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September 6, 2018

China’s J-20

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:43 am
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Story here claims that the Chinese have the engine problems on their J-20 fixed.  I’ll believe it when I see it.


August 27, 2018

The copycat problem

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:50 pm
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An interesting article by a UK PhD student on the problems China has in trying to replicate stolen technology.  I am sure they will succeed in the long run, but how long is the long run?

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 2, 2018

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 26, 2018

Chinese space station

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:22 pm
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It seems that the second Chinese space station is doing some unusual maneuvering. It would be shocking were to de-orbit their second space station so early into its life. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 19, 2018

China’s C-17

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:45 am
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China has developed an indigenous transport aircraft similar to the C-17, called the Y-20.  Story here.

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 15, 2018

Hypersonic weapons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:07 pm
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The two areas I really expect to see develop in the military over the next ten years are UAVs (in the form of actual combat vehicles, as opposed to recon drones) and hypersonic weapons.  Keep an eye on these areas.

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.

May 28, 2018

More South China Sea news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:39 am
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This is now a regular occurrence. Not sure the Chinese really care since the islands are already a reality.

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