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  • France fills the American arms void

    06/25/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 25/6/15 | OWEN DANIELS AND ROBBIE GRAMER
    The Dassault Rafale, France’s premier fighter jet, headlined the International Paris Air Show last week, showing off its state-of-the art maneuvers before a crowd of 300,000 defense industry leaders. While the air show ostensibly exhibited advances in aviation technology, France also brandished the Rafale as the centerpiece of major new diplomatic strides. Through a series of recent sales worth billions, most recently a $12 billion deal with Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday, the Rafale has become the backbone of Paris’s realpolitik economic diplomacy aimed at sustaining its global stature and capitalizing on recent rifts in the United States’ relations with its...
  • How Islamic State’s Win in Ramadi Reveals New Weapons, Tactical Sophistication and Prowess

    05/26/2015 7:20:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Margaret Coker
    In late April, a commander for Islamic State said his forces were ready to launch an offensive to take Ramadi, and the group called for fighters to redeploy to Iraq from Syria.
  • Boeing Unveils Amazing, Slightly Terrifying New Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

    05/24/2015 10:08:16 AM PDT · by lbryce · 83 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | May 24, 2015 | Staff
    Boeing's "CHAMP" (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project) is a one-missile, flying blackout. Born into Generation X, I grew up with the threat of nuclear war -- and all its corollaries, from visions of mushroom clouds to "duck and cover" drills in high school to Terminator movies, and of course, the ever-present worry that one day a sneaky Soviet satellite would detonate way up in the sky and fry all of our electronics with an "electromagnetic pulse." So imagine my surprise when the U.S. Air Force confirmed last week that it's developed an electromagnetic pulse weapon of its own, and...
  • Exclusive - Boeing poised to clinch $3 billion-plus Kuwait F/A-18 order

    05/06/2015 11:45:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/06/2015 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Kuwait is expected to announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Boeing Co (BA.N) F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, a $3 billion-plus (£1.96 billion plus) deal that will keep the jets' St. Louis production line running well into 2019, according to people familiar with the deal. Kuwait, which operates a fleet of earlier F/A-18 models, has signed a formal letter stating its firm plans to buy newer-model Boeing jets, according to one of the people who is familiar with the deal but was not authorized to speak publicly. A second source confirmed that the U.S. government was working with Kuwait to...
  • Forget Iran. The Real Nuclear Threat Lies East [China, India and Pakistan]

    04/02/2015 3:52:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    RCW ^ | 04/02/2015 | David Brewster
    While the world focuses on the dangers that a nuclear-armed Iran could present in the Middle East, a potentially more dangerous and unstable nuclear proliferation is occurring in the Indian Ocean. In the coming years India, Pakistan, and perhaps China will likely deploy a significant number of nuclear weapons at sea in the Indian Ocean. This could further destabilise already unstable nuclear relationships, creating a real risk of a sea-based exchange of nuclear weapons. Observers have long seen India-Pakistan nuclear rivalry as the most unstable in the world, and South Asia as the most likely location of nuclear conflict. This...
  • Laser Weapons will be mounted on various US navy ship guns

    01/23/2015 7:55:06 AM PST · by shove_it · 24 replies
    NextBigFuture ^ | 22 Jan 2015
    The Laser Weapon System or LaWS is a directed-energy weapon developed by the United States Navy. The weapon was installed on the USS Ponce for field testing in 2014. In December 2014 the United States Navy reported the LaWS system works perfectly, and that the commander of the USS Ponce is authorized to use the system as a defensive weapon. The technical issues associated with the addition of LaWS (Laser Weapon System) to the Phalanx CIWS (Close in weapon system) will be somewhat different from those associated with adding a LaWS system to other weapon systems—or the provision of a...
  • U.S. Navy: They Will be Called Frigates

    01/15/2015 3:36:40 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 49 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 15, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as “frigates,” given their enhanced capabilities.
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 5:11:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagon’s newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, won’t be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational. Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jet’s software does not yet have the ability to shoot the onboard 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.
  • U.S. Army wants a new gun

