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Everything posted by Xlucine

  1. I'm talking about the recent newsweek claim
  2. Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

    Begun, the drone wars have https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/reaper-unmanned-aircraft-destroys-islamic-state-drone/
  3. The Shipwreck News Thread

    That oil tanker has sunk http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42680945
  4. They really ought to schelp a belt fed MG up to that location. One that works.
  5. As a star wars film, it's a waste of the IP. I'll probably watch the sequel once it hits my student union's cinema (i.e. is cheap), but I have little desire to watch the film again.
  6. General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    More submarine news - the Indian navy forgot to close a hatch on their SSBN: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ins-arihant-left-crippled-after-accident-10-months-ago/article22392049.ece
  7. General cars and vehicles thread.

    Lada's also lack GLOSNASS, and work in russia - why not just drive them without GPS?
  8. Lightweight AFV, or just because they could? The receiver looks a tad large for a light machine gun
  9. General AFV Thread

    That one's on purpose, it's a worn out hull used for recovery training (hence the lack of roadwheels, they're better used on working vehicles)
  10. Tech Industry Fails

    Every intel CPU from the past decade or so is about to get 5-30% slower next tuesday.
  11. General AFV Thread

    200 rounds in that turret is impossible, even without the 120mm
  12. General cars and vehicles thread.

    What's with all the tyres with water in? How'd it even get there?
  13. General AFV Thread

    I think they're cribbing off this thing a lot, which might not have a massively larger turret (it's hard to tell, given how chubby wheeled AFV's have got). When western IFV's talk about "30mm AP" resistance, is it some kind of ancient russian APDS they're really designing against? That could be quite easy to stop with a S-tank like angled front. Good spot. The UK/FR CT 40mm has a linkless feed system, but feeds through the trunnions - in one side, and out the other. All the ammunition-nature-selection is handled in a Big Box of Mechanisms to one side of the trunnion, but you need a space on the other side for the empty cases to be ejected to
  14. It's not ugly, but I can't see anyone buying one without weird gun control regs
  15. A poll getting within 1 point of the final result is pretty good
  16. North Korea, you so crazy!

    I suspect that situations like these are evidence that the sanctions are effectively cutting off the normal routes - it's bound to be burning through the nork foreign currency reserves at quite a rate. Unabated, this seems like it could significantly undermine the sanctions. The 1600 tonnes on one vessel (mentioned in that report) works out to around 11,200 barrels (as google suggests 7 barrels / tonne). The sanctions limit the north to 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products in the last 3 months of 2017, so ~45 transfers like this one would double the imports (I know, I'm conflating "oil" and refined petroleum products). It's claimed by american agencies that 30 transfers have taken place with chinese vessels, so the potential oil supply through these illicit means is around the same order of magnitude as the sanctions limit.
  17. North Korea, you so crazy!

    A chinese defence ministry spokesman denies the whole thing, of course: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-china/china-says-no-sanction-breaking-oil-sales-to-north-korea-idUSKBN1EM0TK
  18. Thinking about the nickel shortages in germany, I realised something - no nickel means no nichrome for jet engines. They used mild steel, with an aluminium coating, instead! No wonder the german jets never worked. This is probably not news to you aircraft nerds, but I'm amazed that they managed to make a (barely) functioning jet engine with steel turbine blades. The use of aluminium coatings is also odd, and at complete odds with modern thermal barrier coatings (which are insulators)
  19. The interesting ship photos/art thread.

    Surely flooding some ballast so that the screws are fully submerged would make it run better? You'd need a bit more thrust, but ingesting air like that is bound to wear out the propellers sooner
  20. New turrets for LAV's, still firing TOW: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2017/12/26/new-in-2018-replacing-light-armored-vehicles-obsolete-anti-tank-turrets/ A smaller turret basket should result in a comfortable increase in the usable interior volume, and a small increase in safety
  21. North Korea, you so crazy!

    I'm unconvinced that an international campaign to convince china to renounce communism would even be noticed, never mind effective. Or that having north korea around would help prevent it