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by Ozair
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 117
Views: 11470

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

It they thrown out Turkey can probably demand USA to pay it back. If Trump play to hard game could this mean an end to Turkey in Nato? Consider the situation of Nato right now it seems like we soon might have the perfect storm. They can demand but Turkey won't get any SDD money back. They have had ...

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by Ozair
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 79
Views: 12603

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

A good selection of vendors for Columbia to choose from, the Gripen, the Eurofighter, F-16V and the Kfir NG (not sure why Rafale is not mentioned in the article?). The Gripen seems well poised given its arrival in Brazil in the next few years but not sure how much budget Columbia has to work with. T...

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by Ozair
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

Only 37+9 = 46 F-35's for the Netherlands, we ordered 213 F-16's once 8-) Sure but the Netherlands was also spending near or over 3% of GDP on defence then, today it is less than 1.25%, was lower than 1.2% from 2013-2017 and they haven't spend above 1.5% since 1999. If you essentially tripled the m...

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by Ozair
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

Dutchy wrote:
The Dutch Air Force will get an extra 8 or 9 F-35's. Money has been made available. This is part of the ongoing effort to get the Military up to strength again. Probably an extra 6 will be ordered in due time to get an extra sq of 15 operational.

Interview with the minister in Dutch

Good news!

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by Ozair
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ireland needs airspace defence capability
Replies: 115
Views: 3780

Re: Ireland needs airspace defence capability

The Austrian Eurofighters are not equipped with FLIR imaging and thus can identify targets at night only with diffculty. Even the ministry of defence admits that the fleet is effectively grounded at night, to be used only "in emergencies". What? Haven't they got radar either then? Sounds ...

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by Ozair
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread
Replies: 64
Views: 7715

Re: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ade7YuZYk6M We have a trailer 8-) I'm excited. Looks less A2A than number one. Surprised / Dissepointed that they chose to use the F-18 for this. Should have gone for the F-35C Kind of makes sense though given the F-35C won't be on a carrier for its first cruise unti...

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by Ozair
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

I never wrote or inferred it did. It should be obvious, the EX would have a higher MA rate vs the current C/D. Please don't refer to things I never wrote. The post I quoted was deleted mmo. And don't forget the EX will be able to carry more missiles than the QA or SA. From that myopic point of comp...

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by Ozair
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ireland needs airspace defence capability
Replies: 115
Views: 3780

Re: Ireland needs airspace defence capability

In daylight..... The also snug up behind some USAF F-16, despite trying to avoid the Austrian Response hard and using AWACS support to do so.... It isn´t that the Austrian Airforce was inept, but in Darkness they could just stay at home. Without the Swedish Datalink finding a target at night was pu...

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by Ozair
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ireland needs airspace defence capability
Replies: 115
Views: 3780

Re: Ireland needs airspace defence capability

Before the Eurofighter showed up in Austria, Austrian airspace was violated all the freaking time. After they got them it wasn't. Not that the Draken where useless, but daylight only.... Best regards Thomas Interesting Tommy but I’m confused as to what difference the Eurofighters make compared to t...

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by Ozair
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

Eielson will have 48 F-35A based there from 2021. Flying the aircraft in that cold air has got to be a great experience. Eielson hosts Arctic Lightning Airshow, first in over a decade Eielson hosted the 2019 Arctic Lightning Airshow July 13, 2019, the first airshow to be hosted here in more than 10 ...

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by Ozair
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

1000 pilots have gone through the process for fitting of F-35 flight equipment via the PFF. Survitec Pilot Fit Facility reaches milestone Survitec’s work on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme has reached a new milestone, with the 1000th pilot fitted out using the Pilot Fit Facility (PFF) intro...

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by Ozair
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

With the arrival of 207sqn the UK will now train all F-35 aircrew locally. Second Lightning Fighter Jet Squadron Arrives In The UK A second training squadron of state-of-the-art F-35 Lightning jets arrived at RAF Marham on Tuesday. The arrival of 207 Squadron will see all training on the next-genera...

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by Ozair
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

And the F-35 doesn't have the money or the vendors to solve the problem. Thus the E/X. That isn't correct mmo. The program has the funding and new suppliers are being identified. The F-22 won't hit the 80% mark because of a lack of stealth maintenance infrastructure, exacerbated by the damage to Ty...

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by Ozair
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 116
Views: 24250

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Ozair, you seem to miss the point that processes like this are highly politcal. The requirements, contenders change over time. And if the process is coming to conclusion, the plug can be pulled anyway because of changed relations, requirements, political priorities, international situations, who kn...

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by Ozair
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

If the EX design is based in the QA or SA configuration, saying it's a down grade requires explanation. Sure, the three configuration are meant for different missions, and would have different capabilities, but calling the EX as a down grade would require details on what is the ranking parameters. ...

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by Ozair
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 116
Views: 24250

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

For joint training, exercises, inflight refuelling exercises for UN operations. NATO familirization. You think that Canadian aircraft need to do that? Both air forces worked together over Iraq/Syria for almost a year before the Canadians pulled out in 2016. They also flew together at exercise Pitch...

