• AFSOC retires its last AC-130H Spectre gunship

    The US Air Force's (USAF's) Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has retired from service the last of its Lockheed Martin AC-130H Spectre gunships after more than 45 years of service, it was announced on 28 May. A ceremony marking the departure of aircraft 69-6569 'Excalibur' from the 16th Special
  • US approves large guided bomb sale to Israel

    The US State Department has approved the sale to Israel of over 20,000 guided bomb kits and 8,650 associated warheads, including additional 5,000 lb 'bunker busters', the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 19 May. The DSCA notification said the estimated cost of the proposed
  • USAF certifies SpaceX for military satellite launches

    Key Points SpaceX is now certified to place US military satellites in orbit using its Falcon 9 rocket ULA has not had a launch services competitor for over 10 years The US Air Force (USAF) has certified SpaceX to launch US military satellites with its Falcon 9 rocket after about two years of
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