Here’s One Idea How to Defend Ships From Ballistic Missiles
The U.S. Navy has been in discussions with shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls about the possibility of building a missile defense variant of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock (LPD-17). The new vessel could eventually be equipped with new radars, railguns and lasers. The massive 25,000-ton troop carrier has the size... Read more
The A-10 Warthog Lives to Fight Another Day
The U.S. Air Force has reportedly decided to temporarily call off its campaign to retire the long-serving Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft. The service finally relented because the Warthog is in high demand fighting the Islamic State terrorist entity in Iraq and Syria. With its... Read more
Everything the U.S. Navy Wants Its Laser Warships to Do
A new U.S. Navy large surface combatant might feature futuristic weapons that, until now, have been the province of science fiction. According to a recent interview with a top naval official, the Navy envisions that its next-generation large surface combatant — or destroyer-cruise-size — ships might be armed with... Read more
The U.S. Pacific Fleet Is Short on Carriers
The U.S. Navy is facing a looming shortage of aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific and the Middle East this year. That could mean the contested waters around China, as well as the war against the ISIS terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, could be short-changed — going without... Read more
Can South Korea Fight North Korea Without America?
As tensions with North Korea rise following Pyongyang’s alleged hydrogen bomb test, there is the specter of a renewed war on the peninsula. In the years following the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953 — which ended the conflict in a ceasefire without formally terminating hostilities — the U.S. military... Read more
Paraguay Brings Back Sherman Tanks
Paraguay is putting World War II-era M3 Stuarts and M4 Sherman tanks back into service. The country is thought to have three Sherman medium tanks and up to 14 Stuart light tanks in its inventory. The venerable tanks — which are now over 75 years old — were originally designed to... Read more
China’s Stealth Fighter Takes Off
Beijing’s stealthy Chengdu J-20 fifth-generation combat aircraft, pictured above in an artist’s rendering, may have entered low rate initial production according to state-owned Chinese media. Xinhua — Beijing’s official news agency — published photos of the newest J-20 aircraft, which is still coated in primer paint, earlier this week. An... Read more
If the SR-71 Is So Awesome, Then What Is It Doing in a Museum?
Capable of cruising at speeds in excess of Mach 3.2, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft to ever to see operational service. But even though its performance has never been matched, the SR-71 was retired as the Cold War drew to a close. The Blackbird... Read more
Russia’s Lethal S-400 Missile Goes Global
India is set to buy five Almaz-Antey S-400 Triumf air and missile defense systems from Russia, it was reported this week. New Delhi is the second foreign customer for the powerful missile system after Beijing, which is also buying six S-400 batteries. According to the Times of India, even... Read more
Obama’s Plan to Arm Taiwan
The Obama administration has informed the U.S. Congress of a proposed $1.8 billion arms package for Taiwan, according to Capitol Hill sources. The arms package — which is more modest than previous such deals — includes a host of weapons that could blunt an amphibious invasion by the People’s... Read more
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