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Chaoxun-1 vs BrahMos: An Arms Race or War of Words Over RAMJET Supersonic Cruise Missile Technology?

Despite media frenzy in defence circles, it has been stated that the Chaoxun-1 (CX-1) supersonic missile designed by China’s Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Beijing is not a copy of India’s Brahmos missile. There have been allegations that Russian technology had been passed on to China, or that it had been stolen. These reports have been proven false by Russia ...

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Will Chinese BDS be better than American GPS and Russian GLONASS?

The Chinese Satellite Navigation System, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, simplified to BDS, uses two different satellite constellation systems for its operation. One is a test system that is limited and been in operation since the year 2000. The other is a global navigation system that is being currently constructed. BDS offers various applications to users such as navigation services ...

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Future deployment plan of Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) aircraft

Since the official unveiling of the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) aircraft on June 14, 2012, many defence analysts have tried to predict its future development plans and the systems impact once it is based on various American Air Bases around the world including Kadena Air Base in Japan which is the hub of U.S. airpower ...

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USAF Nuclear-Powered Doomsday Machines

In the 1950’s, scientists and engineers were proposing and developing a lot nuclear-powered concepts from elevators and cars on up to aircraft, spacecraft, and ships to replace a number of things like petroleum.  However, biggest supporter of these nuclear-powered concepts were the U.S military which they’ve seen a lot of potential of these systems for a number of different roles. ...

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The Ongoing Tu-22M Backfire for China Rumor

Since the mid-1990’s, China has been seeking to get they’re hands on a Tupolev Tu-22M Backfire for medium-range strike role and maritime patrol roles around its borders. The Tu-22M would be major improvement over their Harbin (Xian) H-6 which is also based around another Tupolev product, the Tu-16 Badger that Chinese gotten from the Soviet Union before the Sino/Soviet collapse ...

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Pentagon considers nuclear-powered drones

According to new report released on March 2012, American scientists are working on new-generation nuclear-powered unmanned aircraft capable of staying in the air for up to several months. The report said Sandia National Laboratories were working with Northrop Grumman’s unmanned systems division concerning an “ultra-persistent propulsion and power system” for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Recently Federation of American Scientists also ...

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Shenyang J-16 Silent Flanker Chinese Intermediate Stealth Fighter

China is developing a heavily modified variant of the J-11B code named J-16 Silent Flanker. It features stealth design like internal weapons bays, stealth-optimized engine intakes, and canted vertical fins. It’s the race of the stealth fighters, the United States, Russia, India, Japan, India, China everyone seems to want to have a bite at it. China is trying hard to ...

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What is the Future Direction of the Fighter Jet Market?

With the current operations in Libya directly impacting the direction of the fighter jet market, military and industry professionals are faced with the challenge of defining immediate  upgrade plans and future capability developments. How are investments being prioritised for future fighter modernisation programmes in light of these recent operations and tightening budgets? Is it better to procure new fighters now, ...

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