The PAK-FA. Vitaly V. Kuzmin photo via Creative Commons The PAK FA is roughly comparable to the F-22, but it’s unclear whether the Kremlin will build enough for it to matter by ROBERT FARLEY The PAK FA has played the bugbear for Western air forces for nearly a decade, the terrifying Russian... Read more
Foto del Ejército del Aire estadounidense. El resto de las imágenes vía Wikipedia La GAU-8 es un arma imponente por MATTHEW MOSS Desde hace más de 40 años, la ametralladora de 30 milímetros GAU-8 Avenger, de la casa General Electric, constituye la principal arma del avión de ataque a tierra... Read more
Air Force F-35As fly over Mountain Home Air Force Base in June 2016. Air Force photo Here’s what we know and what we still don’t by JOSEPH TREVITHICK However history ultimately judges the F-35 Lightning II, Lockheed’s stealthy aircraft will surely be described as one of the most hotly debated designs ever.... Read more
A Swedish Gripen armed with Meteor missiles. Stefan Kalm/Saab photo MiG-killing Meteors join the Swedish air force by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The technical details of air-to-air missiles are extremely complicated, but the concept is simple — destroy your target before the target destroys you. One way to improve the odds is to add an... Read more
THAAD missiles could knock down North Korea’s rockets by JOSEPH TREVITHICK The Korean missile war is heating up. Ever since the United States and North Korea agreed to an armistice in 1953, the Korean Peninsula has enjoyed at best an uneasy peace. Now, the frozen conflict could enter a new phase... Read more
A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B. Lockheed Martin photo Sunflower can detect, but it can’t target by DAVID AXE Russia is the latest country to claim that it has developed a new radar system that can detect stealth warplanes. But the Sunflower low-frequency over-the-horizon radar likely suffers all the same drawbacks that have... Read more
An Australian F-111 doing a ‘dump and burn’ in 2008. Allan Henderson/Flickr photo Aardvarks flew combat missions in Vietnam, Libya and Iraq by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a low-altitude strike plane born out of a shotgun wedding between competing Air Force and Navy requirements — with Defense Secretary... Read more
Venezuelan F-16A. Rob Schleiffert/Flickr photo Downing of suspected drug flights raises human rights concerns by JAVIER IGNACIO MAYORCA This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A 2012 law that allows Venezuela’s air force to shoot down aircraft on suspicious flight paths reflects a policy that is being implemented at a high cost... Read more
The Pentagon borrowed Bronco bombers for Middle East mission by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Oct. 1, 2012, the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Navy made a deal with NASA to borrow a pair of Vietnam-era OV-10 Broncos, which the space agency used for experiments. Now after a series of... Read more
A Marine Corps F-35B. Marine Corps photo It depends on who you ask by DAVE MAJUMDAR The U.S. Marines’ top aviation officer offered an upbeat assessment of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter to the House Armed Services Committee during testimony July 6: The stealthy new jump-jet is performing well during training exercises... Read more
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