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by bikerthai
Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 103
Views: 8514

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

sustainably execute its logistics requirements across ten time zones into the backyard of China is an unprecedented test for the USAF and its most consequential force-multiplier and sustainment AAR mission capability. The US have been sustaining operation in Afghanistan/Iraq for years. Ten time zon...

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by bikerthai
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

texl1649 wrote:
It’s a small set of product to choose from, is all I’m asserting.


Agreed. Not much of a choice. If that is the case, they should select the platform best fit their needs and avoid the silly attempt to competatively bid the airframe.

bt

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by bikerthai
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

The P-8, for various reasons (including security), really has to be a separate line. With export control reform, security at Renton is less of an issue. For the most part, ITAR items are installed at Boeing Field. The thing about ITAR items is that in order to be cleared to work it, you have to he ...

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by bikerthai
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Then we agree that there are three lines. Anyhow we are off-topic other than I do not believe the NG/P-8 configuration will be in any future Military derivatives plans after the P-8A line closes.

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by bikerthai
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

The P-8 is on it's own line in a separate building (4-20/21) The P-8 is on one line at Renton. However, at about one every three weeks, they can not afford to dedicate to the whole line to the P-8. Unless things changed since the program began, they would run the MAX through the same line. Because ...

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by bikerthai
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

I don’t think Nancy Pelosi needs an A380 for her weekend return trips to California. Only if Biden gets elected and she becomes part of the Cabinet. She have been flying commercial since 2011. If they want to replace the C-32, wouldn't the 767 be closer in terms of rating? I know the new 767 has a ...

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by bikerthai
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Airbus submitted a design? Technically Airbus wouldn't submit the design. It would be NG or another US company submitting a design with an Airbus aircraft. If they do decide to get something larger than 767, what will they use to replace the current 757? The 767 is the smallest aircraft to fit the ...

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by bikerthai
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

However four identical 747-8F aircraft are not easy to purchase and will be no bargain (if available). -8F would not be a bargain, true. But would you need an F? If you are installing mission consoles, operator seats and equipment racks, then the I's with the seat tracks would be a better option. F...

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by bikerthai
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18902

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Don't the trainers comes with advance simulators as well? Why not glum on to the USAF and get new state of the art simulators as well? And don't forget the time and money the USAF is currently spending on perfecting the curriculum.

bt

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by bikerthai
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18902

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

This is just an RFI. They still have competative bidding right? If they are looking at the T-7, there is nothing like an active production line with 300 + frames to take advantage of bulk buy. The way Boeing tout their digital assembly process, the should be able to accommodate a small surge for he ...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

txjim wrote:
I think you would be surprised at some of the electronics updates that have occured


Concur.

Even with the relatively new P-8A fleet, electronics are constantly being updated.

bt

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18902

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Ha, I spoke too soon although this is a response from Boeing to the RAAF's RFI for replacement of the Hawk 127 for a dedicated advanced trainer. There is no expectation the T-7A would be used as a light attack aircraft in RAAF service. If working relationship between Boeing and the RAAF have any we...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18902

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

If dog fighting us not involved, and only ground attack is comptemplated, then a drone may be an option. But then if you look at the Serbian situation, would you want a system that relies on US satellites? From a maintenance stand point, would a T-7 be easier to maintain than a sophisticated drone? ...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18902

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Yak-130 might be a better fit for Serbia and likely cheaper to acquire given their relations with Russia and the amount of Russian aircraft they have in service. Some times a trainer is more than a trainer. Serbia, like the rest of the Balkan state would prefer to align with the West economicaly, I...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China claim they will sanction Lockheed Martin
Replies: 9
Views: 1663

Re: China claim they will sanction Lockheed Martin

Of the shelf components can be purchased through distributors and would be difficult for China to regulate. Tooling and other specially one-off hardware can be sourced to India, but you have to set up a supply chain there first. Most military specific products are made in the US or friendly countrie...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

As mentioned, militarizing the 787 might be an option, but after the billions in losses Boeing took on the KC-46, I pretty heavily discount that is likely to happen. The 787 may not be militarized, but the reason would not be because Boeing lost a boat load on the initial KC-46 contract. For the E-...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Thanks for the clarification. Full EMI hardening of wiring would including shielding of wire bundle with electrically conductive braid sock. Not sure if that is done with commercial wiring. I know that for the P-8A total shielding of the airplane is allocated/portioned to different system - Airframe...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

The article is not conclusive. Hardening for EMI occurs at different levels. The chip can be hardened, but other systems, such as wiring must be protected as well. Remember the wiring fiasco? They had to re-design it to Mil spec? I would guess that the MIL spec may include additional EMI protection....

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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

If a twin engine can support the massive power consumption of an Airborne Radar, it should be capable of handing all the electrical needs of an E-4B. You do this by putting on two more powerful generators for each engines, like what they did for the E-7. Not sure, but there may have been a concept o...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

That chart can be deceiving. One thing you can take from it is that the fewer the frame in inventory, the more expensive it is to maintain and operate. The other thing that is not as obvious is the nature of the maintenance cost. For electronic heavy aircrafts like the E-4 and J-STARs, AWACs much of...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18902

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Why do fighters have more situational awareness? The drone pilots are in a quiet room, with a second person, connected to all the relevant networks, with room to spread out maps and charts. I guess we are taking about two levels of drones. The first level is what we currently have where the drone i...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18902

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

More information on the current flight test. https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2020-07-20/all-systems-go-boeings-red-hawk-trainer Draeger elaborated further: “Performance is squarely in the center of where fourth- and fifth-generation operate.” Moreover, the aircraft’s systems feature ...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

