Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-07-06

US refuelling capabilities offer key opportunity for Middle Eastern allies

The KC-135 Stratotanker can carry up to 200,000 pounds (90,719kg) of fuel, while the larger KC-10 can carry 356,000 pounds (160,200kg). Both aircraft significantly expand battlefield capabilities.

Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-07-05

The E-3 Sentry: More than 40 years of AWACS capability

The Sentry is an airborne warning and control system aircraft with an integrated command and control battle management, surveillance, target detection and tracking platform.

Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-07-03

KC-46A tankers offer unprecedented refuelling capacity and transport versatility

Each tanker can carry enough fuel to refuel 30 F-16 fighter jets, and also can be modified to evacuate injured personnel, deliver cargo and transport troops to and from battle zones.

Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-06-30

US search-and-rescue capabilities offer key options for regional allies

The US Air Force's HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and HC-130 Combat King fixed wing aircraft can conduct CSAR missions in hostile environments and the insertion and extraction of special forces.

Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-06-15

B-1B Lancer provides key capabilities to joint strike forces

The B-1B Lancer can travel at almost 1,500km per hour and carry more than 34 tonnes of payload. Its design allows it to carry out surprise attacks deep inside hostile territory.

Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-05-12

Rapid growth puts Qatar's air force as frontrunner in regional air power

Qatar over the past few years has been upgrading its air force of aged fighters to a formidable fleet of French Rafales, Eurofighter Typhoons and US-made F-15s.

Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-04-28

Small Diameter Bombs bring extra lethality to feared A-10 fighters

A-10s can now carry dozens of these specialised precision-guided bombs that can hit targets -- even hardened structures -- from over 70km away.

Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-04-21

B-52s with cruise missiles: a game-changing option to hit targets from long range

Each B-52 can carry 20 extended range cruise missiles that are able to hit targets 1,000km away, and fly into hostile territory from bases on the other side of the world.

Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-04-18

The MQ-25 Stingray bolsters US Navy's aerial refuelling capabilities

The UAV's ability to extend the range and endurance of carrier-based aircraft, its flexibility, and its advanced sensors and control systems make it a highly valuable asset in a range of scenarios.

Despite the critical importance of Bab al-Mandeb to its maritime trade, China lacks the ability to force Iran's cooperation.

Weapon Systems 2023-04-18

F-35 fighters give US, allies versatile weapon as global threats increase

The 'most modern combat aircraft in the world', as described by the German air force, cannot be matched in air-to-air or air-to-ground combat.