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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Austin » 26 Dec 2012 21:38

^^ Briz-M upper stage has not been very successful in many launches . Out of the 20 Launches Briz-M did since 1999 , 6 has ended in Failure

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briz-M

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Postby Austin » 26 Dec 2012 21:43

Russia to Develop Precision Conventional ICBM Option

MOSCOW, December 14 (RIA Novosti) - Russia may develop a non-nuclear precision-guided payload capability for its new hundred-ton class liquid-fueled ICBM if need be, Strategic Missile Forces (RSVN) Commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said on Friday.

"The availability of a powerful liquid-fueled ICBM allows us the capability of creating a strategic high-accuracy weapons system with a conventional payload with practically global range, if the US does not pull back from its program for creating such missile systems," he said.

The new liquid-fuel ICBM will be able to penetrate any missile defense system likely to emerge in the near future, he said.
"The higher energy provided by liquid fuels gives it more varied and effective methods of countermeasures against global missile defense screens including space-based elements of those systems," he said.

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Austin » 28 Dec 2012 10:35

US test-fires Minuteman III missile

The US Air Force has successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III with a modified MK21 warhead, Northrop Grumman Corporation reports.

According to Northrop Grumman, the flight testing dubbed Glory Trip 206GM was carried out back in November. It wasn’t officially announced at that time.

The missile covered 7,725 km in 30 minutes, flying from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to the Ronald Reagan Test Site in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific.

The US keeps an arsenal of 450 Minuteman III of various modification
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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Austin » 28 Dec 2012 10:36

Any news on what this modified MK21 warhead is suppose to me a new RV design or something else ?



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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby SaiK » 15 Jan 2013 02:15

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Russia-to-build-two-more-n-subs-in-2013/articleshow/18023285.cms

Borei A submarines can carry 20

would be awesome to get a pic of this beast!

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Postby PratikDas » 15 Jan 2013 13:20

Wiki says the Borei II can carry 20 Bulava missiles, each with 6 MIRV warheads. That's 120 nuclear warheads and let's not forget the submarine's nuclear reactor itself.

Surely, this thing doesn't carry enough dead weight in the form of lead to protect the submariners from the radiation of that much enriched material?

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Austin » 15 Jan 2013 18:19

Video of Yury Dolgoruky launching Bulava , The maximum range the SLBM flew during its test is 9,300 Km

Two Salvo Launch from submerged Position in December 2011 from Yury Dolgoruky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OyiSJsi7UA

Another Single Launch from submerged position in August 2011 from Yury Dolgoruky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRAM-12CTCM

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby svinayak » 15 Jan 2013 21:43



This term pivot in Asia was used in BRF in the strategy thread and in the thread 'India and stability of Asia'

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Postby Craig Alpert » 16 Jan 2013 20:34

Airborne sensor system foils simulated IED attack
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But when equipped with the JLENS system and Raytheon’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) family of sensors, it becomes an eye in the sky capable of scanning vast swaths of the landscape, and remaining in position for an entire month if needed. The aerostats hover at up to 10,000 feet and are tethered to the ground.

The ground cable is used to pass on information from the sensors, so it’s a hard wire that really isn’t hackable, especially when compared to a wireless signal. In that respect, the aerostat is almost a perfect platform because it’s quiet, doesn’t consume fuel and doesn’t put anyone’s life at risk if it should crash or come under attack.

JLENS usually is part of a missile defense network, but this week it made news for being able to reliably track targets on the ground. Video from the MTS-B was passed through the aerostat's tether, enabling operators to watch a live feed of trucks, trains and cars from dozens of miles away. There was even smoke from a forest fire in the area, which didn’t obscure the sensors.
As part of the testing, Raytheon employees snuck onto roads within the zone that the JLENS was patrolling, attempting to plant simulated roadside bombs without being detected. According to the company, they were spotted using electro-optical and infrared sensors mounted on the aerostat, and video of what they were doing was passed on to operators.


JLENS aerostats typically work in pairs, with one of the 74-meter aerostats carrying a 360-degree radar and the other a fire-control radar. The system can spot and target threats up to about 342 miles away, Raytheon said.

JLENS is a supporting program of the Army and Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense. It has been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, the Defense Department said.


Good Use for India in Maoists Stronghold, or the Northhern Part of LoC!

