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by brar_w
23 Jun 2019 06:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Air Force looking at Valkyrie, Skyborg as first vanguard programs to accelerate development "Part of what we’re doing with [XQ-58A Valkyrie] is to set the stage and begin experimenting with what the lab is calling vanguard programs," ACC chief James Holmes told reporters yesterday at the ...
by brar_w
23 Jun 2019 04:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Jane's provides some additional details on the Raytheon/Northrop Grumman scramjet weapon demonstrator and its flight test program - Raytheon prepares for first flight of HAWC prototype demonstrator - Jane's Missiles & Rockets “Northrop has developed an innovative scramjet engine that has been in...
by brar_w
22 Jun 2019 21:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

US Army just wrapped up a demonstration phase of its Patriot Radar replacement program. Lockheed, Raytheon and Northrop all demonstrated their Gallium Nitride based AESA radars against representative target types out at White Sands Missile Range. The plan now is to pick a mature radar design by Sept...
by brar_w
22 Jun 2019 13:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1123
Views: 170938

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The Navy fought tooth and nail to get their own stealth attack fighter A-12/flying dorito and rejected the naval atf f22-n. And the F18 E/f was the hurried replacement for that disaster. That's not the point. The Navy had a strike bomber it wanted but that had nothing to do with the N-ATF. The US N...
by brar_w
22 Jun 2019 05:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1123
Views: 170938

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Brar ji, I am also coming to the same conclusion as yours based on my own readings on ducted ramjet motors. I think that USAFs reservation about ducted ramjet motor powered A2A missiles are shared by players worldwide. I think every country will field both kind of missiles: 1. Long range, multi-pul...
by brar_w
21 Jun 2019 21:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1123
Views: 170938

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

StormBreaker IOC with USAF expected later this year; Jane's Missiles & Rockets; Robin Hughes, London; 21-Jun-2019 https://i.postimg.cc/5tV4H9MX/SDB-II.png The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to declare an initial operational capability (IOC) with Raytheon Missile Systems’ StormBreaker smart wea...
by brar_w
21 Jun 2019 19:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1628
Views: 339782

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The USN P-8 program leader basically called out any potential future orders to begin planning as they will likely shut that program down around the 2025-2028 (so 2022-2025 likely upper limit by when last orders can be placed) time-frame so it is probably most economical to get final orders in much b...
by brar_w
21 Jun 2019 19:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1123
Views: 170938

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Here's Air Force magazine's coverage on the AIM-260 JATM - Air Force Developing AMRAAM Replacement to Counter China Air Force Weapons Program Executive Officer Brig. Gen. Anthony Genatempo told reporters in a June 20 interview here the service is working with Lockheed Martin, the Army, and the Navy ...
by brar_w
21 Jun 2019 08:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1123
Views: 170938

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

AIM-120 replacement to be fielded/IOC by 2022. Initial platforms will be the F-22A, and F/A-18E/F with the F-35 to follow on later. Contract for the AIM-260 Joint Air Tactical Missile (JATM) was competed and won by Lockheed Martin a couple of years ago but the program was kept a secret. My bet is on...
by brar_w
19 Jun 2019 20:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Aviation Week's coverage from the Paris Air Show - Raytheon, Northrop Partner To Co-develop Scramjet Missile Raytheon Missile Systems and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems announced a partnership at the Paris Air Show here on June 18 to co-develop a scramjet-powered hypersonic missile. Though pres...
by brar_w
19 Jun 2019 08:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Rocketdyne and atk are new entrants to crown jewel pantheon They seem to make motors from tiny iron dome type diwali rockets to icbm first stages There isn't much in Solid Rocket Motors and beyond that OATK (Now Northrop) and Aerojet haven't done once you sum up the parts that they are made up of. ...
by brar_w
19 Jun 2019 03:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Here’s the second (previously unknown) HAWC flight vehicle work unveiled earlier today. This one has Raytheon as the prime with the scramjet motor being sourced from Orbital ATK (Northrop Grumman). The media had tried to paint a picture that Lockheed was running away with the US Hyperosnic $$ pie af...
by brar_w
19 Jun 2019 00:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

NRao wrote:Patrick Shanahan withdraws name based on past domestic violence incident.


