While Russian Su-24M/M2/SVP-24s are usually armed with only four bombs, Assadist Su-24MK2s carry much heftier loads of eight to 10 FAB-250M-62s or FAB-250–270s or five FAB-500M-62s. Photo via Y. A. It took 25 years for the Sukhois to evolve into terror weapons by TOM COOPER In 1988, Syria placed an order for... Read more
A B-1B Lancer flies over Osan Air Base in South Korea on Sept. 21, 2016. U.S. Air Force photo The Lancer shows off near North Korea by DAVE MAJUMDAR The United States has landed a Rockwell International B-1B Lancer strategic bomber at Osan Air Force Base in South Korea. The Pentagon intends... Read more
Bomber McBombface didn’t make it by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Sept. 19, 101-year old retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, one of the last surviving participants of the famous Doolittle Raid on Japan and Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot, announced that the official name of America’s upcoming B-21 bomber would be the “Raider.”... Read more
A French Rafale. Airwolfhound photo via Flickr New Delhi goes shopping for Rafales by ROBERT BECKHUSEN India is on the verge of signing a deal with France for 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets, likely when French defense minister Jean-Yves le Drian arrives in New Delhi later this week. The jets may end... Read more
An F/A-18E. U.S. Defense Department photo Here’s a better system by JAMES PERRY STEVENSON Words have meaning, and as long as a common understanding exists for a given word, little is lost in transmission. The current military aircraft designation system uses words, the definition of which are not entirely clear.... Read more
The 110 cadets who graduated from the Egypt Air Force Academy on July 20, 2016. Insignia visible on left shoulders confirms the presence of at least six Libyans. Photo via the author Two options, one more realistic than the other by ARNAUD DELALANDE In the last three years, perhaps more than... Read more
Leathernecks fried a hundred targets in a month by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Since Aug. 1, 2016, the U.S. Marine Corps has launched hundreds of air strikes targeting Islamic State terrorists in Libya. One photographs suggests the leathernecks have deployed a particular deadly type of weapon — a thermobaric Hellfire missile. Although American troops have... Read more
Close call by BEN SULLIVAN The U.S. Air Force has declassified video footage of the moment an F-16 fighter’s Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System — Auto-GCAS — saved a pilot’s life. The heads-up-display video, spotted by Aviation Week, shows how the Auto-GCAS system kicked in on the Arizona Air National Guard F-16 as it plummeted... Read more
U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs. Marine Corps photo Naval fire-control network combines sensors and munitions by DAVID AXE The U.S. Marine Corps said it would soon begin testing its F-35B stealth fighters with the U.S. Navy’s new fire-control network. If the testing leads to operational use, the Marines’ F-35s could function essentially... Read more
A U.S. Air Force AWACS plane. U.S. Air Force photo Fast jets with long-range missiles could snipe tankers and command planes by DAVE MAJUMDAR A new generation of Russian and Chinese-built long-range air-to-air missiles could threaten the critical nodes that enable U.S. air operations. Those nodes include the AWACS, various intelligence, surveillance... Read more
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