Thursday, December 14, 2017

Zumwalt II.

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More extracts from that original article as seen at Strategy Page.

Comparing apples and organges?

"Attrition: The Zumwalt Killed Progress"

"A century before the DDG 1000 [Zumwalt class destroyer] showed up there was the Mississippi class battleship that displaced 14,400 tons, was 382 feet long, and 77 feet wide. A crew of 800 operated a variety of weapons, including four 12 inch, eight 8 inch, eight 7 inch, twelve 3 inch, twelve 47mm, and four 37mm guns, plus four 7.62mm machine-guns. There were also four torpedo tubes. The Mississippi had a top speed of 31 kilometers an hour, versus 54 for DDG-1000. But the Mississippi had one thing DD-21 lacked, armor. Along the side there was a belt of 23 cm (9 inch) armor and the main turrets had 30 cm (12 inch) thick armor. The Mississippi had radio, but the DDG-1000 has radio, GPS, sonar, Aegis radar, electronic warfare equipment, and the ability to shoot down ballistic missiles. The century old Mississippi class [BB-23] ships cost about half a billion dollars (adjusted for inflation). The DDG-1000 class destroyers cost over $4 billion each, thus possessing the price, size, and firepower, if not the name, of a battleship. The U.S. Navy could no longer afford battleships and given the continued inability to control costs meant the navy could not afford enough of its new DDG-1000 destroyers either."

NO AMMUNITION FOR THE DDG CLASS 155MM ADVANCED GUN SYSTEM [AGS] TO BE PURCHASED EITHER! COST OF $1 MILLION PER ROUND PROHIBITIVE! ORIGINAL COST OF 155MM AGS ROUNDS BASED ON A MASS PRODUCTION  OF AMMO FOR TWENTY-SEVEN VESSELS AND NOT THREE! DDG NOW A SHIP WITHOUT AMMUNITION FOR THE MAIN GUNS!!

Mississippi si, Zumwalt no? You decide.

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Zumwalt I.

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Back to the future, navy style?

From an item as seen Strategy Page and extracted from same:

"Attrition: The Zumwalt Killed Progress"

"December 7, 2017: In October 2017 the last of the three U.S. Navy Burke class 'restart' ships entered service. This Cold War era design was supposed to have been replaced by a new design, the Zumwalt class. That did not work out because it took too long and cost too much to build the new Zunwalts. Meanwhile it was noted that the Burkes remained a very effective design . . . So in 2009 the U.S. Navy decided to resume Burke production."

. . . .

"The DDG-1000 destroyers (and slightly larger versions designated as cruisers) would cost more than $4 billion each if built in large quantities. The Burkes cost $1.9 billion each. The last of original Burkes was ordered in 2002 and entered service in 2012."

$4 billion for a DDG type class destroyer IF the vessels had been made in mass production. Twenty-seven DDG was the goal but only three will be built now. Improved Burke class destroyers cost half and will have improved systems as originally were designed for the DDG.

GOOD ENOUGH NOW BETTER THAN PERFECT TOMORROW. AND THERE IS NO PERFECT TOMORROW!

Burke si, Zumwalt no! For the best too?

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Alex.

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YET one more listing of WHO is the best general ever.

Thanks to a comment seen at the iSteve Internet web site.

As I have said before, ask then experts to compile such a list [best general ever] and you will get ten different lists.

"Who Was the Best Military General Ever?"

"Wish I [the person commenting to the iSteve article] could remember who it was who compiled a list of the ten greatest military geniuses of all time. These are offered without comment, except to say that if The Little Corsican [Napoleon] was number two, number one is a no-brainer. They were as follows (and separated only by a hair I might add)"

10.) Genghis Khan
9.) Julius Caesar
8.) Scipio Africanus
7.) Hannibal of Carthage
6.) Erich von Manstein
5.) George S. Patton
4.) Stonewall Jackson
3.) Erwin Rommel
2.) Napoleon Bonaparte

"And Numero Uno?"

"Alexander of Macedon a/k/a 'Alexander the Great'”

A Genghis, a Julius, a Hannibal, a Napoleon, an Alexander understand functioning not merely in the position of a general officer commanding troops on the battlefield.

Men wielding political clout as well as military leadership. Persons having the authority to formulate grand strategy, strategy, a practitioner of the operational art. and tactics.

Genghis, Julius, Hannibal, Napoleon and Alexander functioning at a much higher level of command and leadership!!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Be-200.

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Here with a blog entry having a quasi-military dimension. In both cases thanks to Freeper.

Russians to the rescue! Brush fires in the Los Angeles, California, USA requiring reinforcements.

