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by brar_w
19 Oct 2019 08:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

F-15 EX cockpit - https://i.postimg.cc/JnQ6PScH/8-C451805-9309-40-B6-A99-A-17-E39-E9572-C9.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/RFmp1vfz/455-F88-E6-CCBC-4-B1-A-BBB2-A07089-A85496.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/PqYF8CC4/2-DEC7101-9-A79-4-FF6-8-A29-A666-C990-D623.jpg
by brar_w
19 Oct 2019 04:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 818635

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

A really nicely done briefing from Sean O’Connor on Chinese strategic air defenses..Sharing a few slides from the video presentation - https://i.postimg.cc/RF6MqB2x/China31.png https://i.postimg.cc/SKtSysTG/China-30.png Small dark red circles and icons – HQ-2 Large red circles and icons – S-300P ser...
by brar_w
19 Oct 2019 03:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The AIM-120D has barely entered export and it is going to be highly unlikely that the PAF gets its hand on them within the next decade. Perhaps in the latter part of 2020's when it becomes the only AMRAAM variant in production and when the US stops buying the weapon. But given that China connection,...
by brar_w
19 Oct 2019 03:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Maybe my eyes are deceiving me but it looks nothing like an LCH. If at all, with the silhouette and internal bay, it does bring back memories of the Comanche but with stub wings, which Bell has used off and on, since there are no RCS related KPPs unlike the Comanche.
by brar_w
19 Oct 2019 02:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The Bell invictus 360 is a really solid and well balanced design that is going to be very very difficult to beat on cost by the other 3 offerings in the mix. lockheed/sikorsky is chasing the very high end of the requirements and that almost inevitably leads to a cost premium. The other two proposals...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2019 22:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

AUSA 2019: Boeing, Saab conduct long-range GLSDB firing; Jane's Missiles & Rockets Boeing Defense, in partnership with Saab Dynamics, on 26 September conducted a long-range test firing of the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) from the Andøya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. The Andøya...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2019 20:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The problem with that from a design perspective is that the F-22A produces just about as much thrust dry as the KFX will with full afterburners. This will put tremendous pressure on the design team when it comes to weight, internal fuel capacity and drag. Same with the extreme right end of the envel...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2019 19:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1556
Views: 237968

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Raytheon wins US Army’s LTAMDS prototyping contract There was a question looming in the air during this year’s Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference: which company would win the coveted contract to replace the Patriot air and missile defence radar? Just hours after the show ...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2019 18:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The design looks like something influenced by Lockheed Martin, which would be logical since they received assistance as an F-35 offset. The 2020s version of this aircraft is a 4.5 generation fighter without an internal weapons bay or flush mounted sensors. All of the stuff that is expected to make i...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2019 10:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

I have posted these before and we have discussed these in depth here over the years. I believe if you use search you may even be able to dig up the paper I had posted from the AN/APY-9 design and integration team. Yes impressive capability , not new but well proven and actively used as a test agains...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2019 08:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Sierra Nevada ready to complete assembly of first Dream Chaser spacecraft LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) says it’s ready to proceed into final assembly and testing of its first Dream Chaser cargo spacecraft, as the company retains plans to eventually develop a crewed version of...
by brar_w
18 Oct 2019 08:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

NASA’s Supersonic X-59 QueSST Coming Together at Famed Factory In the high desert of California, where some of the most important aircraft in aviation history have been built and flown, the next airplane destined to take its place among those aeronautical icons continues to take shape on a legendar...
by brar_w
17 Oct 2019 06:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 449
Views: 115681

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

. So you're advocating that instead of incremental capability addition via blocks or tranches, the best way to do is to set a baseline that is approximately at the level of the Gripen E, and try to attain that. That was the way that the LCA Mk1 was designed and sadly as delays built in trying to at...
by brar_w
17 Oct 2019 01:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474040

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

It is not about working as one all the time but having access to what the most cutting edge stuff that is happening in the sphere. In this case, Lockheed and Northrop grumman have both been pioneers when it comes to stealth and both enjoy a very high level of technical ability and success when it co...
by brar_w
17 Oct 2019 00:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 449
Views: 115681

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Number of design teams is dependent on the work unless one is willing to fund them without any in which case it is difficult to retain top talent. When work shrinks they tend to consolidate. Case in point, Russia has seen major consolidation across its fighter design base. US is now left with just 4...
by brar_w
17 Oct 2019 00:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474040

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

That may be a hypothetical scenario. In real life however, an overwhelming majority of the top air-forces or combat forces out there have moved, or are moving towards incorporating VLO into their force structure at a pace commensurate with their budgets, threats, and technical abilities. Everyone fr...
by brar_w
16 Oct 2019 22:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 818635

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

The interesting part is in terms of fighter strength, USAF probably has only 200 more jets than PLAAF! USAF (based on wiki) F22+F15+F16+F35+A10 comes to around 1800 PLAAF is 1500 to 1600. If the Chini produce like crazy for the next 10 years, chances are it will reach 2200-2400 jets, with F7 retire...
by brar_w
16 Oct 2019 20:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474040

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

There are people whose sole job is to conceptualize counter stealth technologies, prototype them and see how effective they are and use the said technologies or the results from their development to inform and guide investments into stealth. Some of these teams have been working on this for more tha...
by brar_w
16 Oct 2019 05:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1304
Views: 233733

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Just look at historic growth between test points and flight test hours between the F-16, F-18E, F-22 and F-35 dev/ops test programs. There is no chance in hell that KAI can actually fashion together a development and operational test program of a proper 5th generation multi-role fighter (with IWB, ...
by brar_w
16 Oct 2019 05:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 449
Views: 115681

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

F-35 cockpit and sensor fusion is constantly evolving through block 4 and block 5 and will constantly be upgraded in a 2-4 year cycle through the next 10-15 years ( instead of a formal MLU). There is nothing one can do to make the cockpit objectively better ( as opposed to different) as the F-35 pro...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 19:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1556
Views: 237968

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

I too envisioned a really big cannon artillery system (Project Babylon) but apparently that is not necessarily the case here. The head of the LRPF portfolio has in the past mentioned that the system is going to have to be C17/C5 air-lift compatible, and while it is not going to be as mobile as say a...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 19:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474040

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

Katare wrote:In short, can’t polish Om Puri into Aishwarya Rai. Ashwarya Rai has to be Aishwarya Rai from birth!!!


