Friday, September 18, 2020

Massive.

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Paladin in action. A mission the concept of which was never envisioned when Paladin first hit the drawing board. Missile intercept. NOW a done deal.

Bullet hitting a bullet almost literally so and thanks to Fox News.

1. "Massive breakthrough: 155 mm howitzer artillery [Paladin] destroys incoming cruise missile"

"It made history by shooting down a fast-moving maneuvering cruise missile"

FAST-MOVING AND MANEUVERABLE. NOT SPECIFIED WHAT TYPE OF AMERICAN CRUISE MISSILE.

Presumably this involves some sort of net-centric targeting. A whole host of sensors providing fire-control information to the firing unit.

 2. "Army developing 'high-rate-of-fire' breakthrough 1,000-mile range cannon"

"The long-range cannon could be a possibility by 2023"

Think not merely distance. Think also accuracy and lethality. Think also net-centric targeting.

MISSILES EXPENSIVE, ARTILLERY ROUNDS MUCH LESS SO.

See previous blog entry the long-range cannon concept:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/04/stand-to.html

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Hell.

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Playground of the rich and famous now HELL! More info the Mozambique insurgency thanks to the British tabloid The Sun the article by Claudia Aoraha. Islamic jihadists prevailing.

"HELL IN PARADISE ISIS take over stunning islands where Daniel Craig and Bono holiday burning down luxury hotels and imposing Sharia Law"

"ISIS militants have taken over paradise islands in the Indian Ocean, burning down hotels and imposing Sharia Law."

Jihadi tactics scorched earth literally!! No-holds-barred obliteration of the profane.

"The ISIS insurgents have ordered residents to abandon the islands of Vamizi and Mecungo - where celebrities like Daniel Craig, Bono and Prince Albert of Monaco have holidayed in luxury."

SURELY THERE WILL BE NOW AN INTERNATIONAL REACTION! HARDLY CAN WE ALLOW THE RICH AND FAMOUS TO BE DENIED.

See previous blog entries the insurgency in Mozambique:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/08/ansar.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/07/wagner-pmc.html

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Asbestos.


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"Sometimes the hastily-developed technology turns out to be immensely effective, but other times it can backfire, putting the user in as much or more peril as the danger from which it is supposed to be protecting them. One such example of a supposed advance that actually turned out to be dangerous to the user was the British civilian gas mask of the Second World War.... While the masks were effective in terms of being able to filter out poisonous gases like mustard gas, phosgene or chlorine gas, the filters in them contained a chemical that we now know is extremely harmful to humans: asbestos... Asbestos, which was widely used as a heat-resistant insulator... before it was discovered just how harmful prolonged exposure was. It causes asbestosis, pleuritis, and lung cancer, as well as a number of other lethal and incurable diseases." - -  Jay Hemmings.

See from the Internet blog of John Simkin this very sad account of good measures taken during wartime that resulted in unanticipated and very bad results decades later.


Gas masks and filters as distributed to British civilians [and presumably too military personnel] prior to and during WW2 effective against poison gas attack but injurious to the wearer in the long term.

A CONSTITUENT ELEMENT [ASBESTOS] USED IN THE FILTERS EXPOSING CIVILIANS AND MILITARY BOTH TO A VERY DEADLY CARCINOGEN AGENT. 

Deadliness of asbestos not known [?] at the time. Maybe only decades later was the link between diseases such as asbestos and mesothelioma understood. But too late for many.

The threat of widespread poison gas warfare in the European theater of battle during WW2 never materialized. But the threat as perceived did have to be taken into account and prudent measures taken in advance.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Thermopylae.

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From the Internet web sites "Coffee or Die" and "We Are The Mighty" this article the topic of which interesting albeit hypothetical.

"IF THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE WAS FOUGHT TODAY WITH 300 MARINES"

"The legendary defense of the Spartans at the 'hot gates' of Thermopylae has gone down in military history as one of the greatest last stands."

"But what if 300 Marine infantrymen, along with a couple thousand other fighters, had to repeat what Leonidas, 300 Spartans, and their Greek allies did in 480 B.C. against a modern foe?"

THAT MARINE FORCE OF SEVERAL RIFLE COMPANIES WITH GREEK ALLIES THE MARINES HAVING MANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AT THEIR DISPOSAL BEYOND ORGANIC WEAPONRY!!

Hypothetical combats such as this more for amusement than anything else? Courtesy our good friend Binkov see some You Tube video as are relevant.