Will probably resign sooner than later given someone he’s been managing for a year or more will soon become his boss.
by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 21:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Yeah those things have been in the pipeline for quite a while now and many of the smaller systems had already begun transitioning to those processes and practices, while the newer ones were pushing towards that end. Roper has definitely given a major push to it and he was quite influential on the hy...
by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 20:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

NRao wrote:


Interesting contrast. Dr. Roper is steering the USAF away from an ATF like 15-20 year technology development and engineering program for the NGAD/PCA while the Europeans appear to be heading straight into that approach :).
by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 20:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Here's a notional representation of a B-2 releasing a AL BGV (they'r probably using the Swerve as a representative payload). This is obviously generic and predates the ARRW program starting with the USAF but a tactical boost glide weapon based on DARPA's TBG demonstrations was always on the cards. N...
by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 11:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

I remember reading somewhere that Hypersonic inlet is kept shut until the vehicle reaches startup speeds and is then opened. Perhaps fins are kept stowed/folded too until then in this design. the back round half looks like a plain solid fuel booster to me. but it has a side window - could be a brah...
by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 10:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3366
Views: 451116

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

U.S. Navy official sees more orders for Boeing P-8A in coming months PARIS (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy expects additional U.S. and international orders for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in coming months, which should extend production by two years to late 2025, a senior U.S. Navy ...
by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 10:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

I would guess 10-12 feet. Lockheed confirmed the glider itself is about 6 feet long and this appears to be about half (or thereabouts) the length of the X-51 (24.8 ft). Would be interesting to see if they could fit two in there. There seems to be enough space. The fins would suggest that some attent...
by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 10:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1123
Views: 170938

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

As a newish multi-role it was good enough to replace the F14 of Top Gun fame and a couple of others. In the real world aircraft do not replace other aircraft (though in the media this is always pumped up) they fill in a mission or operational need. The F/A-18 E/F is a super lousy F-14 replacement. ...
by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 10:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 174
Views: 50036

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Barath wrote:As a newish multi-role it was good enough to replace the F14 of Top Gun fame and a couple of others.


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by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 09:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1123
Views: 170938

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Here's a SOS element that had its second flight recently - https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/4Q-hBnBilyLr-TlK7_enK3S2Ltk=/1200x0/filters:quality(100)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-mco.s3.amazonaws.com/public/REXGA2KHG5AO3G3TWJAZFD7BDU.JPG The USAF appears to be getting ready to place an order for 20-30 o...
by brar_w
18 Jun 2019 08:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

First look at the AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon Hypersonic Boost Glide Weapon - https://i.postimg.cc/SKZTkm1W/ARRW-1.png https://i.postimg.cc/jjqgpDcx/ARRW-2.png https://i.postimg.cc/qMn5yVgT/ARRW-3.png Have to wait for some of the experts to run the numbers on size/specs but very inte...
by brar_w
17 Jun 2019 19:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

IIRC Brar_w had posted the requirements/targets of the new engine just a few months back. That 57% more power is amazing. Perhaps we can uprate our Chinooks a few years down the line. The extra power would come real handy in the mountains. That was to develop the T-700, which GE just bagged a few w...
by brar_w
17 Jun 2019 03:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

And it is also inaccurate to think that they are chasing absolute efficiency at all costs when building in this diversity in the supplier base and redundancy. They are attempting to build and maintain effective systems to drive competition and avoid ending up in monopoly situations especially at the...
by brar_w
16 Jun 2019 23:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

What may seem as redundancy to you is just a diverse industrial base with multiple suppliers and design teams capable of developing products. This is valued because this is really hard stuff. Some will come through while others will not make it. Shrinking the industrial base of relatively easier to ...
by brar_w
16 Jun 2019 22:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The depth and breadth of US military research is simply astounding. Some technology is mature and ready to be deployed, other technology in various stages of testing and yet some in the concept stage. Not when you look at the amount of research funding that is involved. In fact looking objectively,...
by brar_w
16 Jun 2019 20:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

