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  • Is the F-21 Just a Newer F-16, Or Is Something More Waiting in the Wings?

    David Axe

    Security,

    Is that enough for New Delhi?

    "The F-21 has common components and learning from Lockheed Martin’s fifth-generation F-22 and F-35 and will share a common supply chain on a variety of components," Lockheed stated on its website on the morning of Feb. 20, 2019.​

    Lockheed Martin is developing a new variant of its iconic F-16 single-engine fighter in order to compete in India’s 2019 tender for 110 new warplanes.

    (This first appeared in May.)

    But don’t count on the American...


  • Forget the F-22: This Is the Mach 1.6 Stealth Fighter That Could Have Been

    David Axe

    Technology, Americas

    We got the F-22 instead.

    It’s apparent 28 years later that the Air Force preferred the YF-119 because it seemed it would be cheaper and easier to develop and build. The YF-120 demonstrably was more powerful. But that power came at a cost that the flying branch decided was unacceptable.

    The U.S. Air Force came very close to buying a rocket ship.

    In 1991, the Air Force selected Lockheed’s YF-22 fighter over Northrop’s YF-23 as the basis for the service’s new...


  • Will Taiwan Get the New F-16V Fighters It Desperately Wants?

    Sebastien Roblin

    Security,

    And how mad will China get?

    On July 8, the U.S. State Department announced it would approve a $2.2 billion arms deal with Taiwan including 108 Abrams main battle tanks and 250 Stinger man-portable surface-to-air missiles—a deal which elicited new sanctions from Beijing on the companies involved. 

    But the announcement was more notable for what the approval didn’t include—a nearly done-deal for sixty-six F-16V jet fighters built fresh off the F-16 production line in...