Monday, December 31, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Here is the post which I will try to keep sticky for people to ask questions and share their thoughts which are not on topic. This, I think is known as Open Thread. Fire away.
Monday, January 1, 2018
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
If true, this could be vindication of some of my personal (admittedly not always correct) views on naval warfare in general and naval aviation in particular. I always loved STOVL, that is why, with all my criticism of F-35 program (and it is rather embarrassing program), I still follow F-35B STOVL development fairly close because it is the concept that is sound. In the end, some of the technical solutions in F-35B were... Soviet/Russian, borrowed from what promised then, in the end of 1980s, to be a revolution in carrier aviation--Yak-141 Freestyle.
Now, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov drops a bomb today when revealed (in Russian) that discussion on development and production of a brand new Yakovlev STOVL (based on the ideas of Yak-141) aircraft is in a full swing and that this new aircraft must enter series production in 2025. Oh boy! This is sensational and without going too deep at this stage into the details of why these are exciting news, I will present here a single (there are many more, of course) pro argument:
Modern naval combat is already deep into the missile paradigm in which any aircraft carrier, including classic American CATOBAR mastodons, are not immune from hyper-sonic weapons. But here is the thing, especially for those who intent on fighting Sea Control/Sea Denial battles--the essence of any aircraft carrier is its flight deck and all infrastructure immediately underneath it which make it so vulnerable--catapults, arresters etc. Once one of those elements is gone, and the probability of a deck suffering a major damage in real modern combat is very high, CATOBAR carrier becomes merely a huge pile of steel incapable to launch or receive its air wing. Well, this issue is mitigated on STOVL carriers--their decks are simply more "survivable":
Now, considering a level of modern aerospace technologies where it is possible to make parameters of STOVL aircraft comparable to their CATOBAR colleagues, it becomes only natural to explore the venue of much less expensive than CATOBAR, STOVL carriers which in Russia's case would fit really well into her strategic and operational requirements. Knowing what Russians do with aircraft, it could be really fascinating to see what could be accomplished in this field. After all, Yak-141 was so ahead of its time and that is why Gorbachev rushed to close this program. Now, it seems, it is being reincarnated on a completely new technological foundation. We'll see, but this is exciting, after all, US Navy is flying F-35B, despite all of its failures.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
I think he does. The guy completely went off the rails sometime ago--he fancies himself to be an "expert" on Russia--but his latest sharing of his "expertise" on FOX at Tucker Carson's excellent (one of very few remaining) program is a tour de force' of a complete insanity.
In this sense, Peters is not just himself mentally unstable--he is an excellent embodiment of a symptom of an affliction prevalent in one small American locality in and around Washington D.C. Many people there, while not as openly bizarre and downright crazy, harbor much what Peters exhibits in this video. Judge for yourself. I will address major reasons for this behavior by Peters more in depth later.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
I have no comments to this, but with all respect to Aussies, they better start looking at the creeps who run their country. After all, they want to start the war with North Korea. I will abstain from commenting on this imbecility--judge for yourself.
North Korea is hit by a massive cyber-attack that disables communications, shuts down the power grid, and cripples command and control chains. Minutes later the sky lights up with massive ordinance as MOABs detonate over North Korean nuclear facilities and launch platforms.
Yes, moron, and Russians will sit idly... Yes, my friends, this is a level of "analysis" and insanity.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Yes, they finally met and this is the only way it is supposed to be. Without going into still unclear details of what was discussed--they will emerge later--it is the way things are done: leaders of powerful nations meet in person and talk. Everything becomes important: the tone of voice, a general disposition, even the touch during handshake--those things may often convey things better than words themselves. Rephrasing Sir Bernard Pares:"And knowledge alone is not enough without understanding, which is much more hardly won. To no countries does this apply more than to Russia and the United States....This gap has to be filled, or will it cost us dear."
|That is how responsible adults behave.|
I am no idealist, I stressed it many times, and I do not expect much from Trump presidency but what I do expect is that the world must be moved away from global confrontation and this can be done. The very fact that Trump-Putin meeting lasted almost five times longer than it was settled between parties (initially--half an hour) is a very good sign--yes, there is a lot what Presidents must discuss and personal relations will matter. Now that the first step is done--let CNN and the rest of cabal of media and Democratic Party activists have a seizure.