This Is How the F-35 Is Training Against Russia’s Anti-Air S-400 Missile System

Difficult, but necessary.

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

Key point: The F-35 may be a stealth fighter, but its pilots need to practice avoiding enemy anti-air systems. That means practicing under the most realistic conditions possible.

Designed as part of the developmental trajectory for the emerging F-35, the test-firing facilities further development of an ability to fire the weapon “off-boresight,” described as an ability to target and destroy air to air targets that are not in front of the aircraft with a direct or immediate line of sight, Pentagon officials explained.… Read more

The Navy cryptically says it has top-secret UFO briefings that would cause ‘exceptionally grave damage’ to US national security if published

By sbaker@businessinsider.com (Sinéad Baker) | Business Insider

US Navy UFO

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  • The Navy says it has material about UFOs that, if released, “would cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States.”
  • The Navy said it “discovered certain briefing slides that are classified TOP SECRET” in response to a freedom-of-information request, which asked about a series of videos that showed pilots baffled by mysterious, fast objects in the sky.
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Russia’s Fifth-Generation Fighter Can Now Shoot Hypersonic Missiles (And The F-35 Can’t)

Look out, America.

by Mark Episkopos | The National Interest

Key point: Can Russia afford these expensive weapons?

In the prior months, The National Interest discussed the possibility of Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter being outfitted with hypersonic Kinzhal missiles. Russian state news reported Kinzhal integration on the Su-57 earlier this week: “In accordance with Russia’s State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles.… Read more

China Figured Out The Secret To Closing The Gap With America’s Military

More than just defense spending.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: China stole and spied its way to improved military prowess.

As the People’s Republic of China (PRC) emerged from war and revolution in 1949, it became apparent that the Chinese economy lacked the capacity to compete with the U.S.… Read more

The U.S. Navy Is Demanding A Stealth Figher Even Better Than the F-35

Is a 6th generation fighter on the horizon?

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

Key Point: The F-35 isn’t even combat ready yet and the next upgrade is already being called for.

The Navy is currently analyzing air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, new weapons and engine technologies to engineer a new 6th-Generation fighter to fly alongside the F-35 and ultimately replace the F/A-18.… Read more

The Reason Why China Refuses to Use Nuclear Weapons First in a War

Is No First Use a good idea?

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

Key point: Beijing is confident that no first use will help ensure nuclear strategic stability.

China has reaffirmed its policy of never being the first in a conflict to use nuclear weapons.… Read more

Showtime: The B-1 Bomber’s New Missile Could Sink China Or Russia’s Navy

The LRASM keeps improving.

by Zachary Keck | The National Interest

Key Point: Soon we’ll be able to fire these rockets from naval ships as well.

America’s future anti-ship missile has completed another successful test.

The successful test of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) were announced on May 23 by Lockheed Martin, the missile’s producer.… Read more

This Is How the U.S. Navy Hunts Nuclear-Armed Chinese Submarines

From the sky!

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

(Washington, D.C.) The increasing global reach of Chinese nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, armed with JL-2 weapons reportedly able to hit parts of the US, continues to inspire an ongoing Navy effort to accelerate production of attack submarines, prepare long-dwell drones for deployment to the Pacific and continue acquisition of torpedo-armed sub-hunting planes such as the P-8/A Poseidon.… Read more

How India’s Aircraft Carrier Vikrant Went to War Against Pakistan

And made history.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

In the wake of the commissioning of China’s second aircraft carrier, it’s worth remembering that the People’s Republic of China is actually only the third Asian state to operate its own aircraft carrier.… Read more

China’s South China Sea Military Bases Are More Than They Seem

China’s military outposts in the South China Sea are a breach of Beijing’s agreement to not militarize the sea.

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key point: In any military confrontation with the United States, China’s at-sea outposts would almost certainly be quickly rolled back by waves of airstrikes and cruise missile attacks, devastating People’s Liberation Army facilities and stranding the personnel manning them.… Read more