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Pentagon awards contract to Gulfstream for service on C-20, C-37

Pentagon awards contract to Gulfstream for service on C-20, C-37

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Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Gulfstream Aerospace a contract for two different twin-engine, turbofan aircraft used for transporting high-ranking government and Defense Department officials.The terms of the agreement were announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, awarding Gulfstream Aerospace with a deal not-to-exceed more than $ 118.2 million.The contract modifies a previous award under the terms of a firm-fixed-price contract with a five-year option period in support of the C-37 and C-20 aircraft, which aims to provide uninterrupted contractor support and logistics for the aircraft.The C-37 and C-20 are both twin-engine, turbofan aircraft, sporting engines made by BMW and Rolls Royce, and have the same 20-person passenger capacity. The C-20 cost around $ 37 milli...
Afghan air force has made progress but work not yet done, Pentagon says in new report

Afghan air force has made progress but work not yet done, Pentagon says in new report

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Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The Pentagon's Inspector General said this week that U.S. and coalition forces are making progress in training the Afghanistan air force, but that work still needs to be done concerning strategic planning and other logistical and maintenance requirements.The IG report, released on Thursday, notes that the Afghan Air Force has garnered "notable accomplishments." Using Embraer-made A-29 Super Tucanos, the Afghans have made progress in aircraft mission performance, night-vision capabilities, and air-ground integration between the air force and the Afghan national army.The report said, however, that the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air, or TAAC-Air, mission that develops the Afghan Air Force does not yet have a strategic plan for development of the force into a "professional, ...
North Korean missile flies over Japan, Pentagon says

North Korean missile flies over Japan, Pentagon says

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North Korea has fired a missile that flew over Japan, the Pentagon confirmed. "We assess North Korea conducted a missile launch within the last 90 minutes," Col. Rob Manning, the director of press operations at the Department of Defense, said Monday evening in a statement. "We can confirm that the missile launch by North Korea flew over Japan. We are in the process of assessing this launch. "North American Aerospsace Defense Command, or NORAD, determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America. We are working closely with Pacific Command, Strategic Command and NORAD, and we'll provide an update as soon as possible," he added. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefly addressed the launch, saying the country will be collecting more information, accordi...
Pentagon says it has released guidelines for shooting down civilian drones

Pentagon says it has released guidelines for shooting down civilian drones

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Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense has approved a policy that allows military bases to shoot down unauthorized drones in their airspace, according to the Pentagon.A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed the policy's existence to UPI but offered no further comment because it is classified. The policy was distributed in the last several weeks in response to growing concern among military commanders."The new guidance does afford the ability to take action to stop these threats and that includes disabling, destroying and tracking," Navy Capt. Jeff Davistold reporters this morning.Davis told reporters the policy had been sent out to military installations in July and covered the rules of engagement concerning private drones.He added that the policy had been coordinated with the Federal Aviatio...