    12/04/2014 8:47:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 109 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Aaron Smith
    After about 30 years of using the Beretta as the primary sidearm pistol for the U.S. military, the Pentagon is seeking a new gun contract. For gun manufacturers, this kind of a contract is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While the Beretta lasted three decades, the U.S. military's first semiautomatic standard-issue sidearm, the M1911 from Colt, lasted nearly 90 years. It was issued during the U.S. war in the Philippines through the World Wars to Vietnam and beyond.
  • Israeli industry must make a passage to India

    12/02/2014 2:28:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Moshe Arens
    India, the world’s largest democracy, has at present the tenth-largest economy. It will, no doubt, surpass the economies of the European nations in a few years and rank among the world’s four largest economies, together with the United States, China and Japan. It is a friend of the State of Israel. It shares with Israel the values and ideals of democratic government. Like Israel, it has a substantial Muslim minority among its population. Since its partition in 1947, it has fought three wars with its neighbor, Pakistan, and to this day faces a security threat from that direction. Terrorist acts...
  • Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet

    11/28/2014 8:45:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 28, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    The first of two 27,000-ton amphibious warships was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on Friday, according to information from the service. HMAS Canberra (L-02) entered the RAN fleet on Friday during a ceremony at the service’s Fleet Base East in Sydney. Canberra and sister ship HMAS Adelaide will be the two largest ships in RAN history as part of about a $2.5 billion (USD) shipbuilding program. The ship’s design is based on a Spanish amphibious assault ship Juan Carlo I and built and designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and BAE Systems Australia. The pair will be the first ships...
  • Police Seize Massive Weapons Shipment Headed for Jerusalem

    11/20/2014 8:50:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    inn ^ | 11/20/14 | Ari Soffer
    Israeli police seized a massive shipment of firecrackers, swords, tasers and other weapons at Ashdod port Thursday - a potentially deadly arsenal which was set to be delivered to Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Two containers intercepted by authorities at the southern port were packed with 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 5,500 tasers, 4,300 tasers concealed in flashlights, 1,000 swords and several thousand other "cold" weapons. The lethal cargo was hidden under a layer of Christmas decorations, and had been shipped in all the way from China. The weapons were in all likelihood destined to be used against police and Jewish...
  • SAAB and PT Lundin introduce their redesigned Stealth Fast Attack Craft Trimaran

    11/17/2014 6:37:53 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 17 November 2014
    During Indodefence 2014, the international defence exhibition held in Jakarta in November, SAAB and local shipyard PT Lundin presented a redesigned Stealth Fast Attack Craft (FAC) trimaran. The first hull of the original project called KRI Klewang 625 (solely designed and built by PT Lundin) was destroyed in a fire in Septembre 2012 shortly after its launch. The new project, presented by SAAB as a turnkey system solution, incorporates many modification and improvements. Compared to the original KRI Klewang, the redesigned stealth FAC includes a raised bridge, modified wave-piercing hull and a higher mast. The new Sea Giraffe 1X 3D...
  • Chinese weapons winning battle for international market

    11/16/2014 8:27:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    China Daily/Asia News Network ^ | Monday, Nov 17, 2014 | Zhao Lei
    Effective, affordable armaments prove popular with developing countries Chinese-made armaments have become increasingly popular in the international market, according to an industry insider. "We have observed several successive years of good revenue from the export of our products, and the sales figures keep rising year-on-year, "Liu Song, deputy general manager of research and development at China North Industries Corp, popularly abbreviated as Norinco, told China Daily at the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. The show, which closed on Sunday, was held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. As the export wing of China North Industries Group Corp, the country's biggest...
  • Report: UAE, Textron in discussions about Scorpion jet

    11/03/2014 10:37:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    THE WICHITA EAGLE ^ | 11/03/2014 | MOLLY MCMILLIN
    The United Arab Emirates is in serious discussions with Textron AirLand about buying the new Scorpion jet, sources told Defense Daily. The Scorpion, designed and built in Wichita, is in flight testing. The plane was designed to be an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance airplane with strike capabilities, Textron officials have said. But sources told Defense Daily that the UAE is considering the Scorpion for its aerobatic squadron Al Fursan, which flies the Alenia Aermacchi MB-339. A purchase for Al Fursan would be a first step in a larger relationship, the report said. Textron’s policy is not to comment about possible...
  • Exclusive: Courting Vietnam, U.S. prepares to ease arms embargo