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by Ozair
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 116
Views: 24250

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Maybe a good team for the Frtench to send some Rafales to Canada. For joint training, exercises, inflight refuelling exercises for UN operations. NATO familirization. Send a A330-MRTT with it for the trip. Why, Dassault has already withdrawn and as per the Canadian procurement website can no longer...

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by Ozair
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 117
Views: 11470

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

I'm surprised Trump couldn't make a deal with Erdogan after 2 1/2 years in office. I wonder what happened, is it really all Obama's fault? No one is giving Turkey what it actually wants, technology transfer of long range SAMs to allow it to develop, domestically acquire and then market their own ve...

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by Ozair
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 54
Views: 10762

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

While this story is about the relationship between the two respective countries and more specially the militaries it shows how tight Finland has become to the US and the western methodology of fighter combat. It certainly shows Finland won’t be afraid to select a US fighter in the upcoming competiti...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 79
Views: 14021

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

More at the link. While the F-21/16 offers probably great overall economics, and may very well be the cheapest overall to acquire and operate compared to the capability it offers, I still doubt that India will select it for the sole reason that Pakistan operates the F-16. If India chooses F-21, it w...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

The below article struggles with the logic of what is actually happening and is making claims that aren’t substantiated by the reports it tries to reference. Given the aircraft is performing for the US Military and partners in conflict today I counter that the author is blowing this out of proportio...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

Got to be frustrating for the program that these small issues with the supply base continue to prevent the jet reaching the readiness goal. Hopefully this gets sorted ASAP. Esper: F-35 Won’t Hit 80% Readiness, Cites Stealth Parts Presumptive Defense Secretary Mark Esper says flatly the F-35 “is not ...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

In a First, an F-35 Pilot Is Joining the Navy's Blue Angels Demonstration Team The Blue Angels team has its first F-35B pilot, but he won't be flying the Joint Strike Fighter jet in any upcoming air shows. Marine Maj. Frank Zastoupil is one of eight officers recently selected to join the Blue Angel...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 116
Views: 24250

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

A graph from the article showing the typical cost curves and percentage of overall acquisition the respective phases of the life cycle take. Very liberal scaling on this graph. The "10 %" development cost definititely fits more than twice in the "15 %" procurement cost and at le...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 117
Views: 11470

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

As expected Trump has stated the US will not be selling F-35s to Turkey. He did show sympathy for Turkey and blamed most of the issue on the Obama Administration for not approving the Patriot sale but it is clear that Trump is following the US DoD and Congress on this issue. U.S. will not sell F-35 ...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 116
Views: 24250

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

A lot more to this article than the Executive summary posted below. Some very well-reasoned analysis that takes into account the key aspects of the fighter acquisition and how long it has to last for Canada. Article is a couple of months old. Anatomy of a Buy: The Four Dimensions of Procuring a Futu...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Italians recover A2A missile during Police raid
Replies: 12
Views: 1054

Italians recover A2A missile during Police raid

Well this is an unusual story. The individual arrested was apparently going to sell the A2A missile hopefully for almost half a million euros. As per the article the missile was a Super 530F and was the property of the Qatari Armed Forces being manufactured in 1980. Apparently it was missing the exp...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

The Norwegian-Italy reprogramming lab has been officially opened at Eglin AFB. I expect the Norwegians and Italians will end up doing some other partner MDF work here as well. Mission Data System Files for Core Allies: The Norwegian-Italian Reprogramming F-35 Lab The NIRL provides Norway and Italy F...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

RAF Lakenheath works continues to prepare for the arrival of 48 USAF F-35A aircraft in 2021. Construction of first permanent US F-35 campus in Europe begins at Lakenheath A $205 million construction project to prepare RAF Lakenheath for the arrival of two squadrons of U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning ...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

Interesting change with Gen Fick being an Engineer by trade and not aircrew although he has spent some time working with experimental/test aircraft. He is the first non-aviator to be head of the program in quite a while. F-35 Program Leadership Changes as Turkey’s Future in Program Uncertain The F-3...

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by Ozair
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The Nowland quote you provided doesn't even address that subject. Are you sure you cut and pasted the right stuff? You quoted him from a 2017 article where he referred to a 2014 accident involving an F-15 and then (maybe at the same time, maybe not) issued the vague non-contextualized statement abo...

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by Ozair
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 242
Views: 43498

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

The first two RAAF jets handed over are now flying in RCAF colours with more jets expected and the whole classic Hornet fleet to undergo a 1.5 billion upgrade program to keep them capable to 2032. The jets are expected to keep flying to deal with any gap as the Royal Canadian Air Forces receives 88...

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by Ozair
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Care to share your evidence... not your opinion but some reasoned analysis or news article. Actually, it is O.K. for Spar to share his opinion. It is O.K. for him (I assumed that he is a he and not a she) to be passionate about his opinion. It is also O.K. if he is not passionate about his opinion ...

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by Ozair
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Do you think that even once in General David Goldfein's career, spanning the time from when he was a 2nd lieutenant until him being the four star that he is, do you think that even once in that career he ever publically claimed that he was doing something or supporting something simply because his ...

