India to buy French Rafale fighter jets – an annotated graphic

While we’re in the military zone today, what with our earlier post about gigantic blimps hovering over battlegrounds in Afghanistan, it seemed opportune to post this reflection on the decision by India’s defence ministry to buy 126 French-made Rafale combat aircraft. Costing a whopping $11 billion, it will further strengthen India’s position as the world’s fourth largest air force. No, we didn’t know that, either! Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading India to buy French Rafale fighter jets – an annotated graphic

Colonel’s Blimp: giant unmanned airships to patrol Afghanistan – an annotated graphic

The US army is to deploy  a huge hybrid airship as large as a football pitch to watch over battlefields in Afghanistan. Capable of carrying very heavy loads, it can stay in the air for up to three weeks at a time. Strange days, indeed. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading Colonel’s Blimp: giant unmanned airships to patrol Afghanistan – an annotated graphic