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby PratikDas » 19 Jan 2013 02:31

While this technology doesn't apply purely to Military/Space as this thread requires, I'm sure a torpedo would swim faster if it wore a sock coated with this.

Liquids bounce off super-repellent surface


A nanoscale coating that's at least 95 percent air repels the broadest range of liquids of any material in its class, causing them to bounce off the treated surface, according to the University of Michigan engineering researchers who developed it.

In addition to super stain-resistant clothes, the coating could lead to breathable garments to protect soldiers and scientists from chemicals and advanced waterproof paints that dramatically reduce drag on ships.

In a demonstration, the surface repelled coffee, soy sauce and vegetable oil, as well as toxic hydrochloric and sulfuric acids that could burn skin.

Read more: Story on Michigan Engineering website (http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/news/stories/2013/january/a-material...)

About the Professor: Anish Tuteja (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~atuteja/PSI_group_at_UM.html) is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, chemical engineering and macromolecular science and engineering. His current research focuses on using polymers to address some of the key challenges in the areas of renewable energy and environmental science.

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Singha » 19 Jan 2013 10:23

the AN/APY2 on E3 uses S-band radar. pretty much all other AEW/AWACS use L- or S- band radar.

but the APS-145 radar on E2 hawkeye uses UHF band. is there a reason for this?

carlo kopp claims while the pakfa is good against L/S band, the UHF on hawkeye will have no trouble seeing it.

what is the pro of using UHF vs L/S ?
per this diagram the UHF is longer wave ... hence allegedly better against VLO targets?
http://www.radartutorial.eu/07.waves/pi ... encies.png

is it because E2 was optimized to track small things like ASMs against sea clutter and hence anti-LO since day1?



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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby member_20317 » 24 Jan 2013 18:03

Singha wrote:the AN/APY2 on E3 uses S-band radar. pretty much all other AEW/AWACS use L- or S- band radar.

but the APS-145 radar on E2 hawkeye uses UHF band. is there a reason for this?

carlo kopp claims while the pakfa is good against L/S band, the UHF on hawkeye will have no trouble seeing it.

what is the pro of using UHF vs L/S ?
per this diagram the UHF is longer wave ... hence allegedly better against VLO targets?
http://www.radartutorial.eu/07.waves/pi ... encies.png

is it because E2 was optimized to track small things like ASMs against sea clutter and hence anti-LO since day1?



I think you have answered your question yourself. The E2 will have to vector in assets only not actually paint the target. A longer wavelength should be providing a lower resolution but stands a smaller chance of being stupified by the stealth. The fighters would have L/S band with much better resolution but collecting much less reflected energy. AAM would have X band probably and everything gets accentuated even more comparted to the fighter's L/S band radar, but with the additional benefit of somekind of datalink command guidance or IR signature guidance perhaps. Mil baant ke khana only.

If i remember correct there was a comment by a USAF analyst that Rafa could see the F-22 but not target it. Relationship between FGFA and its most likely opponent would be like two F-22 unable to track and target each other without big powerful radars.

Karlo Copp could be trying some mind games. T-50 should be a little less stealthy but then it could have a much more powerful radar (keeping things at the same level as Su30 vs. SH, which Karlo Copp himself pointed out) and then a lot would depend on how the combatants structure their attack plan.

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby vasu raya » 25 Jan 2013 01:19

WRT LO and VLO targets recently there was a discussion that talked about illuminating a part of airspace by say MKIs initially cued by AWACS or some other L-band radar. The MKIs scan at different angles in bi-static mode so that the VLO can be tracked.

Now with the datalinked Astra, if fitted with conformal sensors (lot of real estate on the missile body) that can operate in multi-static mode with the MKI radars (just as an example), Astra is in passive mode, it passes the MKI radar reflections back to the MKIs over the operational data links and the MKIs do the computation and provide mid course updates to the Astra which when at close range to the VLO can switch to IR mode for the kill. Multi static technique is not new, but slaving a BVRAAM to fighters using this to target stealthy cruise missiles and fighters is a feasible option?

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby ArunK » 25 Jan 2013 04:35

The latest NOVA on PBS is the Rise of the Drones. Watch it on-line here

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/rise-of-the-drones.html

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby vina » 25 Jan 2013 06:56

carlo kopp claims while the pakfa is good against L/S band, the UHF on hawkeye will have no trouble seeing it

Seeing is only part of the problem. The fire control radars on fighters and the missile seekers will be X band. What is the point of seeing , if you cant shoot ?

