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June 18, 2018

More Asian carrier development

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:07 am
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The F-35B has really changed the game when it comes to smaller navies having carrier capability.  Korea and Japan will both have such capability as soon as they put in orders for the F-35B.  (I have no doubt that they both will)

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June 13, 2018

China’s naval aviation

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:42 pm
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It appears that a Chinese naval aviator has made the first night trap on board China’s only operational carrier.  This is significant as the USN is the only navy that regularly conducts night carrier ops.

June 11, 2018

Russian activity in the English Channel

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:55 pm
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Looks like the Russians sent another spy ship through the channel.  The Royal Navy provided an escort. I’ve said before that I think the Russian military, especially the Russian Navy is a paper tiger.  However, it is still best for western navies to keep on their toes.

June 6, 2018

Japanese Carriers

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:03 am
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Not the WWII kind.  Looks like the Japanese are ready to admit what everyone knew.  Their new Helicopter carriers are going to become full-fledged STOVL carriers. I see some F-35B sales in Japan’s future.

May 28, 2018

More South China Sea news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:39 am
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This is now a regular occurrence. Not sure the Chinese really care since the islands are already a reality.

May 23, 2018

F-35 in combat

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:29 pm
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The Israelis are apparently using the F-35 in combat.  After all the complaints, it will be interesting to see how it performs in the real world.

May 4, 2018

The Aegean

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:32 am
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This is a tense spot in the world that is overshadowed by the Middle East and the Far East.  With turmoil in both Turkey and Greece, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more flair ups like this one.  Stay tuned.

April 30, 2018

Big explosion in Syria

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:54 pm
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I wonder what this is all about.  I suspect the story is correct and it WASN’T an Israeli IRBM.  But, what was it?

April 15, 2018

Syria

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:17 pm
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Interesting report on the weapons used in the recent strikes on Syria.  Will see if it deters Assad from using such weapons.

 

More info here.

March 1, 2018

Putin’s new weapons

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:02 pm
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Vlad has bragged about a bunch of new weapons.  See here.  Frankly, I think Russia is a broke paper tiger, and the fact that Putin is bragging about these just makes me think I am right.

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