    09/24/2014 9:26:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 23, 2014 | LESLEY WROUGHTON AND ANDREA SHALAL
    (Reuters) - Nearly 40 years after the United States helicoptered its last soldiers out of Vietnam in an ignominious retreat, Washington is moving closer to lifting an arms embargo on its former enemy, with initial sales likely to help Hanoi deal with growing naval challenges from China. Senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the initiative said Washington wants to support Vietnam by strengthening its ability to monitor and defend its coastline, and said unarmed P-3 surveillance planes could be one of the first sales. Such aircraft would also allow Vietnam to keep track of China's increasingly assertive activities in the...
  • Report: Azerbaijan buying Israeli coast-guard vessels

    09/12/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sep. 1, 2014
    Jane's confirms that Muslim nation purchased 12 boats, based on photographs on website of Azerbaijani president. Azerbaijan is reportedly acquiring 21 new coast-guard vessels from Israel, according to Eurasianet.org. While Azerbaijan made no formal announcement about such a purchase, Jane's, the defense and intelligence publication, confirmed Thursday that the Azerbaijan Coast Guard ordered six Shaldag Mk V patrol boats and six Saar 62 offshore patrol vessels. Jane's based its assertion on images obtained in mid-July showing details of work being done on the vessels at a new shipyard. Images of the vessels are available on the website of the president...
  • Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

    08/11/2014 3:35:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2014 6:10 PM EDT | Vivian Salama and Sameer N. Yacoub
    Iraq’s president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician Monday to form the next government, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west. The showdown came as the United States increased its role in fighting back Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group that is threatening the autonomous Kurdish region in the north. Senior American officials said U.S. intelligence agencies are directly arming the Kurds who are battling the militants in what would be a shift in Washington’s policy of only working through the central government in...
  • Sell French Warships to NATO, Not Russia

    08/06/2014 4:21:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Arming a geopolitical foe is a grave mistake, especially one led by a cunning and utterly amoral character like Vladimir Putin. However, NATO-member France is on the verge of selling Putin's Russian regime two highly capable Mistral amphibious assault ships. The first warship, the Vladivostok, is almost ready for delivery. The second, ironically named the Sevastopol (Crimea's chief seaport), is under construction. Unfortunately, the two warships are ideal naval platforms for landing tanks and marines on Ukraine's Black Sea coast. Russia, while led by the likes of Putin, is a foe of the United States, NATO and the European Union....
  • How Obama armed the Islamic caliphate

    08/04/2014 6:50:11 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    WND ^ | Greg Corombos
    Jihadists in Benghazi are declaring themselves part of an Islamic caliphate just days after tribal warfare forced American diplomatic personnel out of Libya over fears for their safety. As WND reported Monday, in a repudiation of the premise advanced by President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the “Arab Spring” was a democracy movement, Libya has descended into lawless chaos in which various terrorist militia, including al-Qaida, vie for power. With most of the world focused on foreign crises like the Israel-Hamas conflict and the Russian influence in Ukraine, the State Department quietly announced the withdrawal of...
  • China confirms new class long range missiles: report

    08/01/2014 11:22:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | August 2, 2014
    BEIJING -- China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported Friday. A government environmental monitoring center in Shaanxi said on its website that a military facility in the province was developing Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) missiles, the Global Times reported. The DF-41 is designed to have a range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles), according to a report by Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems, putting it among the world's longest-range missiles. It is “possibly capable of carrying multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles,” the...
  • Five Ways Russia Could Help China's Military Become Even Deadlier

    08/01/2014 11:30:45 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 44 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 2, 2014 | Robert Farley
    The continued deterioration of relations between Russia and NATO may not yet have resulted in a new Cold War, but it’s undoubtedly produce an environment in which Russia has independent reasons to try to hurt the United States. While the arms trade between China and Russia exploded after the fall of the Soviet Union, shipments of major systems slowed in the early part of last decade. Part of the reason was demand; China felt that it no longer needed to pay top dollar for Russian systems that it could build itself. Another reason, however, involved Russian intellectual property concerns stemming...
  • China’s Mega Warship Plans Become Clearer With New Photos