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Austin » 25 Jan 2013 10:46

vina wrote:
carlo kopp claims while the pakfa is good against L/S band, the UHF on hawkeye will have no trouble seeing it

Seeing is only part of the problem. The fire control radars on fighters and the missile seekers will be X band. What is the point of seeing , if you cant shoot ?


If you cant see it then you cant shoot it is more of Hollywood Phrase propogated by LM and company.

The fact is you can see a PAK-FA or F-22 or a B-2 using Sensor Fusion of Multiband Radar at long range when you are tracking it from multiple angle and if you can use this sensor fusion data to guide your missile close to these LO targets where you normal X or Ku band starts seeing them then you have a game in hand or even if these off board targeting gets close to LO target where proximity fuse and kill radius of warhead can do the job of atleast a mission kill then you still have a game in hand.

A lot of smart mission planning will be required even to use a PAK-FA or F-22 where you finger print all the known emmiters may be in real time if the enemy is smart and keeps juggling his mobile systems and then exploit the stealth advantage to get close enough to exploit the small window of opportunity to beat your opponent using stand off weapons. Dare some one even take a B-2 flying high toward a IADS they will be in for a surprise.

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby James B » 26 Jan 2013 20:29

Hydra 70 Rocket – Teaching an old dog new tricks

The Hydra 70 Folding Fin Rocket (FFR) is a family of unguided rockets offering a variety of warhead and fuzing configurations, from smoke and illumination rounds, to flechettes (hundreds of anti-personnel darts), submunition carriers, and unitary warheads. These versatile and relatively inexpensive rockets can be fired from a variety of aircraft, from attack helicopters to jet fighters to light helicopters. Hydra-70s have seen use in Afghanistan and Iraq, and they are arguably one of the world’s most widely used helicopter-launched weapon systems.

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby member_23694 » 27 Jan 2013 11:07

Satellite refueling testbed completes demo in orbit

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n130 ... QS-Qb9eZ4g

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby NRao » 29 Jan 2013 06:15

Explosion, perhaps a nuclear one, at Fordow, Iran, their main nuke plant.

If true then the deep within the earth facility is badly contaminated. With Russians and Ukaranians trapped or dead.

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby PratikDas » 29 Jan 2013 06:26

NRao wrote:Explosion, perhaps a nuclear one, at Fordow, Iran, their main nuke plant.

If true then the deep within the earth facility is badly contaminated. With Russians and Ukaranians trapped or dead.


BI: Massive Explosion Reported At Iran's Fordow Nuclear Facility
Jay Carney told reporters in a press conference, that the White House had no information on the report: "We [the U.S.] have no information to confirm the allegations in the report and we do not believe the report is credible. We don't believe those are credible reports."
Iran's official news agency, says the same thing, with the IRNA, promptly denying the explosion, claiming the news was simply the result of the Western media-fueled "propoganda machine."

That might have ended the story there, but The Times of London's Israel correspondent Sheera Frenkel is confirming the incident through her own independent sources:

An explosion is believed to have damaged Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, which is being used to enrich uranium, Israeli intelligence officials have told The Times. Sources in Tel Aviv said yesterday that they thought the explosion happened last week. The Israeli Government is investigating reports that it led to extensive structural damage and 200 workers had been trapped inside.

One Israeli official said: “We are still in the preliminary stages of understanding what happened and how significant it is.” He did not know, he added, if the explosion was “sabotage or accident”, and refused to comment on reports that Israeli aircraft were seen near the facility at the time of the explosion.

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Postby NRao » 29 Jan 2013 06:37

Reports suggest that it was Israel and that Iran has sanctioned a retaliation. The northern part of Lebanon is being evacuated per reports.

If all this is true it should mean the end of the nuclear effort in Iran.

Let us see.

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Aditya_V » 29 Jan 2013 10:41

Austin wrote:
vina wrote:quote]carlo kopp claims while the pakfa is good against L/S band, the UHF on hawkeye will have no trouble seeing it

Seeing is only part of the problem. The fire control radars on fighters and the missile seekers will be X band. What is the point of seeing , if you cant shoot ?/quote]

If you cant see it then you cant shoot it is more of Hollywood Phrase propogated by LM and company.



