Dynamic Duo: How F-35 and F/A-18 Fighters Will Win America’s Next War

Let’s take a look.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: These two planes are excellent and have skills that complement each other.

In June, the U.S. Navy released a budget allocating $264.9 million towards upgrading its roughly six hundred FA-18E and F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighters to the new Block III standard, which includes some of the enhancements proposed for the Advanced Super Hornet.… Read the full article.

One NATO Ally Might Regret Buying Expensive F-35 Stealth Fighters

Denmark had a small air force. And then they bought the F-35. 

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

The U.S. ambassador to Denmark wants the Nordic country to buy more American-designed F-35 stealth fighters.

Ambassador Carla Sands’s advocacy for a “made-in-America” warplane should come as no surprise.… Read the full article.

Death by Stealth: Why Syria Lives in Fear of Israel’s F35s

It’s a hell of a weapon.

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key Point: Out of all the F35 variants, Israel’s, the Adir, is probably the most advanced.

For fifty years, the United States has provided top-of-the-line fighter aircraft to help defend Israel from attack.… Read the full article.

Big Deal: China Has Finally Figured out How to Build Powerful Jet Engines

A big boost to the PLAAF.

by Eugene K. Chow | The National Interest

Key point: Beijing is making great strides in securing a domestically-produced world-class air force.

Chinese engineering has become so advanced that German jet engines could soon get a major boost from China.… Read the full article.

F-15X: A Few Billions Dollars Down the Drain (Why Not More F-35s Instead?)

Stealth really matters against modern air defenses.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: America needs more planes in the air, and there aren’t enough F-35s and F-22s available.

On December 21, Bloomberg Government reported that the Pentagon was planning to set aside $1.2 billion in the 2020 defense budget to procure twelve new F-15X fighters, a heavily upgraded model of the twin-engine jet first introduced into U.S.… Read the full article.

When This Soviet Submarine Sank, The CIA Was There To Pick Up The Pieces (And An Intelligence Victory)

A true test for America’s impressive submarine detection technology.

by Jeff Schogol | The National Interest

Key point: While the idea of finding a missing submarine in the Pacific Ocean, even when they had a general idea of where to search, proved so daunting to the Soviets that they’d ultimately given up looking, Bradley was fairly optimistic.Read the full article.

Battle of Stealth: America’s F-22 Raptor vs. Russia’s Su-57 (Who Dies?)

Who comes out on top? 

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key Point: The end result of a hypothetical battle would be up to a coin toss between two excellent machines.

Russia’s official designation of the PAK-FA/T-50 jet as the Sukhoi Su-57 is just another reminder that the field of fifth generation fighters is about to get more crowded.… Read the full article.

In 1999, One Country Figured Out How to Kill U.S. Stealth Fighters

Yes, this is really possible. Here’s how.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: Stealth does not mean invincible. 

At 8 p.m. on March 27, 1999, a bizarre-looking black painted airplane cut through the night sky over Serbia. This particular F-117 Nighthawk—a subsonic attack plane that was the world’s first operational stealth aircraft—flew by the call sign of Vega-31 and was named “Something Wicked.” Moments earlier, it had released its two Paveway laser-guided bombs on targets near the Yugoslav capital of Belgrade.… Read the full article.

This Made Hitler Mad: Why Allied Commandos Stormed Nazi-Occupied Norway to Destroy Fish Oil Factories

The raid at Vågsøy was planned with an unusual target in mind: fish oil factories. The Nazis were interested less in the dietary benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids, so much as the oil’s ability to be distilled into glycerin to produce the nitroglycerine used in most high-explosive bombs and shells. 

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Meet the M3 Medium Tank: It Had Two Main Guns and Was the “Coffin for Seven Brothers”

Was this weird-looking tank among the worst ever? 

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

The M3 medium tank, largely overshadowed by its successor the M4 Sherman, has a few stylish distinctions to it: It had two names, after American civil war generals who were archfoes. … Read the full article.