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by brar_w
21 Nov 2019 22:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1555
Views: 237579

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Around 460 aircraft are currently flying..the road to the next 500 will take roughly 3 or so years.. Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/APG-81 AESA Radar for the F-35 Lightning II Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered its 500th AN/APG-81 fire control radar for the F-35 Lightning II....
by brar_w
21 Nov 2019 19:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1555
Views: 237579

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

T-7A in the new markings-- https://www.boeing.com/resources/boeingdotcom/defense/t7a/gallery_new/t7a_gallery_new8_960x600.jpg https://www.boeing.com/resources/boeingdotcom/defense/t7a/gallery_new/t7a_gallery_new6_960x600.jpg https://www.boeing.com/resources/boeingdotcom/defense/t7a/gallery_new/t7a_g...
by brar_w
21 Nov 2019 14:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 1243
Views: 182339

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

Yeah that is not on the cards or likely to happen.
by brar_w
21 Nov 2019 09:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 669
Views: 144017

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Pickle sir, I am sorry your information is very flawed. 1. Superhornets are the main stay of every naval and airforce that operates it. 2. TEDBF will not be a super hornet. The former has to take off with full MTOW from a STOBAR which the latter can't. So, the former will be more like a Mig29k powe...
by brar_w
20 Nov 2019 21:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 1243
Views: 182339

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

Why can't the JSF be entered into the mmrca competition? Why is it not already entered in it.? There has been no Commercial sales campaign for the JSF till date. It is believed that this is not really allowed by the GOTUS at this point. LM, after viewing the various requests on the MMRCA 2.0, viewe...
by brar_w
20 Nov 2019 19:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1555
Views: 237579

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The USAF never wanted a particular/set length as a requirement (in fact, initially they wanted a smaller more simpler aircraft and it was the DON that wanted a larger, more capable aircraft). They wanted adherence to a set of KPP's. Those KPP's evolved over time as the three services aligned and as ...
by brar_w
19 Nov 2019 18:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 473886

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

kit wrote:
brar_w wrote:How will the IN Employ the Growlers from a STOBAR carrier?


from a future EMALS carrier., it is certainly not feasible with the vikrant


That carrier, if sanctioned, is probably 12-15 years out. The SH line will be long shut down by then.
by brar_w
19 Nov 2019 08:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 473886

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

How will the IN Employ the Growlers from a STOBAR carrier?
by brar_w
19 Nov 2019 04:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 473886

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

It is a factor or stand off range, the diversity of emitters you are trying to defeat or degrade, and other parameters like number or targets etc. The Next gen. jammer was re baseline and split into three because optimizing a pod around the most stressing requirements would befriend meant a pod sign...
by brar_w
19 Nov 2019 01:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 473886

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

There is no export variant of the Growler. There is just one program for the aircraft, and one program for the mission systems (jammers, internal communication systems, receivers, and other specialized equipment). Australia joined as a partner and continued the partnership through to the Next Genera...
by brar_w
18 Nov 2019 21:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1298
Views: 233230

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

F-35 Demo Team , Over Looking From the Sunrisemountain Aviation Nation 2019 Nellis AFB Air Show


by brar_w
16 Nov 2019 23:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3401
Views: 495366

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Lockheed Martin's Long Range Discrimination Radar derivatives finally get an official US Navy designation - AN/SPY-7(V)"X". The scalable GaN AESA is going to be operational, in its largest form in late 2020/early 2021, when the LRDR site in Alaska is expected to begin emitting. The "A...
by brar_w
13 Nov 2019 09:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 55595

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

For a f-35 b with 6 ton fuel and single engine but a powerful one the CR is 935 km clean. For f-35 a,c with 8 ton fuel CR is 1200 km. So for AMCA with 6.5 ton and twin engine we might end up with 1000 km range. GE engines are supposed to be more fuel efficient than Russian one That’s not a very log...
by brar_w
13 Nov 2019 00:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 55595

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

Indranil said the range radius at 600NM that is 1100 Km for 20 ton clean stealthy mission on internal fuel. I think that will also depend upon what roles the IAF assigns Indranil also hinted at the AMCA taking over the role of air dominance within the IAF, and it being increasingly important if the...
by brar_w
13 Nov 2019 00:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 55595

