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by brar_w
17 Nov 2018 19:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1009
Views: 95736

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

USAF Launches Effort To Certify Nuclear-Capable F-35 |Aviation Week | Aerospace Daily & Defense Report The U.S. Air Force has launched a five-year development and certification effort to modify the Lockheed Martin F-35A to employ a refurbished nuclear gravity bomb. An $83.1 million contract awa...
by brar_w
17 Nov 2018 19:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3161
Views: 392456

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Important development given that AEGIS Baseline 9.0, which introduces the Navy Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) capability is now exportable and I believe Japan has a path to upgrade its AEGIS capability to that standard. South Korea has already chosen to do so and the baseline-9.0 will...
by brar_w
16 Nov 2018 19:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 567
Views: 66381

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

International Space programs are not relevant in the international aerospace thread? Please feel free to delete if this is the case. Whis udan khatola will this tank be used in? The object of the program is to demonstrate cheap (<$5 M cost for a payload of up to 2000 kg), and rapid turnaround for sm...
by brar_w
16 Nov 2018 18:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 567
Views: 66381

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Boeing Begins Buildup Of Phantom Express Spaceplane https://i.postimg.cc/7hqQrbKn/DF-TECH-XSP-3-Boeing-DARPA.jpg Buildup of the first major components for Boeing’s Phantom Express reusable launch vehicle is underway at the company’s facilities in Washington, with assembly of the complete airframe o...
by brar_w
16 Nov 2018 01:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval LCA - News and Discussion
Replies: 907
Views: 137540

Re: Naval LCA - News and Discussion

The best the IN could do is just simply add operational status as a prerequisite to bidding for the contract and be done with both the Typhoon (if BAE is still interested) and the Gripen.
by brar_w
16 Nov 2018 01:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

How difficult is it to built a low RCS hardpoint and CCM missile that can be attached as a external hardpoint? Instead of all the complications with internal bay. The problem is that with the missiles on your RCS will take a hit. You can mitigate it but it sort of defeats the purpose on missions th...
by brar_w
16 Nov 2018 00:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

I'm not saying its not the most optimal solution; its just not practical to expect the Chinese to have reached that level operationally at this point. You're expecting the Chinese - with an aircraft that first flew 7 years ago - to achieve what the F22A has yet to demonstrate. And once again I will...
by brar_w
15 Nov 2018 17:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2806
Views: 581192

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

It doesn't require to be iteration of Uttam. We have GaS AESA TRM which can be placed using distributed aperture on SU30 to provide large scanning angles, if IAF wants to. The TRM will not have the power of a regular radar and probably is not required. I don't think it is as straightforward like yo...
by brar_w
15 Nov 2018 17:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 684
Views: 116057

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

So am not questioning the US Navy's repertoire of modern hull designs, but trying to see if what worked for them has relevance to the change in priority of stealth in P17Bs' newer design Good points. I'd leave the LCS out because it wasn't a serious effort at anything other than to give the SecDef ...
by brar_w
15 Nov 2018 04:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1009
Views: 95736

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Lockheed gets $6B downpayment to start F-35 block buy WASHINGTON — The Pentagon took the first steps toward initiating a block buy for future F-35 orders on Wednesday, amending the department’s existing contract vehicle to allow international customers to buy the 12th, 13th and 14th lots together. ...
by brar_w
15 Nov 2018 02:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3161
Views: 392456

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Phase 2 of the F-35B Ship Integration on the HMS Queen Elizabeth began earlier this month. These will be focused on further envelope expansion. https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/portsmouth/hms-queen-elizabeth-f-35-lightning-flight-trials-resume-after-new-york-city-break-1-8690864 https://pbs.t...
by brar_w
15 Nov 2018 02:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3161
Views: 392456

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

^ It makes sense to keep on buying SSGNs after the dozen SSBNs are fielded. That the first CPS weapon on a US submarine will go onboard the Ohio Class SSGN sometime in 2021-2022 time-frame and with the capability to also host more than 150 Tomahawks having a few of these around is great way to bring...
by brar_w
15 Nov 2018 01:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3161
Views: 392456

