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US Military Prepares for War in Space with Aliens
Russia is making wild claims that its MiG-31 successor will be able to fly in space

Quote:The head of the Russian aircraft corporation, Mikoyan, 
or MiG for short,  
claimed on Russian TV last week that the successor to the MiG-31 will be able to fly in space. 

The PAK DP, or MiG-41, will have "the ability to operate in space, new weapons, new speeds, 
[and] new operational range," Ilya Tarasenko told Zvezda TV channel. 

Tarasenko also said that while the MiG-41 will be the MiG 31s "spiritual successor," 
it will also be an "entirely new aircraft," 
adding that it will be used a lot in the Arctic, 
be able to reach speeds of nearly 2,800 mph (nearly 1,000 mph faster than the MiG-31), 
be equipped with lasers, 
and eventually become an unmanned aircraft.

Nevertheless, it's impossible to verify such claims 
since the MiG-41 is still being designed and the plans are classified. 

"There are some discussions and initial research about development of a MiG-31 successor — 
but it is at the very early stages,” 
Vasily Kashin, a Russian defense analyst, told The National Interest in April.

Still, these claims are not out of the realm of possibility, 
given the high-altitude and speed capabilities of the MiG-31. 
But Russia consistently makes predictions that never happen, 
such as when it  claimed in 2015 it would make 2,300 T-14 Armata battle tanks by 2020. 
Due to budgetary problems, 
Moscow plans to only make 100 by 2020. 

Some defense analysts, for the same reasons, 
are even questioning whether Moscow will even have money for the MiG-41. 

“I think it's still very much a paper project under the slogan 
‘if we draw it, then maybe we'll get money for it,’” 
a defense industry official told The National Interest in April.

Mikoyan says it will begin producing the MiG-41 in the mid-2020s, 
and Kashin told the National Interest that it will be ready for deployment by 2035-2040. 

Therefore, whether Moscow actually makes the MiG-41 and whatever its capabilities will be if it does, 

the MiG-31 will remain Russia's main interceptor well into the 2030s. 

extensively in depth article

Weapons & War Analysis: Russian Military vs US & NATO

Quote:For instance, 
Russia has apparently conducted a successful test launch of its Nudol direct ascent anti-satellite missile, 
according to The National Interest. 

"This is the second test of the new weapon, which is capable of destroying satellites in space. 
The weapon was apparently launched from the Plesetsk test launch facility north of Moscow," 
the report from The National Interest writes. 

In addition, 
The National Interests' Dave Majumdar reported that Russian Airborne Forces 
plan six armored companies equipped with newly modified T-72B3M  tanks. 
Over the next two years, 
those six companies will be expanded to battalion strength, the report states. 

Russia is also reportedly developing a so-called "Terminator 3" Whip  tank support fighting vehicle. 

During the Cold War, the Russian defense budget amounted to nearly half of the country’s overall expenditures.

Now, the countries’ military spending draws upon a smaller percentage of its national expenditure. 
However, despite these huge percentage differences compared to the 1980s, 
the Russian defense budget is climbing again. 
From 2006 to 2009, the Russian defense budget jumped from $25 billion up to $50 billion 
according to Business Insider – 
and the 2013 defense budget is listed elsewhere at $90 billion.

Rand Wargame 

While many experts maintain that NATO’s size, fire-power, air supremacy and technology 
would ultimately prevail in a substantial engagement with Russia, 
that does not necessarily negate findings from a Rand study 
released more than a year ago 
explaining that NATO would be put in a terrible predicament should Russia invade the Baltic states.

NATO force structure in Eastern Europe in recent years would be unable to withstand a Russian invasion 
into neighboring Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the Rand study has concluded.

