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
A Lot of Hard Work Stands Between India and Its Own Stealth Fighter
In 2008, India’s Aeronautical Development Agency began developing a multi-role fighter to replace its large fleet of aging Jaguar, Mirage and MiG-23 fighters. The new project was tentatively dubbed the Medium Combat Aircraft — later revised to the Advanced MCA, or AMCA — to be produced domestically by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.... Read more
U.S. Air Force Commandos Practice Refueling, Rearming F-15s
On July 26, 2017, U.S. Air Force commandos in the United Kingdom practiced deploying to an austere airfield to quickly refuel and rearm F-15C fighters. It was the first time that Air Force special operators and their MC-130 transports had teamed up with F-15C fighters at a so-called “Forward... Read more
China’s Military Has Greatly Benefited From Stolen Technology
As the People’s Republic of China emerged from war and revolution in 1949, it became apparent that the Chinese economy lacked the capacity to compete with the United States or the Soviet Union in the production of advanced military technology. Transfers from the Soviet Union helped remedy the gap... Read more
Russia’s Next ICBM Could Be Deadlier — Even With Fewer Warheads
More details are emerging about Russia’s new RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. According to Russian media, the weapon is being developed to replace the massive but ageing 210-ton R-36M2 Veovoda missile which has a throw weight of roughly 8.8 tons. However, most Western experts believe that the weapon... Read more
Forget ‘God-Damned Steam,’ the U.S. Navy’s Digital Catapult Actually Works
On July 28, 2017, a U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter became the first fixed-wing airplane to land on and launch from the Navy’s new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford. The Super Hornet belonged to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23, based at Patuxent River in Maryland. Lt.... Read more
Here Are the Leaflets the United States Dropped on Islamic State
This story originally appeared on Jan. 22, 2016. On Nov. 15, 2015, U.S. Air Force A-10 ground-attack planes and AC-130 gunships blew up a truck park near Abu Kamal, Iraq. The American pilots destroyed more than 100 tankers carrying oil that could fund the Islamic State. The Pentagon followed this... Read more
China Can Blast Almost Every U.S. Warship Docked in Japan With Ballistic Missiles
While U.S. defense strategists have been focused on China’s so-called “carrier-killer” ballistic missile, as well as Beijing’s aircraft carriers, a new report suggests China’s greatest threat to the United States may be something less eye-catching. “The greatest military threat to U.S. vital interests in Asia may be one that... Read more
Por qué el A-10 Warthog continúa siendo el rey del Apoyo Aéreo Cercano
Conocido por su capacidad para continuar volando tras recibir varios disparos de ametralladora, aterrizar y operar en terrenos difíciles, destruir combatientes enemigos con su ametralladora de 30 milímetros y desplegar un amplio arsenal de armas de ataque, los pilotos pintan al A-10 como un «carro de combate volador» que... Read more
Time’s Up — North Korea Can Strike the Continental United States
North Korea has tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the continental United States. Combined with Pyongyang’s miniaturized nuclear warheads — which many analysts believe North Korea already possesses — Kim Jong Un’s regime now has the ability to unleash nuclear Armageddon on the American homeland. That means... Read more
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