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by brar_w
26 Mar 2019 05:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

WASHINGTON — The Missile Defense Agency is deeming the first salvo test — conducted today — of its homeland missile defense system against an intercontinental ballistic missile threat a success, according an agency statement. The MDA last tested the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System’s (GMD) Gro...
by brar_w
25 Mar 2019 18:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 926
Views: 125992

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Big capability boost coming to the U-2 with a new SAR. Interestingly, many of the capabilities and technologies that went into the UK's sentinel program were an offshoot of the ASARS-2A effort so I wonder if the ARAS-2B will continue to go down that line as far as Raytheon's ISTAR offerings are conc...
by brar_w
25 Mar 2019 07:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Trickiest U.S. Missile Defense Test Is Finally Ready to Launch The Pentagon is about to attempt what’s likely to be the most challenging test yet of the U.S. military’s ability to shoot down an incoming missile from an adversary such as North Korea or Iran, according to three people familiar with t...
by brar_w
24 Mar 2019 20:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 926
Views: 125992

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

^ As you mentioned they have to first develop, test, verify, integrate their AESA radar which is a bit more time consuming than coming up with renderings or even a prototype. They will then have to negotiate with the IP rights holders for the mission systems they wish to integrate the radar with. On...
by brar_w
23 Mar 2019 04:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Aviation Week's scrub of the US budget provides a glimpse of the AMRAAM complement/replacement weapon that the USAF is developing for the F-22/35 and eventual 6th gen aircraft. We will probably not get additional details for some time given classification but the picture is becoming a lot clearer......
by brar_w
22 Mar 2019 23:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 493
Views: 131923

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

^^why cant a bvr serve as WVR? Missile convergence is is a design goal most missile designers are currently pursuing for future products. Significantly better HOBS performance was a requirement for the AIM-120D relative to the C for example but future missiles are probably going to need significant...
by brar_w
22 Mar 2019 19:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3640
Views: 624128

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Selling to Taiwan is a double edge sword since many chini spies convicted in the US were Taiwanese and the country as a whole is a massive conduit of western level technology to Cheen with literally a million Taiwanese living and working in the PRC at any given time. That said, the F-Solah is fairl...
by brar_w
22 Mar 2019 19:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 926
Views: 125992

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Saw news that USN contracted Boeing for 78 F/A 18 E/F block III jets for 5yr delivery schedule on fixed cost basis worth $4.04B total. Thats like $51Mil per jet..!! Thats much lower than one would expect. What gives..?? Of coarse this does not seems to include PBL, any weapons. But still 51M is low...
by brar_w
22 Mar 2019 07:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3640
Views: 624128

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Posting this in the China Military watch thread because It would be interesting to watch what the Chinese Military Media's response is to this... Trump Aides Back Selling F-16 Fighter Planes to Taiwan, Sources Say The Trump administration has given tacit approval to Taiwan’s request to buy more than...
by brar_w
22 Mar 2019 06:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3321
Views: 429153

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

How are they addressing the manpower issue that was brought up in the articles (enjoyable reading btw) posted by Ravi Karumanchiri earlier in the thread? - Fight the Ship - Years of Warnings, Then Death and Disaster I know that automation is being implemented, but it still seems like the USN is lac...
by brar_w
22 Mar 2019 04:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 493
Views: 131923

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Any idea why a passive seeker, will it lock on to the source of radiation without emitting any radar waves? Passive seeker to find the direction of the source. Once it is closer, the source will generally switch off to escape the ARM. This is where the active seeker will then find the target. No yo...
by brar_w
22 Mar 2019 00:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3321
Views: 429153

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The US Navy along with the Sea Power Congressional committees has released its 30-year ship building plan. FY 2020 U.S. Navy 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan I'm still reading the full document and the supplementals but so far some key findings - - They will end DDG-51 Flight III program in 2024 after buyi...
by brar_w
21 Mar 2019 22:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 195
Views: 42221

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

Ej200 is getting a 15% bump from 13500 lbs (60kn) dry thrust..that kind of puts it in the 70kn sry and 115kn wet thrust region. I think that would be great alternative to f414 at the moment. Define "is getting". A somewhat liberal use of the term can also be used to describe the F-414 E w...
by brar_w
21 Mar 2019 21:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 195
Views: 42221

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

What we surely need is an alternate engine to GE414 with similar specs and an enhanced engine for AMCA. For a while EJ 200 was making noise, but haven't heard anything in a while. An indigenous engine is the only option. An imported engine has been selected (F-414) so no alternate engine will be re...
by brar_w
21 Mar 2019 20:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 195
Views: 42221

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

NachiketM wrote:From what our designers have designed it seems that this visibility issue is either lost on them or they haven't prioritised it enough...


