Monday, December 31, 2018

You May Read Me on Unz Review Too.

1. I got my first piece published on Unz Review today, so you may check it out there

2. You can read my piece on some peculiarities of Russo-Chinese "alliance" at Unz Review. Here:

The Russo-Chinese "Alliance" Explained 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Let's Try Q & A And Whatever Else Sticky Post

Here is the post which I will try to keep sticky for people to ask questions and share their thoughts which are not on topic. This, I think is known as Open Thread. Fire away.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Surprising And Absolutely Beautiful.

Yes, it is Friday. And yes, I do not hold modern art in general in very high regard, yet this is incredibly beautiful and poignant: 


There is also a strong sensual 1970s feel in this. 

 

Aerodynamics? What Aerodynamics?

Ok, by now we all got used to extreme maneuverability of Russian fighters. They do what no other combat aircraft in the world is capable of. I also thought that it was impossible to top what SU-35 or T-50 usually do. But no, I was mistaken. I know, this performance by SU-35 in Moscow at MAKS 2017 yesterday is being discussed now everywhere, but still--forget about me being Russian--I simply was floored from the aerodynamics, or rather a complete ignoring of it, by this performing SU-35 and its pilot. It can be stated without stretch now, they do fly like a UFO. Ridiculous and magnificent. Watch the whole routine, especially from 06:30. How!? Most air-to-air missiles will simply lose the lock on target, if anyone wonders what are pure tactical applications of this insane ballet.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Damned If You Don't!

If true, this could be vindication of some of my personal (admittedly not always correct) views on naval warfare in general and naval aviation in particular. I always loved STOVL, that is why, with all my criticism of F-35 program (and it is rather embarrassing program), I still follow F-35B STOVL development fairly close because it is the concept that is sound. In the end, some of the technical solutions in F-35B were... Soviet/Russian, borrowed from what promised then, in the end of 1980s, to be a revolution in carrier aviation--Yak-141 Freestyle

Now, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov drops a bomb today when revealed (in Russian) that discussion on development and production of a brand new Yakovlev STOVL (based on the ideas of Yak-141) aircraft is in a full swing and that this new aircraft must enter series production in 2025. Oh boy! This is sensational and without going too deep at this stage into the details of why these are exciting news, I will present here a single (there are many more, of course) pro argument:

Modern naval combat is already deep into the missile paradigm in which any aircraft carrier, including classic American CATOBAR mastodons, are not immune from hyper-sonic weapons. But here is the thing, especially for those who intent on fighting Sea Control/Sea Denial battles--the essence of any aircraft carrier is its flight deck and all infrastructure immediately underneath it which make it so vulnerable--catapults, arresters etc. Once one of those elements is gone, and the probability of a deck suffering a major damage in real modern combat is very high, CATOBAR carrier becomes merely a huge pile of steel incapable to launch or receive its air wing. Well, this issue is mitigated on STOVL carriers--their decks are simply more "survivable": 


Now, considering a level of modern aerospace technologies where it is possible to make parameters of STOVL aircraft comparable to their CATOBAR colleagues, it becomes only natural to explore the venue of much less expensive than CATOBAR, STOVL carriers which in Russia's case would fit really well into her strategic and operational requirements. Knowing what Russians do with aircraft, it could be really fascinating to see what could be accomplished in this field. After all, Yak-141 was so ahead of its time and that is why Gorbachev rushed to close this program. Now, it seems, it is being reincarnated on a completely new technological foundation. We'll see, but this is exciting, after all, US Navy is flying F-35B, despite all of its failures. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Does Ralph Peters Need A Psychiatric Help?

I think he does. The guy completely went off the rails sometime ago--he fancies himself to be an "expert" on Russia--but his latest sharing of his "expertise" on FOX at Tucker Carson's excellent (one of very few remaining) program is a tour de force' of a complete insanity. 


In this sense, Peters is not just himself mentally unstable--he is an excellent embodiment of a symptom of an affliction prevalent in one small American locality in and around Washington D.C. Many people there, while not as openly bizarre and downright crazy, harbor much what Peters exhibits in this video. Judge for yourself. I will address major reasons for this behavior by Peters more in depth later.