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  1. Royal Navy to control frigates via Siri like commands. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/royal-navy-could-control-frigates-with-siri-style-voice-commands-fjhmmlhf2 Rolls Royce planning autonomous robot ship for patrols, mine detection, and surveillance. https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/12/rolls-royce-planning-autonomous-naval-ship-for-patrol-surveillance-and-mine-detection/ India's second indigenous nuclear submarine to be launched soon. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/indias-second-indigenous-nuclear-submarine-to-be-launched-soon/articleshow/60477235.cms India's first Scorpene class sub may be inducted soon within the month. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/indias-long-wait-for-scorpene-class-submarine-may-end-any-day-now/articleshow/60485766.cms US authorizes sales of $5.2 billion of Super Hornets to Canada. http://www.defencetalk.com/us-authorizes-5bn-sale-of-super-hornet-jet-fighters-to-canada-70458/
  2. China launches seventh Type 815 class spy ship. The first ship is Type 815, the next six ships after including this one are 815G. http://www.janes.com/article/73706/china-launches-seventh-type-815a-agi
  3. They recently had a big naval drill off the Bohai Sea, which is quite close to the northern side of North Korea, and the border between China and North Korea, the location of which suggests this one is a message to Kim. The PLAN would drill more south to the Yellow Sea or East China Sea if it was meant to send a message to the US, S. Korea and Japan. If you are going to plan on taking on North Korea from the Chinese side: army thrust from the north, along with sea based landings at the west side of the peninsula. That will be supported by air and missile strikes from the northern border, along with air and cruise missile strikes from the sea. Such landings and strikes would have to be from a fleet in the Bohai Sea. The Chinese have been pissed off at Kim for a while, and he is considered to be an erratic and unreliable ally. The possibiity he has a hydrogen bomb is absolutely terrifying since Beijing is only a stone's throw from Kim's missiles, including other major population centers like Tianjin and Shanghai. The prospect of Kim blackmailing the PRC is unacceptable and horrifying. The Chinese won't throw their weight on it unless they are sure North Korea is going to have a military coup. That's probably the reason why the Kims are paranoid and needs to constantly assert their strength in public. Any crack on the armor, coup happens and the Chinese would immediately throw their weight on it.
  4. India is a bit spooked with Chinese subs in the Indian Ocean, and has greatly increased antisubmarine exercises in the region. Looking for greater cooperation with Japan. http://thediplomat.com/2017/09/india-japan-set-to-deepen-anti-submarine-warfare-cooperation/ India to lease another old Russian nuclear attack submarine and spend $2.5 billion refitting it. http://idrw.org/india-gets-moving-on-2-5-billion-refit-lease-of-third-russian-nuclear-submarine/ Russia alleged to have dropped thermobaric FOAB on ISIS. http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/news/a28125/rumor-russia-conventional-superbomb-syria/ State Chinese banks have been ordered to freeze all bank accounts related to North Korea. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2110509/chinese-state-banks-suspend-north-korean-transactions
  5. Britain hopes to export the T31e frigate but faces tough competition. https://rusi.org/commentary/what-rivals-will-britain’s-new-t31e-corvette-be-facing
  6. When it comes to naval battles, the Russians got the weakest destroyer: the Project 7U. Its not a class currently present in WoWs despite being actual ships with a combat record. What it is, is a Project 7 like the Gnenvy, Anshan and Gremyaschy, but has the double funnel layout and boilers you see on the Ognevoi. On the other hand, the Japanese got the Yugumo, the British got the Tribals, the Germans the Type 1936 (Z32 in WoWs), and the US the Fletcher. Strangely enough, the shells from the Fletcher don't look as flighty in WT than they are on WoWs.
  7. What kind of ships are of the same class but not sister ships? Its a rhetorical phrase.
  8. Canada has not decided yet on its future frigate, decision going to be pushed to 2018. 12 prequalified companies...that's a lot of proposals. At stake, a fat contract for 15 vessels. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/warship-design-delay-1.4277967
  9. Totally safe and nonexplosive lithium ion batteries has enormous implications with airline and transport security as well, not to mention with smartphone and notebook manufacturers.
  10. US Army, UMD reesarchers developed water based lithium ion batteries. Batteries that are perfectly safe, and won't blow up like on smartphones and laptops. This has implications for SSKs. AIP is not as completely silent as going completely on battery, but we are not using lithium ion because we don't want the sub to blow up. http://www.defencetalk.com/us-army-umd-researchers-develop-water-based-lithium-ion-batteries-70435/
  11. Not enjoying the Russian bias, especially when my T-34 gets knocked out by 88mm Flak buses. They only nerfed the 88mm by raising its BR after many months from 3.7 to 4.0?
  12. That's normal for modern SSKs. For ideal hydrodynamic efficiency for submarines, the optimum length to beam ratio is 7.5 to 1.
  13. Forgot to add. The neat thing about subs on dry docks is that you can check for lower flank sonars which obviously this one has, but not exactly all subs don't.
  14. Camilla to christen the HMS Prince of Wale as Charles looks on. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/08/camilla-names-new-aircraft-carrier-hms-prince-wales-charles/ US warships begin Irma relief operations. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/07/politics/hurricane-irma-us-military-operations/index.html
  15. First public image of a YJ-18 antiship missile being fired off from a Type 052D destroyer. It is scanned off from a magazine. http://www.janes.com/article/73618/image-suggests-yj-18-anti-ship-missile-has-entered-plan-service