MiG-23BN serial 4136 was the first of two overhauled by technicians of the LNA/AF — with some help from Egypt. LNA/AF photo via ACIG.info Why did Libya add refueling probes to its swing-wing fighters? by ARNAUD DELALANDE & TOM COOPER On April 30, 2016, Capt. Adel Jihani of the Libyan National Army... Read more
U.S. Air Force photo. All other art via Wikipedia The GAU-8 is a fearsome shooter by MATTHEW MOSS General Electric’s 30-millimeter GAU-8 Avenger cannon has been the primary weapon of the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack plane for more than 40 years. It also arms the Goalkeeper naval close-in... Read more
An Mi-28N gunship of the Iraqi army flying low over the western Iraqi desert. Iraqi army photo via ACIG.info Civilians may have been caught in the crossfire by ARNAUD DELALANDE During the night of June 28, 2016, a huge convoy reportedly including thousands of Islamic State fighters evacuated Fallujah... Read more
Could Japan’s F-3 program end up being built on the back of the X-2 technology demonstrator? Japanese defense ministry photo Tokyo requests information from industry for next-gen warplane by JAMES SIMPSON In late June, the Japanese ministry of defense made its initial request for information on next-generation jet fighters from manufacturers, kickstarting... Read more
A MiG-17F in 2005. Robert Lawton/Wikimedia photo Col. Nguyen Tomb was the conflict’s most lethal dogfighter, if he even existed by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN Col. Nguyen Tomb — or “Toon” — is one of the names immortalized in military aviation, like Baron von Richthofen and Eddie Rickenbacker. I first encountered Tomb when I was 10... Read more
An F-106 fighter launches a non-nuclear Genie training rocket. Air Force photo Hill-Genies could have helped pilots blast anti-aircraft gunners by JOSEPH TREVITHICK American pilots dodged deadly anti-aircraft guns and missiles throughout the Vietnam War. To deal with these and other threats, the U.S. Air Force built various cluster bombs,... Read more
F-35. U.S. Air Force photo Official claimed it’s difficult to stress the new stealth fighter by DAVID AXE It’s no secret that we at War Is Boring are skeptics when it comes to the F-35 Lightning II. The new, radar-evading, “fifth-generation” warplane is years late, over-budget and — by virtue of its many, sometimes... Read more
A pair of recently-overhauled Mi-25s of the SyAAF — serial numbers 2820, left, and 2830 — during a military exercise in late 2011. Syrian Ministry of Defense photo Aging helicopters attack indiscriminately by TOM COOPER For three weeks starting in early June 2016, the Damascus suburb of Darayya was exposed to merciless aerial bombardment carried... Read more
New details about America’s pilotless aerial tanker by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Since at least 2007, the U.S. Navy has been toying around with the idea of adding drones to its carrier air wings. During the same period, the sailing branch, the Pentagon and American lawmakers have repeatedly sparred over exactly what... Read more
A German F-4 Phantom in 2013. U.S. Air Force photo Phantom jets overcame their flaws by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a legendary aircraft — an icon of the Vietnam War and the archetype of the third-generation jet fighter designs that entered service in the 1960s. More than 5,000... Read more
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