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Strategy / History / Capability Ad Hoc Update (9)

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

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  1. Much media on SpaceX;
  2. Interesting FLANKER footage;
  3. Most interesting history of R-77 / AA-12 ADDER and its Ukrainian heritage;
  4. Miscellaneous reports on interest;

Strategy / History / Capability Publications

Falcon Heavy Test Flight – YouTube

SpaceX success lifts Pentagon hopes of ending launch pad monopoly

Falcon Heavy raises the prospect of cheaper military launches to defend space assets

A man who worked with Elon Musk at SpaceX reveals 3 keys to success

Jim Cantrell helped Elon Musk found SpaceX and learned that money and intelligence are not required to be highly successful. But three other things are.

How Elon Musk Beat Russia’s Space Program – Bloomberg

The upstart billionaire’s private passion enabled SpaceX to achieve things the Russian industry has given up.

Live Views of Starman – YouTube

SpaceX launched the most powerful rocket on Earth today — and shot Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster toward Mars | Business Insider

Elon Musk just launched an earthshaking new adventure (opinion) – CNN

Maybe it takes the go-for-broke entrepreneurship of Musk and his fellow privately endowed dreamers to rekindle the space age possibilities many of us thought had vanished with the last space shuttle mission. Sit back and enjoy the show, writes Gene Seymour.

Falcon Heavy Nails Debut Test Flight | Space content from Aviation Week

SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket at Cape Canaveral – The Atlantic

SpaceX’s 27-engine Falcon Heavy successfully blasted off from Florida with a cherry-red Tesla convertible in tow.

Ukrainian Embassy in U.S. recalls Antonov’s assistance to SpaceX ahead of Falcon Heavy launch | UNIAN

Ukrainian Embassy in U.S. recalls Antonov’s assistance to SpaceX ahead of Falcon Heavy launch. Current news and events for 07 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Antonov Airlines joins Falcon Heavy launch – 07.02.2018 12:11 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine’s Antonov Airlines has taken a direct part in preparations for the launch of Elon Musk’s project – the Falcon Heavy rocket, Ukraine's Embassy in the United States has reported on Facebook.

Exports of India and Russia’s BrahMos missile could worry China

Many Southeast Asian nations in China’s backyard are reportedly interested in purchasing the state-of-the-art missile.

Sukhoi Su-30MKM Cobra Maneuver | Aviation International News

Sukhoi Su-30MKM Dances in the Sky over Singapore with Thrust Vectoring Maneuvers | Aviation International News

Russia’s Most Feared Air-to-Air Missile Is Actually Kind of a Dud | War Is Boring

Russia’s R-77 active-radar-homing air-to-air missile — NATO designation AA-12 — is widely considered to be equivalent to the American AIM-120 AMRAAM. But in fact, the R-77 isn’t nearly as successful as the AIM-120. It may never have formally entered service with the Russian air force at all. In the best case, the number of operational, combat-ready rounds in the Russian arsenal can be counted on the fingers of two hands. What used to be the Vympel Design Bureau — now known as the KTRV Corporation — started the work on the K-77, as it was then designated, in 1982, only for the Kremlin to more or less cancel the weapon five years later, over issues related to the 9B-1348 seeker head. A new project, the K-77M or Izdeliye-170, replaced the K-77 effort. The K-77M featured the improved 9B-1348M1 seeker head. Development of the K-77M halted between 1989 and 1991 owing to funding shortages related to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This robotic Humvee can take point

The Army is testing how a robotic Humvee teamed with a human-driven command-and-control vehicle can semi-autonomously engage targets.

Electronic Warfare: The Russian Threat No One Is Paying Attention to (Until Now) | The National Interest Blog

And the U.S. Army is quite worried.

Pentagon Plans to Spend Billions on F-35 Jets Despite Problems | Fortune

The Pentagon aims to buy 77 Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jets in the new fiscal year.

F-35 Using “Open Air” Ranges to Train for War Against Russia’s S-400 | The National Interest Blog

Recycled 2016 propaganda.

US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot – Defense One

Last year saw a historic first: an exercise in which an unmanned vehicle provided live covering fire for American troops.

Oshkosh lands Army’s next-gen Medium Tactical Vehicles contract

The U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh Defense a $476.2 million contract to build a next-generation variant of its Family of Tactical Wheeled Vehicles on Feb. 7.

What a new Army brigade can learn from the special ops community

While multi-function systems are the future for the military, they are especially critical for small teams that will be deploying to Afghanistan.

The Marines Are Giving Quadcopters to Every Squad – Defense One

The Corps says new robots, tech, and video games will keep Marines on the tactical edge.