And the performance of those “we have sensible VLO too” marketing campaigns from Dassault, Boeing and SAAB as they postured to take on 5th gen fighters proves that.
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 19:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 55639

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

In what aspects will the LCA Mk2 cockpit be ahead of the F-35? Do look at his SPORT video.. I think same cockpit (that was adapted for SPORT, probably from HALBIT) will be carried over to Tejas Mk2 MWF.... In that video he also mentions a long range ALCM being developed.. the pictures of this ALCM ...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 17:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1517
Views: 442006

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

As I mentioned in my previous post, none of GEs military engines are ITAR free as far as I know. If you have evidence to the contrary, please share it. ameriki companies were surreptitiously working in iraq even the day before the attacks using non ameriki personnel. A classmate of mine was deploye...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 17:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1556
Views: 237968

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Strategic, long-range cannon preps to jump its first tech hurdle The U.S. Army is wading into a major science and technology development area to build a strategic, long-range cannon — one that can shoot a projectile 1,000 nautical miles — and plans to put the program through its first test soon, ac...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 17:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 55639

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

In what aspects will the LCA Mk2 cockpit be ahead of the F-35?
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 08:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1517
Views: 442006

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

None of GE's Military products are ITAR proof. Companies have gone around ITAR. Northrop sold airport surveillance radar components to Iran about 10 years back. As I mentioned in my previous post, none of GEs military engines are ITAR free as far as I know. If you have evidence to the contrary, ple...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 07:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3401
Views: 495498

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Officially, the Lightning Carrier concept maiden deployment with 20 x F-35 Bs on an LHA is not due till 2022 but they may be interested pushing it up a bit especially now that they are deploying nearly as many US aircraft on HMS QE AC for its maiden deployment in 2021. F-35Bs are now nearly constant...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 06:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1556
Views: 237968

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Raytheon goes big with Patriot radar replacement Raytheon unveils next generation radar system https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/bTEapvyEO8j1rm7PADrMXBjO8_4=/1200x0/filters:quality(100)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-mco.s3.amazonaws.com/public/VPPMCBRQQNA4TLT6SKAAEIEEFI.jpg https://defence-blog.com/wp-c...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 05:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3764
Views: 345848

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Yes for now. The C-5 fleet for the USAF is being upgraded which will add life and improve reliability. There are more than 50 C-5A's at the boneyard that can be upgraded and brought back into the active duty if needed.The more than 200 C-17's don't need a replacement for some time still. USAF has fu...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 05:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3764
Views: 345848

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

THis is what prompted my question. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/airlift-tanker-annual/2018/10/26/could-the-air-force-restart-the-c-17-production-line/ Anything is possible if you throw enough money at the problem. But realistically, the cost-benefit is not there. USAF needs a co...
by brar_w
15 Oct 2019 00:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3764
Views: 345848

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

That ship has sailed.. the production site has been sold and the demand has moved and since there are partial alternatives available those will mop up whatever demand is projected in the interim. The USAF is upping its investments for the next strategic airlift technologies so that is where the inve...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2019 22:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1517
Views: 442006

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

None of GE's Military products are ITAR proof.
by brar_w
14 Oct 2019 17:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1556
Views: 237968

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

^^ Aviation Week's Analysis : Sikorsky Unveils Raider-X Proposal For FARA Armed Scout The coaxial rigid-rotor compound helicopter is a development of the S-97 Raider prototype now in flight testing. The Raider-X is about 20% larger, with a 14,000-lb. gross weight compared with 11,000 lb. for the S-9...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2019 17:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1556
Views: 237968

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Bell Unveils 360 Invictus As FARA Offering https://i.postimg.cc/wMJzNgd4/Be.jpg Lockheed/Sikorsky have revealed their entrant into the FARA competition. It's based on their smaller S-97 Raider (though appears quite a bit larger) which is currently flying and derives its technology form their X-2 pl...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2019 17:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1556
Views: 237968

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The US has already begun work on a 6th-gen fighter concept to enter service post 2030 replacing F-22s and F-35s.Brainstorming is going on to work out what exotic tech. is required and the sensors and weapon systems required.Britain and France ard also working on their 5+ concepts.When and where our...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2019 17:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 55639

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

The US has already begun work on a 6th-gen fighter concept to enter service post 2030 replacing F-22s and F-35s.Brainstorming is going on to work out what exotic tech. is required and the sensors and weapon systems required.Britain and France ard also working on their 5+ concepts.When and where our...
by brar_w
14 Oct 2019 00:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474040

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

It is best to avoid picturing a scenario where there is an Active Cancellation switch that one can flick on and the and turn the aircraft immune to every radar looking at it. As I said earlier, these EA suites are there for self-protection and don't do much beyond that. They will impact the PK of th...

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