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April 1, 2020

This is good news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:35 am
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I feared that after Paul Allen’s death, that Stratolaunch would die quickly. They seem to have found a new lease on life. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 20, 2020

Kills

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:26 pm
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Strange air to air kills, that is.

March 4, 2020

Su-25 kills a Tu-16 with an anti-tank missile

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:21 am
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What more is there to add to a headline like that?

March 2, 2020

Russian aircraft and helicopter losses in Syria

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:56 am
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This is fascinating.  Given Russian budgetary problems these losses have to be hurting.

February 19, 2020

Good news?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:23 pm
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After the series of USN procurement screw-ups, I am not confident about anything they do, but this seems like good news.  Lets hope they don’t boondoggle it.

February 16, 2020

US Navy upping their game

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:35 am
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The new Ford class aircraft carrier has been designed with extra electrical capacity for laser weapons.

In addition the USN SSBNs are now fielding small yield nukes on some of their missiles.

Go Navy

February 11, 2020

Iran won’t be firing missiles at Israel anytime soon

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:24 am
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At least not until they get their rockets to work.  Story here.  While space launch failures usually sadden me, I can’t say that this story brings anything but joy to my little heart. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves)(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 24, 2020

The changing battlefield

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:45 am
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The USAF is developing a UAV that is capable of being launched and recovered by a large airborne transport aircraft. The X-61A is planned to be configurable to any number of missions from recon to SAM suppression.  If the technology pans out, and there is no reason to think it won’t, the number of manned aircraft over the battlefields of tomorrow will shrink dramatically. Also, modern air defense will get a ton more complicated.

January 18, 2020

X-60

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:38 pm
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A lot of the information surrounding hypersonic missiles is just hype, but I did want to at least note this.

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.

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