The F-35 Is A Powerful Stealth Fighter, But It Can’t Hope to Beat A F-22 Head-On

Who is King of the skies?

by TNI Staff | The National Interest

Key point: The F-35 can’t match the F-22 as an air superiority fighter, and it was never meant to.

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—which is built in three versions—recently completed its developmental test phase and is operational with the U.S.… Continues

Enough Nuclear: All of the Reasons the U.S. Navy Needs Diesel Submarines

They’re cheap, defensible, and punch above their weight in the right setting—what’s not to love?

by James Holmes | The National Interest

For the past five years or so these pixels have been arguing—nay, clamoring—for the U.S. Navy to build or buy a contingent of diesel attack submarines (SSKs) to fill out its undersea inventory.… Continues

Taiwan Needs New Submarines To Stop a Possible Future Invasion by China

But can Taipei really build them or buy them abroad? 

by David Axe | The National Interest

Taiwan has broken ground on the shipyard that could build the country’s first new submarines in nearly 40 years. But the island state’s defense minister signaled uncertainty about whether, and how fast, the navy might actually get new undersea boats.… Continues

Alfa: Russia’s ‘Race Car’ Submarines Were Faster and Could Out-dive Anything

But were easy to kill for one simple reason: they were noisy. 

by David Axe | The National Interest

In 1969, the Soviet navy shocked the U.S. and NATO militaries with a new and incredibly capable submarine—one that could swim faster and dive deeper than could anything else under the sea.… Continues

China’s New H-20 Stealth Bomber: America’s Worst Nightmare?

Should the Pentagon be concerned?

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: We won’t know how well it performs until it is fielded in the mid-2020s.

In October 2018, Chinese media announced that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) would publicly unveil its new H-20 stealth bomber during a parade celebrating the air arm’s seventieth anniversary in 2019.… Continues