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  • Russia's New 5th Generation Fighter Jet Just Turned Into a Deadly 'Ship Slayer'

    05/03/2017 7:59:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 03.05.2017
    Russia's new Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fighter jet has just been given another ability – the means to destroy surface warships. Sputnik spoke to military expert Andrei Golovatyuk to find out whether it's now appropriate to add 'ship slayer' to the fifth-generation aircraft's list of capabilities. On Wednesday, Russia's Izvestia newspaper reported that the Kh-35UE tactical cruise missile, an upgrade of the Kh-35 jet-launched subsonic anti-ship missile, has been incorporated into the Sukhoi T-50's array of potential armaments. The weapon, capable of targeting and destroying everything from landing craft to aircraft carriers, as well as ground targets, including hard points, warehouses...
  • Amoris Rumblings in the Archdiocese of Atlanta? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/28/2017 9:01:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Roma Locuta Est ^ | April 28, 2017 | Steven O'Reill
    April 28, 2017  (Steven O’Reilly) –  Since the publication of Amoris Laetitia (AL), I do not recall ever seeing an official statement by the Archdiocese of Atlanta regarding its understanding of the eighth chapter of this apostolic exhortation. To my knowledge, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory has never issued any specific communion guidelines or statements in the wake of AL, as have some other US bishops—such as Archbishop Chaput (Philadelphia) and Bishop McElroy (San Diego) — or as have other bishops around the world have done (e.g., see Poland, Kazakhstan, Malta, Germany.   All has been quiet in Atlanta—until now.  There appear to be some...
  • Warning for India: Chinese air force inducts new stealth fighter ahead of schedule

    03/13/2017 5:17:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    India Today ^ | March 10, 2017 | Ananth Krishnan
    China has put into service its fifth-generation J-20 stealth fighter that many experts say will give the PLA Air Force a massive firepower boost, state media reported on Thursday. The fighter was earlier thought to be combat ready only by 2019. But the secretive J-20 stealth fighter - a fifth-generation jet that Chinese analysts claim is on a par with the US F-22 - had entered service, an official military channel reported late on Thursday, Reuters reported. In September, Chinese social media websites showed photos of the J-20 being deployed in southwestern Sichuan province on the Tibetan plateau - not...
  • Navy's New $4 Billion Stealth Warship Breaks Down (Again)

    11/23/2016 10:52:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/23/2016
    For the second time in two months, The Navy's new $4 billion stealth warship has broken down. As Military.com reports, the ripped-from-the-pages-of-a-sci-fi mag-looking USS Zumwalt is now in Panama for repairs after suffering a breakdown while passing through the Panama Canal on Monday evening.Military.com's Hope Hodge Seck reports that a spokesman for U.S. 3rd Fleet, Cmdr. Ryan Perry, told Military.com that the commander of 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, had instructed the USS Zumwalt, the first in a new class of stealthy destroyers, to remain at ex-Naval Station Rodman in Panama to address the engineering casualty. "The timeline for...
  • China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Looks Dangerous (But Can It Crush America's Lethal F-22 Raptor?)

    11/03/2016 8:02:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    National Interest ^ | November 2, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    China's J-20 fighter, the first of what could be several 5th generation fighters from Beijing made a big splash, debuting publically yesterday. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, "two J-20 jet fighters hurtled over hundreds of spectators, including several foreign military delegations, in a 60-second flyover during Tuesday’s opening ceremony of Airshow China, the country’s biggest aerospace and defense exhibition." The report continued, noting that "The jets, whose thundering engines set off alarms in cars parked below, underlined China’s recent progress in developing air power that the U.S. and its allies are concerned may be used to...
  • How Do America and China’s Huge New Warships Stack Up? (‘Zumwalt’ versus Type 055)

    11/01/2016 11:44:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 1, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    USS ‘Zumwalt.’ Photo via Wikipedia On Oct. 15, 2016 in Baltimore on the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. Navy commissioned the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt into service following a protracted and costly development. Six hundred feet long and displacing 14,500 tons, Zumwalt — the first of three stealthy land-attack destroyers — is America’s largest surface combatant in generations. But she’s not alone in her weight class. While the Americans were celebrating Zumwalt’s entry into service, on the other side of the world at a shipyard in Shanghai, the Chinese navy was hard at work on its own 14,000-ton-displacement surface warship. The Type 055 just...
  • Chinese J-20 stealth jet based on US military plans 'stolen' by hackers makes its public debut

