The Big Problem Russia’s Stealth Fighter Shares With the F-22 Raptor
Russia has completed the first phase of government flight-testing for its Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter. Sukhoi is expected to complete developmental work on an initial operational version of the new stealth fighter in 2019, but the current iteration of the jet will only see a limited production run. “Today is... Read more
The KGB Shipped a Sidewinder Missile by Mail to Moscow
That the Soviet-made R-3S air-to-air missile — better known in the West by its NATO-designation AA-2 Atoll — is a copy of the AIM-9B Sidewinder, originally developed and manufactured in the USA, is relatively well-known. How it came to be … isn’t so well-known. It involved the mail. The... Read more
Why Iran Really Bought F-14 Tomcats
More than 40 years after Iran acquired the F-14 Tomcat from the United States, there are still plenty of misconceptions about the deal. Most published accounts offer a simple explanation — that Iran needed F-14s to counter over-flights by Soviet-operated MiG-25R Foxbat reconnaissance aircraft. The truth is a bit... Read more
Testing Satellites … by Nuking Them
Here’s the challenge. You want to make sure your military satellite is tough enough to withstand the radiation from a nuclear blast. Here’s the problem. You can’t just put the sat in orbit and nuke it. That’s illegal and dangerous. Plus, you’ll need to study the spacecraft after the... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Wants to Expand the Range of This Stealthy Cruise Missile
With advanced air defense systems such as the Russian-made S-300 and S-400 families proliferating around the world, it is becoming increasingly difficult for American aircraft to penetrate into airspace defended by such anti-access/area-denial weapons. While advanced fifth-generation fighter aircraft and next-generation platforms such as the U.S. Air Force’s forthcoming B-21 Raider and Penetrating Counter Air will... Read more
In 1964, the MiG-21 Scored Its First Kill — Against an American Oil Company
The Soviet MiG-21 is one of the most widely-produced and -exported fighter jets of all time. In the United States, the MiG-21 is perhaps best known for hunting American warplanes over Vietnam. The single-engine fighter is equally famous for its participation in various wars in the Middle East over... Read more
Third P-51 Accident in a Month Kills Famous Airshow Pilot
Widely-admired airshow pilot Vlado Lenoch and airport manager Bethany Root died in the crash of a P-51D Mustang at around 10:15 in the morning on July 16, 2017, in Atchison County, Kansas. The crash occurred 15 minutes after Lenoch and Root departed Amelia Earhart Airport. Lenoch was 64 and... Read more
Argentina Flipped on Its Radars, Then Found Hundreds of Drug Flights
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. An Argentine security official claims interdiction efforts against fluvial and land-based trafficking have spurred a sharp rise in drug flights. But improved radar coverage and an overall growth in drug trafficking are more likely to blame for the shift. Argentina’s Deputy Secretary... Read more
Yes, the CIA Flew U-2 Spy Planes From Aircraft Carriers
On May 1, 1960, the Soviet Union shot down a CIA U-2 spy plane and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers. It was an international crisis for America’s intelligence agencies. A planned summit between Pres. Dwight Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrushchev was scuttled, much to Eisenhower’s embarrassment and to... Read more
Russia Built a Naval Attack Helicopter It Can’t Use
The Russian navy’s Kamov Ka-52K attack helicopter will complete another round of shipboard tests before the end of 2019. The Russian Ministry of Defense will take delivery of the new aircraft shortly thereafter. “The helicopter trials are planned to be completed before the end of 2019. So, the deliveries... Read more
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