Russian Warplanes Gathered Over Moscow to Honor World War II Dead
Silence cloaked Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2017. You could hear the cold air moving between the ranks of silent soldiers standing at attention. Their tanks, missile launchers and artillery sat motionless. The quiet continued for 60 seconds. A tribute to the millions of lives the Soviet... Read more
F-22s Will Soon Be Able to Kill Enemy Fighters From 50-Percent Farther
Developmental testers at Edwards Air Force Base in California have completed testing on the F-22 Raptor’s Increment 3.2B upgrade. The new configuration will significantly boost the stealthy fifth-generation air superiority fighter’s already fearsome air-to-air capabilities. As part of the final hurdle, F-22 Raptors assigned to the 411th Flight Test... Read more
Italy Just Built Its First F-35B Stealth Jump Jet
On May 5, 2017, the first F-35B — the vertical-landing variant of the stealthy Joint Strike Fighter — rolled out of the final-assembly and check-out facility at Cameri, in northwestern Italy. The F-35 will serve in the Italian navy. The aircraft, designated BL-1, is the first F-35B to be... Read more
Russia Has Sent One of Its A-50U Radar Planes to Syria
On April 29, 2017, a photograph appeared on social media apparently showing a Beriev A-50 SRDLO — that’s the Russian acronym for “airborne early warning and control system” — in flight over Syria. Israeli satellite photographs confirmed the presence of a single A-50 on the apron of Hmemmem air... Read more
Watch F-35 Stealth Fighters Tear Up the ‘Mach Loop’
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has flown through Wales’ world-famous “Mach Loop” low-flying area for the first time. The impressive display occurred one year after the bigger F-22 Raptor first performed the same feat. The video clip below shows an F-35A Lightning IIs threading the iconic mountain range on... Read more
China and Pakistan’s Twin-Seat Budget Fighter Is Impressive
A two-seat version of the JF-17/FC-1 Thunder, a warplane jointly produced by Pakistan and China, took off for its maiden flight on April 27, 2017. The idea behind the project is to develop a relatively inexpensive fighter at around $25 million per copy that can compete with the U.S.-made... Read more
I Went to War Against Stealth Fighters—And Lost Badly
On April 26, 2017, I had the opportunity to fly on a training sortie during the U.S. Air Force’s Atlantic Trident 17 exercise at Joint Base Langley Eustis in Virginia. The war game brings together the three premier NATO air forces and the best operational fighters in the alliance’s... Read more
The West’s Best Fighter Jets, Together in Virginia
The Atlantic Trident ’17 exercise, held from April 12 to 28, 2017 at Joint Base Langley-Eustice in Virginia, included a “Blue Air” force of U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors of the 1st Fighter Wing and F-35 Lightning IIs from Eglin Air Force Base, Typhoons of the Royal Air Force... Read more
Turkey Is Quite Eager to Buy Russian Anti-Aircraft Missiles
Turkey is presently in the “final stage” of talks to purchase sophisticated long-range S-400 air defense missiles from Russia the country’s defense minister. Work on the S-400 has reached a final point. “But the final stage does not mean ‘let’s sign a deal tomorrow morning,’” Defense Minister Fikri Işik... Read more
The F-35 Just Got $1.7 Billion More Expensive
The F-35 is even further behind schedule and more over budget than other watchdog agencies have reported. A new Government Accountability Office report finds the troubled program will need an additional $1.7 billion and another year just to finish its already 16-year-long production process. The GAO echoed much of... Read more
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