Since when was the RoC/Taiwan a part of the PRC? The PRC has never occupied Taiwan. I guess some people have been reading too many Global Times articles also by your logic the Kim dynasty should just finish what they started in 1950 I mean at one point they did occupy almost all of the Korean penins...Jump to post
I don’t think it’s up to the West to dictate who gets to be a superpower or not. That decision is only made through war. And technically, China was a world superpower in the past - under the reign of the Khans. bt I was referring to what the US of A did since Nixon decided to meet chairman Mao in 1...Jump to post
Japan? I am not certain. But yes unless China invade Taiwan, I do not see a scenario where a war with China would occur. Even if there was an "incident" in the Straight. Now along the Indian border . . . I have no clue. bt They will most likely be involved. https://www.lemonde.fr/en/opini...Jump to post
Not sure if the P-1 can be retrofitted for the newer and longer range missile. It should be able to if it can handle Harpoons. The interface should be the same, its just a matter of upgrading the software to the stores management system (or at most replacing the SMS computer) and go through the gau...Jump to post
Do you really see China as the aggressor in this, if any country is going to start the conflict I don't see it being them. Then I suppose all the talk about retaking Taiwan by force is merely posturing. In that case, I am hopeful. I plan to spend some time in SE Asia when I retire and a war with Ch...Jump to post
As others have noted, the advantages of the P-8 are lower operational and sustainment costs, at the expense of lesser offensive capabilities and low-altitude performance. Is the P-1 able to fire long range anti-ship missiles like the AGM-158C? https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/05/navair-pro...Jump to post
The Korean war was not a NATO operation. The US pressured it's allies into fighting in Afghanistan. yeah... I did mention that the NATO members entered the Korean war as part of the UN forces. Keep nitpicking, bro. Does that mean the US also pressured its allies into aiding Ukraine? Yes both US of ...Jump to post
The frame is already in operation, they could quickly customize their electronics. Brilliant thought. Let's just say Boeing seems to know enough about the P-1 to offer an unsolicited bid of the P-8 to Japan. Of course Japan turned them down. bt Boeing seriously did that? :shakehead: Must be those 7...Jump to post
At least the US of A doesn't claim every single island in the Caribbean as part of their territory. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_disputes_in_the_South_China_Sea Then again the West should blame themselves for have created this new empire which may be as hostile and ambitious as the Emp...Jump to post
We may have international rules for safe conduct, but I wonder what the reaction of the US would be if a nuclear armed Chinese carrier battle groups and air wings carried out "freedom of navigation" exercises in the Gulf of Mexico, or sailed a fleet in the Florida Straits? At least the US...Jump to post
F-35 for India? In view of recent events, you must be joking. India has just shown itself to be a Russian sycophant. Politics is such a fickle beast. Does that mean that UAE who also abstained, will not get their F-35? And China abstained when you would think they would vote no. With Russia holding...Jump to post
heh if they knew back in late 70s and early 80s that the USSR would collapse in 10 years then surely would also know that about 20 yrs a certain Saudi billionaire would fly jets into the two towers and Pentagon, right? If you are criticizing the B-2 as a total waste of money then what about the Stra...Jump to post
It seems China also has a high speed VTOL program. China's helicopter makers have reportedly conducted test flights for at least two types of helicopters with innovative designs: one is a blended-wing body multi-rotor vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, the other is a helicopter with a completel...Jump to post
not sure if anyone has posted this video
It shows whats left of the An-225 Mriya
well they said in the 70s that super carriers were vulnerable and obsolete because of Soviet missiles etc but what on earth are they going to do when fighting one or two near-peer or peer competitors in the Pacific? Which is more effective (and cost effective) between an F-35, an XB-47, and a Predat...Jump to post
yes drones like the X-47B/C are the way of the future
not tiny short range 3K lb/1.3ton drones, those may have been super effective in a land war but try to use it against an enemy with relatively sophisticated navy and coastal defenses
Whatever happened to the Pershing Missiles? Were they really removed from the European continent? Remember the mass protests to have them removed. Their destruction, also of the SS-20’s, was not only monitored, including on the ground, by both sides, it was even televised! To the point about a need...Jump to post
uh at 3000lbs/1362kg what kind of payloads are those drones able to carry?