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by Ozair
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines extends 737 Max flight cancellations through November 2019
Replies: 58
Views: 8730

Re: American Ailrines extends 737 Max flight cancellations through November 2019

May it be possible (dare I even think this) that the MAX will never fly again?? No, it will fly again and be a successful model. Too many airlines need new replacement aircraft, and Airbus does not possess the capacity to fill the void if the MAX didn't fly. Further to that, I expect if the MAX nev...

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by Ozair
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Yet another condescending deflection from reality. As has been an ongoing topic here, the F-15EX was not an Air Force decision, it was a DoD decision: a Hanahan decision. Now with Hanahan gone the "decision" is reversed. There is no complex "set of data" to "objectively&quo...

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by Ozair
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Some clear reasons why going with the F-15EX is not a good idea, the same that have resonated here for a while ............. After all the insult, innuendo, deflection and half truths over the last couple of pages, I have to point out how the winds have changed. From a month ago. In the end the F-1...

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by Ozair
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 242
Views: 43498

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

The first two RAAF jets handed over are now flying in RCAF colours with more jets expected and the whole classic Hornet fleet to undergo a 1.5 billion upgrade program to keep them capable to 2032. First used Australian fighter jets now flying in Canadian colours, plans underway to extend jet fleet t...

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by Ozair
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 187
Views: 25083

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

"The German air force’s fleet of Airbus Defence & Space A400M tactical transports will soon have improved protection against surface-to-air heat-seeking missiles, with the service set to integrate directed-infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) technology from Elbit Systems." https://www.fli...

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by Ozair
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Some clear reasons why going with the F-15EX is not a good idea, the same that have resonated here for a while. The article doesn’t address the near term availability constraints which appear to form much of the justification for the EX buy but it is clear that few consider the EX acquisition a good...

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by Ozair
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 736
Views: 69006

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Some more commentary from a retired USAF General on the decision to acquire F-15Exs over F-35s. I’ve only quoted the relevant bits and have excluded the points regarding the F-22. By buying F-15 jets, Pentagon leaders are repeating past mistakes If the Pentagon or Congress needs a refresher on the i...

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by Ozair
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 117
Views: 11470

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

One would hope that the US reaction to this would not be via tweets and threats. The US needs to do what the defense department thinks necessary, and with maximum diplomacy and tact. And probably some sweeteners on the part of the US. The US DoD has been very clear and very diplomatic throughout th...

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by Ozair
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Discussion Thread
Replies: 32
Views: 1813

Re: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Discussion Thread

Now I am conflicted, as an Australian I don't like NZ winning anything but also can't abide the old enemy... In the end hopefully it is a good game and goes down to the last over to decide. Last over? It went to the last possible ball! That super-over rule sucks for NZ as it was a draw in all but n...

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by Ozair
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Discussion Thread
Replies: 32
Views: 1813

Re: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Discussion Thread

Now I am conflicted, as an Australian I don't like NZ winning anything but also can't abide the old enemy...

In the end hopefully it is a good game and goes down to the last over to decide.

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by Ozair
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program
Replies: 117
Views: 21821

Re: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program

Interesting article in Air Force Magazine: http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2019/July%202019/How-Boeing-Won-the-T-X.aspx Some highlights: - 3D design software let them use a 'virtual wind tunnel' to reduce time in the real wind tunnel - Boeing had full trust in the model to “represe...

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by Ozair
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 187
Views: 25083

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

The engines of the A400M continue to be a source of trouble for the program! Good news is the UK Government isn't paying for the rectification with that money coming from Industry. Two from twenty serviceable is pretty dismal though. RAF Nato row after 'totally unacceptable' engine problems keep £2....

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by Ozair
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 117
Views: 11470

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

And the first S-400 shipment has now arrived... Turkey receives Russian air defense system, threatening rift with U.S. Turkey Friday received its first shipment of a Russian air defense system, a move expected to trigger U.S. sanctions against the NATO ally and possibly eject Ankara from the global ...

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by Ozair
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 117
Views: 11470

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

Obviously this has been in process for a few months, almost certainly to get ahead and alleviate the impact on the expectation Turkey would receive the S-400. It might actually be a good thing for the program in the long run if new aircraft deliveries next year drop to accommodate a supplier change ...

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by Ozair
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ireland needs airspace defence capability
Replies: 115
Views: 3780

Re: Ireland needs airspace defence capability

Ozair, I'm not just talking about fast jets, but general military preparedness. In your case, you are upgrading your navy by replacing your ANZAC class frigates with T26s. Yet, NZ is keeping their old ANZACs. They will soon be obsolescent and not be able to operate with the RAN. I've read that the ...

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by Ozair
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121611

Re: F-35 news thread

The F-35 portions of the the below article by Ash Carter on his time with the US DoD. How We Tamed the F-35’s Spiraling Costs — and Created a Model for Controlling Waste ... The poster child for poor program management in recent Pentagon history was the F-35 joint strike fighter (JSF). In 2009, when...

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