The MOAB Is One of the Biggest Non-Nuclear U.S. Bombs
The United States Air Force has dropped one of the largest non-nuclear bombs ever built on an ISIS tunnel network in Afghanistan. The weapon—called the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast—was dropped from an MC-130 belonging to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The Pentagon stated that the bomb targeted a... Read more
How F-22 Raptors Match Up to Russian Air Defenses in Syria
The United States is reportedly patrolling the skies above Syria using stealthy F-22 Raptors. The supersonically cruising air superiority jets are the only fighters in the U.S. inventory that can safely fly within the engagement envelope of Russian S-400 and S300V4 surface-to-air missiles defense while the Pentagon ascertains how the... Read more
Six Fighters. One Tanker. The Atlantic Ocean. And a Near-Disaster
While unpacking some boxes in early April 2017, I stumbled upon my Red Flag Alaska papers. Suddenly, I flashed back seven years to the exercise and an epic transatlantic flight involving six fuel-thirsty warplanes and just one aerial tanker. That Red Flag Alaska war game took place in the... Read more
I Witnessed a Mock Air War
The U.S. Air Force’s Red Flag, the most important air-combat exercise in the world, takes place four times a year at Nellis Air Force Base north of Las Vegas, Nevada. I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Nevada during Red Flag 17-2, which lasted from Feb.... Read more
North Korea’s Ballistic Missiles Are Very Hard to Hit
Both of these following statements are true. (1) Attempts to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear program through diplomacy have failed and, chances are, will continue to fail. (2) Were the United States to strike North Korea, the reclusive regime has ways to retaliating which America and its allies... Read more
Boeing Wants to Build a ‘Super’ F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Boeing is working on developing a new Block III version of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to complement the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Unlike previous iterations of the Advanced Super Hornet—which Boeing was positioning to compete head-to-head with the stealthy single engine F-35—this version is a more modest... Read more
Four F-22s and four F-15s ‘Killed’ 41 Enemy Fighters During Mock Combat
In January 2017, around 250 airmen and nine F-15 Eagles from the U.S. Air Force’s 104th Fighter Wing — part of the Massachusetts Air National Guard based at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport — deployed to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida for the Weapons Systems Evaluation Program. As part of... Read more
Poland Needs More Fighter Jets
On March 22, 2017, Poland’s parliamentary committee on national defense took a hard look at the the Polish air force’s F-16s, M-346 jet trainers and cruise missiles. Gen. Jan Śliwka, the acting deputy commander of the Polish armed forces, briefed parliament on the country’s F-16s. Seven or eight of... Read more
The F-35 Is a $1.4-Trillion National Disaster
The F-35 still has a long way to go before it will be ready for combat. That was the parting message of Michael Gilmore, the now-retired Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, in his last annual report. The Joint Strike Fighter Program has already consumed more than $100 billion... Read more
Burt Rutan’s Light Attack Plane Was Too Radical for the U.S. Military
While the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X program is once again coming to the fore as an alternative to using high-end jet fighters against poorly armed insurgents, the idea is not a new one. While the last iteration of the concept came in 2008, in earlier years the U.S. Army... Read more
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