Though this is the first time the system has been employed on one of the Air Force’s fixed-wing craft, “it has proven highly successful for the Navy and Marine Corps since 2012, and has also been used by U.S. Army Apache helicopters in combat.”
The Marine Corps started fielding the APKWS on AV-8B Harriers while the Army outfitted the AH-64 Apaches with it.
The upgrade also fits the Pentagon’s desire for more plug-and-play systems, which can be retrofitted to already-existing craft and technology. In order to install the APKWS on a Warthog, all you have to do is remove the rocket's nose cone, attach the new guidance section, and screw the nose cone back on.
President Donald Trump hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday with a letter saying he was "sorry to inform" her that her trip to Brussels, Belgium and Afghanistan would be canceled due to the government shutdown, just one day after Pelosi proposed cancelling the State of the Union address for similar reasons.
Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in his iconic role in 'Full Metal Jacket' (Warner Bros.)
Retired Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, the legendary Marine drill instructor turned iconic Full Metal Jacket actor who died last year, will be formally laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18, according to the cemetery's web site.