Sunday, January 20, 2019

Boost.

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From the controlled [?] Russian media outlet Sputnik a very dull, repetitive and misleading headline

"More Bang, More Buck: US Considers Adding ICBM Interceptors to F-35"

"In all likelihood, adding more bells and whistles to the F-35 can only make its $1.5 trillion program price more expensive, while experts have questioned if the plan is even realistic."

"The Pentagon's top research official is mulling whether to add air-to-air interceptors to the F-35's weapons arsenal in order to give the stealth fighters anti-ballistic missile capabilities, a new report says."

F-35 a POSSIBLE mission of missile interceptor but ONLY indirectly so.

The sensors of the F-35 have a POTENTIAL anti-missile capability. Those highly advanced sensors as embedded in the F-35 able to detect and track the boost-phase launch of an ICBM, providing to GROUND BASED anti-ballistic-missiles of the THAAD variety valuable data essential to a successful intercept.

This very topic as was discussed in a previous blog entry:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/12/f-35-icbm.html

Please Sputnik, do not be so alarmist or misleading. Stick to reality and watch your headlines.

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Passage.

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Yet one more headline courtesy the Russian controlled [?] media outlet Sputnik. More yawns?

"US May Send Warship Through Taiwan Strait Amid China Tensions - Navy Chief"

"In late October 2018, the Pentagon sent two US Navy vessels through the Taiwan Strait, in the second such operation that year. Beijing voiced serious concern about the move, while Taiwanese officials claimed that the island's defense ministry was in full control of the situation"

"The US Navy doesn't rule out sending an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait despite risks related to China's increasing military capabilities, Admiral John Richardson, chief of the US's naval operations, said."

"'We don't really see any kind of limitation on whatever type of ship could pass through those waters. We see the Taiwan Strait as another [stretch of] international waters, so that's why we do the transits,'" - -  Richardson

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT BY WARSHIPS THROUGH INTERNATIONAL WATERS?

CAN BE SEEN BY THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS AS INTIMIDATION ALSO? AN INSTANCE OF DEMONSTRABLE AMERICAN RESOLVE?

Two warships hard qualifies as an international incident? Especially when sailing in international waters. This is much to-do about nothing?

DURING THE KOREAN WAR THE AMERICAN SEVENTH FLEET HAVING INTERPOSED ITSELF BETWEEN THE ASIAN MAINLAND AND TAIWAN HAVING GUARANTEED THE SURVIVAL OF THE CHINESE NATIONALIST REGIME AND PREVENTING FURTHER AND MORE  DESTRUCTIVE CONFLICT IN THE REGION.

See previous blog entry the topic of which was the Chinese Nationalists being an indirect winner of the Korean war.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

B-Patrone.

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As is the subject of a You Tube video the exploding sniper round as used by the German [Soviet also] during the Second World War [WW2]:


Comments:

* My understanding has been that exploding rounds of this small caliber are outlawed by the St. Petersburg Declaration of 1868. The Hague Convention of 1899 outlawed expanding rounds [dum-dum bullets].

* Snipers of the era [Second World War] not even needing an exploding round anyhow. Most personnel their duty as a dedicated sniper meant an individual with extraordinary marksmanship skills. Enemy in almost cases vanquished by a head shot or a round to the center-line vitals of the body. Exploding round not needed for additional lethality.

* This exploding round will not detonate anyhow when striking soft tissue? Use as an anti-personnel round very limited if not almost non-existent in that regard.

* Modern exploding .50 [12.7 mm] Raufoss Mk 211 ammunition versatile when employed against objects such as thin-skinned vehicles, the cockpit or jet engine or a warplane on the round, etc. It is suggested the Raufoss round when fired against personnel might be illegal if the target wearing body armor? And how exactly from a range of a thousand meters does the shooter know the enemy is wearing body armor?

* $15 USD a shot! More of a collectors item than a round you would fire, even if you intend to make an informative and dramatic video!

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Pirata!

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Pirates of the Caribbean. Not a movie. Not a Disney World attraction. For real and very deadly.

Not cutlass and flintlock pistol either. Today AK, RPG and PKM.

