Russia to spend $1.3 bln to construct two helicopter carriers — source

MOSCOW, April 10. /TASS/. Construction of the first two universal landing ships at Crimea’s Zaliv shipyard will cost about 100 billion rubles ($1.3 bln), the contract is slated for signing in late April, a source in the military-industrial complex told…

The Korean War Saved Taiwan From The Clutches Of Chairman Mao

Key point: The invasion of Taiwan was put on hold until Beijing could figure out what to do. In the summer of 1949, Chiang Kai-shek and his Republic of China (ROC) government appeared doomed. Shanghai and Nanjing, then China’s capital city,…

Is The Su-57 Stealth Fighter Really Better Than The Su-35 If It Has The Same Engines?

Key point: Perhaps when it becomes more obvious that the Su-35S and other aircraft are unable to fulfill their missions, we’ll see more Su-57s in the air. All the cards are stacked against the Su-57 — the price of oil is…

Recent Wargames Show That America’s Military Dominance Over Russia And China Has Ended

Key point: Too many fixed bases and vulnerable carriers are becoming a problem. If the enemy strikes first, the costs would be very high. The U.S. military keeps getting its butt kicked in war games, one analyst told Breaking Defense reporter…

Are America’s Virginia-Class Submarines Not As Stealthy As They Seem?

Key point: It was apparent more than a decade ago that the Virginia’s coatings were peeling off during operations. A former employee of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the Virginia-based shipbuilder that helps to construct all of the U.S. Navy’s submarines, has sued the…

The Army’s New Artillery Cannon Can Destroy Targets Over 1,000 Miles Away

Key point: The Strategic Long-Range Cannon is similar to railway guns from the World Wars. The U.S. Army still is studying a concept for a gigantic new cannon that could fire shells as far as 1,000 miles. The new Strategic Long-Range…

Kalashnikov gunmaker delivers latest AK-12 assault rifles to troops ahead of schedule

MOSCOW, April 9. /TASS/. The Kalashnikov firearms manufacturer has completed the 2020 deliveries of the latest AK-12 assault rifles to Russia’s Defense Ministry ahead of schedule, Kalashnikov Group CEO Dmitry Tarasov announced on Thursday. “We have completed the fulfillment of…

MILITARY DRILLSRussian Navy latest frigate transiting straits to enter Baltic Sea for further trials

SEVEROMORSK /Murmansk Region/, April 9. /TASS/. The Project 22350 first serial-produced frigate Admiral Kasatonov is passing through the straits on its way to the Baltic Sea for the final stage of state trials, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on…

Budget Problems Are Killing Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Dreams

Key point: The Su-57 is an immature design whose production line is small and inefficient. That won’t quickly or cheaply change. Russian president Vladimir Putin made a big show on May 14, 2019 of visiting the 929th Chkalov State Flight-Test Center…

What Makes The Delta Force Such A Fierce Fighting Machine?

Key point: Delta didn’t allow officers below the rank of captain—who outrank all lieutenants—into the unit. After more than three decades and dozens of Hollywood movies, the U.S. Army’s Delta Force—one of Washington’s premier specialized units—is still largely hidden from public…