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by brar_w
15 Oct 2018 15:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 529
Views: 60317

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

^ The trials are going better than they expected. As per reports, SRVL's were not supposed to have been carried out until phase 2 of the trials. Next milestone would be an SRVL with an external load and envelope expansion.
by brar_w
14 Oct 2018 22:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

It is going to be a long time before you hear or see anything on that front. This is very much a 2030 time-frame program.
by brar_w
14 Oct 2018 21:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Yes the strategic fires cannon is something that they just received a green light to go ahead and begin doing the S&T on. However, as far as time frames are concerned, the ops fires missile (1400 mile hypersonic missile) will come into the picture earlier.
by brar_w
14 Oct 2018 19:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Ma Nature has been harsh on all gens Tyndall AFB's shelters were designed for Cat. 3 storms. Unfortunately for the folks there, and the people in the region, Micheal turned out to be 2 miles per hour shy of a Category 5 and the base was smack in the middle of it all. Preliminary assessment points t...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2018 02:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

All that stuff doesn't work on me because I've worked in the industry and know what goes on behind the scenes. Of course, it works on actual customers who are actually connected to the program, and the operators who fly it with more than half a dozen nations around the world (and who get access to ...
by brar_w
13 Oct 2018 23:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

A faulty fuel tube (quality escape most likely) is the likely culprit of the F-35B crash from last week. Somehow I doubt they would say there were problems found in the design of the engine itself as that would kill the entire program. It's always a faulty tube here or a loose nut there.. Yeah it i...
by brar_w
13 Oct 2018 18:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

It isn't quite simple. As your diagnostics are getting better, your systems are likewise getting more complex so unless there is a catastrophic failure which is quite obvious, or you have had a string of failures that point you towards one specific area, you have to really go and investigate because...
by brar_w
12 Oct 2018 15:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

AN/SPY-6 Update. Not mentioned here but Raytheon has spun off two additional radars from the SPY-6 AMDR. Both scaled radars, one meant as a rotating array that will be put on the new built L-Class ships and the future frigate, and one a fixed array that will go on the new CVNs. Raytheon’s AN/SPY-6(V...
by brar_w
12 Oct 2018 15:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

JSF was grounded couple of days ago Was an operational pause for each aircraft that underwent an inspection that lasted roughly 6 hours before they were cleared to fly. There were aircraft that were inspected and cleared for flight overnight. You can read about it two posts up. In this particular c...
by brar_w
12 Oct 2018 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

A faulty fuel tube (quality escape most likely) is the likely culprit of the F-35B crash from last week. Precautionary pause of all non essential F-35 missions until inspection to check the fuel pipe is complete. Italian F-35's, and some US F-35's have already gone through inspections and are back f...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2018 18:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2849
Views: 470586

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

My point was in reference to the capability that their new bomber is likely to possess as in they will likely also lol at other aspects such as perhaps speed or keep it as a long range high speed munition delivery platform
by brar_w
11 Oct 2018 17:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2849
Views: 470586

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

A bomber of b2 size and elo systems will be 500-1000 mil even made in china when cost of r&d and ip theft is counted A more democratic system like usa could afford 20 It wasn't like the US could only afford 20. The US bought 20. The B-2 was designed to replace a large legacy bomber fleet but th...
by brar_w
11 Oct 2018 00:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Here's NAMMO product :

by brar_w
10 Oct 2018 23:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The TCGMLRS is already good for 139 km so that will be fielded ahead of this round. The US Army and Marine Corpse has a requirement for 155mm howitzer capability beyond 100km vs the currently demonstrated 70 km with the M777 ER. The reason why they need these ranges on both systems (MLRS and cannon ...
by brar_w
10 Oct 2018 21:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

One of the first glimpses of Boeing's solution in the 155 mm Ramjet projectile which will likely compete with a similar solution offered by NAMMO. Although Boeing hasn't come out with its designed performance, NAMMO claims that it can reach a range of 100 km which is closer to the US Army's threshol...
by brar_w
10 Oct 2018 10:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

B-2 hot pit refueling -

by brar_w
10 Oct 2018 02:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

This is quite significant as there are over 130 Q-53's delivered or on order and it will be a substantial boost in capability. The radar is now the backbone of the US Army's Counter-fire/Target acquisition capability and Lockheed was pitching this upgrade in order to significantly boost the range of...
by brar_w
10 Oct 2018 00:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Raytheon, US Army upgrade Excalibur projectile Enhanced munition offers new attack angle, defeats moving targets TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Army completed development of a revolutionary capability for cannon artillery by upgrading the comba...
by brar_w
08 Oct 2018 18:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2849
Views: 470586

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

um wingtip ecm pods are gardenia, sorbstya etc are std on all russian flankers. that does NOT indicate any special growlah prowlah role. what one should look for is powerful pylon jammers and sensors using ram air turbines/small props to generate some or all of own power. and a large number of addi...
by brar_w
08 Oct 2018 16:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Marines connect F-35 jet to HIMARS rocket shot for first time The Corps has been experimenting with an innovative slew of ways to use its rocket precision artillery system known as HIMARS. And just recently, the Corps set another historic milestone: destroying a target by connecting an F-35B with a...
by brar_w
08 Oct 2018 16:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335222

