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by brar_w
10 Jul 2020 21:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

And on their home grown Next Gen Program - Japan has created a timeline for the development and fielding of its locally made next-generation fighter jet, with serial production set to start at the beginning of the next decade. The Japanese Ministry of Defense presented the draft development plan for...
by brar_w
10 Jul 2020 19:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2799
Views: 673348

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^^^ Brar ji, good point. Though for the IN, we lack a good affordable medium range option until the Akash or QRSAM comes online. (Wonder if Trishul can be revived in any form?) Anything else would need to be imported. I wonder why we haven't looked at less expensive short range systems, like those ...
by brar_w
10 Jul 2020 18:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2799
Views: 673348

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Barak 8 : 0.5 to 100km HQ-10: 0.5 to 6km HQ-16: 1.5 to 40km HQ-9/B: 125/200km I think this is where most would like to be. You want to have some demarcation between the systems and the ability to tailor a load for long range engagements, medium range engagements and short range engagements for cost...
by brar_w
10 Jul 2020 12:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

MASSIVE F-35 notification just went out to US Congress for Japan to add more F-35's. 105 aircraft, mix of A's and B's, along with support, training, Performance Based Logistics and long term contractor and government support. I think this would put it among the top 3-5 FMS notifications ever to go t...
by brar_w
09 Jul 2020 10:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1715
Views: 311815

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

I dont usually drool over firang h/w - but Mq-25 is drool worthy ! It is a neat little aircraft especially given how much fuel, how far, it can offload which is going to be a game changer compared to using a fighter jet as a fuel station which is inefficient and limited to just the recovery mission...
by brar_w
09 Jul 2020 01:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1715
Views: 311815

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

That explains the gazillion contracts awarded or planned in support of the generic "Skyborg" effort of the USAF - U.S. Air Force Launches Three-Year Fielding Plan For Skyborg Weapon s The next combat aircraft to enter the U.S. Air Force inventory will not be a manned sixth-generation fight...
by brar_w
08 Jul 2020 18:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

^^ These are 25,000+ Transmit/Receive module (9+ sq. meter array) X-band Module Gallium Nitride AESA radars and are going to be the largest GaN powered X band radars in the world until the SBX is upgraded in a couple of years. Looking at the radar OEM's and the market at large, no one else, and poss...
by brar_w
06 Jul 2020 14:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4394
Views: 962016

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

2 CVN's in the SCS for a dual carrier ops is a very different thing. 2 carriers in a region is not atypical there. But dual ops is something the USN has done relatively rarely given global deployments (though they have of late picked this competency up). That 7 US CVN's out at sea was a rare event b...
by brar_w
06 Jul 2020 07:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4394
Views: 962016

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

2 CVN's and their associated air-wing, and a nuclear capable bomber in/over the South China Sea - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- One B-52 Stratofortress bomber from the 96th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, took off from home station and participated in a...
by brar_w
06 Jul 2020 01:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4706
Views: 1097964

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Any future Rafale purchase will not encounter delays as the procurement framework is already set. Price estimation inline with y.o.y. inflation and forex adjustments will be required and done quickly. Don't be so sure certain with that. For one, it is quite surprising that there weren't any options...
by brar_w
03 Jul 2020 20:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1715
Views: 311815

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

...in the Gulf war 1991 - it was the F117 did the first strike not a F15E.. Aditya ji, actually it was the AH64 Apaches guided in by the MH-53J Pave Lows, constituting Task Force Normandy , which fired the first shots (Hellfire, rockets and 30mm) in Desert Storm, knocking out two Iraqi radar statio...
by brar_w
03 Jul 2020 20:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4706
Views: 1097964

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

...in the Gulf war 1991 - it was the F117 did the first strike not a F15E.. Aditya ji, actually it was the AH64 Apaches guided in by the MH-53J Pave Lows, constituting Task Force Normandy , which fired the first shots (Hellfire, rockets and 30mm) in Desert Storm, knocking out two Iraqi radar statio...
by brar_w
03 Jul 2020 04:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2854
Views: 810894

