The effect could be profound. Tantalum is an ingredient of the best electronic capacitors. At the moment it is so expensive ($500-2,000 a kilogram) that it is worth using only in things where size and weight matter a lot, such as mobile phones. Drop that price and it could be deployed more widely. Neodymium is used in the magnets of motors in electric cars. Vanadium and tungsten give strength to steel, but at great expense. And the strength, lightness, high melting point and ability to resist corrosion of titanium make it an ideal material for building aircraft parts, supercars and medical implants—but it can cost 50 times as much as steel. Guppy Dhariwal, Metalysis’s boss, thinks however that the company can make titanium powder (the product of its new process) for less than a tenth of such powder’s current price.Sponsored Ads
A Chinese admiral recently raised eyebrows by remarking to a U.S. counterpart that it would be best if the U.S. Navy pulled back to Midway Island, well to the east, and left the waters of East and Southeast Asia in the capacious hands of the Chinese navy. It puzzled the U.S. admiral and alarmed his peers along China’s periphery.
Many neighbors see China as thinking in 19th-century ways, not in the less aggressive ways that have been coming into place since the end of WWII, if only slowly and incompletely. S. Korean defenses continue to look north across the DMZ, but Japan has reoriented its defense posture away from a Soviet threat and redirected it to a Chinese one.
Gravely concerned over the Chinese presence in Burma, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, India is boosting defense spending. It is building aircraft carriers, building its own fighter aircraft, and deploying mountain troops and theater missiles to the long border with China.
The U.S. role in this regional response cannot be called behind the scenes but neither is it as prominent and forceful as it would have once been. …
Speaking about technical characteristics it is already known that the new Russian aircraft carrier will not compete in size with the American ships. It will be a nuclear aircraft carrier with the displacement of bout 50 thousand tons with around 30 planes and helicopters. Vladimir Masorin assured that Russia will not build giants with 100-130 planes and helicopters on board as in the US. It goes without saying that Russia will suggest something outstanding and unusual. Serious projects like this for the sake of the ordinary ships are not started. By the way, Russian â€œaviation carrying shipsâ€ have never been classic aircraft carriers, as their main strike weapons were missiles, not planes and helicopters. This remark of the Commander could be interpreted as a hint.
Russia building aircraft carrier
Russia’s new-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear powered, a United Shipbuilding Corp. executive said Friday.
RIA Novosti reported that Vice Adm. Anatoly Shlemov, the company’s head of defense contracts, said the new carrier was still being designed but the aircraft carrier’s specifications have been defined.
Shlemov said the aircraft carrier will be the seaborne facility for Russia’s new-generation fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft, including a fifth-generation fighter that will replace the Su-33 multirole fighter aircraft.