Sunday, October 25, 2020

Slow.


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SPEED MATTERS!

The "kamikaze drone" as used effectively by the Azerbaijani in their war with Armenia able to defy conventional air defense missiles [SAM].

DRONES it seems fly TOO SLOW!

Thanks to the Internet web site "Anti-Empire"

"Armenians Are Losing the War in Karabakh Because Their Air Defenses Can Not Handle Slow-Flying Drones"

"Hindsight is 20/20 but turns out it was a big mistake not to have had modern drone-killing systems in place"

"Armenian anti-aircraft defenses are not particularly modern or potent, but they are perfectly adequate to keep at bay the modest Azeri airforce,"

"However, the problem for the Armenian side is that the Azeris are instead relying on slow-flying drones that Armenian anti-aircraft systems are ill-equipped to handle, having been developed before the advent of drones and with different roles and capabilities in mind."

See previous blog entry the topic the use of drones in the Armenian/Azerbaijan conflict:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/zero.html

Wage war by "suicide" drone will be now all the rage. Everyone will want a fleet of such weapons now.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

COFA.

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As was foreseen in 1994 now is coming to fruition? Naval base Palau Islands. 

From the Russian media outlet RT.

"New American military base in Pacific would show how US-China cold war is heating up fast"

"The tiny state of Palau has invited the US to build a military base on its territory. It’s a sign of how the Pacific is becoming strategically vital as countries choose to align with either Washington or Beijing."

"Few people in the west are likely to have heard of a nation called Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean. Located close to Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, it boasts a population of only 17,000 people, less than the average small town."

Palau only becoming an independent nation in 1994. Prior to that a Trust Territory under the control and jurisdiction of the USA.

"Palau finally becoming a sovereign state in 1994."

COFA agreement by which Palau attaining independence containing stipulations as regarding USA military bases in the nation-state:

"Under the terms of the COFA [Compact of Free Association], the US provides a package of financial assistance which is administered via the Office of Insular Affairs, and assumes responsibility for national defence and security, in return for the exclusive freedom to operate and base American armed forces across the COFA territory."

Can YOU point to Palau on the map? ASK yourself!

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https://on.rt.com/aszw

Zumwalt VLS.


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The Great White Whale or the Great White Elephant? DDG 1000 Zumwalt back in the news once more.

From Sputnik and thanks to same.

"US Navy’s Zumwalt Stealth Destroyer Will Soon Have Working Weapons"

"The USS Zumwalt stealth destroyer joined the Navy in 2016, but due to budget shifts, it’s never had a working weapons system. However, the final touches on the ship’s conversion into a standard guided missile destroyer will soon be completed."

"The world’s largest destroyer will soon have a working weapons system - four years after being commissioned into the US Navy. A source inside the Zumwalt program told Defense News on Saturday that the final piece of the ship’s new combat system is due to be installed before the month is out."

ADVANCED GUN SYSTEM [AGS] GONE. TOO BAD. ROUNDS THE PRICE $1 MILLION PER SHOT. TOO EXPENSIVE.

AGS to be replaced with Vertical Launch System [VLS]. Missiles rather than naval gunfire.

"Eighty MK57 vertical launch tubes capable of firing a wide array of anti-air, anti-ship and anti-surface missiles." [anti-submarine SUBROC too?]

I would imagine that "mix" of missiles to be task-tailored for the mission. Zumwalt eventually to be equipped with rail-gun electro-magnetic apparatus? Only time will tell.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Pulp.

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THE BIG BOOM THAT NEVER WAS? FROM ONE YEAR AGO.

Thanks to the Planet Today Internet web site.

'Underwater Nuclear Explosion' Occurred In The South China Sea?"

Question mark?

"Information about the alleged 'underwater nuclear explosion' that occurred in the South China Sea began to spread a couple of days ago."

"Any sane person having read that 'the explosion occurred at a depth of 50 m and its power was 10 to 20 kilotons of TNT,' would immediately conclude that an explosion of such power at such a shallow depth would certainly cause a crushing tsunami wave, but there are no tsunami reports."

