The U.S. Navy’s Greatest Enemy Might Be Exhaustion
With the USS John S. McCain knocked out of commission after a collision on Aug. 21 near the Straits of Malacca, the U.S. Navy is down two ballistic missile defense-capable Aegis destroyers in the Pacific. With USS Fitzgerald being also being knocked out of action after a June 17 collision... Read more
Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighters Are Underpowered and Outnumbered
The Russian air force will start to take delivery of initial production versions of the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter starting in 2018. Those initial aircraft will mostly be used for training. The Russians expect to complete development of the initial version of the PAK-FA in 2019. “The T-50... Read more
There Are Several Military Options to Attack North Korea — All of Them Bad
The standoff between the United States and North Korea continues to escalate with neither side willing to back down. With each passing day, the possibility of open warfare breaking out seems to increase as each side ups the ante. Indeed, Pres. Donald Trump has ratcheted up his rhetoric in... Read more
Russia’s Next ICBM Could Be Deadlier — Even With Fewer Warheads
More details are emerging about Russia’s new RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. According to Russian media, the weapon is being developed to replace the massive but ageing 210-ton R-36M2 Veovoda missile which has a throw weight of roughly 8.8 tons. However, most Western experts believe that the weapon... Read more
Time’s Up — North Korea Can Strike the Continental United States
North Korea has tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the continental United States. Combined with Pyongyang’s miniaturized nuclear warheads — which many analysts believe North Korea already possesses — Kim Jong Un’s regime now has the ability to unleash nuclear Armageddon on the American homeland. That means... Read more
The Big Problem Russia’s Stealth Fighter Shares With the F-22 Raptor
Russia has completed the first phase of government flight-testing for its Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter. Sukhoi is expected to complete developmental work on an initial operational version of the new stealth fighter in 2019, but the current iteration of the jet will only see a limited production run. “Today is... Read more
Joint Russian-Chinese Naval War Games Grow More Sophisticated
Russia and China are in the midst of the operational phase of their first ever European joint naval exercises in the Baltic Sea. The exercise is an indication of the growing strategic partnership between the Kremlin and Beijing. For China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, the Maritime Cooperation-2017 exercise is an... 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
Russia’s ‘Husky’-Class Submarines Borrow from the U.S. Navy’s Playbook
The Russian navy is taking a page out of the U.S. Navy’s playbook as it develops its family of next-generation nuclear submarines. Tentatively called Project Husky, the new submarines will be built in three variants — a basic attack submarine model, an expanded guided-missile submarine or SSGN version, and... Read more
Cash-Strapped Russia Can’t Afford to Modernize Its Only Aircraft Carrier
The Russian navy will repair its sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, but the massive vessel will not be upgraded or modernized in any meaningful way. Instead, Russia will focus on getting the carrier back into the fleet as soon as possible when the ship goes into overhaul in 2018. “It... Read more
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