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

How is the range extension to be achieved without a concomitant increase in size and fuel capacity? Aerodynamic efficiency, propulsion efficiency or a combination of both, assuming that the warhead size remains the same. JASSM went from a 400 km range ( std JASSM) to a 1,000 km range (JASSM-ER) and...
by brar_w
02 Jul 2020 19:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4394
Views: 962016

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Regarding that earlier discussion on the number of Chinese J-20's produced till date - Aviation Week has that # at 38. One thing not noted in the AvWeek's "narrowing combat aircraft gap" narrative is the fact that the US 5th Generation fighter fleet is growing at around 90-100 aircraft (pr...
by brar_w
02 Jul 2020 19:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

This is a major boost to distributed training capability using these very high fidelity simulators. This also gives them the opportunity to train alongside aircraft that they normally may not be because of classification or just the logistical complexities of getting together for extended training e...
by brar_w
02 Jul 2020 18:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

GE awarded F-15EX engine contract ahead of potential competition General Electric (GE) has been awarded USD101.3 million to launch engine production for the Boeing F-15EX Advanced Eagle combat aircraft, ahead of the US Air Force (USAF) potentially opening the requirement up to competition. The firm...
by brar_w
02 Jul 2020 18:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

~$28 million a pop including simulators and equipment. A decent capability for smaller air forces if you don't want to be in China's MIC orbit (~1,100 mile range, 3.7 tons stores). What does it do at 1,100 miles away? I wouldn't be surprised if the effective combat radius of the twin seater F/A-50 ...
by brar_w
02 Jul 2020 05:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3207
Views: 593569

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

The IAF is not in the business of fake posturing. They are looking forward to the aircraft arriving. All I am saying is that full integration into the IAF will take time. That is all. In a pinch you use whatever you have and disregard everything that comes in the way. But in every other situation, ...
by brar_w
02 Jul 2020 01:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Nations will continue to be attracted towards training solutions being upgraded to serve limited combat duties like a light attack aircraft, or a point defense fighter. The "two birds with one stone" argument resonates well with bean counters and fleet planners. This is the same reason why...
by brar_w
02 Jul 2020 01:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2158
Views: 303207

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

Can journalists not take a few minutes and just get educated on what "swarming" means in this context? And why this isn't it.
by brar_w
02 Jul 2020 01:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1756
Views: 331647

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

^^ Butowski confirms something that has been doing the rounds for quite a while - No more than 2 series ("pre-series"?? Is that LRIP-0??) aircraft are to be delivered in 2020. In fact it could be down to just 1 being delivered by the end of the year barring any last minute delays due to co...
by brar_w
01 Jul 2020 20:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 5742
Views: 546754

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/pm-shoulders-arms-to-china-in-10year-270bn-plan/news-story/1d130db628bde59abd6a02726bb94327 ‘Lethal’ capability in PM‘s $270bn defence plan Btw, note .. Mililatry satellite, SIGIntel, space-based intelligence and battlefield capability, underwater su...
by brar_w
01 Jul 2020 19:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3490
Views: 550394

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Laying the Foundation for EMALS on CVN 79, John F. Kennedy.

by brar_w
01 Jul 2020 18:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2158
Views: 303207

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

Su 35 offers a smooth upgrade and road map to 5th gen. There is a lot to unpack there. Why would anyone want to create a "roadmap" to 5th gen when they can acquire 5th gen? And between, the Rafale, MWF, and eventual MKI upgrades in the next 5-10 years, why would anyone advocate introducin...
by brar_w
01 Jul 2020 11:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2158
Views: 303207

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

That’s a good description of their strategy. They are learning a little, stealing a little and probably paying, Russia (Russians) on the side to produce these clones which are likely a mix of their learnings from their Russian gear and what is coming out of their own 4th and 5th gen programs. Would ...
by brar_w
01 Jul 2020 06:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

US appears to confirm expanded F-15QA buy for Qatar The United States appears to have confirmed an expanded procurement by Qatar of the Boeing F-15QA Advanced Eagle combat aircraft, with recent Department of Defense (DoD) articles and notifications referring to a larger number than officially contr...
by brar_w
01 Jul 2020 06:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3490
Views: 550394

