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air forceAs Expected B-21 Stealth Bomber Looks Similar to B-2 Bomber

The US Air Force and Northrop Grumman have published photorealistic renderings of new concepts for the next-generation stealth bomber, the B-21. The B-21 was expected to reach IOC (initial operating capability) in the mid-2020s but there was a recent statement …

future weaponsIsrael Combines Laser Beams For More Powerful Laser Beams

Israel’s Defense Ministry and defense companies Rafael and Elbit Systems and academic institutions made a combat laser breakthrough. It is based on the precision of the laser beam, which can be focused on long-range targets and which can overcome atmospheric …

air forceUS Air Force Will Shift to Building Many Small Batches of Next Generation Fighters

The US Air Force is looking to shift to just making multiple next-generation technology fighters. They will not endlessly hone requirements for some super fighter that would be built in 25 years. The Air Force would rapidly churn out aircraft …

air forceReports that China’s WS15 Jet Engines Are More Powerful Than US F135 Jet Engine

There are reports that a third batch of China’s WS-15 turbofans has been delivered with performance better than US F135. This would mean that China has achieved the goal of about 197 kilonewtons (44,000 lbf) of thrust with an afterburner.

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 …

3d printing3D Printing of Hypersonic Missile Swarms

Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are developing 3D printed engines for smaller hypersonic missiles that could be deployed in at lower cost in swarms. The air-breathing scramjet will use regular aviation fuel. Northrop Grumman has new materials and technology to 3-D …

armyUS Army Approves Plans for Microwave, Laser and Hypersonic Weapons

The US Army has approved plans for high-powered microwave weapons, laser weapons and the development of hypersonic missiles. The Army will test a 50-kilowatt laser on an 8×8 Stryker armored vehicle by 2021 and then a 100-kW one on a …