But the expensive prototype did lead to better planes by JOSEPH TREVITHICK The U.S. Air Force has been especially tight-lipped about the specifics of its upcoming Long Range Strike Bomber. The Northrop Grumman-designed plane doesn’t even have an official nickname, yet. But we do know one thing — its designation. The B-21. “The... Read more
U.S. Air Force announces designation … and little else by JOSEPH TREVITHICK We still don’t know much about the U.S. Air Force’s upcoming stealth bomber. But at least now, we know what the flying branch is officially calling it and what it might look like. On Feb. 26, Secretary of the Air... Read more
U.S. Air Force Arsenal Plane Could Help Outgun China
The U.S. military is considering developing a so-called “arsenal plane” to accompany stealth fighters into combat, hauling large numbers of munitions in order to significantly boost the stealthy planes’ firepower. The arsenal-plane concept, announced by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a Feb. 2 speech previewing the Pentagon’s 2017 budget... Read more
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
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