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by Ozair
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 294
Views: 50742

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

This whole argument is nonsensical... Yes the aircraft is late, very late, and I expect Boeing will never make a dollar of profit on the airframe and probably shouldn't but everyone needs to remember that the KC-46 has yet to reach Required Assets Available (RAA), the equivalent of IOC for the tanke...

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by Ozair
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 flies for the first time
Replies: 11
Views: 699

Re: Boeing MQ-25 flies for the first time

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2019/09/19/the-us-navys-new-autonomous-refueling-drone-takes-historic-first-flight/ Congratulations to Boeing and the US Navy for this milestone. Here’s hoping the project goes forward without any major hiccups. Boeing really needs this one to go smoothly. Congratu...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?
Replies: 38
Views: 4606

Re: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?

Makes one wonder if the decision to forego the F-35 for the S-400 by Turkey is such a wise idea… Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense systems unable to detect Israeli warplanes flying over Syria Russian S-300 and S-400 missile systems, which are considered one of the most advanced air defense weapons...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

I believe these upgrades are beyond the Growth Option One and Two already identified by P&W for the F135. I expect this will incorporate more of the AETP work done. The intent by P&W has to be to prevent the GE AETP XA100 from winning a spot on the airframe by continuing to bring in enough t...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

Interesting that the F-35 is being considered to replace one of the last USAF Active duty F-15C units. Makes sense given the number of F-35s that Japan will be acquiring in the future to also base a USAF squadron in Japan. New jets being considered at Kadena air base The commander of the US Pacific ...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

Good to see more training going on at Eielson before more F-35s arrive permanently next year. Interesting that Australia is using their jets based at Luke to fly up for exercises and then send them back to Luke again afterwards. Makes sense instead of flying them from Australia and back again. I exp...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

Vermont ANG has now landed... https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/09/19/PBUR/3c4ac477-d827-4221-b346-09526115cbbb-BUR20190919F35-3.jpg?width=540&height=&fit=bounds&auto=webp Some rather amusing comments on twitter about the arrival, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/loca...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

There are no recent good longform articles on this, so just google the various crap if you want confirmation of any of the above. :D I was holding off posting anything until the aircraft actually arrive but there are plenty of hysteria articles around for reading if people are interested. The same ...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk
Replies: 26
Views: 1412

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

I'd be very surprised to see any current aircraft go supersonic without AB. Lots of aircraft go supersonic without afterburner. The standard procedure is to bunt the airframe. From another forum, In real world we bunted slightly, got supersonic quickly, then slowly raised nose and zipped along. In ...

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by Ozair
Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

No threat to F-35A procurement as the USAF moves forwards with its DCS plan. Given the number of legacy platforms still present and the unknown cost associated with the DCS plan I can see why the F-35 is safe for at least the next 10 years. Hopefully we see an increased production rate from 2023 tha...

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by Ozair
Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

An impressive change to EOTS if it goes ahead. Potentially while reducing operating cost I expect it comes with a higher acquisition cost and may therefore be why it hasn’t been adopted formally yet. Lockheed Martin Prepared to Enhance F-35 Targeting Capability Lockheed Martin said today it has deve...

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by Ozair
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 59
Views: 5873

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Relevant regarding the rapid prototyping discussion: “Right now the workforce is very fairness based, which is fine, and very process based. And the reason they’re so processed based is because they don’t want to make a mistake because they don’t want to get hurt for it. And that’s what slows us do...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 90
Views: 21887

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

I wonder how much advance notice will be given of this first flight and subsequently how many people will be out trying to get a good first photo of the aircraft noting we may see some ground images before first flight. Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider first flight route announced The Northrop Grumman B...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 59
Views: 5873

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

I hate to say it, but the government has never shied away from sacrificing service members for the greater good (when it mattered). There will be a cultural transition that'll occur and as time progresses, there will be a new norm. Of course today, it seems unthinkable we could go down such a path ...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 59
Views: 5873

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

A long article on the premise for this thread, what a 6th gen platform will look like and what it will need to survive in the future battlespace. Not too many things outside what has been suggested, such as more advanced stealth, systems of systems, manned and unmanned, long range and persistence. W...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

Good to see tech upgrades coming to the NVG systems on the helmet and aircraft. Elbit Systems Says It Will Use Harris Night Vision Technology to Enhance F-35 HMDS Elbit Systems of America will use cutting-edge image amplification technology, acquired through its purchase of Roanoke,Va.-based Harris ...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

An appealing system for those planning to operate the F-35 from austere locations. Being able to be very precise on landing, as well as use the automated landing features that JPALS brings, should reduce risk and accidents in these locations. In Less Than 90 Minutes Raytheon’s F-35 Precision GPS Lan...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

Extending on the work already done to share F-35 sensor data with other platforms in the battlespace. Missile defence seems an area where the stealth and persistence of the F-35 combined with its advanced sensors will really benefit. Missile Launch Detected by F-35 Provide Early Warning for Ballisti...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

