Sunday, January 24, 2021

Visby.

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FREMM class frigate to be adopted by the U.S. Navy as acknowledged not the most recent design [even if a proven class of warship]. Lacking in some respects with "capability" as military naval planners might most desire.

"Here’s a list of the capabilities that a new ship – any type of new warship – ought to have to fight a future war, based on the threats we can reasonably anticipate"

As to stealth:

* "Stealth – Extreme Visby-level stealth to include radar, acoustic, IR, and visible signature reductions.  With the proliferation of EO guided imaging missiles, visible signature reduction will be just as important as radar and IR signature reduction."

Regarding what is termed "Visby-level" stealth:

"The Visby class is the latest class of corvette to be adopted by the Swedish Navy after the Göteborg and Stockholm-class corvettes. The ship's design heavily emphasizes low visibility, radar cross-section and infrared signature. The first ship in the class is named after Visby . . . The class has received widespread international attention because of its capabilities as a stealth ship."

Visby stealth measures hardly confined to avoiding radar detection. Incorporates dazzle camouflage paint pattern. This particular image [not of the Visby] shows the same merchant vessel [era WW1] with [left] and without [right] the dazzle paint pattern as it would appear in the periscope of a German U-boat. Dazzle conceals [?] the direction the ship is headed?

The devoted reader to the blog might find confusion as would a German U-boat captain?

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Dowry.

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Courtesy the tip from the Internet web site Anti-War.com.

Place this one in the strange but true category?

The Taliban boys behaving badly?

"Taliban now discouraging fighters from taking multiple wives. The reason may surprise you"

"The leader of the Afghan Taliban has told members to avoid taking multiple wives so that the hardline Islamist militant group will not invite 'criticism from our enemies'."

"Mullah Hibatullah issued a decree warning Taliban members against the practice so 'they won't need to get involved in corrupt and illegal practices'"

The Taliban boys Islamic warriors evidently engaging in multiple marriages [allowed by Islamic Sharia law to four wives max] merely to obtain dowry from the family of the bride. Enriching themselves in a less than noble manner and against the puritanical beliefs and practices of the Taliban leadership as espoused.

MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL THEY SAY!

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Burned.


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With regard to a previous blog entry the U.S. Navy as an expedient measure to solve a perceived problem perhaps making things worse?

From the Internet web site "Anti-War" and thanks to same.

"Burned by Failed Futuristic Designs US Navy Now Building a Frigate That Will Be Obsolete From the Start"

As extracted:

"Well, consider this … the FREMM design dates back to the early 2000’s, making the design nearly two decades old by now [2021] and it will be three decades old, or older, by the time the first few US Navy frigates will enter actual service (scheduled delivery 2026, IOC around 2030 – and schedules always slip).  Can a 30+ year old ship design really be called a success?"

"Consider the issue of stealth.  When the FREMM was first designed, it may have been considered stealthy but by today’s standards, its appearance would suggest that it is only marginally stealthy, like the Burke.  Is a brand new ship that will become our front line surface combat ship as the Burkes are replaced by unmanned vessels, really a success if it’s only marginally stealthy?"

Burke = Burke class destroyer. Burke as a class of warship generally described as a success.

FREMM frigate class warship a stop-gap solution as a response to the failed LCS class American warship a more than half-measure, rather inferior?

See previous blog entries the topic FREMM:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/05/fremm-ffg-x.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/03/must.html

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Kaput II.

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EMALS bad! EMALS gone?

From the Internet web site "Politics That Matter" and the article by rbrooks.

"U.S. Navy to award contract for new electromagnetic aircraft catapult"

SOUNDS BAD! VERY BAD!

"General Atomics, a defense contractor that manufactures electromagnetic aircraft launch and recovery systems, will receive a contract for the procurement of supplies and services in support of new digital catapult systems of the Ford Class of Carriers."