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

^^ Would depend upon what the payload required is for the Air Superiority missions. It should be quite decent if you're looking at a 4 Missile payload and have all internal sensors (i.e. no pods). Could match or exceed something like an LCA with a couple of bags and a similar weapons load. But if th...
by brar_w
13 Nov 2019 00:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 473886

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

Flying at 200 ft. may provide some comfort if your aim is to avoid a long range SAM up your tailpipe. However, on the flip side, unless you have other cooperative, survivable assets in the vicinity, it also completely kills any SA you may have on the Integrated Air Defense posture of your enemy. Wit...
by brar_w
12 Nov 2019 20:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 473886

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

Identifying, and mentally orienting to small aircraft in a large multi aircraft furball was one of the serious SA challenge identified during Vietnam war as well. Many a times they were forced into this because of inability to discriminate and classify targets at range. Advanced IFF, NCTR, and ACID ...
by brar_w
12 Nov 2019 03:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 1243
Views: 182339

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

Stand in or Escort jamming using a small SEF with some fairly small sized pods is going to get increasingly difficult in dense IADS scenarios where non VLO aircraft are going to be constantly battling between maintaining altitude or sensor reach. If you require a tactical escort jammer to maintain a...
by brar_w
11 Nov 2019 20:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 818335

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

After seeing this display it seems to me that the J-10B with TVC engine is almost like a Rafale & SU-30MKI rolled into one (for the cost of a single engine fighter!). With a decent avionics fit and reliable engine, this jet could be the ideal Paki counter for our Rafales & MKIs. The J-10B w...
by brar_w
09 Nov 2019 07:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1298
Views: 233230

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

[ BTW what is the status of the next-generation fighter program of the USAF..?? I expect it to be a true blue 6th generation fighter with a proper 6th generation engine on it, unlike the 5+ generation platforms like FCAS/Tempest. I don't see anyone other than the US having any visibility on 6th Gen...
by brar_w
06 Nov 2019 22:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1298
Views: 233230

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Major Milestone: Norway declares IOC for F-35A November 6th 2019 Norwegian air chief Brig. Gen. Tonje Skinnarland declared Norway's F-35As operational after completing a deployment in November meant to validate that they are able to operate the jets away from Norway's home base of Ørland Main Air S...
by brar_w
06 Nov 2019 22:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3401
Views: 495366

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Interesting that LRASM pre-checks have been performed on the P-8. I always thought that the NSM/JSM would be one on the first new weapons to be integrated given Norwegian involvement in the JPO for the MPA program and given it is likely more suitable for the platform.. In addition to the B-52 develo...
by brar_w
06 Nov 2019 06:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1555
Views: 237579

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

US Navy's roadmap for F-35C squadron workups, standing up new squadrons and carrier assignment and deployments. Interestingly, there is one Super Hornet squadron that will transition to the F-35C around 2024-2025. This is likely a unit that has older SH's which would probably enter Block III upgrade...
by brar_w
06 Nov 2019 06:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1298
Views: 233230

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

It would have to be the F-16 Block 72s that would have to go then..my understanding is that the Su-35 deal is going ahead, and they have already been spending on the KF-X program. Funny how it is so obvious as to which procurement project was going to go but that was not apparent to their Air Chief...
by brar_w
05 Nov 2019 18:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1298
Views: 233230

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

This appears to be designed around a subsonic requirement. But obviously was just a design effort aimed at developing and validating a competency. Perhaps it could see the light as a companion UCAV to the manned FCAS component. Design blends aspects of many other that have come before it..A-12 and s...
by brar_w
05 Nov 2019 18:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1298
Views: 233230

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Airbus just lifted the lid on one of their prior S&T projects around Low Observables. Appears to be mostly a design exercise and doesn't look like a scaled variant ever left the wind tunnel and RCS measurement facilities (indoor or outdoor). This would serve as a good work up exercise for them o...
by brar_w
05 Nov 2019 04:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1298
Views: 233230

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

GA-ASI's Predator Series Aircraft Pass Six Million Flight Hours SAN DIEGO – 04 November 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that its Predator®-series of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), which includes the Predator, Predator B, Gray Eagle, Avenger® and MQ-9B Sk...
by brar_w
05 Nov 2019 04:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1298
Views: 233230

