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  1. So recently the Japanese MoD have announced what will replace their Type 89 rifles and Minebea P9 sidearms. Their new rifle is called the Howa 5.56, and their new handgun is the H&K VP9/SFP9. ETA 2020. https://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2019/12/06b.html
  2. In preparation for the third and final DLC mission release, PA just released this in-universe magazine article on the Alicorn super submarine. https://ace7.acecombat.jp/clm/column04.php Translation by https://twitter.com/Task_Force23/status/1199200521535524864 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nlc1F4VkbF55k7hn3Amkm4kL__ZybGE0hLdK_BdbZec/edit
  3. Me too, its one of my favorite OVA's from the 90's, and the initial manga was great fun (Burst was just a fever dream). I was hoping Sonoda's new anime project would get enough money for a longer run time, but it only got enough for 5 minutes.
  4. My Gunsmith Cats bluray set is on its way, I can hardly wait. I've seen some screencaps from people who've already got their hands on theirs, and the quality is excellent.
  5. Death Stranding is basically what happens when you take a standard videogame fetch quest, give it steroids, and make it the central focus of the game. It sounds terrible, and it certainly isn't for everyone, but I really enjoy it. The gameplay loop is based around planning your route, what gear to take (each piece of equipment takes up a slot that could be used for cargo), whether you should bypass certain areas affected by "timefall" in order to keep your cargo pristine, or whether to take the shortest route possible in order to have a blazing fast delivery, no matter the increased danger. The online component is also quite cool, and honestly makes up a decent chunk of the game. You can use infrastructure such as power generators, bridges, and ladders placed by other players, and other players can use things you've placed yourself in order to traverse the landscape, and it makes the game feel like a genuinely collaborative effort. Modern Warfare is alright, but the campaign was a let down (aside from the NVG missions, those were excellent). I had my multiplayer fun, but most of the maps are really terribly designed.
  6. I read that book too. Pretty enjoyable, although I will concur it got a bit dry in the middle. There's a lot of exciting developments in the rotary world coming to the US armed forces, like the Kiowa replacement in the form of the Future Attack Recon Aircraft (FARA) program. https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2019/10/9/armys-future-attack-recon-aircraft-gains-momentum The Bell Invictus looks quite cool, reminiscent of the Comanche.
  7. Speaking of unusual operators of attack helicopters...
  8. Brand new stealth mockup unveiled by Airbus. https://hushkit.net/2019/11/05/first-impressions-of-the-airbus-lout-diamond-bat-stealth-technology-demonstrator/
  9. The Japanese State Minister of Defence is an Ace Combat fan. https://twitter.com/ty_polepole/status/1187308197607919616?s=19
  10. While we're on the topic of Skylon, Reaction Engines have just passed a major milestone as well. https://www.reactionengines.co.uk/news/reaction-engines-test-programme-fully-validates-precooler-hypersonic-heat-conditions "During the latest series of tests, Reaction Engines’ unique precooler successfully quenched airflow temperatures in excess of 1,000°C (~1,800°F) in less than 1/20th of a second. The tests demonstrated the precooler’s ability to successfully cool airflow at speeds significantly in excess of the operational limit of any jet-engine powered aircraft in history. Mach 5 is more than twice as fast as the cruising speed of Concorde and over 50% faster than the SR-71 Blackbird aircraft – the world’s fastest jet-engine powered aircraft."
  11. One of their goals is civilian space tourism.
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