    07/24/2014 3:13:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07.23.2014 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Five months after the first pictures surfaced in February 2014, the Type 055 cruiser testing rig at Wuhan has taken significant steps towards completion. The advantages of a land based test rig allow Chinese naval engineers to make cheaper adjustments and modifications to the electronics, compared to rebuilding an expensive cruiser on sea trials. Once launched, the Type 055 cruiser will be among the world's most powerful surface combatant warships, giving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) a multipurpose warship useful for both blue water expeditionary warfare and anti-access/area denial missions. While much scaffolding remains, the photos show recent additions...
  • Japan cabinet approves landmark military change

    07/02/2014 11:52:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 July 2014 | Last updated at 10:08 ET
    Japan’s cabinet has approved a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas. Under its constitution, Japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defense. But a reinterpretation of the law will now allow “collective self-defense”—using force to defend allies under attack. PM Shinzo Abe has been pushing hard for the move, arguing Japan needs to adapt to a changing security environment. …
  • Isis Convoys of New Toyota Trucks

    06/16/2014 11:24:20 AM PDT · by varmintman · 73 replies
    I don't want to cite any one source for this one since a lot of the sites you'll see this story on are not exactly right of center pollitically... Nonetheless anybody can do a simple Google search on [ ISIS toyota trucks ] and multiple versions of the story will turn up, along with images, e.g. The question you have to ask yourself is, Could I afford a new Toyota truck that easily?? If the answer is no, than you should be bent out of shape more than a little bit here. Real rebels and terrorists are supposed to be...
  • The U.S. Air Force's New AC-130 Gunships Are Really Bomb Trucks

    06/03/2014 11:55:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | June 1, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    The AC-130 flying gunship fleet is one of the most fabled and feared assets in the entire USAF inventory. Known for its ability to unleash a broadside of cannon fire in the dead of night, the newest of the AC-130 lot is more about smart bombs than raining lead and howitzer shells down on the enemy. Before the turn of the decade it became clear that the aging AC-130 fleet was in low supply and exceedingly high demand. As a result the Air Force Special Operations Command decided that it should augment the existing fleet on AC-130H and AC-130Us in...
  • The Pasdaran have published on Twitter how they would attack a U.S. ship in the Strait of Hormuz

    05/22/2014 8:41:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | May 22, 2014 | By David Cenciotti
    The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution have used the social network to make public their plan to attack enemy ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the branch of Iran’s military whose role is to protect Tehran’s Islamic system, have published on Twitter an interesting drawing showing how they imagine an attack to an enemy warship entering the Persian Gulf. The plan is use several different weapons systems in a coordinated attack opened by high speed boats, used to create a diversion. According to Good Morning Iran blog, that translated the text...
  • Federal Government to announce purchase of 72 stealth fighter jets for RAAF

    04/22/2014 3:17:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 23rd April 2014
    THE Abbott Government will purchase 72 advanced American-built stealth fighter jets to spearhead the nation’s defence for the next half century. The $12.4 billion through-life outlay, to be announced in Canberra today by the Prime Minister, is the biggest defence purchase in Australian history and includes every aspect of the system from hangars to missiles. The so-called “fifth generation” JF-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) planes will be deployed in three operational squadrons and a training squadron based at RAAF Williamtown near Newcastle in NSW and RAAF Tindal near Katherine in the Northern Territory. About $1.6 billion will be spent...
  • Why Are African Countries Buying All These High-Tech Jet Fighters?

