Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Today. Aw gee! What if USA and UK are selling us a pup with the nuclear submarines – obsolete all too soon?

It’s not just that the AUKUS deal is phenomenally expensive for Australia – $171 billion. It’s not just that they won’t be ready for 20 years at best – when they would then be superseded by more advanced submarines.

It;s that submarines themselves are losing their gloss, anyway. Everybody who’s anybody in the nuclear-weaponry-tax-payer-ripoff world is realising that underwater drones are a heap cheaper, a real threat to nuclear submarines, and much better suited to the relatively shallow waters of theb South China Sea.

But I guess that the USA and UK have to try to make a few bucks by selling their existing soon-out-of-date Vanguard and Astute nuclear submarines.

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The Danger of Ignoring Julian Assange

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Underwater drones herald sea change in Pacific warfare

US, UK, China and Russia are all developing and deploying underwater drones to gain a subaqueous advantage

Asia Times, By GABRIEL HONRADA, JANUARY 12, 2022,

The drones that have changed the complexion of war from the sky are being replicated at sea, as great powers develop and deploy unmanned underwater vessels (UUVs) to gain a strategic edge in the Pacific and beyond.

The United States, United Kingdom, China and Russia are all developing and deploying the vessels, indicating the “dronification” of future maritime warfare……………………………………….

China is also known to be using underwater drones, with Indonesia seizing three Chinese drones labeled “Shenyang Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences” near South Sulawesi’s Selayar Island in December 2020…………..

The proliferation of underwater drones in the Pacific region is changing the complexion of underwater warfare, as the region’s maritime environment poses unique operational challenges to underwater operations………………………..

, the South China Sea is an ideal proving ground for underwater drones, as they can perform underwater tasks that may be too dull, demanding, dangerous or even dirty for humans.

Underwater drones can be used for bathymetric mapping, alongside recording the thermal, magnetic, and acoustic properties of specific underwater passages to find blind spots where submarines can travel undetected safely.

As such, this capability is particularly suited for use in the South China Sea, which is among the most challenging bodies of water for submarine navigation due to its shallow waters, numerous underwater peaks and sandbars.

The recent collision of the USS Connecticut submarine with an unmapped seamount in the South China Sea illustrates the danger. In addition, these drones can also find submarine hiding spots to serve as staging areas for underwater operations, or sanctuaries to avoid enemy anti-submarine warfare operations………………………………… https://asiatimes.com/2022/01/underwater-drones-herald-sea-change-in-pacific-warfare/?fbclid=IwAR3H-_1sP9YU3U_lQruGuGiRRBHLFX9kOLdbdvXf1zL8pxXgq

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Underwater drones could be the end of nuclear submarines

Swarming systems are small, lightweight, cheap, numerous—and networked together to cooperate like bees from the same hive.

National Interest, by Sebastien Roblin, 14 Sept 2020, Here’s What You Need To Remember: “Think of a flotilla of 20 low cost Chinese ‘trawlers’ all peacefully ‘catching fish’, but actually acting as a mother-ship each for 200 low-cost mass-produced mini-UUVs…This flotilla could be assisted by the fixed seabed and tethered anti-submarine sonar sensors China is already stringing across East Asian seas.”

After a post-Cold War hiatus, navies across the planet are pursuing new anti-submarine capabilities as a submarine arms race accelerates in the Pacific Ocean. Developing technologies like quantum magnetometers and satellite-based optical sensors are leading to forecasts that submarines may be on the verge of losing their stealthy edge by the mid-twenty-first century.

But swarms of cheap drones both above and below the water (unmanned underwater vehicles, or UUVs) may pose the biggest and most proximate threat to submarines.

Swarming drones are distinct from larger, higher capability (and more expensive) long-range autonomous unmanned vehicles like the Large-Diameter HSU-001 submarine, recently displayed by China, or the Extra-Large Displacement Orca being built for the U.S. Navy.

Swarming systems, by contrast, are small, lightweight, cheap, numerous—and networked together to cooperate like bees from the same hive…………….

