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by brar_w
17 Apr 2018 18:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 885
Views: 76993

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Yes O&S accounts have been raided to balance other needs but I wouldn't blame just Obama. The BCA and sequestration was a bi-partisan deal and it happened to coincide with and right after high tempo of deployments and operations in Iraq and later Iraq and Syria. Traditionally on the tail end of ...
by brar_w
17 Apr 2018 16:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 885
Views: 76993

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

This F-22 incident is the only known one to have occurred in the last few weeks and months. I don't usually read random comments but there is absolutely zero information on any other F-22 incident of this or similar nature. This was first reported by the Warzone.
by brar_w
17 Apr 2018 15:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 403
Views: 43971

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Italian Air Force finalises AARGM OT&E campaign The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has finalised the operational evaluation and testing (OT&E) of its AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Block 1 supersonic air-to-surface missile system with a live f...
by brar_w
17 Apr 2018 15:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 885
Views: 76993

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

@SIngha, as I said the tanker mission planners have to not only account for the number of aircraft that were put up (8, 13 etc) but also those that were on standby and other contingencies that may involve other assets to be put up as well such as combat search and rescue, more escorts, diverts etc e...
by brar_w
16 Apr 2018 23:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 591
Views: 60787

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

That is not going to be possible in case a demonstration is required. The IAF will not be able to evaluate the higher rated engine because one does not exist, nor is one funded to completion and flight testing. This will be based on a "promise to develop an enhanced engine" and as such wou...
by brar_w
16 Apr 2018 23:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3173
Views: 350245

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

All those GE enhancements have been well discussed here, but the point stands that none of that work is currently funded to completion. The USN in its Block III Shornet road-map chose not to pick up engine enhancements, choosing instead to buy more aircraft. South Korea has picked the F414 but have ...
by brar_w
16 Apr 2018 15:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3173
Views: 350245

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

That was what I was getting at as well. There was a good reason that the F-22, F-35 and the SU-57 went on to develop dedicated next-generation engines. While the enhancements to the F414 will increase its overall thrust, the jury is still out that if and when they are actually funded, how much enhan...
by brar_w
16 Apr 2018 15:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1357
Views: 159473

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

I don't see any section where the author attempts to list sources for his performance assumptions, nor do I see anything about who the author is. That said, the SM6, in the context of the USN concept of operations, is used primarily against shooters and and against anti-ship missiles during their cr...
by brar_w
16 Apr 2018 14:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3173
Views: 350245

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

With 2 x GE-F414 the margins would be rather tight when it comes to weight, drag and thrust required to obtain useful supercruise. It is certainly possible but they will have to hit very strict targets when it comes to those. Keep in mind that on 5th generation aircraft, the bay, RCS considerations ...
by brar_w
16 Apr 2018 14:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 885
Views: 76993

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

in contrast the distance from aviano to cyprus is 2100km and the american ships launching into syria would be west of that . they were protected by 4 x 15c and 4 x f16c in a2a loadout. mainly the presence of the weak f16s needed large scale tanker support to fly them out and return them back. our s...
by brar_w
15 Apr 2018 17:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread

Requests ARE being made to acquire current generation hardware but the americans are rejecting it using the "co-development" counter-proposal. The purpose of the DTTI is not clear and neither is their designation of india as "major defence partner". I suspect that all this theat...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 23:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 885
Views: 76993

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

There will be some missions you just cannot accomplish with missiles because you would not have that many because it is just not about how many you can use but how many you have to buy and stock up, then move around during the time of need. As the number of targets spikes up due to Class I through l...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 23:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread

Requests to the US Government can be made by two interested parties - The end user who may wish to acquire the capability and the OEM who may wish to obtain clearances in order to further its interests for specific offers or potential sales. GOTUS just doesn't randomly approve X when it has not been...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 20:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

@Shyam, I am not really taking sides in what Russia should or should not do or wishing for Russian targets to be struck or trying to predict Russians using tactical nukes or ballistic missiles of their own against US forces. etc etc All I was trying to say was that in most, if not all, instances so ...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 19:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

which means Ru is OK with US roasting Sy as far Ru assets/base are intact. Russia will do what is in its best interest, not what is best in Assad's or Tehran's interest (but of course there will be an overlap in interests). There are professional Russian and US/Coalition forces operating in the reg...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 19:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

was S 400 or anything of that sort used or Ru is fine with US roasting Syria? No Russian systems were used and there were deconfliction channels open during the operation. This was similar to what happened with Israeli strikes where Israel had communication channels open with Russia (but Iranians f...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 19:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

Overall Missile count claimed to have been used -

Tomahawk - 66 Missiles
SCALP/SH - 20 Missiles
JASSM-ER - 19 Missiles

https://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/Syria/

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by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 18:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

You are the one who claimed there are lots of images of Scud Bodies and motors shown over the years , So please so us the lots of images of Scud bodies and motors you claim that are lots of those because I saw less then dozen of those I was referring to the recent operations in the ME not going bac...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 18:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

Sorties and targeting are based on the need. Israel has successfully ended the Nuclear ambitions of two of its neighbors in the past. If there is actually a need for them to fly and strike targets that they cannot successfully target using stand-off weapons they surely will do that. Of course, the r...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 18:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

