Quick hits and links on the ongoing conflict.
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I think the Sunday Papers experiment is now definitively a failure, unless I start doing the posts at lunch on Friday.
RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE
- Running rust: not just a modern problem – Here’s New Jersey showing some substantial browning in 1983. Teach the controversy?
- Russian Navy ship under construction in St. Petersburg catches fire – A little early, compared to, say, Big Kuz.
- Venezuela builds an M50 Ontos for the modern day – Luchtburg is unimpressed.
- In spite of the advent of newer weapons systems, FN is still selling M249s
- Rafale to compete against Super Bug for India’s next carrier plane – France hasn’t been doing great on export sales lately, and Super Bug is a tough one to beat.
- China is eating our lunch in new hulls in service
- Vortex wins the sight portion of the NGSW thing – “It integrates a number of advanced technologies, including a variable magnification optic, backup etched reticle, laser rangefinder, ballistic calculator, atmospheric sensor suite, compass, Intra-Soldier Wireless, visible and infrared aiming lasers, and a digital display overlay.” Cool, I say. Parvusimperator’s take is less optimistic: “It looks heavy, with features no one will use.”
- We both agree this one is cool – Microwave weapons for point defense! Masers hitting metal surfaces induce electromagnetic interference in nearby electronics, which is a plot point in my sole published science fiction novella.
- Goggles let Bradley dismounts see with the vehicle’s sensors – I think it just sends the dismounts a feed from the vehicle. If it somehow did augmented reality overlays of the common parts of their lines of sight, it would be even cooler.
- This DDG(X) concept actually looks sensible – Now we just need to build ten or so a year to show China what for.
- For FLRAA, buy the hybrid helo, not the tiltrotor, says V-22 test pilot – Tiltrotors evidently require more separation during landing than equivalently-sized helicopters, among other interesting tidbits.
- Chile buys some surplus E-3Ds – That makes Luchtburg worry a bit.
- Do you like government manuals? Here are 4,792, for free
- Lessons from the cruise missile attacks on Stark and Hanit – A 25-page paper, but a) skimmable, as the missile said to the surface of the sea; and b) a good read.
- SoKor’s K9 howitzer wins again – This time in Egypt.
- F-35 ramp strike – I think this is the one we’re looking for in the South China Sea.
- Chile may have more E-3s to buy soon; USAF issues RFI for a replacement – Parvusimperator thinks the E-7 is the odds-on favorite.
- Argentina buys Robotsystem 70 – South America is tooling up for some reason. Are they expecting trouble?
The Markets (Black and Otherwise)
- Mexican cartels muscling in on US marijuana growers
- How Brazil recovered from rampant inflation – They invented a Unit of Real Value. Prices, wages, and taxes were all listed in URVs, whose value floated relative to the currency of the day, the cruzeiro. That is, a gallon of milk might have been 10 cruzeiros one week, then 20 the next, but either way, it was listed as one URV. Then, once people got used to thinking of prices in term of a stable unit, Brazil declared the URV the real currency.
- How on earth do those buy-now-pay-later providers for online purchases make money? – Patrick McKenzie’s blog explains. (He’s a payments nerd, and a Stripe engineer.)
- From the same guy, a deep dive into how mortgages work in the US
The (Cyberpunk/Science Fiction) Future Is Now
It’s still Sunday, and I got this done.