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The USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is currently conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works/Released)

The Top 10 DefenseTech Posts of 2016

Here’s a look at the 10 most read stories of the year on DefenseTech: 1. Navy’s Futuristic Destroyer Is Apparently Too Stealthy When it comes…



Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Ballew of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4’s Skinny Dragons taxi’s and directs VP-4’s first P-8 Poseidon flight on Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island’s Ault Field in Oak Harbor, Wash., on Dec. 13, 2016. VP-4 is currently in transition from the P-3 Orion, in naval service since the 1960’s, to the P-8 Poseidon aircraft and will be the first P-8 squadron stationed at NAS Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy photo/Juan Sua)

US Backs Sale of P-8 Sub-Hunters to Norway

The State Department has approved a possible $1.8 billion sale of P-8 surveillance aircraft to Norway at a time when NATO  allies covet more intelligence-gathering…




A Russian Su-27 fighter flies over the Kamchatka Peninsula. In April, a Su-27 intercepted an American reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea in a series of  hostile fly-bys in 2016 alone, the Air Force's top civilian said.

Russia Keeps Provoking NATO Planes: SecAF

The Russian air force has not shown any good faith toward NATO aircraft policing Baltic airspace in recent months by conducting a flurry of unsafe…






A routine training flight by the U.S. Navy's E-6B Mercury "doomsday plane" captured the attention of sky-watchers this week in Colorado. (U.S. Navy photo)

Navy ‘Doomsday Plane’ Spotted in Colorado

A routine training flight by the U.S. Navy’s E-6B Mercury “doomsday plane” captured the attention of sky-watchers this week in Colorado. The four-engine command-and-control plane…



The X-51A Waverider was powered by a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne SJY61 scramjet engine and designed to ride on its own shockwave and accelerate to about Mach 6. The Air Force now wants to capitalize on that technology by funding the development of hypersonic cruise missiles. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

US Air Force Seeks Hypersonic Cruise Missiles

The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with plans to develop hypersonic cruise missiles. The service has teamed with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,…