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  1. ForceA1

    A 600-ship Navy in an Axis Cold War TL?

    The abortive 16" Mk IV designed for the clean-sheet 1945 Lion design was designed to have a much higher chamber pressure to enable cross-channel firing with special lightweight shells. However Pre-War Britain only had enough gun-pits to manufacture 21x 16-inch guns a year, which would only be...
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    A 600-ship Navy in an Axis Cold War TL?

    A victorious Axis is likely to have a much larger Navy than the Soviet Union at the start of the Cold War in this scenario, and significantly more advanced in terms of actually deployed equipment. NATO in the late 1940s and early 1950s was incredibly worried about hundreds of Soviet Long-Range...
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    Balfour, The Washington Treaty, The Battleship Holiday and the G3 Battlecruiser design

    The plan drawn up by Balfour was to build 2 G3s (up to their full displacement of 48,000 tons) and then would agree to the 35,000 ton limit in any future battleship designed after the end of the Battleship Holiday. Furious was already intended to be fully converted to a carrier by this point...
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    Balfour, The Washington Treaty, The Battleship Holiday and the G3 Battlecruiser design

    Tiger was discarded as a result of the London Naval Treaty, a full decade in the future whilst the Washington Treaty negotiations were ongoing. As pointed out in the linked post, it was more or less a coin-flip decision between the option to sacrifice 5 old ships and build the G3s, or...
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    Balfour, The Washington Treaty, The Battleship Holiday and the G3 Battlecruiser design

    I stumbled on this forum post regarding minutes of discussions for what became the Washington Treaty. An interesting point that was raised was that in return for the scrapping of the Ajax, Centurion, King George V, Erin and Tiger, then a pair of what were then termed "Super-Hoods" in excess of...
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    Deep Sea Race

    In the early Post War era, Britain planned to use its submarines to fire salvoes of straight or pattern-running torpedoes at submerged Soviet submarines.
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    Review: Last Flight of the Arrow

    I could point out that by the standards of abortive late 1950s interceptor designs, the Avro Arrow isn't actually that impressive (the one exception was the technically ambitious but disastrous attempt by Canada to continue development of the Sparrow II active-radar homing missile after its...
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    The Army of A Victorious Third Reich

    Gas Turbines are fairly likely to come about, simply because much of the technology was being developed for turbochargers, even in peace time. That, and the increasing complexity of increasing large displacement piston engines will probably lead to adoption of gas turbines, albeit slightly later...
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    WI: Present-day Korea (South and North) ISOTed back to 1940?

    South Korea doesn't have Nuclear Weapons, but it does have its own Ballistic Missile program. How much orbital infrastructure is being ISOTed along with the Koreas? Many PGMs will be impossible to use without GPS.
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    WI: Sino-Indian Limited Nuclear Exchange

    China was initially relatively invulnerable to a Soviet Nuclear Strike, as the all but the soithern-most Chinese cities were within the minimum range of early Soviet ICBMs, which also had guidance systems which were literally hardwired for particular targets in the US or Western Europe. Soviet...
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    WI: Sino-Indian Limited Nuclear Exchange

    There wouldn't have been all that much cooperation during the 1980s, and Pakistani use of Chinese Military equipment (and more importantly Chinese willingness to export it) has only really taken off since the 1990s. India only has a limited number Nuclear Weapons, and is likely to limit their...
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    WI: Sino-Indian Limited Nuclear Exchange

    Why would India escalate by nuking China? A Pakistan that is devastated by an Indian nuclear strike is unlikely to be in a position to use any Chinese arms, and India will have likely suffered from the initial Pakistani Nuclear Strike to the point that they unwilling to bring an undamaged and...
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    WI: Sino-Indian Limited Nuclear Exchange

    The fundamental issue with a Sino-Indian Nuclear exchange is that both countries have openly-stated policies of No-First-Use.
  14. ForceA1

    Forgotten Conflicts: The Libyan-Chadian War

    They could always get their missiles via other methods. Egypt still uses North Korean Scuds, and the Saudis bought Chinese DF-3As in the late 1980s and have recently bought DF-21s.
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    Forgotten Conflicts: The Libyan-Chadian War

    Libya only had Scud-Bs, which had a much shorter range than the reverse-engineered Iraqi examples.
  16. ForceA1

    The Action Force from UNCLE

    What about the Four Policeman? Something more recent (and much smaller in scale) would be this mid-90s proposal for a UN Legion.
  17. ForceA1

    South American Fighters Question

    Slightly worse given that the F5D was supposed to use Sparrow IIs which were active homing. Sparrow capability has more to do with the radar and avionics used by the the aircraft. If you replace the AN/APQ-64 radar with something less capable, you don't need to worry about accidentally giving...
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    South American Fighters Question

    The F-5A was produced from the early 1960s onwards, so whilst it comes towards the end of the period in question, it's still a viable candidate.
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    South American Fighters Question

    The Northrop F-5 is the obvious cheap option.
  20. ForceA1

    The Launchbox, PoD 6: The Soviet Death Star

    The Laser intended for Polyurea was tested on the Beriev A-60, so the equipment required already existed. I think the main issue is whether Moscow can actually get something into orbit before the USSR ceases to exist.
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