And if both AGM-183a and HCSW are going to be BG, I wonder whether their mission profile will be different? Range? Targets? Cost? Or is is just as you said that the multiplicity of programs will be pruned as they advance further in their testing phase. Yes both. TBG is widely believed to be a rapid...
by brar_w
16 Jun 2019 20:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1123
Views: 170938

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

PAS'19 is going to be interesting, with unveiling of Dassault NGF + loyal wingmen, TAI TF-X, Leonardo LE drone... Is there even a market for 5-6gen a/c with so much overcrowding? (KAI KF-X, AMCA, FC31/J20, F35, Su57). I think going for unmanned tejas and optimised unmanned AMCA is a much better pat...
by brar_w
16 Jun 2019 19:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

So ARRW (AGM-183a) appears to be rocket powered (engine being developed by Aerodyne) and will be carried/dropped from an aircraft platform, maybe a B-52 or maybe a smaller fighter aircraft depending on the size of the vehicle plus the rocket booster. I read on other sites that it will climb to abou...
by brar_w
16 Jun 2019 02:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

In this context it is a strategic system. It is the only fielded 5th generation fighter out there coming from a set of suppliers who have put out nearly 600 5th gen aircraft into service and who have a hot production line that is producing aircraft at nearly 150 per annum with plenty of capability a...
by brar_w
15 Jun 2019 21:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Good to know the developments, they moved the timeline to the left implies it was easier to implement and test than anticipated? I don't think it was any easier or harder to implement than what they ended up doing but the main point they had to establish was whether the current baseline could suppo...
by brar_w
15 Jun 2019 20:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

such an architecture is portable to other aircraft? Yes, the AGCAS on the F-35 has high commonality with the same developed initially for the F-16. Had they begun working on the F-35 AGCAS from program' inception, they could have probably prevented the Japanese F-35A crash. But at least they'll hav...
by brar_w
15 Jun 2019 08:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1327
Views: 160990

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The Buff is getting ready to begin flight testing of yet another new weapon. Noteworthy that the TBG/ARRW early checks are running ahead of the HCSW (from what we know/released). ARRW is based on a much newer, and more capable boost glide vehicle compared to the Sandia swerve derived common BGV goin...
by brar_w
14 Jun 2019 20:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3366
Views: 451116

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

These "deficiencies" to a lay person, are technically, and perhaps more appropriately, -"Incident Reports". Each F-35 test, and operational pilot, around the world, is able to open up a "ticket" if he/she spots a particular anomaly or deviation from the norm that he/she...
by brar_w
12 Jun 2019 20:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1295
Views: 300794

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

It is interesting that US/Russia/China talk about a MTCR in Hypersonic regime, but only India has fielded a supersonic cruise missile and is going to field one ALSCM from its front line fighters. Sounds like me and my younger cousins discussing strategies on how not to share the bat or ball or wick...
by brar_w
12 Jun 2019 19:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 174
Views: 50036

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Please no discussions on impractical ideas like flying NLCA from Amphibs here. Use Newbie thread for such discussion or Design you own Aircraft thread. Thanks for the sanity check :). NLCA off of yet to be designed Ambhibs sounds like a seriously bad idea. MK2 based Naval Tejas off of a CATOBAR may...
by brar_w
12 Jun 2019 19:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3701
Views: 303541

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

imo the embraer KC390 is nearing the IOC. we should sign up a Embraer to borrow the KC390 design but upsize it by 50%. Even before the coming together of Embraer and Boeing commercial (which essentially bankrolled Embraer by wiping clean their debt) the two companies had an agreement on the KC-390....
by brar_w
12 Jun 2019 19:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1295
Views: 300794

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

so we are proceeding to our own avengard. this would be a good RV for 1-warhead missiles like A4 and A5. Avengard is a Hypersonic glider, sort of skipping on the upper atmosphere at M25-30 speed. HSTDV is a powered hypersonic flight vehicle, a Scramjet. It will be flying at M6 or so. Hypersonic gli...
by brar_w
12 Jun 2019 06:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1295
Views: 300794

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

quite probable that the nasams brings some level of ultra-sophisticated tech in the form of radar or cryptographic comms. No wizardry. Just standard stuff. What the article/unknown official likely refers to is the urban deployment of the AN/MPQ-64 where the ATG and its prime power supply can be lif...

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