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B-1B bomber carries, launches missile externally for first time, Air Force says

B-1B bomber carries, launches missile externally for first time, Air Force says

Business
Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A test of a B-1B Lancer bomber demonstrated the plane's ability to carry and launch missiles externally, the U.S. Air Force said on Monday. The "external weapon release demonstration" at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on Dec. 4 followed a similar test in November. That demonstration included an inert Joint Air-to-Air Standoff Missile being carried, but not fired, beneath the fuselage of the aircraft. Advertisement The December test suggests that all manner of heavy missiles, notably hypersonic missiles currently under development, could be fired from B-1Bs, Air Force officials have said. "The Air Force Test Center is enthusiastically teaming with the Air Force Global Strike Command to enable greater flexibility in bomber payloads," Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force ...
US military sorry over ‘threat to use bomber on millennials’ at Area 51

US military sorry over ‘threat to use bomber on millennials’ at Area 51

Technology
A branch of the US military has apologised after a tweet appeared to threaten people trying to visit Area 51 over the weekend.The message, posted by the Defence Visual Information Distribution Service (a communications service for the US military) said: "The last thing #Millennials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today". Accompanying the tweet was an image of a stealth bomber and 200 airmen taken in Missouri, seemingly threatening attendees at Area 51 with military action. Image: The now-deleted tweet appeared to threaten event-goers with military action. Pic: DVIDSHub The tweet was later deleted, and the service apologised, saying: "Last night a DVIDSHUB employee posted a Tweet that in NO WAY supports the stance of the Depar...
Suicide bomber driving ambulance kills 17

Suicide bomber driving ambulance kills 17

World
At least 17 people are dead and more than 100 injured after a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul.The bomber had been driving an ambulance packed with explosives which blew up in a crowded area near the old interior ministry building, officials said.Interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bomber had used the ambulance to pass through one checkpoint, saying he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital.When he reached the second checkpoint, he was recognised and blew up the vehicle.Among the buildings in the area are the High Peace Council and Kabul's police headquarters.Hassina Safi, a member of High Peace Council, which is charged with negotiating with the Taliban, told AFP: "It targeted our checkpoint."It was really huge - all our windows are broken."So fa...
Suicide bomber kills at least 17 at funeral for Afghan official

Suicide bomber kills at least 17 at funeral for Afghan official

World
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- At least 17 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan Sunday that targeted the funeral of a local official.An attacker set off an explosive vest among a crowd of mourners at a funeral for former district chief of Haskah Menah, Gul Wali, killing at least 17 people and injuring 14 more, Nangarhar Province spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said.The attack took place as a man approached on foot Maqam Khan cemetery near the provincial capital Jalalabad.Khogyani said he expected the death toll from the attack to rise.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack and the Taliban denied any involvement, according to Al Jazeera.Both the Taliban and an affiliate of the Islamic State are active in the province and have previously targeted officials and securit...