There May Be No Way to Shoot Down North Korea’s Ballistic Missiles
Just days after North Korea tested an intermediate range ballistic missile that overflew Japan, the U.S. Navy intercepted a medium range ballistic missile target on Aug. 30 using a Raytheon Standard SM-6 missile. The weapon, which was launched from USS John Paul Jones, intercepted the target in its final seconds... Read more
We Now Know How Many T-14 Armata Tanks Russia Will Build
Moscow will build 100 T-14 Armata main battle tanks by 2020 according to a senior Russian defense official, putting to rest the fanciful notion that the Kremlin would build a fleet of 2,300 of fearsome new machines by that time. “The designed models are currently undergoing operational testing,” Russian... Read more
B-52, B-2 and B-21 Bombers Are Getting Nuclear-Tipped Cruise Missiles
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon a pair of contracts worth about $900 million each to develop the stealthy Long Range Standoff — or LRSO — nuclear-tipped cruise missile. Each contact will run for 54-month period of performance during which the two companies will perform... Read more
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