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

Unless you have equally capable surveillance, fighter aircraft to challenge from the air, and long range interception capability (detect-track-target-destroy) you aren't going to be able to do much with just ground based air-defense systems. Pakistan is likely to get HQ9s in the coming years but ove...
by brar_w
07 Oct 2018 21:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335222

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

What's the advantage of fixed array over rotating array radar? For ballistic missile defense, the US Army prefers a fixed/staring array given the higher revisit rates against the most pressing targets that also require better discrimination (scenarios such as a ballistic missile raid on an airbase ...
by brar_w
07 Oct 2018 20:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335222

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

MBDA SAMP/T anti-air system with Aster 30 missiles - Why is it better than Patriot? SAMP/T as it currently stands cannot offer the entire breadth of the Patriot capability... Here is another strong indication of where the Patriot is headed. The incumbent for the radar (Raytheon) is not designing a ...
by brar_w
07 Oct 2018 20:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335222

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

Wait, don't the consider >50km as exo-atmospheric..? IIRC, 50km is considered as the boundary above which its difficult to get any meaningful control through aerodynamic controllers without having to retort to very high speeds and below which DACS would be rather ineffective due to the denser atmos...
by brar_w
07 Oct 2018 19:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335222

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

doesnt the US have a huge GBI ground based interceptor with a ceiling of 2000km to hit ICBMs ? Yes GBI is for those sort of threats (Upper IRBM to ICBM) but those are from fixed sites and protect against threats coming from the West. THAAD on the other hand is not a homeland defense system, it is d...
by brar_w
07 Oct 2018 19:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335222

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

If I am correct THAAD has only one kind of missile as of now, right..? I think THAAD couldn't be put to use with its existing missile against endo-atmospheric interception due to limitation of DACS system. THAAD can intercept both within the atmosphere, and outside the atmosphere. The envelope that...
by brar_w
05 Oct 2018 22:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Raytheon, Saab demonstrating new guided Carl-Gustaf munition for US Army TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Swedish aerospace and defense firm Saab are demonstrating a new guided munition for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable, shoulder-launched weapon system und...
by brar_w
05 Oct 2018 19:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

U.S. Navy Readies F/A-18E/F, EA-18G Display Upgrade Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Oct 03, 2018 https://i.postimg.cc/4x01s6nN/LAD.png U.S. Navy officials are close to awarding Boeing a contract to deliver a redesigned cockpit for the Block III version of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft sche...
by brar_w
05 Oct 2018 18:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Getting close to demonstrating its speed design performance: Maximum cruise speed with weapons - 220 knots Maximum cruise speed clean - 235 knots Maximum dash speed - 245-250 knots Elh0IM7Zp2U Also relevant because the US Army this week also launched the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competi...
by brar_w
05 Oct 2018 04:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

U.S. Army moves closer to commissioning M777ER howitzer after latest test The U.S. Army fired a modified M777 howitzer double its previous range, bringing the service one step closer to delivering the prototype Long Range Cannon capability. According to Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, Army Rapid Capabilities...
by brar_w
04 Oct 2018 22:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

^ Really? Is that also why the USAF chose Boeing's MH-139? :) Is that also why Boeing keeps offering the Silent Eagle even though no one in the USAF is even remotely interested? If anything, Boeing is a master at offering re-packaged products over the last few decades because that was what they coul...
by brar_w
03 Oct 2018 15:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Interesting, the USAF chief flying the Tejas Trainer intrigued me, I guess it had something to do with thier Trainer aircraft purchase where they want a Light 4G fighter as a trainer for their 4G birds. I find it tough to fathom how that would have had any bearing given that the performance require...
by brar_w
02 Oct 2018 09:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4226
Views: 372569

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

The KA-52K is a superb heavy attack helo, naval variant but after the Mistral fiasco with the French, Russia has no platforms.The IN should take a close look at this bird for its planned amphibs as Egypt has snapped up the lot along with the Mistrals. Is there a stated requirement for a heavy attac...
by brar_w
01 Oct 2018 08:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 974
Views: 89715

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Bulk contract awarded for 10 DDG-51 Flight III destroyers with options for an additional 5 under the same authorization. Navy awards HII, Bath Iron Works multiyear contracts for 10 destroyers The Navy last week awarded two multibillion-dollar procurement contracts, one to Huntington Ingalls Industri...
by brar_w
30 Sep 2018 22:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 529
Views: 60317

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Right and at a significantly higher cost as well. They are going from a Harrier capability to an F-35B capability. The latter delivers better range/payload than the F/A-18 while delivering higher performance than both it and the Harrier. This even if one simply excludes the Low-Observability and the...
by brar_w
30 Sep 2018 21:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 529
Views: 60317

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Yeah there was the last minute scramble to price out a launch system and catapults and it was cost prohibitive for the Brits. They would have really have had to trade away one of the two carriers to get to that configuration. As it is, the ship doesn't even come standard with ESSM/CAMM/RAM so they n...

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