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January 17, 2020

Underwater spy drones

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:26 pm
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We are apparently using them.  Other countries are apparently catching them occasionally.  Glad to see the USN out there.  More please.

January 11, 2020

Well, this is interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:03 am
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Story here.  If this laser works as advertised, it could really change things in a number of arenas, such as air and missile defense, anti-anti-tank defense etc.  Of course, we need to wait and see.

January 9, 2020

Like a scene from the new Top Gun movie

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:44 pm
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I love this story so much.  Can you imagine being one of the Iranian pilots?  You’d need to go home and change your flight suit.

December 23, 2019

I want this

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:54 pm
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Yes, I know I say this too much.  I want this.

October 23, 2019

Ain’t technology great

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:39 pm
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I suspect we will be seeing many more stories like this in the future.  The average citizen has amazingly powerful technology at their fingertips now. It won’t always be used for good, but it will be capable of a lot of good.

October 10, 2019

X-61A

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:36 am
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I had never heard of this program before now.  Interesting technology, though sometimes I think that the defense industry does some things just to prove it can rather than being a real increase in capability.

October 2, 2019

China’s high speed recon drone

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:11 pm
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Article here.  The recent Chinese military parade celebrating the PRC’s 70th anniversary is revealing a lot of interesting military equipment.  One of the most interesting is a rocket powered drone that is somewhat reminiscent of the US air-breathing DR-21.  I’d love to build one of these when someone inevitably comes out with a kit.

October 1, 2019

China

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:42 pm
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China held a military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the communist revolution.  Lots of interesting photos of drones and missiles and stuff.

 

August 28, 2019

Su-70 UAV

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 12:07 am
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The Russians have released video purporting to be the first flight of their Su-70 heavy UAV.  See this article for the details. (BTW, notice all the errors in the article.  Makes you wonder if this was a result of being rushed or was it because The Avationist isn’t as infomred as they purport to be.)

August 13, 2019

Drones and naval warfare

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:13 am
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This story of China using a drone to keep tabs on US Navy ships passing through the Taiwan straight raises an interesting question of how drones (UAVs) will affect naval warfare in the future.  I am not sure anyone knows.

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