Moscow’s Su-35 Fighter Turned Out Better Than Russia’s Military Ever Expected

Key point: The Su-57 is a long-term investment that will incrementally phase out older aircraft to become Russia’s staple air superiority platform “A unique machine, a deadly aerial fist,” is how the official television channel of the Russian Ministry of…

Debate: What Is World War II’s Most Fearsome Tank?

Key Point: Armor played a critical role in this war. It can be argued that the best tank is the one that destroys the enemy. Or, depending on your point of view, it’s the one that isn’t shooting at you. But…

Russia’s Armata Wants The Title Of World’s Best Tank

Key Point: Russia won’t be the undisputed leader for long. Almost all major military powers today field some sort of powerful main battle tank. But what would be considered the best of the best?  Take for example the U.S. Army’s M1 Abrams. A…

Why Everyone Respects South Korea’s Awesome F-15K Fighter Jet

Key Point: Seoul’s special made-to-order F-15K has the ability to destroy enemy nuclear sites and command posts. In other words, it is the perfect weapon to kill off another country’s leadership. On September 13, 2017 the Republic of Korea Air Force…

Meet the Knifefish Drone: The Navy’s Plan to Sink Any Enemy Mines

Key point: Mines are cheap and dangerous for manned-ships to eliminate. Therefore, the Navy wants to use drones to find and destroy mines. The Navy’s Knifefish underwater minehunting drone recently helped identify and destroy a number of representative mine-hunting targets in…

What Kind of Secret Missions Does the Navy’s Spy Submarine USS Jimmy Carter Get Sent On?

Key point: The USS Jimmy Carter keeps quiet about where it goes and what it does. But it appears to have gotten many awards for its classified missions. On Jan. 20, 2013, the Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter left her…

Why It Is so Hard to Sink an American Super Aircraft Carrier

Key point: Beijing might boast about how it can threaten Washington’s carriers, but they are hard to sink. In fact, a 2005 test done by the Navy showed how hard it is to take out a carrier. A Chinese admiral and…

China Says India Can’t Build An Effective Missile Defense System

India isn’t capable of building an effective missile defense system, according to Chinese media. But does this reflect a problem with India – or is China trying to discourage its rival from building defenses against Beijing’s ballistic missiles? “Generally speaking,…

Think China’s Air Force Is Scary? Just Wait Until They Get Working Engines

Key Point: It’s unclear whether, and when, the Chinese military might solve its engine problems. But there’s strong incentive for Beijing to devote vast resources to solutions. The Chinese military is building up a meaningful force of J-20 stealth fighters, Y-20…

The Air Force and Navy Have Stealth Fighters so Why Not Also Stealth Tankers?

Key point: Washington needs to ensure its stealth fighters can have the range they need to reach enemy targets. But that won’t work if its tankers aren’t stealthy and give the game away. The United States has devoted billions of dollars…