Why the U.S. Navy Loves Big Aircraft Carriers
A new RAND Corporation study has concluded that bigger aircraft carriers such as the Gerald R. Ford-class are more effective and more survivable than smaller carriers. While a slightly smaller 70,000-ton design would be cheaper to operate, such a vessel would be more vulnerable while costing extra money to develop and... Read more
Despite the Fearmongering, Russia Is Actually Relying Less on Nuclear Weapons
In recent months there has much hysteria in Washington about Russia allegedly lowering its nuclear threshold and particularly about Moscow’s arsenal of non-strategic nuclear weapons. However, there is little evidence that Moscow has lowered its nuclear threshold — nor are there concrete figures available for how many non-strategic nuclear... Read more
The White House Could Inadvertently Goad North Korea Into Nuking the Pacific
The Trump administration may inadvertently be provoking North Korea into conducting a live-fire test of a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. While it is clear that North Korea has both ballistic missile technology and a working hydrogen bomb, the U.S. State Department recently suggested in a tweet that Pyongyang does not... Read more
Now in Service — China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter
China’s Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter has officially entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. “China’s latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service, according to Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday,” reads a Sept. 28 press release posted on the Chinese... Read more
El King Stallion [Rey Semental] es el helicóptero militar más grande de Estados Unidos
La Armada estadounidense ha adjudicado a la división Sikorsky de Lockheed Martin un contrato para iniciar la fabricación del nuevo helicóptero de transporte pesado CH-53K King Stallion del Cuerpo de Infantería de Marina de EE.UU. La empresa fabricará dos de estas enormes aeronaves de ala rotatoria en... Read more
How North Korea Could Hunt U.S. Warplanes
North Korea considers a recent Twitter comment from U.S. Pres. Donald Trump to effectively be a declaration of war against Pyongyang. As such, the Kim regime says that it will retaliate — potentially even engaging U.S. Air Force bombers flying around the Korean peninsula over international waters. “The whole... Read more
Ya sabemos cuántos carros de combate T-14 Armata va a fabricar Rusia
Según un alto cargo de su Ministerio de Defensa, Moscú va a fabricar 100 carros de combate T-14 Armata para el año 2020, lo cual desmiente la rocambolesca idea de que para entonces el Kremlin iba a contar con una flota de 2.300 imponentes nuevas máquinas. «Actualmente se están... Read more
In Pictures — Sweden and America’s Big War Games
The United States and several NATO member states are participating in Sweden’s Aurora-17 military exercises. The war games are the largest military maneuvers Sweden has undertaken in more than two decades. Some 19,000 Swedish military personnel from all service branches are participating in the exercise, as are people from... Read more
Russia Will Have 6,000 More Tanks in Its Army
Russia is sharply curtailing the number of Soviet-era tanks that is planning to scrap. In previous years, Moscow had planned to send some 10,000 of its older model tanks to the junk yard for disposal, now that figure could be reduced to as few as 4,000. “Initially, when the... Read more
The King Stallion Is the Heaviest U.S. Military Helicopter
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky division a contract to start producing the U.S. Marine Corps’ new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopters. The company will produce two of the massive rotary-wing aircraft under a so-called “Lot 1” Low Rate Initial Production fixed price contract worth... Read more