The US military has begun Northern Edge 2017 (NE17), a joint training exercise in Alaska. The general purpose of this exercise is to prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asia-Pacific region. Many participants are involved in this exercise. It includes: airmen, soldiers, sailors, marines and coast guardsmen from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units.
The NG will help the US Air Force (USAF) to develop a directed energy laser system that will offer self-protection for its next-generation jets. Northrop will develop and produce the beam control platform of an airborne laser weapon demonstration system.
Fury is a long-endurance, survivable Unmanned Aerial System that brings strategic capabilities to the tactical warfighter. With the largest payload capacity and volume among runway-independent UAS, and its advanced heavy fuel propulsion system, best in class power generation, and low signature design, Fury is capable of supporting any Intelligence, Surveillance Reconnaissance and IEW requirement.
NATO alliance is responding to the tensions in the Black Sea region caused by Ukrainian crisis (war in Donbas and occupation and militarization of the Crimea by Russia).