Week on the web 20 August

The DEW Line links to the US Air Force accident report on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor that crashed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, last November. Basically, the $149.6 million aircraft was lost due to chafed wiring – this leaves the USAF with 184 production jets remaining, plus two test aircraft. Tail 4013, which used to be assigned to Nellis AFB, Nevada, was one of the oldest Raptors in the USAF arsenal. And, the Ariel View observes that the Israeli unmanned systems industry looks to be getting a boost from the country’s discovery of huge offshore gas reserves – which, not surprisingly, are under threat even before exploitation. Also not surprising, UAVs are being drafted in to monitor the region, being excellent, long-endurance adjuncts to traditional naval surface and air patrols – sparking much touting for business by their suppliers.

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