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by brar_w
09 Apr 2020 19:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2032
Views: 281945

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

The highlighted red text is interesting. How insistent will be the IAF be on Meteor for MMRCA? Interesting observation. If it is Meteor specific then the Eurofigther (that can leverage the dual-data link) followed by the Rafale will claim advantage (Gripen too but I doubt it will be a very serious ...
by brar_w
09 Apr 2020 18:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3468
Views: 538211

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Having certified EMALS/AAG and fight deck, the USS Ford is now the ONLY East Coast Carrier Qualification AC in the US for the remainder of 2020. Thousands of launch and recoveries are now going to be performed over the rest of the year as part of all east coast CQ activities..

by brar_w
09 Apr 2020 07:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3595
Views: 641575

Re: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

When are these upgrades expected to begin?
by brar_w
09 Apr 2020 03:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman Program Achieves ‘Weight on Wheels’ Milestone Boeing [NYSE: BA] Australia recently achieved two more milestones on the Royal Australian Air Force’s Loyal Wingman – Advanced Development Program: weight on wheels and aircraft power on. The development milestones for the unmanne...
by brar_w
08 Apr 2020 23:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3468
Views: 538211

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Ford’s Combat Systems put to the Test USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) recently completed testing of vital combat systems while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. These tests, conducted during Ford’s post-delivery test and trials (PDT&T) phase, are designed to stress the ship’s combat system capabiliti...
by brar_w
08 Apr 2020 20:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3468
Views: 538211

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The Delware (SSN-791) is the last of the Block III Virginia class SSN's. But it is not a vanilla block III. They moved up some block IV capability to it so it will in fact be the only Block III Virginia SSN to have the Acoustic superiority upgrades that go into Block IV and V as standard. This is th...
by brar_w
08 Apr 2020 19:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

saab, you are talking about the situation where the infected is already in the society and the state has no way of tracking them down. they will look for the people who get admitted to hospitals. also do the sweep. it's next phase for the state after losing track of the earlier infected people. ger...
by brar_w
08 Apr 2020 18:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

On New York, they started late for one but worse is they were under-equipped unlike Germany. The frontline personnel were down to re-using PPE and were being infected in massive numbers. The governor of New York needed to go to Cheen to get PPE and ventilators because they couldn't what they needed...
by brar_w
08 Apr 2020 18:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

one of the theories i have is, germany situation is very normal like rest of the world. there is no miracle happening there. it's to do with the testing. they are testing as many people as possible. unlike france and other countries which are testing only the sick. i know i am repeating what you gu...
by brar_w
08 Apr 2020 18:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1690
Views: 302328

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

While the B-52 is the initial platform for the AGM-183A, a quick ramp up to other platforms is a virtual guarantee (given they've started doing checks on the B-1 already). 30+ AGM-183A or HAWC derived Hypersonic Misiles is an extreme, and unlikely loadout, but still very significant in terms of what...
by brar_w
08 Apr 2020 06:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1690
Views: 302328

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

AFRL gives warfighters new weapons system WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - The Air Force Research Laboratory has set up the Air Force’s first high-energy laser weapon system overseas for a 12-month field assessment. The Air Force Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation (SDPE) Of...
by brar_w
08 Apr 2020 04:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Yeah US, France and the UK will take over from Italy and Spain as the dominant hotspots (though regions are better than nations) towards the end of this week and into next week. What we don't know is where the hotspots are going to be beyond that as towards the end of the month, things should be dec...
by brar_w
07 Apr 2020 22:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Red Hawk jet passes CDR for ground-based training elements Boeing and the US Air Force (USAF) have successfully concluded the critical design review (CDR) for the ground-based elements of the T-7A Red Hawk jet trainer , it was disclosed on 6 April. The T-7A Ground Based Training Systems (GBTS) CDR ...
by brar_w
06 Apr 2020 19:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

I've been re-reading given all the extra at home time these days. Here's an interesting timeline of the YF-23 (1 & 2) flight testing (all in 1990). In total, the YF-23A flew 65 flight hours over 50 sorties at a rate of roughly 3 sorties a week. Out of this 16 sorties (22 hours) was with the YF-1...
by brar_w
06 Apr 2020 00:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Remdesevir RCT's are being conducted in China, the US, the UK and probably elsewhere as well. Like everything else, there is nothing currently out there that is proven to work against Covid-19. Remdesevir is no different.

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04280705
by brar_w
05 Apr 2020 22:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

1) More and more information is coming out indicating that China has understated its cases as well as deaths by a large factor: at least 15, with Wuhan itself accounting for 40000+ deaths. After all, the virus did have a free run in China for the first two months, with the authorities trying to sup...
by brar_w
05 Apr 2020 20:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1690
Views: 302328

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

An excellent article covering the various hypersonic programs and testing in the US (all three services). One of the 4 hypersonic tests planned in Fiscal Year 2020 (which ends in Sep) has happened. The other three are expected to be very closely clustered to one another now because of the Covid-19 d...
by brar_w
05 Apr 2020 19:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1201
Views: 223735

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Phillip, kindly share pictures of the prototype from the show. Thanks in advance. Also share its dimensions and how it will be accommodated in the various combatants in service with the IN (whether mods will be required etc etc). And timelines and testing status.
by brar_w
05 Apr 2020 09:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1201
Views: 223735

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Thats a long term solution for something like a MQ-8C replacement once autonomous operations and resilient networks are advanced enough. I think in the post 2030 time-frame these solutions begin to make a lot of sense. But that is more of a aircraft than a helicopter so operators would have to be wi...
by brar_w
05 Apr 2020 08:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1201
Views: 223735

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Philip wrote:The prototype was unveiled at Aero- India.


