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Electronic Warfare (Measure-Counter Measure)

Air Warfare Aircraft Weapons 10 Min Read

This Me110G-4 mounts the huge ‘stag-antler’ antennae of the metre-wave Lichtenstein SN-2. However, the small aerial cluster in the centre of the nose gives away that this aircraft is equipped with the SN-2b radar. These early SN-2 sets had a very large minimum range, and so a second radar set from a Lichtenstein C-1 was installed to cover this dead…

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Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9 Dora

Arguably, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 evolved into wartime Germany’s most effective fighter, offering the Luftwaffe the benefit of manoeuvrability combined with stability as a formidable gun platform and the flexibility to perform as an air superiority fighter, a heavily armed and armoured interceptor and as an ordnance-carrying ground attack aircraft.…

Aircraft Naval Weapons 7 Min Read

Motobomba FFF

The Motabomba, or more properly the Motobomba FFF (Freri Fiore Filpa), was a torpedo used by Italian forces during World War II. The designation FFF was derived from the last names the three men involved with its original design: Lieutenant-Colonel Prospero Freri, Captain-Disegnatore Filpa, and Colonel Amedeo Fiore. The FFF…

Aircraft British 4 Min Read

Post-war Spitfire XIV

The final Spitfire variant, the Mk 24, was similar to the Mk 22 except that it had an increased fuel capacity over its predecessors, with two fuel tanks of 33 gal (150 l) each installed in the rear fuselage. There were also zero-point fittings for rocket projectiles under the wings.…

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Bulgarian PZL 43A Tchaika

In early 1936 Bulgaria placed an order for 12 P.23s, with the additional requirement of a more powerful engine and an additional forward-firing machine gun. The fuselage was thus redesigned to accept the Gnome-Rhone 14N-01 engine, and the plane was given the designation PZL 43A Tchaika (sea gull in Bulgarian).…

Air Warfare Aircraft 18 Min Read

Guided Bombs in Korea

The VB-3 Razon (for range and azimuth) was a standard 1,000-pound general purpose bomb fitted with flight control surfaces. Development of the Razon began in 1942, but it did not see use during World War II. The ASM-A-1 Tarzon, also known as VB-13, was a guided bomb developed by the…

Aircraft Medieval Russia 8 Min Read

Ilya Muromets – 1914 Giant

The massive Ilya Muromets was the world’s first four-engine bomber-and a good one at that. In three years it dropped 2,200 tons of bombs on German positions, losing only one plane in combat. In 1913 the Russo-Baltic Wagon Works constructed the world’s first four-engine aircraft under the direction of Igor…

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