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November 18, 2019

Hypersonics. Not ready for prime time?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:03 pm
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Model-blogger Jeff “Inch High” Groves points to this article which has a very sober take on the “hypersonic craze”.  Well worth reading.

Embarrassing doesn’t begin to cover it

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:25 pm
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The story of the DDG-1000 just keeps getting worse.  Of course, no one will ever end up taking responsibility for this mess.  Every USN officer above the grade of Captain ought to have a portion of their pay docked just to remind them not to behave in ways that enable this type of disaster.

November 15, 2019

More on the USN UFO story

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:15 pm
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Article here.  Previous post here.

USAF Light Attack Aircraft

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Another article on the USAF search for a light attack aircraft, a variant of either a Pilatus or a Tucano.

November 14, 2019

BMD

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:46 pm
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I can’t explain why, but I have a soft spot for the BMD series of air transportable military vehicles.  Same goes for the ASU series of assault guns.  Now it looks like Russia has developed a follow on vehicle to the BMD series. Story here.  However, given Russia’s financial problems I have my doubts they’ll be deployed in large numbers anytime soon.

November 13, 2019

F-35 update

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:27 am
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The per unit cost of the F-35 continues to fall as more are purchased.  Latest here.

November 12, 2019

We need to up our game

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:04 pm
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China isn’t kidding when it comes to space exploration.  Either we step it up or we will get left behind. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger.)

 

Well, this is interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:07 pm
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A talk by the USAF Chief of Staff talking about having the F-22 and F-35 communicate and share information with the X-37B.  Of course, as the article notes, this raises the ever-present question of exactly what the X-37B does and what sort of sensors it has that could share useful information with the fighters.  Something fascinating is going on with thee X-37B.  I just hope that one day we know what it is.

I’ll believe it when I see it

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:36 am
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The Russians talk a good game when talking about upcoming weapons systems and new technologies.  The latest is this.  But given that their Floating Drydocks are sinking and their only carrier has a hole punched in its flight deck and may never be repaired, I am a little skeptical.

November 11, 2019

F-35Bs for South Korea?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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Maybe.  It only makes sense, and with the South China Sea becoming such a flashpoint, it is unsurprising that Japan and South Korea would feel the need to strengthen their capabilities at sea.

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