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by brar_w
14 Apr 2021 20:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1846
Views: 389214

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Here's a notional drawing to highlight difference in trajectories relative to traditional Ballistic Missiles that re-enter. Even something like a MaRV or a quasi ballistic missile doesn't come close (for reference, the requirement for US H-BGV was to execute their operational range (above 3000 km) w...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2021 18:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1846
Views: 389214

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Noob question - is it harder to detect Hypersonic missiles (as compared to ballistic missiles). I am not asking about the launch platform.. just the missiles part. Within radar horizon limitations, many radars already detect hypersonic targets (most long range ballistic missiles travel at hypersoni...
by brar_w
12 Apr 2021 23:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2777
Views: 418869

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

I think this is true reg Su57 " Patent documents show that the radar reflection area (RCS value) of the Su-57 is approximately between 1 square meter and 0.1 square meter." 0.5 had been quoted before in some articles. Well the IAF was not impressed anyway. For comparison a clean Rafale ha...
by brar_w
10 Apr 2021 08:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Joint Military Exercises: News & Discussion
Replies: 336
Views: 78104

Re: Joint Military Exercises: News & Discussion

That would be an E-2C. France does not operate any E-2D's (yet).
by brar_w
10 Apr 2021 08:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 2081
Views: 444546

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

British seem to be one of the biggest wasters of its military spending. £1 billion Sentinel R1 fleet to the scrap heap. It's a smart decision given they are emphasizing investment on their Naval and Air platforms and reducing some of their land forces combat capability following a few decades of CO...
by brar_w
10 Apr 2021 04:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 2081
Views: 444546

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Not too sure on that since Japan is already working on its program and has some early risk reduction experience already with their scaled demonstrator. But regardless, they have done quite well. One advantage they had was the lack of immediate pressure to field a 5th generation aircraft both because...
by brar_w
10 Apr 2021 02:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 2081
Views: 444546

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Good work by the South Koreans. Even though this version lacks stealth, or an internal weapons bay, or advanced engine, I still think the schedule is too ambitious. Their current plan is to achieve first flight next year and conclude the entire flight test program by 2026 while delivering 40 operati...
by brar_w
10 Apr 2021 02:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

They've exceeded 135 km. Max range shots (at or exceeding 150 km) are planned for June/July IIRC. Lockheed scores $1.1B contract to build US Army’s guided rocket on heels of extended-range test WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin scored a $1.1 billion contract from the U.S. Army to build another 11,000 Gui...
by brar_w
08 Apr 2021 19:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The most mature F-16 variant never built is/was the F-16 U which was pretty close to becoming reality. So assuming (though chances of this are close to zero) that a new variant is proposed, it is likely to borrow heavily from it if not be the exact same aircraft/proposal as was put forward to the UA...
by brar_w
04 Apr 2021 23:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2416
Views: 398237

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

Israel operates F-16's with Israeli mission computers, Israeli weapons (A2A and A2S), EW gear, Communication suite, and US made radars. Singapore has likewise mixed and matched elements of US and Israel including interfaces, computers, EW gear and weapons. South Korea has integrated Israeli munition...
by brar_w
04 Apr 2021 20:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 569
Views: 150619

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

Should the IN order a sq worth of NLCA? It depends on what you include in the carrier specific program (and what you test out of it), how much the product deviates from the parent design, etc etc. Though not a direct comparison, for reference, the Super Hornet (a Hornet parent design) was a 6-7 dev...
by brar_w
04 Apr 2021 06:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 569
Views: 150619

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

Has the NLCA been tested to its full combat envelope while doing carrier TOs and landing? Aircraft carrier qualification, and integration is a multi-step process involving both shore based and at sea testing. The latter involves multiple detachments of developmental testing aboard a carrier so that...
by brar_w
04 Apr 2021 01:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1789
Views: 366811

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Those are not Aircraft carriers, are being used actively, and are not capable of supporting any of INs fixed winged aircraft.
by brar_w
03 Apr 2021 20:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3586
Views: 630858

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The studies/questions were whether a dedicated 40-45K ton displacement small/carrier should be developed to support AC operations around the globe as a complement or even as a replacement to future CVN's (like buying that instead of the 7th Ford class CVN for example). The studies, just like all oth...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2021 04:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1789
Views: 366811

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

A Navalized AMCA is a great way to add a ton of risk to the entire program. Designing a Low Observable 5th gen. carrier borne fighter is really difficult (only one nation has so far done it and put the design into service). Doing the same so that it can efficiently operate from a STOBAR carrier adds...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2021 04:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 569
Views: 150619

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

TEDBF is being designed to fully replace the MiG-29K. If the Naval Tejas could do it, the Navy would have probably done it already. I don't think modernization and the need to replace the MiG-29K's on IN's carriers can be solved by simply adding an Anti Radiation missile or a bunch of bombs on the M...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2021 03:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 569
Views: 150619

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

Most folks who quote these folks should at the very least be able to read and understand the content of what they are quoting and place it in correct context. The US Navy CNO, at the time, was simply talking about the weapons delivery mission. That is what his Air Wing does well now. However, being ...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2021 18:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 569
Views: 150619

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

Yes their was a clear separation of roles (explicit and implicit) at the end of the cold war that allowed the US Navy to walk away from certain missions that it would normally have emphasized had the SU still existed. It started first with deep penetrating strike, then the higher end Offensive Count...
by brar_w
01 Apr 2021 05:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

