Air Force F-35As fly over Mountain Home Air Force Base in June 2016. Air Force photo Here’s what we know and what we still don’t by JOSEPH TREVITHICK However history ultimately judges the F-35 Lightning II, Lockheed’s stealthy aircraft will surely be described as one of the most hotly debated designs ever.... Read more
A Swedish Gripen armed with Meteor missiles. Stefan Kalm/Saab photo MiG-killing Meteors join the Swedish air force by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The technical details of air-to-air missiles are extremely complicated, but the concept is simple — destroy your target before the target destroys you. One way to improve the odds is to add an... Read more
THAAD missiles could knock down North Korea’s rockets by JOSEPH TREVITHICK The Korean missile war is heating up. Ever since the United States and North Korea agreed to an armistice in 1953, the Korean Peninsula has enjoyed at best an uneasy peace. Now, the frozen conflict could enter a new phase... Read more
A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B. Lockheed Martin photo Sunflower can detect, but it can’t target by DAVID AXE Russia is the latest country to claim that it has developed a new radar system that can detect stealth warplanes. But the Sunflower low-frequency over-the-horizon radar likely suffers all the same drawbacks that have... Read more
An Australian F-111 doing a ‘dump and burn’ in 2008. Allan Henderson/Flickr photo Aardvarks flew combat missions in Vietnam, Libya and Iraq by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a low-altitude strike plane born out of a shotgun wedding between competing Air Force and Navy requirements — with Defense Secretary... Read more
Venezuelan F-16A. Rob Schleiffert/Flickr photo Downing of suspected drug flights raises human rights concerns by JAVIER IGNACIO MAYORCA This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A 2012 law that allows Venezuela’s air force to shoot down aircraft on suspicious flight paths reflects a policy that is being implemented at a high cost... Read more
The Pentagon borrowed Bronco bombers for Middle East mission by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Oct. 1, 2012, the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Navy made a deal with NASA to borrow a pair of Vietnam-era OV-10 Broncos, which the space agency used for experiments. Now after a series of... Read more
A Marine Corps F-35B. Marine Corps photo It depends on who you ask by DAVE MAJUMDAR The U.S. Marines’ top aviation officer offered an upbeat assessment of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter to the House Armed Services Committee during testimony July 6: The stealthy new jump-jet is performing well during training exercises... Read more
Still from a video released by the JAI in support of a claim that one of its BAZ-5937 launchers shot down a SyAAF helicopter on June 27, 2016. JAI release Shoot-downs are piling up by TOM COOPER During the night of June 26 and 27, 2016, insurgents from the Jaysh Al Islam — a... Read more
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 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
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