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by brar_w
20 Oct 2020 19:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Interesting development, but questions still remain - how much of a logistics and deployability burden would this be for an expeditionary force? If you can't get to the battle then you aren't all that effective and I don't think there is the appetite or money to pre-position majority stocks of these...
by brar_w
20 Oct 2020 19:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2388
Views: 510552

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Even the well intentioned good general hooda has not a single word for Ghatak or Rustom but advocating in favor of Valkryie. If cost is the issue, then what better way than to boost Ghatak and Rustom inductions. I don't think he is "advocating" for Valkryie which is a proof-of-concept dem...
by brar_w
20 Oct 2020 18:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3512
Views: 574659

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

GA-ASI Kicks Off SeaGuardian Validation Flights in Japan GA-ASI kicked off a series of validation flights on Oct. 15 for Japan Coast Guard (JCG) in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. GA-ASI is working with Asia Air Survey (AAS) in Japan to conduct the flights. “We appreciate Asia Air Survey’s sup...
by brar_w
20 Oct 2020 18:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

U.S. Air Force Performs First Ever Code Change On A Flying U-2 Spyplane Running Kubernetes On Oct. 16, 2020, a U-2 intelligence gathering aircraft with the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base, California, running a Kubernetes, an open-source container-orchestration system for automating...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2020 23:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3602
Views: 1007811

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Brahmos seem to hit targets like we see of Tomahawk. I don't see why we cannot put the same seeker on Nirbhay and deploy it. There is generally quite tight coupling of seeker, SWaP (margins) and other mission systems specific to a particular weapon which makes wholesale migration of one system, not...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2020 20:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1922
Views: 378952

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The sheer complexity of designing, building and producing a very advanced system like FCAS is envisioned requires a level of sustained investment and a fairly larger overall bill (probably in the $60-$80 Billion) that neither UK (BAE, RR), SAAB, or Leonardo have a great track record off recently. Ha...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2020 20:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

More on the OpFires Hypersonic weapon from AvWeek (behind a paywall) OpFires Industry Team Named As Lockheed Looks Long-Term Lockheed Martin has selected three more suppliers for the Operational Fires (OpFires) hypersonic missile that seeks to demonstrate the first throttleable solid rocket motor. N...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2020 07:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Some rare (and partial) glimpse of what is likely to be the cornerstone of 6th gen (NGAD) radar suite - Northrop Grumman Completes System Requirements Review for AFRL Aether Spy Radar Program Northrop Grumman completed the System Requirements Review for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aethe...
by brar_w
16 Oct 2020 22:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Lockheed Martin is pitching its OpFires weapon system for the US Army Medium ranged targeting needs. OpFires is a DARPA program to fully demonstrate an intermediate ranged two stage hypersonic Boost Glide system with a deep throttling solid fuel second stage mated to a tactical boost glide hypersoni...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2020 17:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The 5th Generation target drone is finally ready for its flight testing - 5GAT Drone Ready for First Flight The Fifth Generation Aerial Target will take its first flight later this month at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, following nearly flawless completion of ground-based testing in September. After ...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2020 05:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The contracting bit is also spurring some change. For example, traditionally in the US system, contractors don't make any money when they design for a program. Programs can suck up a whole bunch of cash that is never recovered during the competitive stage. On the ATF, in the late 1980s', both Lockhe...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2020 04:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Thank you Brar ., i am curious about the technology enablers that actually let the gestation period to be much shorter than anyone expected., is there any open source info on that , the digital engineering term has been bandied about but what ? The technology gestation period is unlikely to be sign...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2020 20:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Would Brar be able to describe how the US was able to prototype and build a 6th generation fighter inside a year ? A revolution itself in the lead time required. Hopefully it could lead to a complete revolution in the aviation sector. It really isn't inside a year as an effort (though it may be as ...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2020 20:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Finland to buy 64 JSFs for $12.5B. October 12/20: Finland The US State Department approved external link a $12.5 billion purchase on Friday by Finland for 64 F-35 fighter planes and associated munitions and equipment. It is a DSCA (US State Deptt) notification to congress. It does not constitute a ...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2020 18:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Would Brar be able to describe how the US was able to prototype and build a 6th generation fighter inside a year ? A revolution itself in the lead time required. Hopefully it could lead to a complete revolution in the aviation sector. It really isn't inside a year as an effort (though it may be as ...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2020 04:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1213009

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Any clean sheet twin engined 4.5 generation naval fighter, or an adaptation of such a fighter for land based operations, is a 12-15 year undertaking to design, develop, test, and have enter into production. Any time-horizon that is shorter than that is likely to introduce a whole bunch of risk and ...
by brar_w
13 Oct 2020 20:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Two uncharacteristically specific (for the otherwise rather closed hypersonic progams) observations on the upcoming crop of hypersonic weapons in the USAF and US Army. Both of these weapons will be operational in the next 2 or so years. 1) USAF Maj. Gen. Gebara just disclosed, previously undisclosed...
by brar_w
13 Oct 2020 18:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

EMD test campaign of the 150+ km ranged Guided-MLRS -( Extended Range ) is expected to kick-start in November. The basic design and the proposed changes have already test flown multiple times in proof-of-concept demonstrations conducted between 2017-2019. This will be the first time the final design...
by brar_w
13 Oct 2020 02:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The USAF has already forward deployed a portable air-base defense high energy laser to deal with small to small-medium sized drones as it relates to protecting forward air-fields and other interests. I think the deployment is in Afghanistan. An accompanying high-power microwave system is also probab...
by brar_w
13 Oct 2020 01:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1922
Views: 378952

