International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Kartik » 07 Jun 2018 21:36

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South Korea signals AESA progression

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signalled progression in its programme to develop an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system in collaboration with local industry.

DAPA said in a statement on 31 May that its radar programme – intended to support the Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft – has completed a two-year preliminary design phase and will now move to the critical design stage before a design review in May 2019.

Following the design review, DAPA hopes to produce a pilot prototype in 2020, which will be installed on early prototypes of the KFX from 2022. After several years of trials, DAPA aims to start initial production of both the aircraft and its AESA radar from the mid-2020s.

Under a KRW360 billion (USD334 million) contract awarded in mid-2016, the AESA development programme is led by Hanwha Systems, which is collaborating with the Agency for Defense Development (ADD), a DAPA subsidiary. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), as lead developer of the KFX, is also involved in the programme.

KAI has previously outlined a target to produce about 250 twin-engine KFX fighter aircraft to replace the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) F-4E Phantom and F-5E Tiger II aircraft and, ultimately, its F-16 Fighting Falcon platforms. KAI also expects to export several hundred KFX fighters.


We have the lead over the South Koreans in this area. But it will interesting to see who gets an AESA radar into production first. Uttam AESA was apparently integrated with one of the LSPs some weeks ago. Now to see extensive flight testing, validation and debugging of the radar, with it hopefully going into production for the second or third batch of the Tejas Mk1A and for all batches of the Tejas Mk2 and the AMCA TDs.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Kakarat » 08 Jun 2018 14:05

Kartik wrote:
We have the lead over the South Koreans in this area. But it will interesting to see who gets an AESA radar into production first. Uttam AESA was apparently integrated with one of the LSPs some weeks ago. Now to see extensive flight testing, validation and debugging of the radar, with it hopefully going into production for the second or third batch of the Tejas Mk1A and for all batches of the Tejas Mk2 and the AMCA TDs.


Not weeks ago but months ago, I have a brochure of LRDE AESA from Defexpo 18 which has a small photo of Uttam integrated with LCA Tejas. Since i am having issues with my pc I have not been able to complete posting on Defexpo 18, will try to post it asap

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Austin » 09 Jun 2018 12:54

Deficiencies could delay F-35 full-rate production decision

The Department of Defense agreed with a Government Accountability Office report that it should resolve the Lockheed Martin F-35’s critical deficiencies before requesting funds to pay for full-rate production of the aircraft.

Waiting for the resolution of critical deficiencies in the F-35 Lightning II could delay the aircraft’s full-rate production, which the DoD had planned to begin in 2021.

The department had planned to defer resolving some critical deficiencies found in testing until after its full-rate production decision in October 2019, according to a GAO report released on 5 June. However, the report cited concerns that fixing deficiencies after starting full-rate production could eventually create additional costs to the government.

As of January 2018, the F-35 programme had 966 open deficiencies—111 category one deficiencies, which could jeopardise safety, security, or another critical requirement; and 855 category two deficiencies, which could impede or constrain a successful mission, according to the GAO. At least 25 category one deficiencies and 165 category two deficiencies would not be resolved before planned full-rate production.

Category one deficiencies the Joint Programmee Office planned to solve after full-rate production began involved the air vehicle, avionics, weapons, software and propulsion.

The JPO now plans to resolve all of the F-35’s critical deficiencies prior to entering initial operational test and evaluation, which was anticipated for fall 2018, according the GAO.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby chola » 09 Jun 2018 16:16

Want to build out your aircraft industry? Make your carriers buy domestic planes by the hundreds.

https://reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1IY0G3
China's HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets
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Cheen’s first attempt at a large aircraft in the 1970’s the Y-10 is moved to Comac’s Pudong home to serve as inspiration.
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“Never Give Up” I like their perserverence. They have legacy to revere and build on.

We need to begin ours soon.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Kartik » 11 Jun 2018 07:54

Kakarat wrote:

Not weeks ago but months ago, I have a brochure of LRDE AESA from Defexpo 18 which has a small photo of Uttam integrated with LCA Tejas. Since i am having issues with my pc I have not been able to complete posting on Defexpo 18, will try to post it asap

Oh great! Looking forward to seeing the scanned image.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Kakarat » 11 Jun 2018 15:32

Kartik wrote:
Kakarat wrote:

Not weeks ago but months ago, I have a brochure of LRDE AESA from Defexpo 18 which has a small photo of Uttam integrated with LCA Tejas. Since i am having issues with my pc I have not been able to complete posting on Defexpo 18, will try to post it asap

Oh great! Looking forward to seeing the scanned image.


