Nuclear flight trials of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) have been completed, paving the way for the type receiving its nuclear design certification.
The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 4 October that two F-35As from the 422nd and 59th Test and Evaluation Squadrons (TESs) recently released B61-12 (B61 Mod 12) Joint Test Assemblies (JTAs) during the first Full Weapon System Demonstration, completing the final flight test exercise.
US engineering firm Jacobs has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of data analytics software provider BlackLynx, expanding its footprint in the US Intelligence Community, Jacobs announced on 19 November.
Jacobs is initially paying USD250 million for BlackLynx. It will pay an additional USD7.5 million if certain financial goals are met.
BlackLynx is based in Rockville, Maryland, and employs more than 130 people. Its customers include the US Department of the Air Force and the US National Reconnaissance Office.
China, Russia approve 2021–25 road map to increase military co-operation
24 November 2021
by Jon Grevatt
China and Russia have agreed on a road map to deepen co-operation on military patrols and exercises. The agreement was announced a few days after the two countries' air forces held joint patrols over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea that featured Chinese H-6K (pictured) and Russian Tu-95 bombers. (Japan Air Self-Defense Force)
China and Russia have agreed to expand military collaboration over the coming five years, Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 November. The move will facilitate deeper co-operation in joint patrols and military exercises.
Philippines makes rare rebuke of China at ASEAN summit
23 November 2021
by Ridzwan Rahmat
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has issued harsh words against China in his statement during a summit hosted by Beijing with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries on 22 November.
The rare rebuke came in the wake of a stand-off between Chinese and Philippine vessels at the Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea. The feature, also known as the Ayungin Shoal in the Philippines, is claimed by both Beijing and Manila as part of their respective maritime territories.
In 1999 the Philippine Navy deliberately grounded a landing ship tank, BRP Sierra Madre
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