Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros, retired French Air Force general and former Supreme Allied Commander Transformation at NATO, is calling on the US and his own country to maintain their relationship. His comments were made on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show.
Air Force Capt. Stephen "Cage" Cecil cites the F-35's maneuverability, targeting and stealth technology as key advantages over the older F-16 fighter jet. "[T]he F-35 is just the combination of all the new technology on an airframe via fifth-gen technology," he said during an interview at the Paris Air Show.
The Festus High School Rocket Club from the US bested teams from Great Britain, Japan and France to take the crown at the International Rocketry Challenge in Paris. The team is this year's national winner of the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
Small satellites are increasingly hitching rides with their larger counterparts, even as options grow for getting smallsats into orbit. A recent Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle mission to carry an imaging satellite into orbit included 30 smallsats that came along for the ride.
Members of Congress are pressing the Defense Department for a space-based strategy for defending the US from missile threats. They are calling for "a space-based sensor layer for ballistic missile defense that provides precision tracking data of missiles beginning in the boost phase and continuing throughout subsequent flight regimes; serves other intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements; and achieves an operational prototype payload at the earliest practicable opportunity," according to the Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee’s mark.
House Armed Services Committee Chair Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, is making the case for a $705 billion defense budget to restore US military might that has been eroded by budget shortfalls and at least 15 years of war.
A House Appropriations subcommittee is ready to review the $658.1 billion Defense Appropriations bill. "Not only will this bill help provide our troops and commanders with the resources they need to do their jobs, it also will ensure the success of our missions, the safety of our people, and the stability we need around the globe to make a brighter and more secure future for all," committee Chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., said.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 showed it has the right stuff during its flying demonstration at the Paris Air Show as the Pratt & Whitney-powered aircraft showcased slow-speed maneuvering capabilities. "This aircraft, down low in this environment, is an absolute monster," said test pilot Billie Flynn, who added that the plane "is more powerful, it is more aggressive than any of us, including those of us [who] fly the F-35, would have imagined."
The House Armed Services Committee is adding $37 billion to the Trump administration's proposed defense budget, unveiling a $640 billion budget authorization. "I believe the president is very committed to rebuilding the military and repairing the damage," said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, committee chair.
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