Russia’s Assembling a Drone-Jamming Force
The Russian military is getting better at taking down enemy drones. That could have serious implications for the United States as it relies more on unmanned aircraft. The crews of Silok electronic-warfare vehicles “forced to land unmanned aerial vehicles” during a war game near Leningrad involving 500 service members,... Read more
China’s Second Aircraft Carrier Sails Closer to Joining the Fleet
China’s first homemade aircraft carrier left her home port of Dalian for her third sea trial on Oct. 28, 2018. The Type 001A flattop could commission into front-line service as early as 2019, according to the U.S. Defense Department — growing Beijing’s carrier force to two and giving China... Read more
The F-35 Is the Wrong Choice for Belgium
Belgium reportedly has chosen the American-made F-35 to replace its old F-16s. The F-35 is a technological marvel, with radar-absorbing skin coatings that help it to avoid detection. But it’s also complex, expensive and unreliable. Unable to fly as frequently as the F-16 can do, and too expensive to... Read more
China’s New Nuke Subs Might Boost World Stability
China for decades has struggled to develop nuclear ballistic-missile submarines. The country finally might be on the cusp of deploying reliable boomers. An effective Chinese ballistic-missile submarine fleet over the long term could have a stabilizing influence on the world’s nuclear balance. But in the short term, it might... Read more
The U.S. Navy Reveals Two Future Submarine Classes
The U.S. Navy plans to develop two new classes of submarine, according to congressional analysis of the sea service’s shipbuilding plan for 2019. The submarines could help to maintain the Navy’s advantage in submarine-on-submarine warfare while also filling a looming shortfall in the sailing branch’s capacity for sea-to-land missile... Read more
Luck and Friendly Strangers Gave Martin Grier’s High-Tech New Rifle Its Chance
Colorado gunsmith Martin Grier has invented a new kind of rifle — one that can fire up to five rounds at a time through five carefully-aligned barrels, and also ditches traditional metal-encased ammunition for electronically-triggered caseless rounds. The L4 and L5 — respectively, the four- and five-barrel version of... Read more
China Wants More Nuclear-Armed Submarines
Tong Zhao is a fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. He has written a useful explainer on China’s nuclear arsenal, focusing on the Chinese navy’s growing fleet of ballistic-missile submarines. “For many years, China has mostly relied on land-based nuclear weapons... Read more
Is the U.S. Navy Too Small to Protect Convoys?
The U.S. military’s top sealift officials are worried that, in a war with Russia or China, the U.S. Navy might not have enough warships to escort vital supply convoys from the United States to war zones in Europe or Asia. Those fears might be overblown. Regardless, the Navy is... Read more
U.S. Marine Corps Rocket Batteries Could Become Ship-Killers
The U.S. Marine Corps recently proved that an F-35 stealth fighter can pass targeting data to a ground-based rocket launcher. The test, which took place in Yuma, Arizona sometime prior to mid-October 2018, involved a Marine F-35B detecting a metal container on the ground and passing the GPS coordinates... Read more
Hurricane Michael Damaged a Bunch of F-22s
Hurricane Michael damaged potentially more than a dozen U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters at their base on the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10. That’s nearly 10 percent the Air Force’s F-22s. And if Japan’s own recent experience is any indication, it could take the flying branch years... Read more
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