An Open Secret: Russia Will Never Become a Stealth Fighter ‘Superpower’

Why not?

by David Axe | The National Interest

Speaking on May 15, 2019, Putin said the Kremlin would buy scores of Su-57s over the next eight years. If Putin is serious and the Russian defense ministry follows through on the pledge, Russia soon could possess a meaningful number of stealth fighters.read the full article

Be Afraid, Russia: Ukraine’s Military Is Becoming a Force to Reckoned With

Thanks to America?

by Mark Episkopos | The National Interest

Ukraine and the Russian-backed, separatist forces of Donetsk and Luhansk remain locked in a shooting war that, since 2014, has claimed around thirteen thousand Ukrainian lives and displaced over two million more.… read the full article

The U.S. Navy Is in Big Trouble but Here’s How to Fix It

Many more ships.

by TNI Staff | The National Interest

For example, if “Russia and China combined in the Western Pacific,” the U.S. Navy would probably be on the defensive, a position it has not occupied since the early days (1941–1942) of the Pacific War against Japan.read the full article

A Former Foxhound Pilot Explains How to Catch and Shootdown a SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane

Is it possible?

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

Military 1st Class Pilot Mikhail Myagkiy, Guards Major (ret.), is one of the PVO (Protivo-vozdushnoy Ororony or air defence force) pilots who executed intercepts of the SR-71 near the border of USSR in the far north.read the full article

Russia Is Jamming the Air Force’s F-35s and F-22s near Iran

Why is Moscow helping Tehran?

by David Axe | The National Interest

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations and Israeli Airports Authority in late June 2019 announced that many flights lost the GPS satellite signal while flying into or out of Ben Gurion International in Israel, Breaking Defense reported.read the full article

Want to Be A Chinese Army General? Pay in Cash.

This can’t be good at all.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

When dozens of senior officers are punished for bribing their way into promotions, you know that the Chinese military has a corruption problem.

More than 70 serving and retired senior People’s Liberation Army officers have been demoted for pay-for-promotion, according to the South China Morning Post.… read the full article

We Now Know Why Russia Never Got Around to Building a Ton of Aircraft Carriers

Surprising?

by Robert Farley | The National Interest

The Soviet Union made several efforts at developing aircraft carriers early in its history, but a lack of resources, combined with a geography that emphasized the importance of land power, made serious investment impossible.read the full article

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