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Is China’s Homemade Carrier Undergoing Major Repairs?

Latest photos from the Dalian Shipyard where China’s first indigenous aircraft carrier is berthed after its maiden sea trial suggest the 65,000-ton vessel could be undergoing a major refit.

The Chinese carrier made its first splash in April 2017, so the news that its entire hull was lifted out of the water for checks and repairs just a few days after its first voyage has fueled speculation that something has gone wrong.

The Army Is Building New Big 'Guns' To Crush Russia or China in a War

The rail gun uses an electromagnetic current to fire a kinetic energy warhead up to 100 miles at speeds greater than 5,000 miles an hour, a speed at least three times as fast as existing weapons. Firing from an Army Howitzer, the hypervelocity projectile can fire at high speeds toward enemy targets to include buildings, force concentrations, weapons systems, drones, aircraft,vehicle bunkers and even incoming enemy missiles and artillery rounds.

Air War: Russia's Deadly Su-57 vs. China's Stealth J-20 Fighter (Who Wins?)

Russia and China are both developing next-generation fifth-generation fighters as they struggle to challenge American dominance of the international system. However, the two great powers are taking somewhat differing approaches to developing these new next generation machines. Those differences are driven by a number of factors including threat perceptions and requirements as well as access to technology and financial resources.

Step Aboard Nazi Germany's Super Submarine (Which Was the Ultimate Paper Tiger)

To put it simply, it wasn’t a war-winning weapon. Worse for Germany, it didn’t really do anything … and arguably hastened the Third Reich’s defeat. For one, the submarines—only two were ever operational—suffered from several technical problems that forced engineers to work overtime to resolve. The hydraulic torpedo loading systems didn’t work at first. The engines and steering systems were defective. This made the submarines “decidedly less of a threat than originally foreseen,” Jones writes.

The F-35 Might Just Be the Ultimate Weapon (For Israel)

The chief of Israel’s air force said on Tuesday that his was the first country to ever use the F-35 fighter jet in combat.

“The ‘Adir’ (F-35I) aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions. In fact, we have performed the first operational F-35 strike in the world,” Major General Amikam Norkin was quoted by Israel Defense as saying. Norkin was speaking at the International Air Force Commanders Conference held in Herzliya, Israel.

Could China Turn Is Old Fighters into ‘Stealth’ Killers?

A Chinese magazine on defense technologies has spelled out information about recent radar cross-section (RCS) tests for new warplanes conducted by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC).

RCS is a measure of how detectable an object is by radar: A larger RCS indicates that an object is more easily detected. The RCS index largely depends on the object’s size, configuration and materials.

Step Aboard the 5 Most Deadly Battleships of All Time

Topping this list is the only battleship from the age of sail. HMS Victory was a formidable first-rate man-of-war, cannon bristling from its three gun decks. But her fame comes mainly from her association with Lord Horatio Nelson, whom Mahan styles "the embodiment of the sea power of Great Britain." In 1805 Nelson led his outnumbered fleet into combat against a combined Franco-Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar, near Gibraltar. Nelson and right-hand man Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood led columns of ships that punctured the enemy line of battle.

Come Aboard the Bismarck: Nazi Germany's Deadly Battleship

Leach felt his ship was taking heavy damage––it had been hit four times by Bismarck and three times by Prinz Eugen. His own ship’s main armament was still not working properly, and his crew lacked the experience to adjust for this. Believing his ship might suffer serious damage, Leach ordered Prince of Wales to withdraw behind a smoke screen at 6:05. Also, Bismarck had completed passing Prinz Eugen so that ship’s guns would soon be back in action. Whether this influenced Leach is unknown.

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