I have been a proponent of the Russian tanks, given how their performance during the 1970s and 1980s was good in the middle east and how it slowly went downhill after that. The designs never kept up with the inherent … Continue reading Why are turrets blown off Russian tanks so commonly?
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