Meet the F-21 Fighter (Think and F-16 on Steroids Thanks to F-22 and F-35 DNA)


by The National Interest

The National Interest— David Axe Security, It could be a real killer.  For the purposes of Lockheed's marketing campaign, the F-21 is a new fighter, although it shares many of its major features with the F-16V the company has sold to Bahrain, Greece, Slovakia, South Korea and Taiwan. Lockheed can build new F-16Vs or upgrade older F-16s to the V-standard. Lockheed Martin in mid-February 2019 offered to sell India a new fighter the company calls the "F-21." (This first appeared several months ago.) Only it doesn't...

The National Interest—Meet the J-10 “Vigorous Dragon” Fighter Jet: China's Own F-16 (Thanks to Israel?). Security, We take a look.  At any rate, the J-10 is more inspired by the Lavi than an outright clone. It is significantly longer and heavier, and has different wings. In his book, Golan explains that China lacked access to the compact PW1120 engine and the capability for wide-scale manufacturing of lightweight composite components. (China finally achieved the latter with the Y-20 transport plane.) Therefore, Song had to lengthen the J-10’s fuselage by two meters to accommodate a Russian...

The National Interest—The Air Force Will Transform Its F-16s (Thanks to Some F-35 'DNA'). Kris Osborn Security, The Air Force is giving its 1970s-era F-16 fighter F-35 technology as part of a massive fleet-wide overhaul intended to improve targeting, attack precision and computer systems -- and extend the fighter’s combat life all the way into the 2040s. F-16 modernization is also part of a broader Department of Defense program to prototype AI-enabled predictive maintenance. The Air Force is giving its 1970s-era F-16 fighter F-35 technology as part of a massive fleet-wide overhaul...

The National Interest—Take a Look at the Two Planes That Almost Replaced the F-22 and F-35 Stealth Fighters. Robert Farley Security, History could have been way different.  One thing is for certain; the X-32 was a ridiculously ugly aircraft Combined into one posting, this is two of our most popular articles merged into one post for your enjoyment. The X-32: The Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t have to opt for the F-35. In the 1990s, both Boeing and Lockheed Martin bid for the next big fighter contract, a plane that would serve in each of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as grace the...