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by brar_w
16 Dec 2017 17:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Who gets to buy the JSF is not a democratic decision taken by the consortium members. The JSF is a US product which other members decided to join in funding development of in return for work-share, access to a 5th generation fighter program etc. Who is offered the JSF is not decided by the program a...
by brar_w
16 Dec 2017 05:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Red Flag 17-3 Flight Operations

by brar_w
15 Dec 2017 19:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 1689
Views: 244363

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

What about France setting up a huge A-320 plant in China? What about it? Russia is v.wary about giving them their very latest eqpt.like stealth fighters- offered to us in the FGFA JV instead. The Chinese are as we speak likely training to operate the Su-35, which is the most capable Russian fighter...
by brar_w
15 Dec 2017 18:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 1689
Views: 244363

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

China is an established economic giant that shares a common geopolitical adversary with Russia. Russia on the other hand is a much much smaller economy where nearly a 5th of the manufacturing jobs come from the A&D sector. With a domestic slowdown in economic growth it is all but natural for Rus...
by brar_w
15 Dec 2017 04:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Boeing's teaser for a Dec. 19 unveil -

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by brar_w
14 Dec 2017 18:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News and Discussion
Replies: 2953
Views: 320387

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

A very detailed article and update on the DDG-52 FLT III program and the Air and Missile Defense Radar from Jane's Navy International's Chris Cavas (paywall). Posting a portion specific to the SPY-6 / AMDR below. Also of note, Raytheon is also giving a pretty good estimate on where it is in terms of...
by brar_w
14 Dec 2017 16:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 406
Views: 53267

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Viv,Spice jet is acquiring over 100 seaplanes for commercial services and the PM just took a ride in one.Pray do they have 3M wave sea state capability ? Would that be because commercial sea-planes do takeoffs and landings from shallow coastlines (in seas and occeans) or placid waters (in lakes and...
by brar_w
14 Dec 2017 05:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3445
Views: 470352

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

No satellites here, but all this is very close to what brar_w has mentioned multiple times. Tracking CBGs during peacetime is one thing, tracking them during war, especially when the other party has decided to initiate hostilities will be entirely something else. One must also understand what the o...
by brar_w
14 Dec 2017 04:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Lockheed Martin now seen with edge in race to supply Canada jets OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s decision to make it harder for Boeing Co to win a major jet order hands rival plane maker Lockheed Martin Corp an advantage in capturing the contract, defense experts said on Wednesday.That would mark a rev...
by brar_w
13 Dec 2017 17:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 533
Views: 70950

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

I think some exaggeration going on, I am sure the AIm-120 C-7 has its share of problems. I think Astra will have a gretaer range than the Aim-120 C-7 and certainly better than the PAf's Aim-120 C5. On the topic of reliability, no system, eastern or western, 1st generation or 3rd generation, is immu...
by brar_w
13 Dec 2017 17:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

This may just be for initial jets since at the end of the day it is the JPO and LMA that guarantee the quality of the aircraft produced by their partner members. This also involves some dynamic testing iirc where the capacity may not have yet been set up in Japan. The Italians to the best of my know...
by brar_w
13 Dec 2017 15:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

It is a political decision taken by the government after abruptly deciding to do a sole source buy after promising a competitive acquisition since they were politically opposed to a sole source buy and made reversing it a political promise. Even the decision to buy an interim batch of Super Hornets ...
by brar_w
12 Dec 2017 16:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Some slides from the 43rd Air Armament Symposium held in the US last month. One of the first presentations to disclose a multi-team award for the SAC Missile which now looks like a USAF Aim-9 replacement and an AMRAAM complementary system. https://s2.postimg.org/60lkd2b3t/AFRLHaase2017.jpg https://s...
by brar_w
12 Dec 2017 15:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Difference with what exactly? Aim-9X-2 costs just about that and more once you factor in FMS sales, support, logistics etc.
by brar_w
12 Dec 2017 03:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Just as a datapoint- the AIM-9M costs $107,000 per missile, whereas the AIM-9X costs $172,000 per missile. The End Item URF on the Aim-9X (BII) for the combined USDOD Program of record (USAF and DON purchase) covering 6000 missiles through 2026/2028 is roughly $450,000 in 2011 constant dollars as p...
by brar_w
11 Dec 2017 21:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 793
Views: 54159

