When one of the U.S. Air Force’s secretive RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drones crashed along the Afghanistan-Iran border in December and wound up in the hands of the Iranians, it did only “limited damage” to a U.S.-led effort to spy on Tehran’s suspected nuclear facilities.
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The Navy’s proposal to delay construction of new ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) meant to succeed the current Ohio class is both good and bad news for America’s shipbuilders, according to the program manager for the new “boomer” sub. But key members of Congress -– already at odds with the Administration over delays to the Virginia-class submarine — remain skeptical.
Iran probably did scoop up one of America’s stealthy RQ-170 Sentinel spy drones after the bat-winged aircraft crashed near the Iran-Afghanistan border last week. Multiple news outlets have cited anonymous U.S. government sources confirming Tehran’s claims that it’s in possession of the radar-evading Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
Israel, Iran & the F-14
Israel threatens to bomb Iran. Iran, not coincidentally, reminds the world that it still flies F-14 fighters after more than 30 years of sanctions. Meanwhile, an American is sanctioned for illegally providing F-14 parts to Iran.
Behind the Biggest Bombs on Earth
It made news last week when the PANTEX plant in Texas completed dismantling one of the last Cold War monsters, an early-’60s vintage USAF B-53 nuclear gravity bomb. Using the same “physics package” as the Titan II ICBM warhead, the B-53 was a bunker-buster fitted with huge parachutes and an aluminum-honeycomb crumple zone; its 9 megatons of fission and fusion power could pulverize granite mountains and reduce whole cities to radioactive ash. Within strategic-arms treaties, the U.S. managed retain a few in reserve until the late 1990s — when smaller, more accurate weapons were deployed in the same bunker-busting role.
by DAVID AXE A debate is raging over whether Russia will soon decommission its three gigantic Typhoon-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines. With or without the enormous Typhoons, each of which displaces 34,000 tons while submerged, Russia’s undersea fleet is all but certain to decline — and that has strategic implications for Moscow and Washington. Prior to [...]
A nuclear submarine in the port of Dalian in northern China has suffered an accident and is leaking radiation, according to a former Japanese fighter pilot-turned-blogger.
For the third time this year, Iran is claiming it shot down an American robot warplane trying to snoop on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. “An unmanned U.S. spy plane flying over the holy city of Qom near the uranium enrichment Fordu site was shot down by the Revolutionary Guards’ air-defense units,” lawmaker Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari told Iranian state television.
The overland train concept is a favorite of ours here at War Is Boring was initially to be nuclear-powered, but the Transportation Corps concluded that the costs outweighed the benefits. Operational overland trains were fitted with diesel or gas-turbine generators.
For a while during the 20th century, the mighty atom seemed like the key to limitless power that could be applied to almost any problem. The early success of nuclear-powered submarines was complemented by a wide range of studies and prototypes for nuclear-powered vehicles and portable installations of all types. Engineers hoped to duplicate the transformational effects of the petroleum/internal-combustion engine system with much higher power densities. Concepts seriously considered included strategic bombers, early-warning and anti-submarine platforms, seaplane transports, Doomsday drones, overland trains, mobile power plants and remote power stations. While many remained only concepts, others made it to through to hardware and deployment.
On Hiroshima, 65 Years Later
Friday was the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. I was out fishing. Oops. Anyway, Hiroshima may be a bit out of the realm of this blog, but I still thought I’d say a few things.
Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada has made several appeals to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi for China to reduce its nuclear stockpile and commit to worldwide nuclear disarmament. According to Japan Times, this latest appeal irritated Yang so much that at last week’s talks in South Korea …