After conducting an exhaustive series of wargames wherein “red” (Russian) and “blue” (NATO) forces engaged in a wide range of war scenarios over the Baltic states, a Rand Corporation study called “Reinforcing Deterrence on NATO’s Eastern Flank” determined that a successful NATO defense of the region would require a much larger air-ground force than what is currently deployed.
Fighter jets with laser weapons set to take to the skies in 2021 as Lockheed Martin wins $26 million 'Lance' high-energy laser contract
  • 'LANCE' contract will build on technology from the Athena and Aladin lasers

  • $26.3m contract aims to design, develop, and produce system for fighter jets

  • An airborne platform is smaller, presenting more of a challenge, experts say 
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PUBLISHED: 20:52 GMT, 6 November 2017 UPDATED: 20:52 GMT, 6 November 2017
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NASA to test ‘space lasers’ with latest launch

Published time: 11 Nov, 2017 11:53 Edited time: 11 Nov, 2017 13:07

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Antares rocket carrying the S.S. Gene Cernan Cygnus © Orbital ATK / Facebook 

Sunday marks the day that humanity takes one step closer to the science-fiction realm with space lasers. An American aerospace firm is aiming to create 200 megabits per second (Mbps) connections in space using satellites equipped with lasers.
If successful, this new tech could pave the way for networks of satellite-connected devices to send data, which will be useful for military, tech, and meteorological agencies, to and from space via laser connections. The launch of the new satellites is scheduled for 7:14am ET on Sunday from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The company, Orbital ATK, will send its Cygnus spacecraft, complete with NanoRacks CubeSats satellites, to the International Space Station. NASA is hoping that the mission will highlight the importance of small sensor spacecraft to the future of space exploration.

The twin satellites will propel themselves using water, while using cameras, beacons, and laser rangefinders to adjust the relative position measurements between the two satellites.

NASA believes that the satellites could lead to “significantly enhanced communication speeds between space and Earth and a better understanding of laser communication between small satellites in low-Earth orbit.”

“Capabilities in proximity operations enable multiple small spacecraft to operate cooperatively during science or exploration missions, approach another spacecraft or object for in-space observation or servicing, or connect small spacecraft together to form larger systems or networks in space,” the space agency also said.

The launch was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday but was scrubbed after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad. It will now take place on Sunday.


LASER Communications between Satellites

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Quote:We and our colleagues from around the world—
including experts from Australia, Canada, the U.K., Russia and China—
are undertaking a multi-year project 
to provide a definitive guide on how law applies to military uses of outer space.

The aim is to develop the:
Manual on International Law Applicable to Military uses of Outer Space 
(MILAMOS)   Horsepoop


that covers times of tension and outright hostility. 
The ultimate goal is to help build transparency and confidence between space-faring states.

This should reduce the possibility of a war in space, 
or if it does happen, 
reduce the impact Kickbut on the space infrastructure,
that we have all come to rely on so heavily. 

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, 
said a future war in space is likely, 
and the U.S. is investing heavily, 
in maintaining,
its military dominance Swordfight in space. 

She commented:

We must expect that war, of any kind, 
will extend into space in any future conflict, 
and we have to change the way we think and prepare for that eventuality.

The MILAMOS is led by three universities,
Adelaide in Australia,
McGill in Canada, 
and Exeter in the U.K. 
It received some funding from the Australian and Canadian governments, 
as well as from private donors.

It relies on expertise from the International Committee of the Red Cross Rofl
 the Union of Concerned Scientists Rofl
and from the major space-faring states, 
principally the U.S. and Russia Whip 
but also China and other countries.

The alternative is for states to formally negotiate new international instruments,
to clarify or extend the law. 
recent attempts to do so have not met with great success.
This creates a legal gap that this manual seeks to fill.

In this regard, 
it is similar to other manuals drafted in recent years, 
on the law -- applicable to warfare,
in other domains: 
maritime (San Remo Manual), 
air and missile (Harvard  Manual)  
and cyber (Tallinn Manual).

My "applicable warfare" manual, is the ...  Nonono Pennywise 's ... manual.

Like fat little rocket man in North Korea.


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