Stealth vs. Stealth: Why Russia Might Have No Real Way to Beat America’s Best Fighters

A numbers game that Moscow can’t win.

by Robert Farley (The National Interest)

Can Russia’s aviation industry produce a sufficient number of fighters of sufficient reliability to have a significant strategic impact?

The PAK FA (now known as the Su-57) has played the bugbear for Western air forces for nearly a decade, the terrifying Russian jet that will eat F-35s for breakfast.… read the full article

India Claims It Can Track China’s New J-20 Stealth Fighter

But can Beijing’s new jet dogfight an F-22 or F-35? 

by Sebastien Roblin (The National Interest)

The Indian Air Force has boasted its Su-30 Flankers have tracked J-20s on radar, but as stealth fighters often employ emitters called “Luneburg Lens” to enlarge their RCS on routine flights, and thus conceal their true capabilities, it’s difficult to infer much from this the full article

Barr says review of Russia investigation raising more questions, calls Pelosi claim he lied to Congress ‘laughable’


In his first television interview, Attorney General William Barr said his initial review of the origins of the Russia probe has produced more questions than adequate answers.

“It wasn’t handled in the ordinary way that investigations or counter intelligence activities are conducted.… read the full article

Russia’s Su-35 Spooks the U.S. Air Force. Here’s What We Can Tell You.

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by Sebastien Roblin (The National Interest)

The maneuverability of the Su-35 makes it an unsurpassed dogfighter. However, future aerial clashes using the latest missiles (R-77s, Meteors, AIM-120s) could potentially take place over enormous ranges, while even short-range combat may involve all-aspect missiles like the AIM-9X and R-74 that don’t require pointing the aircraft at the the full article

Beyond the F-22 or F-35: What Will the Sixth-Generation Jet Fighter Look Like?

Lasers, Drone Swarms, Artificial Intelligence, Sensor Fusion and Optionally-Manned. Oh my!

by Sebastien Roblin (The National Interest)

The American development and deployment of Fifth-Generation stealth aircraft like the F-35 Lightning is one of the central stories of today’s security zeitgeist. But behind the scenes, several countries are already looking ahead to the design of a Sixth-Generation jet.… read the full article

A New Report Reveals Why There Won’t Be Any ‘New’ F-22 Raptors

And the logic is simple. 

by TNI Staff (The National Interest)

2017 Pentagon report to Congress detailing production retail costs for Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor show that reviving the powerful stealth air superiority fighter would be prohibitively expensive. Moreover, it would take so long to reconstitute the production line that it would not be until the mid to late 2020s before the first “new” F-22s would have flown.… read the full article

How an Old F-15 Just Might Kill Russia’s New Stealth Su-57 in a ‘Dogfight’

The old plane might soon be able to unstealth Moscow’s latest fighter. 

by Dave Majumdar (The National Interest)

The venerable Boeing F-15C Eagle has long been hailed as the world’s greatest air superiority fighter given its lopsided combat record of 104 kills to zero losses, however, the aging jet is likely near the end of its operational life.… read the full article

Russia vs. Israel: How a War in the Middle East Could Happen

A scary thought. 

by Michael Peck (The National Interest)

As the IDF official said, “We have proven over more than 70 years as a sovereign state that you don’t push us around.”

Could Israeli air strikes in Syria trigger war between Israel and Russia?… read the full article

I Waged a Massive Israel vs. Syria Tank War Simulation

And it was brutal.

by War Is Boring (The National Interest)

The odds were staggering. Just 177 Israeli tanks facing horde of 1,400 tanks of the Syrian army. Just 200 Israeli infantry facing 40,000 Syrians.

(This article by Michael Peck originally appeared at War is Boring in 2013.)

Even 40 years after the fact, the Israeli defense of the Golan Heights in October 1973 remains an epic tale of bravery and self-sacrifice as David’s tanks fired like madmen at the waves of armored Goliaths rolling relentlessly toward them.… read the full article