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The quote attribute to Yuyu Sutisna indicates 2 squadrons procured in the 2020-2024 time-frame with a request going out early next year. I believe only a small subset of their fleet is upgraded to 50/52 standard and some may be too old to even bother that upgrade. Lockheed has an active program for ...
by brar_w
04 Nov 2019 00:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India-US Defence Trade & Technology Initiative: News & Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 2149

Re: India-US Defence Trade & Technology Initiative: News & Discussion

The one thing I have to take exception of with brar_w-ji is that not all RFPs have an IP transfer requirement since the service or agency is unable to absorb the technology in a timely basis and or costs are too high. In other areas, the US government funds places like Los Alamos, Sandia, MIT Linco...
by brar_w
03 Nov 2019 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 55595

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

Currently it's not even in first gear. And a future off the shelf purchase of the Su57 itself may not be off the cards. I think you are spot on. The "FGFA" that the IAF appears to have wanted is likely a decade out (once one factors in maturity and demonstrated operational performance). T...
by brar_w
03 Nov 2019 20:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India-US Defence Trade & Technology Initiative: News & Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 2149

Re: India-US Defence Trade & Technology Initiative: News & Discussion

AFAIK in the US the technology is owned by the Private Company or rather many of them and not owned by the USG. That is not universally true. There are extensive examples of technologies and programs, related to the themes covered in the graphic above, where the Technical baseline of a system, or t...
by brar_w
03 Nov 2019 20:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1298
Views: 233230

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Indonesia Wants Two Squadrons of F-16 Block 72s The Indonesia Air Force (TNI-AU) chief, Air Marshal Yuyu Sutisna, told local media that the service has inaugurated a plan to acquire two squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 72 Vipers from 2020. He said that the purchase will be made in stages ...
by brar_w
03 Nov 2019 19:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3401
Views: 495366

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Northrop Grumman begins testing of SEWIP Block 3 hardware https://www.janes.com/images/assets/319/92319/p1736129_main.jpg Northrop Grumman has revealed that it has begun testing of engineering development model (EDM) hardware developed under the US Navy's (USN's) Surface Electronic Warfare Improvem...
by brar_w
03 Nov 2019 19:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1555
Views: 237579

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

A good overview of the short term "beyond increment 3.2B" capability upgrades earmarked on the F-22A fleet in the next year or two. In addition to this, an HMS is also part of the upgrade that is expected to be in developmental-operational (DT/OT) testing by next year. Both AIM-120D and AI...
by brar_w
03 Nov 2019 05:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 55595

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

Not a single operational squadron of the Su-57 currently exists. When one does, it will be some time still before it gets a definitive engine and other things that are promised. It may well be closer to 2030 before enough iterative development is done to a point that it is a refined product with all...
by brar_w
03 Nov 2019 04:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 55595

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

Indranil, all great points and thanks for your insight. A few replies - 2. IAF is not thinking of AMCA as a replacement for an aircraft or set of aircrafts. Frankly, there are no airplanes in IAF's inventory which does AMCA's role, albeit stealthily. Rafale is just entering service and too few in nu...
by brar_w
03 Nov 2019 02:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1555
Views: 237579

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

Podcast: A Stealth Surprise: RQ-180 Goes Operational Nearly years after Aviation Week confirmed the existence of the stealthy RQ-180, new reporting suggests the Northrop Grumman high-altitude unmanned aircraft system has a new home base in California and has been ready to fly operational missions s...
by brar_w
03 Nov 2019 02:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India-US Defence Trade & Technology Initiative: News & Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 2149

Re: India-US Defence Trade & Technology Initiative: News & Discussion

OSD - Office of Secretary of Defense. A small subset of US programs are created and managed by the OSD as opposed to the end user (a service or another agency). EMD - Engineering Manufacturing and Development.
by brar_w
02 Nov 2019 19:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India-US Defence Trade & Technology Initiative: News & Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 2149

Re: India-US Defence Trade & Technology Initiative: News & Discussion

brar_w: I am going to rely on your background/expertise in US defence programs to see what - if any - of the new joint programs announced which actually see the light of day. Looking forward to your contributions in this thread. Honestly, I would begin taking these programs seriously only when ther...

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