HRH PRINCE PHILIP DUKE OF EDINBURGH

It is with the sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His loss is deeply felt and our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. His popularity remained because he was by all accounts a very decent man, a man of courage, and a part of the Greatest Generation. One can’t say the same for his son and future king, Charlie – a dim bulb by all accounts.

 

Drones Launching Drones

The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie drone successfully launched an even smaller unmanned aircraft from inside its internal weapons bay on March 26, 2021.

During the Valkyrie’s sixth flight test at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, it opened its payload bay doors during flight for the first time and released an ALTIUS-600, a small, tube-launched autonomous drone. The Valkyrie is an “attritable” drone, the word the military uses for an asset that can be reused but is cheap enough that a commander would expect and be comfortable with a certain amount of losses while in combat. (Sun Tzu would call them “doomed drones” if he was alive today).

 

Meme-of-the-Day

 

Belgorod

MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. The Belgorod (Special Project 09852) special-purpose nuclear submarine will serve in the Pacific Ocean after passing state trials and commissioning, a source close to Defense Ministry told TASS.

It’s primary weapon is the Russian Poseidon strategic underwater nuclear powered drone (un-manned mini-sub), or autonomous torpedo.

According to Pentagon, Russia conducted the first test-launch of Poseidon on 27 November 2016, using the B-90 Sarov special purpose submarine. 

In January 2019, Russian Navy announced plans to procure at least 30 Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicles, deployed on four submarines, two of which would serve in the Russian Northern Fleet and two in the Pacific Fleet. Belgorod will be deployed to the Pacific Fleet.

The Poseidon warhead can contaminate a large area with radiation. According to NukeMap simulations, the size of the radioactive area will be about 1700×300 kilometers. For this purpose, the Poseidon is believed to be equipped with a cobalt bomb, containing cobalt-60. Poseidon appears to be a deterrent weapon of last resort. It’s said to be able to travel at 54 knots with a range of 5,400 nm. Since it’s running a nuclear power plant, 5,400 nm doesn’t sound that far to me. 

 

LURPING AROUND

The British Army’s Long Range Recce Group (Mali) deployed on Operation SEKA, from their base in Gao, with orders to recon their area of operations, to protect the local population and deter hostile activity.

During the deployment, the group covered more than 1500km and visited more than 60 villages to conduct local engagement, distributing Bibles and toothpaste, winning hearts and minds.

I’m not opposed to the Brits or anyone else driving through Africa in their rigs, smiling, handing out stuff, but I prefer it when people characterize a PR cruise for what it is. The hostiles will let them drive through and will go back to dominating the locals.

“The off-road maneuverability of the Light Dragoons Jackal 2 and Coyote, vehicles enabled the task group probe deep over incredibly challenging terrain in 40 degree heat to engage with the local population in remote areas, not previously reached by security forces;  while Foxhounds of the 2 Company Royal Anglian were used in the large population centers on the Main Supply Route, all to enable an understanding of the needs of local communities.”

Follow the Money – and the Oil – and the Pipelines

 

18 COMMENTS

  1. Another site had a comment by a guy who worked their security detail for a while.
    He said that during cold nights they would get a cup of hot coffee with a little ‘extra’ added.
    Someone who took care of the troops.

    • I did not know him or anyone who was close to him, but that’s the reputation he had. Solid guy, would have your back. There aren’t many like that.

  2. So sorry to hear about HRH Prince Phillip. He was a decent man, and I truly feel sorry for the Queen.

    RE- Drones. Looking like “The Biggest Fleas Have Smaller Fleas….” kind of thing. Wonder when we’ll find out hom may room-penetrating “micro drones” it carries.

    Biden can kiss my shiny metal a$$.

    Wonder if the Russian torp has some other “consumable” that limits it’s range?

    • Maybe the radiation degrades the containment? There shouldn’t be any consumables. Lubricants can exist in a sealed system. Or am I missing something?

  3. Read up a little this evening on Prince Phillip’s Royal Navy service in WWII. Not a snowflake. Crete and a bunch of other stuff and finished up in the South Pacific. His ship was present at the surrender at Tokyo Bay. Did his bit, and then some.

  4. As much as I abhor his station and all it implies, Phil was by all accounts a good man and a total class act. He’ll be missed and there aren’t a lot of young men of his caliber around any more.

    RIP.

    -Kle.

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