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by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 09:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

But now there are others. And the Chinese one in particular seems quite rigorous. It doesn't matter. The FDA has already granted permission to use these drugs at the appropriate levels that they deserve based on what is known so far. They are being used on the front lines as we speak. Once RCTs are...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 09:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3438
Views: 524155

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The US Navy has exercised options for 3 more MQ-25 Unmanned mission tankers. The initial orders were to develop and produce the test jets. It appears that these three will head to the first carrier for IOC which is expected by 2024-2025. The Navy exercised contract options with Boeing worth $84.7 mi...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 06:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

What i am simply not getting is why Fauci does not consider these to be relevant or encouraging. Sure they are not randomized (at least the French one was not) but nevertheless... No such thing at all. All he is saying that we will treat this as promising anecdotal evidence and other data and regul...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 03:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Lockheed Martin gets contract to build Bulgarian F-16 Block 70's : Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Ft. Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $512,004,418 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 Block 70 production for the Republic of Bulgaria. This contract value includes $4,185,516 of pre-priced options. This c...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 01:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

The IHME model, which Trump and his task force said their own model was closest to, has revised the expected US casualties (till Aug 2020) up from 80K to 90+K. The model assumes a 100% stay at home compliance. There are still states in the US which have not instituted stay at home orders. https://i....
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 01:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Problem with vaccines is that in addition to testing their efficacy it is equally important to test for their safety. People given the vaccine need to be observed over a period of time to establish that the vaccine is safe to use on humans and note any side-effects or contraindications etc. That is...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 19:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ 1 million cases 50,000 deaths 5% death rate average That is an inflated number based on testing. The denominator completely ignores those who were never tested or those who remained asymptomatic or were otherwise not hospitalized. It also takes the Chinese...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 18:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664634

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

A contrarian viewpoint : Most modern CCMs (AIM-9X, R-74, Python-5 etc) employ TVC to achieve near-instantaneous 50+ G manoeuvrability - this is vital in an era of HMS and high-off-boresight engagement capability - but this adds to the weight of the overall missile. ASRAAM of course is an exception ...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 18:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

A contrarian viewpoint : Most modern CCMs (AIM-9X, R-74, Python-5 etc) employ TVC to achieve near-instantaneous 50+ G manoeuvrability - this is vital in an era of HMS and high-off-boresight engagement capability - but this adds to the weight of the overall missile. ASRAAM of course is an exception ...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 04:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3438
Views: 524155

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

They are testing now based on today's press conference. The medical supplies, tests, and PPE's are being prioritized for domestic use. This will get worst before it gets better. The fleet has to ensure readiness given the deployment while also ensuring there is a test and isolate protocol in Guam. I...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 02:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664634

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

The AIM-120C through C5 have a 1100 of so hour Mean Time Between Maintenance for captive carry, while the AIM-120C7 and D have a 1329 hour MTBM for the same. Overall, the missile can be in storage for about 5 years before it needs inspection and maintenance. One of the reasons the AIM-120 has a high...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 02:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Northrop Grumman to start AARGM-ER production for US Navy The US Navy (USN) intends to award a sole source contract to Northrop Grumman to start production of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER). The quantity of the forthcoming order was not disclosed, but would b...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 00:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664634

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Astra production rate will make a big difference. Once there is a 4 figure inventory and a high annual production rate I think the way it is employed and the way platforms are upgraded will likely also change given that they'll no longer be resource constraint to the same extent. One can see how the...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 00:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664634

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Or something like this? which was more typical of how the F-16's operated. That's 4 BVRAAM's, and 2 CCM's along with two fuel-tanks and a targeting pod. I think there is value in developing dual racks because of flexibility especially when the rest of the aircraft is capable of supporting the misiso...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 23:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Everyone expecting a spike needs to do both. Even hospitals that currently exist, even the best ones, cannot completely isolate patients in wards or even ICU's given the sheer numbers we are talking about. Protocols are being looked at for sharing ventilators. Its all hands on deck and everyone tha...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 23:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

If Chinese can make un-piloted aircrafts fully autonomous in attack and defense modes, then rather than investing so much effort and money into autonomous flight development, why can't they impregnate their existing cruise missiles and air-defense systems with the AI that these future autonomous ai...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 22:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Karan, this is being done in NY. About 10,000 rooms would be converted by the end of April. Student accommodation (rooms and dorms) is being used as are hotel rooms and other government owned properties. Its just that it is a slightly longer process because you have to sign leases and then convert ...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 22:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Karan, this is being done in NY. About 10,000 rooms would be converted by the end of April. Student accommodation (rooms and dorms) is being used as are hotel rooms and other government owned properties. Its just that it is a slightly longer process because you have to sign leases and then convert t...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 21:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

All these work only in so far some sort of herd immunity is sought to be created which ignores the fact that there may be multiple strains of viruses floating around and reinfection is very much possible. The screen wont work against micro-droplets being circulated by ventilation. Masks can work on...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 19:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

This is a pretty harrowing response. But herd immunity might an advantage for any military that has it over ones that don't? The Navy is composed of mostly healthy young people. The idea is the death rate would be very low. Chola if the readiness of the USN in the WPacific is being compromised and ...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 18:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664634

