GarryB wrote:Hehehehe... the butt hurt begins... Russia is either the most powerful force in the universe with a finger in every pie, or weaklings that copy what they can't steal...
Of course they can't get the reactor working because the west can't either...
Western intelligence lives up to the oxymoron again...
No stories about Russian reactor problems from self-evidently biased NATO sources are credible. Russia is really singular in its development
of nuclear technology. The USA has lots of dabbling, but little actual development of working models. That is why it can't even reprocess
nuclear "waste" to be burned in fast neutron reactors which it simply does not have. Some research work in the 1960s does not mean that
they have the technology in the bag. From various other fields, such old knowledge is basically lost since none of the people involved are
around to work on any restart project. And paper documents (that is all there was before the 1980s, dinosaur magnetic tapes and disks
notwithstanding) are not going to be enough since there are nuances that only the original project engineers know. Documentation is an epic
pain in any large project, including software development. Lots of lip service is given to it in proposals and in meetings, but at the end of the
day it is given the least priority and at best is only partially implemented.
Just as with Russian rocket development occurring through the Super Depression of the 1990s, similar work for free happened in nuclear engineering.
That is why we have Burevestnik. These are not hacks developed overnight. These are advances in technology which are decades in the making.
All of the childish coverage of this tech in the NATO media is pathetic. It reminds me of the claim that the USA had a Shkval like torpedo back in
the 1950s by Scientific American. They even have a supposedly relevant diagram of what looks like a convention torpedo to "prove it". Such
a claim is so ludicrous that it is not even funny. The USA did not have the applied mathematics knowledge back in the 1950s to even start
such a project. The USSR had the pioneers of turbulence and boundary layer theory which emerged after the 1940s. The Shkval looks nothing
like any conventional torpedo and no conventionally-shaped torpedo could form a basis for testing the concept.
Avangard is another breakthrough that is being treated as ho-hum because it was not developed by the USA. This schoolyard ploy of pumping
up western technology while at the same time pooh-pooing Russian technology is imbecilic and credible only to morons. WWII was enough
of a demonstration that the west can't beat Russia with technology.