Poland Buys F-35; Helicopter Exercise in Czech Republic; U.S. Next-Generation Ballistic Missile

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com)A U.S. delegation is scheduled to brief Polish defense officials eager to buy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter later this month, U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday, Defense One reports.

The American team is expected to discuss the costs of buying the Lockheed Martin-made jet as well as the warfighting capabilities it would bring to the Polish military.

“They want to deepen their relationship with the United States of America in part by interoperability of advanced equipment,” Wilson said after a Meridian International Center event in Washington. “Those discussions are continuing. We’re providing the information that might be needed for them to make a decision.”

Dark Blade 2019, the 13th helicopter exercise organised under the umbrella of the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), takes place as of today (13 May) at Náměšť airbase in Czech Republic, until 1 June 2019, European Defence Agency reports.

A total of 29 air assets (25 helicopters + 4 fixed wing) and some 600 military personnel from six countries – Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia, – will participate in this exercise hosted by the Czech Air Force. DARK BLADE 2019 will allow crews to practice operations in various environment replicating the challenging conditions that participant forces are expected to encounter when deploying to a theatre of operation.

The U.S. Army continues to refine requirements of next-generation ballistic missile performance, Defence Blog reports.

“In December 2018, the Army increased the range requirement from 300 to 400 kilometers and launcher quantities from one to two,” the Government Accountability Office said in a report.

The Army’s next-generation ballistic missile, calls the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), designed to attack area and point targets at planned ranges of 400 kilometers or more.

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Source: Defense One, European Defence Agency, Defence-Blog