Technology

Russia, China, and America’s Hypersonic Missile Race

Russia, China, and America’s Hypersonic Missile Race

By J. Michael Cole

August 20, 2012

At first everything went as planned: the vehicle separated from a B-52 Stratofortress high above a naval air warfare center sea range in California and decoupled from the rocket booster. But 31 seconds into the test, a problem developed with a cruiser control fin and the X-51A Waverider hypersonic vehicle plummeted into the Pacific Ocean, missing its target of cruising at Mach 6 for five minutes.

Syrian Rebels Put Captured Iranian Drones on YouTube‏

Syrian Rebels Put Captured Iranian Drones on YouTube‏

 

 

Army’s Giant Spy Blimp Soars Over Jersey Shore in First Flight

Army’s Giant Spy Blimp Soars Over Jersey Shore in First Flight

By David Axe

August 8, 2012 |

On Tuesday, not far from the beaches of New Jersey, was a sight hundreds of millions of dollars and years of development in the making: the Army’s football-field-size robot spy blimp took to the air for the first time at a military base in Lakehurst.

Iran tests short-range missile with new guidance system

Iran tests short-range missile with new guidance system

By Yeganeh Torbati

DUBAI

 

Sat Aug 4, 2012

(Reuters) - Iran has test-fired a new, more accurate short-range missile capable of striking land and sea targets, it said on Saturday, a show of strength that underscored its ability to hit shipping in the Strait of Hormuz if attacked.

Turkey's New Ballistic Missile Program Raises Eyebrows and Concerns

Turkey's New Ballistic Missile Program Raises Eyebrows and Concerns

Jorge Benitez

July 31, 2012

From Aaron Stein, World Politics Review: Ankara remains far too dependent on Washington for its intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities. The conflict in Syria, in particular the shooting down of a Turkish RF-4E reconnaissance jet last month, has exacerbated Ankara’s discomfort with the status quo. Turkey’s Syria policy has been hampered by its lack of intelligence capabilities and over-reliance on the United States for satellite imagery. However, Washington has repeatedly rebuffed Turkish requests for increased drone and satellite surveillance.

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