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With the U.S. flying B-2 stealth bombers, F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, and B-52 bombers over the Korean Peninsula , we thought we’d give you a quick run-down on the air defenses these jets could face if the Korean War ever went into Round Two.
Sure, North Korea is said to have one of the densest air defense networks on Earth. But it’s largely made up of 1950s-, ‘60s-, and ‘70s-vintage Soviet-designed missiles and radars — the type of weapons that the U.S. military has been working on defeating for decades via a combination of radar jamming, anti-radar missiles , and stealth technology. In fact, the B-2 and F-22 were designed in the 1980s and 1990s specifically to evade such defenses, and the ancient B-52s could simply fire AGM-86 cruise missiles at North Korea from well beyond the range of the country’s air defenses.
Let’s take a look at the missiles in the North’s air defense system that have claimed U.S. fighters in conflicts around the globe since 1990. (Keep in mind that hundreds of these missiles have been fired at U.S. forces in the last 23 years with only a handful of losses.) All of these systems are of Soviet origin — some were actually built in the USSR and others were license-made in North Korea. (Note, for this post we’re not even looking at the radars, antiaicraft guns and some of the older shoulder-fired missiles the North Koreans have)
CityJet is to reduce further its presence at London City airport with the suspension of its route to Rotterdam from 1 May 2017.
The route, which operated up to four times daily and was codeshared with Air France and KLM is suspended from Monday 1 May 2017. The last flights will operate on Sunday 30 April 2017.
This follows a number of London City route suspensions by CityJet which include Nantes and Paris Orly from Sunday 27 March 2017.
There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Terrorism, hijacking, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it’s almost disturbing. I tend to look for a simpler explanation, and I find it with the 13,000-foot runway at Pulau Langkawi.
We know the story of MH370: A loaded Boeing 777 departs at midnight from Kuala Lampur, headed to Beijing. A hot night. A heavy aircraft. About an hour out, across the gulf toward Vietnam, the plane goes dark, meaning the transponder and secondary radar tracking go off. Two days later we hear reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar, meaning the plane is tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the plane on a southwesterly course back across the Malay Peninsula into the Strait of Malacca.
Take a look at this airport on Google Earth . The pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport.
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