In case anyone wonders what the economy does for HARD MILITARY POWER (MARCO RUBIO/TPP-TAA VOTE) here’s a ~30 day sample..
How Marco Rubio can talk about reinvigorating and expanding out military WITHOUT a GROWING, ROBUST American industrial base, with R&D, engineering and hard manufacturing seems either IGNORANT or disingenuous. Despite any ideological motives by conservatives over the PRINCIPLE of free trade, it has been in PRACTICAL OPERATION ****a disaster**** which has greatly exacerbated the imbalance in our national budget, and created a military shortfall given our responsibilities which is now all too obvious.
When you peruse these items below remember .. Our land based ICBM force is from the 1970′s, the Minuteman III,and we DESTROYED and discontinued by treaty more modern missiles.
Our Trident/Ohio class Missile subs are 30+/- years old, and we were built for that life span, but now we want them to reach 42 years because we can’t AFFORD to bring the replacement class into deployment sooner.
We still use the Trident missile of the 1980′s in those subs.
The premier air strike weapon of the Navy is the FA-18. 1980′s, non stealth
The main attack sub of the Navy, the Virginia class, is a $ compromise base on the sub the Navy wanted, the Seawolf and the main class we have is the LA 688 class. 70′s and 80′s design and production start.
The premier strike weapon of the Air Force the, B-2 is a product of the 1980′s
The new 3000 Ton Troopship is ready for commission for South China Sea Missions
PLAN commission of the day: Gaoyaohu Type 903 Replenishment Tanker
The PLAN commissioned its fourth Type 903A Replenishment Tanker. Gaoyaohu weighting in at 23,00 tons marks the sixth overall Type 903 class currently available for overseas missions.
Manufactured Island with Fighter/Bomber capable BASE, and TWO anchorages completed
A close up photo of China’s new ZTQ 105mm light tank
The second J-20 initial production copy, 2012, analogous to the US F-22 Raptor
China Coast Guard commission of the day: 3901, the 2nd “10,000 ton” cutter.
Here is a 10,000 ton American Ship:
Haibing 722 Icebreaker launches
PLAN Commission of the day: Type054A FFG532 Jing Zhou
China offers latest FT-series precision-guided bombs for export
With the release of the improved FT-3A, FT-6A, and FT-7 variants earlier this year, Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co Ltd (ALIT), an intermediary subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC), is now promoting the complete Fei Teng (FT) series of precision-guided bombs (PGBs) to the international market.
CHINA BUILDS POWER PROJECTION FOUNDATIONS WITH NEW CARGO PLANE AND WARSHIP
Y-20 CARGO AIRCRAFT AND TYPE 901 SHIP ENTERING SERVICE
The Type 901, at 45,000 tons, will be one of the world’s largest naval supply ships, capable of rearming, resupply and refueling Chinese warships on the high seas.
CHINESE SOLDIERS HAVE LASER GUNS
BE CAREFUL, YOU’LL BURN SOMEONE’S EYES OUT
AN ELECTROMAGNETIC ARMS RACE HAS BEGUN: CHINA IS MAKING RAILGUNS TOO
This satellite photo shows a test facility at the Chinese naval research facility in Wuhan. Speculation is that it is the prototype for the Chinese EMALS catapult system, which would be equipped on future Chinese carriers (Type 002?).
China Type 1130 CIWS Gatling Cannon at China Defense Forum
Type 1130 CIWS
The Type 1130 CIWS, with 11 30mm barrels, is the largest Gatling cannon in the world, firing up to 11,000 rounds a minute (that’s nearly 200 rounds a second). Its designers say that it can shoot down 90% of incoming supersonic missiles. But it could be replaced by shipborne railguns, which would protect Chinese warships against future hypersonic threats.
The second batch of Chinese Type 055 destroyers will likely feature railguns, starting in the 2020-2025 timeframe. A 32 megajoule railgun on the Type 055 destroyer would be able to launch a ten kilogram projectile over a 100 nautical miles away, with the impact energy of medium artillery. Railgun ammunition can be guided, and programmed to explode over a target, destroying soft targets like parked aircraft and missile launchers.
AND I HAVEN’T MENTIONED ANY OF THEIR NEW MISSILES?