International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby ArjunPandit » 07 Nov 2018 22:46

OT and in a lighter vein, but for long I have wondered why does canada need to have such potent AF. Assuming US is not going to attack. Russia, to take what? Even if it does, what could Canada anyways do?

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby brar_w » 08 Nov 2018 01:46

Canada is a US partner in NORAD and as such shares the responsibility for Air Surveillance (maintained through the North Warning System), and sovereignty to which it contributes with its fixed winged fighter fleet. Canada is also a member of NATO, and as long as it remains so, it will be invested in the collective capability of the alliance.

Because they have delayed their fighter modernization, they'll have to concurrently fund both CF-18 recap and the NWS recapitalization efforts and given that Lockheed has the latter market fairly tightly locked down it seems that the company will probably use that as a means to bundle up the two as an offering via offsets.

ArjunPandit wrote:Even if it does, what could Canada anyways do?


Invoke Article 5 of NATO. Given the capabilities of the members and the alliance, that is a pretty strong deterrent to which Canada also contributes.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby brar_w » 08 Nov 2018 07:41

Taiwan Receives First F-16V Upgrade


The Taiwanese Air Force, or the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF), has taken delivery of its first upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V Fighting Falcon. The first aircraft, serial 6626, was spotted landing at Chiayi airbase on October 19. The aircraft sports a new coat of paint, but no squadron markings were worn on the tail.

The first four F-16A/B Block 20s began refurbishment at the state-owned Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) facility in Taichung in January 2017, and 6626 entered flight test in August this year, flown by Lockheed Martin test pilots.

Under Project Rising Phoenix the island state is upgrading 144 F-16A/Bs with the Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, new mission computer, embedded inertial navigation system/global positioning system, and the Terma ALQ-213(V) electronic warfare management units. The upgraded jets will also be certified for the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile, AGM-154 joint standoff weapons, and the AGM-88B anti-radiation missile.

Modifications will proceed at a rate of 20 to 23 aircraft annually and the program is expected to be completed by no later than 2023. The government also increased the budget for the program from NT$129.6 billion ($4.2 billion) to NT$140.2 billion ($4.5 billion) in September, factoring in the acquisition of new missiles and a ground proximity warning system.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force has also contracted Lockheed Martin to upgrade three squadrons of F-16C/D/D+ Block 52 to F-16V standards. The Mid Life Upgrade (MLU) program began in 2016, and it is likely that the first platform will be rolled out soon with testing and certification of the prototype aircraft averaging around two years.

Greece is the latest air arm to commence its own F-16 MLU program, which began in mid-September. The Hellenic Air Force will upgrade 85 F-16 C/D Block 52+s for around €1.1 billion ($1.33 billion) and has struck a deal with the United States to pay €110 million annually over a decade to assist the debt-ridden country.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Postby ArjunPandit » 08 Nov 2018 09:01

brar_w wrote:
Invoke Article 5 of NATO. Given the capabilities of the members and the alliance, that is a pretty strong deterrent to which Canada also contributes.

Thanks brar while the post was in jest, your answer still made me learn about NORAD part. I was aware of NATO but not NORAD


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