Good to see LM are willing to put their money on the line for the sustainment contracts. It makes sense to move these to longer term and also put the onus, and subsequent costs for failing to deliver, on LM. It could certainly have a positive impact on aircraft availability as well as parts availabi...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

I wonder if there's been any work on operating Bs on the US CATOBAR carriers. Sure it wouldn't be a regular thing. But I can imagine how it'd be a nice to have. And they have the deck space to do rolling take offs and the SRVL. No reason it cannot be done but I don’t believe any specific work has b...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk
Replies: 26
Views: 1412

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

I could see the Pentagon market future F-35 sales with a T-7 package. In this case they would be separate FMS cases for an acquisition given the different programs and different vendors so would be separate DSCA notifications. The Pentagon wouldn’t market these as a “package deal” but let the respe...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 830
Views: 80195

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

So yeah, I expect most of this process to revolve around avionics, systems, sensors, targeting methods, weapons/pylon/loadout integration, and of course testing. Remember that the EX will be based on the QA or SA. So the amount of development with respect to the above system will evolutionary, not ...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk
Replies: 26
Views: 1412

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

Is there a combat variant in the works like the T-38/F-5? No actual designs have been shown but an F-T/X, I guess now F/A-7A?, has been suggested by a number of think tanks and there remains the proposal to use the T-7A as an aggressor platform, for which a light attack variant may be a good option...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 59
Views: 5873

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

What choice does the US have? We're beginning an Arms Race with China, innovation and risk appetite are going to get supercharged and spending limits will need to be less discretionary. There is clearly a balance between traditional acquisition and what is being proposed though. I could see unmanne...

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by Ozair
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 59
Views: 5873

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Certainly a change of plan for the NGAD/PCA concept. I’m not convinced that a five year cycle is really possible unless they are talking about simply building to first flight and then embarking on a test phase after that. Even then I expect this requires a different concept of technological developm...

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by Ozair
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Developing AMRAAM Replacement to Counter China
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Re: Air Force Developing AMRAAM Replacement to Counter China

Raytheon have released an image of one of their new missile concepts, the Peregrine, which is similar in concept to LM’s CUDA in being smaller than existing missiles but higher speed and more manoeuvrable. One of the primary intents of these smaller missiles is to increase the internal missile loads...

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by Ozair
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 65
Views: 12634

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

Why look in the past when you can have recent footage from Finland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hgjY_za9vA There are also videos of Singaporean and Taiwanese aircraft landing on runways in the last few years, F-15s, F-16s and Mirages but you missed the point… Landing on highways is nothing new...

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by Ozair
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 65
Views: 12634

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

Gripen will certainly work under the operational condition the Fins have. The Suer Hornet most likely will too. All other contenders have larger or smaller question marks behind them when it comes to the dispersed basing concept. I've yet to see any evidence that a Gripen or SH is better at dispers...

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by Ozair
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 65
Views: 12634

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

Favourite can be understood in different ways. It is one thing what you wish and another thing what you bet for. If you ask common women on the street in Finland most of them may prefer co-operation with Sweden instead of the USA or France/UK. It may be that they like Carl Gustaf more then Trump, o...

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by Ozair
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

Looks like the USMC is going to shift some of the F-35B deliveries to F-35Cs to better support the carrier air wings. The USN is likely to be short on their goal of an F-35C squadron on every aircraft carrier by 2030, hence the USMC will swap out more F-35Bs for Cs to bolster the carriers. The curre...

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by Ozair
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 21
Views: 6925

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

The USAF is hoping to issue an RFP for the B-52 replacement engine by the end of this year, contract award a year later and then flight tests in the 2023-24 timeframe. US Air Force nears battle over next B-52 engine After several months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is hoping to release a request fo...

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by Ozair
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Do nuclear aircraft carriers transit the Panama Canal ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1856

Re: Do nuclear aircraft carriers transit the Panama Canal ?

Looks like most carriers do the Horn trip at least a couple times and sometimes more. The Enterprise was even towed from Newport News to Puget Sound via the Horn after decommissioning Enterprise is still in Newport News Interesting. The article I found the info from, http://nation.time.com/2013/01/...

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by Ozair
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Do nuclear aircraft carriers transit the Panama Canal ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1856

Re: Do nuclear aircraft carriers transit the Panama Canal ?

A side question...how often do carriers go around Cape Horn? Couldn't be that common. According to this history of the Nimitz it passed Cape Horn twice, first in 87 and then again in 2001. https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/n/nimitz.html Looks ...

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by Ozair
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 830
Views: 80195

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Looks like further changes may have been made to the spending bill to limit what can be spent on the F-15EX until Boeing and the USAF provide the requested documents. While I don’t see this as a major impediment to the USAF getting the F-15X, it may take them longer to acquire and perhaps some addit...

