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May 24, 2019

Skyborg

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:22 pm
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Interesting article on the integration of UAVs as wingmen/force multipliers for our manned fighter aircraft.  I have little doubt that this is the wave of the future in air warfare.  My question is how quickly it can be accomplished, and can any other countries develop such technology fairly quickly.

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May 21, 2019

The paper bear flexes its muscles

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:55 pm
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4 Bears and 2 Su-35s off the coast of Alaska.  Nothing new about this other than Vlad seeming to want to do it more often to convince people that his military isn’t a hollowed out shell.

PJs to get new tech?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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Pararescue airmen (PJs) are some of the most respected soldiers in the military.  They are the guys who ride in on helicopters and go down ropes to rescue downed airmen and other trapped and injured soldiers.  Now, the military is looking at new ways to get soldiers and airmen who are down behind enemy lines out without having to risk so many lives.  One of the latest thoughts is adapting the developing commercial air taxis for such a purposes.  Article here.

May 17, 2019

B-52

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:44 pm
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Another B-52 is being resurrected from the boneyard.  Not many left at AMARC.  Boeing may end up having to put them back in production. 🙂

May 15, 2019

F-35 as EW aircraft

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:11 am
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Really good article on a seldom spoken of aspect of the F-35.  The wild weasel role appears to have simply integrated into the US frontline fighter aircraft.

May 9, 2019

Latest F-35 news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:29 am
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Looks like they are getting even cheaper.

Also, they are getting more weapons carriage capability.

Things are coming up roses all over for the F-35.

May 8, 2019

Frikin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:59 pm
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As the Professor says, “Faster please”.

May 3, 2019

Good

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:25 pm
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It was a dumb idea.

May 1, 2019

Totally worth it

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:55 pm
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I love the internet sometimes.  I’ve never heard this story before.

April 1, 2019

F-35 pilot interviews

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:26 pm
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Fascinating stuff here.  You really come away with the sense that air-to-air combat has changed dramatically in the last 15 years.

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