David Knights' Weblog

July 5, 2018


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:08 am
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China has developed a hand-held laser. It looks to be mainly useful for crowd control and maybe anti-terror operations at the moment.

The US may put laser weapons on the F-35.  Interesting.

Not to be outdone, the US Army is going to field a 100Kw laser for anti-drone, anti-mortar defense.


July 4, 2018


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:56 am
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An interesting article on Turkey’s acquisition of a new attack helicopter and some of the politics behind the decision on what to buy.

July 3, 2018

B-52 SAR

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:41 am
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Is there anything the B-52 can’t do?  Glad to see the old girl soldiering on.

Hellfire replacement

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:37 am
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Looks like the US military is about to get an upgraded anti-armor, anti-everything else missile.  Good news.

July 2, 2018

Russian subs

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:27 pm
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Looks like Russian subs are becoming a little more active of late and the USN is moving assets to deal with that.  I still believe that the Russian threat is a pretty empty one, but better safe than sorry.

Latest space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:04 am
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The Chinese are getting into the heavy lift rocket businessWe’ve finally got images of a new planet being born (sort of).  Interesting times in space news. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger.)

June 28, 2018

More on the Eduard Royal Class MiG-21

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:26 pm
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Here is what is in the boxHere are the markings options.  I cannot wait for this!!!

Missile defense

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:16 am
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More evidence that the Pacific is the most important strategic area right now.  I suspect that more of these will be built.  Look for one in Japan at some point.

June 27, 2018


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:28 am
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Story here.  Interesting that the B-21 program is on a fast track.

June 26, 2018

Russia’s drone AFV

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:23 pm
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I was unaware that Russia was fielding one of these.  Syria looks more and more like 1936-1939 Spain to me, with Russia using it as an opportunity to test their new weapons in combat.

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