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by brar_w
22 Sep 2018 01:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 902
Views: 82536

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Marines Deploy First F-35Bs to the Middle East; 13th MEU, Essex ARG Test Battle Readiness Marines training on the ground on the Horn of Africa will see a new set of wings pulling the classic close air support mission: The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter...FULL ARTICLE LINKED ABOVE https://n...
by brar_w
21 Sep 2018 16:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

With Space Fence up and running, and Long Range Discrimination Radar being constructed for a 2020 IOC, Lockheed now has claim to the two largest Gallium Nitride based radars in the world (Space Fence 36K T and 86K R modules while LRDR is 24K T/R Modules - Both operating in the S Band). AFA 2018: USA...
by brar_w
18 Sep 2018 15:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 902
Views: 82536

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Don't make much of these numbers announcements. Each US service is required to present its end strength and vision in line with the new NDS. That said, it is up to future politicians and service leaders to prioritize what they invest in. The current crop can only leave them options. I wouldn't expec...
by brar_w
17 Sep 2018 16:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 902
Views: 82536

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

AviationWeek just visited GE and have a few scoops on efforts on the two Adaptive Cycle Engines currently being developed by GE and P&W. Both contractors have been under contract since 2016/17 to produce and deliver 3 XA100 and 3 XA 101 test engines to the US Air Force for testing. * GE has begu...
by brar_w
17 Sep 2018 10:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 445
Views: 31548

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Keep in mind also that India will probly be able to only mount rather slim, stand alone type missions without the the kind of the rather excessive backup of US/nato surveillance assets. IOWs is the US model that is based on insanely heavy investments not only in stealth but support assets really pr...
by brar_w
17 Sep 2018 09:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4503
Views: 825761

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

the tow tropid is strangely very hefty vs anything else out there. perhaps they had planned some heavier missile or reused it from a past product. must be a real pain to carry around. and is such a huge optronic unit needed for a mere 4km shot? the khan trooper is using a MKI unit more befitting a ...
by brar_w
16 Sep 2018 19:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 902
Views: 82536

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Here's a quick summary of the 2019 (FY19) Defense spending bill. Select highlights of procurement include - - 13 Navy ships (2 Virginia class SSNs, 3 LCS, 2 DDG-51 etc) - 93 F-35 (As Bs and Cs) - 24 F/A-18E/F - 19 C-130s - 66 AH-64Es - 15 KC-46 Tankers - 10 P-8As - 13 V-22 Ospreys https://s22.postim...
by brar_w
15 Sep 2018 23:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Radar - Specs & Discussions
Replies: 893
Views: 182597

Re: Radar - Specs & Discussions

Dual/Multiband AESAs aren't a new concept (The Ford carrier has one). What is new is the sharing of apertures, operating at different bands of the spectrum within the same antenna. Lockheed has done that with the ARES which can operate at both S band and C band and Northrop has now done it with its ...
by brar_w
15 Sep 2018 21:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Pratt and Whitney has demonstrated 6%-10% increase in thrust and 5%-6% reduction in fuel burn under an initiative funded jointly by the USN and USAF. for the F-35s F-135 engine. They are rolling these upgrades into a Growth Option 1.0 for the baseline F-135 and offering it for early block-4 capabili...
by brar_w
14 Sep 2018 18:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1148
Views: 167616

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Towed decoys have existed since the early 1990s and have been used during operational missions since then. They work by acting as active/emitting decoys and DRFM jammers against incoming RF guided Surface to Air Missiles. Fiber Optic TDs allow the aircraft's EW system and mission computer to control...
by brar_w
13 Sep 2018 16:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 902
Views: 82536

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Very interesting. Beyond a dozen or so for the Director Operational Test and Evaluation, I expect both the USAF and Navy will buy a fleet for themselves since this is full size and has room and power provisioned for Electronic Warfare Payloads. The Air Vehicle was designed by retired AFRL and Skunk ...
by brar_w
13 Sep 2018 09:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 902
Views: 82536

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Very few CALCM's remain in the active USAF inventory. They will eventually go away and will be likely replaced by a conventional LRSO when it is available. Advantages of the JASSM-XR would be RCS improvement, better sensors, Anti-GPS jamming capability etc. Basically, the current JASSMER and LRASM a...
by brar_w
12 Sep 2018 16:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 902
Views: 82536

