Analysis

Why did the United States stop F-22 production? Could Lockheed Martin Restart the production line?

Lockheed Martin’s F-22 raptor has proven to be a formidable warplane with its unique combination of stealth, speed, maneuverability, altitude and sensors. It’s simply the best air superiority fighter the United States has ever produced. But the U.S. Air Force is facing a real dilemma : not having enough dedicated air superiority fighters while Russia and China beef up their ...

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Importance of F-35 to Israel

With Israel looking to maintain its aerial superiority and technological advantage in the region, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the most advanced fighter jet in the world today, is the perfect plane to fortify their defences and augment their forces. The F-35 will give the Israeli Air Force better capabilities, both near and far, to help strengthen its national ...

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Operation Diamond: The time Israel stole MIG-21 from Iraq

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 is one of the most advanced supersonic jet fighter aircraft to fly out from behind the iron curtain of the Soviet Union era. It upholds the record of being the most produced supersonic jet in aviation history and has been flown by approximately 60 countries over four continents. First conceived in the early 1950s, its Tumansky R-25 ...

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How to detect Stealth Aircraft?

Modern stealth aircraft boast of being able to avoid detection using a variety of stealth technologies that reduce reflection and emission of radar, infrared, visible light, radio frequency spectrum and audio. But stealth is not a cloak of invisibility, rather the technology simply delays detection and tracking providing a tactical advantage in aerial battles and enemy defence mechanisms. How can ...

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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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Boeing might stop Manufacturing Fighter Planes

With future-focused solutions, Boeing is the name reckoned for fixed wing aircraft, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, unmanned systems and weapons. Having built world-class military planes for almost a century, now the sad news is that the company is getting ready for a fighter-less future. So far this year, the company is said to have delivered nine of its F-15 Eagle fighters, ...

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Top 10 dog-fighters of 2014

Tactics, training and luck are the determining factors in who survives within visual range aerial combat. Despite the modern emphasis on beyond-visual range combat, the vast majority of fighter versus fighter engagements have taken place at close ranges. The following ten are the best fighters for this mission. The order is more or less arbitrary, with different aircraft having the ...

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The importance of Mitsubishi ATD-X ShinShin to Japan

Mitsubishi ATD-X ShinShin developed by Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research & Development Institute is a first of its kind jet fighter laced up with cutting-edge stealth technology. This fighter plane is being developed as a domestically produced 5th gen fighter to substitute Japan’s fleet of some 49 Mitsubishi F-2 & 135 Mitsubishi F-15 fighter jets later in the decade. ...

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First prototype of Mig-29

The first prototype of the Mig-29, now on permanent display at the Central Air Force Museum in Manino Airfield 40 Kilometers east of Moscow. The prototypes nose wheels were in front of the nose intakes. It had to be moved back on production models so that it would not throw mud or dust and dirt from the runaways directly into ...

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History of the Mexican Air Force: 1945-2012

After World War II, the Mexican Air Force had a large number of combat aircraft like the Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan, North American Aviation B-25 Mitchell’s, North American Aviation A/T-6 Texans, Douglas A-24B Dauntless, and the Republic P-47D Thunderbolts that were received from the United States during the war. In 1947, the Mexican Air Force had gotten a few more war ...

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