ACCIDENTAL ATOMIC DETONATION OF A CHINESE NUCLEAR WEAPON APPARENTLY DID NOT OCCUR. BUT WAS REPORT BY VARIOUS SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS AS BEING SO OR AT LEAST A POSSIBLE.

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This was some sort of "pulp fiction" [fiction dealing with lurid or sensational subjects]  and FAKE news [false news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared or distributed]    apparently. NO underwater accidental detonation of an atomic weapon occurred?

IF indeed "fake" news as generated by whom and for WHAT reason?

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Mad Jack.

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The British do so love their eccentrics.

"ec•cen•tric - - adj. Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern."

Thanks to the article from "Coffee or Die" as authored by Matt Fratus. 

"‘MAD JACK’ CHURCHILL: THE OFFICER WHO CARRIED A SWORD, BAGPIPES, AND A LONGBOW INTO BATTLE"

Jack Churchill [no relation to Winston]. Serving British army officer during the Second World War and a man of many talents and abilities.

Archer /swordsman/ romantic /military officer /bagpiper /male model /PoW escapee /motorcyclist.

"ro•man•tic - - adj.  imaginative but impractical; visionary"

Read of additional military men each and everyone a successful battlefield commander the moniker "Mad" bestowed:

* Mad Anthony Wayne.

* Mad Mike Hoare

*  Mad Mike Calvert.

* Mad Mitch Colin Mitchell.

Mad but not in a bad way mad.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

PLAN.

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"keep the focus on the PLAN and the Indo-Pacific theater"

PLAN = People's Liberation Army Navy. Red China.

From CDR Salamander and the proceedings of the Naval Institute.

"At Sea, There is Only One Great Power Competition"

"The phrase 'Great Power Competition' is often used as a proxy for 'China and Russia.' That is unquestionably accurate with China, and to a lesser extent Russia, but when you look to the high seas, it really needs to be seen as shorthand for China".

As described by the Commander and in-the-nutshell Russia as a NAVAL THREAT their role as a GREAT POWER should not be over-estimated:

"Simply put, Russia does not have much additional money to spend at sea with her requirements ashore for her land an air forces. Yes, she can produce some regional effects at sea and her submarines could, in spots, create bother … but nothing that her much larger and richer European rivals can’t challenge as needed with a helpful assist by the USA where there are gaps."

According to the Commander the USA should not fear a combined fleet of China and Russia as an adversary. Nor a two-ocean war. Keep your eyes on the prize.

See recent blog entries as applicable:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/long-game.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/two-power-ii.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/two-power-i.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/biggest.html

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Tanked.


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One wee dram too many it seems. 

From the Russian media outlet RT another instance reported of the British nuclear ballistic-missile firing fleet again getting bad press.

"Too tanked for Tridents? Royal Navy officer in charge of nukes reportedly came to work drunk and clutching bag of BBQ chicken"

"tanked - -  adj. Intoxicated; drunk"

"The British nuclear submarine dubbed “HMS Sex and Cocaine” by the tabloids is in trouble again. An officer responsible for its nuclear missiles reportedly showed up for duty drunk during a port call in the US."

"The latest embarrassing incident happened during HMS Vigilant’s stay at the US Navy’s Kings Bay base in Georgia, according to the Sun. Lt. Commander Len Louw came in for his shift just as the crew was preparing to unload Trident II missiles – the primary armament of the submarine. As the weapons engineering officer, Louw was supposed to be in charge of the nuclear weapons."

BACK IN THE DAYS OF THE COLD WAR DURING A FIFTY YEAR PERIOD ABOUT 50,000 AMERICAN SERVICE MEN THEIR DUTY INVOLVING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN SOME MANNER HAVING THEIR SECURITY CLEARANCES TAKEN AWAY MOSTLY FOR THE OFFENSE RELATED TO THE EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE.

LASH, GROG, SODOMY. A PORTION OF THE ANCIENT ROYAL NAVY [RN] TRADITION CONTINUES?

See recent previous blog entries the British nuclear deterrent personnel flaws made apparent:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/outbreak.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/10/visit-usa.html

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