Chinese knockoff: China debuts new helicopter that looks exactly like the Black Hawk
A new Chinese helicopter recently appeared at the 5th China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin earlier this month- and it looks suspiciously familiar. Adding fuel to the fiery stereotype that Chinese engineers excel at copying other nations’ products, the new Z-20 helicopter looks an awful lot like a UH-60 Black... Read more
Digital upgrade: Air Force has stopped using floppy disks to manage U.S. nuclear launch system
The US Air Force is stepping out of the past and into the present by ditching floppy disks, which have been used for nuclear weapons deployment since the 1970s. The US Strategic Command claims that the drives have been replaced with a “highly-secure solid-state digital storage solution,” which will... Read more
What’s in a name? Navy comes out with new ship naming guidelines
A new series of ship-naming conventions has come down the pipe for the U.S. Navy, setting a list of guidelines for what kind of vessels get their namesake from. The memorandum put out by the Navy and obtained by the U.S. Naval Institute, lists several naming convention rules, as... Read more
Failure to launch: U.S. Navy has a ship building problem and no real solutions
The U.S. Navy seems to have a recurring problem with newer ships coming off the assembly line: none of them work the way they were designed to. From the catapults of the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Zumwalt-class of futuristic guided-missile destroyers, the recurring theme seems to be... Read more
“I’m the Meryl Streep of generals,” Mattis roasts Trump during charity dinner
Amy Kuperinsky NJ Advance Media Group, Edison, N.J. Former Defense Secretary James Mattis decided to take on President Donald Trump’s reported assertion that he is “overrated” at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York. “I’m not just an overrated general, I am the greatest — the... Read more
Slippery slope: Norwegian Air Force facing drag chute problem with its new F-35s
Winter is coming for Norwegian F-35s, as they are currently experiencing problems with drag chutes designed to help them stop on the nation’s icy runways. The Royal Norwegian Air Force, which previously relied on a fleet of 56 F-16s, is happy to welcome the 52 F-35s they have scheduled... Read more
Possible M4 replacement is causing gun enthusiasts to call bullpup
Eugene Stoner purists are no doubt crying in private after General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems showcased their take on the Next Generation Squad Weapon program at the 2019 AUSA conference, feeling the sting of seeing a bullpup rifle being considered as a replacement for the M4 carbine. Generally... Read more
The Pacific Alamo: The tiny island the U.S. defended for 15 days at the start of WWII
Americans are naturally defiant people that idolize the act of the courageous “last stand.” From the Alamo to the “Lost Battalion” of The Great War, the American warfighter has been praised in folklore and historical record for taking on battles with little chance of victory or survival. In the... Read more
Thunder on the Mountain: The tragic and bizarre mystery of a missing A-10 Warthog and its pilot
It’s a fact of life- sometimes people just vanish. Be it due to the acts of others, forces of nature, or more personal choices but many individuals have simply “disappeared off the radar,” which leaves more questions than answers. Sometimes, those people vanish with a $45 million dollar aircraft... Read more
Deadly Duo: Viper helicopters share the sky with radar-jamming F-35Bs
One of the sexiest attack helicopters in the world has been paired with the smartest 5th-generation combat plane- and the match is a deadly duo made in heaven. The AH-1Z Viper, the most modern variant of the AH-1 Cobra bloodline, has been paired up with F-35Bs in Marine Expeditionary... Read more
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