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air forceUS Air Force Starts B-21 Prototype Construction

The US Air Force is building its first test version of the new next-generation B-21 Raider stealth bomber. The B-21 will have regular stealth against higher-frequency engagement radar and also against lower-frequency surveillance radar. China and Russia have shifted to …

air forceChina Airshow shows J-20 with missile bay open and new missiles

China showed off four J-20 stealth fighters during the last day of the 12th Zhuhai Air Show. Two of the stealth fighters opened their weapons bay to show four medium-range air-to-air missiles and two close-range combat missiles. They also had …

air forceAll F-35 stealth fighters are grounded after September crash

The global fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 combat jets have been temporarily grounded to investigate engine problems following a Marine Corps plane crash last month. Officials said the fleet of about 320 jets would undergo inspections over the next 48 …

air forceLockheed proposes F-22 hybrid upgrade using mostly proven technology

The F-22 is considered the best fighter in the world. It was cancelled after about 200 were built because of the cost to build them. However, the F-35 has turned out to be even more expensive for the first few …

air forceChina is constantly improving stealth planes, drones and engines

In 2019, China will start deploy J-20B stealth fighters with a new Xian WS-15 jet engine. This engine could finally bring China to about the engine performance level of the US PW-119 engine that were installed over 20 years ago …

air forceF35 lifecycle cost estimates of $1.2 trillion were wishful thinking

Deteriorating reliability of the F35 will causes costs to balloon, the Pentagon’s costliest program, according to an assessment from the Defense Department’s own testing office. The aircraft and its parts aren’t as reliable as expected, and it’s taking longer to …