True, especially with the F-117 in th e 90's movies. In fact, many Iraqi ground radar Picked up the F-117, but none of thier fighter or SAM FCR's could lock on to it.

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Austin » 30 Jan 2013 14:13

South Korea Sucessfully Launches its First SLV

South Korea launch STSAT-2C via KSLV-1

The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) finally launched on Wednesday – following several months of delays – lofting the STSAT-2C satellite into orbit. The launch from the Naro Space Center 480 kilometers south of Seoul occurred at 07:00 UTC, marking Korea’s debut as a successful orbital rocket launching nation.


Video of Launch


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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby member_23694 » 01 Feb 2013 23:44

Sea launch Zenit-3SL rocket fails without a boom :roll:

http://gizmodo.com/5980864/video-of-zen ... -limp-dick

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby SBajwa » 02 Feb 2013 01:56

Are we getting our commandos to train this?


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Postby Don » 02 Feb 2013 06:31

dhiraj wrote:Sea launch Zenit-3SL rocket fails without a boom :roll:

http://gizmodo.com/5980864/video-of-zen ... -limp-dick


http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Rus ... l_999.html


Russia-launched satellite plunges into Pacific: official
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Feb 01, 2013



A Russian rocket carrying a US telecommunications satellite plunged into the Pacific Ocean on Friday only moments after being launched from a mobile sea platform in Moscow's latest space failure.

The rocket may have veered off course from the moment of take-off because of heavy waves battering the former northern seas oil platform, initial reports said.

The Intelsat-27's loss means the giant Boeing aerospace corporation would for now be unable to fit the final piece of a constellation mean to provide TV feeds across Europe and the United States.

"There was an accident during the Zenit rocket launch," a source at the Energia corporation that makes the Zenit-3SL rocket used to lift up Intelsat satellites told AFP.

"The rocket fell into the Pacific Ocean."

Officials said no one was hurt on the huge Odyssey platform that was once stationed off the oil-rich coast of Norway before being tugged to the Pacific by an international consortium called Sea Launch.

Energia chief Vitaly Lopota said the Russian rocket's engine appeared to fail less than a minute after the evening take-off but the reason was still unknown reason.

"We had an abnormal situation -- the emergency shutdown of the first stage engine," Lopota told the state RIA Novosti news agency.

"It happened 50 seconds into the flight. We are now looking into what happened."

Several Russian media reports said the platform itself was unstable at the time of the launch because of heavy weather.

Sources said the Zenit had purposefully steered itself as far away from the Odyssey as possible -- instead of going straight up -- because the engines detected a problem and were programmed to save the ground crew.

"The rockets detected an abnormal situation linked to platform instability from the very start, and then switched the engines over (to operations) aimed at steering the rocket away from the platform," a space industry source told the Interfax news agency.

Sea Launch has been using the deep-sea platform to perform commercial operations since 1999. There had been only two complete failures out of the 34 missions conducted prior to Friday's launch.

But analysts said Sea Launch -- having emerged from bankruptcy protection in October 2010 after years of financial difficulties -- will be keen to prove that the accident was an anomaly that should not affect future launches.

"This accident is very unpleasant for Sea Launch, which only recently started to repair its reputation on the commercial space services market," said Moscow's Space News magazine editor Igor Marinin.

Russia's space programme is now especially closely watched because it provides the world's only manned link to the International Space Station (ISS).

The country's space programme also leads the world in the number of commercial launches and is used by other nations to put up both private and military satellites.

The Roscosmos space agency -- a direct descendent of Moscow's once-proud Soviet programme that competed against NASA at the height of the Cold War -- has been beset by a string of accidents in the past two years that prompted sackings at the top of command.

Russia's most recent setback came in November when it temporarily lost contact with all its non-military satellites as well as the space station because of a vital cable cut.

Other high-profile accidents included the loss of a highly-publicised Mars probe in the Earth's orbit and the loss of a cargo vessel taking up supplies to the ISS.

That August 2011 incident caused delays to a string of manned missions and renewed Moscow's attention on finding an eventual replacement to the workhorse Soyuz rocket.

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Postby Austin » 02 Feb 2013 10:19

Seems they are saying now bad fuel had caused emergency shutdown.

