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Will South Korea Dump THAAD?

Since South Korea decided to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in 2016, Sino–South Korean relations have been strained. Beijing has levied unofficial economic sanctions and diplomatic pressures on Seoul with the hope that it will withdraw THAAD.

5 Signs the F-35 Fighter Is a Smashing Success

This week's performance by the F-35 fighter at the Paris Air Show is a turning point for the world's most advanced multi-role fighter, demonstrating that even when fully loaded with combat gear, it can out-perform the tactical aircraft of every other country. Although prime contractor Lockheed Martin has always professed confidence F-35 would prove itself, a dwindling collection of critics continues to attack the plane citing outdated or simply erroneous arguments.

The B-1 Bomber: The Supersonic Killer North Korea Should Fear

This first appeared in September and is being reposted due to breaking events. 

The United States has landed a Rockwell International B-1B Lancer strategic bomber on Osan Air Force Base in South Korea. The Pentagon intends for the temporary deployment to be a signal to North Korea that Washington stands ready to defend the Republic of Korea even as Pyongyang continues its nuclear sabre rattling.

Russia's Deadly Su-27 Fighter: Everything You Need Know

For such a remarkable aircraft, the Su-27 has seen relatively little combat. It has flown combat missions in several theaters across the world, although it has yet to serve in a sustained air superiority campaign. Flankers flew in some of the wars that characterized the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and have constituted the core of Russian airpower in the Wars of Russian Reconsolidation.

5 Weapons of War Russia Would Not Want to Battle in a War with NATO

The 31-pound Spike is a fiber-optic wire-guided anti-tank missile with a tandem warhead that uses two shaped charges to first detonate a tank's reactive armor, and then penetrate the vehicle's own armor. Available in short, medium and long-range and extended range versions, the various Spikes can hit targets at ranges from 800 meters to 8 kilometers.

The Russians have had much experience in pitting their tanks against Israeli weapons, usually with unfavorable results. A NATO-Russia conflict would test whether this still holds true.

Are America and Russia Headed for a Tragic Showdown in Syria?

A United States Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Sukhoi Su-22 Fitter strike aircraft on June 18 over south of the Syrian town of Tabqah. But the downing of the Assad regime’s Su-22 has provoked a strong response from Moscow, which promised to treat any allied aircraft operating west of the Euphrates River as hostile.