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March 13, 2019

I-153

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:39 pm
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ICM is releasing a kit of the I-153 in Chinese markings.  Since that is what I’d want to build it in, it is good news for me.

 

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March 8, 2019

A replay of 1979

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:20 pm
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Could we see a replay of 1979.  I will admit, I think that is one of the more likely scenarios in the South China Sea; a confrontation between Vietnam and China.  The two countries are butting heads more and more in the area.

February 21, 2019

The F-21

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 7:02 pm
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No, not the Kfir in US service.  Apparently Lockheed Martin is offering India an upgraded version of the F-16 Block 70 as the F-21.  Frankly, I think it is smart marketing on LM’s part to re-designate the aircraft.  I will be interested to see if India selects this over the MiG-35 being offered by Russia.  US-India relations have been warming over the years, and this would indicate a definite shift toward the US.  As China continues to flex its muscles, this only makes sense for the US and India to cooperate more fully on defense issues.

February 11, 2019

More Freedom of the Seas

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:12 pm
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The US conducted another Freedom of the Seas exercise in the South China Sea.  The USN has really been doing this a lot lately.

February 9, 2019

More F-35 news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:29 am
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Japan is now scheduled to be the largest foreign purchaser of the F-35.  Hmmmm, I wonder why?

February 6, 2019

Interesting story of the day

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:05 pm
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Didn’t hear anything about this.  Was he a student tourist who made a mistake or a spy who got sloppy and got caught.

January 29, 2019

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:55 pm
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New rocket engine plant in Huntsville, AL.

 

“Private” Chinese space companies ready for orbital launches.

 

Moon mining

 

(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 25, 2019

Brinksmanship

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:53 pm
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The US Navy is sailing through the Taiwan strait.  The Chinese are shadowing with bombers.  Yea, nothing could go wrong here.

January 24, 2019

EMP weapons

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:47 pm
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I’ve always believed that any all out attack on the US would begin with a powerful EMP inducing nuclear blast high in the atmosphere over the US.  This report suggests a number of nations are developing such weapons.  China would obviously be the biggest concern.

January 17, 2019

Angering the dragon

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:46 pm
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Looks like the US Navy and the Royal Navy are teaming up to further piss off the PLAN.  While this does nothing to lower tensions in the region, it is a good idea.  A little now will go a long way later.

 

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