Lately people have been talking a bit more about the outside possibility of nuclear war with Russia based on the conflict in Ukraine. The fact that Putin has just moved nukes into Belarus is a further escalation. The purpose of this post is not to terrorize you but to let you know that in addition to the fact that hardly any medical services would be available, it is unlikely anyone would be around to need them. NYC would receive at least five 20 megaton bombs in less than 30 minutes.
The Soviets have always exhibited a certain paranoia about what they call their airspace, and I am going to share with you an event that actually happened off the northern Japanese islands in 1952 where several US Air Force personnel lost their lives. Other examples would include the shooting down of a passenger jet several years ago.
Thomas Yeggy goes for a full and complete crisis immersion in the methodical science and political book Mushroom Cloud.
Mushroom Cloud by Thomas Yeggy is the most delicious form of literary red meat for those who cannot get enough serious fiction to read in the military, science, and history genres.
As I stated in the preface to Book I in 1945 only one man, President Truman could push the button or make the decision to use nuclear weapons in combat. Now that decision rests with thousands of individuals worldwide and is growing.
It gives you a fascinating glimpse into one of the most significant periods of the post-world war II Era. Highly recommended.
In June of 2019, the Iranians using a Khordad SAM shot down a US RQ-4 drone over the Straits of Hormuz. While the US drones can carry AGM-114 Hellfire air to ground, and several different variants of AIM-92 air to air missiles, the SU-27 carries significantly longer range Vympel R-27 and R-73 air to air missiles. The US cannot take out the aggressive Russian fighters because, even though they are within range during the harassment, the next time the Russian planes will merely stay outside the drone's range and shoot it down. The drone was downed on 3-14-2023 local time.
If the United States and China were to face off in the South China Sea, it would be vitally important to US success to take out the Chinese version of our AWACS known as the Shaanxi KJ-500. To do that, the Raptor would have to slip behind a forward screen of J-20 and soon-to-be J-31 fifth-generation stealth fighters.
In Book III of the First Strike Series, Armageddon, the US ABM system must deal with the Chinese DF-17 FOBS HGV weapon. The Chinese started to develop the Fractional Orbit Bombardment System arming it with a Hypersonic Glide Vehicle in response to G.W Bush's decision to pull out of the 1979 SALT treaty, The DF-17 launches the HGV into a low earth orbit about 150 miles above the surface of the earth and the uses it hypersonic rockets to target the reentry point and target.