Kazan, Russia’s most dangerous nuclear attack submarine – an annotated infographic

Russia has floated its newest nuclear-powered multi-purpose attack submarine. The launch of Kazan, considered a counterpart to U.S. Seawolf and Virginia-class, comes as Moscow claims its submarine fleet has increased combat patrols to levels last seen during the Cold War. The Kazan is the first upgraded Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine. Equipped with eight vertical missile launchers, it can deliver Kalibr or Oniks anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles – significant after Russian ships and submarines fired long-range missiles from the Caspian and the Black Sea into Syria in 2016. For the first time in Russian shipbuilding, the torpedo tubes are … Continue reading Kazan, Russia’s most dangerous nuclear attack submarine – an annotated infographic

India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

Preliminary design of India’s proposed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will begin in March, with a target of flying the aircraft in 2024 and making it ready for service as early as 2030. The twin-engine stealth warplane will likely feature an upgraded version of the General Electric F414 powerplant. The AMCA is aimed at replacing much smaller ground attack jets such as the Mirage-2000, Jaguar and Mig-27. Russian technology includes Sukhoi stealth, active electronically scanned array or AESA radar and three-dimensional thrust vectoring for the AMCA’s engines. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to debut @FIAFarnborough – an annotated infographic – #FIA16

The world’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, is making its first appearance at the Farnborough airshow in the UK in July. Three F-35B jump jet aircraft are due to perform in the skies over the week-long event. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to debut @FIAFarnborough – an annotated infographic – #FIA16

US Navy’s high-tech, Scrabble-tile-name, $4.4bn destroyer ship, the USS Zumwalt – an annotated infographic

The US Navy is to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer. The $4.4-billion ship features an angular shape that makes it 50 times more difficult to detect and new guns designed to deliver devastatingly accurate firepower hundreds of kilometres away. Cool. Or, grotesque and largely unnecessary use of public funds. You decide. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading US Navy’s high-tech, Scrabble-tile-name, $4.4bn destroyer ship, the USS Zumwalt – an annotated infographic

North Korea still rubbish at launching missiles – an annotated infographic

Try as they might – and Lord above knows they will keep trying – the North Korean army does seem to mightily suck at launching missiles. The latest abject failure was the launch of an intermediate-range Musudan missile, the latest in a string of high-profile disappointments. North Korea attempted three test launches of the Musudan in April, all of which failed, US and South Korean officials have said. The rest of the pleasingly sane, non-homicidal, sensibly coiffured world can continue to breathe easy, hoping that the bumbling, ineffectual performance of the North Korean army continues for many years to come, … Continue reading North Korea still rubbish at launching missiles – an annotated infographic

Tech books and media: How #Bismarck was built, then sunk with Bletchley’s help

The British Navy’s pursuit and sinking of German battleship The Bismarck is one of the epic sea battles of the Second World War. The success of the mission, following Bismarck’s sinking of the battlecruiser HMS Hood in May 1941, was down to the bravery of Allied crews; less well known is the part played by technology developed by codebreakers at Bletchley Park. The story of how pioneering techniques like direction finding and traffic analysis that emerged from the Bletchley Park operation helped locate the flagship of the German fleet is the subject a new episode of the always fascinating Bletchley … Continue reading Tech books and media: How #Bismarck was built, then sunk with Bletchley’s help

How an H-Bomb works – or, How I Learned To Start Worrying And Hate The Bomb – an annotated infographic

Ever wondered what an H-Bomb is? How it works? What it does? Why we should all be terrified of it? Answers, we got ’em, in the form of this H-Bomb infographic. Basically, your average hydrogen bomb in the street – that’s the H-Bomb to you, mate – is a thermonuclear weapon, see, that uses the energy from a primary fission bomb to ignite a secondary nuclear fusion reaction. Bish, bash, bomb. Job done. The result is the most destructive weapon ever created by man. Good thing / bad thing? Discuss*. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   *The … Continue reading How an H-Bomb works – or, How I Learned To Start Worrying And Hate The Bomb – an annotated infographic