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air forceF35 helps target North Korea ICBM but anti-ICBM drones are better and will be ready in months

Patrick Tucker at Defense One reports that tests started October 2014 show that F35 could spot and track ICBMs to help Navy missiles shoot them down. In October 2014, Northrop and MDA launched FTX-20, an experiment to see, among other …

chinaRussia military official claims mach 8 Zircon hypersonic missile is operational

The head of Russia’s defense council Viktor Bondarev confirmed the Zircon cruise missile is now available in Russia’s arsenal while speaking on Tuesday. The weapon – which Russia boasts is capable of Mach 8 – was last tested back in …

air forceChina starting construction of supercarrier with electromagnetic launch but using older heavier fighter jets

The weight of China’s J15 fighter is one of the key reasons China will use an electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) on China’s third carrier. Construction of the third carrier is expected to start next year and will use electromagnetic …

chinaChina considering exporting its J-20 stealth fighter and other high-end military gear

China may be considering sharing its J-20 fifth generation stealth fighter jet technologies with allies such as Pakistan. Sino-Indian ties following a stiff face-off since June on the Doklam Plateau, a border area claimed by both Beijing and New Delhi. …

futureLaser arrays for propelling spaceships can also be used like nuclear cannon weapons

A powerful 70 gigawatt laser propulsion system that could accelerate an 100 kilogram object over 122 seconds to 2% of light speed (6000 kilometers per second) would also be able to fire kinetic projectiles at nuclear weapon power. The goal …

chinaChina is building a mach 40 wind tunnel to test hypersonic weapons

China is building the world’s fastest wind tunnel to simulate hypersonic flight at speeds of up to 12 kilometers per second (mach 40, 43200 kph, 26843 mph). A hypersonic vehicle flying at this speed from China could reach the west …

chinaTrue US military costs and waste

The U.S. military budget is $824.6 billion. That’s the budget for Fiscal Year 2018 which covers the period October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. 1. $574.5 billion base budget for the Department of Defense. 2. $64.6 billion Overseas Contingency …

chinaHypersonic wind tunnel test model of China’s hypersonic vehicle revealed

China Central Television (CCTV) aired a special talked about the JF-12 hypersonic wind tunnel. This is the largest testing setup of its kind in the world and can produce air speeds up to Mach 9 thanks to its pulse detonation …

future weapons7 U.S. Aircraft Carriers groups are deployed at the same time

Seven out of 11 U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers are underway simultaneously for the first time in several years, USNI News has learned. Three are on operational deployments in the Western Pacific with full air wings and carrier strike groups — …

chinaTechnology breakthrough will let China’s aircraft carrier use electromagnetic jet launching system

A technological breakthrough in naval propulsion will enable China’s second home-grown aircraft carrier to use the world’s most advanced jet launch system without having to resort to nuclear power, overcoming a huge hurdle in the vessel’s development. The development of …