All the Men and Women Who Marched to Their Deaths at Chernobyl
The meltdown of one of the four reactors of the massive nuclear power plant near the town of Chernobyl in northern Ukraine on April 26, 1986 was the result of badly flawed reactor design, sloppy construction and faulty emergency procedures. The meltdown and its consequences amount to the worst... Read more
DARPA art DARPA is about to test a buoy-based comms network for warplanes by DAVID AXE Russia and China have been rapidly improving their ability to disrupt U.S. military communications during wartime. Now the U.S. Defense Department is waking up to the problem — and exploring new, harder-to-jam comms systems. The latest might... Read more
U.S. government art The Democrats’ cyberattackers had lots of practice by DAVID AXE On Dec. 29, 2016, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center confirmed again what they had initially warned about months earlier — that the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election.... Read more
Drone Wingmen for Japanese Fighter Jocks
The Japanese military wants a drone wingman to accompany its future F-3 fighters into combat starting in the 2030s. The concept — similar to the U.S. military’s own “Loyal Wingman” drone initiative — and could help Japanese fighter pilots make up for the numerical superiority of potential enemies. The Japanese defense ministry’s Acquisition,... Read more
Russian Mi-28 Gunship Goes Down in Homs
A Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter crashed in Syria on April 12. The two crew died. The gunship is the third aircraft the Russian military has lost in its six-month-old intervention in Syria on behalf of the regime of Pres. Bashar Al Assad. The Mi-28 was not shot down, multiple... Read more
See for Yourself — How U.S. Air Force Gunships Hunted Down the Taliban
2018: The Year U.S. Fighter Pilots Could Get Drone Wingmen
The U.S. Air Force is developing new computer algorithms to allow fighter pilots to control armed drones from inside their own cockpits. The goal of the so-called “Loyal Wingman” initiative is to pair up manned, fifth-generation stealth fighters with unmanned versions of older jets — in order to boost... Read more
Check It Out — The Private Air Force Helping to Train American Fighter Pilots
Watch — Russian Attack Helicopters Blast Islamic State
Russian attack helicopters have played a key role support Syrian regime forces taking back territory the regime lost to Islamic State. A videographer spotted a high-tech Mi-28 copter over the ancient city of Palmyra in late March.   Other Russian attack helicopters in Syria include the Mi-35 and the... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s Parasite Fighter Was a Bad Idea
Yes, the title sucks. But I love — love — Steve Pace’s The Big Book of X-Bombers and X-Fighters, out now from Zenith Press. “It takes a brave author to write a comprehensive review of every turbojet-powered Air Force fighter and bomber, produced or not,” Walter Boyne, himself a... Read more
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