Saturday, June 15, 2024

Larry's Excellent Delivery...

 ... at SPIEF a few days ago. 


 

Ha, CNN Reports...

 ... actual news from Havana. Not the first half of the report, of course. But visit to Admiral Gorshkov is open for public. Upper deck only, of course.  

Obviously, no one is allowed on board of Kazan. As expected, the discussion board below the video is dominated by massive numbers of TSIPSO and simply genuine article Khohol and other Western fanboys, but the truth is--as I reiterated a number of times--it is what is in waters in the Eastern and Western seaboards which really matters. Couple of the US vessels with SURTASS are  hanging around the area waiting for any opportunity to get Kazan's acoustic signature, but Russians are keenly aware of the rules of the game and Kazan, naturally, will sail on the surface until she breaks off nosy SURTASS guys and a couple of Virginias or Seawolves doing lapses in the vicinity. Good Ol' submariners game. 

What many fanboys didn't notice of course is Academic Pashin...

Russian Navy's latest class of replenishment ships (oilers) of pr. 23130 with 2 completed, 2 building and 2 ships of this class planned. They are state-of-the-art and are designed and built precisely for the type of global affairs such as the visit of a detachment of Russian ships to Cuba. Each of the ships of this class is capable to carry more than 5,000 tons of fuel, plus other supplies. My memory, however, brings me back to this mighty supplier...
At 25,000 tons, she was a mighty fine ship. Well, times change and surface fleets are rethinking their footprint in the times of hypersonic weapons and 24/7 ISR.

The Scale Of The Slaughter...

 ... of VSU... Well, judge for yourself. 


 

About FLEET-2024...

 ... International Exhibition in St. Petersburg by ROE. 


 

Friday, June 14, 2024

Alex And Alexander...

 ... give a good talk about Russia's real economy. 

The only point of contention is the size of... American economy most of which is reported from the service sector, real estate and other financial indices. It is definitely not $23 trillion and it is dwarfed by the economy of China. The structure matters here, and while still significant, US real sector, real industries, shrunk in the last 25 years dramatically, if not catastrophically. The hint is, of course, Russia producing MORE steel and iron than the US, and producing about 70% of energy of the US. Energy consumption in MTOE (Million Tons Oil Equivalent) for 2022 puts ratio at this figure:

Which roughly translated into about 38% of US consumption. Russian economy continues to surge like crazy and by the end of 2025 should hover at 40-42% of the US one. Which gives us a very rough size of Russian economy being about 40% of the US one if one projects those figures directly at GDP number, which, in its turn, is an extremely rough approximation. 

That Was The Point...

 ... of Vladimir Harkonnen... ah, pardon me, Putin's peace gesture. 

And, as was expected:

The terms Russian President Vladimir Putin outlined for ending the conflict are an “ultimatum” to Ukraine and as such unacceptable, Vladimir Zelensky has said. Speaking at a meeting with senior Russian Foreign Ministry officials on Friday, Putin said that Kiev would have to cede all the territory of four regions that chose to join Russia and guarantee it would never join NATO before peace talks could begin. “What can I say? These messages are ultimatum messages, they are nothing different than other ultimatums that he has made before,” Zelensky told the TV network Sky TG24 while attending the G7 meeting in the south of Italy. “He wants us to give up part of our occupied territories, but he also wants the unoccupied ones. He talks about regions of our country, and he won’t stop,” Zelensky claimed. 

So, the "thunder" of "peace conference" in Switzerland is gone and as Dmitry Medvedev stated to the West--I give just the summary--f..ck you. So, the annihilation of 404 continues. Meanwhile, here is Nima talking to me yesterday:

I saw the post about John Mearsheimer talking to Judge about Russian Navy. As I state non-stop, Mearsheimer's understanding of modern warfare is that of an amateur. He graduated USMA at West Point, but, evidently, learned absolutely nothing and hence wasted his "talents" in the field of fake political "science". He has no clue about Russia, and about the United States, for that matter.