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

USAF Revives ‘Extreme Range’ Jassm Concept The U.S. Air Force has revived a decade-old concept for a new version of the AGM-158 joint-air-to-surface standoff missile (Jassm) with potentially five times more range than the original version. Lockheed Martin received a $51 million contract on Sept. 10...
by brar_w
10 Sep 2018 16:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2882
Views: 284586

Re: International Military Discussion

They should not be paying "their share of the US defense budget" whatever that means. This is not how this is supposed to work. The past 3 US presidents have put pressure on NATO partners to establish and then get closer to the desired 2% GDP on defense. More important than this is an outc...
by brar_w
10 Sep 2018 01:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 257204

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014

No 6 AMRAAM class BVRAAMs and nothing else internal. The mixed load is 2x Strike weapons + 2 x AMRAAMs. Those two strike weapons can be 2 x 2000 lb bombs, 2 x JSOW's, 2 x JSM stand off missiles, 2 x AARGM-ERs ARMs or up to 8 x SDBs.
by brar_w
10 Sep 2018 00:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4503
Views: 825761

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

My personal imagination running wild is to have a 2-3 ton payload 200/300/500KM BM. Create a cluster /IRV of 250KG/500KG. Instead of firing multiple BM/CM, you fire one and the conventional Multiple Independent Vehicle hits different targets. One missile could crater the whole runway at an airbase....
by brar_w
09 Sep 2018 23:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 257204

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014

There is a recent AWST feature on the challenges of rectifying JSF defects and the weight reduction exercise. There is no weight reduction exercise ongoing. Weight reduction was done back when the program was put into probation by Robert Gates back in the 2010-211 timeframe. This only applied to th...
by brar_w
09 Sep 2018 19:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1783
Views: 328548

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

^ No, THAAD has ZERO capability against aircraft, cruise missiles, UAV's or any other non Ballistic Missile target other than perhaps a LEO Sat.. The requirements for the system were to put into a theater a purely BMD system that was deployable, mobile, and one that could cover the MRBM-IRBM threat....
by brar_w
09 Sep 2018 19:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Elliot Kazan, 90, of Dix Hills, helped develop popular fighter jet Elliot Kazan, known as “the Father of the Warthog” for his role in developing a popular military jet in use for more than 40 years, has died, his family said.... After briefly working for Boeing, Kazan took a job working for the Rep...
by brar_w
09 Sep 2018 18:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1783
Views: 328548

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

So many things wrong there. Please don't be offended but you seem to lack the understanding of difference between S-400 and THAAD. THAAD is typically a long range ballistic missile defense system. It works best(much better than S-400) against IRBM/ICBMs. This is why US has installed THAADs in South...
by brar_w
08 Sep 2018 18:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Final versions of both the modified SABR, and the modified AN/APG-79 have now been fitted on the F/A-18. The former uses a slightly scaled up antenna while retaining the back end commonality with the F-16V's radar suite. The latter (AN/APG-79 V-4) uses the same back end that is mounted on the Super ...
by brar_w
08 Sep 2018 01:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11237

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

Turkish aircraft are being produced i.e. The number of aircraft they currently have on order will likely be produced as scheduled. Their future orders were not put in because partners have placed orders annually (for now) rather than one large amount as an FMS customer would. This means, that the an...
by brar_w
07 Sep 2018 16:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Against strategic systems, the interceptor has to ensure that the payload is also destroyed or neutralized to the maximum possible extent. Body to body contact produces the most amount of energy and is therefore desired if the payloads are say chemical/biological etc. The idea of Glide Breaker is to...
by brar_w
07 Sep 2018 16:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The USMC has deployed the F-35B to the Middle East / CENTCOM AOR aboard the USS Essex: For the first time, the @USMC’s F-35B with the #Fighting13th entered the @CENTCOM area of responsibility. This aircraft makes our entire #EssexARG team more lethal, increasing our support to #Marines on the ground...
by brar_w
06 Sep 2018 16:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 445
Views: 31548