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

For many yes but not likely for all. I know that the US forces themselves had to modify the software and in some instances the hardware on their surveillance radars (that operate in the L-band) to be better at identifying the really slow flying cheap UAVs since at their baseline these sensors either...
by brar_w
11 Dec 2017 19:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 793
Views: 54159

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Additional information on the Unmanned payload being proposed for Growler Block II - Northrop executive: Navy may incorporate new unmanned system for Growler Block II The Navy may consider using a new unmanned aerial vehicle created through a joint venture between Northrop Grumman and VX Aerospace a...
by brar_w
11 Dec 2017 17:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 533
Views: 70950

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Those are contracts that involve the aircraft, user defined support, weapons, and logistical deals, host country commitments etc. Overall all three of the aircraft listed would be in the general $90 - $120 Million Fly-Away cost range given the technology, production rates and cost structures. Qatar ...
by brar_w
09 Dec 2017 18:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Next wave of Research and Development for USAF funded Next Generation Propulsion technology areas:- USAF Unveils Future Power Research Plan Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Nov 29, 2017 , p. 6 Guy Norris Some pictures added to the article now - http://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationweek.co...
by brar_w
09 Dec 2017 05:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2811
Views: 233922

Re: International Military Discussion

Sticker price shock! Poland surprised by high price tag for its long await Patroit purchase The author fails to mention a couple of things. The program was to take place in two phases with I following the more ambitious second phase that included the 360 degree GaN AESA radar (first export customer...
by brar_w
08 Dec 2017 22:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Bell V-280 Inching To First Flight Slower Than Hoped ; Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Dec 08, 2017 Bell Helicopter is progressing toward first flight of the V-280 Valor slower than hoped, having missed the target months of September, October and November. The advanced tiltrotor prototype for ...
by brar_w
08 Dec 2017 21:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 2285
Views: 354887

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

No one in an official capacity has ever said (to the best of my knowledge) that "rockets are on their way out". Precision guided rockets are part of the US Army rotary winged fleet, and have as recently as this summer been successfully integrated and deployed on the USAF F-16 and A-10s, an...
by brar_w
08 Dec 2017 16:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Japan seems to be making a push into medium-long range Air launched cruise missiles for its fighters force. They could acquire the Joint Strike Missile, JASSM-ER, and the LRASM for their F-15J and F-35A fleets: Using Google to translate - President announced the introduction of defense minister long...
by brar_w
08 Dec 2017 06:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

The easiest way for Israeli OEMs to integrate their weapons is to switch to the Universal Armament Interface which will move to Air-Air weapons shortly, and will be brought into the F-35 in the early block-4 build. With UAI, the software and mission-computer integration bit is made much simpler so t...
by brar_w
08 Dec 2017 01:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 533
Views: 70950

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Order another 36 Rafales, get a MROU facility at Mihan and India could service Qatari Rafales as well


The way ME nations buy fighters (akin to Emirates and Qatar airways buying widebodies) HAL should fancy them also picking up 3 dozen LCAs while they are at it :)
by brar_w
08 Dec 2017 00:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

This is why they want these - http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/focus-analysis/naval-technology/2692-turkish-navy-future-lhd-model-showcased-with-f-35b-stovl-aircraft-at-idef-2015.html Remains to be seen if and when they actually do field this capability. Getting into the carrier business eve...
by brar_w
07 Dec 2017 21:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Next wave of Research and Development for USAF funded Next Generation Propulsion technology areas:- USAF Unveils Future Power Research Plan Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Nov 29, 2017 , p. 6 Guy Norris Some pictures added to the article now - ADVENT Test setup - Adaptive engine work under ATT...
by brar_w
07 Dec 2017 18:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 793
Views: 54159

