Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 24, 2019

Two Air Force B-1B Lancers fly a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, through the South China Sea, operating with the Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Sterett on June 8, 2017. The first B-1Bs have resumed flying after a nearly month-long grounding due to problems with the bomber's drogue chute system. (Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger/Air Force)

Defense News: First B-1Bs resume flying after nearly month-long grounding

The first B-1B Lancer bombers are back in the air after concerns over its ejection seats grounded the entire fleet nearly a month ago, Air Force Global Strike Command said Tuesday.

The B-1B fleet was grounded by Gen. Timothy Ray, commander of Global Strike Command, March 28 over concerns with the drogue chute system, which corrects the seat’s angle to allow an airman to safely eject from the bomber. It was the second time in a year the Air Force grounded the Lancer over an ejection seat issue.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 24, 2019

Air Force's B-1B bombers back in the air after month-long safety inspection -- UPI

Flightless Bird No Longer: US B-1B Bomber Fleet Cleared to Resume Flights -- Sputnik

Lockheed Martin cuts ribbon on South Carolina F-16 production line -- UPI

Boeing prepares St. Louis plant for likely Air Force F-15 orders -- Air Force Times

Military Pilots Aren't Getting the Training Needed to Fight, Watchdog Warns --

Outdated, Unimaginative: US Pilots Training With Old Tech, Irrelevant Foes -- Sputnik

Air Force Authorizes Two-Piece Flight Suits on Duty --

Lockheed Martin awarded $117.1M contract for F-35 parts -- UPI

The US Air Force, not Turkey, is frustrating Lockheed execs on the F-35 program -- Defense News

Stennis joins Lincoln as second carrier strike group in Mediterranean -- UPI

VT Halter awarded $745.9M for Coast Guard's new Polar Security Cutter -- UPI

Investigators report US military training range woes across Indo-Pacific region -- Navy Times

NSA recommends ending mass phone data collection program: report -- The Hill

Watchdog: Info on US progress in Afghanistan needlessly classified -- The Hill

Cape Canaveral preparing for key military launches -- Space News

US, South Korea Begin Smaller Annual Air Drills on Korean Peninsula -- Sputnik

US-led command approves S. Korea’s ‘DMZ peace trail’ plan -- Stars and Stripes

Donald Trump repeats unproven claims of GCHQ spying -- The Guardian

British intelligence denies wiretapping Trump campaign -- UPI

German fire brigades call for military helicopters over wildfire risks -- DW

Norway Considers Selling Salvaged Frigate for Scrap Metal to Cut Losses -- Sputnik

Where’s the money for Britain’s future littoral strike groups? -- Aaron Mehta, Defense News

Beijing says Washington’s US$500 million arms sale to Taiwan ‘damaged Sino-US relations’ -- SCMP

Japanese warship lowers gangway to let Chinese visitors in for a closer look -- SCMP

Disaffected Venezuelan military tell of rising desertions to Brazil -- Reuters

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