JLENS. U.S. Army photo Blame Canada by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Oct. 28, two F-16 fighter jets from the New Jersey Air National Guard took off and headed for eastern Pennsylvania. Their mission — intercept a rogue U.S. Army missile defense blimp that had broken loose from its moorings. One can only guess... Read more
Argentina Just Can’t Manage to Buy Fighters
In the early 1980s, Argentina’s air force and navy together represented the most powerful air arm in Latin America. Then came the Falklands War, international sanctions and economic recession. From a peak of more than 400 combat aircraft in ’82, today Buenos Aires can muster fewer than 250 warplanes,... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of more than 200 veteran F-15C/D Eagle air superiority fighters could gain a new, vitally important role in its old age by DAVID AXE Twenty-six years after McDonnel Douglas — now part of Boeing — delivered the last single-seat F-15C to the Air Force, the flying branch is adding new... Read more
America’s Far-Off Hypersonic Weapons Freak Out Russia
In a near-future war, 1,000 missiles scream toward Russia at Mach 20. Each one a pinpoint strike hitting the Kremlin’s nuclear missiles, military radars, submarine bases — you name it. Within minutes, 80 percent of Russia’s nuclear arsenal is destroyed without the United States launching a single nuclear weapon... Read more
No matter what officials say by DAN GRAZIER The Marine Corps triumphantly declared its variant of the F-35 combat ready in late July. In the public relations build-up, the recent demonstration of its performance on the USS Wasp was heralded as a rebuttal to the program’s critics. But a complete... Read more
Iranian F-14. Photo via Wikipeda Washington has worked hard to clip the wings of Tehran’s F-14s by DAVID AXE On April 9, 1972, Iraq and the Soviet Union signed an historic agreement. The USSR committed to arming the Arab republic with the latest weaponry. In return for sending Baghdad guns, tanks and... Read more
by JOSEPH TREVITHICK The Iraqi Ministry of Defense says its F-16IQ fighter bombers have bombed the Islamic State terrorist group, also known by the acronym ISIL. If true, this would be the first time Baghdad has sent the new jets into battle. On Sept. 6, Iraqi defense minister Khaled Al... Read more
Aging bombers have lots of life left in them by DAVID AXE In one of most bizarre moments of the bizarre Aug. 6 debate between Republican presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee — the 59-year-old former Arkansas governor — blasted U.S. president Barack Obama for, Huckabee claimed, allowing America’s military might to decay. And Huckabee decided the... Read more
Test pilot reveals stealth fighter’s vulnerability by DAVID AXE The pricey new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — the main new warplane for the U.S. military and many of America’s closest allies — can’t turn fast enough to defeat other jet fighters in close aerial combat. In other words, the F-35 is dead meat in a... Read more
Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight
A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock... Read more
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