Usefulness of BVR combat

United States, as well as many of its allies, have always looked towards increasing range of combat as much as possible. Just as often, it failed, especially in the air, where technologists’ dream of destroying enemy air force before it reaches visual range remains unfulfilled to this day. Main reason for it is that BVR…

Consequences of the Depleted Uranium use

Were there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003? Answer is yes – but they came in with and were used by US and UK militaries, not by Iraqi forces, and consequently their presence was ignored by corporate-controlled press. Weapons in question were not nuclear, chemical or biological according to classical definition of these…

Usefulness of thrust vectoring

With introduction of thrust-vectoring F-22 and Su-35, many claims have appeared, such as that thrust vectoring aircraft are most maneuverable in the world and that addition of thrust vectoring alone guarantees that fighter in question will be unrivalled in maneuverability, excepting of course other thrust vectoring aircraft. These claims hold that addition of thrust vectoring…

CDI: Chitchat with Leon and Hillary on the Defense Budget

Winslow T Wheeler The invitation came to me from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s Public Affairs Office to attend a “conversation” with Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the prestigious National War College in Washington. Although I knew it wasn’t me they wanted to talk to, I sat in the audience to hear…