Nuclear-powered Cruise Missile Likely Source of Russian Explosion

A new russian nuclear-powered cruise missile was likely the source of an explosion in northern Russia last week that killed 7 people. There was increased levels of radiation had been detected in areas near the site of last week’s explosion. Called the 9M730 Burevestnik by Russia and the SSC-X-9 Skyfall by NATO, the cruise missile …

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Russia and China Deploy Hypersonic Weapons and the US Spends Billions to Catch Up

The US is increasing hypersonic weapon investment in 2020 to $2.6 billion. The UK has a $12 million contract with Rolls-Royce to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. Russia has the Avangard and the 3M22 Tsirkon (aka Zircon)—and has reportedly fielded the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (“Dagger”), a maneuvering air-launched ballistic missile. The US believes the Avangard will …

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China’s Space Budget is Nearly Triple Russia’s Budget But Far Less Than the USA Budget

In 2017, China spent about $8.4 billion on its civilian and military space budget while Russia cut its space program back to $3 billion. The US NASA and Military Space budget is about $48 billion. The US spends about $14 billion on the military space program. There is NASA’s $21.5 billion budget. There is also …

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China Globalizing Currency But Ten Years From Passing British Pound for Third

Russia and China agreed to develop bilateral trade using the Russian ruble and the Chinese yuan. China-Russia bilateral trade was US$24.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, according to Chinese customs. This was up 30 percent over the first quarter of 2018. China has become Russia’s largest trade partner with about 14 percent of …

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TASS Claims Russia’s T-500 Anti-Missile System Can Shoot Down Hypersonic Missiles

Russia is making their usual big claims that there newest S-500 Anti-missile system can shoot down hypersonic weapons. They also claim it will be 5-7 years before China and the USA will have offensive hypersonic weapons. Israeli aircraft were able to defeat Russian Pantsir-S1 anti-missile systems in Syria. Israel has had hundreds of successful air …

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Saudi Arabia and the Future of China-US Financial Balance of Power

Saudi Arabia controls a 10% of global oil production. They are the world’s biggest oil exporter with sales of $356 billion last year. China is the world’s biggest importer of oil. The annual value of global oil output is currently $2.5 trillion. If Saudi Arabia and OPEC were willing to accept China’s petroyuan contracts that …

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By 2030, Eastern Europe Be Able to Hold Its Own Against Conventional Attack from Russia

Russia has an economy that is about 2.5 times larger than Poland. Poland’s economy is growing a bit faster than Russia and Poland plans to increase military spending in 2030 to 2.5% of GDP versus 2.0% of GDP today. Poland should increase military spending to nearly $20 billion in 2023 and $30 billion in 2030. …

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