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Air Force approves fix for malfunctioning KC-46 cargo lock

Air Force approves fix for malfunctioning KC-46 cargo lock

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Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has approved a retrofit to prevent cargo locks on an aerial refueling tanker from coming undone midflight, officials said Tuesday. Will Roper, the Air Force's top acquisition official, told Defense News he's confident the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker's malfunctioning cargo locks will be fixed within months. In September, after a flight where cargo locks on the bottom of the aircraft's floor became unlocked midflight, the tanker was restricted from carrying either cargo or people in the back of the aircraft. "The Boeing/Air Force team have successfully tested a cargo lock retrofit that prevents the lock from beginning to disengage," Boeing spokesperson Lawrence Chambers told National Defense Magazine on Tuesday. "The retrofit has already flown...
Air Force tests ATHENA laser weapon against multiple drones

Air Force tests ATHENA laser weapon against multiple drones

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Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S. Air Force used the Advanced Test High Energy Asset, referred to as ATHENA, to shoot down a variety of drones in a Lockheed Martin demonstration of the technology. In the latest test of the ground-portable laser weapon system, Airmen engaged and shot down multiple fixed wing and rotary drones at a government test range in Fort Sill, Okla., Lockheed said on Thursday. "We've watched in recent news as this type of laser weapon solution is essential for deterring unmanned vehicle type threats, so it's an exciting time for us to watch Airmen compete Lockheed Martin's critical technology," Sarah Reeves, vice president of missile defense programs at Lockheed, said in a statement. For the test, Airmen used a government command and control system and radar syste...
World Series: Nationals beat Astros to force Game 7

World Series: Nationals beat Astros to force Game 7

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Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The Washington Nationals used a strong outing from Stephen Strasburg and three home runs to beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park to force Game 7 in the 2019 World Series. In this year's postseason, Strasburg has pitched in six games and the Nationals have emerged victorious in each of them. With the Nationals on the brink of elimination, the 31-year-old right-hander delivered his most important performance of the playoffs. Strasburg allowed only two earned runs on five hits across 8 1/3 innings. He recorded seven strikeouts and walked two. The Nationals jumped ahead with an RBI single by Anthony Rendon in the first. In the bottom of the inning, the Astros tagged Strasburg for two runs following Jose Altuve's sacrifice fly and Alex Bregman's ho...
Air Force X-37B lands successfully after completing record 780 days in orbit

Air Force X-37B lands successfully after completing record 780 days in orbit

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Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Mission 5 spaceplane set a new record as it landed Sunday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center after spending more than two years in orbit. The reusable unmanned spacecraft touched down at 3:51 a.m. after completing 780 days in orbit, breaking its own previous record of 718 days, and extending the total number of days spent on-orbit for the test vehicle program to 2,685. "This program continues to push the envelope as the world's only reusable space vehicle. With a successful landing today, the X-37B completed its longest flight to date and successfully completed all mission objectives," Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office director Randy Walden said. "This mission successfully hosted Air Force Research Laboratory Experiments, ...
Air Force F-15Es arrive in United Arab Emirates

Air Force F-15Es arrive in United Arab Emirates

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Oct. 24 (UPI) -- F-15E Strike Eagle fighter planes arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, last week to support ongoing operations in the Middle East, the U.S. Air Force announced. Citing operational security concerns, the Air Force did not specify how many planes arrived, but they join F-35A Lightning II, KC-10 Extender, E-3 Sentry, and RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft at the base. In a statement on Wednesday, U.S. Air Forces Central Command said the deployment is a "in support of ongoing operations to maintain air superiority, defend forces on the ground, enhance regional partnerships and demonstrate a continued commitment to regional security and stability." The aircraft are part of the 494th Fighter Squadron, known as the "Panthers," stationed in Lakenheath, Britain. The Strike...