Oh come on show me all the video of the Scud intercepted by Patriots during both Gulf War along with the debris of the Scud fallen ......... I don't need to show that evidence. The Gulf war was over 25 years ago, and there are official reports pointing to the challenges and the lack of overwhelming...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 18:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

They will appear eventually in couple of days or weeks time Right but there are alternative theories as well. Last time, when no images appeared of dozens of alleged missiles shot down the theories of some here were that they either just failed and fell in the water or that they were quite snuck ou...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 18:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

As a tally, so far we have one debris, alleged to show a TLAM, and one quite positively shows a SCALP/SH. Neither show any visual evidence of blast fragment damage (of course cannot rule anything out as more images would be needed and they need to search for relevance). We also have a bunch of video...
by brar_w
14 Apr 2018 16:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

First footage showing direct hits on #US cruise missiles by #Syrian air defense missiles in #Damascus. https://twitter.com/AlSuraEnglish/status/985009869567672320 Looks like one SAM launched and it managed to down 4 missiles. Also great work by the video maker in being able to determine the nationa...
by brar_w
13 Apr 2018 18:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News and Discussion
Replies: 3115
Views: 375097

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

100th P-8 Enters Production Line Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Apr 12, 2018 , p. 6 LONDON—The 100th Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft has entered final assembly. The aircraft, which is receiving its wings and tail at Boeing’s plant in Renton, will be delivered to the U.S. Navy thi...
by brar_w
13 Apr 2018 14:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11415
Views: 661425

Re: Levant crisis - III

Must say this is getting quite amusing now that we are throwing random tweets into the mix as well (tactical nukes, and wanting US missiles to strike Russians was not enough apparently). Of course, Any strikes, if they happen at all, will require the US and allies informing the Russians of them in a...
by brar_w
13 Apr 2018 02:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 403
Views: 43971

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

F-35 System Design and Development's test program concluded yesterday with the last test-point and objective, involving F-35C , having been accomplished. Overall, > 9000 sorties, > 17,000 flight-hours, and 183 weapon drops. It took them 11 years and to wrap up SDD flight-testing and accomplish the 6...
by brar_w
12 Apr 2018 15:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2480
Views: 400384

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Of relevance here are the Type-2 and Type-3 MRBM target development efforts. https://www.mda.mil/global/documents/pdf/targets.pdf Do note, that much of the DF-21 and the concepts they have latched on too are offshoots of the Pershing-II effort from the late 1980s which was one of the reasons we have...
by brar_w
10 Apr 2018 19:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 403
Views: 43971

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

GA-ASI Sets RPA Industry Record With Help From Worldwide Customers Base SAN DIEGO – 9 April 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that its Predator®-series family of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), encompassing Predator, Predator B, Gray Eagle, and Avenger® lin...
by brar_w
10 Apr 2018 18:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 885
Views: 76993

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

DARPA, wins the Acronym game in the US DOD (hands down) followed closely by the OSD/SCO run projects :). Annie Jacobsen's excellent book on the organization is full of some really cool and some really weird ones throughout its history.
by brar_w
10 Apr 2018 14:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News and Discussion
Replies: 3115
Views: 375097

Re: International Naval News and Discussion



Interesting tidbit on at sea testing of EMALS - 747 successful launches at sea..
by brar_w
09 Apr 2018 22:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 885
Views: 76993

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Turrent of oto is heavy and mounting it to any platform will be a challenging , Oto Berada has developed one however. Also it is not cheap by any means, you are talking about that costs as much as a SPG (3-6 million). It is interesting concept but hasn’t got any interest from anyone. Russia is also...
by brar_w
09 Apr 2018 22:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4062
Views: 733001

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Turrent of oto is heavy and mounting it to any platform will be a challenging , Oto Berada has developed one however. Also it is not cheap by any means, you are talking about that costs as much as a SPG (3-6 million). It is interesting concept but hasn’t got any interest from anyone. Russia is also...
by brar_w
09 Apr 2018 21:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2480
Views: 400384

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

It is an iteration of the concept art that has been doing the rounds for quite some time now and appears to be similar to one of the designs shortlisted but never produced on the US ATF program decades ago. https://thediplomat.com/2015/07/china-wants-to-develop-a-new-long-range-strategic-bomber/ Her...
by brar_w
09 Apr 2018 18:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 403
Views: 43971

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Australia receives first ‘full combat’ F-35As Australia has received a further batch of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs), and the first to be fitted with the latest ‘full combat’ software. Three conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35As (AU-3 to AU-5) were delive...
by brar_w
09 Apr 2018 17:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1819
Views: 352147

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Tsarkar, I was not talking about the AW&ST article or it's author but others who take stuff out of context and don't have any background that will assist them in the accurate interpretation of official reports. I have written about these and other issues in the past but in the end there will alw...
by brar_w
09 Apr 2018 16:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1819
Views: 352147

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

there have been experiments with F-18 sending inflight updates to a few GPS guided munitions in flight by somehow obtaining the changing GPS co-ordinates of moving targets (dont know how its done) . not sure this capability is fielded or they use a cheaper option like a maverick missile or a hellfi...
by brar_w
09 Apr 2018 16:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 403
Views: 43971

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

there have been experiments with F-18 sending inflight updates to a few GPS guided munitions in flight by somehow obtaining the changing GPS co-ordinates of moving targets (dont know how its done) . not sure this capability is fielded or they use a cheaper option like a maverick missile or a hellfi...

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