Oppenheimer’s Deadly Toy

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And he becomes death.

An office mate worried about China’s rhetoric to USA on the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea. And I thought of Dr. Oppenheimer for his contribution of harnessing the power of the atom. They thought Germany was creating the bomb and recent documentaries conclude Hitler was not making one. Still, it was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki but first blew in a desert as Project “Trinity”.

Nations posses such weapon are responsible for keeping the keys out of reach from fanatics. Any unscheduled launch of rockets to the sky are always a hair raising drill for silo operators whether it is an exercise or the real thing.

So I hope the Russian and Chinese love their children too.

See my deviantart post too.

Peace.

Merkava. Made in Israel The Best Tank in the World.

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Uzi, Galil, Desert Eagle, F21 kfir. Familiar house hold names from Israel. But the Merkava is the weapon that scares the nuts and bolts of tankers around the world. The latest model M4 would make any advance ATGM (anti tank guided missile) deflect like a rock if its passes the Rafael defense system that acts like a mini IronDome.

Its Arab neighbor still have a field day from previous defeats. Egypt, Jordan and Saudi have a non-aggressive posture with Tel Aviv but Syria and Iran pose a threat to the existence of Zion.

Israel have the best tank gunnery in the world repelling massive attack by Syria and Egypt armor in wars of 1967 and 1973. When the world deny them of buying weapons, they made their own. The Merkava born from the success of British tank Chieftain. Its debut fight Lebanon, 1982 against Russian tanks. Rounds from T62 won’t penetrate its thick armor. If its not knocking other tanks, it doubles as an armored carrier. Definitely, a general’s wonder weapon.

But it did meet its match when Hezbollah guerrillas were armed with the Russian Kornet ATGM but that did not slow the tank down.

Under President Duterte, the Philippines is seeking Israel weapons, I hope the Merkava would be a top priority list. The tank is very roomy, it could also transport wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Its armored troop carrier version is the Namer is also an excellent choice.

I do hope this time, the Philippine AFP modernization would materialize. Its 30 years late (since the power grab People Power of 1986) but better late than never.

Japanese Arm Power Tamed by the USA.

JSDF/Japan Self Defense Force is the combine Army, Air Force and Navy of Japan yet it is simply called JSDF. They do not refer planes under the Japan Air Force nor the gray ships as Japanese navy. You have to insert the “self-defence” in its branches ( ground self defence, air self defense, maritime self defense). Whats the catch? The USA. After WorldWar 2, the US, the victor both Europe and Asia, made a treaty preventing Japan from creating a revival of Japanese might.

But in the 1980s, its Self Defense force is bigger than the United Kingdom. Its newest and biggest ship, the Izumo and  Hyuga class Helicopter Destroyer (the biggest destroyer that looks like an aircraft carrier) is almost as big as the British fleets Queen Elizabeth and qualified for VSTOL jets like the F35

But Japan is the closest force that stand against China. Although Japan does not possess any nuclear weapon, it could upgrade its inventory in a few months.

Japan is also helping the Philippines in its maritime problem with China and gave two patrol ships to the Phil Navy and would also design future vessels. These scary bully tactic of China is really a security problem in the region especially for the Philippines who have no naval power to deter China.

Thank you Japan, may you keep the balance of power in Asia. Once you were an enemy now you are a friend and deterrent to an ambitious dragon.

Peace.

 

 

DrawBack 1990s: Russian Backfire Bombers and EuroFighter.

Russian thinking in designing aircraft is different. Their aircraft may have the same air frame but have different avionics. Just like the Tupolev TU22 NATO code “Backfire“.

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The TU22 first design was not like what I drew above. The engine are place atop the rear of its rudder (something like the A10 warthog). The Tu22M2 have a new swing wing and inlets similar to the US F4 Phantom. NATO Typhoon jets would intercept these bomber patrols once in a while.

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The Tu22M3 inlet is the same like the air superiority US F15 Eagle. Its formidable AS4 “Kitchen” supersonic mach 4 cruise missile is a real killer (see caricature above).

But the strategic bomber suffers (START treaty) from its range not able to reach the US coast, switching its role as an aircraft carrier killer, specifically targeting US flattops.

Cold war version two was rebooted when Russia invaded Ukraine. Russian bomber started patrols in 2007 including it heaviest TU160 Blackjack and loudest turboprop TU95 Bear, giving strategist rethinking policies on how to defend countries seeking NATO and US help.

Russia is practicing real targets, bombing civilians in Syria with its Sukhoi SU24 Fencer strike bombers. While the UN is bothering my small nation Philippines on suspicious EKJ/Extra Judicial Killing, civilian causalities with Superpowers are unhindered.

It is worrisome when China made headlines a few months when it flew improved copied Soviet TU16 Badgers medium bombers in the Spratley. With US sour relationship, and a Mutual Treaty that the US will only defend the country not the islets in some EEZ, we are in trouble. Our only right is a piece of paper telling the world we own those islets. And no one is helping us.

DrawBack 1990. About A Sea and Spratley.

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Drawn 1994 at school. My personal graphic novel finished 1991 and was lost in a school fire when I left it to our locker. But saved some scratch pages. I was in a debate from friends in facebook and my opinion, only an armed struggle can resolve this. No amount of kungfu typing in social media protest to remove China from the area.

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The plot is a future conflict with a powerful China invading the whole of South China Sea. The original scenario where the Philippine Navy possess an aircraft carrier to face the threat and in that battle, the Philippines regain some of the islets was originally it held.

In reality, the Philippines do not own a flattop and have lost some atolls in the West Philippine Sea. The AFP was poorly equipped and never modernize as promised by previous presidents. In 1987 I was introduce with these chain of island in the South China Sea and how the late president Cory Aquino removed most of the troops and guns in the Spratley area. The final blow came when the US bases was pullout in our country. China came uninvited set some bases and spotted by AFP planes. And did nothing.

The modernization of the AFP was slow and with controversy. 25 Italian s211 trainer/ light attack jets, a few troop carriers, and lately naval ships in a span of 30 years (1986-2016). The AFP do not posses missile systems from SAM/Surface to Air and SSM/Surface to Surface that can deter any sea and air threats.

The Philippines always rely on big brother US to help us on external threat and only joint exercise with the Philippines looking poor with old weapons. Too dependent, we can not rely on the AFP to face threats from China. The US will only respond if China attack the mainland and not some islets in some sea claimed also by Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and even Brunei.

Our only victory with China is only on paper from the UN Arbitrary ruling. Enforcing the rule of law in one thing. And China do not respect it even  if it is a member of UNCLOS.

As I suggest to my facebook friend, if we could send even a single ship, to face a big China, its better than do nothing. It sending men and women in harms way but if China do something awful, the world would know. Something China will definitely not want to know its citizens.

Spain’s old map shows the sea is part of the Philippines. China’s claim is only words. We could resolve problems by sharing the sea for peaceful purposes but not by one country only.