    11/01/2016 5:48:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 1, 2016 | Ryan O'Hare
    China's controversial stealth jet has made its first public flyby, giving the public and media a glimpse of the controversial aircraft. Taking to the skies at the airshow in the southern city of Zhuhai, in Guangdong province, the J-20 stealth fighter passed by onlookers in a demonstration. The controversial aircraft is believed to have been built in part from plans of US war planes, obtained by Chinese hackers – which Beijing has firmly denied. But military analysts have said it is still too early to tell if the jet matches the US F-22 Raptor.
  • BELH@RRA and FTI, the New-Generation Digital Frigate Class from France

    10/19/2016 6:26:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defense Update ^ | October 18, 2016 | Tamir Eshel
    The French shipbuilder DCNS presented today the BELH@RRA frigate design – a new heavily-armed frigate made for the international market. The new design was unveiled today at the Euronaval Exhibition in Paris-Le Bourget. The new BELH@RRA class renews the heavily-armed 4,000-tonne frigate segment. It follows the company’s La Fayette-class frigates, of which over twenty units were built and are operational with four navies around the world. The BELH@RRA design is positioned between the 6,000-tonne FREMM multi-mission frigate segment and that of the 2,500- to 3,000-tonne GOWIND corvettes. This size class is suitable for navies looking for a compact frigate, capable...
  • The F-117 Stealth Fighter Could Have Gone to War from an Aircraft Carrier

    10/16/2016 9:48:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 14, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    The F-117 Nighthawk [3] made a definite impression on both Iraqi air defenses and the American public when it demonstrated the capabilities of stealth technology in the 1991 Gulf War [4]. Yet the iconic jet-black attack plane was ultimately left behind by improvements in technology and retired in 2008 in favor of the new F-22 stealth fighter [5]. But what if the Nighthawk design had been evolved into a carrier-based multi-role fighter capable of flying longer distances at higher speed with a greater weapon load? In fact, Lockheed proposed exactly such a “Seahawk” in the early 90s. The original F-117’s...
  • The Navy’s New Stealth Destroyer Has Watered Down Capabilities, Questionable Future

    09/28/2016 11:43:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Next month the first DDG-1000 Zumwalt class stealth destroyer will be commissioned into US Navy service. The program has been through three name changes since it began two decades ago and the design’s planned production run has been slashed dramatically from nearly three dozen hulls to a measly three. The truth is that the assault on the Zumwalts started long before production was cut. The ship you see today, even in all its exotic glory, is the sad result of a long series of illogical cost-cutting initiatives and spastic fiscal re-prioritizations by the Navy. These misguided measures left the final...
  • Air Force Unveils Name of Future Stealth Bomber as B-21 'Raider'

    09/19/2016 8:11:21 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 29 replies
    Military.com ^ | 09/19/2016 | Oriana Pawlyk
    <p>Air Force Unveils Name of Future Stealth Bomber as B-21 'Raider'.</p> <p>AFA 2016 B-21 Naming Ceremony Raider was selected as the name of the Long Range Strike-Bomber, or LRS-B, by leaders after the service launched a survey of service members.</p>
  • China claims to have developed radar that can detect STEALTH jets

    09/08/2016 10:01:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2016 | Jennifer Newton
    A Chinese firm has claimed that they have developed radar technology that can detect stealth jets. The quantum radar was reportedly created by Intelligent Perception Technology, a branch of defence and electronics firm CETC. They claim it is capable of detecting a target at a range of 60 miles and according to the Xinhua news agency, it was successfully tested last month.
  • Why The F-22 and F-35 Stealth Fighters Will Revolutionize War in the Sky

    08/13/2016 12:42:07 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 42 replies
    National Interest ^ | 12 Aug, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    In Len Deighton’s book Fighter, he describes the tactics used by the outnumbered English fighter pilots defending against German Luftwaffe bombers in the Battle of Britain: The professional fighter pilot gained height as quickly as he was permitted, and treasured possession of that benefit. He hoped always to spot the enemy before they spotted him and hurried to the sun side of them to keep himself invisible. He needed superior speed, so he positioned himself for a diving attack, and he would choose a victim at the very rear of the enemy formation so that he did not have to...
  • More J-20 Stealth Fighters Built in China

