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December 20, 2018

Japan’s carrier future

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:53 am
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I’ve previously posted on Japan’s plans to acquire the F-35B to equip their new “light carriers“.  This article discusses where Japan goes from here, pointing out that there is nothing but politics standing in the way of Japan building true carriers.  I suspect they will.



December 12, 2018

I saw this coming

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Of course, who didn’t. Japan is going to buy 100 additional F-35s, including F-35Bs which can operate from the country’s two helicopter carriers.  Makes perfect sense.  Also, Japan is ramping up its defense spending.  The South China Sea is going to become a more interesting place that it already is.

December 5, 2018

China’s carrier woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:56 pm
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Looks like China might be having trouble coming up with the money to pay for its next carrier.  Frankly I think the current US administration is using trade pressure as one way to deprive the Chinese of money to invest in their defense.  I think this is a wise move, even if it means more expensive goods here.

November 7, 2018

Russia’s carrier woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:50 pm
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I blogged on this previously.  It looks like the Russians may have more problems than at first thought.

November 1, 2018

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:05 am
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Looks like a little Russian oopsie.

September 25, 2018

Russian CVL

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:35 am
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A report on a proposed Russian CVL.  Frankly, nothing in the specs in this article make sense.  The numbers quoted for size don’t make sense with any of the other numbers. (h/t Jeff Groves)

September 19, 2018

Navy UAV

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:59 am
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I find it interesting that the USN chose to go with a refueling mission for their first aircraft carrier drone aircraft.  I would have thought fighter or bomber.  I am wondering if they are hoping to eventually build off the same platform for other missions.

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.

June 18, 2018

More Asian carrier development

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:07 am
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The F-35B has really changed the game when it comes to smaller navies having carrier capability.  Korea and Japan will both have such capability as soon as they put in orders for the F-35B.  (I have no doubt that they both will)

June 13, 2018

China’s naval aviation

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:42 pm
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It appears that a Chinese naval aviator has made the first night trap on board China’s only operational carrier.  This is significant as the USN is the only navy that regularly conducts night carrier ops.

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