separate air campaign is going to be critical, Air Combat Command chief
Gen. Hawk Carlisle told defense writers in Washington, D.C., Friday.
The Iraqi Air Force on Friday conducted its first
strikes inside Syria, hitting ISIS targets in the area of Abu Kamal in
response to that group’s attacks inside Iraq.
The Air Force awarded a $15.6 million contract to ELTA
North America Inc., to deliver 21 “counter-unmanned aerial systems,”
according to a Feb. 21 Pentagon announcement.
The Air Force demonstrated a number of new information
gathering and targeting procedures at Red Flag 17-1 that will help the
service transition to a more networked approach to the battlespace.
The Air Force is preparing to say goodbye to the MQ-1
Predator as it focuses its remotely piloted aircraft forces on flying
the newer, more deadly MQ-9.
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