- The F-35 has smaller accommodations for pilot survival gear than previous aircraft.
- As a result, the first F-35 squadron to be based in cold weather has been working on a smaller survival kit.
- An accident during testing revealed the kit actually works at 25 degrees lower than originally planned.
A survival kit designed to keep F-35 pilots alive in freezing conditions has proven its worth all the way down to -65 degree Fahrenheit. The new kit, designed by the airmen that will fly with it under their seats, is designed to be smaller than previous kits while protecting pilots from the elements until rescue.
- The U.S. Army is on the verge of retiring the Vietnam-era 5.56-millimeter caliber bullet.
- The Army believes the older bullet has insufficient range, armor penetrating power.
- The new bullet and gun combination will shoot farther, penetrate thicker armor, and weigh less, likely involving new technologies to help the service reach its goals.
- The Army is developing a long range cannon with a range in excess of 1,000 miles.
- The Army wants a prototype by 2023.
- The cannon, along with Army hypersonic missiles, will allow the service to strike targets far behind enemy lines.
The U.S. Army is pushing ahead with plans to field a cannon with an astounding 1,000-mile+ range. The cannon, along with hypersonic weapons, will allow the service to attack long range, strategic-level targets far beyond the reach of existing Army systems.
According to Defense News, the Army’s program manager for long range fires, Col. John Rafferty, the service expects the gun to have a range of 1,000 nautical miles—or 1,150 statute miles. The technology behind the cannon is described as “cutting edge” that’s so advanced that the service is not sure if the gun would be affordable.
- The original Nine-O-Nine was a decorated veteran of the air war over Europe.
- The second plane served as a water bomber and nuclear test target.
- The restored “Nine-O-Nine” crashed in 1987 and was subject to an extensive rebuilding.
The MQ-25A Stingray won’t drop bombs or dogfight, but it will stretch the legs of planes that do.
My favorite aircraft of all time gets some needed upgrades.
- Researchers have developed a polymer that disappears in an instant when you push a button to trigger an internal mechanism or the sun hits it.
- The polymer has specifically been developed for the Department of Defense.
- Scientists are regularly looking for better ways to hide materials, like invisibility cloaks.