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

USN to keep Columbia line going after delivering planned submarine numbers Jane's Navy International Michael Fabey 09 November, 2018 The navy wants to keep the line going not only to possibly build more strategic submarines – should US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) determine more of the vessels are ...
by brar_w
14 Nov 2018 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 684
Views: 116057

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I think unlike the USAF, khan's Navy went into basics of sea keeping and magazine size, with stealth as an after thought. I don't think that is an accurate characterization of where the USN's modern designs are. For instance see the DDG-1000 and CGX concepts both of which incorporate stealth heavil...
by brar_w
14 Nov 2018 21:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3161
Views: 392456

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

chola wrote:Very bad loss for a small navy.


Yeah very bad indeed and a big loss for Norway. But if there is one country in Europe that can afford to recapitalize it is probably Norway.
by brar_w
14 Nov 2018 21:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

I think its unrealistic to expect the J20 to immediately transition to a trapeze launched LOAL missile during the Low rate production phase of the programme. Honestly, it is not at all unrealistic. We are in 2018 and the J-20 is very much a 2020s fighter and not hamstrung with ATF legacy design tra...
by brar_w
14 Nov 2018 10:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

The problem with that complicated solution is that by the time the J-20 is refined and eventually fielded in a definitive configuration, and in any credible numbers the CCM side of the equation would have moved from Short to medium range and greater LOAL shots thereby making the need to hold the mis...
by brar_w
14 Nov 2018 10:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 470
Views: 69678

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

That IF is obviously a big IF, but even under that hypothetical scenario the current MiG-29Ks would continue to serve their roles on the two carriers. It is not like the IN has 100+ MiG-29's. A larger and perhaps more diverse air-wing would need to be procured to support additional carrier or carrie...
by brar_w
14 Nov 2018 08:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 470
Views: 69678

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

It takes a while to put a new large carrier design into "actual service". The first operational patrol with a carrier air wing on the QE2 for example would be around 9 years after it was launched (2014) which itself happened around 5-6 years after it was ordered. The first Ford (CVN-78) on...
by brar_w
14 Nov 2018 08:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 470
Views: 69678

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

I don't think the F/A-18E/F will be in production to support a carrier aircraft requirement in the 2030s and I don't think the F/A-18 would be picked over the Rafale for IAF's use given the investment in the Rafale already made. EMALS or Steam, a new carrier program will take at least 10+ years from...
by brar_w
14 Nov 2018 07:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 470
Views: 69678

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Trying to get either the F/A-18E or the Rafale to work from the Vik will be quite expensive from both the envelope expansion, modification and carrier integration. The latter is a time and capital consuming process because not only do you have to be able to take off and land on a carrier you have to...
by brar_w
14 Nov 2018 07:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

There is a big ? on the abilities of the first gen system on the J-20 to do this since there is nothing in the past to go by. Same when it comes to the ability to target with LOAL modes since one of the benefits that you can derive if you truly have "target level" quality tracks with your ...
by brar_w
13 Nov 2018 10:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Yeah putting a carrier out there is not an easy thing to do, and the same applies for a carrier based fighter. They'll need a good part of 15 years to get a Naval J-31 to operate effectively from an aircraft carrier although for PR they may do this earlier as part of this would entail getting a CAT ...
by brar_w
11 Nov 2018 23:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

brar_w, DRDO chief was talking about L & S band. I realized that looking at the performance but as I said those won't obviously apply to X band or higher frequency applications where you are likely looking at thermally limited performance requirement probably closer to 18-30W, with efficiency i...
by brar_w
11 Nov 2018 21:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Singha wrote:my guess is japan may be the 2nd nation to field a GaN fighter radar soon.


A) Which nation is the first one?