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

XB-1 Demonstrator Rollout Adds Credibility To Boom Supersonic Airliner Little wonder that Boom Supersonic founder Blake Scholl describes the Oct. 7 rollout of the company’s sleek XB-1 demonstrator as “a little surreal.” Since creating Boom in 2014 to bring back supersonic civil flight, Scholl’s amb...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 23:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 8456

Re: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020

Back to the loitering munitions - since they don’t have satcom yet, these seem to have good video feed, which means Ground control must be close by for strong signal from a relatively lower power source loitering munition. Wondering how good is singint of Armenians in triangulation of base stations...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 22:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 8456

Re: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020

In lot of drone videos we don’t see the result of the hit in fact if you slow down some of videos you can clearly see the tank hits didn’t do any damage. In fact in one video they hit two tanks parked by each other, after first tank is hit they show another video where they hit 2nd tank and first t...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 22:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 8456

Re: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020

The arrival of weapons like the Joint Strike Missile (and systems that offshoot from Gray Wolf like work will kick this into another gear) basically changes the equation of how a strike oriented MALE drone can be kitted against a better equipped and trained opponent. With a good passive (or passive+...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 20:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 8456

Re: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020

Potential loitering munition strike on SA-6 components

https://twitter.com/RALee85/status/1315290431438172160
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 19:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3512
Views: 574659

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The first 4 radar ship-sets had gone to the HII shipyard to be fitted on the first DDG. The next batch is going into the NJ test site and for the second DDG - US Navy’s ‘Cruiser in the Cornfield’ Gets Radar Upgrade https://news.usni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/201007-N-IJ355-001.jpeg The Navy’s g...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 06:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Here's some data to get some sense on the "utilization" of the UAV fleet that I referenced earlier. Definitions: The Air Force measures its RPA presence in-theater with the term “CAP,” which equals a 24-hour presence over a given geographical area. A single Combat Air Patrol (CAP) translat...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 05:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Well,lucky US that can junk such systems so easily! They aren't junking them so easily. They've flown a tremendous amounts with these aircraft for what they are, what they do, and what they are designed for. The Global Hawk is not a MiG-21 or any other tactical fighter. One needs to understand the ...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 05:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1213009

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Philip wrote:Well,lucky US that can junk such systems so easily!


Replied in the appropriate thread - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7088&p=2464925#p2464925
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 05:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

It also gives the cost of the F-35 as $176M. For write-offs, the cost of the asset being written off is always attributed based on the cost of the correspending production lot that aircraft and its associated hardware is part of (it's common sense - you write off based on what you paid for it not w...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2020 04:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1213009

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I think that the USAF needs have moved on,so an early retirement is expected of these birds,though Congress is stalling the idea. Just like UK Harriers,but for budgetary reasons. There is not enough money in the entire USAF budget to magically transfrom those Global Hawk to serve the MALE UAV/UCAV ...
by brar_w
10 Oct 2020 19:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2388
Views: 510552

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

The 1800 kg empty weight puts Rustom-2 in the same class as the MQ-9 Reaper. We're still a ways off from the Reaper's endurance (42 hrs, 14 hrs when fully loaded) and service ceiling of 50-60k ft. MQ-9B has exceeded 48 hrs endurance in max endurance demonstrations done a few years ago. The Avenger ...
by brar_w
10 Oct 2020 19:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 8456

Re: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020

Looks like (video in the link below) one of their loitering munitions took out a 36D6 S-band acquisition radar -

https://twitter.com/aldin_ww/status/1314850918823849985
by brar_w
10 Oct 2020 19:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3602
Views: 1007811

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Range is not useful without speed and manoeuvrability. How manoeuvrable is ngarm ? The dual pulse motor should be a dead giveaway for the role it is intended for. And what would that be and how does adapting a particular propulsion solution automatically give away something besides just that the de...
by brar_w
10 Oct 2020 18:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1922
Views: 378952

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

brar_w, even though these are clearly estimates, how does the Shornet being 2 billion dollars more expensive work out for in its favour? It doesn't but that is the package Boeing asked for it to be approved. Boeing is producing about 2 dozen Super Hornets a year. And zero Growlers (so there will be...
by brar_w
09 Oct 2020 23:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1817
Views: 340049

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Replied here from the Indian Missiles's thread: Brar If you think AWACS is an outdated concept why is there so much focus (in IAF) to build new ones or buy it from foreign sources for countries like India. Because it fills a gap and serves a purpose given the threats the IAF and India faces? Is it b...
by brar_w
09 Oct 2020 23:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3602
Views: 1007811

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Sumeet wrote:Brar If you think AWACS is an outdated concept why is there so much focus (in IAF) to build new ones or buy it from foreign sources for countries like India.


viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7088&p=2464767#p2464767
by brar_w
09 Oct 2020 23:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3602
Views: 1007811

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Even if the AEW shuts down it's radar, the platform will still be visible on our AEW. You provide positional data through datalink and the missile will still know where to go. With propellers, you are not going to go far, before the missile is near you.. How would that concept work? Does the missil...
by brar_w
09 Oct 2020 22:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3602
Views: 1007811

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

In a war, when your adversary is going to have a 200 - 250KM long ARM, streaming at you at Mach 4, datalinked, you really hope the propeller's are rotating fast.. really fast.. to allow you to land quickly. 200-250 km Air to Air Mach 4+ ARM with a counter shut down capability (that can survive airb...
by brar_w
09 Oct 2020 22:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1213009

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The acquisition of 30 US drones costing approx. $3B has been put on hold by the Centre after the IAF reportedly expressed doubts about their efficacy,especially in " contested airspace even if armed". $3B would get at current costs between 60 to 75 Tejas or MIG-29 UPG fighters, and would ...

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