Author Archives: Marvin Diaz

Singapore’s Aircraft Carrier Ambitions

In early March last year, a model of what appeared to be a Landing Helicopter Dock was put on display at the Singapore Air Show. The model betrayed no other information other than the fact that it was a variant of the Endurance class Joint Multi Mission Ship (JMMS). Although the Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) didn’t make that big ...

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Are large air forces a thing of the past?

Rewind 71 years to the bleak skies over Schweinfurt, filled with dark clouds and exploding flak. Combat boxes of American heavy bombers, amounting to hundreds of aircraft from the now famous Eighth Air Force flying overhead. The objective? To carpet bomb the very same set of factories. Fast forward to Kosovo about 50 years later where we see a single ...

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Top 5 Cancelled Fighter Plane Programs

Every combat aircraft is designed and built to serve a specific purpose. But sometimes, a combat aircraft program may lose it’s purpose midway due to a number of factors such as budget cuts, political pressure and technological obsolescence. This means that the program no longer warrants the same attention that it did during its conception and becomes redundant. Whatever be ...

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider Specification & Technical Data

In mid-2008, Sikorsky unveiled a revolutionary technology demonstrator. They called it the X2. Just two years later, the very same aircraft was performing unbelievable maneuvers and had unofficially dethroned the Westland Lynx to become the world’s fastest rotorcraft. The secret behind the X2’s speed and agility was the presence of a set of composite, four bladed, coaxial rotors. Though this ...

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