Do you have pictures of the prototype? How far into its testing is it? By when does the IN plan to acquire it?
by brar_w
05 Apr 2020 06:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Has anyone access to the recent AWST articleon whether the F-35A programme will survive? Yeah I read it. It says that the F-35 program is going to be shut down. Orders have dried up as no one is buying it. The final nail in the coffin was how well the Kalibr did in Syria and the fact that MiG-29's ...
by brar_w
05 Apr 2020 05:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

If FDA wont give approval for whatever reasons, in interests of world health safety, India should not ship the order for the drugs to be out in a stockpile. It can be used to save real lives in real world. Not for ego of petty bureaucrats in US. Official FDA Release (a week old) : Based upon limite...
by brar_w
05 Apr 2020 00:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

There’s a LWIR IRST, Sniper ATP (both A2A and A2G modes) and a LANTIRN navigation pod. The USAF-ANG's F-15EX's will carry a next gen. IRST sensor with organic computing (Legion pod), along with the Sniper and AN/ASQ-236 Ku-band AESA (SAR) pod when kitted for strike.
by brar_w
04 Apr 2020 23:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Saudi Advanced Eagle (F-15SA) pictures from Ahmed Hader - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EUmoJNtWoAUBCAX?format=jpg&name=medium https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EUmoJNrXYAIlTrG?format=jpg&name=medium https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EUmoJNvXsAELbHp?format=jpg&name=large
by brar_w
04 Apr 2020 01:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

A nice compare and contrast to the F-16/18 production processes that date back decades

by brar_w
04 Apr 2020 00:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

^^ It seems as Italy and Spain begin to stabilize, New York and London will be nearing their peaks. And who knows where else this will spike beyond that.
by brar_w
04 Apr 2020 00:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Aw you a right but yes CDC was marginalized under Trump, i know CNN just ran a piece that Chinese presence was drastically scaled down last year and some of the suggestions and warning went on deaf years in WH. I think this part was overblown. CDC had a robust budget thanks to Congress (and also Tr...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 23:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

When the flight ban and entry controls were place on Cheen and "Asia" the virus was held in check but when the virus arrived in Europe the Amreekis response completely fell apart. I haven't been following this closely, but how many countries instituted a complete or partial travel ban fro...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 22:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Arrogance, I remember reading and hearing a lot of comments in channels such as fox news and other similar platforms that Coronavirus is an "Asian" thing or 3rd world diseases and it won't have much of impact on US. As we are cleaner, better prepared, we don't need masks washing hands is ...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 21:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Big change in the global Aerospace and Defense Industry. Right now RTX has a larger market cap. than Boeing.. Raytheon Technologies Corp. begins trading on NYSE WASHINGTON — Less than a year after announcing plans to combine into a $121 billion company, Raytheon and United Technologies are officiall...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 09:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

But now there are others. And the Chinese one in particular seems quite rigorous. It doesn't matter. The FDA has already granted permission to use these drugs at the appropriate levels that they deserve based on what is known so far. They are being used on the front lines as we speak. Once RCTs are...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 09:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3468
Views: 538211

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The US Navy has exercised options for 3 more MQ-25 Unmanned mission tankers. The initial orders were to develop and produce the test jets. It appears that these three will head to the first carrier for IOC which is expected by 2024-2025. The Navy exercised contract options with Boeing worth $84.7 mi...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 06:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

What i am simply not getting is why Fauci does not consider these to be relevant or encouraging. Sure they are not randomized (at least the French one was not) but nevertheless... No such thing at all. All he is saying that we will treat this as promising anecdotal evidence and other data and regul...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 03:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Lockheed Martin gets contract to build Bulgarian F-16 Block 70's : Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Ft. Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $512,004,418 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 Block 70 production for the Republic of Bulgaria. This contract value includes $4,185,516 of pre-priced options. This c...
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 01:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

The IHME model, which Trump and his task force said their own model was closest to, has revised the expected US casualties (till Aug 2020) up from 80K to 90+K. The model assumes a 100% stay at home compliance. There are still states in the US which have not instituted stay at home orders. https://i....
by brar_w
03 Apr 2020 01:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Problem with vaccines is that in addition to testing their efficacy it is equally important to test for their safety. People given the vaccine need to be observed over a period of time to establish that the vaccine is safe to use on humans and note any side-effects or contraindications etc. That is...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 19:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6372
Views: 587788

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ 1 million cases 50,000 deaths 5% death rate average That is an inflated number based on testing. The denominator completely ignores those who were never tested or those who remained asymptomatic or were otherwise not hospitalized. It also takes the Chinese...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 18:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2692
Views: 774866

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

A contrarian viewpoint : Most modern CCMs (AIM-9X, R-74, Python-5 etc) employ TVC to achieve near-instantaneous 50+ G manoeuvrability - this is vital in an era of HMS and high-off-boresight engagement capability - but this adds to the weight of the overall missile. ASRAAM of course is an exception ...
by brar_w
02 Apr 2020 18:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1639
Views: 314319

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

A contrarian viewpoint : Most modern CCMs (AIM-9X, R-74, Python-5 etc) employ TVC to achieve near-instantaneous 50+ G manoeuvrability - this is vital in an era of HMS and high-off-boresight engagement capability - but this adds to the weight of the overall missile. ASRAAM of course is an exception ...

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