Submarine analyst Peter Coates observes in a blog post that underwater swarming drones could particularly improve China’s surveillance capabilities………………………………………………………. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/underwater-drones-could-be-end-submarines-168940?fbclid=IwAR3_Q9AZnBfcQkRBhcw0De-7fp-yXZPFXjl7uUrErNASeoJ3_zh9jSzYTUs

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Young voters will inherit a hotter, more dangerous world – but their climate interests are being ignored this election

Young voters will inherit a hotter, more dangerous world – but their climate interests are being ignored this election

Hannah R. FeldmanWhich party really has young interests at heart? Let’s look at where the major players stand on youth and climate change policy

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Greens voter exhausted from constantly being right – satire

Greens voter exhausted from constantly being right – satire

The Shovel

A Greens voter from Newtown says being right about absolutely everything takes its toll, but he doesn’t see a break coming any time soon.

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Low cost printed solar fast-tracked in Australian “trailblazer” program — RenewEconomy

Two NSW universities win funding to fast-track manufacture of cutting edge Australian clean energy and recycling technologies. The post Low cost printed solar fast-tracked in Australian “trailblazer” program appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Low cost printed solar fast-tracked in Australian “trailblazer” program — RenewEconomy

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Origin gets approval for 2,800MWh battery to replace Australia’s biggest coal plant — RenewEconomy

Origin gets planning approval for 2,800MWh Eraring battery that will at last partially replace the country’s biggest coal generator. The post Origin gets approval for 2,800MWh battery to replace Australia’s biggest coal plant appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Origin gets approval for 2,800MWh battery to replace Australia’s biggest coal plant — RenewEconomy

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Dozens of bidders line up to build NSW’s massive Waratah ‘Super Battery’ — RenewEconomy

The NSW government says it has received dozens of offers to build the massive 700MW Waratah ‘super battery’. The post Dozens of bidders line up to build NSW’s massive Waratah ‘Super Battery’ appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Dozens of bidders line up to build NSW’s massive Waratah ‘Super Battery’ — RenewEconomy

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AEMO identifies new system strength shortfalls with early coal exit — RenewEconomy

AEMO declares new system strength shortfalls in NSW and Victoria, and will turn to advanced inverters and syncons to solve them. The post AEMO identifies new system strength shortfalls with early coal exit appeared first on RenewEconomy.

AEMO identifies new system strength shortfalls with early coal exit — RenewEconomy

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Australia’s first battery giga-factory nearly complete, signs up local suppliers — RenewEconomy

Australia’s first giga-scale battery manufacturing facility is nearing completion and has signed up three new Australian suppliers to ensure near 100% locally made components. The post Australia’s first battery giga-factory nearly complete, signs up local suppliers appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Australia’s first battery giga-factory nearly complete, signs up local suppliers — RenewEconomy

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Construction begins on Australia’s first gigawatt scale wind project — RenewEconomy

Construction begins on Australia’s first gigawatt scale wind project, adding to a strong start to 2022 for Australia’s renewables industry. The post Construction begins on Australia’s first gigawatt scale wind project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Construction begins on Australia’s first gigawatt scale wind project — RenewEconomy

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Queensland inks deal to supply green hydrogen to major European port — RenewEconomy

Queensland secures key co-operation agreement with a major European port, with ambitions of kick-starting green hydrogen exports. The post Queensland inks deal to supply green hydrogen to major European port appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Queensland inks deal to supply green hydrogen to major European port — RenewEconomy

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SA renewables surge bringing down energy prices, but consumers miss out — RenewEconomy

Wind and solar have delivered “substantially lower” wholesale electricity prices in South Australia, but it has yet to flow through to consumers. The post SA renewables surge bringing down energy prices, but consumers miss out appeared first on RenewEconomy.

SA renewables surge bringing down energy prices, but consumers miss out — RenewEconomy

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“Limited time to do something”: Experts call for quick switch to zero emissions transport — RenewEconomy

Australian experts call for a national transport decarbonisation strategy, saying Australia risks “streets full of toxic exhausts and noise”. The post “Limited time to do something”: Experts call for quick switch to zero emissions transport appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“Limited time to do something”: Experts call for quick switch to zero emissions transport — RenewEconomy

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