Or may be they know what they are doing?
by brar_w
21 Mar 2019 00:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 926
Views: 125992

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The point of spending the extra funds and doing it alone is to be able to create, and maintain the design and production industrial base required for a 5.5+ generation - 6th gen fighter aircraft i.e. being able to design, develop, test and produce most, if not all, mission systems and other sub-asse...
by brar_w
20 Mar 2019 18:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Recent pic of the F-117 flying over Nevada..Rumor has it that they are beginning to be utilized as aggressor red forces to simulate LO intruders and strike aircraft.. https://twitter.com/CombatAir_Mag/status/1100656837303721985 aha Thats why they came out of storage. Many watchers have seen them fl...
by brar_w
20 Mar 2019 09:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

So basically a F-15 QA but with - - USAF specified radar changes - USAF only/classified CID enhancements and FPS 9.1 software suite - Replaces the GaAs based Digital EW Suite (DEWS) with the GaN based EPAWSS for commonality with USAF Strike Eagles - USAF specific core processor (though QA may be get...
by brar_w
20 Mar 2019 03:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 323
Views: 68098

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

An advanced trainer that can also double up as an attack aircraft is what the F/A-50 is designed for as they have a number of iterations at different price points they can offer between the T-50 and the F/A-50 depending whether the customers want a like type or the same aircraft doing both missions....
by brar_w
19 Mar 2019 22:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 926
Views: 125992

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Jane's IDR has a very detailed article on the E-2D this month and gets into the details of the APY-9 UHF band radar that it carries - Posting only a portion that pertains to the radar - Joining the dots: E-2D Advanced Hawkeye builds the bigger picture;Jane's International Defence Review ;Richard Sco...
by brar_w
18 Mar 2019 07:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 926
Views: 125992

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Amazing how much in terms of sensors, RF data links, guidance and other electronics one can pack in very small munition class these days.. USSOCOM, AFSOC test Block 1 GBU-69/B SGM datalink variant The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), in...
by brar_w
16 Mar 2019 20:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 926
Views: 125992

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Looks quite different from J-20 in profile though one aspect of doing this work, as opposed to simply flying a bunch of F-35's or F-22's against F-22's or F-35's for the purpose of testing and evaluation, is that an Aerial Target gives you the option of simulating designs and RCS and payload paramet...
by brar_w
16 Mar 2019 20:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 926
Views: 125992

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Some additional information on the 5th generation Aerial Target (LO design features (shape, materials and serpentine ducts), and internal EW/EA payloads) developed for Operational Testing of the F-35, Inc. 3.2B of F-22A, New Patriot Radar and Interceptor Missile programs..The final design iteration ...
by brar_w
15 Mar 2019 20:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

^ It seems there was a classified program working on the Unmanned Corvettes which is now transitioning into the mainstream so they aren't truly starting from scratch and figuring this out as the prior article seemed to suggest - A classified Pentagon maritime drone program is about to get its moment...
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 20:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2485
Views: 491822

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

Yeah it was always a stretch to call the Tornado a "multi role aircraft" in the same category as the M2K, F-16, or the heavy fighters like the Su-30 and the F-15E.
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 19:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2485
Views: 491822

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

The Italian tornadoes (ECR) are the only European assets currently in service that have the capability to assist in DEAD while utilizing a modern ARM that can counter shut-down tactics (European F-16 operators never upgraded)...So it is still a hugely important thing for Europe from a capability per...
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 19:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The USN in its latest budgets has funded 2 unmanned Corvette class surface combatants (up to 2000 ton displacement)..with an additional 8 in the out years... Navy Wants 10-Ship Unmanned ‘Ghost Fleet’ to Supplement Manned Force Unlike the small unmanned craft the Navy has experimented with in the pas...
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 09:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Washington Post claims it will be a Block IV TLAM so the range mentioned is likely in the low-low profile or the briefing could have just generically mentioned > 1000 km.. - The U.S. ground-launched cruise missile is slated for testing in August, just after the treaty formally ends. According to a s...
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 08:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

isnt the jassm-ER already a low flying CM with 1000km range? maybe they can cheaply adapt it to a box launcher. Yes and so is the TLAM which will get you about 1000+ km when flying low for most of its flight plan so it really depends on what profile the official was speaking about when referring to...
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 08:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 64
Views: 7247

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

I was specifically speaking to the attack aircraft market not the trainer market. On the trainer side though the marketing is a bit different as fighter OEMs already in the market enjoy a leg up. The M346 enjoyed sales with western fighter operators because the US wasn't in the space. With the T-X a...
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 08:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1162
Views: 127505

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

INF busting GLCM and GLBM tests planned for August and November 2019 though production decision and operations could be 18 months and 60 months out for each respectively - The officials, who spoke to a small group of reporters under Pentagon ground rules that did not permit use of their names or tit...
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 07:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 64
Views: 7247

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

with barely a handful of countries in a position to afford 4++ gen fighters let alone 5th gen, the stage is set for "white box" market where nondescript hawk/scorpion/sport/cessna types upped with smart weapons and sensors will do the air defence and CAS thing. Yes its a market though it ...
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 03:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 64
Views: 7247

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

The best option for CAS is actually whatever gets munitions on target in the right quantity and at the right time. It could be a small munition launched from a UAV, a slow and low flying fighter on a strafing run, or it could be a Guided MLRS that comes in zipping from 100 kms out. There is no one p...
by brar_w
14 Mar 2019 03:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 64
Views: 7247

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

So the option is no air support at all or Hawk support, what would you take if you were facing the enemy? There will be counter measures like chaff dispensers to fight against Mobile ADs. The weapons they are talking about (like SAAW) has much longer standoff range than any manpad. Neither does Haw...
by brar_w
13 Mar 2019 22:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 64
Views: 7247

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

They might be useful to counter attack enemy land forces on our own land when other aircrafts are not available. So let us imagine a scenario where the enemy has crossed over and is on an offensive. Why do you think it would be dumb enough to not have mobile air defenses and SHORAD capability at it...

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