David Knights' Weblog

March 9, 2020

We need to bring this home

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:30 am
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Story here.

March 4, 2020

Syria heating up

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:53 am
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I noted here the Russian and Syrian aircraft and helicopter losses in the Syrian civil war.  Well, in a timely addition to that information, it appears that someone shot down a Turkish drone/UAV which allegedly led Turkish F-16s to down two Syrian Su-24s as well as destroy a SAM site.

UPDATE: And apparently the Turkish Air Force has now downed a Syrian L-39.

August 28, 2019

Why Turkey can’t have the F-35

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:22 am
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And why this may lead to it leaving NATO.  Turkey is making a mistake.  Pretty sure NATO will actually be better off with Turkey gone.

August 19, 2019

So many hot spots

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:36 am
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It is hard to keep track of them all.  Here it seems that Syrian and Russian a/c are attacking either Turkish units inside Syria or Turkish surrogates with Turkish supplied armor.  Great.  Just frikkin’ great.

July 12, 2019

Turkey crosses a line

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:14 pm
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They have started receiving S-400 SAMs from Russia.  This means they won’t be getting F-35s.  Frankly, given its current government, I don’t see Turkey staying in NATO.  I am not sure they were ever really a good fit to begin with.

May 22, 2019

Turkey

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:09 pm
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Does Turkey want out of NATO?  It seems that way from this type of behavior.  Frankly, though it has a strategic location useful to the US for Mideast operations, I am not sure they are worth the trouble.  Not sure the Russians are thinking this one through either, as adding another majority Islamic nation to their orbit might not be wise given their internal troubles in the south of Russia.

July 24, 2018

F-35 to Turkey on hold

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:26 pm
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Looks like the US is going to put a temporary hold on F-35 sales to Turkey, due to Turkey’s potential purchase of S-400s from Russia.

July 4, 2018

T129

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:56 am
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An interesting article on Turkey’s acquisition of a new attack helicopter and some of the politics behind the decision on what to buy.

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.

February 12, 2014

Crazy carrier news

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:28 pm
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