It's budget season in a new administration/Congress. LRSO is the most vulnerable (though the most affordable) part of the Triad.
by brar_w
31 Mar 2021 19:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 4335
Views: 1290415

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

THAAD is designed to provide up to IRBM level of protection (for now though there are talks about extending the system out to ICBM class targets in the future) and is a terminal defense system which is engaging these targets between roughly 50 km and 180 km or so in altitude (a fairly narrow band). ...
by brar_w
31 Mar 2021 06:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The "campaign" model employed during the original Ford trade studies was comprehensive and still largely valid. The US Naval Academy at Annapolis has plenty of posters covering the Analysis of alternatives and actual scale models of the various designs studied. It proved unequivocally (eve...
by brar_w
30 Mar 2021 19:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The amount of networking, data sharing needs and capabilities are just amazing and continue to expand in subsequent iterations of the F-35. From being able to offload raw data via MADL, to the Navy F-35's becoming capable of plugging into the higher bandwidth targeting networks. Non line of sight Li...
by brar_w
29 Mar 2021 22:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2416
Views: 398237

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

SAAB is pure marketing . Apparently their Gripen E/NG is not only the equivalent of the F-35 at the cost of an F-5, but also, by strapping a few pods, becomes analogous to the Growler. All fun and games when the project is in the PPT stage but as far back as 2018 they still couldn't give (I asked on...
by brar_w
29 Mar 2021 20:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 921762

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Range is relative to the need. The F-35B gets the USMC (as an example) better combat radius (850 or so km with a strike payload) than what they used to get with their longest ranged strike fighter (the F/A-18) and they also get better take off and bring back stores relative to their previous STOVL j...
by brar_w
29 Mar 2021 18:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2416
Views: 398237

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

They should offer it. At least then the IAF pilots may be able to fly the aircraft which IIRC wasn't the case when they were actually partnered on the program. But in reality it would be unlikely given that the domestic production of the SU-57 has barely started, and trying to compete with an export...
by brar_w
28 Mar 2021 23:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2416
Views: 398237

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

It's a tough and competitive landscape once you roll up all potential global medium and heavy fighters and the F-15EX brings some nice things to the table. New cockpit and HMD tech, fastest mission computer currently flying (even surpassing current 5GFA performance), full fiber-optic backbone, large...
by brar_w
28 Mar 2021 20:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 2081
Views: 444546

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The Russian Air Force will prioritize what it has on the table and what it can get in a reasonable amount of time. For the foreseeable future it will be the Su-30/34/35 which they can produce and procure in decent numbers and which they also need to balance in terms of exports and production rates. ...
by brar_w
28 Mar 2021 08:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 921762

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Varan is an aircraft-carrying ship distinguished by a high level of automation. It can carry 24 multirole fighters, six helicopters, and 20 drones. Varan is neither. It is a concept much like the 3-4 other amphib and carrier designs that come out from time to time that go nowhere. Let's discuss it ...
by brar_w
27 Mar 2021 22:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Programs aren't a race. They are designed around a set of milestones that are often as much budget profile dependent as they are technical and industrial limitations dependent. If you want to increase recruitment/hiring on a SAP by multiple orders of magnitude and then do so rapidly - the costs add ...
by brar_w
27 Mar 2021 07:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3586
Views: 630858

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Some more pictures from the trials -

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by brar_w
27 Mar 2021 07:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The reference to Lockheed is notable. Lockheed has a major classified program operating out of Palmdale that is likely in production as they are now openly acknowledging its existence. Northrop too would have at least one classified program there besides the B-21. Lots of programs to review under th...
by brar_w
26 Mar 2021 22:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3586
Views: 630858

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Sea Trials Successfully Completed: Italian Navy Aircraft Carrier Achieves F-35B Airworthiness Certification Italy’s aircraft carrier ITS Cavour, the flagship of the Marina Militare (Italian Navy), has successfully completed the “sea trials” for the operational use of the F-35B, the STOVL (Short Tak...
by brar_w
26 Mar 2021 07:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

It does matter because the said official is no longer a GOTUS employee but a private consultant. Many of the approaches he championed were severely impacted by Congressional actions and there are some highly capable folks trying to navigate all this and fix some of the mistakes. It would be helpful ...
by brar_w
26 Mar 2021 06:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

AFWERX was the brain child of a currently serving acquisition official in the DOD with a non USAF background (but who has spent a few of the last years in the AF). Will Roper was at the right place, at the right time, with the right acquisition authority to pick these initiatives. Many of the acq. a...
by brar_w
26 Mar 2021 05:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Will Roper oversaw exactly 2 end to end budget processes (FY19 and FY20) during his tenure (excluding FY21 because those investments haven't yielded results yet) and only one of them actually fully manifested in demonstrations by the time he left. Most efforts that he constantly spoke about were alr...
by brar_w
24 Mar 2021 19:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

AI-Controlled F-16s Are Now Working As A Team In DARPA's Virtual Dogfights https://www.thedrive.com/content-b/message-editor%2F1616459233966-screenshot2021-03-23at00.51.37.jpg?quality=60 The goal of bringing artificial intelligence into the air-to-air dogfighting arena has moved a step closer with ...
by brar_w
24 Mar 2021 03:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 2353
Views: 432424

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Project Pele is going to be essential for the survival of large-medium sized operational air-bases in the Pacific and to a lesser extent CENTCOM. If they can't get this offset technology to deliver then that is probably going to mean they'll have to continue to fragment and invest in more expensive,...

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