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China is developing a new carrier-based fighter aircraft to succeed the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark.

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There are few sights more exciting than a futuristic fighter jet tearing across a clear blue sky. In video games, movies, and comic books, these slices of imagination dominate the skies and look good doing it. And whether or not they’re hitting Mach 3 during an attack run against invading aliens or attempting to topple some genocidal giant robots, it's nice to know that the Pentagon can always just turn to Netflix for inspiration when it starts dreaming up the warplanes of the future.

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Videos on social media appear to show Russia's Su-57, a prototype of a new, fifth-generation fighter jet, operating in Syria — and it could be a direct threat to U.S. stealth aircraft like the F-22.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich fighter jets, pressed into service by the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War, have been the backbone or Russian, North Vietnamese, and North Korean air forces for decades. MiGs are synonymous with the sneering, faceless commie baddies who stood in as America’s fictional film foes, from Top Gun to Air Force One — and now you can finally have one parked in your backyard.

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Moscow announced on Wednesday that it had deployed an unknown number of its MiG-29SMTs to Syria for the first time.

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The Navy's USS Wasp helicopter carrier will replace the USS Bonhomme Richard in the 7th Fleet's forward-deployed base at Sasebo, Japan, giving the U.S. an F-35B compatible aircraft carrier right at North Korea and China's doorstep.

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