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May 24, 2019

Skyborg

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:22 pm
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Interesting article on the integration of UAVs as wingmen/force multipliers for our manned fighter aircraft.  I have little doubt that this is the wave of the future in air warfare.  My question is how quickly it can be accomplished, and can any other countries develop such technology fairly quickly.

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Is the aircraft carrier obsolete?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:35 am
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That is the question addressed in this article.  The author’s conclusion is an emphatic no.

May 23, 2019

Russian Su-57 reversal

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:20 pm
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Russia, having previously announced that it was only going to buy 16 Su-57s (after India pulled out of a development deal), has now decided it will buy 76 of the fighters.  Given the reported problems with the aircraft, either they have been solved, or, more likely IMHO, this is more of Russia trying to saber-rattle and impress its neighbors.

It may be related to this, where Poland has announced plans to buy F-35s.

May 22, 2019

The Chinese Navy

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:39 am
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A nice top level analysis of the current Chinese Navy and where they are heading.

May 21, 2019

PJs to get new tech?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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Pararescue airmen (PJs) are some of the most respected soldiers in the military.  They are the guys who ride in on helicopters and go down ropes to rescue downed airmen and other trapped and injured soldiers.  Now, the military is looking at new ways to get soldiers and airmen who are down behind enemy lines out without having to risk so many lives.  One of the latest thoughts is adapting the developing commercial air taxis for such a purposes.  Article here.

May 17, 2019

B-52

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:44 pm
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Another B-52 is being resurrected from the boneyard.  Not many left at AMARC.  Boeing may end up having to put them back in production. 🙂

May 15, 2019

F-35 as EW aircraft

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:11 am
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Really good article on a seldom spoken of aspect of the F-35.  The wild weasel role appears to have simply integrated into the US frontline fighter aircraft.

May 13, 2019

The moon is shrinking?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:51 am
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Mostly, the internet is a cesspit of despair.  However, occasionally, I learn something new and interesting from it.

May 12, 2019

S-300

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:31 pm
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Looks like the US has at least one S-300 Russian SAM system in a US training range.  I don’t find this surprising.  My questions is, do they have an S-400?

Whizz bang

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:23 am
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Looks like the US military has developed the small version of Jerry Pournelle’s “Rods from God“.  I’ve been watching this particular area with interest.  With private space companies bringing the cost per pound to launch items into orbit way down, I have thought for some time that within 7 years we’d have actual heavy inert rods in orbit.  Combined with precision guidance, this will make for an awesome non-nuclear capability.

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