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

It seems Japan is gunning for a 2025-2030 time-frame to operationalize a 5th gen naval fighter. This will probably allow for a more smoother transition from building/buying F-35A's to building/buying a mix of A's and B's. J apan begins refitting first of two Izumo-class carriers to support F-35B ope...
by brar_w
01 Jul 2020 05:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2158
Views: 303207

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

Why buy Su-35, if Su-30MKI can do the same thing? I'm not saying that the 35 needs to be purchased, I'm saying that the missile exists. And the mki/sm is definitely considered a potential platform, even by the russkis. The bars might need a tweak or two but doable IMHO. Thing is, they will try to e...
by brar_w
01 Jul 2020 01:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2158
Views: 303207

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

Admiral saab, that is so obviously a paid propaganda piece. Hypersonic AAM? Which the Su-35 can fire but the MKI conveniently cannot. Is this new magical hypersonic AAM larger than the AL Brahmos? Su 35 is a superb fighter and the pièce de résistance is it’s low RCS (between 1 - 3 sq metres) https:...
by brar_w
30 Jun 2020 20:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4394
Views: 962016

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Bell 407 is the parent design for the MQ-8C. When you take the human, and the associated sub-systems required to support crew, out you can increase range, endurance and payload. A UAV is just an unmanned craft. Size doesn't really matter and is dictated by mission needs. Most rotary winged UAV's are...
by brar_w
30 Jun 2020 19:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4394
Views: 962016

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

The MQ-8C was declared operational (ioc) last year and will go on its first full length deployment later this year. At FOC they intend on having an AESA radar and potentially even weapons (APKWS, Hellfire etc) in the future. About 40 are planned for the USN small surface combatant fleet to work alon...
by brar_w
30 Jun 2020 18:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4394
Views: 962016

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

^^ Interesting that the Chinese propoganda account on twitter wanted to compare it to the MQ-8B but not the C.
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by brar_w
30 Jun 2020 06:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

^thanks for the confirmation Brar.. how do the drdo aad/pad compare vs thaad? Iirc drdos next challenge was longer ranged 5k class bm... Comparisons needn't matter. BMD systems are designed around user requirements and specific threats. US has no ballistic missile threats coming from Canada or Mexi...
by brar_w
30 Jun 2020 02:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2158
Views: 303207

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

There is only one MRCA Rafale which will be bought in the lots of 44+36+34=114. Rest is just FUD. I highly doubt that it will happen this way. 36 rafale's by say 2025 and the remainder 34 by 2030? I don't see much point in receiving new built Rafales in 2030, given their price, knowing where the LC...
by brar_w
29 Jun 2020 22:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

American THAAD is still in Israel. In all likelihood we can see a THAAD in action in Ladakh and that will be a strong message to the dilly-dallying Russians. A simple compare of THAAD and S400 shows the deficiencies of THAAD, so what additional help do we expect by trying to deploy THAAD?(if the am...
by brar_w
29 Jun 2020 20:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 440
Views: 101586

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

^^ Reference the Piccirillo ATF/F-22 book to see what sort of industrial eco-system was needed, and created, as part of the Advanced Tactical Fighter program in the US in the 1980's and 1990's which formed the base for much higher level work down the road (and without which the JSF would have been i...
by brar_w
27 Jun 2020 22:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3490
Views: 550394

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The crew of carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) has spent 161 days at sea while on station in the Middle East – breaking a record set during the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, according to the Navy. The carrier and guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56) left Naval St...
by brar_w
27 Jun 2020 21:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4394
Views: 962016

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

https://i.imgur.com/SPb0qyY.jpg :rotfl: https://www.pilotonline.com/military/vp-nw-uss-ford-china-patch-20200626-xcuxzmqe7rcyxg7n4cn23f7vom-story.html The Chinese carrier is operational and just sent the global economy into a recession and shaved hundreds of billions of dollars. So its batman 1, an...
by brar_w
26 Jun 2020 18:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1789
Views: 342331

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Some pretty cool footage of the CH-47 and M777 LWH operations -


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