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Apparently, USAF has selected the Northrop Grumman's Gallium Nitride X-Band AESA radar for the JSTARS replacement. Platform and lead integrator is still to be chosen (sensor was competed separately). U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman Radar For J-Stars In late November, industry officials confi...
by brar_w
07 Dec 2017 17:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 793
Views: 54159

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

This isn't a decoy. The USN although does not operate the MALD (which is much superior to the legacy TALD) they do have interest and at the last Northern Edge integrated their own Electronic attack payload into a modified MALD-J. They will likely acquire a thousand or so MALD-J built to their requir...
by brar_w
07 Dec 2017 16:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

F-35: 1, Super Hornet: 0 In Boeing’s Rift With Canada Lockheed Martin’s F-35 appears to have emerged the real winner from Boeing’s rift with Canada over Bombardier’s C Series passenger jetliner. Canada’s liberal government has reportedly decided to scrap its planned $5.2 billion purchase of new F/A...
by brar_w
07 Dec 2017 15:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 793
Views: 54159

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Northrop Tests Air-dropped UAV For EA-18G Growler Northrop Grumman has been performing flight demonstrations with a new foldout UAV that could someday drop from the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The UAV would deploy from an air-released canister and fly for about 10 hr. at 60 kt...
by brar_w
07 Dec 2017 04:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 427699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Those aircraft don't really have that much more life left in them than the ones the Canadians already operate. This will buy them at best 5-6 years of life extension for the classic hornet fleet but may allow the current government a "get out" ticket to go back to buying the aircraft their...
by brar_w
06 Dec 2017 23:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 2285
Views: 354887

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Ramana, someone else brought up TVM and SAGG which are different from command guidance and I merely pointed out that guidance has evolved since the 80's and 90's when these concepts were developed and that the ARH concept being spoken about is more advanced and opens up other possibilities down the ...
by brar_w
06 Dec 2017 21:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 793
Views: 54159

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Again, ignore the MSN/Gizmodo reports that focus on the SCO effort which was always to leverage just the HVP as I have been stating hear for over 1 year now. The EMRG is an S&T program led by the Office of Naval Research. It, as an S&T program still has a year or a half of development left b...
by brar_w
06 Dec 2017 21:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2177
Views: 151662

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

There is no protocol outside of link-16 when it comes to the standard and nature of the data that would be shared on the F-35. The possibilities are endless including the ones that the USAF has on its 10 year horizon that requires data-link capability that technologically isn't possible at the momen...
by brar_w
06 Dec 2017 20:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 2285
Views: 354887

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

^^ Logical and makes absolute sense. They should add an IIR channel as well for true-multi spectral performance. IIR channels already exist out there. SM2 IIIB/IVA and Stunner have/had RF/IIR (although only the former is really designed for the challenging AAW mission with Stunner is for low end TB...
by brar_w
06 Dec 2017 20:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2377
Views: 282737

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Readiness is always a balance between operational need and budgets. Unlike an airline, defense equipment does not generate revenue so planners have to strike a balance between what they need to maintain their national security and training commitments while not stressing their budgets to such an ext...
by brar_w
06 Dec 2017 20:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 2285
Views: 354887

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

You are correct. What Austin is describing is the follow on to SARH called TVM (Track via missile) where the seeker datalinks the received data back to the ground based system which compares the data & then commands it. This is the kind of system on Russian S-3XX SAMs, making them hard to jam. ...
by brar_w
06 Dec 2017 19:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 793
Views: 54159

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

^ ERCA in addition to extending range for currently used rounds also opens up the HVP from the EMRG to be used on the M777. Of course, as a stand-alone program the MTAR (I've posted details in the Artillery thread) has an objective of 100 km max range out of the triple seven (threshold of 70 km) but...

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