Since it is taking time to get my PC fixed posting from my mobile

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Austin » 13 Jun 2018 11:51

What was flying over Italy? UFO Search and rescue operation? 27th of May 2018


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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Singha » 13 Jun 2018 12:35

these days every munna is packing a dlsr , tablet and backpack drone in touristy places....various well worn techniques exist to make hoax videos.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby dinesha » 20 Jun 2018 17:02

France to lead joint fighter jet program with Germany
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-germa ... KKBN1JF2UJ
The new combat jet is intended to replace from 2040 France’s Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA) Rafales and Germany’s Eurofighters, made by a European consortium.

The Franco-German agreement calls for work on the project to begin before the end of the year, starting with a study phase, the ministry said.

In addition to being capable of acting on its own, the new aircraft is expected to be at the center of a broader weapons system, capable of commanding a squadron of drones.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Prithwiraj » 25 Jun 2018 00:27



An absolute treat to the eyes

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Manish_P » 25 Jun 2018 11:03

:shock:

Amazing they had the crowd that close @ 1:13

Re-heat engaged by mistake and they would have a lot more to worry about then just their blown caps.. just joking :D

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby dinesha » 25 Jun 2018 12:16

The US ‘Space Force’ and Its Implications
Trump’s proposed ‘space force’ responds to the quandary of how the US can best protect American assets in space.
https://thediplomat.com/2018/06/the-us- ... lications/

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby SaiK » 30 Jun 2018 03:03

New design of stealth tanker aircraft unveiled at conference in Atlanta

https://defence-blog.com/aviation/new-d ... lanta.html

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Philip » 30 Jun 2018 10:44

Boeing gets an order from Q8 for 28 F-18SHs.Cost? $1.5B.It works out to approx.$50M a pop.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Austin » 03 Jul 2018 10:01

Senators 'dismayed’ as new report reveals Pentagon overestimated F-35 savings by $600 million
A Senate committee has slammed the Pentagon's beleaguered F-35 fighter jet program, for claiming that a $661mn spend on bulk-buying parts would help it save some $1.2 billion. The real amount is half that, it has been revealed.

The Senate Appropriations Committee, which has recently greenlighted a boost in spending for the F-35 program, despite it being plagued by delays and cost overruns, raised the issue last week, after the Defense Department's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office report revealed that the Pentagon had greatly exaggerated the economic effect from its attempt to cut the F-35 program costs.

Last year, the program's office asked for some $661 million to procure, in bulk, material and equipment that had undergone hardware qualification testing for the F-35, claiming the bulk buy would allow it to save some $1.2 billion in costs. The parts to be supplied would be fitted into the aircraft to be purchased in 2019 and 2020. Last month, Lockheed Martin Corp. received the contract with the appropriate adjustments.

The new report, however, argues that the buying strategy is much less cost-efficient than Pentagon officials had initially claimed when they presented their case to Congress.

According to the new report, the measure will generate savings of some $600 million, which is a half of the designated amount.

While the committee did not object in principle to what has turned into the most expensive US weapons program ever, the lawmakers have said they were "dismayed by the inaccuracy of the initial estimates," the report states, as cited by Bloomberg.

Dissatisfied with the apparent discrepancy between the estimates, the lawmakers asked the F-35 program office to explain the drastic difference and advise on how to compensate for the lack of funds. The proposals should be submitted within 30 days until the defense appropriations bill, approved by the House on June 28 becomes law.

The F-35 has been in development at Lockheed Martin since 2001. In the past decade, it has been mired in controversy over its mounting costs and bogged down by its as-yet unresolved technical issues.

Last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that Congress withhold funding from the program until it fixes its 996 deficiencies, of which over a hundred were considered to be severe enough to pose a threat to user safety and security. The flaws include faulty oxygen-supply systems, an injury-causing ejector seat as well as an unusable helmet-mounted display system.

