The Air Force Has Given the F-22 a New Weapon (And a New Way to Wage War Too)

We’ve got the details.

by Warrior Maven | The National Interest

Key point: In order to keep the F-22 relevant and deadly, the Air Force is changing up how it fights.

(Washington, D.C.) The Air Force and Lockheed Martin are now arming the F-22 stealth fighter with more long-range precision attack technology, a wider targeting envelope or “field of regard” and new networking technology enabling improved, real-time “collaborative targeting” between aircraft.… Continues

Russia’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Could Make Naval History

The first catamaran carrier.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: Catamarans suffer from stability problems.

Russia says it is building the world’s first catamaran aircraft carrier.

Russia’s light aircraft carrier will feature a semi-catamaran hull, a representative of the Krylov Scientific Center told Russian news agency TASS (see the translation and a model of the design here).… Continues

Russia Is Determined to Buy Stealth Fighters, Bombers, Drones and Even a New Aircraft Carrier

The Russian armed forces have committed to a wide range of expensive acquisitions programs, in particular new ships and planes. The likely cost strains credulity.

by David Axe Follow @daxe on TwitterL | The National Interest

The Russian armed forces have committed to a wide range of expensive acquisitions programs, in particular new ships and planes.… Continues

France’s Barracuda Attack Submarine Is Changing How Paris Views Military Power

It’s just that good.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: The Barracuda has facilities to accommodate up to twelve naval commandos.

On July 12, 2019, French president Emmanuel Macron celebrated the imminent launch of France’s first new nuclear-powered submarine in over a decade—the Barracuda-class vessel Suffren.… Continues

Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice

by Anuj Chopra | AFP

An unidentified Chinese Uighur man in the city of Medina holds his expired Chinese passport (red) and a one-way travel document (blue) issued in its place by the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia
An unidentified Chinese Uighur man in the city of Medina holds his expired Chinese passport (red) and a one-way travel document (blue) issued in its place by the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia (AFP Photo/-)

Medina (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – His eyes brimming with tears, a Uighur student in Saudi Arabia holds out his Chinese passport — long past its expiry date and condemning him to an uncertain fate as the kingdom grows closer to Beijing.… Continues