    03/29/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 03/28/2014 | Peter Dörrie
    Governments from Uganda to Angola are investing billions in state-of-the-art combat aircraft—and it’s not clear why Africa’s air forces are on a buying spree. Flush with oil cash, many African states are investing heavily in modern multirole jet fighters, deadly helicopter gunship and even sophisticated air-defense systems with radars and surface-to-air missiles. The deals are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in countries still lacking many basic social services. So it’s worth asking exactly what Uganda, Angola, Sudan and the like are planning to do with their new air forces. Some of the most interesting acquisitions involve modern, or modernized,...
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 10:03:50 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 55 replies
    ABC ^ | August 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense — particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions — and to bolster the nation’s ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami...
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 5:26:58 AM PDT · by Freeport · 85 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense - particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions - and to bolster the nation's ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the...
  • Raytheon ship-defense missile passes Navy testing

    05/30/2013 2:47:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Raytheon ship-defense missile passes Navy testing The Navy has completed the first series of developmental and operational testing of a ship-defense missile system made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems. In at-sea testing of Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2, the system's missiles engaged two targets in “tactical dual-salvo scenarios” designed to demonstrate the advanced missile's defensive capabilities. The missiles “successfully engaged high-speed, maneuvering and sub-sonic, maneuvering targets,” with all four missiles meeting test objectives, Raytheon said in a news release. Raytheon and its manufacturing partner, RAMSYS of Germany, were awarded the second U.S. Navy RAM Block 2 low-rate production contract...
  • Obama To Spend $700 Million In US Tax Dollars For Russian Helicopters For Afghan Air Force

    05/30/2013 10:56:47 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 57 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | May 30, 2013 | Tim Brown
    The Obama Department of Defense is going to spend nearly $700 million to buy Russian Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan Air Force. That’s right, $700 million of U.S. taxpayer money is going to fund our enemy’s air force. However, not only could this be considered treasonous, but even by the federal government’s 2013 National Defense Authorization Act they are in violation of their own legislation. According to Riz Novosti: WASHINGTON, April 4 (By Maria Young for RIA Novosti) – The US Department of Defense said Thursday it plans to sidestep a Congressional ban to purchase 30 helicopters from Russian state-owned...
  • PENTAGON: Chinese Hackers Have Stolen Data From 'Almost Every Major US Defense Contractor'

    05/07/2013 6:11:55 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 7, 2013 | Michael kelley
    For the first time the Obama administration has explicitly accused China’s military of hacking into computer systems of the U.S. government and its defense contractors. "The accusations relayed in the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on Chinese military capabilities were remarkable in their directness," writes David Sanger of The New York Times.
  • Main Battle Tanks Moving East

    05/04/2013 2:31:56 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | January 14, 2013 at 17:31 | Tamir Eshel
    Main Battle Tanks Moving East With the world’s largest armies (except China and India) have ceased procurement of Main Battle Tanks (MBT), third world countries are becoming more dominant customers for this weapon category. In recent years, following major reorganization programs, where western armies have been retiring their armored regiments, severely eroding the production base of heavy armored vehicles, countries of the former Soviet Union and China are finding markets for tanks in developing countries. New production orders for T-90 from Russia, T-84 Oplot from the Ukraine and Chinese MBT-2000) tanks are keeping these lines open. Thailand has placed orders...
  • The U.S. Navy Rides the Rail

    04/07/2013 12:05:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 145 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 6, 2013 | Brendon S. Peck
    Widely held as the Holy Grail of weapons design, the Electromagnetic Rail Gun has been in development for more than a century. Now, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the U.S. Navy, it will soon be part of our arsenal. Unconventional, Multifunctional and Motivating The rail gun is marvel of modern warfare. Unlike conventional weapons, which are reliant upon an assortment of chemical propellants, the EMRG does not require rocket fuel, gunpowder, or gas. Instead, electromagnetic energy is used to fire shells. To produce this surge of energy, electricity is poured though a pair of parallel rails and the current...
  • Risky Business

    04/03/2013 10:48:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    freebeacon ^ | April 3, 2013 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    China continued moving tanks and armored vehicles and flying flights near North Korea this week as part of a military buildup in the northeastern part of the country that U.S. officials say is related to the crisis with North Korea. The Obama administration, meanwhile, sought to play down the Chinese military buildup along the border with Beijing’s fraternal communist ally despite the growing danger of conflict following unprecedented threats by Pyongyang to attack the United States and South Korea with nuclear weapons. Officials said one key military unit involved in the mobilization is the 190th Mechanized Infantry Brigade based in...
  • China fighter designer compares J-15 to F/A-18 Hornet