B ) On which fighter will Japan field this radar?
by brar_w
11 Nov 2018 21:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

As you said, if that was the case, they would have been screaming from the roof top. DRDO chief mentioned that Indian GaN efforts were yielding 40W output and working towards 110W, before they would be applied to land based projects. Ofcourse in case of India, there are large ground based radars wh...
by brar_w
11 Nov 2018 20:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Would anyone know if KLJ7A AESA is GaN? If it were, China would have said it given that this was a PR opportunity and that was what they were doing there. In order to reap some of the biggest benefits of GaN that ultimately end up justifying the higher cost, you have to solve the thermals on SwAP c...
by brar_w
11 Nov 2018 05:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1009
Views: 95736

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

USAF fighter pilots participate in ‘Red Flag’ Alaska missions from home base for the first time Jane's International Defence Review 07-Nov-2018 US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots participated from their home base in ‘Red Flag’ Alaska exercises earlier this year for the ...
by brar_w
11 Nov 2018 04:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

It is a model not an actual radar and there are model's that are made of all sort of materials showing notional capability. Those side panels might be for illustration purposes only and an actual panel, on the actual hardware may look different.
by brar_w
11 Nov 2018 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4754
Views: 602100

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

^ The Marine's have a very specific requirement for their systems and a larger driver of their decision making is the ability to get form ship to shore using their organic lift capability along with the standard deployment methods. This is a requirement they put on almost of all of their tactical sy...
by brar_w
09 Nov 2018 17:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1009
Views: 95736

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Jane's IDR update on the Next Generation Jammer - Mid Band. Interesting bit that the AN/ALQ-249 pods and the associated Ram Air Turbine will generate (and require) more than 6 times the amount of power generated by the pods they are replacing (ALQ-99). Feel the noise: Next Generation Jammer brings e...
by brar_w
08 Nov 2018 07:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 567
Views: 66381

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Taiwan Receives First F-16V Upgrade The Taiwanese Air Force, or the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF), has taken delivery of its first upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V Fighting Falcon. The first aircraft, serial 6626, was spotted landing at Chiayi airbase on October 19. The aircraft sports a new co...
by brar_w
08 Nov 2018 01:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 567
Views: 66381

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Canada is a US partner in NORAD and as such shares the responsibility for Air Surveillance (maintained through the North Warning System), and sovereignty to which it contributes with its fixed winged fighter fleet. Canada is also a member of NATO, and as long as it remains so, it will be invested in...
by brar_w
07 Nov 2018 17:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 567
Views: 66381

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Dassault pulls out of race to supply Canada with jets - sources OTTAWA, Nov 6 (Reuters) - France’s Dassault Aviation SA has withdrawn its Rafale fighter from the race to supply Canada with 88 new military jets, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The move means that four manufac...
by brar_w
06 Nov 2018 18:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 567
Views: 66381

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Get a behind the scenes look at how the F-35 is built Interesting Information: Lockheed has already completed assembly of the 91st aircraft for LOT-10 which means that they deliver all 91 aircraft well before the year end deadline which is pretty good given that they went from 66 deliveries in 2017...
by brar_w
06 Nov 2018 17:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

An air cooled radar is a more affordable way to upgrade aircraft because you are not overhauling other systems on the aircraft when introducing a new radar. It wouldn't be any more or any less reliable than a liquid cooled radar if you are performing to a given specification for which it has been de...
by brar_w
06 Nov 2018 17:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

If they are using GaN, then may be, it might have reduced cooling needs. If that is the case, then it is a achievement to get a X band GaN, jet radar. Regular AESA with air cooling method, is a downgraded AESA. It depends upon performance requirements, and how exactly you define air-cooled. There a...
by brar_w
05 Nov 2018 17:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

the CM401 seems like the chinese analogue of the Kinzhal missile on Mig31. ALBMs are a very old concept dating back to the cold war. There have been small, medium and even large sized ALBMs proposed, some even extensively tested so I don't really see a lot of commonality between what Russia, Israel...
by brar_w
05 Nov 2018 16:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3069
Views: 505534

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

There isn't even definitive confirmation that there is even a RQ-180 program, let alone any data on its performance. This drone concept looks like the X-47B and RQ-170 had a baby.
by brar_w
05 Nov 2018 09:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1009
Views: 95736

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

^ Not aware of many RF systems at that end of the spectrum that are currently deployed though some could be in testing as R&D/S&T programs. I know Raytheon was working on something in the 200+ GHz range for a SOCOM program a few years ago but don't remember which one. I don't have anything o...

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