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by Ozair
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

$6.5 billion for 32 planes? That is the DSCA declared cost, it isn’t what Poland will pay. I expect with a weapons/spares package and some support the end cost will likely be in the US$3.7 to 4 billion range. As an example the DSCA notification for Slovakia for the F-16V sale was US$2.91 billion bu...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

The move to cloud may allow the system to be more reliable as well as additional redundancy. Hopefully this move is being made with consideration to the work being done by the USAF Mad Hatter team. Lockheed To Migrate F-35 Backbone To Cloud Architecture Lockheed Martin intends to migrate its F-35 di...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

A reasonable blog about the F-35 although I continue to be amazed how easy it is to mis-interpret the financial cost involved with the platform. In this case the assertion is that the US$319 on procurement has already bene spent when that is clearly not the case. Those procurement dollars cover the ...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 294
Views: 50742

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Another Category One deficiency that has been discovered during OT&E. Great that they identified it before it became a flight issue for cargo or personnel on regular missions but another frustrating setback for the aircraft. Hopefully the fix is straight forward noting a reasonably large number...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

While not exclusively an F-35 weapon the evolution of SPEAR is already pretty impressive. I expect MDBA will see significant export sales from this weapon and the meteor for the F-35. MBDA WORKING ON NEW SPEAR-EW ELECTRONIC WARFARE WEAPON MBDA has been awarded a contract to demonstrate SPEAR-EW, a n...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 294
Views: 50742

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Another Category One deficiency that has been discovered during OT&E. Great that they identified it before it became a flight issue for cargo or personnel on regular missions but another frustrating setback for the aircraft. Hopefully the fix is straight forward noting a reasonably large number ...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program
Replies: 23
Views: 5662

Re: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program

As expected there is not a great deal of movement at this stage. The US Army is looking now for conceptual designs and it doesn’t appear to have any restrictions on submissions. You would think the V-280 and SB-1 would be well positioned for this but there appears scope for some justifiable novel de...

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by Ozair
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Algeria orders more Su-30MKA & MiG-29M
Replies: 0
Views: 430

Algeria orders more Su-30MKA & MiG-29M

Algeria are topping up their fleet with more of both aircraft. I expect this will see the retirement of the Su-22, the MiG-25 as well as older MiG-29s and that the prospective order for Su-34s reported a few years ago won’t happen. Algeria certainly has a diverse air force! Algeria orders more Russi...

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by Ozair
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

The UK are really grasping onto the QE class and F-35 combination as a means to transform how they fight a naval conflict going forward. An interesting suggestion that the F-35 may be able to launch ship based SAMs on targets the pilot identifies and prosecutes. The USN is already doing a similar th...

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by Ozair
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

First big step covered for Poland, I expect there may be an announcement either late this year or early next year on an actual sale. Poland cleared to buy F-35 fleet The U.S. State Department has OK’d Poland to buy the F-35, America’s most advanced fighter, setting up the country as the newest custo...

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by Ozair
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

USAF F-35A is involved in this operation to drop a significant tonnage on bombs on a small island on the Tigris river. US drops 80,000 pounds of bombs to clear ISIS from Iraqi island U.S. and Iraqi forces on Tuesday dropped 36,000 kg (80,000 pounds) of ordnance on an island along the Tigris river o...

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by Ozair
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 830
Views: 80195

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

F-15EX has passed another hurdle for acquisition by the USAF. I don’t think this has removed any of the requirements stipulated on acquisition of the EX past the two test aircraft but as previously indicated those shouldn’t be too hard to do. The other good news is the F-35 additional airframes were...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 86
Views: 15723

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

Malaysia is considering replacing its newest fighter fleet, the SU-30MKM, as part of a wider replacement of fighter aircraft likely to include replacing the Classic Hornet and now retired MiG-29s with the BAE Hawk being replaced by a separate competition. Reportedly Russian aircraft remain the favou...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135664

Re: F-35 news thread

USAF F-35A is involved in this operation to drop a significant tonnage on bombs on a small island on the Tigris river. US drops 80,000 pounds of bombs to clear ISIS from Iraqi island U.S. and Iraqi forces on Tuesday dropped 36,000 kg (80,000 pounds) of ordnance on an island along the Tigris river oc...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model as replacement of the Typhoon
Replies: 117
Views: 21046

Re: UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model as replacement of the Typhoon

Tempest now has a third partner with Italy joining. At this stage just a Declaration of Intent but clearly Italy sees both industrial and capability opportunities from joining Tempest. As Tempest and FCAS sign up these partners I think the likelihood of the programs merging at a later date decreases...

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by Ozair
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 65
Views: 12634

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

I don't think Gripen is one of the favourites at the moment, if it has ever been. Finland can take the second or even least best fighter in combat (satisfying the strict boundary conditions), but Finland cannot take the risk that the fighter keeps grounded for whatever reason. Interesting you say t...

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