Analysis by Binkov. One-hundred thousand [100,000] Mongols versus a battalion USA Marines. American Marines that battalion limited to organic weaponry. Who would win?

Further analysis by Binkov. A rifle platoon of USA Marines versus a Roman Legion. That rifle platoon also limited to organic weaponry. A Roman Legion the normal size of about 5,000 men. Who would win?

A modern combat unit of USA Marines defending Thermopylae using only organic weaponry without ammunition re-supply would run out of ammo and be overwhelmed by numbers alone. Climactic battle concluding with hand-hand combat, bayonet and rifle butt versus sword and spear.

I also highly recommend the entire Binkov archive as seen at You Tube. Very good.

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TALWS.

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An item from the Internet web site The Aviationist of interest.

THIS WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE POSSIBLE EVER!

Airborne tactical laser system able toknock anenemy missileout of the sky.


Tactical Airborne Laser Weapon System (TALWS), 

“Tactical Airborne Laser Pods are Coming”. An interesting new video has just been released by Lockheed Martin. Focusing on the Tactical Airborne Laser Weapon System (TALWS), the animation shows F-16s equipped with laser pods cooperate with a Boeing KC-46 Pegasus equipped tactical infrared sensors able to passively detect and track threats. Once the tanker (a High-Value Aerial Asset that can be targeted by several different threats) detects an incoming missile, it passes its position to the two Vipers that can use their the beam director in their pod to put high-energy light on-target and keep it there with high precision to defeat the threat."

AT THIS STAGE TALWS STRICTLY [?] ANIMATION.


See previous blog entry with a number of additional embedded links the status and future of the airborne directed energy weaponry the opinion of the experts less than sanguine:


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Ostentatious.


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NOT for millionaires. FOR billionaires!

Thanks to the Internet website English Russian we have an item borderline suitable to the blog but still worthy of posting.

Military vessels of the old Soviet Union refurbished/retrofitted/remodeled into super-luxury yachts for the very rich.

"Soviet Ships Transformed Into Yachts For Millionaires"

"ostentatious: attracting or seeking to attract attention, admiration, or envy often by gaudiness or obviousness : overly elaborate or conspicuous"

"Some modern super-yachts used to look differently and perform basically military missions. They served interests of their native country and its people. Many Soviet yachts became the property of foreign buyers in the 1990s who bought them quite cheaply"

THESE VESSELS AS ORIGINAL THE BASIC MILITARY MISSION OR QUASI-MILITARY MISSION APPARENTLY INVOLVING INTELLIGENCE GATHERING AS DESCRIBED BUT NOT CONFINED STRICTLY SO!

Devoted readers to the blog are strong encouraged to read the full article without reservation or qualification. 

Images of the extravagance quite startling in the extreme!!

During the Russian Imperial era nobility EXPECTED to lead an "ostentatious" lifestyle. A government yearly stipend of considerable value [200,000 roubles] even by modern standards provided. Think multi-millions.

"200,000 Russian rouble [1880-1917] in year 1885 could buy 145,528 grams [of] gold. The price of  [that amount of gold] in year 2015 was $5,427,749 US dollar [1791-2015]."

YES, BILLIONAIRES ONLY!

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Gauntlet.


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Fight’s on!! Gaunlet thrown! It begins.

From the Internet website Coffee or Die this article by Nolan Peterson

"ESPER [MARK] SAYS AIR COMBAT SHOWDOWN BETWEEN HUMAN AND AI PILOTS WILL HAPPEN IN 2024"

MACHINE SI, HUMAN NO? WE SHALL FIND OUT?

"US Secretary of Defense [SECDEF] Mark Esper threw down the gauntlet on Wednesday, declaring that within four years human fighter pilots would go mano a mano against artificial intelligence adversaries piloting tactical aircraft."

Battle in the skies. A human piloted warplane in mockbattle with an Artificial Intelligence [AI] piloted warplane, the latter totally [?] autonomous.

"mano a mano - - eyeball-to-eyeball, face-to-face, head-on, head-to-head, one-on-one, toe-to-toe" [a duel]

EYEBALL TO EYEBALL AND THE HUMAN BLINKED?

Matched F-16 versus matched F-16 for the aerial duel? Some sort of control from the ground possible if the robot-piloted warplane goes rogue? 

See previous blog entries as germane:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/08/ai-glock.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/08/banger.html

Reporting for DUTY sir!

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