How did the world come to have 60-100 Universal Vertical Launch System (UVLS) cells on a single vessel? For our audience, here is what UVLS means. It means that a family of missiles or different missile designs modified to fit … Continue reading Arleigh Burke & Ticonderoga classes: How 60-100 UVLS became a norm?
At the moment, the Indian Navy has arguably one of the best fighters in the region operating from its sole carrier INS Vikramaditya. Within a couple of years, the new INS Vikrant also featuring MiG-29Ks. The future of Indian naval … Continue reading India’s Carrier Fighter Conundrum
The advantages of nuclear propulsion are well known. For a fixed mass penalty, nuclear propulsion allows a vessel to sail for 2 and a half decades in the case of American supercarriers. The Forrestals (CV-59 to CV-62) displaced around 60,000 … Continue reading Why haven’t we seen carriers significantly bigger than USS Enterprise?
People often like to decry the Chinese Shenyang J-11 as a cheap copy of the Russian Sukhoi Su-27. Here, I’ll give a low down on why such a dismissal is foolhardy. First, let us examine the original Russian Flanker. The Su-27 … Continue reading J-11: The son of Su-27
The 1980s were golden times for the Soviet military. Several extremely potent weapon systems like the Su-27, MiG-29, S300 SAM, Admiral Kuznetsov class cruisers, Akula & Sierra class SSNs along with the mighty Kirovs and Typhoons entered service in this … Continue reading Sukhoi Su-30: The story of Russia’s famous Flanker
The primary adversaries of American fighters over Vietnam were agile Soviet jets like MiG-17 and MiG-21. The Americans were forced to fight them using not so agile F-4 Phantoms, the mainstay of American forces. Thus they had to find a … Continue reading The American MiGs
Intro- The Soviets had finally decided to make way with their former ideology that carriers were useless and a million dollar missile could sink a billion dollar carrier. They decided to challenge the western naval aviation supremacy in the high … Continue reading MiG-29K: The Naval Fulcrum