Bell V280 Valor team makes steady progress since first flight – Defence Blog

The V-280 team and broader Bell Helicopter team has worked together to achieve more than 52 hours of rotor turn time to date and over 8 hours of flight time. Last month the V-280 was also able to demonstrate ground taxi, hover taxi, low altitude hovering maneuvers including 360 pedal turns and forward/aft/lateral repositions, 40 knots roll on landings, and forward flight out to 80 knots. The Bell V-280 Valor provides warfighters strategic options, operational reach, tactical agility and overmatch at the point of decision. The Bell V-280 Valor design supports ground maneuver and is purpose built for the squad plus enablers. Safe and survivable, the design features integrated cabin armor, fly-by-wire component redundancy, state of the art countermeasures and performance. Bell Helicopter’s design to build technology used on the V-280 Valor significantly enhances manufacturing, assembly, and sustainability, while greatly reducing the total cost of ownership. Advanced tiltrotor speed and range provides commanders access not currently available. With more than twice the speed and range of current helicopter platforms, the Bell V-280 Valor provides access to get to the objective while providing superior agility at the objective. Team Valor’s mission equipment package enables enroute situational understanding through digitally fused reconnaissance, surveillance, intelligence and friendly force information. Airborne battle boards bring fused data and mission updates to the cabin for real-time tracking. The V-280 will provide technology overmatch at an affordable price point. The Future is Now.

China promotes Y-9E transport aircraft for export – Defence Blog

China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation demonstrated an uprated version of Y-9E transport aircraft at the Singapore Airshow. CATIC is displaying a model of the Shaanxi Y-9E it the Changi Exhibition Centre during the Singapore Airshow 2018. The four-engine transport is in service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, and is now being promoted to potential customers in Asia-Pacific region.

A special Afghan unit could be the Army’s test case for its future network

The Army is looking to the newly established advise-and-assist brigade that’s headed to Afghanistan to help inform modernization efforts associated with communications gear for conventional units.

Russia’s Aerospace Forces Expected to Show Interest in BrahMos-A | Singapore Airshow 2018 content from Aviation Week

China ramps up production of new airborne early warning aircraft

Satellite photos show eight Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft at the company’s factory airfield at Hanzhong, Shaanxi Province. These joint KJ-500s already in service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the naval aviation units.

Boeing Sets Sights on Southeast Asia Growth | Singapore Airshow 2018 content from Aviation Week

Boeing P-8 Being Qualified For KC-135 Fueling | Singapore Airshow 2018 content from Aviation Week

MWI Podcast: Technology and the Future of Warfare – Modern War Institute

Artificial intelligence. Quantum computing. Nanotechnology. The Internet of Things. Blockchains. Neuroscience. Biotech. We live in a world of rapid technological development, in these and many other areas. Frontiers are being pushed further and further at a faster and faster pace. And there’s a broad consensus that, in a military context, the way we fight and the environments we fight in will change as a result. But that’s where the consensus stops. We simply don’t know the degree to which war will change. And yet, success in future wars might ultimately hinge on our ability to meaningfully explore those complicated questions today. That’s what we do in this episode of the MWI Podcast, which features two guests who have studied these issues deeply. Retired Maj. Gen. David Fastabend and Mr. Ian Sullivan have been heavily involved with efforts to conceptualize the future of warfare, undertaken largely by the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, where Sullivan is the assistant G-2 for ISR and futures. The conversation is based partly on two papers Fastabend and Sullivan were involved in producing: “The Operational Environment and the Changing Character of Warfare” and “An Advanced Engagement Battlespace: Tactical, Operational, and Strategic Implications for the Future Operational Environment.” You can listen to the full, fascinating conversation below, in which they talk through a range of emerging and future technologies and how they will impact the way the wars of tomorrow will be fought and won. You can also subscribe to the MWI podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss an episode!

China develops advanced ultra-low altitude anti-ship unmanned system – Defence Blog

U.S. Air Force receive new AGM-176 Griffin missiles – Defence Blog

AGM-176 Griffin – Wikipedia

Crouching Lion, Weary Titan: Lessons from World War I and British Grand Strategy – War on the Rocks

David Morgan-Owen, The Fear of Invasion: Strategy, Politics, and British War Planning, 1880-1914 (Oxford, 2017) It was in 1902 that Halford Mackinder, the

Guatemala’s Maya Society Featured Huge ‘Megalopolis,’ LiDAR Data Show

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought.

Torpedo Vorhaltrechner Project – Torpedo calculator T. Vh. Re. S3

Description of the torpedo calculator T. Vh. Re. S3

Some rocket-engines from Isayev’s Design Bureau

Tabulated tech data