Just a week after Saudi Arabian military aircraft participated in the opening waves of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria, the US has approved a proposed $1.75 billion sale of modernized Patriot air defense missiles and support equipment to Saudi Arabia. The sale, announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, encompasses 202 Patriot Advanced PAC-3 missiles, as well as test targets, fire control computers, launch station modification kits, logistics system kits, and other components. According to the DSCA announcement, the sale will help replenish the Saudis current Patriot stocks that are facing obsolescence “due to age and the limited availability of repair parts.” The Saudis are the latest US ally in the Gulf to either modernize their air defense arsenals or upgrade existing stocks. Qatar signed a deal in July that included the sale of modernized Patriot batteries as well.
Feb. 24, 2021
Feb. 24, 2021
Airmen will have more predictability about deployments under the new force presentation model the Air Force is developing, but the application will make USAF less predictable to adversaries, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown said Feb. 24. He also explained what he considers "legacy" systems, to be divested to…
Foreign object debris walks are typically all about keeping things—especially garbage and aircrafts’ inner workings—apart. But during a recent safety-driven jaunt at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, two members of the 47th Civil Engineering Squadron decided to tie their futures together.
The Joint Staff on Feb. 25 will unveil a new vision for developing enlisted leaders, shaping military education to develop noncommissioned officers who can lead joint service members to be better prepared for future wars, the military’s top enlisted leader announced at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.…