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Remember when NATO crowed that PUTIN failed to capture Keev? Or when NATO boasted that UKRAINE's summer counter-offensive regained almost all illegally annexed Donbas territory AND the Black Sea? How about that time the Pentagon bought MOAR Starlink equipment to replace UAF abandoned Starlink terminals? Then paid for SpaceX freight to the ISS, the moon, and beyond? And most recently revealed that RUSSIA had launched nukes in orbit with...dual-use DPRK rockets, Iranian weapons-grade uranium, and primitive Chinese microprocessors.  

NY Yella Cake | Russia in New Push Increasingly Disrupts Ukraine's Starlink Service (25.05.24)
In an interview this week, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's digital minister, said Russia's recent attacks against Starlink appeared to use new and more advanced technology. The service previously held up remarkably well against interference on battlefields, where there has been widespread electronic warfare, radio jamming and other communication disruptions. SpaceX did not respond to requests for comment. Russia's Ministry of Defense did not respond to a request for comment. Explanations for Starlink outages in Ukraine over the past year [?!] vary. Several experts said Russia had gotten better at interfering with the signal between the satellites and Starlink terminals on the ground by using powerful and precise jammers. For Ajax, the Ukrainian commander, the loss of Starlink service brought back bad memories from the war. When he fought near the Russian border in 2022 [!], his unit was sometimes cut off from Starlink, disrupting drone video feeds that were used for targeting artillery from a distance. In its place, the unit deployed soldiers to covertly watch enemy positions and direct attacks. "It became the old way with radios," he said. "We had to say, 'Move left 100 foot.' It was super strange."
Try to act surprised one year from today, when DOD parks "modernized" F-35s in Lviv.
by Cat on Sun May 26th, 2024 at 03:02:52 AM EST
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ChatGPT jalopnik | $90-Million* F-35 Fighter Jet Crashes Straight Out Of The Factory, 29 May
A pilot from the Defense Contract Management Agency [dcma.mil] was at the F-35B's controls at the time of the incident. The plane had refueled at Kirtland Air Force Base, just adjacent to the airport, before the crash. The pilot ejected from the fighter and was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital with serious injuries, ABC News reports.
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archive September 2023 American sciences
It's difficult for mishaps with the Lockheed Martin F-35 to go unnoticed when the program costs the government north of $1 trillion. Last September, a Marine Corps pilot ejected from an F-35B during a training flight in South Carolina. The pilot ejected safely, but the plane went missing. It took over 30 hours to find the wreckage, which was worth $90 million to roll off the assembly line.
* tennessean | [Modernized] F-35 fighter jet worth $135M crashes near Albuquerque International Sunport, pilot injured
"The aircraft was a test jet equipped with Technology Refresh 2 (TR-2) and was transferring to Edwards AFB for additional test equipment modification."
ibid. GOA, "Program Continues to Encounter Production Issues and Modernization Delays": If Lockheed Martin delivers the software on this timeline, it will need to park aircraft produced over the last several months at various facilities. The parking arrangement, however, presents additional risk to the government should damage occur to some or all of the parked aircraft. [pp 24-25]
by Cat on Wed May 29th, 2024 at 07:13:30 PM EST
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