Advanced electromagnetic aircraft carrier launch system not working to standard. Catapult kaput?  Bright shiny and new to be replaced by yet another bright, shiny and new?

See previous blog entries as relevant problems U.S. Navy hardly confined to EMALS::

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2021/01/cno.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/12/uss-ford.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/05/emals.html

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Abbott.

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More yet the National Guard troops present Wash D.C. for the swearing-in ceremony as was yesterday. National Guardsmen some degree of skepticism being voiced regarding reliability.

STRONG WORDS IN RESPONSE FROM THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS.

"Gov. Abbott blasts vetting national guard members ahead of inauguration as offensive, disrespectful"

"Abbott criticized the review ahead of the Biden-Harris inauguration that later led to the removal of 12 U.S. Army National Guard members from their duties for the event."

"AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott used the words 'offensive' and 'disrespectful' in a tweet to describe the vetting of the 25,000 National Guard members on hand for the inauguration as U.S. defense officials attempt to erase any potential for an insider attack when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday."

Strong words indeed!! My instantaneous reaction to all this being: "quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" - - "who can watch the watchmen?"

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Daredevil.

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Back in the saddle. New, bright, shiny, modernized.

Soviet/Russian 240 mm mortar.

"Russia modernizes batch of 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled 'nuclear' mortars"

Thanks to the Internet Defence-blog: NEWSARMY By Dylan Malyasov 

"Russia’s Uraltransmash company, a subsidiary of Uralvagonzavod, has showcased the 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled mortar upgraded with the new onboard systems and communication complex


Previous incarnation of the 240 mm mortar the Soviet era M240. A towed breech-loaded mortar beast of a weapon POSSIBLY ABLE to fire an atomic round!!

2S4 now having a munition laser-guided to the target for destroying with pin-point accuracy fortifications. This is Daredevil!

Further as described by the Soviet era defector Suvorov:

"I have actually seen twelve 240mm mortars in action together . . . I found the noise absolutely staggering. It  was amazing that men could retain their sanity in the midst of it. While the firing was in progress, one had the impression that thousands of tons of explosives were going off each second  and the whole process seemed to last an age."

Whoa boy!!

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Vācietis.

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Within context of the most recent blog entry.

"How Latvians defended communism in Russia"

From the rbth.com/ HISTORY Internet web site and the article by BORIS EGOROV.

HEROES OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION/CIVIL WAR THAT MILITARY CONTINENT MOST DEDICATED TO THE COMMUNIST CAUSE.

Red Latvian Riflemen. Politically reliable beyond any measure.

"Excellent soldiers and brutal enforcers, Latvian troops did much to shore up Bolshevik power in Russia. Their reward, however, was not quite what they had in mind…"

"They were the most reliable and effective military force in the Bolshevik ranks. The Red Latvian Riflemen not only helped preserve Soviet power in the Russian Civil War, but even saved Lenin himself on more than one occasion."

MISSION TO GUARD THE KREMLIN AND THE  SUPREME LEADESHIP OF THE COMMUNIST RULING CLIQUE. LENIN AND OTHERS AT THE VERY TOP NOT TRUSTING THEIR ORDINARY RUN-OF-THE-MILL GREAT RUSSIAN TROOP.

Indeed! The first commander of the Red Army [RKKA] a Latvian who had previously been a professional soldier of the Imperial Russian Army. Jukums Vācietis.

"Jukums Vācietis . . . Ioakim Ioakimovich Vatsetis . . . was a Latvian Soviet military commander. He was a rare example of a notable Soviet leader who was not a member of the Communist Party (or of any other political party), until his own demise during the Great Terror."

[it is worthy to note that their also existed a White Latvian Riflemen contingent. Opposed to the communist regime desirous of a free and independent Latvia.]

Fate of the Red Latvian Riflemen eventually very grim. Most liquidated during the Soviet Great Terror of the late 1930's. A reward I would imagine the devoted Latvians hardly even thought would occur.

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