The Finnish Air Force launched F/A-18
Hornets to identify all significant targets, including this Russian air force
TU-95 “Bear” strategic bomber, after an unusually intense period of Russian air
activity over the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea in early December.
The commander of Joint Task Force-Operation
Inherent Resolve told Pentagon reporters Thursday the effort to roll back ISIS
terrorists in Iraq and Syria has attracted over 40 nations who are contributing
assistance or military forces, and he anticipates further troop commitments to
serve as advisers in Iraq.
Total military aerospace sales were flat in Fiscal
2014, at $87.3 billion, reported the Aerospace Industries Association on Dec. 17.
The fourth GPS IIF satellite launched in 2014—the
eighth overall—has completed on-orbit checkout, joining the active 31-satellite
constellation, according to a Dec. 18 Boeing release.
The US led coalition is not directly
coordinating with Iranian forces in Iraq, but is working with the Iraqi
government and military forces to plan offensive operations, said Army Lt. Gen.
James Terry, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent
The JSTARS Recapitalization program was recently
designated its own division within the battle management directorate at Hanscom
AFB, Mass., according to a Dec. 17 release.
By using traditional ground maneuver planners,
mapping tools, and overhead ISR, the US is able to successfully target enemy forces
in Iraq and Syria without US JTACs on the ground, the commander of the Combined
Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said Thursday.
The Air Force activated the 575th Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron during a Dec. 11 ceremony at JBSA-Randolph, Texas,
according to a Dec. 17 release.
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