America’s Spitfires
The sleekly elegant Supermarine Spitfire is the iconic British fighter of World War II, the plane that kept the formerly unstoppable German air force at bay in the Battle of Britain. And thanks to constant upgrades, the Spitfire remained a top-performing frontline fighter through the end of the war.... Read more
We’ve Caught a Glimpse of Northrop’s Carrier-Launched Tanker Drone
The U.S. Navy’s future drone tanker has begun to break cover. In mid-August 2017, the first photos appeared depicting Northrop Grumman’s entry in the Navy’s Carrier-Based Aerial Refueling System, or CBARS — the years-long effort to produce the first drone warplane for the Navy’s carrier air wings. The photos,... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Was Not Fond of the Next-Gen Predator Drone
This story originally appeared on Nov. 13, 2014. In April 2009 General Atomics—the California-based manufacturer of the Predator drone—debuted a new and improved, jet-powered version of the iconic robot warplane. But for all its improvements, the Predator C—or Avenger—fell flat with its biggest prospective client, the U.S. Air Force.... Read more
Breve historia del ─ finalmente ─ impresionante helicóptero Hind
El helicóptero ruso de ataque Mi-24 lleva más de 47 años volando. Ya es hora de que desmontemos algunos de los mitos más extendidos sobre el helicóptero de ataque que tantos nombres ha recibido. Cocodrilo . Vaso . Carro del Diablo . Hind . En... 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
Did an Israeli Drone-Maker Carry Out an Attack on Armenian Troops?
In July 2017, representatives from Aeronautics Defense Systems — an Israeli company specializing in drones — allegedly arrived in Azerbaijan on a sales trip for the firm’s Orbiter 1K unmanned aerial vehicle. This particular drone, really a loitering smart bomb, is designed to fly above the battlefield before diving... Read more
India’s Awful HF-24 Jet Fighter Proved Itself in Combat
Fifty years ago, India brought into service its first domestically built jet fighter, the HF-24 Marut — indeed, the first operational jet fighter designed and produced by an Asian country besides Russia. Unfortunately, the HF-24 project was hampered by over-ambitious goals, poor government oversight and underpowered jet engines, producing... Read more
In 1981, Weather and Reporters Stymied a Complicated Air Ambush in Sudan
In reaction to Libya claiming all of the Gulf of Syrte as its territorial waters, in January 1981 U.S. president Ronald Reagan ordered the U.S. Navy to conduct a “freedom of navigation exercise” in that part of the Mediterranean Sea. During the exercise, there were dozens of tense encounters... 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
The Soviets Built a High-Flying Jet to Shoot Down Balloons
During the Cold War, the United States sent hundreds of high-altitude surveillance balloons on meandering intelligence-collection missions over the Soviet Union — a practice which continued after the Soviet shootdown of American U-2 pilot Gary Powers in 1960. Difficult to detect and largely out of reach at altitudes of... Read more
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