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Aerospace / Re: New Nuclear Armed Cruise Missile - Global Security Newswire
« Last post by bobbymike on Yesterday at 11:57:50 pm »
Didn't we already have a new stealthy alcm and it was retired?

AGM-129.  No idea why they retired it.
Cause it was an icky 'Cold War' nuke and the USSR had fallen and peace would be with us forever. See: Peacekeeper retirement, Midgetman cancellation, SRAM II cancelled, B-2 production cut, no new R&D, testing or construction of new warheads..............
Theoretical and Speculative Projects / Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Last post by Graham1973 on Yesterday at 10:07:43 pm »
Continuing with the comic books...

Anon., Battle of the Antarctic, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4077, 2008

Great Britain

Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

South Africa

HMSAS Kimberley
Cruiser, class not specified
Armament (Main battery): 8 inch guns in twin turrets
Other armament not specified
Note: Specifically stated to be a South African warship. Described in the story as having been '...newly built...' in South Africa. The illustrations of the ship are too vague to assign the ship to a specific class of cruiser.


Prinz Ludwig
Deutschland Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Commissioned just prior to the start of the Norwegian Campaign (April - June 1940), so probably launched in late 1939 based on the commissioning times for the actual ships. Stated in the opening of the comic to have been part of 'Weserübung Gruppe 5', the German naval force that attacked Oslo at the start of the invasion of Norway.

Armed Merchantmen (Supply Ship)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The story starts in early 1940 and at a guess runs to the end of that year. A German panzerschiffe slips through the British survelliance network and starts to cause havoc in the far reaches of the South Atlantic ocean.
Military / Re: Beam Defense - An Alternative to Nuclear Destruction (book)
« Last post by Kadija_Man on Yesterday at 09:02:18 pm »
A suggestion: You might want to clarify what type of thoughts you are looking for?

Otherwise this might just end up as a generic debate about MAD vs. deproliferation vs. SDI.

Thoughts about the book specifically, and the information described therein, not all the political bull$hit.

So, then, what in your opinion drives defence procurement, apart from "political bull$hit"?

I'm genuinely interested.   You seem to wallow in politics when it supports your case but decry it when it doesn't.  Politics in reality is what drives everything in Government procurement.  Be fastener "X" versus fastener "Y" or nuclear missile "A" versus nuclear missile "B".  They all have political tradeoffs.   To ignore the arguments is to ignore why decisions go the way they do.
Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by Michel Van on Yesterday at 08:52:56 pm »
SpaceX video from 2015

Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by Michel Van on Yesterday at 08:35:07 pm »

A early version of suit a year ago
Aerospace / Re: Mikoyan MiG-31 "Foxhound" replacement
« Last post by Triton on Yesterday at 06:54:24 pm »
"New Russian MiG interceptor will be able to operate in space – developer’s CEO"
Published time: 23 Aug, 2017 20:54
Edited time: 23 Aug, 2017 20:57


The cutting-edge interceptor aircraft, which has been under development for several years, will be able to reach space and even potentially operate without a pilot, according to the CEO of the MiG corporation working on the project.

The research and development of the PAK DP (perspective aviation complex of long-range interceptor) was launched by the MiG Corporation in 2013. PAK DP, dubbed by media with the unofficial designation MiG-41, is expected to replace the aging long-range interceptor MiG-31 and its variants.

The new fighter will be a spiritual successor of MiG-31, MiG Corporation CEO Ilya Tarasenko stated, shedding some light on the interceptor under development.

[The development] is at the stage of finalizing the image of the plane. It will be a gradual transition from MiG-31 to PAK DA,” Tarasenko told RT at the Army-2017 expo in Kubinka on Wednesday.

The “Army-2017” forum is held in the “Patriot” Congress and Exhibition Center, Alabino Military Training Grounds and Kubinka Airfield in Moscow Region. The forum features cutting-edge novelties of the defense industrial complex and is a platform for holding negotiations and striking deals. Aside from the experts, the event also attracts the general public to marvel at the deadly military hardware on the ground and in the air.

The plane, however, will not be just a modernization of MiG-31, it will be an entirely new machine, having “the ability to operate in space, new weapons, new speeds, new operational range,” Tarasenko told Zvezda TV channel on Tuesday.

“It will be an entirely new plane, where entirely new technologies to operate in the Arctic zone will be utilized. This plane will safeguard the whole border of our homeland. Later, the project will become unmanned,” TASS quoted Tarasenko as saying.

While the plane is still under development, it might go to into production by the mid-2020s, Tarasenko believes.

"We’re shaping our technical offer, so that the customer would make a decision on the need to develop the plane. … According to our internal estimates, we should make it to the serial development in 2025,” Tarasenko told RT.

To meet expectations, the new plane should be able to fly at speeds at least four times faster than the speed of sound, Russian media earlier reported, citing renowned test pilot Anatoly Kvochur. If the plane would be able to reach such speeds, it would be likely packed, to some degree, with artificial intelligence control systems, to help human pilots to cope with the extreme flight conditions, aviation expert Fabrizio Poli said.

“It will have certain elements of artificial intelligence built into the jet, because, obviously, flying at those speeds, the human brain is not capable of thinking that fast,” Poli told RT. “There are a lot of new technologies going to be put into this aircraft, for sure.”

The plane might be also equipped with laser weapons, as Russia possesses prototypes of such arms, according to Vladimir Mikheev, an aide to the Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern Deputy CEO, who believes, however, that such systems will belong to the sixth-generation fighters.

“The laser weapons will allow this interceptor aircraft to intercept enemy missiles and disengage the targets,” Poli said.
Everything is up to date with wingtips here.
The Bar / Re: Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD)
« Last post by Moose on Yesterday at 06:37:48 pm »
Why were the actual contract amounts different for the 2 companies?
The amounts reflect what the companies bid for this phase of the program.
Aerospace / Re: New Nuclear Armed Cruise Missile - Global Security Newswire
« Last post by sferrin on Yesterday at 06:32:25 pm »
Didn't we already have a new stealthy alcm and it was retired?

AGM-129.  No idea why they retired it.

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