US Plan to Deploy Troops to Middle East; KC-46 First Operational Refueling; U.S. Army Develops New Battery
PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has presented an updated military plan to President Donald Trump’s national security aides that envisions sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, Israel Defense reported.
The U.S. Air Force has confirmed that a KC-46A Pegasus aerial-refueling aircraft out of McConnell completed the airframe’s first operational refueling May 7, 2019, Defence Blog reports.
While in formation with a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, the KC-46 offloaded 30,000 pounds of fuel to four F-16 Fighting Falcons on their way to an exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, according to a news release put out by U.S. Air Forces.
The CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL), which is an element of the U.S. Army, released a study demonstrating a new battery technology based on new cathode chemistry, Army Recognition reports. They claim that the chemistry is “completely free of transition metal and delivering unprecedented high capacity by reversibly storing Li-ion at high potential (~4.2 V).” According to the findings, the new technology “opens a possibility to significantly increase the lithium-ion battery energy density while preserving safety due to the aqueous nature of the electrolyte.”
When combined with their previous development of “water-in-salt electrolytes (WiSE)”, they claim that they can achieve an impressive energy density of 460 Wh/Kg. Some soldiers have to carry between 15-25 pounds of batteries and this technology could significantly lower that weight while making the battery safer.
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Source: Defence Blog, Army Recognition, Israel Defense