Russia Just Threw 19 Planes At NATO And Launched An ICBM In One Day

Well Russia's just had a busy day. In just 24 hours, the country run by Local Strongman Vladimir Putin sent 19 planes to probe NATO borders, and if that enormous blip on international radar screens wasn't enough, they just test-fired a nuclear-capable inter-continental ballistic missile. Joy. » 10/29/14 5:58pm Yesterday 5:58pm

The Time When Two Super Carriers Became Floating Army Helicopter Bases

In 1994 the USS Eisenhower and the USS America were deployed to Haiti with their decks full of Army choppers. The US was threatening an invasion if the Junta did not return power to elected officials, and the 10th Mountain Division and a unique combination of special forces were sent over via the two super-carriers to… » 10/29/14 4:19pm Yesterday 4:19pm

11 Intriguing Ways World War I Could Have Turned Out Differently

The First World War may have have featured static battlefields and attritional strategies, but that doesn't mean the course of events from 1914 to 1918 couldn't have unfolded differently. Here are 11 events that could have changed the outcome of the Great War. » 10/29/14 2:33pm Yesterday 2:33pm

The Russian Military Despises This Strange Wedge Shaped Spy Ship

When it was launched it looked like nothing else. Its pizza slice-like design made it one of the most stable ships for its size and it has since spawned a whole new class of crazy looking vessels. Yet this clandestine spy ship is most notorious in Russia, whose military absolutely detests its existence. » 10/28/14 12:29pm Tuesday 12:29pm

The A-7 Corsair II Finally Takes Its Last Flight After 49 Years

Last week, defense journalist Giovonni Colla spent some time in Greece at Araxos Air Base to capture what would be a bittersweet moment in the history of combat aviation – the retirement of the humble, but incredibly effective, Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II. Though it's better known as the SLUF. » 10/27/14 5:22pm Monday 5:22pm

Russian Jet Team Shocks The World By Showing Up In New SU-30SM Flankers

Yesterday in Krasnoyarsk, the lesser known of Russia's three jet fighter display teams surprised crowds by showing up in six of most advanced variations of the Sukhoi Flanker series jets in the world, the super maneuverable SU-30SM. » 10/27/14 12:40pm Monday 12:40pm

Allied aircraft deliver massive bombing to destroy a single ISIS flag

The AFP is reporting (in Spanish) about the massive bombing operation over a single ISIS flag placed on a tiny, almost nonexistent hill next to the Turkish border and the Syrian city of Kobane, which ISIS and Kurdish troops are fighting for. This video was filmed from the Turkish frontier. This is what followed. » 10/25/14 11:28pm Saturday 11:28pm

The Navy's First Sea Base Gets Tested During Exercise Pacific Horizon

The US Navy's first giant Mobile Landing Platform, basically a semi-submersible highway interchange artery on the sea, has been put to the test for the first time. Exercise Pacific Horizon saw the tanker-sized ship being used to convey outsized cargo from a cargo ship to the shore via hovercraft as part of a mock… » 10/25/14 4:27pm Saturday 4:27pm

This 22 Year Old Picture Reminds Us Of The Post Cold War Possibilities

This shot, taken in 1992 at Russia's strategic Northern Fleet port of Severomorsk, shows one of the US Navy's most advanced ships, the AEGIS cruiser Yorktown, and the destroyer O'Bannon, making a port visit among the ex-Soviet Navy's cream. In the distance is the Kirov class flagship Peter The Great looms. » 10/25/14 1:20am Saturday 1:20am

Swedes Ends Hunt For Mystery Sub

Sweden has been hunting for some sort of mystery... something, in its waters for about a week now. They never were entirely sure what it was, but the best guess was that it was a small Russian submarine. We may never find out now, though, because Sweden just called off the search. » 10/24/14 12:40pm Friday 12:40pm

Watch This $2.2M P-51 Mustang Make A Gear-Up Belly Landing

Big Beautiful Doll, a gorgeous 1944 P-51D Mustang, had a landing gear malfunction over Mesa, Arizona yesterday. As a result, its owner Jeff Pino executed an amzingly textbook perfect gear-up belly landing. The Mustang's Merlin engine, prop and underside will cost some serious dough to have repaired, but she and her… » 10/24/14 1:29am 10/24/14 1:29am

Syrian Mine Clearance Shows One Of The Worst Moral Quandaries Of War

To call the Syrian Civil War "complex" is a vast understatement of our times. It's not only complicated in terms of who's fighting, its complicated in terms of what they're fighting for, and how exactly they're fighting it. Take this video of mine clearance, for example. Mine clearance is great, until it so very much… » 10/23/14 5:10pm 10/23/14 5:10pm

This Year's Hornet Ball Video Is Absolutely F/A-18 Hornet Heaven

The annual Hornet Ball video features a compilation of the most shit-hot video clips of Hornets in action from across the fleet, and in the day and age of GoPros and HD lipstick cams it does not disappoint. We have seen some great videos come out of US combat aviation units this year, but this baby may take the grand… » 10/23/14 4:42pm 10/23/14 4:42pm

Sweden Has A Sub That's So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy

We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden's own subs are, and there are few better weapons for… » 10/23/14 2:50pm 10/23/14 2:50pm

A German U-Boat From WWII Has Been Found Off The Coast of North Carolina

On July 15th, 1942—in the midst of World War II's long-running Battle of the Atlantic—a German U-boat and a Nicaraguan freighter were wrecked a mere 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina's Cape Hatteras. Now, over seven decades later, their watery resting places have been (re)discovered. » 10/22/14 5:37pm 10/22/14 5:37pm

Supreme Commander Of Swedish Forces On Mystery Sub: 'It's Fucked Up'

When we first heard the Sweden was hunting for a phantom submarine that may or may not be stranded in its coastal waters, we knew it was something. Weird? No. Confusing? Possibly, but not quite there. But thanks to the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Forces, we have new terminology for it: "Fucked up." » 10/22/14 2:54pm 10/22/14 2:54pm

Russia Annexes And Deploys Forces To Tiny But Strategic Arctic Island

It is a tiny island, just some 500 square meters in size, that was just discovered earlier this year. Sitting just a meter above the ocean, Yaya Island will now be home to Russian forces and part of Russian territory, the result of just one more move to increase a militarily resurgent Russia's claim on the arctic and… » 10/22/14 11:44am 10/22/14 11:44am

Meet The Embraer KC-390, The Jet Powered Challenger To The C-130

Embraer's downright exciting KC-390 tanker-transport has made the leap, or roll really, into the public eye for the very first time. With capabilities loosely analogous to the venerable C-130, but offering the economy and speed of twin turbofan engines, the KC-390 may become a real contender in the lucrative medium… » 10/22/14 4:30am 10/22/14 4:30am

Syrian Rebels Blast Two L-39 Albatross Jets With A Single TOW Missile

The Free Syrian Army, for lack of a better term, was recently equipped with BGM-79 TOW missiles for use against Bashar al Assad's Armor, and they're getting creative with their new stand-off precision weaponry. In addition to taking out armored vehicles, they've used the missiles against sniper hides, communications… » 10/21/14 6:02pm 10/21/14 6:02pm

Sweden May Have Mystery Sub Cornered, Ready To Use Force To Surface It

The sub saga continues in the littorals off Sweden's coast. There are signs, and rumors that Sweden may have the mystery submersible surrounded in a bay just off the southern tip of Stockholm. Meanwhile, Swedish commanders are now saying that they are prepared to use whatever weaponry needed to make the craft come to… » 10/21/14 5:06pm 10/21/14 5:06pm