Three U.S. and British Submarines Meet at the North Pole
Two American submarines and one British boat gathered near the North Pole in mid-March 2018 for one of the biggest Arctic undersea exercises in decades. ICEX 2018, the 27th in a series of roughly biennial exercises dating back to 1959, kicked off in early March, when aircraft from the... Read more
China Wants Its Own Version of the X-37B Spaceplane
A Chinese company claimed it’s working on a reusable spaceplane similar to the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B. Unlike the X-37B, which launches into orbit atop a Falcon rocket, the Chinese vehicle would blast off in mid-flight from under the wing of a large “mothership” aircraft. It’s unclear how... Read more
Boeing’s Working on a Mach-5 Spy Plane
In early January 2018, Boeing announced it’s developing a concept for a hypersonic reconnaissance and strike drone that could compete with Lockheed’s own SR-72. Both Boeing’s “Valkyrie II”concept and Lockheed’s “Son of Blackbird” could be capable of cruising at speeds exceeding Mach 5, potentially allowing them to evade all... Read more
The U.S. Coast Guard Could Arm Its New Icebreakers
The U.S. Coast Guard’s new icebreakers will have space, displacement and electric power for weapons when they enter service starting around 2023, Coast Guard commandant Paul Zukunft said. The coastal law-enforcement agency hasn’t decided yet whether to actually add the weapons. Zukunft said that depends on whether the United... Read more
Donald Trump Wants Small Nukes
The Trump administration wants two new, sea-launched nuclear weapons — and looser rules for using them. Experts say the new nuclear policy could make atomic war more likely. The Nuclear Posture Review, which leaked to the press in mid-January 2018, calls for a new sea-launched cruise missile, or SLCM,... Read more
New Drone Has No Moving Control Surfaces
Researchers at BAE Systems and The University of Manchester successfully test-flew an experimental unmanned aerial vehicle with no moving control surfaces, BAE Systems announced in December 2017. The 12-foot-span, jet-propelled MAGMA drone could help BAE develop stealthier warplanes. Control surfaces account for a significant portion of an airplane’s radar... Read more
Lo siento, creyentes: muchos ovnis no son más que aviones militares
Entre 2007 y 2012, un reducido equipo de investigadores militares estudió los avistamientos de objetos volantes no identificados ─sí, OVNIs─ desde una oficina en las profundidades del Pentágono. El Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) , promovido por el exsenador estadounidense Harry Reid,... Read more
Sorry, Believers — Many UFOs Are Just Military Aircraft
From 2007 to 2012, a small team of military investigators looked into sightings of unidentified flying objects—yes, UFOs—from an office deep inside the Pentagon. The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, championed by former U.S. senator Harry Reid, paid contractors to analyze close encounters between military pilots and mysterious airborne... Read more
Sneaky Drones for U.S. Navy Jamming Planes
Northrop Grumman is trying to convince the U.S. Navy to transform the branch’s EA-18G Growler electronic-warfare planes into motherships for small, slow-flying unmanned aerial vehicles that could extend the distance at which Growler crews can pinpoint enemy radars. The 12-foot-long “Dash X” drone fits inside the military’s Tactical Munition... Read more
The U.S. Navy Is Turning Its Stealth Destroyers Into Ship-Killers
The U.S. Navy is transforming its Zumwalt-class land-attack destroyers into surface-warfare ships whose main mission will be sinking other vessels at sea. In swapping the job of the three-ship class, the Navy is admitting that its original concept for the 600-foot, stealthy warships is no longer viable. “We see... Read more
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