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

I don't think this is the right way to look at it. If one just went with what anyone has ever fired then we'd probably max out at a much smaller number. Yet, operators around the world require 6 and even 8 missile capacity on their fighters (and carry that amount) even though I doubt anyone has ever...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 09:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Finally the number of cars on the streets of Merced is much less than usual. But it might be too late, we are in for it now. Hard to imagine that the official US data only says that 80% of the country is in lockdown with 20% still not enforcing those measures. In 18 states the stay at home orders a...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 07:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1081
Views: 199157

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Though when BMos- NG comes along,it may be possible as 29Ks reportedly will carry 3 and MKIs 5 How much does the B-NG weigh? One would have to know at least that bit before making this claim. The NSM weighs 399 kg. Nearly 150 kg lighter than the Harpoon. The Kongsberg option is going to have a less...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 03:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332874

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Even for a quarantine facility, the above is not ideal. The point of quarantine is to quarantine you from others who are at risk due to you, and also quarantine you from them. The point is to not get symptomatic Covid at all. This is an overflow set up for non acute positive COVID 19 patients. This...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 01:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

^ Yeah typically that is how they were loaded though I don't know how the AIM-120A arrival into the F-15C fleet changed that towards the end of the mission there. The A2A mission changed over time and towards the latter half of the GW they were essentially hunting for any Iraqi AF aircraft fleeing t...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2020 00:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Thank you so much,standard load of 8 for the heavies and if you please don't mind how many( Max number ) AAM carried by F16s The F-16 was primarily used as a multi-role strike fighter and other sorties so carried a mix of missiles, bombs, pods and other payloads.There were units that exclusively pe...
by brar_w
31 Mar 2020 23:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From the Tejas thread: What are those specific missions? Nine times out of ten, would they be flying with a dozen AIM-9Xs? Not AIM-9X's but the AIM-X, its replacement. Many (the US included) are developing systems that aid combat aircraft in the future. The USAF program is known as a loyal wingman (...
by brar_w
31 Mar 2020 22:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664634

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

What are those specific missions? Nine times out of ten, would they be flying with a dozen AIM-9Xs? What was the missile loading per strike A/c during desert storm ( even that wont be a good example as the opponent could not pitch enough A/c against !!) https://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewtopic.p...
by brar_w
31 Mar 2020 22:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3438
Views: 524155

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

This is a developing situation but just goes to show what the US Navy will have to confront in the coming days, weeks and months. It finds itself in a very unique situation of having ships and sailors deployed all around the world, including carriers in two theaters (ME and Pac) and other surface co...
by brar_w
31 Mar 2020 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3438
Views: 524155

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The B-52 is not tasked with the naval strike mission. The B-1 is the platform tasked with that role and does that with the LRASM. When all the B-1's are retired, the B-21's that replace them will take over this niche role for the USAF. Given its signature and other likely sensor suite it will open u...
by brar_w
31 Mar 2020 21:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664634

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

F-22 in OCA/DCA carries all 8 missiles in wartime. Only time it will carry fewer is when it is carrying a mixed strike role in which the missile count will be halved for a self escort mission. F-35 will carry 4-6 missiles for now. Later more because the # of targets to prosecute are going to be grow...
by brar_w
31 Mar 2020 20:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664634

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

What aam junta sees - Look fighter X can carry 30 missiles
What the operator sees - Ah..so they opened up additional hard points and developed new racks..and that means additional payload flexibility which potentially opens up new missions, or enhances the ones these platforms currently perform.
by brar_w
31 Mar 2020 18:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

In other news, the USAF's ACC has reversed it's decision to award a sole bidder contract for T-50s and will instead create a new competition for it's Reforge POC. This is a dumb and shortsighted move. Those companies that will buy the aircraft will want to re-purpose it for something else once the ...
by brar_w
31 Mar 2020 00:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1675
Views: 287223

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Bell reveals a little more about their design. It seems to meet all the FARA specs but would likely very little room to grow over time. They seem to have made the bet on both the helicopter programs that the US Army will pick the lower cost/risk solution though on the FLARA the lower risk/cost propo...
by brar_w
31 Mar 2020 00:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

So basically, the decision may change at a later date based on future requirements and there is no likelihood of relaxing the ban on sales of F-35 to nations that may field S-400 batteries to boost export numbers. Never say never but I don't see that changing as a broad policy anytime soon. Somethi...
by brar_w
30 Mar 2020 19:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 383
Views: 67704

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

That's good though a little unfair given that the Naval Tejas team was integrating the platform on a carrier for the very first time ever as opposed to taking a more mature naval aircraft and running sea trials with it.
by brar_w
30 Mar 2020 19:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 734
Views: 202910

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

That would have been part of the 99 engine contract that GE was selected for. I don't think that contract has been signed yet.
by brar_w
30 Mar 2020 17:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Not a full "gloves off" exercise, assuming that the photos represent the configurations used there, but still pretty good at building up competence with the new platform that is new to both sides. Those US F-35As from Hill are probably the most experienced F-35A pilots currently out there ...
by brar_w
30 Mar 2020 10:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293269

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Brar_w, do you see the possibility of a drop in USAF procurement of the F-35A leading to a possibility of wanting to bring in more partner nations into the F-35 program? Plus, the loss of the 100 unit Turkish order, makes me think that industry may want the US Govt. to broaden the customer base, by...
by brar_w
29 Mar 2020 21:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3438
Views: 524155

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Japan has some of the best naval photographers and spotters anywhere..

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