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

I had asked a question about the AH-64 Apache and one of its systems (enabling data transfer and drone control), which seemed to be connected to this, and hence was not on offer to us then. I wonder how that will pan out now... I believe that the standard Echo's are equipped with the SDR that would...
by brar_w
06 Sep 2018 16:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

First artist's rendering of DARPA's "Glide Breaker" effort (via AvWeek) to develop and demonstrate more effective Hypersonic Boost Glide Intercept solutions for Air Defense systems : https://s8.postimg.cc/d6xchoy2t/image.png https://s8.postimg.cc/lp6slxhf9/Glide_Breaker.png
by brar_w
06 Sep 2018 08:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Good luck there for both the F-35 and F/A-18. The F-35C is doing an integration run with the Carrier and its air wing (prior efforts have focused on carrier suitability and integrating with the carrier while this is integration the entire air wing) onboard the Lincoln as it nears its IOC with the Na...
by brar_w
05 Sep 2018 15:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Singha, the need for battle management and a large high accuracy/resolution sensor is very much needed. The USAF too was leaning towards a business jet for its eventual JSTAR replacement, and both Northrop Grumman and Raytheon had very capable high-frequency sensors (Northrop's Vanguard was eventual...
by brar_w
05 Sep 2018 06:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73800

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

I dont think so it is IAF need based. It is a private tie-up between LM & Tatas for global sales as F-Solahs are getting phased off from advanced countries requirements. Of course they will always try to squeeze their product into IAF needs. Yeah, it makes good business sense. With the Turkish ...
by brar_w
05 Sep 2018 02:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

First details of the Vanguard Surveillance radar that Northrop Grumman is currently flying. It was down-selected for the USAF's JSTARS sensor replacement which was subsequently cancelled. Now NG will offer it for other programs, perhaps a scaled version for UAV's or bombers. It is a GaN AESA that ca...
by brar_w
05 Sep 2018 02:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 257204

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014

Russia Places First Su-57 Order Piotr Butowski Kubinka, Russia Aviation Week & Space Technology After 20 years in development—and more than eight years after the first flight of the Sukhoi Su-57—Russia has placed its first order for the highly maneuverable stealth fighter. The order appears to ...
by brar_w
04 Sep 2018 23:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The Shinshin was a scaled demonstrator so I don't think the tech demonstrator actually had a sensor.
by brar_w
04 Sep 2018 16:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 486
Views: 55619

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

"Top of the food chain are the Japanese. They have a GaN AESA fighter radar and AESA based BVR, started deploying in 2012!" AFAIK there are no operational GaN AESA fighter radars, happy to be corrected. The post has contradictory information in the first and second sentences. If no one ha...
by brar_w
04 Sep 2018 16:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3268
Views: 297817

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

abhik wrote:"Top of the food chain are the Japanese. They have a GaN AESA fighter radar and AESA based BVR, started deploying in 2012!"
AFAIK there are no operational GaN AESA fighter radars, happy to be corrected.


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by brar_w
04 Sep 2018 00:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3143
Views: 384352

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Cruise missiles and aircraft are increasingly gaining a stronghold in the region as China modernizes its air-force. The current SM6 is quite a versatile weapon capable of long-range AAW (stated range of 200 nautical miles / 350+ km), Ballistic Missile intercept (up to MRBM class) and even surface wa...
by brar_w
03 Sep 2018 22:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 257204

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014

As stated earlier, material choice is dictated by a whole host of factors and RCS is just one of them. Performance, cost, fabrication, weight etc all come into play. Of course, an all-metal stealth aircraft will have a lower RCS than a nonstealth aircraft made completely of plastic. This is common s...
by brar_w
03 Sep 2018 21:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 257204

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014

Stealth is not the only requirement that drives these decisions. Much like the F-22, the PAKFA will spend a fair bit of time at supersonic speeds (relative to older aircraft). This impacts the choice of materials as well.
by brar_w
03 Sep 2018 21:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 257204

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014

The APG-81 has a higher T/R count and a general inference from comparing (publicly available) figures for top-end Qorvo (Triquint) HEMTs to NPP Istok's, would suggest a higher power density as well. Also note that Qorvo is manufacturing partner to NG and their own product portfolio would obviously ...

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