Trump Said All Future U.S. Navy Carriers Will Use ‘Goddamned Steam’ Catapults
Pres. Donald Trump has weighed in on the future configuration of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet. Trump is insisting that the service return to installing steam catapults in place of the state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, that was developed for the Gerald R. Ford–class super carriers.... Read more
F-22s Will Soon Be Able to Kill Enemy Fighters From 50-Percent Farther
Developmental testers at Edwards Air Force Base in California have completed testing on the F-22 Raptor’s Increment 3.2B upgrade. The new configuration will significantly boost the stealthy fifth-generation air superiority fighter’s already fearsome air-to-air capabilities. As part of the final hurdle, F-22 Raptors assigned to the 411th Flight Test... Read more
I Went to War Against Stealth Fighters—And Lost Badly
On April 26, 2017, I had the opportunity to fly on a training sortie during the U.S. Air Force’s Atlantic Trident 17 exercise at Joint Base Langley Eustis in Virginia. The war game brings together the three premier NATO air forces and the best operational fighters in the alliance’s... Read more
La MOAB es una de las bombas no nucleares más grandes de EE.UU.
Hace unos días el Ejército del Aire estadounidense lanzaba una de las bombas no nucleares más grandes jamás fabricadas sobre una red de túneles del ISIS en Afganistán. El arma, denominada GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), la lanzó un avión MC-130 perteneciente al Mando de Operaciones Especiales del... Read more
North Korea Has a Big, Worn-Out Air Force
The Korean People’s Army Air Force is perhaps the least threatening branch of Pyongyang’s military forces. However, while technologically backwards and often lacking the level of proficiency of Western air forces—with pilots often receiving fewer than 20 annual flight hours—the KPAAF does have a few strong points. As with... Read more
North Korea’s Navy—More Nuisance Than Menace
In the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s naval forces might prove to be nuisance to allied forces if they are operating close to shore, but the threat is manageable. Nonetheless, U.S. and South Korean naval shores need to keep on their toes—otherwise, they could... Read more
Don’t Underestimate North Korea’s Air Defense Missiles
If the Trump administration chooses to intervene in North Korea, the White House may discover that Pyongyang is a more formidable adversary than many might expect. Aside from the reclusive regime’s nuclear weapons, Kim Jong-un’s hermit kingdom boasts air defenses that are more advanced than many might realize. Moreover,... Read more
The MOAB Is One of the Biggest Non-Nuclear U.S. Bombs
The United States Air Force has dropped one of the largest non-nuclear bombs ever built on an ISIS tunnel network in Afghanistan. The weapon—called the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast—was dropped from an MC-130 belonging to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The Pentagon stated that the bomb targeted a... Read more
How F-22 Raptors Match Up to Russian Air Defenses in Syria
The United States is reportedly patrolling the skies above Syria using stealthy F-22 Raptors. The supersonically cruising air superiority jets are the only fighters in the U.S. inventory that can safely fly within the engagement envelope of Russian S-400 and S300V4 surface-to-air missiles defense while the Pentagon ascertains how the... Read more
Why Are Russia and Turkey Holding Joint War Games in the Black Sea?
Russia and Turkey have held a series of joint naval exercises in the Black Sea. The Kremlin’s Black Sea Fleet deployed three ships while the Turks sent two vessels to the exercise, which is called PASSEX. The Russian side deployed the brand new frigate Admiral Grigorovich—armed with long-range Kalibr... Read more
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