Art via Vice Motherboard Restore-L could help to maintain America’s spacecraft by BECKY FERREIRA When your bike or car needs a tune-up, it’s easy enough to bring it down to a repair shop. But if your vehicle is hurtling through orbit, hundreds of kilometers above the planet, it’s a lot... Read more
An apparent Dash-7 spy plane over Benghazi in eastern Libya in April 2016. Photo via N.D. Surveillance flights are more widespread in the North African country than the government cares to admit by TOM COOPER On Nov. 23, 2016, Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi finally admitted that U.S. surveillance drones are flying... Read more
An Israeli Harop — technically a drone, but more like a self-loitering guided weapon with a 51-pound bomb inside. Julian Herzog photo via Wikimedia Good luck with that by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The Polish Ministry of Defense is seeking drones for its military build-up. A lot of them. “I am going to buy as... Read more
Liberation of Sirte didn’t end American involvement by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Dec. 5, 2016, forces aligned with Libya’s Government of National Accord declared they had finally ejected the last of the Islamic State’s fighters from the city of Sirte. Since Aug. 1, 2016, American pilots had supported the campaign... Read more
A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35P gunship in 2012. Kenneth Iwelumo photo via Nigeria revamped its strategy with covert U.S. help by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In early December 2016, Nigerian helicopter gunships and attack planes swooped down and blew up fuel dumps belonging to Boko Haram in the Sambisa forest — a rugged... Read more
An aerostat over Bala Hissar, Afghanistan. South Dakota National Guard photo A new generation of dirigibles promise to go where drones cannot by NICK ANDERSON Real-time battlefield imagery is one of the most costly and crucial functions provided to battlefield commanders. Networked sensors and vehicles residing in various levels of the earth’s... Read more
S-400 missiles on a BAZ-6909–022 chassis. Vitaly V. Kuzmin photo From Kaliningrad, the Russian military can complicate a defense of the Baltic States by ROBERT FARLEY In 1945, Soviet armies occupied East Prussia, a portion of Germany territorially detached from the rest of the Reich since 1918 and briefly reunified in 1939.... Read more
Lt. Col. Marks in 1991 and 2016. Notice the panel art. U.S. Air Force photo An equivalent of 250 days is a lot of flight time by ROBERT BECKHUSEN It was during the morning of Feb. 25, 1991 when Lt. John Marks of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing and his fellow... Read more
An F-22 Raptor over Alaska. U.S. Air Force photo During simulated battles, stealth fighters kill everything they see by DAVE MAJUMDAR With Russia and China deploying advanced new fighters and surface-to-air missiles, the task of gaining and maintaining air superiority increasingly falls to a small and elite group of U.S. Air Force... Read more
B-17 bombers during World War II. Air Force photo With better leadership, the iconic fighter plane might’ve been unnecessary by JAMES PERRY STEVENSON and PIERRE SPREY The benefits the P-51 Mustang brought to aerial battles in World War II, particularly over Germany, are reasonably well known. The iconic fighter plane could... Read more
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