The new estimate by the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office was requested by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Arizona), a long-time critic of the program, who once called it "both scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule and performance."

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby dinesha » 04 Jul 2018 18:09

Lockheed to reportedly beat out Raytheon for Japan missile defense radar
https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/ ... ar-report/

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Vips » 04 Jul 2018 18:57

China aims to outstrip Nasa with super-powerful rocket.

China is working on a super-powerful rocket that would be capable of delivering heavier payloads into low orbit than NASA, a leading Chinese space expert was quoted as saying on Monday.

By 2030, the Long March-9 rocket under development will be able to carry 140 tonnes into low-Earth orbit -- where TV and earth observation satellites currently fly -- said Long Lehao, a senior official from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
This compares to the 20 tonnes deliverable by Europe's Ariane 5 rocket or the 64 tonnes by Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy, which in February catapulted one of the US entrepreneur's red Tesla Roadster cars towards Mars.

It would also outstrip the 130 tonnes of Nasa's Space Launch System, which is due to become operational in 2020. China's Long March-9 would have a core stage measuring 10 metres (33 feet) in diameter and boast four powerful boosters, each with a diameter of five metres. (Comparing what China will have in 2030 to what USA will have in 2020) :D

Xinhua quoted Long as saying the rocket could be used in manned lunar landings, deep space exploration or constructing a space-based solar power plant.

In addition, China is working on a reusable space rocket, which is expected to make its maiden flight in 2021. The first stage and the boosters will be retrieved after a vertical landing, Long said in a speech in Beijing.

China is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022, and of sending humans to the Moon in the near future.

The Asian superpower is looking to finally catch up with the US and Russia after years of belatedly matching their space milestones. China is also planning to build a base on the moon, the state-run Global Times said in early March, citing the Communist Party chief of the China Academy of Space Technology.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby dinesha » 06 Jul 2018 11:46

Is the European Meteor Air-To-Air Missile Really the Best in the World?
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/46 ... -the-world

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby dinesha » 06 Jul 2018 11:54

Preview of preliminary design of Franco-German 5th Gen multirole fighter? As expected, 2-engine deltawing. Lack of vertical stabilizer could unlock higher speeds and limit radar signature. Video also shows significant divergence from FCAS concept.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3UtJ6u ... .be&t=3m6s

@ 3min 06 Sec

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby VishalJ » 07 Jul 2018 12:20

After Airbus took over Bombardier C Series, Boeing has now taken over Embraer or "Establish Strategic Aerospace Partnership"
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-07-05- ... ace-Growth

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Philip » 08 Jul 2018 09:18

Italy is to dump the F-35.The anti- establishment new govt. will cancel the order for 90, which was a lower figure than originally planned due to its financial situ.Turkey too is dumping the same due to its spat with the US.US senators are unhappy about a wrong saving of the programme overestimating it by sev. hundred millions of greenbacks.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Philip » 08 Jul 2018 09:23

Dassault's new fighter looks good but will arrive in service only by 2030 or thereabouts.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby chola » 08 Jul 2018 15:17

The growth and growth of the chini aircraft industry, the now top is bureau-funded, the bottom a private project. The PRC might be communist but they are putting out a stream of prototypes and concepts in capitalistic eco-system. We are more commie than them in this space and are still waitng on a single PSU lab for over 25 years to bring our lone entry into the light utility/transport market.

https://mobile.twitter.com/PDChina/status/1013253141301563392
China's homegrown Y-12F versatile aircraft has passed evaluation flight tests for its automatic flight control system by the Federal Aviation Administration (#FAA) of the US, the plane's developer AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Company said Sat
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https://mobile.twitter.com/discoverchina01/status/1015243955284467714
Shanghai-made light aircraft takes to skies.
The M2 Skywave can fly up to 1,000 kilometers on 100 liters of fuel. The empty weight of the airframe, which is 90 percent carbon-fiber composite, is 350 kilograms and maximum takeoff weight is 650kg.
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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Manish_P » 08 Jul 2018 18:32

Is it just me, or does the M2 Skywave have a striking resemblance to the US made Icon A5