Wouldn't it be better to buy used Harriers?
I am pretty sure even the first gen Harriers or yak-38 are more useful than those drones.
I don't think anyone is doubting that FCAS will happen but 2040s is 20 years away and a lot can and will happen during that time. What do think will happen if the PRC decides to join the war and send equipment and soldiers to Europe? https://www.ft.com/content/30850470-8c8c-4b53-aa39-01497064a7b7 Th...Jump to post
They were not 'got rid of', they were illegal under the 1987 INF Treaty where the USSR also had to get rid of it's SS-20's, the very reason the Pershing and Tomahawks were stationed in Europe in the first place. An offer NATO had on the table from the beginning of the announcement of their deployme...Jump to post
as Greece is another IRIS-T user that will receive F-35s.
To appreciate what thepointblank is saying, you have to understand what a no-fly zone is: an explicit threat to shoot down someone’s aircraft if they violate a geographical line. In other words: a no-fly zone is a line in the sand. If you’re not cool with escalating a conflict by sending in ground ...Jump to post
Just saw this on DW news https://youtu.be/jKke0HZFwzk?t=854 In terms of feet size, where does 35 F-35A put the German Luftwaffe? Behind the RAAF? Yes. Finland ordered over 60, for comparison, and just behind the Belgians at 34. RAAF has 44 of 72 ordered, delivered. Likely, the Germans will decide th...Jump to post
and his speech in English https://youtu.be/9_DMcayCtnA but it seems not everyone in the Bundestag agrees Actually the agreement was extremely broad. The AFD right wing Putin puppets and the Linkspartei (old kemlin puppets) are fishing for the same extreme right voters and so this was to be expected...Jump to post
and his speech in English
but it seems not everyone in the Bundestag agrees
I do do not see Ukrainians as fanatics. I do not believe it is in their culture or history. I see it as more once the fighting dies down, could be days, could be weeks, but I don't see months, it will become like occupation of Eastern Europe post WWII. From a human life perspective that may be best...Jump to post
https://breakingdefense.com/2022/02/fra ... -sub-deal/
looks like France has singled out Australia as the main "bad guy"
Presumably NASA has run this plan past the other international partners/owners of the ISS, with it being the INTERNATIONAL Space Station and all ? Russia has shown every sign of wanting out for some time, obviously events on Earth right now may affect that too, however it turns out. ESA are involve...Jump to post
Not too surprising given the state of the Luftwaffe over the past 10 years but the Bundeswehr sounds like it is'stripped bare' and offers little real support per it's commander. https://twitter.com/tobiaschneider/status/1496759242786852871 Don't you think it would be more appropriate now to get ups...Jump to post
Yeah, while they are at it they might as well also get some fast and awesome MIG-25s and TU-142 for maritime patrol you know because of the melting ice caps....
Seriously though, I hope what is happening in Eastern Europe now should make mr Trudeau stop hesitating like a teenager.
