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  1. There are some reports that during the early testing target vessels were hit while moving. There is some speculation that 884 Jingpoho was retired recently to be used as a target ship, due to presence of 5 members of the PLARF at the decommissioning ceremony:
  2. It was tested. They hit the hulk of Yuan Wang 4 in November 2011 for one.
  3. AI can be done relatively cheaply now and the hardware required to run it on some disposable drone can also be quite cheap. The biggest expense will be training the AI. You will want to run the drone through at least tens of thousands of simulated attacks in very varied conditions in order to get any sort of well calibrated AI.
  4. Okay that it a big limitation. Though the power was to actually be reduced on the Montana class, so maybe it isn't such a big deal.
  5. Of course there is no free lunch. Thought the extended bow ahead of the barbette need not be armored as there need be nothing of great value or risk in that space. It may have even be possible to increase power, reorganise the machinery and compartmentalise it, via spending internal volume created by moving stowage (eg. of fuel) from spaces around the machinery into the new forward volume.
  6. It would then be wider though across the two front turrets, where the width of the barbette is the limiting factor to the depth of protection. Like this:
  7. Rather than widening them, they could have been lengthened by extending the bow, so even with it's fineness, the hull would have been approaching it's maximum near the front turret. That would have solved the front buoyancy problem and helped torpedo protection around the front turrets.
  8. I tend to agree with the analysis of Richard Koo - beyond the debacle of the late 80's liquidity trap there was excess fiscal tightening which had strongly adverse growth effects, and perversely, even adverse effects on the deficit:
  9. Sorry I was being a bit too cryptic. Japan may well have geopolitical ambitions, but as far as I can tell there is no great economic ambitions of the sort that would cause them to want to integrate with China and break with US policy. So for example if Japanese policy became more bellicose towards China under US direction or encouragement, and this led to tariffs on Japanese exports or restriction on Japanese FDI into China, I cannot see this leading to a shift in the Japanese position. In an alternative world with a more ambitious Japanese economic 'imperialism' of the sort talked a
  10. Japan is key partially because they have no real ambitions, and so would be happy to suffer economic damage in return for US vassalage. Australia is quite similar in this respect. India is unpredictable as they have ambitions but also a strong Hindu chauvinist movement, and it is not clear whether Sing style economic developmentalism and BRICism will return.
  11. The big blockage for a long time to European independence has been the importance of NATO to European political class ideology. There has always been, and especially so in the UK, this sort of 'We are the very serious people ruling you because we are the big boys sitting down with the Americans and planning some collective defense'. With the end of the Cold War this obviously was less compelling, but at the same time by then the prevailing neoliberal ideology took away much of the other ways that the political class could claim credit for themselves - for a long time they actually played some
  12. There is no real question of defending 'Europe' with the possible exception of the Baltic edge case, rather the open question is the commitment to the resources and posture required for continued or consolidated westward expansion, for example the extensive commitments that would make threats to come to the defense of Ukraine credible.
  13. They are talking about the Turkish air to surface missiles MAM-L and MAM-C.
  14. I think the price of airburst munitions can be bought down a lot, if there is a big push for them. Drones capable of air to air engagement vs other drones using cheap munitions may also be possible.
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