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Neshant » 09 Jul 2018 14:15

Manish_P wrote:Is it just me, or does the M2 Skywave have a striking resemblance to the US made Icon A5


And doesn't the Y-12F look somewhat like the Dornier 228

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Austin » 10 Jul 2018 16:49

WATCH: New Video Shows Possible German-French Sixth-Generation Jet Concept



https://sputniknews.com/military/201807 ... t-Concept/

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby dinesha » 13 Jul 2018 12:58

Why an unmanned fighter fleet isn’t yet viable, in the words of Britain’s Air Force chief
https://www.defensenews.com/digital-sho ... rce-chief/

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby wig » 15 Jul 2018 18:02

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/bus ... 997337.cms

F35 price falls to below USD 90 millions
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The United States has struck a preliminary deal to buy F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin worth about $13 billion, clearing the way for a larger multi-year purchase that aims to bring the cost per jet down to $80 million by 2020, sources said. .
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The deal for 141 F-35s lowers the price of the F-35A, the most common version of the stealthy fighter jet, to about $89 million, down around 6 per cent from $94.3 million in the last deal struck in February 2017, the sources familiar with the talks said. .

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Austin » 15 Jul 2018 23:14

US Marines surprised by strange UFO - Soldier does LEBRONING


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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby RoyG » 16 Jul 2018 07:04

Austin wrote:US Marines surprised by strange UFO - Soldier does LEBRONING



Why are you posting this nonsense?

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Austin » 16 Jul 2018 09:16

Thought it was interesting after Pentagon recently declassifed the 2005 UFO enounter

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Austin » 16 Jul 2018 18:03

UK 6th Generation Combat Aircraft Tempest

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby ashish raval » 17 Jul 2018 01:17

still 15 years away from fleet to be honest but seems sleek.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Indranil » 17 Jul 2018 04:49

That's an ugly-looking plane. I am sorry.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Neshant » 17 Jul 2018 09:34

Does not look like it offers anything significantly new.

Most of these concepts already exists in 4th and 4+th gen aircraft or could be incorporated into them.

When they say hypersonic, they surely mean the missile not the aircraft.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby ashish raval » 17 Jul 2018 11:29

I don't care if my TREX looks ugly as long as it can eat other dinosaurs. It has some of the most beautiful stealth lines best of stealth I have seen in line with Raptor. Beauty is in eye of beholder. None of these concepts exists in any 4++ generation aircraft. Most stealth aircrafts are ugly but invisible.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Neshant » 17 Jul 2018 11:37

Austin wrote:Thought it was interesting after Pentagon recently declassifed the 2005 UFO enounter


The recent 2005 declassified UFO encounter by F-18 pilots of the USN

I wonder why the Pentagon decided to declassify it now.


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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Manish_P » 17 Jul 2018 11:57

Indranil wrote:That's an ugly-looking plane. I am sorry.


Doubt it will happen anyway. They will probably latch on to Unkil's next.

Looks wise it is not as sharp and elegant as the Raptor, but at least it is not as ugly as the Boeing X-32 :)

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby chola » 17 Jul 2018 12:22

Wow, Iran kept these museum pieces flying for 50 years under embargo.

This one went down at our strategic port at Chabahar.

https://fighterjetsworld.com/2018/07/11/iranian-f-4-fighter-jet-crashes-in-chabahar/amp/

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The F-4D fighter jet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force from the 10th Tactical Air Base crashed in the southeast of the country on 11 July.

The F-4D fighter jet was on a training mission when it went down over the Chabahar city. A local medical official from the city of Chabahar told that the jet crashed in a mountainous area at around 10:15 am local time.

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Thirty-two of the Air Force F-4Ds were sold to Iran in 1968. Deliveries started in 1968, were completed in 1969.


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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby Indranil » 18 Jul 2018 01:40

ashish raval wrote:I don't care if my TREX looks ugly as long as it can eat other dinosaurs. It has some of the most beautiful stealth lines best of stealth I have seen in line with Raptor. Beauty is in eye of beholder. None of these concepts exists in any 4++ generation aircraft. Most stealth aircrafts are ugly but invisible.

Sorry my friend. At the moment, I only have looks to go on. By the way, which of these concepts don't exist right now?


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