U.S. Air Force to Industry: Make a Mach-5 Missile
Spurred by developments in Russia and China, the U.S. Air Force is taking steps toward acquiring a hypersonic surface-to-air missile capable of traveling faster than Mach 5. For more than 20 years the Air Force — not to mention other U.S. government agencies and private industry — have been... Read more
North Korea’s Powerful Rocket Caught Americans by Surprise
On July 4, 2017, North Korea tested — for the first time — an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, or ICBM, capable of hitting U.S. soil with a nuclear warhead. The test was hardly a secret. The North Korean regime announced the trial two weeks in advance. Western missile experts tried to... Read more
Grounding the Ayatollah’s Tomcats
On April 9, 1972, Iraq and the Soviet Union signed an historic agreement. The USSR committed to arming the Arab republic with the latest weaponry. In return for sending Baghdad guns, tanks and jet fighters, Moscow got just one thing — influence … in a region that held most of the world’s... Read more
For Sale Soon, an Anti-Drone Bazooka
This story originally appeared on March 7, 2016. Drones got you down? British company is offering a new way to ensnare and bring down robotics planes operating illegally in your airspace — the SkyWall 100, a net-firing bazooka. “The proliferation of cheap and easy to fly drones has triggered... Read more
To Grow the Fleet, the U.S. Navy Could Recommission Retired Warships
In its desperation to grow the fleet, the U.S. Navy is considering pulling old, decommissioned vessels from “mothballs” — the inactive reserve fleet that the Navy maintains at ports on both U.S. coasts. But reactivating old ships might prove less viable than keeping newer ships longer. In early June,... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s Next Killer Drone Is Disposable
The U.S. Air Force’s latest unmanned aerial vehicle is small, stealthy and cheap enough to be essentially disposable. The Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft, or LCAA, could radically change the way the world’s leading air arm wages war. The U.S. Defense Department revealed the first LCAA prototype as part of the... Read more
Trump’s Bigger Fleet Is Dead in the Water
U.S. president Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to expand the U.S. Navy to 350 front-line warships — a major boost over today’s 275-strong combat fleet. But the Trump administration’s first Navy budget proposal, for the 2018 fiscal year that begins in late 2017, adds no ships to the... Read more
U.S. Air Force Sends Robotic F-16s Into Mock Combat
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories and Lockheed Martin have demonstrated a mixed formation of manned and unmanned F-16s in a simulated combat environment. The Have Raider demonstration at Edwards Air Force Base in California included two phases, Lockheed announced on April 10, 2017. The first phase, Have Raider... Read more
As U.S. Defense Secretary, James Mattis Plots His Own Course
In his first three months as U.S. defense secretary, James Mattis has embraced elements of Pres. Donald Trump’s aggressive war policy while also breaking from the Trump administration on several high-profile issues. Mattis is, in other words, still very much his own man. And the Pentagon under Mattis has,... Read more
U.S. Marines Want to Pack 20 Stealth Fighters on One Assault Ship
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to load up its nine big-deck amphibious assault ships with new F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, swapping helicopters for jets and transforming the assault ships into light aircraft carriers. The plan, which the Corps laid out in the 2017 edition of its annual aviation... Read more
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