    03/07/2013 12:08:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight International ^ | 03/06/2013 | Greg Waldron
    China fighter designer compares J-15 to F/A-18 Hornet The chief designer of the Shenyang J-15 fighter has compared the aircraft to the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, and suggests that the developmental J-31 could one day serve aboard Chinese aircraft carriers. In an interview with Chinese state news agency Xinhua, Chinese aircraft designer Sun Cong said that the J-15 is "generally close to the US F/A-18, reaching world class standards". He adds that the J-15 could have a combat radius of over 1,000km (540nm) if powered by domestic engines. This comment could corroborate reports that the J-15s conducting flight tests aboard the...
  • Fake stealth plane: Iran photoshops super jet, jet still can't fly

    02/14/2013 6:53:22 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 60 replies
    UPI ^ | February 14, 2013 | GABRIELLE LEVY
    In what appears to be an attempt to convince the world that it's ready to play with the big boys when it comes to military prowess, Iran unveiled the Qaher-313, a "super jet" with "state-of-the-art" technologies and "radar-evading" capabilities. The only problem? It's totally, completely, fake. And now it comes with a fake photoshopped background, too.
  • Bell Helicopters' upgraded H-1 generates foreign interest

    02/03/2013 12:40:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 31, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Bell Helicopters' upgraded H-1 generates foreign interest (Reuters) - As U.S. budget pressures mount, the U.S. Marine Corps says growing foreign demand could help drive down the unit cost of its new upgraded H-1 utility and attack helicopters built by Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc (TXT.N). Major General John Croley, assistant deputy commandant for aviation, said the new helicopters had greater range and capabilities that would enhance the Marines' ability to work with allies across the Asia-Pacific region. He said increased interest from countries in Asia and the Middle East could help lower the cost of the new...
  • The Backbone Of America's Bomber Force Is Getting A Massive Upgrade (B-1B Lancer)

    02/02/2013 7:14:50 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI - The Aviationist ^ | 2-2-2013 | David Cenciotti
    The Backbone Of America's Bomber Force Is Getting A Massive Upgrade (B-1B Lancer) David Cenciotti, The AviationistFebruary 2, 2013, 4:30 AM The U.S. Air Force is about to further upgrade its fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers. With what the service announces as “the largest B-1 modification in program history” the supersonic swing-wing bomber will get several improvements as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 (SB-16) upgrade aimed to provide B-1 aircrews with a higher level of situational awareness and a faster, secure digital communication link. SB-16, includes a Vertical Situation Display Upgrade in the cockpit that will...
  • US Senate Shoots Down Bid to Halt Sales of F-16s, Tanks to Egypt

    01/31/2013 7:20:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    The U.S. Senate Thursday defeated an amendment that aimed to prevent the Obama administration from transferring F-16 fighter aircraft and Abrams tanks to an Egypt in disarray. A vote to block the measure proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)—an amendment to the debt limit bill—passed by a 79–19 vote. In a strong-worded floor statement Paul questioned the wisdom of providing the sophisticated weaponry at a time when “many see Egypt descending into chaos.” … “I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently that Jews were ‘bloodsuckers’ and...
  • Rand Paul: F-16 Sales to Muslim Brotherhood 'A Mistake that Could Haunt Us'

    01/25/2013 10:00:31 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Greg McDonald
    Sen. Rand Paul is calling the U.S. sale of 16 advanced F-16 fighter jets to Egypt "a huge mistake" that could come back to haunt America, depending on the direction Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi takes his country. " I think it's a huge mistake," the Kentucky Republican told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren on Thursday night. "I think there's a potential that it elevates an arms race, and what we give to Egypt, Israel wants more or needs more to defend themselves," Paul continued. "And I think there's a risk. President Morsi's had words . . . calling those who...
  • Americans Buy Enough Guns in Last Two Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies

    01/14/2013 6:28:42 AM PST · by servo1969 · 174 replies
    Gatewaypundit.com ^ | 1-14-2013 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama Administration is the number one threat to the nation’s gun rights advocates. In the four years since Barack Obama was first elected president in November 2008, an estimated 67 million firearms have been purchased in the United States. In November a record 2 million guns were sold in America. This was followed up by another record in December. 2.7 million guns were sold in America in the last month of 2012. Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, January 14, 2013, 6:42 AM Honest Americans Bought Enough Guns in November and December to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian...
  • France joins the stealth drone club

    12/04/2012 10:57:28 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 3, 2012 | John Reed
    To kick this week off we thought we'd bring you these pictures showing that France has become the second nation in the world to (publicly) fly a stealth UAV. These images show Dassault's nEUROn (yes, it's really written that way) making its maiden flight in Istres on Dec. 1. nEUROn is a technology demonstrator; basically it's a plane used to prove that all the tech Dassault has designed for a stealth, unmanned strike jet will actually work. Here are some stats about nEUROn from Dassault: "With a length of 10 meters, a wingspan of 12.5 meters and an empty weight...
  • Biden Admits Obama is Arming Muslim Brotherhood to Take Over Syria

    10/12/2012 7:49:04 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 34 replies
    frontpagemag.com/the-point ^ | October 12, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is ridiculous and it should be an incredibly damning statement. It’s shocking to me that this has not been picked up. VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Let — let — let me — you don’t go through the U.N. We are in the process now and have been for months in making sure that help, humanitarian aid, as well as other aid and training, is getting to those forces that we believe, the Turks believe, the Jordanians believe, the Saudis believe are the free forces inside of Syria. What Biden said in his debate with Ryan is that Saudi Arabia and...
  • China Launches Carrier, but Experts Doubt Its Worth

    09/25/2012 10:25:51 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    NEW YORK TIMES ^ | September 25, 2012 | By JANE PERLEZ
    BEIJING — In a ceremony attended by the country’s top leaders, China put its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, a move intended to signal its growing military might as tensions escalate between Beijing and its neighbors over islands in nearby seas. --------------------------------snip----------------------- The mark “16” on the carrier’s side indicates that it is limited to training, Chinese and other military experts said. China does not have planes capable of landing on the carrier and so far training for such landings has been carried out on land, they said. . .
  • Profit Potential for Israel

    05/10/2012 9:35:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Israel Defense ^ | 10/5/2012 | Arie Egozi
    Profit Potential for Israel India has acquired a carrier from Russia and is seeking to equip it with modern systems, perhaps even those produced by Israel The significant increase in the strength of the Indian army in the coming years may result in new deals with several of Israel's defense industries. India has acquired a Russian aircraft carrier, which it will receive at the start of 2013. India is also seeking to equip this carrier with several systems that are not part of the deal with Moscow. It seems that the systems in question are defense systems that include Barak...
  • Israel to sell $1.6 billion in arms to Iran's neighbor Azerbaijan

    02/26/2012 8:15:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 26, 2012 | AMY TEIBEL
    Israel to sell $1.6 billion in arms to Iran's neighbor Azerbaijan The sales come at a delicate time. Israel has been laboring hard to form diplomatic alliances in a region that seems to be growing increasingly hostile to the Jewish state. JERUSALEM — Israeli defense officials Sunday confirmed $1.6 billion in deals to sell drones as well as anti-aircraft and missile-defense systems to Azerbaijan, bringing sophisticated Israeli technology to the doorstep of archenemy Iran. The sales by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries come at a delicate time. Israel has been laboring hard to form diplomatic alliances in a region that seems...
  • Fighters, radar, marine patrols top Asia's military wish-list

    02/16/2012 4:21:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 16, 2012 | Raju Gopalakrishnan
    Fighters, radar, marine patrols top Asia's military wish-list (Reuters) - Singapore hosted military brass from across Asia this week at the region's biggest arms and aerospace bazaar, almost 70 years to the day since it fell to Japanese forces sweeping across Southeast Asia during World War Two. Japan has since become allied with most other Asian nations. It is now China which is the behemoth others are eyeing with unease. And bigger defense budgets, means sales of fighters, weapons and other tools of death and destruction are higher than ever before. At the Singapore Airshow, salesmen in business suits escorted...