1. "Alert: The Russians are coming!"

"The Russians are coming! Yes, the Russians are coming to help fight fires here in California with their amphibious Be-200 firefighting aircraft. The plan has not yet been finalized, just a handshake agreement between Russia and US. The Be-200 aircraft will be stationed in Santa Maria"


Image thanks to Dmitriy Pichugi. The Be-200 is  an amphibious aircraft and can scoop up water while at low-level flight. "The aircraft is also capable of being configured for anti-submarine warfare [ASW] duties."

2. "Instead Of Water, Military Drones Helping Fight Fire With Data"

"Firefighters have been working nonstop to put out multiple wildfires ravaging land and homes from the hills to the beaches of Southern California. High above the flames and smoke, heavy duty materiel is helping them better battle those blazes."

MILITARY DRONES WITH MULTI-SPECTRAL IMAGING CAPABILITY AND AMAZING LOITER TIME, DAY AND NIGHT ABLE TO PROVIDE REAL-TIME MACRO/MICRO INFORMATION TO THE BATTLE STAFF PLANNERS OF THE FIREFIGHTERS ON THE GROUND!!THE BATTLEFIELD COMMANDER, THE FIREFIGHTING MANAGER IN CHARGE ABLE ALMOST WITH A SINGLE GLANCE ABLE TO MAKE INFORMED AND CORRECT DECISIONS!

And thank you Russians. Peace is in the air almost literally so!

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Maute

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Finality??

The battle for Marawi City is over now. The government forces have triumphed over the insurrectionists.

Further as extracted from Strategy Page the brothers of the Maute family all dead [all seven?] and the Maute Group scattered or obliterated. But remnants still exist and will be heard of again?

"Philippines: China Tugs The Leash"

"December 6, 2017: The army confirmed that all seven Maute brothers are dead. These men were the core leadership of the Maute Group . . . The largest ISIL faction in Marawi City was from the Maute Group who unexpectedly brought in hundreds of their own gunmen who were willing to fight to the death and triggered an existing plan to gather in Marawi City to inspire local Moslems to rise up and drive out Christians."

". . . The Maute Group was nearly wiped out in Marawi City and although all seven of the Maute brothers are now dead one other key Maute Group leader, Abu Dar, is still free. Abu Dar belongs to the same tribe (the Maranao) as the Manute clan and could take command of the Maute Group and rebuild it"

See previous blog entries the topic of which was the insurrection of the Maute Group and the battle for Marawi City:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/07/marawi.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/08/hydra.html

And do not think the Muslim of the southern part of the Philippines [Sulu Sea, Jolo, Mindanao] to be deterred by the Marawi City defeat. Whatever Maute Group survivors are left with rally to the cause once more, commanded by Abu Dar the next time.



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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

8/22/14.

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Have you ever done it ze French way?

We thank you Papa?

As originally seen at France24 and a surprise to me! That article by Stéphanie TROUILLARD.

"August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history"

NOT VERDUN. NOT THE NIVELLE OFFENSIVE. NO!

Battle of the Frontiers.

"The Battle of the Frontiers, fought at the outset of World War I, doesn’t have the same historical notoriety as Verdun or Somme, but it saw in one day more French soldiers die than in any other day in history."

THE FRENCH DEFENDING BY ATTACKING! ELAN, ESPRIT, CRAN! WITH A LARGE MEASURE OF DISASTER AS A RESULT.. BUT MOST OF THE GREAT WAR WAS A DISASTER, WASN'T IT?

Cran, élan, et la Baïonnette!

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Hawkeye.

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My intuition served me wrong on this one. My instantaneous response was that the Russian was now using raptors [birds of prey] to guard the Kremlin against drone surveillance and drone attack.

But that is not so. What is called a crow in America is called a rook in Europe?

From the Sputnik Russian media outlet:

"Defending the Kremlin: Hawks, Falcons and Owls in Service"

"It is unbelievable, but true: birds help defend the Kremlin."


Thanks to the image from Sputnik and Ilya. Nice looking bird of prey.

"Kremlin officials use hawks, falcons and even owls to scare off crows that spoil the building’s golden domes in the heart of Moscow. Moreover, crows hunt singing birds at the Kremlin and even damage the uniforms of the Kremlin guards. So it’s no surprise that government officials have decided to use hawks and falcons against the crows. The hawks start their work early in the morning, while there are no tourists in the Kremlin. When crows see the hawks they prefer to fly away from the Kremlin walls."

NOT SO UNBELIEVABLE EITHER!

Consider a prior blog entry the topic of which was using raptors to guard military installations against drone attack:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/08/raptors.html

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