Beware Russia’s “Night Superhunter” Helicopter

A real killer? 

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Prowling the skies of Syria is the “Night Superhunter.”

It’s not a comic book superhero, but the newest Russian attack helicopter.

The Mi-28NM, the latest upgrade of the Mi-28 (NATO code name “Havoc”), is equipped with advanced sensors that enable it to conduct night operations, according to Russia’s Izvestia newspaper.… read the full article

Technological Theft: China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Has American DNA

How is this possible?

by Task and Purpose | The National Interest

There’s a reason for this: In 2007, Lockheed Martin dealt with something of a cyber Ocean’s 11 when Chinese hackers stole technical documents related to the development of the F-35. 

On August 1st of last year, China celebrated the founding of the People’s Liberation Army by allowing some high-resolution photos of the next-generation J-20 stealth fighter to leak, complete with a tasteful photoshopped-on patriotic dragon painting just below the canopy which just screams “Happy Birthday, PLA.”

The new photos of the J-20 provide an up close and personal look at the fuselage of the new interceptor.… read the full article

Turkey Will Soon Have Russia’s S-400 (And Is Stockpiling F-16 Parts)

Turkey has been stockpiling parts for F-16s and other military equipment in anticipation of a U.S. sanction for acquiring the Russian S-400 air defense system.

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

A Bloomberg report says Turkey has been stockpiling parts for F-16s and other military equipment in anticipation of a U.S.… read the full article

Russia’s Only Aircraft Carrier Needs To Head to the Scrap Yard: Experts

This is why. 

by David Axe | The National Interest

The Russian navy plans to dry-dock its only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in 2020 and conduct extensive repairs on the aging, unreliable vessel.

The plan makes a perverse kind of sense from Moscow’s point of view.… read the full article

F-35 Is Old: Russia Could Turn Its Su-57 Into a 6th Generation Stealth Monster

Here’s how. 

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

Russia could turn its first fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi Su-57, into a sixth-generation fighter the former head of the Russian Aerospace Force, chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev recently told TASS.

“This is actually a splendid plane and it can embrace both fifth-and sixth-generation features.… read the full article

Aerial Face-off: Russia’s Su-57 vs. America’s F-15C Eagle (Who Wins?)

Who wins?

by Dave Majumdar | The National Interest

Close in at the merge, if the Su-57s survive the initial AMRAAM volley, the surviving F-15Cs would be at somewhat of disadvantage against the extraordinarily maneuverable Russian fighters. However, the F-15C community has a lot of practice flying against the extremely maneuverable F-22s, and while they are disadvantaged, Eagle pilots do win dogfights against the Raptor on some occasions.read the full article

Is China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter a Ripoff of Russian Technology?

What we know.

by Mark Episkopos | The National Interest

TASS, Russia’s leading state news agency, echoed Sputnik in noting that a number of J-20’s currently run on the AL-31F engine and that the J-20 shares a distinctive “duck-like” aerodynamic design with the MiG-1.44, but stopped just short of claiming that the Chinese directly consulted the Russian fighter’s design in building the J-20.read the full article

Russian Su-27 Pilot Films His Fighter Jet Intercepting U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon

Wow. 

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

Russia says it scrambled a Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker fighter jet to intercept a US Navy P-8A Poseidon that was flying close to the annexed territory of Crimea.

As the videos in this post show the Flanker pilot used his mobile phone to record footage of the latest close encounter between US and Russia aircraft.… read the full article

Cat and Mouse: A U.S. Destroyer Shadowed a Russian Warship in the Caribbean

The great game continues.

by Task and Purpose | The National Interest

The U.S. military said recently that it is monitoring the Russian ship’s activities.

One of Russia’s most advanced warships is sailing around in the Caribbean, but it’s not alone: the U.S.… read the full article

RIP, F-22: Could U.S. Stealth Fighters Get Crushed By a China-Iran Alliance?

A looming concern.

by War Is Boring | The National Interest

The majority of “Iranian-developed” air-defense systems of Chinese origin are based on various Chinese or Russian designs.

The rapid development of Iranian air defenses over the last few years raises some big questions.… read the full article