From Spectator USA and the article by Colin Freeman

"Pirates of the Caribbean: How Venezuela’s near collapse is causing a crisis on the seas"

"Families are scavenging to survive. It’s not quite Somalia – but it isn’t far off"

"In lawless ports like Guiria in the Venezuelan state of Sucre, the pirates operate with near impunity, kidnapping Trinidadian fishermen and holding them for ransom. They also smuggle boatloads of cocaine and guns into Trinidad. Guns and coke are two commodities still widely available in Venezuela. On the return run, the pirates bring back the ordinary provisions that are in desperately short supply in their home country: nappies, rice and cooking oil. Think Narcos with speedboats and packets of Pampers."

That topic of modern-day piracy not an item as included in the blog for some time now. Think usually Strait of Malacca, Horn of Africa, Nigeria. And now in the ancient and venerable manner the Caribbean. As it was during the times of Henry Morgan and Jean Lafitte so as it is now in those waters contiguous to Venezuela.

Aargh!!

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Kelly.

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Beware Caesar the Ides! Beware boys the malware!

"This Knockout Instagram Girl May Be the USAF’s Most Cost-Effective Recruiting Asset."

"Airman Kelly Davis' depictions of life outside Air Force duty hours portray an adventurous, aspirational lifestyle that could help influence other young people to pursue an Air Force career."

"She has more Instagram followers than the Air Force’s new F-35 Demo Team. Her Instagram is followed by nearly as many people as the well-established Air Force Heritage Flight Instagram page. She has three times as many followers as the official USAF ROTC Instagram page. With 12,200+ followers on Instagram compared to 10,300 for the new, official U.S. Air Force F-35 Demo Team [and] there are more eyes are on her page than the Air Force’s most expensive demo aircraft."

Kelly Davis. Described as an airman!

And boys as I have said beware the Kelly. Not Kelly personally but images as might be found on Instagram and downloaded to your PC or smart phone. Entities, possibly foreign intelligence services hostile to the United States might have secretly embedded malware in those images, risque, enticing and alluring as they are. Malware that allows the unknown and hostile entities to take control of your PC or smart phone without your knowledge and use YOUR OWN device against you in some manner.

Read further a previous blog entry that describes such malware with additional links:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/09/media.html

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Razz Dazz.

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Without any ado images of modern warships hull and superstructure painted in the dazzle fashion. See previous blog entry the topic was dazzle.


Swedish vessel HSwMS Gävle.


Swedish vessel HSwMS Sturkö.


Swedish vessel HSwMS Visby.


Norwegian patrol boat. this is more camouflage in the traditional variety than dazzle?


American LCS [Littoral Combat Ship] of the Freedom class.

Dazzle as a measure designed to confuse the optical range-finders of enemy combat surface vessels during the Great War [WW1]. Confuse even more so the optical range-finders of submarines.

Long-range missiles with radar, infra-red and GPS guidance as might be the dominant force in modern naval warfare makes dazzle a totally ineffective defensive measure. Dazzle however looks "cool"?

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Spit.

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Land where there is no land. Is this spit in their faces or throw sand in their eyes?

As is in the context of a previous blog entry and thanks to the Russian media outlet Sputnik:

"Poland Plans to Build Artificial Island on Outskirts of Russian Exclave"

Exclave correct and not enclave!

"The island will be owned by the Polish government, but it remains unclear what purpose it will serve. According to media reports, access to the island will be restricted."

"Poland has revealed plans to construct an artificial island in the Kaliningradskiy Zaliv (also known as the Vistula Lagoon), not far from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, Polish newspaper Wyborcza reported. The island will be made from earth dug up during the construction of a channel going through the Kaliningradskaya Kosa (also known as the Vistula Spit) to the Baltic Sea. The construction of both could reportedly cost some $236 million."

THAT CHANNEL AS WITHIN POLISH TERRITORY AND ALLOWING FOR SHIPS MOVEMENTS TO AND FRO THE VISTULA LAGOON AND THE BALTIC AND GOING TO BE BUILT AT THE BEHEST OF AMERICAN AND NATO MILITARY PLANNERS.

Insult to injury? The Russian is very touchy about such matters! You the devoted reader to the blog decide for yourself. 

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