    07/19/2016 6:51:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 19, 2016 | Mike Yeo and Chris Pocock
    China’s Chengdu Aircraft Company (CAC) has built more Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) J-20 stealthy jet fighters, with another new aircraft featured in flight on Chinese websites over the past week. This is the second known J-20 LRIP aircraft, after the first example serialed 2101 was shown in late December 2015. They follow two prototypes and six known development aircraft that featured a successive series of refinements. The latest aircraft is painted in shades of gray and carries toned down national insignia, but unlike all previous J-20s has no identifying serial numbers. Reports from China suggest that this latest aircraft...
  • Don’t Sweat Russia’s Stealth-Fighter-Detecting New Radar

    07/11/2016 10:51:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 11, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    Russia is the latest country to claim that it has developed a new radar system that can detect stealth warplanes. But the Sunflower low-frequency over-the-horizon radar likely suffers all the same drawbacks that have plagued previous generations of similar sensors. Namely, Sunflower might be able to detect a low-observable airplane. But it probably can’t do so with great fidelity — nor generate a useful targeting track for a missile to follow. Despite Russia’s claim, stealth aircraft are no less difficult to find, target and destroy now than they were before the Sunflower’s introduction. Russian media touted the Sunflower radar in a series...
  • Putin’s New Stealth Jet Is on a Mission: To Prove Russia Can Still Fight

    06/07/2016 10:53:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 06.07.2016 | DAVID AXE
    Russia’s new stealth fighter made an eyebrow-raising surprise appearance on June 5—soaring over the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow ripped from Ukraine in early 2014. The T-50—Russia’s answer to the U.S. Air Force’s F-22—is far from war-ready. Indeed, the twin-engine, radar-evading warplane is suffering such serious design, quality-control, and financing problems that it might never enter frontline service in large numbers. But practical realities may very well be beside the point. The T-50’s flights over territory that once belonged to Russia’s bitter rival Ukraine sends an apparently powerful message, albeit one that doesn’t necessarily hold up to close scrutiny. After flying...
  • The U.S. Navy's New Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Just Got Even Deadlier

    06/06/2016 5:19:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | June 5, 2016 | Kris Osborn
    Lockheed Martin is developing a new deck-mounted launcher for the emerging Long Range Anti-Ship Missile engineered to semi-autonomously track and destroy enemy targets at long ranges from both aircraft and surface ships. The weapon, called the LRASM, is a collaborative effort between Lockheed, the Office of Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Project Research Agency, or DARPA. The LRASM, which is 168-inches long and 2,500 pounds, is currently configured to fire from an Air Force B-1B bomber and Navy F-18 carrier-launched fighter. The current plan is to have the weapon operational on board an Air Force B-1B bomber by 2018...
  • How navy engineers made the next missile ship stealthy

    05/26/2016 12:45:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/26/2016 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    When German engineers from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, who are building Israel’s next-generation Sa’ar-6 class missile corvette, showed Israel Navy engineers the first blueprints for the strategically vital vessel, the Israelis realized there was a problem. The plans outlined a ship based on Germany’s own sea platforms, and was similar in design. Yet Israel must deal with a far more challenging environment, in which Hezbollah is stockpiling radar-guided shore-to-sea missiles that can target the navy, offshore gas drilling rigs in the Mediterranean and strategically vital sites, such as civilian sea ports – just the type of threat the Sa’ar-6 will be...
  • Japan's X-2 stealth fighter jet takes to the skies: $332 million prototype

    04/22/2016 4:22:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 22 April 2016 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    Japan's first stealth fighter jet has successfully taken to the skies as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its maiden test flight as dozens of aviation enthusiasts watching the event erupted in applause as it lifted off. The single-pilot prototype safely landed at Gifu air base, north of Nagoya airport, after a 25-minute flight with 'no particular problems,' said an official at the defence ministry's acquisition agency. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its...
  • B-21 Comes with a Stealth Final Price Tag

    04/08/2016 12:09:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Project On Government Oversight ^ | April 7, 2016 | Scott H. Amey
    The recently announced Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B or B-21) is moving forward with one hidden feature that doesn’t make a lot of sense—its actual price tag. Despite requests by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), the Air Force has decided against releasing the final contract value to taxpayers and it stands by its decision only to release estimates. Unfortunately, with a cost plus contract, the widely varied estimates that have already been publically released, and the Department of Defense’s long history of drastically underestimating final program costs, Chairman McCain is right to ask the Air Force to...