Photo via the author Counting Baghdad’s Su-25s is tricky business by ARNAUD DELALANDE & BABAK TAGHVAEE A Sept. 2, 2016 analysis of satellite imagery from July seems to confirm that the Iraqi air force — the IqAF — maintains 21 Su-25 Frogfoot attack jets at Al Rashid air base. According to the website Offiziere, the space-based photo... Read more
Atlant 100. Augur RosAeroSystems art To save the economy, the Russian government entertains an airy idea by ROBERT BECKHUSEN A fleet of high-tech aerostats sail across Russia’s remote Arctic streteches, bringing resources from the north to the busy railheads farther south. An economic boom saves the economy, and because American... Read more
A Tupolev Tu-22M-3M. Alex Beltyukov photo via Wikimedia But can it master jet engines? by DAVE MAJUMDAR The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force is working on developing a new long-range strategic bomber, but there are scant details available about the project. Beijing currently relies on the Xian H-6K cruise missile carrier — which... Read more
A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache lands on the amphibious ship USS ‘New York’ in the Persian Gulf in 2012. Navy photo Apache crews train for missions in the Persian Gulf by JOSEPH TREVITHICK For two days in August, Iranian patrol boats challenged American warships in the Persian Gulf. Though the two... Read more
Antonov Airlines’ An-225. Karlis Dambrans photo via Flickr The An-225 could assist Beijing’s space program, or something else by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The Ukrainian aircraft builder Antonov, one of the most legendary Soviet-era companies, nearly went extinct following the Russian invasion of Crimea. The Kremlin, the firm’s main customer, suddenly became... Read more
The Sentinel-1A solar array before — left — and after impact, showing damage of around 40 centimeters in diameter. ESA image Tiny particle causes big damage to pricey spacecraft by VICTORIA TURK A tiny particle has smashed into a European satellite, causing visible damage on its solar array. Engineers at the European Space Agency — the ESA — realized something... Read more
A U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon flies in formation with a Romanian MiG-21 Lancer in 2015. U.S. Air Force photo Fish beds in service today bear little resemblance to their Soviet forebears by ROBERT FARLEY Military aircraft can have notoriously short lifespans, especially during periods of technological ferment. The most elite aircraft... Read more
A Russian air force Su-35. Vitaly V. Kuzmin photo The Kremlin possesses air-to-air missiles which match American ones, just not very many by DAVE MAJUMDAR While Russia has deployed advanced warplanes to Syria including the Sukhoi Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35S, those jets are seldom seen carrying Moscow’s latest air-to-air weapons. More often... Read more
The MiG-21F-13 — serial number 534 — as it was shown to the international press a few weeks after Redfa flew it to Israel on Aug. 16, 1966. Tom Cooper Collection photo Operation Diamond was a deadly honey trap by TOM COOPER It’s been 50 years since one of biggest — and most hyped — operational achievements by Mossad,... Read more
MiG-21bis serial number 404 loaded with one RBK-250–270 PTAB 2.5M cluster bomb under its left wing at Benina air base on Aug. 15, 2016. LNA photo The weapons endanger civilians by ARNAUD DELALANDE Official photos from the Libyan National Army, published on Aug. 15, 2016, indicate that the LNA is... Read more
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