Will the UAE actually order F-35 or is this a compensation for the AUUKUS? https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/12/03/france-signs-18b-weapons-deal-with-uae/ They offer a shot in the arm for France’s defense industry after the collapse of a $66 billion contract for Australia to buy...Jump to post
possibly related They offer a shot in the arm for France’s defense industry after the collapse of a $66 billion contract for Australia to buy 12 French submarines that ultimately went to the U.S. https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/12/03/france-signs-18b-weapons-deal-with-uae/ but...Jump to post
A good thing is that the Norwegian budget and costs for F35 is public and can be found online. Here is an article about it, thoughts and comments? https://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/feature/216023/norwegian-defence-budget-reveals-real-f_35-costs-%3Ci%3E%28free-access%29%3C%C2%A7i%3E.htm...Jump to post
This should be considered as credible confirmation that it was indeed a FOBS with hypersonic glide vehicle and kind of confirmed what I implied about possible violation of the Outer Space Treaty. If that is the case then we may will see another 1st Cold War treaty being abandoned and a new space arm...Jump to post
https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/hundreds-of-china-hypersonic-tests-vs-9-us-hyten-says-us-moves-too-slowly/ Hyten pointed to hypersonic technology as the “perfect example” of America’s acquisition problems. “We were developing hypersonics ahead of everybody in the world and the first test failed....Jump to post
Has the first flight of Artemis I been delayed and is now scheduled to be launched in January 2022? I guess it's still better than Boeing's "Starliner"... and way more complex No date set yet. First quarter of ‘22 seems likely. NASA tweeted that launch is now planned for Feb 2022. For all...Jump to post
https://breakingdefense.com/2021/11/aussies-to-pick-mature-nuke-sub-design-is-uks-astute-class-frontrunner/ According to this article Australia will likely get the British Astute class because One major reason to go with the British Astute instead of the American Virginia or Los Angeles classes is t...Jump to post
:ill: Y'all are making me think that Taiwan may be important enough for the US to fight a war over. :sorry: bt The Republic of China is way more important than it's electronics manufacturing industry. https://thediplomat.com/2015/05/taiwan-and-strategic-security/ When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on D...Jump to post
Has anyone actually mentioned the fact that the glide vehicle is paired with a FOBS? A concept that was developed by the Soviets in the 60s and could potentially violate the Outer Space Treaty, I guess depending on if it completes an orbit around the earth or not. https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourw...Jump to post
SeamanBeaumont wrote:Perhaps that doesn't matter to Chinese politicians...
It got some impressive looking solar panels. https://www.space.com/nasa-lucy-asteroid-mission-launch-success The design is based on the same design that currently powers the InSight Mars lander, only much larger. The solar panels will provide about 500 watts of power while the spacecraft is flying p...Jump to post
They are increasing cooperation with their former enemy because some other nation decided to become the new Empire of Japan. kind of ironic isn't it? Japan has been a formal US ally for 70 years. Japan's post WW2 Constitution (drawn up by the Allies, principally the US who occupied it after the sur...Jump to post
Yeah, that's what those optimistic neo-liberals thought in the 90s and early 2000s which is also the main reason behind the rise of the PRC. Look where we are now... Don't forget that the European countries had considerable economic ties before the WWII. or Australia which is a major trade partner o...Jump to post
Unfortunately there are people in the West who still believe in a benign PRC and everyone should allow it to occupy islands in the West Pacific, crush student protests in HK, kill dozens of Indian soldiers in border clashes, keep threatening to invade neighboring countries etc. An arms race is exac...Jump to post
What's the difference between China pushing its weight around and the US pushing its weight around, both do it, what makes the US right and the Chinese wrong? When was the last time China started a war which lead to millions of deaths and the destabilisation of the middle east for 20 years and coun...Jump to post
considering the USN may not even have enough ships to counter the PRC and its allies. That is why the US is leaning in to its allies. As for the Chinese, what allies? Third point. Statistics may be used to inflate capacity. What is the nature of those Chinese ships and their capacity to operate in ...Jump to post
Yes, that's pretty much what the French want especially now that the UK has left the EU. Get rid of NATO and US of A and become the new dominant power in Europe https://www.politico.eu/article/brexit-redraws-eu-alliances-coalitions-stop-france-and-germany-deeper-integration/ https://www.politico.eu/...Jump to post
The RAN will need those VLS if they want to take out the increasing amount of military bases in the West Pacific especially if/when the RoC is invaded. Not necessarily. The purpose of an alliance is shared responsibility. So without VLS, the RAN can perform other duties and free up the USN to perfo...Jump to post