How to Detect a Stealth Fighter
State-run Chinese media is claiming that the People’s Liberation Army has been able to track the U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters over the East China Sea. While the Chinese report might be easily dismissed as propaganda — it is not beyond the realm of possibility.... Read more
China’s Island Missiles Can Effectively Shut Out the U.S. Air Force
China has deployed the powerful HQ-9 air and missile defense system to Woody Island — also known as Yongxing — in the Parcel archipelago, marking a new level of escalation in Beijing’s quest to control the South China Sea. The disputed island — which has been inhabited by about... Read more
3D Print a Russian Tank!
The Russian defense industry has been using 3D printing technology to create prototype components for the T-14 main battle tank and the rest of the Armata family of combat vehicles. Eventually, Russian industry hopes to be able to build production standard tank components for the Armata and other armored... Read more
What Will the Next A-10 Warthog Look Like?
Editor’s note: This article was originally published at The National Interest on Jan. 29. On Feb. 2, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Air Force would delay the A-10’s retirement until at least 2022. Former Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II squadron commander and current U.S. congresswoman Martha McSally is calling... Read more
Take Note, Turkey — Russia’s New Su-35S Arrives in Syria
Russia has deployed at least four advanced Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E aircraft to Syria, beefing up its air superiority capabilities in the war-torn region. The move follows protests from Turkey that a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback bomber violated its airspace on Friday — a claim Moscow denies. In an earlier... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s Dwindling Bomber Fleet
While the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) contract is mired in protests, the service has to rely on an increasingly geriatric fleet of long-range strategic bombers to meet its global obligations. Only a tiny portion of the Air Force bomber fleet — some 20 Northrop Grumman... Read more
Russia Pulls Its Stealth Fighter Back From the Brink
Russian and Indian negotiators have bargained down the price for the Indo-Russian Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) — which is being developed from the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA. The two sides have agreed cut the price of the development from $12 billion to roughly $8 billion, saving the joint project from... Read more
El A-10 Warthog sobrevive para combatir un día más
Supuestamente el Ejército del Aire estadounidense ha decidido suspender temporalmente su campaña para retirar del servicio al veterano avión de apoyo aéreo cercano Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II. Finalmente el Ejército del Aire estadounidense ha cedido ante la alta demanda del Warthog para combatir... Read more
Why Is the U.S. Air Force Hiring Jet-Flying Mercenaries?
The U.S. Air Force’s elite Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, has started using contractors flying privately-owned combat aircraft to help train the service’s tactical gurus. The contractors have been hired for what amounts to a trial run. If it goes well, there are likely to be... Read more
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
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