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
U.S. Warships Fall Behind in the Missile Race
The U.S. Navy’s strategy desperately requires a new ship-launched anti-ship missile as enemy surface warships greatly “out stick” American warships. But as a stopgap solution, the Navy could modify the trusty Tomahawk cruise missile for anti-ship work. Since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the... Read more
China Is Setting Up Its First Military Base in Africa
The People’s Republic of China is setting up its first military base in Africa as it continues its evolution into a global superpower. Beijing has signed a 10-year leasing agreement with Djibouti to build a logistical hub in that nation, which is located in the Horn of Africa. “They... Read more
The Backfire Bomber Is Russia’s ‘Carrier Killer’
The Russian air force conducted another massive strategic bomber raid on Daesh targets in Syria yesterday. As before, the Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS bombers played a prominent role, however, the supersonic Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers conducted the majority of the attacks. “A squadron of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers made airstrikes... Read more
F-23 — The Super Fighter America Never Built
The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is the best air superiority fighter ever built, but could America have done better? When the YF-22 prototype won the contract for the Advanced Tactical Fighter in April 1991, it was a lesser plane compared to the Northrop YF-23 in many ways. Though the... Read more
Israel Prefers F-15 ‘Silent Eagles’ to More F-35s
Israel is asking the United States for a squadron of advanced F-15 Strike Eagles and V-22 Osprey tilt-rotors as part of a “compensation package” for lifting American sanctions on Iran. The package would be worth more than $3.1 billion according to reports. Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon presented Tel... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Should Buy a Lot More Bombers, Fewer F-35s
The U.S. Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman to build its new Long Range Strike Bomber, but the service is only planning to buy 100 of the stealthy new warplanes. With only 100 aircraft, the Air Force will not be able to replace its entire bomber fleet which consists... Read more
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