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March 6, 2019

Flexing muscles

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:30 am
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The US has deployed a THAAD unit to Israel.  The stated reason is a quick deployment exercise.  I have to wonder if maybe there isn’t another underlying reason.


February 28, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:52 pm
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The navy gets a new target drone.

February 22, 2019

New Iranian submarine

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:05 am
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What are the odds this thing is a movie prop built on a barge?  Is it just me, or does that sub look incredibly small?

February 19, 2019

A Russian fast one

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:07 am
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The Russians tried to pull a fast one to claim that they aren’t violating the INF treaty.  I think pulling out of the treaty was the right thing for the administration to do.  While I think Russia is a paper tiger, I do think it is important to be seen as holding treaty partners to their word.


February 11, 2019

US nuclear strategy in the 60s

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:48 am
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An interesting article on the change-over in US nuclear strategy in the early 1960s from one of first strike to one of measured escalation. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the pointer)

January 31, 2019

RAF drone gets new missile

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:04 am
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The RAF version of the the MQ-9B is going to be armed in the future with the British-built Brimstone missile.

January 24, 2019

Brengun Chelomey 16KhA

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:46 pm
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As regular reader know, I have a special interest in missiles, especially missiles of the Soviet Union/Russia.  Brengun, which had previously done the Chelomey 16KhA as a 48th scale kit, has now announced they are doing it in 72nd scale.

The 16KhA never went into serial production but was part of the beginning of the post WWII Soviet cruise missile development.  As you can tell, it was a development of the V-1, and was test fired from a pylon under the inboard engine of a Tu-4.  It will make a neat addition to my collection of missiles.

16KhA under Tu-4











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 13, 2019

A new Russian missile

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 9:09 am
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MiG-31s have been spotted carrying a new, very large type of missile.  It is unclear if this is a further development of the Kh-47B Kinzhal, or a new air launched anti-satellite missile.  This is an interesting development which dears watching.

December 26, 2018

Russia rattling its sabers

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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Russia claims advancements is both hypersonic missile warhead and a nuclear armed UUV.  Given the poor state of Russia’s economy and the low price of oil, frankly Russia is simply wasting precious resources.  I predict a crash in Russia, sooner, rather than later.

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