Sea Launch is an international consortium with US Boeing owning 40 % , Russian 25 % Ukranian 15 and norway 20 %


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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby SagarAg » 12 Feb 2013 12:27

North Korea 3rd Nuclear test.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/North-Korea-conducts-third-nuclear-test-sparks-condemnation/articleshow/18460815.cms
SEOUL: North Korea conducted its third-ever nuclear test on Tuesday, a move likely to anger its main ally China and increase international action against Pyongyang and its new young leader, Kim Jong-un.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned North Korea's test, saying it was a "clear and grave violation" of UN Security Council resolutions.

South Korea said the size of the seismic activity indicated a nuclear explosion slightly larger than the North's two previous tests at 6-7 kilotons, although that is still relatively small. The Hiroshima bomb was around 20 kilotons.

The US Geological Survey said that a seismic event measuring 5.1 magnitude had occurred on Tuesday, with North Korea later confirming the nuclear test.

"It was confirmed that the nuclear test that was carried out at a high level in a safe and perfect manner using a miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously did not pose any negative impact on the surrounding ecological environment," KCNA said.

The test prompted the UN Security Council to call for an emergency meeting later on Tuesday and came as China celebrated the lunar new year, potentially increasing embarrassment for Beijing, the North's sole major economic and diplomatic ally.

"I think it will be proven to be a self-defeating and self-suffocating blunder on the part of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)," an Asian diplomat to the United Nations told Reuters in New York.

"They have chosen the worst timing to conduct this testing ... This will also be an open invitation to the international community to up the ante to corner the DPRK."

It may take days to ascertain whether the North used highly enriched uranium for the first time in the nuclear test, a move that would give it a second path to a nuclear weapon.

North Korea has used plutonium in previous tests and needs to conserve its stocks as testing eats into its limited supply of the material that could be used to construct a nuclear bomb.

The Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization, the international atomic test monitor, said the event had hallmarks similar to the North's previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

"This act would constitute a clear threat to international peace and security, and challenges efforts made to strengthen global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation," it said.Ghanta

Japan immediately called for sanctions against North Korea whose December long-range rocket launch prompted new UN sanctions that Pyongyang said earlier would push it to undertake a third nuclear test.

South Korea's defence ministry said additional nuclear tests and rocket launches by the North should not be ruled out.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Pyongyang had informed China and the United States of its plans to test on Monday.

When new leader Kim Jong-un took office after his father's death in December 2011, there were hopes the youthful leader would bring economic reforms and end his father Kim Jong-il's "military first" policies that have seen the North declare itself a "nuclear weapons state".

Since taking office however, he has purged the military, pushed ahead with two long-range rocket launches, which critics say breach UN sanctions.

Tuesday's action appeared to have been timed for the run-up to Feb. 16 anniversary celebrations of Kim Jong-il's birthday, as well as to achieved maximum international attention.

But options for the international community appear to be in short supply, as North Korea is already one of the most heavily sanctioned states on earth.

Significantly, the test comes at a time of political transition in China, Japan and South Korea, and as US President Barack Obama begins his second term.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is bedding down a new government and South Korea's new president, Park Geun-hye, prepares to take office on Feb 25.

China too is in the midst of a once in a decade leadership transition to Xi Jinping, who takes office in March.

But the longer term game plan from Pyongyang may be to restart talks aimed at winning aide for its impoverished and stricken economy that is smaller than it was 20 years ago.


Its puny economy and small diplomatic reach means the North struggles to win attention on the global stage - other than through nuclear tests and attacks on South Korea, last made in 2010.

"Now the next step for North Korea will be to offer talks. They will either offer to restart six-party talks or military talks - any form to start up discussion again to bring things to their advantage," said Jeung Young-tae, senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification in Seoul.

What is the need for North Korea to go nuclear.? :-? It isn't facing threats from any country in particular as such. or is it?
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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Austin » 12 Feb 2013 12:30

Not bad , I wonder if Paki Nuke stockpike are being tested via NoKO and will be see new small weapons in Pakistan Arsenal ?

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Postby PratikDas » 17 Feb 2013 07:33

Austin wrote:Not bad , I wonder if Paki Nuke stockpike are being tested via NoKO and will be see new small weapons in Pakistan Arsenal ?

