Did Israel ‘Transfer’ Military Technology to Help China Build the J-10 Fighter?

The details are here.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: Israel and China have reasons to deny it.

The J-10 “Vigorous Dragon” is a mainstay of China’s effort to modernize its large fleet of single-engine jet fighters, with 350 already in service.… read the full article

The World Trembled: When Russia and Nazi Germany Were Allies

An evil alliance.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key point: Moscow and Berlin worked together to destroy Poland.

On August 23, 1939, Soviet Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, V.P. Potemkin, waited at the Moscow Airport for Joachim von Ribbentrop, Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany.… read the full article

Israel’s Air Force Is Armed with F-35s and F-15s (And Now Supersonic Missiles)

How good are they? 

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

Key Point:Two Israeli companies together have tested a new, supersonic air-launched ballistic missile with a conventional warhead that could allow fighters to strike heavily-defended targets at long range.… read the full article

Death by F-35: Is China’s Prized J-10 Fighter Now Hopelessly Out-Of-Date?

It doesn’t look good for Beijing.

by Charlie Gao | The National Interest

Key point: The J-10 has fallen a bit behind its American counterparts, but still packs a punch.

In the 1990s, China introduced its answer to the MiG-29 and F-16.… read the full article

EXPLAINED: How Ukraine Uses U.S. Military Aid (Think Russia)

Ukrainians have the will to fight, that’s clear. Moreover, Ukraine has rebuilt its once dilapidated military into the second-largest standing land army in Europe in terms of manpower. Today, after more than five years of war, Ukraine remains one of the world’s top weapons-exporting nations and is able to meet many of its own defense supply needs.

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Big Railguns: The U.S. Navy’s Plan to Blow Away China and Russia in a War?

Innovations change war.

by Jared Keller | The National Interest

Key point: Needs more testing before it becomes operational.

The Navy’s electromagnetic railgun is undergoing what officials described as “essentially a shakedown” of critical systems before finally installing a tactical demonstrator aboard a surface warship, the latest sign that the once-beleaguered supergun may actually end up seeing combat.… read the full article

Death Match: America’s F-16s vs. China and Russia’s Best Planes (Who Wins?)

Could America’s legendary fighter make it?

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key point: The F-16 is a great combat system, but it is not infallible.

The F-16 fighter was originally conceived as a lightweight fighter for the United States and her NATO allies.… read the full article

This Russian Missile Submarine Split In Two and Sits 18,000 Feet Below the Waves

How leaders deal with tragedy can be very telling.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: The Soviet Union was more worried about international appearances than the lives of its citizens.

If you’re a sailor on a Russian submarine that sinks in the middle of the ocean, don’t expect much sympathy from the Kremlin.… read the full article

Why China’s Air Force Loves Russian SU-35 Fighters (And Keeps Getting More)

A great boon for China’s air force.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: China is still looking to expand its logistical support fleet as it continues to modernize its air force.

For a nation that boasts of developing an advanced stealth fighter, it seems strange that China would need to buy warplanes from its former rival Russia.… read the full article

All of the Reasons America’s Aircraft Carriers Are Doomed

We know how to kill aircraft carriers—or at least we know how best to try to kill aircraft carriers. Submarine-launched torpedoes, cruise missiles fired from a variety of platforms and ballistic missiles can all give an aircraft carrier a very bad day.

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