David Knights' Weblog

May 13, 2018

Invisible subs

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:53 pm
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Thanks for friend and blog reader Jeff Groves for pointing out this article on a technology that might make subs invisible to active sonar in the future.  This would be a huge shift in anti-submarine warfare.

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May 4, 2018

USS Louisville (SSN-724) and USS Kentucky (SSBN-737)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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Louisville and Kentucky currently both have naval vessels in active service named after them.  The USS Louisville is an attack submarine (SSN) and the USS Kentucky is a boomer (Nuclear missile carrying submarine or SSBN)  My long term building plans include adding a model of each to the collection.

April 14, 2018

Russia’s weapons woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:37 am
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A nice article from Strategypage on why much of the Russian military is a paper tiger.  I suspect the truth is even worse than these reports.

March 7, 2018

Nuclear war

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:04 am
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Well, after reading this, I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep.

 

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.

January 22, 2018

Doomsday torpedo

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:35 pm
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Rumor the Russians have put a nuclear warhead the size of the Tsar Bomba on a remote control underwater UAV.  Great news!

January 7, 2018

Indian SSBNs

Filed under: Modeling,Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:30 pm
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I was unaware that India possessed any SSBNs.  Apparently they have one undergoing sea trials and a second has just been launched.  India appears to be getting assistance from Russia in building the subs, thought the design appears to be a uniquely India design.  Story here.  So far I don’t think anyone has made a kit of this sub.  Thanks to friend of the blog Jeff Groves for passing along the info.

May 3, 2017

Iran

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:32 pm
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Some of the stories out of Iran seem pretty crazy.  This one does.

March 23, 2017

Project 885M

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:02 am
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That is the model number of the latest Russian sub project.  Story here. So far the only 700th scale kit of the sub is this one. I am hoping that eventually we will get one in plastic.

March 9, 2017

Russian strength or Russian weakness?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:15 am
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Russia is upgrading the missiles on two of their Oscar II SSGNs.  Originally they had planned to upgrade the missiles on all 8 boats, but now are upgrading only two.  I suspect this is an indication of economic weakness and budget problems.

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