If true, it would mean that Pakistan would be financially compensating NoKo for their hardship with monies obtained from the US. Lovely.

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Postby Shrinivasan » 19 Feb 2013 20:49

PratikDas wrote:
Austin wrote:Not bad , I wonder if Paki Nuke stockpike are being tested via NoKO and will be see new small weapons in Pakistan Arsenal ?

If true, it would mean that Pakistan would be financially compensating NoKo for their hardship with monies obtained from the US. Lovely.
I know uncle does dumb things but I don't think OmBaba would be this stupid to give the Pukees so much leeway... what NoKo tested was like a Diwali Damaka... a 6KT yield device which was meant to be a larged Bang Dhamaka but became a damp squib

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Postby PratikDas » 19 Feb 2013 21:23

Aren't all the estimates of yield based on reports from countries who might have a desire to make Noko's test look like a failure?

Unfortunately, all I could find for seismological measurements in India was this website. http://www.imd.gov.in/section/seismo/static/welcome.htm

Perhaps I didn't look hard enough.

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Postby Prem » 21 Feb 2013 11:15

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U.S. Air Force Is ‘Committed’ To Long-Range Strike Bomber Lockheed Martin produced this impression of a long-range strike (LRS) design for the U.S. Air Force in 2007, before a secrecy clampdown banned contractors from discussing the program in public. (Photo: Chris Pocock Looks Like Souped up MCA
Facing an uncertain budget environment in the coming months, the U.S. Air Force will nevertheless continue developing a new long-range strike bomber (LRS-B) capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear weapons. “Long term, we’re committed to the long-range strike bomber. We’re going to try to keep programs like that on track,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said.Sequestration would affect every program, including the new bomber, Donley said. But the service intends to preserve its core missions. “We’re going to continue to do global ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance]. We’re going to continue to do global precision attack,” he said. “You can see now what the Air Force will look like in 2020 in terms of new capabilities coming on board. The [KC-46A] tanker will be fielded. The F-35 will be fielded. We’ll be well along in the development of the bomber program. … But the underlying issue is size [and] overall capacity of the armed forces.”
The LRS-B was initiated in Fiscal Year 2012 as a successor program to the cancelled next-generation bomber effort. Major contractors interested in the program were instructed not to discuss their proposals in public. The LRS-B will be a “family of systems,” an optionally manned platform incorporating already proven subsystems, including engines, radars and avionics, according to the Air Force.In its Fiscal Year 2013 budget submission, the service said the LRS-B average procurement unit cost is expected to be $550 million for 80 to 100 aircraft. Planned funding for the program from Fiscal Years 2013 through 2017 is $6.3 billion, with $300 million programmed in the current year.

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New F-35 Fighters Are Grounded by the Pentagon

Postby Naidu » 23 Feb 2013 05:49

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/busin ... .html?_r=0

The Pentagon said on Friday that it had grounded all of its stealthy new F-35 fighter jets after an inspection found a crack in a turbine blade in the engine of one of the planes.

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Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Postby Austin » 23 Feb 2013 14:38

Surprise Check Reveals ‘Systemic Problems’ in Russian Military

MOSCOW, February 22 (RIA Novosti) - A series of random checks in the Russian Armed Forces this week revealed a number of systemic shortcomings, General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said on Friday.

Combat alert checks were carried out in the Central and South Military Districts, the Airborne Assault Forces (VDV) and military transport aviation units.

Alert duty officers in some military units demonstrated an insufficiently prompt and ineffective response in processing orders via automated combat command and control systems, especially in VDV troops and at the 201st Military Base in Tajikistan, Gerasimov said during a teleconference.

He also criticized the level of cooperation between the 201st Military Base command and the local Tajik authorities.

Military vehicle drivers, mechanics and operators showed insufficient handling skills, leading to delays and disruptions on the march and during the fulfillment of combat training missions, particularly in the 28th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Central Military District, he said.

Other problems included low-accuracy shooting and shelling results, especially by tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

“The majority of subunits only received 'C' grades,” the General Staff chief said, adding that many officers commissioned last year failed to demonstrate good overall results.

Gerasimov ordered military commanders at all levels to analyze the causes of their problems, draw up remedial plans and follow them meticulously. The Defense Ministry said on Tuesday the checks were carried out for the first time in the past 20 years and will now be conducted on a regular basis.


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