September's report that the US Air Force was thinking about armoring and arming its V-22 Osprey was a surprise, and now, less than three months on, the tilt-rotor plane has successfully completed its first forward-firing weapons test.
The F-35 Lightning II has yet another problem, folks. Apparently, it has a "threshold" for the fuel temperature, meaning that if the plane's jungle juice is too warm, the jet, which has cost literally billions and billions of dollars to develop, can't fly. This might not be a problem, if the United States weren't routinely operating in a desert.
The pilot of a US Air Force F-16 was killed late Sunday night in a crash shortly after taking off from a Middle East base during a strike mission against ISIS. The accident is still under investigation, while the pilot's name is being withheld until his family can be notified, Military.com reports.
For the US Air Force, the dominance of drones has been bad news for some of the branch's most iconic aircraft. For the iconic U-2 "Dragon Lady," though, its manufacturer is fighting for the plane's future. Lockheed Martin is pushing the USAF to redevelop a trio of the high-flying jets so that they can be flown without a pilot in the cockpit.
The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force could be making a substantial addition to its ranks in the next few years, as Russia's Sukhoi is prepared to deliver its most advanced fighter, the Su-35, to supplement one of the world's largest air forces. According to Jane's, though, the PLAAF might not be interested in simply flying the new fighter.
Which phrase do you prefer? Many hands make light work or too many cooks in the kitchen? It's a question that some members of NATO might be asking after the statements made by Domingo Ureña Raso, the executive vice president of military aircraft for European aerospace giant Airbus.
After a week off, we're back with our roundup of the week's best military photos. It's a smaller gallery this week, with only eight photos, but there are still some exciting shots, starting with the image above.
The situation with ISIS in Iraq is having a major impact on the Iraqi Air Force, and we aren't just talking about its battles with the militant group. See, Iraq has placed an order for 36 of the F-16 fighters, with deliveries to slated to start this year. The security threat posed by ISIS is forcing the US Department of Defense to delay, particularly after it had to evacuate its contractors from Iraq's Balad Air Base.
America's use of drones in southeast Asia and the waters around China has been a bit of a contentious issue between the two countries, and now, it's starting to get really heated, as the People's Republic has successfully tested a drone-killing laser.
The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, allegedly at the hands of SAM-wielding Russian separatists, has brought to light a serious vulnerability in the world's airliners. The planes have no defense – not even a way of being notified – if a surface-to-air missile has been fired at them.
Happy Halloween! While we don't have any seasonally spooky shots in this week's crop of military photos, we do have more than a few cool shots. Up top, a member of the US Army's 82nd Airborne has some fun "testing" the new Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicle. And yes, that's the military version of the Polaris MRZR ATV.
So, you think traffic is bad where you live? This week's lead shot comes from Hohenfels, Germany. The tanks, from the US Army's 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are taking part in the multi-national Combined Resolve III exercises.
An Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 crashed outside Moline, KS after colliding with another OK ANG fighter. The pilot of the crashed fighter managed to eject while the other fighter landed in Tulsa. Neither pilot was injured in the incident.
Considering its long and secretive history, we shouldn't be terribly surprised by any news on the US Air Force's F-117 Nighthawk. The iconic stealth fighter was officially retired in 2008, ending its service 25 years after its introduction. So, why is the black visage still streaking across the desert skies where it was developed?
The US Air Force's mysterious X-37B completed its most recent mission over the weekend, landing at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base over the weekend after spending the last 674 days in space. What it was doing up there, though, remains a mystery.
Aircraft and ships feature heavily in this week's shots, with our interesting lead image coming from aboard the USS Halsey, a US Navy guided-missile destroyer at sea in the Asia-Pacific region. This shot comes from the DDG's flight deck, at the aft of the ship.