Barksdale BUFF Flies to Europe for Exercise

A B-52 from the 2nd Bomb Wing recently completed a roughly 30-hour nonstop sortie from Barksdale AFB, La., to Postojna, Slovenia, where it participated in Exercise Immediate Response 2015 and ?then returned home, according to an Air Force Global Strike...

DOD: No Indication US-Trained Rebels Defected

Reports that members of the US-trained rebel group, “Division 30,” defected and turned their weapons over to the al Nusra front are false, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters on Wednesday. Davis said all evidence shows the fighters and...

First Up-Gunned AC-130J Enters Conversion

The first airframe designated to test the up-gunned AC-130J Ghostrider-configuration was delivered for conversion earlier this month, Air Force Special Operations Command spokeswoman Erica Vega told Air Force Magazine. MC-130J serial number 13-5772, which was ferried from Lockheed Martin’s production...

Robins Completes C-17 LAIRCM Mods

Craftsmen completed modifying the final C-17 Globemaster III with the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system (LAIRCM) at Warner-Robins Air Logistics Complex on Robins AFB, Ga., earlier this month. The modification line retrofit a total of 76 C-17s, achieving a 93...

Norwegian F-35A Rollout

American F-35 program officials joined Norwegian defense officials for the rollout of Norway’s first completed F-35A at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility, according to a release. “We all know that the F-35 is not simply another fighter. We know...

Georgian Soldier Killed in Bagram Patrol Attack

Taliban-affiliated insurgents in Afghanistan killed a Georgian soldier on patrol outside the perimeter of Bagram AB, Afghanistan, on Sept. 22, according to NATO and Georgian government officials. The attack marks the first combat casualty for Operation Resolute Support since Aug....

Turkish Cruise Missile for F-35

Lockheed Martin agreed to develop and integrate the Turkish SOM-J medium-range cruise missile onto the F-35 Lightning II in partnership with weapons firm Roketsan, the company announced. “SOM-J integration on the F-35 will enable pilots to engage targets from long...

PACAF Hosts Airpower Symposium

Pacific Air Forces is hosting the annual Pacific Rim Airpower Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week, as part of the command’s partnership-building activities, according to a release. PACAF Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Dillion is hosting the symposium, which is...