Until recently, early warning aircraft were the domain of only the Big Four, ie the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain and France. However, the new world has brought new dangers and it has been confirmed that information superiority helps the effective deployment of its own air force to such an extent that it is possible to significantly reduce the number of active units.
When the Soviet Union fell and the bloc of socialist countries disintegrated, many people thought that most of the threats had fallen. It didn't fall. They just redistributed them. Australia was most concerned. The balance of power in the region has changed and the availability of some technologies has allowed arsenals to expand.
Profile of an American bomber.
History of the US strategic bomber and reconnaissance aircraft
Dogfights have always attracted attention. Since the First World War, their participants have been considered heroes, stories have been written about nothing, and they have become idols of generations. However, the reality of air combat is much more prosaic. Whatever the motivation of the pilots to fight, there was always a winner on one side and a loser on the other in a crippled or burning plane falling to the ground. This series deals with the struggle from their beginning to the modern age, when the sky is steadily ruled by jet engines.
The USSR developed a powerful MiG-25 fighter aircraft in the late 1960s. This aircraft was not originally to be exported, but after Lieutenant Viktor Belenko flew with one MiG-25P to the base of Hakodate in Japan, there was nothing to hide. The aircraft was released for export. Thus, although there was never a conflict between the great powers, the MiG-25 had the opportunity to fight, over Lebanon, with its counterpart, the American F-15. Although both aircraft flew under the insignia of other countries.
The one you don't see will take you down. Fighter alphabet. This is true even today in the age of the latest technologies. Perhaps even more than at a time when pilots had to rely only on their eyes. The growing emphasis on stealth technology only confirms this.
Tests of the new universal aircraft are currently underway, which should be unique in all respects. This is the largest contract in the history of the Air Force, in which many countries participate. It is assumed that after a long time, it will be an aircraft that will experience thousands of series. It has already received its combat name: F-35 Lightning II.
JSF is a program that includes so many conflicting requirements that have never been faced before by any team of designers. To meet them, it was necessary to carefully choose the basic configuration, so that after minimal modifications to suit all armed forces participating in the program.
The aircraft test program of the technological demonstrators of the JSF program was the battle of two groups associating the largest aircraft manufacturers. The results of the tests and the final decision of the commission depended on who won the contract of the century, probably one of the last piloted attack aircraft.
Profile of one of the most modern current aircraft and a great naval machine, which is the driving force behind the squadrons of American aircraft carriers.
The XF-85 was a special aircraft. It was the only aircraft that was built from the beginning as a parasitic fighter, the first in this category with a jet engine and an arrow wing. He never operated from the deck of the aircraft for which he was intended. It was the smallest fighter ever flown. Yet it is almost unknown today.
This year marks 73 years since the first nuclear bombs hit the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some journalists claim that the Americans turned Japan into an experimental shooting range and that the bombing was unnecessarily militarily. Really?