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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...

Snakes and Rotors: The H-1 Helicopter Program

Snakes and Rotors: The H-1 Helicopter Program

UH-1Y and AH-1Z by Neville Dawson The US Marines' helicopter force is aging at all levels, from banana-shaped CH-46 Sea Knight transports that are far older than their pilots, to the 1980s-era UH-1N Hueys and AH-1W Cobra attack helicopters that make up the Corps'...

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...

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...

The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks

The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks

RAAF C-130J-30, flares (click to view full) The C-130 Hercules remains one of the longest-running aerospace manufacturing programs of all time. Since 1956, over 40 models and variants have served as the tactical airlift backbone for over 50 nations. The C-130J looks...

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...

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...