The Pentagon Has Been Working on a New Air-to-Air Missile
The U.S. military has been quietly working on a new long-range air-to-air missile since at least 2016, budget documents reveal. The Office of the Secretary of Defense spent nearly $10 million in 2016 and 2017 developing concepts and technologies for the so-called “Long Range Engagement Weapon.” “This project will... Read more
What Destroyed This Abrams Tank?
On Oct. 20, 2017, the Kurdish Peshmerga claimed to have destroyed an Iraqi M-1A1 Abrams tank during fighting in Kirkuk province and took grainy video footage to prove it. It was an especially noteworthy clash given that Western allies supplied many of Iraqi Kurdistan’s anti-tank missiles and Iraq’s Abrams... Read more
Imagine Almost Every Russian Warship With Hypersonic Missiles
If everything goes according to plan, sometime in the mid-2020s the Russian Navy will adopt an anti-ship cruise missile called the Zircon. It’s a highly maneuverable and hypersonic cruise missile — meaning a weapon capable of traveling at speeds in excess of Mach 5 due to its advanced scramjet... Read more
The Maverick Missile Is Great For Hitting Fast-Moving Vehicles
The U.S. Air Force is seeking more upgraded Maverick air-to-ground missiles, an air-launched weapon in service since the Vietnam era now receiving an upgraded laser-seeker along with new software configurations. The upgraded weapon is currently configured to fire from an Air Force F-16 and A-10 and Navy Harrier Jets... Read more
China Can Blast Almost Every U.S. Warship Docked in Japan With Ballistic Missiles
While U.S. defense strategists have been focused on China’s so-called “carrier-killer” ballistic missile, as well as Beijing’s aircraft carriers, a new report suggests China’s greatest threat to the United States may be something less eye-catching. “The greatest military threat to U.S. vital interests in Asia may be one that... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Wants to Expand the Range of This Stealthy Cruise Missile
With advanced air defense systems such as the Russian-made S-300 and S-400 families proliferating around the world, it is becoming increasingly difficult for American aircraft to penetrate into airspace defended by such anti-access/area-denial weapons. While advanced fifth-generation fighter aircraft and next-generation platforms such as the U.S. Air Force’s forthcoming B-21 Raider and Penetrating Counter Air will... Read more
Need More Naval Missiles? Stick the Launchers in Shipping Containers
The U.S. Navy is unmatched, but not invulnerable. The fleet has been shrinking, stressing the force as sparkling new Chinese warships sail from the shipyards at a brisk pace. A more worrying problem is that American warships are outranged—often by large margins—by anti-ship missiles, such as those also in... Read more
Could America Really Shoot Down an ICBM in a War?
The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency demonstrated the ability to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile using Ground-based Midcourse Defense—also known as GMD—interceptors for the first time during a live test on May 30. According to the MDA, the test looks likely to have been a success—though the agency will have to... Read more