You should keep calm and call the cops by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Sitting in her trailer home fewer than 20 miles from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Carolyn Massy didn’t think much of it when she heard a military jet fly overhead. But on the hot summer night of... Read more
A Turkish air force F-4E. Photo via Wikipedia Recovery might take a year or more by TOM COOPER The Turkish military has a long history of meddling in the nation’s politics, including no fewer than four coup d’états. In 1960, young officers toppled the democratically elected government amid socio-political turmoil and... Read more
A Turkish F-4. Photo via Wikipedia But the aging planes couldn’t match the rebels’ F-16s by DAVID AXE On the night of July 15, elements of the Turkish military rose up against Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan — and very nearly succeeded in killing or capturing their controversial leader. A few military units remained... Read more
U.S. Air Force Predator and Reaper drones. All photos — Air Force Remote strikes are an illegal military strategy disguised as a technological advancement by REBECCA GORDON Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a... Read more
The PAK-FA. Vitaly V. Kuzmin photo via Creative Commons The PAK FA is roughly comparable to the F-22, but it’s unclear whether the Kremlin will build enough for it to matter by ROBERT FARLEY The PAK FA has played the bugbear for Western air forces for nearly a decade, the terrifying Russian... Read more
Foto del Ejército del Aire estadounidense. El resto de las imágenes vía Wikipedia La GAU-8 es un arma imponente por MATTHEW MOSS Desde hace más de 40 años, la ametralladora de 30 milímetros GAU-8 Avenger, de la casa General Electric, constituye la principal arma del avión de ataque a tierra... Read more
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
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