North Korea’s miniaturized #nuclear warhead – an annotated infographic

As you may have heard, North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturised nuclear warhead to be delivered by its Hwasong-14 (KN-14) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), according to an analysis by the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency. North Korea may have the required technologies and materials for reentry vehicles (RVs) and it may have demonstrated them in rocket-engine static-test firings, but it has not successfully flown them under real flight conditions. A second Hwasong-14 missile test on July 28 reached a height of 3,725 kilometres and travelled 998km, before landing in waters off Japan. However, video of the ICBM reentering the atmosphere … Continue reading North Korea’s miniaturized #nuclear warhead – an annotated infographic

#India buys six stealth submarines – an annotated infographic

In what is said to be its largest ever underwater defence deal, India has initiated the process to acquire six new submarines, which are seen as crucial to counter China’s growing undersea prowess. As part of the long-delayed deal, India’s Ministry of Defence has issued the Request For Information (RFI) to Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden and Spain to build the submarines with an estimated Rs. 70,000 crore ($10.9 billion) together with an Indian shipyard. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #India buys six stealth submarines – an annotated infographic

#NuclearWar threat as #Trump and #KimJongUn fight over #NorthKoreaNukes – an annotated infographic

Some Western analysts suggest that North Korea’s Hwasong-14 (KN-14) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is powered by a 1960s Soviet-era RD-250 engine, originally designed and built in the Ukraine. The second rocket launch on July 28 reached a height of 3,700km before landing in the sea about 1,000km away. Fired on a flatter, standard trajectory, it could reach US cities such as Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago, according to David Wright, a missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Michael Elleman, senior fellow for missile defence at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), said that the rocket’s engine … Continue reading #NuclearWar threat as #Trump and #KimJongUn fight over #NorthKoreaNukes – an annotated infographic

US Navy honours past President with Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier – an annotated infographic

The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, has been commissioned. It is the most expensive warship ever built. The $12.9 billion vessel is the first in a new generation of aircraft carriers, featuring a host of changes over the current Nimitz-class fleet. The Ford is the lead ship in the US Navy’s new class of super carriers. Two nuclear reactors power the 1,092ft-long warship, allowing it to cruise at 30+ knots (34.5+ miles per hour). Its new technologies include electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones, a system that replaces steam catapults. The carrier has been … Continue reading US Navy honours past President with Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier – an annotated infographic

Kazan, Russia’s most dangerous nuclear attack submarine – an annotated infographic

Russia has floated its newest nuclear-powered multi-purpose attack submarine. The launch of Kazan, considered a counterpart to U.S. Seawolf and Virginia-class, comes as Moscow claims its submarine fleet has increased combat patrols to levels last seen during the Cold War. The Kazan is the first upgraded Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine. Equipped with eight vertical missile launchers, it can deliver Kalibr or Oniks anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles – significant after Russian ships and submarines fired long-range missiles from the Caspian and the Black Sea into Syria in 2016. For the first time in Russian shipbuilding, the torpedo tubes are … Continue reading Kazan, Russia’s most dangerous nuclear attack submarine – an annotated infographic

India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

Preliminary design of India’s proposed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will begin in March, with a target of flying the aircraft in 2024 and making it ready for service as early as 2030. The twin-engine stealth warplane will likely feature an upgraded version of the General Electric F414 powerplant. The AMCA is aimed at replacing much smaller ground attack jets such as the Mirage-2000, Jaguar and Mig-27. Russian technology includes Sukhoi stealth, active electronically scanned array or AESA radar and three-dimensional thrust vectoring for the AMCA’s engines. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to debut @FIAFarnborough – an annotated infographic – #FIA16

The world’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, is making its first appearance at the Farnborough airshow in the UK in July. Three F-35B jump jet aircraft are due to perform in the skies over the week-long event. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to debut @FIAFarnborough – an annotated infographic – #FIA16