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aircraftChina’s J-20 Stealth Fighter will be put on combat patrols over South China Sea

China’s J-20 stealth fighter has officially entered combat service. The fighter jet officially entered military service in September, and was put through its combat paces over nine days of drills with less-advanced J-16 and J-10C fighters last month. The announcement …

futureGoogle Satellite Pictures capture what is either a hypersonic vehicle prototype or an unusual drone

An object that looks like it could be a hypersonic vehicle prototype has appeared in satellite photos. It could also just be an unusual drone. Some commenters think it might only be a racing boat. Based on the other parked …

futureLockheed may have completed a prototype hypersonic SR72

Jack O’Banion, Vice President of Strategy and Customer Requirements, Advanced Development Programs for Lockheed Martin, at a presentation said that the SR72 could not have been made without digital transformation. This seems to indicate that a hypersonic vehicle has been …

chinaFirst ever test of a hypersonic equipped missile that is intended for operational deployment

China carried out the first flight-tests of a new kind of ballistic missile with a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) in November. The DF-17 is the first hypersonic glide vehicle-equipped missile intended for operational deployment ever tested. During the November 1 …

chinaUSA vs China vs Russia in Weapons Procurement

Russia has a ten year arms procurement plan from 2018 to 2027 which will have almost flat spending at $34 billion. The USA is spending about $155 billion ($90 billion on weapons procurement and $65 billion on weapons research and …

futureHypersonic spaceplane company building test facility with DARPA funding

Reaction Engines has begun construction of a new high-temperature airflow test facility where it plans to validate the performance of its precooler heat exchanger technology, an enabler of its revolutionary SABRETM engine. Located at the Front Range Airport near Watkins, …

chinaAdvisors urge military mobilization in Northeast China because of high risks of Korean War

Wang Hongguang, former deputy commander of the Nanjing Military Region, warned that war could break out on the Korean peninsula at any time from now on until March when South Korea and the United States held annual military drills. “It …

air forceAnalysis of the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter

As an advanced multirole stealth fighter, the J-20 stealth fighter can fulfill both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat roles for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the aviation branch of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (referred to as either …

future weaponsWhat the US would need to beat China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Salafist-jihadi

RAND evaluates the capabilities of current and programmed U.S. forces to meet the demands of conflicts that could arise involving any of five potential adversaries: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Salafist-jihadi groups worldwide. The report finds that U.S. forces …

air forceOnly 90-120 seconds for an interceptor missile to hit an North Korean ICBM during the most vulnerable boost phase

The best time to take out the North Korean ICBMs are before launch during the 3-4 minutes of the boost phase when they are first launched. Taking out the ICBMs when they are about to hit their target is a …