Is the U.S. Air Force Ready for a New Light Attack Aircraft?
The U.S. Air Force is expected to hold demonstrations this summer to show off the capabilities of a new light attack aircraft the service might eventually purchase under a new OA-X program. The Air Force had attempted to buy a light attack aircraft in 2008 under a previous iteration... Read more
Stop Trying to Make a New Russian Aircraft Carrier Happen
Russia’s Krylov State Research Center is lobbying the Kremlin hard to build a new aircraft carrier called the Project 23000E Storm. If built, the massive vessel would be comparable in size and capability to one of the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz or Ford-class supercarriers. The Russian Ministry of Defense has... Read more
Check It Out — The Private Air Force Helping to Train American Fighter Pilots
Why Isn’t China Building a New Bomber?
China is developing two new stealth fighters, stealthy unmanned aircraft, new cruise and ballistic missiles; however, Beijing thus far has not attempted to develop a new bomber. Instead, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force relies on the upgraded Xian H-6K — a derivative of the antiquated Soviet Tu-16 Badger —... Read more
Russia’s Air War in Syria Isn’t Over
Russian air operations over Syria are continuing at a somewhat reduced pace even as the Kremlin says it is withdrawing its main forces from the region. The Russian air force conducted 41 sorties in support of the Syrian army’s offensive to retake Palmyra between March 20 and March 23. According... Read more
Damn, the F-35’s Upgrades Are Expensive
The Government Accountability Office is voicing opposition to the Pentagon’s plan to manage the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s Block 4 upgrade as a continuation of the existing program. The planned upgrade — which is expected to cost more than $3 billion — is large enough to qualify... Read more
Russia’s Next Submarine Could Be Much Stealthier
Next-generation Russian nuclear submarines may use composite structures — imagine something akin to a cutting-edge carbon fiber — in an attempt to drastically reduce their acoustical signatures. But this wouldn’t be the first time Moscow has experimented with novel materials to build submarines. Before its collapse, the Soviet Union... Read more
Russian Ballistic Missile Sub Prowls Off French Coast
As tensions between Russia and the West ratchet up, Moscow’s submarine fleet has increased its activity to levels not seen since before the end of the Cold War. Indeed, since the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a Russian ballistic missile submarine has been spotted in... Read more
Soviet-Era Tu-160M2 Is More Lethal Than Ever
Russia’s upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack supersonic bomber is expected to make its first flight in 2019. Moscow currently has 16 of the original version of the Mach 2.0-capable bomber, which are the last surviving examples of the 35 aircraft built by the Soviet Union before its demise. Moscow hopes to build... Read more
India Prepares Its First Nuclear-Armed Submarine
New Delhi’s first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine has passed all of its sea-trials and is ready to be formally inducted into the Indian Navy. According to Indian media reports, the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine has been undergoing a series of diving tests and weapons trials over the past five months.... Read more
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