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Mystery Low-Observable/Stealth Helicopter Used for Usama Bin Laden (UBL) Compound Kill Operation/Raid: Is it a Stealthified Sikorsky MH-60M Black Hawk Helicopter? Here’s what we know…

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com May 8, 2011 Last updated on 5/09/11. The recent photos of the mystery low-observable/stealth helicopter’s intact tail boom and rotor wreckage left at the scene of U.S. Naval NSWDG/DEVGRU’s (formerly SEAL Team Six, or ST6) kill operation/raid on Osama Bin Laden’s/Usama Bin Laden’s (OBL/UBL) “compound” has provided much fodder for speculation as ... Read More »

Sikorsky X2 Coaxial Compound Helicopter Technology Demonstrator Aircraft Achieves 287.69 MPH: Is the Sikorsky S-97 Raider Compound Helicopter the U.S. Army’s Future Light Tactical Helicopter?


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com April 28, 2011 Last updated on 5/08/11. The Sikorsky X2 Compound Coaxial Helicopter Technology Demonstrator Aircraft has been receiving a significant amount of positive media attention, lately, and for good reason. The X2 is a very interesting and seemingly highly-capable/high-speed dual-rigid-rotor compound helicopter prototype that achieved 250 knots (287.69 mph) in level ... Read More »

ELTICS Black Fox Active, Adaptive IR Stealth System / Electronic Thermal Infrared Countermeasure System: Multi-Spectral Thermal/IR (Infrared) Adaptive Camouflage/Cloaking System for Combat Vehicles, Helicopters, and Warships Coming soon to a Battlespace/Theator of Operations Near You!


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com April 25, 2011 Thankfully, there would seem to be no end to the Star Trek future-technology legacy. DefenseReview (DR) recently published a short article on Blucher Systems’ Ghost and Spectralflage anti-thermal/IR multispectral combat camouflage tech/hardware for infantry soldiers (Ghost) and combat vehicles (Spectrralflage), respectively. Well, an Israeli company called ELTICS Ltd. is ... Read More »

Air-to-Air Fighter Combat Application of Pugachev’s Cobra Maneuver: Busting the Western Myth


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com March 19, 2011 DefenseReview (DR) recently came across a DefenseTech article titled J-20 vs. F-35, One Analyst’s Perspective. The following paragraph caught our attention: It’s kind of fun to watch the world fixate on this one item (#7). Then again, I still enjoy air shows, too. Pugachev’s Cobra maneuver, for example. Drives ... Read More »

Gen-2 PAK-FA Sukhoi T-50/HAL FGFA Low-Observable Supercruising 5th-Generation Stealth Fighter Aircraft Begins Flight Testing: Raptorsky Alive and Well

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com March 11, 2011 DefenseReview (DR) readers may remember a story we published back in February 2010 on the Russian PAK FA Sukhoi T-50 low-observable stealth fighter aircraft that’s essentially Russia’s developmental version of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. Well, the program has developed since then into the more fleshed-out Sukhoi/HAL FGFA (Fifth ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) System: Next-Gen HELLFIRE Missile with Tri-Mode Gudance/Tracking Scores Hit on Tank from More than 3.7 Miles Out at White Sands Missile Range, and Gets Closer to Landing U.S. Military Contract.


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com November 28, 2010 Speaking of HELLFIRE missiles, Lockheed Martin is reportedly looking to land a big U.S. military contract with the Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM). JAGM, essentially the next logical step from the AGM-114R multi–purpose HELLFIRE II missile, features three (3) guidance/seeker modes: precision-strike semi-active laser (SAL), as on HELLFIRE II, passive fire-and-forget ... Read More »

General Atomics MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper Armed/Weaponized UAS/UAVs to See Competition from China? Chinese Unmanned Aircraft System/Drone Tech Catching Up.


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com November 28, 2010 This one’s been coming for awhile. According to reports in multiple publications, it would appear that China is quickly closing the UAS/UAV (Unmanned Aircraft System/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) gap currently enjoyed by the United States and Israel. More than 25 different Chinese UAS/UAV designs (and up to 40-50) were recently on ... Read More »

MBDA Semi-Active Laser-Guided Zuni Rocket with 4-Shot LAU-10 Rocket Pod (Launch Pod): Precision-Guided Rockets Get a Big Boost (Photos!)


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All photos contained in this article were taken by, and are copyrighted. owns the copyright on these photos. The photos were shot with Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). August 13, 2010 Anyone who’s been reading DefenseReview (DR) for any length of time knows that ... Read More »

BAE Taranis UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle): Meet the New Jet-Powered, Weaponized, Low-Observable, and Autonomous God of Thunder


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com July 12, 2010 Anyone remember the movie Stealth (2005)? It was a huge bomb at the box office, but it did feature some interesting fictional future aircraft tech, including the “Extreme Deep Invader (EDI)” an autonomous high-speed, low-observable jet-powered unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) with artificial intelligence (via a quantum computer pilot ... Read More »

Future Iranian (Bladerunner 51/Bradstone Challenger Copy) Speedboat Swarms vs. U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers: Van Riper Redux?

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com April 7, 2010 Updated 4/09/10 Looks like nuclear weapons aren’t the only thing the Iranian government is after. Apparently, they’ve also got a penchant for speedboats, specifically high-tech, very expensive speedboats. Multiple news sources are reporting that the Iranians have surreptitiously acquired a “James Bond-style” fast mover called the Bladerunner 51 / Bradstone ... Read More »