The USSR’s Air-Dropped Fighting Vehicles Tore Through Cold War Conflicts
Since the 1970s, the Russian military has possessed a diverse fleet of armored vehicles it can drop out of airplanes … with parachutes, of course. The BMD family of infantry fighting vehicles is armed to the teeth with autocannons, machine guns and anti-tank missiles. And despite being very much a... Read more
U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 Crash Kills 16 People
At 5:00 P.M. eastern time on July 10, 2017, a Marine Corps Reserve KC-130T aerial refueling tanker crashed in Le Flore County, Mississippi, killing 15 Marines and one U.S. Navy corpsman—the deadliest Marine Corps aviation accident since a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2005. The KC-130T had taken off... Read more
The Sverdlovsk Incident Was One of the World’s Worst Bio Weapons Mishaps
In October 1979, a West German newspaper run by Soviet émigrés ran a vague story alleging that an explosion in a military factory in Sverdlovsk — now Yekaterinburg — had released deadly bacteria, killing as many as a thousand people. The story swiftly drew attention from other Western newspapers... Read more
Why an Indian F-16 Fighting Falcon Will Be Such a Big Deal
On June 19, Lockheed Martin announced in advance of a U.S. visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that it had reached a joint-venture agreement with Tata Advanced Systems to move its F-16 production line to India. This deal would be contingent on the Indian Air Force selecting the... Read more
The Alarming Story of How French and British Nuclear Submarines Collided
Late at night on Feb. 3, 2009 the crew of the French nuclear submarine Triomphant, experienced something of a shock. The 138-meter-long submarine, the lead boat of four serving today as a key part of France’s nuclear strike force, was returning to port submerged under the heavy seas of the... Read more
Alemania todavía quiere sus carros de combate Leopard
Alemania ha iniciado el proceso de modernización al último modelo, el Leopard 2A7V, de 103 carros de combate inoperativos Leopard 2A4 y 2A6, modernización que le costará 760 millones de euros al Estado alemán. La gran noticia radica en que al renovar y desplegar estos nuevos vehículos, la Bundeswehr... Read more
The S-3 Viking Retired Way Too Early
Eight years ago the U.S. Navy retired: A) Its only dedicated carrier-based tanker. B) Its last dedicated carrier-based anti-submarine airplane. C) A carrier-based plane with more than twice the range of its current jets. D) All of the above. With a maximum speed of only 500 miles per hour—many airliners fly... Read more
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
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