Video: Americans At War

Video: Americans At War

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The following are selections from the U.S. Naval Institute series American’s at War — personal stories of notable American veterans.
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New Chinese Stealth Fighter Relies on Russian Jet Engine

New Chinese Stealth Fighter Relies on Russian Jet Engine

An undated photo of the Shenyang-J-31

An undated photo of the Shenyang-J-31

The Chinese Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter will use Russian-built engines when it enters production. The prototype was known use Klimov RD-93 engines, which were derived from the Soviet-era Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum’s RD-33 afterburning turbofans. Many observers had expected the new Chinese fifth-generation fighter to eventually sport domestically developed engines. Read More

Chinese Carrier Fighter Now In Serial Production

Chinese Carrier Fighter Now In Serial Production

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Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark tail number 108

Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark tail number 108

China has put the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne multirole fighter into serial production, with at least eight production examples known to be flying already. This is in addition to the six J-15 prototypes, some of which conducted carrier trials on board China’s refurbished former Soviet Kuznetsov-class carrier, Liaoning. Read More

Opinion: Choosing San Antonio for Next Generation Amphib is the Right Decision at the Right Time

Opinion: Choosing San Antonio for Next Generation Amphib is the Right Decision at the Right Time

A landing craft air cushion prepares to enter the well deck of landing transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) on Oct. 27, 2014. US Navy Photo

A landing craft air cushion prepares to enter the well deck of landing transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) on Oct. 27, 2014. US Navy Photo

Over the past several months the Navy’s requirement to replace the Whidbey Island/Harpers Ferry-class LSD amphibious warships has been debated. The San Antonio-class LPD-17 hull form was a favorite of many. Gen. James Amos—former Commandant of the Marine Corps—referred to the LPD-17 hull as “the most successful hull we have” at a Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus breakfast in April. Read More

Huntington Ingalls CEO ‘Concerned’ Over Delays in U.S. Navy Carrier Contracts

Huntington Ingalls CEO ‘Concerned’ Over Delays in U.S. Navy Carrier Contracts

A unit for the future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) rests on the assembly platen at Newport News Shipbuilding on March 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

A unit for the future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) rests on the assembly platen at Newport News Shipbuilding on March 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Mike Petters — chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) — said delays in U.S. Navy contracts for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of USS George Washington (CVN-73) and construction contracts for the second Gerald Ford carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) are causing the shipbuilder concern, during a Thursday call with investors. Read More

Update: Russia Willing to Wait Until End of Year On Mistral Deal

Update: Russia Willing to Wait Until End of Year On Mistral Deal

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

This post has been updated to include a quote from French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Russia is willing to wait until the end of the year for France to make good on the delivery of the first ship in two hull amphibious warship deal that has been held up since September, according to a Thursday report in Russian news service RIA Novosti. Read More