From The National Interest

  • 12,000 Rounds a Minute (And Yet, This Gun Was a Flop)

    War Is Boring



    The gun weighed 28 pounds with an integral electric motor—only three pounds more than the Minigun all by itself.​

    General Electric’s armament division struck it big when it brought Gatling guns back in the late 1950s. The company hoped it could sell different models for almost every conceivable mission.

    So less than a decade after introducing the iconic Minigun, the Vermont-based defense contractor developed yet another multiple-barrel light machine gun. The...

  • China Can See Your F-22 or F-35 (As In They Claim They Can Track Stealth Fighters)

    Michael Peck

    Technology, Asia

    Is that even possible?

    Wu Jianqi, a senior scientist at the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, told Chinese media that his team has solved this dilemma.

    China claims to have developed a special radar that can detect stealth aircraft.

    In addition, it also functions as a fire control radar that can guide missiles toward stealthy jets like the F-35.

    “Meter wave radar can be deployed on vehicles, on land and warships, creating a dense web that...

  • Could This Old School Gun Be Better than a Glock?

    Gun News Daily

    Security, Americas

    Is the .38 Special back?

    Truth be told I tend to shy away from comparing any revolver cartridge to any semi-auto handgun cartridge. It’s an apples-to-oranges type of comparison — there’s no practical reason for it, so ultimately, it’s pointless. And I’m also a wheelgun guy so I’m a little biased toward revolver cartridges.

    But having written a few handgun caliber comparison articles in the past, from time to time I would get emails from some of our readers...

  • The Best: Meet the Top AR-15 Guns of 2019 (And Beyond)

    Gun News Daily

    Security, Americas

    Who takes the top prize?

    After you read this guide, you will have a pretty good idea how the AR-15 works and how different configurations make a big difference.

    Looking to buy your first AR-15 rifle but not quite sure where to start?

    Stay tuned, because in this article we’re going to cover the best AR15 options, for budget shoppers and advanced shooters alike.

    After you read this guide, you will have a pretty good idea how the AR-15 works and how different...

  • The F-35 or F-22 Might Not Have To Ever Beat a Stealth Su-57 in Battle

    Mark Episkopos

    Technology, Europe

    The Su-35, in one way, already has.

    Today, airpower continues to be the crucial military ingredient in the enforcement of Russian “de-escalation zones” strewn across the western parts of Syria, and in intermittent bombing runs against opposition stragglers and ISIS targets.

    (This first appeared earlier this year.)

    “A unique machine, a deadly aerial fist,” is how the official television channel of the Russian Ministry of Defense introduced the Su-35S...

  • This Boring Looking Plane Is Deadlier Than an F-35, B-2 Bomber or F-22

    Sebastien Roblin

    Security, Americas

    But it can start World War III.

    The E-6’s basic mission is known as Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO).

    In a military that operates Raptor stealth fighters, A-10 tank busters, B-52 bombers and Harrier jump jets, the U.S. Navy’s placid-looking E-6 Mercury, based on the 707 airliner, seems particularly inoffensive. But don’t be deceived by appearances. Though the Mercury doesn’t carry any weapons of its own, it may be in a sense the deadliest aircraft operated...

  • The Stealth Sniper: The F-22 Raptor Has a New Job

    Robert Beckhusen

    Technology, Americas

    And that means bad news for America's enemies.

    The flying branch only bought 187 operational Raptors — out of an original goal of 381. The F-22 also won’t fly into the 2060s without upgrades. 

    Three years ago, four F-22 Raptors taking part in the second-wave of the U.S.-led coalition’s opening airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria dropped their bombs. It was the first time the stealthy fifth-generation fighters had ever engaged in combat. The coalition’s...

  • Glock's Nightmare Come True? Meet Heckler & Koch's VP9 Gun

    Kyle Mizokami

    Security, Americas

    Worthy of all the hype?

    One big question: why was the VP9 never seriously considered as part of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition?

    One of the most interesting semi-automatic handguns on the American firearms market is made in Germany. Designed and is manufactured in Oberndorf, Germany, the Heckler & Koch VP9 pistol is touted as one of the most durable, reliable handguns in the world. Born in aftermath of World War II, gunmaker...

  • Top 20: Best Submarines, Aircraft Carriers, Bombers and Fighter Jets Ever

    Robert Farley

    Technology, Americas

    The ultimate of lists.

    Over the last century, nations have invested tremendous resources in bomber aircraft.

    In today's world, where everyday it seems a new piece of military technology is poised to take over the battlefield and make everything else obsolete, there are several weapons of war that seem to have some staying power. 

    Aircraft carriers, while some may consider them obsolete, remain one of the ultimate ways to display national power and prestige,...

  • The Navy's Greatest Mistake: Not Building More of the 'F-22' of Submarines

    Kyle Mizokami

    History, Americas

    The Seawolf class.

    In the late 1980s, the U.S. Navy was faced with a crisis. In 1980, the Soviet Union had received information from the Walker family spy ring that the Navy could track its submarines through excessive propeller noise. ​

    The Seawolf-class submarines were envisioned as the best submarines ever built. Designed to succeed the Los Angeles–class attack submarines and maintain America’s edge in the underwater domain, the class suffered from cost...

  • The Gun List: 5 Best Guns on the Planet Today (Who Made It?)

    Kyle Mizokami

    Technology, Americas

    Glock? Sig? Taurus?

    One of the best handguns in the world wasn’t even available to recreational shooters for much of the Cold War.

    The bustling global arms trade has resulted in many excellent handguns in the last hundred years. Some of the best handguns are more than a hundred years old, while others have been in production for less than a decade. All are excellent weapons for defense, and in some cases offense; they are equally at home in a homeowner’s gun...

  • Forget the F-22 or F-35: Is the F-15 Eagle Undefeated in Combat?

    Tom Cooper

    Security, Americas

    Or not?

    Any source citing “Syrian MiG-25Ps” is of dubious quality.

    According to official releases from Boeing and the U.S. Air Force, the F-15 Eagle has a clear-cut win-to-loss ratio of 104 to zero. But in fact, opposing air forces have claimed, in nearly a dozen cases, to have shot down the iconic, twin-engine fighter.

    All the claims have one thing in common. The claimants were never able to provide any evidence for their supposed victories.

    The earliest report...