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THE USS TRIPOLI: THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP TURNED BALLISTIC MISSILE LAUNCH AND TRACKING PLATFORM

The USS Tripoli was first commissioned in 1966 and proudly served as an integral member of America’s “Gator Navy” for three decades. Amongst her many accomplishments were three tours off the coast of Vietnam, acting as a test carrier for the Marine’s new (at … Read the rest of this entry

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CHINA’S J-20 IN ITS NEW MISSIONIZED CONFIGURATION

                                              The testers at Chengdu are making some progress on their mammoth J-20 fighter. It looks like the … Read the rest of this entry

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FAST HISTORY: THE F-94C STARFIRE “FLYING BOTTLE ROCKET”

                    I have always been fascinated with the timeframe between the widespread deployment of jet fighters for the first time and the introduction of the guided air to air missile. Engineering was really … Read the rest of this entry

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“DO I MAKE YOU HORRRNYY BABY!?:” SLOW MOTION VIDEO OF SM-3 LAUNCH AND INTERCEPT

If I could dub some Berry White over this video it would be perfect!

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HAMAS ROCKET BARRAGES & THAWING PEACE AT ITS BORDERS: ISRAEL GETS TOUGH IN THE AGE OF IRON DOME

I cannot tell if what is playing out the skies above Gaza and Southern Israel right now seems more like it is out of a dystopian science fiction novel or the Bible. Regardless, these videos of Hamas and affiliated militia … Read the rest of this entry

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SMALL BUT CRUCIAL OPPORTUNITIES & OMINOUS SIGNS OF THINGS TO COME FOR US-IRANIAN RELATIONS

First off, news came today that the American flagged cargo ship Maersk Texas was rescued by Iranian naval combatants from a swarm of marauding pirates. This happened in the Gulf of Oman, a familiar hunting ground of pirates operating out … Read the rest of this entry

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SECOND J-20 PROTOTYPE SHOWS SIGNS OF MATURITY

Alert5.com posted a nice comparison of the two aircraft. It’s a bit of a “Where’s Waldo” type of exercise but if you look closely you can see some slight changes between the two prototypes, and thanks goodness they finally got … Read the rest of this entry

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FUNKY VIDEO THAT SHOWCASES THE FINE DETAILS OF CHINA’S J-20

The soundtrack and the editing are a little cheesy but the montage of detail shots is useful. Of particular note, the J-20 is a beast of a jet, just look at the shot of the guy standing in the wheel … Read the rest of this entry

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HOW IS EACH IRON DOME INTERCEPTOR ROUND SO CHEAP?

After a some discussion in the comments section and a few emails from my uber-intelligent readers it seems we have come to a bit of a conundrum.  A single strap-on Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) GPS guided bomb kit, a … Read the rest of this entry

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ISRAEL’S IRON DOME ROCKET DEFENSE SYSTEM IS A MASSIVE OPERATIONAL SUCCESS BUT IS IT ALSO A FISCAL NIGHTMARE?

The truly amazing defense capability that a system like Iron dome offers, the ability to neuter 80-90% of rockets fired at Israel’s citizens from standoff range, may be a game changer, but it is necessarily a game finisher? Each Iron … Read the rest of this entry

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THOUGHTS ON THE F-22 RAPTOR & F-15 GOLDEN EAGLE AIR DOMINANCE TEAM

Since only 187 examples of the F-22 had been procured by the Bush and Obama administrations the USAF had to look toward its own tired ranks for bolstering of America’s air superiority capabilities. This led to the F-15 “Golden Eagle” … Read the rest of this entry

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MORE IRANIAN CONTAINMENT VIA WEAPONS ACQUISITIONS: UAE GETS BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE

UAE has purchased THAAD missile defense interceptors. This would be the first export sale of the system if I am not mistaken. The whole region is now on alert after Iran’s threats to close the Straits Of Hormuz, an action … Read the rest of this entry

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IT COULD HAVE BEEN: THE F-12B

One of the most fascinating aircraft ever created, the A-12/SR-71 Blackbird, could have also become a blistering fast interceptor and nuclear attack super jet. As the A-12 was being developed by the now notorious Lockheed Skunkworks, under legendary aircraft designer Kelly Johnson, as project “Oxcart,” those in the … Read the rest of this entry

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