US Army reactivates 56th Artillery Command in Europe

by Ashley Roque

The US Army is reactivating its European Theater Fires Command at a time when it is now free of the constraints of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that banned ground-launched missiles with a range between 500 km to 5,500 km.

“The reactivation of the 56th Artillery Command will provide US Army Europe and Africa with significant capabilities in multidomain operations,” Major General Stephen Maranian, the command's commanding general, said in a 3 November statement. “It will further enable the synchronisation of joint and multinational fires and effects, and employment of future long-range surface-to-surface fires.”


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Hypersonix, Kratos, team to develop and fly DART AE hypersonic vehicle

by Richard Scott

The blueprint of the DART AE multimission hypersonic drone technology demonstrator. (Hypersonix Launch Systems)

US contractor Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is to provide the rocket booster motor for the DART AE multimission hypersonic drone technology demonstrator being developed by Australian company Hypersonix Launch Systems.

Announcing the agreement on 25 January, the two companies said they were aiming for a first flight of DART AE in 2023.


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USMC stands up first operational CH-53K unit

by Gareth Jennings

A CH-53K King Stallion (foreground) and a CH-53E Super Stallion (background) are staged during a redesignation ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, on 24 January. The squadron received its first CH-53K King Stallion, and the ceremony signified the beginning of the US Marine Corps' modernisation from the legacy CH-53E to the CH-53K in support of the expeditionary warfare vision for future-force employment. (US Marines)

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has stood up its first operational unit for the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter, the service announced on 15 January.


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Delivery of Bulgarian F-16s to be delayed

by Aleksandar Mladenov & Gareth Jennings

Bulgaria is set to receive eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft, analogous to the US Air Force M7 standard pictured, with a request for a further eight. The country has been told to expect a delay in its deliveries due to supplier and Covid problems. (US Air Force)

Delivery of the eight Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft for the Bulgarian Air Force is to be delayed by ‘several months' due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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