U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs. Marine Corps photo Naval fire-control network combines sensors and munitions by DAVID AXE The U.S. Marine Corps said it would soon begin testing its F-35B stealth fighters with the U.S. Navy’s new fire-control network. If the testing leads to operational use, the Marines’ F-35s could function essentially... Read more
A U.S. Air Force AWACS plane. U.S. Air Force photo Fast jets with long-range missiles could snipe tankers and command planes by DAVE MAJUMDAR A new generation of Russian and Chinese-built long-range air-to-air missiles could threaten the critical nodes that enable U.S. air operations. Those nodes include the AWACS, various intelligence, surveillance... Read more
Predator in flight. U.S. Air Force photo Podcast — unmanned killers hit high-value targets, low-value targets and families by MATTHEW GAULT Drones will be one of the defining characteristics of Barack Obama’s presidency. In the 15 years since America first went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has reduced the number of... Read more
The A-29 Super Tucano. Photo via Flickr A cheap, lightweight attack plane from Brazil turns up in conflicts from Colombia to Afghanistan by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN Insurgents around the world will soon face a deadly new foe — an airplane which has already played a major role in helping defeat one of the... Read more
An MQ-4C Triton. Navy photo The Pentagon seeks to build Triton hangars in the United Arab Emirates by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Speed boats belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps zipped dangerously around a U.S. patrol boat in the Persian Gulf. This latest incident occurred during a significant uptick in confrontations between... Read more
The F-35A. U.S. Air Force photo Testing report contradicts the U.S. Air Force’s rosy pronouncements by DAN GRAZIER & MANDY SMITHBERGER The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive procurement program in Pentagon history. It’s been plagued by schedule delays, gross cost overruns and a slew of underwhelming... Read more
Image via Vice Motherboard A sprawling bureaucracy stands between Earth and space by MEREDITH RUTLAND BAUER You’re a billionaire space company owner, and you want to take the next big step and send a spacecraft to the moon. You’ve built the rocket and bought time on a launch pad and established... Read more
Photo via the author Counting Baghdad’s Su-25s is tricky business by ARNAUD DELALANDE & BABAK TAGHVAEE A Sept. 2, 2016 analysis of satellite imagery from July seems to confirm that the Iraqi air force — the IqAF — maintains 21 Su-25 Frogfoot attack jets at Al Rashid air base. According to the website Offiziere, the space-based photo... Read more
Atlant 100. Augur RosAeroSystems art To save the economy, the Russian government entertains an airy idea by ROBERT BECKHUSEN A fleet of high-tech aerostats sail across Russia’s remote Arctic streteches, bringing resources from the north to the busy railheads farther south. An economic boom saves the economy, and because American... Read more
A Tupolev Tu-22M-3M. Alex Beltyukov photo via Wikimedia But can it master jet engines? by DAVE MAJUMDAR The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force is working on developing a new long-range strategic bomber, but there are scant details available about the project. Beijing currently relies on the Xian H-6K cruise missile carrier — which... Read more
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