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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.

December 20, 2018

USN weapons upgrade

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:38 am
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The USN is equipping its submarines with upgraded anti-ship missiles (ASM).  This seems like a sound move, given the expanding Chinese navy and with the Russian navy becoming more active.  If full scale naval war breaks out, I suspect that naval combat will be particularly brutal and bloody given the difficulty of defending against submarines and ASMs

December 19, 2018


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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China tests a new SLBM.  While they don’t have any subs presently that could launch it, those are coming too.  I worry about China much more than Russia, and for that matter, Russia ought to as well.

November 27, 2018

The Future of stealth

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:06 am
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An interesting discussion of the future of stealth technology.

November 15, 2018


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:14 pm
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Jeff “Inch High” Groves and Jim “Cranky Canuck” Bates have shamed me with their qualitatively superior posts that aren’t just interesting links, but are actual research and model related information, with photos to boot.  I am going to try and change that.

Thanks to Scott “Skippy” King, I’ve been working on the Brengun MXY-7 Ohka.  Now that the great migration has finished and I’ve once again put down modeling roots, I’ve finally been able to model a bit.  Last night I broke out the airbrush and painted the interior of the Ohka.  Since sources are kind of sketchy, I decided to paint the interior floor and seat and instrument panel WEM Nakajima Interior Gray Green. I like the color.

Ohka cockpit

More to follow.

November 12, 2018

Rods from God

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:35 pm
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I’ve been interested in this concept ever since I real about it in a Pournelle sci-fi novel.  With space lift becoming so much cheaper, I can see this becoming viable in the next decade.  The US needs to be the one to do it first.

November 1, 2018

Air launched space rockets

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:14 am
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News here and here.

(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

October 25, 2018

New Chinese Boomers?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:37 pm
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Are the Chinese going to build new SSBNs?  Frankly, it would make sense for them to.

October 23, 2018

Naval SAM

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:03 am
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The German-American developed Naval SAM is getting some upgrades.  These missiles are used on a lot of different US and German ships.

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