Category: Military

B-21 Update: The Next Major Milestone is First Flight

I just got a friendly comment on my post about the new B-21 “Raider” stealth bomber. That post is a few years old and the person was asking for an update. Actually, I need to […]

DARPA’s New Space Shuttle Getting Closer to Reality

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, is known for conceiving and testing some pretty advanced (read: cool) stuff. One of the projects getting closer to fruition that is drawing considerable attention, both technological as […]

A New Kid on the Block is Revolutionizing Vertical Flight

On Thursday of this week, a small company by the name of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation beat out big name aviation establishment companies like Sikorsky and Boeing to be awarded a DARPA contract to build […]

The New Stealth Bomber: Comparing it to the Old Stealth Bomber

The Air Force revealed today the first rendering of its new long range bomber: the B21. At first glance, it looks just like its last bomber, the B-2 Spirit – not so fast. Although this is only […]

The Warthog Lives On – What Other Warplanes Led Long Lives?

The venerable A-10 Warthog aircraft is renowned for its ability to absorb damage, and seemingly has nine lives on the battlefield. It certainly has nine lives in the halls of Congress and within the upper echelons […]

Planes with Frickin’ Laser Beams

Last month the Air Force announced that it will likely have a fighter-mounted directed energy pod in a time frame that is “a lot closer than . . . a lot of people think,” according to Air […]

Small Arms – What Will Change in 100 Years?

If you would have asked a World War I combatant what a soldier would wield one hundred years down the road, few would say “about the same as we have now!” Let’s take a look […]

MWI – The Man-Weapon Interface

Go back to 1982. Clint Eastwood had stepped out of his traditional western and Dirty Harry roles to play Mitchell Gant, an ace pilot who is recruited to steal the Soviet’s new secret weapon: the Firefox. […]