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LCS: The USA’s Littoral Combat Ships

LCS: The USA’s Littoral Combat Ships

Austal Team Trimaran LCS Design (click to enlarge) Exploit simplicity, numbers, the pace of technology development in electronics and robotics, and fast reconfiguration. That was the US Navy's idea for the low-end backbone of its future surface combatant fleet....

Nothing but Netz: Used F-16s for Romania

Nothing but Netz: Used F-16s for Romania

MiG-21 'Lancer' (click to view full) The MiG-21 is reaching the end of its service life, but it can still be effective for a little while. India's refurbished MiG-21 'Bisons' combined Russian, Indian and Israeli technology to excellent effect in the COPE India 2004...

Eurofighter’s Future: Tranche 3, and Beyond

Eurofighter’s Future: Tranche 3, and Beyond

Italian Eurofighters (click to view full) The multi-national Eurofighter Typhoon has been described as the aerodynamic apotheosis of lessons learned from the twin engine "teen series" fighters that began with the F-14 and F-15, continued with the emergence of the...

ER/MP Gray Eagle: Enhanced MQ-1C Predators for the Army

ER/MP Gray Eagle: Enhanced MQ-1C Predators for the Army

ER/MP, armed (click to view full) Its initial battles were fought within the Pentagon, but the US Army's high-end UAV has made its transition to the battlefield. The ER/MP program was part of the US Army's reinvestment of dollars from the canceled RAH-66 Comanche...

France’s Rafale

France’s Rafale

Dassault Rafale (click for cutaway view) Will Dassault's fighter become a fashionably late fighter platform that builds on its parent company's past successes - or just "the late Rafale"? It all began as a 1985 break-away from the multinational consortium that went on...

The JAS-39 Gripen: Sweden’s 4+ Generation Wild Card

The JAS-39 Gripen: Sweden’s 4+ Generation Wild Card

South African JAS-39D (click to view full) As a neutral country with a long history of providing for its own defense against all comers, Sweden also has a long tradition of building excellent high-performance fighters with a distinctive look. From the long-serving...

AGM-158 JASSM: Lockheed’s Family of Stealthy Cruise Missiles

AGM-158 JASSM: Lockheed’s Family of Stealthy Cruise Missiles

JASSM-ER from B-1B (click to view full) The 2,000 pound AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is intended to be a stealthy, inexpensive GPS/IIR (Global Positioning system/ Imaging InfraRed) guided cruise missile. It's designed to attack well-defended...