The Future Is Looking Bright for the U.S. Navy’s Super Hornet
With the U.S. Navy struggling to make up a shortfall in its strike fighter inventory, the future looks bright for Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler. The Navy plans to order at least 80 additional Super Hornets over the next five years including 14 jets in the fiscal... Read more
The Russian Army Still Loves Its Artillery
The Russian Ground Forces have started to receive a modernized version of the Msta-S self-propelled artillery piece. The new self-propelled gun will be used in the interim until the much more modern 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV enters service in significant numbers. “Dozens of self-propelled artillery Msta-S entered into service in the... Read more
The Italian M-346 Fighter Pilot Trainer Is Almost Undefeated
Italian aerospace conglomerate Leonardo submitted its bid for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X advanced jet trainer program in March 2017. The company will submit its flight data for its T-100 aircraft—a derivative of the M-346 Master advanced jet trainer—by the end of this month. Leonardo is going head-to-head against... Read more
The U.S. Navy Is Bringing Back a Ship-Killing Tomahawk Missile
The U.S. Navy will keep the Tomahawk cruise missile in its inventory through 2040, but the service will start to develop a next-generation replacement weapon that will be able to strike targets both at sea and on land. In the meantime, the venerable cruise missile will receive an anti-ship... Read more
The 1950s-Era Stratofortress Can Keep Flying for Another 50 Years
Replacing the venerable Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber’s eight antiquated Pratt & Whitney TF-33 engines with modern turbofans is increasingly becoming a top-priority for the U.S. Air Force. Replacing those antiquated powerplants will greatly increase the range, endurance and fuel efficiency of the B-52 while also reducing the workload... Read more
Russia Is Upgrading Its Top-Tier Fighter to Fly From Rough Airfields
Russia hopes to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E multi-role fighters based on experience gained operating in Syria this year. As with almost all new aircraft—even those with otherwise excellent designs—minor but vexing flaws are often discovered during high intensity real world operations. In this case, the Russian... 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
Trump Said All Future U.S. Navy Carriers Will Use ‘Goddamned Steam’ Catapults
Pres. Donald Trump has weighed in on the future configuration of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet. Trump is insisting that the service return to installing steam catapults in place of the state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, that was developed for the Gerald R. Ford–class super carriers.... 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
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
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