Dozen A-10 aircraft and hundreds of Idaho guardsman head to Southwest Asia – Defence Blog

The Idaho Air National Guard recently sent one of biggest deployments in State’s history, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.As nearly a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft from the 124th Fighter Wing based at Gowen Field departed for Southwest Asia in support of combat operations.“This is what our people signed up for and they are excited for the opportunity to answer the nation’s call,” said...

U.S. troops ‘dumped Russian convoy in mud’ in Syria – Defence Blog

A U.S. military patrol has blocked a Russian military convoy from using a main highway in northeast Syria on Monday.A number of photos released in social media have depicted American Oshkosh M-ATV vehicles interdicting and blocking Russian armored vehicles along strategic roads in northeastern Syria.A Russian military convoy attempted to go round an American checkpoint and got stuck in the mud...

Syrian troops blocked American convoy in northern al-Hasakah – Defence Blog

Syrian soldiers and government supporters have blocked American troops as their convoy drove through an army checkpoint in the northern al-Hasakah governorate, according to Step News Agency.Local media reported that residents of the village of al-Kuzliya in the al-Hasakah province threw stones at the American army personnel, prompting a rare clash.A video posted on Step News Agency’s website...

U.S. Army releases image of 40-foot hypersonic missile launcher – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army has released some footage that shows a new 40-foot Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) vehicle fitted with launch tubes for new hypersonic missiles.Using virtual reality, Soldiers from Fort Sill, Okla. are getting a rare look at components of the Army’s new prototype Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) and influencing how the system is designed.Through a mix of virtual reality,...

U.S. Marines conducts non-lethal weapons training exercise in Kuwait – Defence Blog

The U.S. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Central Command has announced that Marines conducted non-lethal weapons training exercise in Kuwait.In view of the last tense protests at the American Embassy in Baghdad, U.S. Marines with 7th Marines, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command held a non-lethal weapons...

South Korea receives first RQ-4B spy unmanned aircraft – Defence Blog

South Korea military received its first advanced high-altitude unmanned aircraft, RQ-4B Global Hawk, according to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).The first RQ-4B Block 30 landed at a military airbase in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province on Monday.The aircraft is the first to arrive in the country of the four RQ-4B Global Hawk aircraft South Korea has purchased from the U.S. The...

Lockheed Martin’s experts details laser weapon program – Defence Blog

Lockheed Martin’s experts have revealed details of directed energy and laser weapon system programs.Directed energy and laser weapon systems are a proven solution that effectively addresses tech-driven threats with more accurate, flexible and affordable performance than offered by traditional ballistics.“They’re designed to be precise, to yield minimal collateral damage and, in essence,...

Ankara threatens to close down U.S. Air Force base in Turkey – Defence Blog

A senior Turkish official said that Ankara threatening to close down the U.S. Air Force Incirlik Air Base.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a statement that Ankara may insist that the U.S. leave Incirlik air base if Washington goes ahead with the sanctions it has threatened in response to Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense systems.“We will assess the worst-case scenario...

Pentagon concerns spike in pro-Russian sentiment among U.S. troops – Defence Blog

The U.S. military officials have concerned the spike in pro-Russian sentiment among the households of military members.More than 1,000 U.S. adults responded between Oct. 24 and Oct. 30, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points to the second annual national defense survey conducted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. Almost 46% of the households of...

Vermont Air National Guard receives next three F-35 Lightning II aircraft – Defence Blog

The Vermont Air National Guard, the air force militia of the State of Vermont, has received the next three F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which landed at the Vermont Air National Guard just after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec., 5, 2019.These aircraft are part of the 20 total aircraft assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard, with the full complement arriving by summer 2020.The aircraft departed...