The U.S. Navy Has Battled Su-22s Since 1981
On June 18, 2017, a U.S. Navy Super Hornet fighter shot down a Syrian government Su-22 attack plane after it dropped bombs on a U.S. allies. The shoot-down represented the latest escalation of tension between the United States, Russia and Syria. However, this was merely the latest in a... Read more
Outnumbered and Outgunned, the Bulgarian Air Force Battled the Allies Over Sofia
In April 1941, Bulgaria was drawn half-heartedly into World War II by Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler threatened Bulgaria with invasion if it didn’t allowed German troops to invade Greece and Yugoslavia through Bulgarian territory — and, if the kingdom cooperated, promised to give it Greek and Yugoslav territory in... Read more
A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet Just Shot Down a Syrian Warplane
For nearly three years, Syrian, Russian and U.S. war planes have maintained an uneasy truce over Syria — a truce that progressively frayed early-to-mid 2017. But the main parties had so far refrained from engaging each other in air-to-air combat. That all changed at 6:00 in the evening, local... Read more
It’s Better When F-35s and Super Hornets Work Together
In June, the U.S. Navy released a budget allocating $264.9 million towards upgrading its roughly 600 F/A-18E and F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighters to the new Block III standard, which includes some of the enhancements proposed for the Advanced Super Hornet. This is intended to coincide with... Read more
France’s D.520 Fighter Flew for Many Sides in World War II
The British had their Spitfire Mark I and II and the Germans had their Messerschmitt Bf.109E — designs that set the standard for high-performance fighters at the beginning of World War II. It’s always been a small consolation to the French that they had just begun to field their... Read more
One of the U.S. Navy’s Most Important Planes Is Based on the 737
There is a decent chance you have already flown on one of the U.S. Navy’s key new aircraft—or rather, the 737 airliner it is based on. The P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol plane may not be as sexy as an F-35 stealth fighter, but in some ways it is far... Read more
‘I Scribbled Whatever I Could So They Would Stop Beating Me’
A recent United Nations report makes clear that sexual violence is a widespread phenomenon in contemporary wars. However, while the document largely focuses on non-state actors and small or pariah states in Africa and the Middle East, it ignores several larger countries where armed groups are frequently connected to... Read more
These Are the States and Armed Groups That Use Rape as a Weapon
In May 2017, the office of the U.N. Secretary General presented its annual report on conflict-related sexual violence. The report identifies 38 armed groups and eight government security forces in 19 countries the United Nations has documented as perpetrating systematic rape, sexual assault and coercion as part of their... Read more
Argentina Wants to Keep This 1970s Jet Fighter Flying
Just one year after France retired its last Super Étendard carrier-based strike planes from service, Argentina announced it is considering buying six of the retired warplanes. The Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard has always been more distinguished by its armaments and technical capabilities than by its performance specifications. While it ably... Read more
Germany Still Loves Its Leopard Tanks
Germany has begun the process of upgrading 103 out-of-service Leopard 2A4 and 2A6 tanks to the latest model, the Leopard 2A7V—an upgrade that will cost the state the equivalent of 760 million euros. The big news is that by revamping and deploying these new vehicles, the Bundeswehr is expanding... Read more
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