“Jump jet” most versatile aircraft in the world

 

Robert Bond   Director   Citizens for Defence

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F35B Joint Strike Fighter

                                             F35B Joint Strike Fighter

“Jump jet” most versatile aircraft in the world

Bobby Bond SharpenedThe ASPI report on “jump jets” by Richard Brabin-Smith and Benjamin Schreer is far from an “independent report” as stated in the paper but is a government propaganda report brought forward by a government funded think tank that reflects government policy of spending nothing on defence and purchasing third rate equipment if it purchases anything. Government subsidies of $8000 a day or $3million per annum buy a heap of influence from the spin doctors of the day and this is another example.

Australian defence is nonexistent as clearly demonstrated by the recent incursions of the Chinese battle fleet, the Malaysian jet liner and the Russian battle fleet into our air and sea space. Australia was incapable of offering any resistance to these forces except for an antique unarmed propeller plane in the case of the Chinese and an unarmed plane and 2 small frigates in the case of the Russians. The Russian nuclear attack subs accompanying the Russian battle fleet would have been circling these frigates with glee in unscheduled military exercises. If the US had not informed us of these ships entry into our waters we probably still would not know.

If Australia had forward hardened bases at Exmouth, Broome and Weipa able to be expanded at a moment’s notice it would be logical that we would immediately send out tankers, aircraft with anti-ship missiles and a few nuclear attack submarines and a battle fleet with our Canberra class aircraft carriers on exercises in the proximity of the Russian vessels to show ownership for our northern waters.

F35B Stealth fighter

                               F35B Stealth fighter

This battle group should have 20 F35B VTOL stealth attack aircraft on each of our amphibious ships capable of attacking the enemy with long distance anti-ship missiles whilst the air force with the aid of fuel tanker aircraft gives cover to the fleet. When the enemy lands on our shore the fleet could retire and regroup by replacing the F35 Fighters with helicopters and troops to be used in co-ordination with the army and air force to oppose the enemy force.

ASPI covers none of these points. It has not explored the possibility that the Canberra class ships are not attacking any island but defending the nation against incoming ships so it could be armed fully with 20 aircraft and some anti submarine helicopters. On other occasions it could be attempting amphibious landings where 6 “jump jets” a ship could be used for troop support.

F35 stealth fighter

                   F35 stealth fighter

For ASPI to say the cost of the F35Bs cannot be justified because we may not have enough in some conflicts or we will have too many in other lesser conflicts is nit picking in the extreme. The F35B is the most versatile high powered weapons platform available in the world today despite its shortcomings in range and weapons payload. It can be carried by ship close to the conflict or hidden in camouflaged positions near a battlefield where these limitations are meaningless. In a day it can fly 5 sorties supporting our forces compared with I or 2 sorties from a conventional airplane that has to travel long distances to an airstrip and even have to refuel from aircraft tankers along the way.

The world knows we are completely defenceless and yet we crow like a rooster who is king of the chook pen. The Australian major parties are full of bark with no bite on defence matters.

This report by ASPI is amateurish in the extreme and fits hand in glove with the major parties easy option of purchasing third rate equipment (or no equipment) when the best high technology weapons are desperately needed to defend Australia.

Nuclear subs deserve to be considered

CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE

Robert Bond    Director    Citizens for Defence

www.citizensfordefence.org      Citizens for Defence (BondBobby) on Twitter

Virginia Nuclear powered submarine under way

Virginia Nuclear powered submarine under way

Nuclear subs deserve to be considered

Bobby Bond SharpenedIn The Australian’s excellently presented Defence Special Report on page 6 Andrew Davies headlines read “Hunt for missing sub continues”. (1-11). The submarine Australia needs is not missing as ten of the Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarines are presently sailing the seven seas with all state of the art systems working flawlessly. In short it is a proven design that can be bought with supreme confidence that it will be the most effective trouble free submarine Australia can buy. Yet Australia proposes to buy for more money unproven 100 year old technology subs that are a third as effective as the Virginia.

When is Australia going to grow up and join the real world where nuclear submarines exist in all our enemies’ navies and nuclear power stations generate the power for use in building these submarines? The idealists who oppose nuclear power are becoming an incredible threat to our security, our prosperity, and our position in the world. Purchase of 100 year old technology diesel dinosaur submarines will type Australia ever more as a backward subservient nation that is irrelevant in world affairs.

Future Sub calls the NRMA

Future Sub calls the NRMA

The media just cannot keep dismissing nuclear submarines with sentences like “We cannot do nuclear subs politically, scientifically and probably also for cost reasons”  as Greg Sheridan of The Australian did in his recent article “Labor’s mistakes lie behind a subs crisis we are ill-equipped to resolve”. It is surely the job of the media to inform the Australian voter about the incredible lift in fire power, endurance, speed and protection modern nuclear attack submarines would give Australia at no extra cost compared with 100 year old technology dieselectric submarines built in Australia or with assistance from Japan, Germany, France or Sweden.

It is as if the Australian media is living in another world, another time, when nuclear powered submarines did not exist. The major parties say nuclear submarines are a forbidden word and the media obediently concurs. Does it matter that many concerned citizens and thinking members of the public can see that if our politicians try to hold back the future in defence technology it will leave Australian ocean defence in tatters for the next 50 years. This would threaten the Australian public with possibly catastrophic consequences in the future.

If the supposed million people supporting non nuclear use were at all fair dinkum they would never have an X ray and would petition for the banning of all US nuclear powered warships defending Australia in the next attempted invasion of Australia. They are first class hypocrites who expect another nation to use nuclear power to defend us and yet they will not defend themselves with nuclear power. We are a nation destined for oblivion.

Virginia Nuclear Attack Sub

Virginia Nuclear Attack Sub

It is just unacceptable that a small minority is going to hold this nation to ransom by opposing nuclear power which is going to destroy our security and our prosperity over time. Clive Palmer holds the balance of power in the senate and he has said on a number of occasions that he would support buying subs from the US so why can’t the Coalition push through a rational decision on nuclear submarines or a referendum at the next election whilst they have the chance.

The US and Great Britain are the only Anglo Saxon nations with the runs on the board on whom Australia should depend in defence matters. They only make nuclear powered submarines for the vast oceans we have surrounding us and shouldn’t this tell something to our politicians who are way out of their depth on the submarine issue.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Defence Minister David Johnston level with the Australian people and tell us why you cannot make a rational decision on nuclear submarines for the defence of our nation.

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Study the performance chart between a Japanese submarine and a US Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine and see the madness in purchasing a Jap sub.

……………………………….Japanese Sub          Virginia-class

Cost of 1 sub                  A$3 billion             A$2.5 billion

Sub weight                    4000 tonnes            7900 tonnes

Submerged sub

Top speed                      22 knots                  32 knots

Distance                        50 nautical miles     unlimited

Snorting speed              12 knots                  32 knots

Propulsion                    Dieselectric             nuclear powered

Shaft Horse P               8,000 shp               40,000 shp

Cruise Missiles              8 (If any)                             16

Range                           1000 miles                 1000 miles

Torpedoes                     30                             38 (21 inch)

Dive Depth                    200 metres               250+(480 alleged)      

Submerged

Endurance                    14 days                     100 days+

Comparative

work rate of sub           3=1 nuclear sub       1 nuclear sub

Cost for same

work rate                    $9B at 2012 $           $2.5B at 2012