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by brar_w
06 Jun 2014 18:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4918
Views: 709923

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Got any link?
by brar_w
06 Jun 2014 11:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4918
Views: 709923

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

New US secret stealth UCAV to enter service by 2015. DEc '13 report though. The UAV is in the Low Rate Initial Production phase according to fairly solid investigative journalism conducted by a few reputable publications. Unmasking the RQ-180 Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances Where ...
by brar_w
05 Jun 2014 18:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4918
Views: 709923

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

One of the contenders for the OH58D Kiowa warrior replacement

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrk9yvkWyEo[/youtube]

http://raider.sikorsky.com
by brar_w
05 Jun 2014 09:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2974
Views: 412020

Re: International Military & Space Discussion

^^^ The near term strike effort is the High Speed Strike Weapon (HSSW) program. This effort will mature cruise missile technology to address many of those items necessary to realize a missile in the hypersonic speed regime including: modeling and simulation; ramjet/scramjet propulsion; high temperat...
by brar_w
05 Jun 2014 09:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 267101

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

My understanding for 5th Gen fighter When I made those comparisons I was referring to only the design aspect of a "5th Gen" plane. Having said that I have read in a few places that the "5th Gen" plane is dictated by the engine (so are other planes I would think), but I have no c...
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 23:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 267101

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

The Chinese road to 5th ten won't be easy. They'll be lucky to get a decent working 5th gen platform that is at best inferior to the PAKFA and the F-22/F-35 by 5.5th ten timeframe. That is not the problem. The problem is that (and this is what the Japanese fear) even at 70% of the capability their i...
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 22:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 267101

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

No matter what the french end up doing (canceling is highly unlikely) they are likely going to be the most accommodating western source we are going to get. Therefore if a superior capability (compared to the mug-35) and diversification away from the Russians is important/valued, the Rafale should b...
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 18:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

OT here - any rough estimate on how many long range AA missiles need to be stockpiled for long war against pakis. The things required to draw even a reasonable estimate are likely to be highly classified both at the developer level and at the operator level. Until and unless the IAF publishes its e...
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 18:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 267101

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

We would also have to act rather fast on giving to the french our requirement from their own production line. With UAE looking at the Rafale quite seriously they may take slots away from us over and above that we have already asked the french to provide us.
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 17:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2974
Views: 412020

Re: International Military & Space Discussion

Speed Kills: The Case For Hypersonic Weapons WASHINGTON: “I believe, today, we could build a Mach 5 cruise missile [with] off-the-shelf materials,” said Charles Brink of the Air Force Research Laboratory. “We could go 500 nautical miles in 10 minutes.” Brink should know: He ran AFRL’s record-breaki...
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 17:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 267101

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Not just me, the fact that Metoer, R-77M, Aim-120D seem to have long range in common is the idea behind BVR warfare. Everyone is scrambling to develop missiles with longer ranges in order to have first shot capability. Offcourse, rcs of the enemy, radars ranges to detect enemy far enough also comes...
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 17:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 267101

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Two questions: 1. On a 'bang for the buck' basis, how many F-16 block 60s vs. 1 Rafale both fully loaded? 2. Rafale vs Chinese J-10/11 one on one? The block 60 is not a very good aircraft to compare on cost. It involved massive R&D investments on the part of the UAE to develop unique capability...
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 15:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 267101

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

There is no F-16 Variant that can effectively match the performance of the Rafale in pretty much all mission scenarios. Where the F-16 holds the edge is in weapon costs and options.
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 09:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 267101

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

If JSF orders have increased,from where have they emerged,as all available info of late has shown reduced orders from potential clients,including the US.I've posted details time and again. Those that are proposing to reduce the orders Italy - No definite decision on halving the order, but their cur...
by brar_w
04 Jun 2014 08:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Dec 13, 2013 : This is all interesting to say the least, because since Day One of stealth in the US a guiding principle has been that stealth gets you close enough to use precise, short-range, low-cost weapons. And here come the Russians, equipping their first stealth fighter -- already fast and hi...
by brar_w
03 Jun 2014 20:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Su-30MKI is not a JV but FGFA is a JV like Brahmos with both sides having equal stakes. Although we did export MKI India compoments to Malaysian & Russian program and even trained former pilots. Point taken, but that is hardly an assurance that since we are partners on the PAKFA that the extent...
by brar_w
03 Jun 2014 20:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Selling of JV FGFA would be likely based on joint list by India and Russia like Brahmos , Though I doubt India would sell FGFA as Dr Pillai mentioned the Indian Government is not so far approving sale of Brahmos , FGFA would be a tall ask. Thats what I thought as well. We are not marketing the Su-3...
by brar_w
03 Jun 2014 18:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Sale would happen if Russia or India is willing to sell from substantial downgrade version and NATO allies are willing to buy , There are some countries like Finland , Greece that operate modern Russian SAM and US has bought some old model Flanker and Mig-29 for aggressor role Therein lies the prob...
by brar_w
03 Jun 2014 16:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Who is talking about a Duel between the two fighters? Were we not talking about an outright sale?
by brar_w
03 Jun 2014 15:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

