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
Indian air force has hundreds of Soviet origin aircraft serving along side their western counterparts. After the collapse of Soviet Union, maintaining this fleet had become quite difficult as spares were costly and difficult to obtain. On the other hand, due … Continue reading The Indian MMRCA Saga
Intro- Ever wondered why would a country which operates Russian tanks would develop a main battle tank on the lines of modern western MBTs? with its performance parameters closely resembling tanks like Leopard 2, M1 Abrams and Challenger 2. A tank … Continue reading Arjun: India’s first indigenous MBT
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
Around 2011, the production of T-90A for the Russian army was coming to an end and a larger number of T-90s had been exported to several countries, some opting for domestic production. Uralvagon design bureau, which after the fall of … Continue reading Revealed: T-90MS