^^ Every PAK-FA/FGFA that India-Russia would sell would be an export model , See no reason why they shuldnt sell once their requirement has been met , For the next 3 Decade 5th Gen fighter would be hot selling product in various iterations. So if the USAF comes to India and says that we want a doze...
by brar_w
03 Jun 2014 15:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

The cost involved is the influence that america buys (perceived influence rather) over Pakistan's policy and actions. Secondly to your point that the PAKFA is available to the world while the F-35 is available to american allies. Would russia sell a full feature PAKFA to the US? or Britain? or the f...
by brar_w
03 Jun 2014 14:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

The notion that Russia is doing such and such because we are going out to the americans and europeans for our equipment is rather funny. China is aiming for one of the largest military modernization investments the world is going to see for a long long time. Russians which are strategic allies of ch...
by brar_w
03 Jun 2014 12:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

merlin wrote:
Gives away. Sells. Big difference, no?


They do sell them, they just don't get paid in cash
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 23:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Thinking from Russian perspective - I guess India needs to pick a side and stop these one night stands with the West. Buying from French, Americans, Germans, British and now possibly Japanese at 3X expensive prices. They must be kicking themselves for selling defense gear so inexpensively to Indian...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 21:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Geopolitical complications, constraints and the state of affairs is something all conflicts have to deal with. It is hardly unique to us v the pakistanis. As i mentioned in my very first post of this line of reasoning, we are dealing with an academic exercise rather than something that is likely to ...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 21:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

That the most well funded air forces continue to develop both capable and advanced towed decoys such as for the 4.5th aircraft like the Typhoon, Super Hornet yet also at the same time pursue BVR missile development tells us something :). Everyone is aware of the limit of bvr, but the capability is h...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 16:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Well if you look at the IDF example they left only a dozen fighters to protect the country in a classic Air to Air capability, while the rest of the fleet was conducting a coordinated attack on the enemy's air force from the air to the ground. The overall objective of an air force is to be the most ...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 15:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Of course that is a given, and no where did i advocate getting out of gun combat. All i said was that as a planning and warfighting level the plan to use just guns is for most if not all air forces the last resort scenario unless those air forces have to rely on a lack of technology, a weapons crunc...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 14:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Austin, with the technology upgrade curve that the IAF is on, and the technology depletion that the Pakistani air force is going to get i see no difference in 10 years time between our technological superiority over the pakistanis compared to that of the USAF vis-a-vis iraq in the original gulf war ...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 13:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

The doctrine in the US has shifted in the last 5-6 years with the arrival of HOBS missiles and JHMCS into the legacy fleet. Post cold war a large amount of tactical training and doctrine was to leverage the huge Situational awareness advantage against its immediate threats so as to be extremely pote...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 11:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

It all depends upon when the air combat takes place (time frame), what aircraft are involved and what is our level of capability at that point. Say we acquire the rafale in the required numbers. Have the ASTRA cleared for all fighters, have the R-77 and the latest IR missiles. Would gun kills still ...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 10:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Austin has it about right. Its something you can fall back upon in case the "worst" case scenario actually becomes a reality. Its not much apart from that, as an aerial campaign that has to rely on broad gun fighting due to its missiles being rendered impotent has an entire set of other tr...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 10:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Have you read Jagan's book "Eagles over Bangladesh"? It is highly relevant in this regard. Making holes in runways is not enough because they can be repaired overnight and planes formerly hidden away will make holes in our runways. So the holes we made yesterday have to be reopened today,...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 10:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

shiv wrote:Could huge inline images please be avoided? It makes reading very difficult and it makes it easier to ignore what might be a valuable post.


I have reduced the size of the image, didn't realize how large they were until i had posted them.
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 09:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Just out of curiosity: What happens when two stealth fighters with virtually equal sensor/VLO profile face each other? Will they even detect each other at BVR ranges? If not, the HMDS + HOBS + Gun might become crucial. So will super maneuverability. A very good question although the answer may pure...
by brar_w
02 Jun 2014 09:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

@ Phillip, specific points on the JSF should be moved to the appropriate thread rather then bringing the JSF to every possible thread on this forum. Your assertion that cutting european order means that the jet is not capable are crap to put it mildly. Go check on the state of the Italian and Spanis...
by brar_w
01 Jun 2014 23:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

AAMs during Vietnam war were highly unreliable and in most cases failed to perform. Comparing utility of guns in this context will not help much. Absolutely correct. Someone somewhere has to break the mould. Today you have IR seekers doing MRAAM ranges paired with Data links (Mica IR, Aim-9x B2,and...
by brar_w
01 Jun 2014 23:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 207542

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Gun kills have to be taken in context. When was the last time a gun kill occurred (out of curiosity)? As viv mentioned you have to exhaust your BVR missiles, then WVR missiles and then resort to the gun in the hope that you live to see that scenario i.e. you yourself survive what is dished out at yo...
by brar_w
01 Jun 2014 18:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 705726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

I am not much worried about the S400 system as that is likely to go to the bigger cities to protect vital air defences. What would be more interesting would be to see the advances china makes into its own AD kit post this acquisition and once they see some of the capabilities of the system and what ...

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