For the longest time, they say that the E-3 would be replaced by space based radar. Not sure if that is the case anymore. When they canned the J-STAR recapitalization, they say future systems will be a distributed system with smaller platform and many drones. I guess even with this transition, they ...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18902

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

What can it do that a drone cannot do with more safety and *much* less cost? With the current fleet of drones, situation awareness is still not up to par with a pilot. Current drones can be shot down by low cost fighters. For foreign governments export control may limit advance drone purchase. bt

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Given the amount of composite in the F-35 and Eurofighter as an example then it shouldn't be too difficult. It can be done. The complexity is less on a smaller scale and if integrated into the initial design. For a commercial airline where it is not designed in up front, it may be more difficult to...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

A cargo door on a 787 seems...inevitable. A militarized 787 would be interesting from a technical point. How would you harden a composite frame? Sure the 787 has the copper mesh for lightning, but grounding out for lightning vs EMI shielding is quite different. I have no idea on if it would be a ma...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

767-2C should be a shoe-in for this AoA, IMO. Definitely most cost effective in-production aircraft as all the EMI hardening and provision for defensive countermeasures comes with the new aircraft. Only problem as an executive transport is that there are no passengener windows. Maybe for a small fe...

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by bikerthai
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 928
Views: 131021

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

This is what we call a block point change. When a new program starts, there is an opportunity to more cost effectively incorporate new tech as opposed to trying to squeeze it on to a full up production program. If this concept proves out, I would not be surprised if it gets incorporated into the F-3...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: First KC-10 formally retired
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Re: First KC-10 formally retired

zanl188 wrote:
I had understood that aircraft headed for DM needed to be turned in there in as delivered condition - not missing parts. Must have received dispensation for the boom.


They must have need the boom for operational spares. Do they even spare the boom? Or any of the components?

bt

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China claim they will sanction Lockheed Martin
Replies: 9
Views: 1663

Re: China claim they will sanction Lockheed Martin

Stategic wise, now would be a perfect time to push the boundaries both in Hong Kong and in the Himalayas as both the US and India is knee deep with Cov-19. For all their rhetoric, I do not believe for a minute that China thinks they can reclaim Taiwan without military intervention or democracy on th...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28472

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

One item that would concern me is the vibration profile of new engines. Sonic and vibration mode can be analysed, but the analysis is black magic to me. Never really got the grasp of structure dynamics in school.

bt

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28472

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

Overall I thought a reasonable review and a couple of things that we haven’t really discussed in the thread. Sure, if one is taking in by the quantity of his argument vs quality. Worried that the new engine will produce too much thrust that it will impact the wing structure? You can always have the...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China claim they will sanction Lockheed Martin
Replies: 9
Views: 1663

Re: China claim they will sanction Lockheed Martin

But how will Lockheed Martin be actually affected by it? It's all part of a political dance that in normal time, both side will have thought out to the nth degree and move their chess pieces in a predictable manor. The only wild card is the current US administration may not be so predictable when c...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28472

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

You two are like ships passing in the night. You both have valid points but seems to be arguing to different points. The reason to re-engine is clear to me as a non-pilot. It's a matter of having enough frames in the air to complete the mission on a multi-front war. Sure it's not ideal to have such ...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 928
Views: 131021

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Contract for the first batch awarded. https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2272575/daf-awards-contract-for-first-lot-of-f-15ex-fighter-aircraft/ Delivery slated for second quarter 2021. And it's a two seater. The photo in the article shows the frame well on it's way. Do the red shrouds at...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28472

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

Didn't they truck a B-1 up to Seattle for testing? They can probably do the same.

It would be cheaper.

bt

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by bikerthai
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28472

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

I would guess that the drawings were not fully updated True story. There are 767 parts that we still use on other new built aircraft today. One day a few years back the parts started to come in out of tolerance. They found that the photo contact master of the part has aged to the point that mylar p...

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by bikerthai
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1448
Views: 277582

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

:checkeredflag: Yes the freighter discussion probably need to go somewhere else. Sorry I brought it up. Agenda aside, when an arguement has some logic behind it, it's worth discussion. And yes Zeke, there may be hundreds of frames out there for mod. Some carrier would still prefer new built. :checke...

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by bikerthai
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1448
Views: 277582

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Your logic failed the 748 &. A380 test My logic fails because both those planes failed as a passenger carrier. Is there any doubt that if the 747-8i was a success, then the 747-8F would be too? If the 777X also fail as a passenger carrier, then you will be right. An ideal 77X freighter can be b...

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by bikerthai
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1448
Views: 277582

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

a $400+ million list price into a freighter when there will be lots of young 777s around. They are going to struggle to even get interest in the passenger version for the next few years. There will always be customers who will want new freighters. And any 777 F would have the market to itself. It's...

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by bikerthai
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1448
Views: 277582

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

For the highest utilization routes, there us a business case for FedEx to buy a more efficient plane. For most routes, the 777-300ERSF is a better option. Lightsaber I cannot see the business case you say is there, FedEx carries packages, volume is the key, a 778F would provide what additional volu...

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by bikerthai
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28472

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

I’m not an engineer, is this normal to build a mock up in dealing with the upgrades? https://oklahoman.com/article/5666431/new-boeing-building-will-house-b-52-fuselage-wing-for-modernization-project The answer is not typically for a digital airplane. But the '52 are not digital. So lets take the wi...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Separate USAF training aircraft award for Reforge pilot training
Replies: 10
Views: 1416

Re: Separate USAF training aircraft award for Reforge pilot training

After reading a couple of articles, I get the feeling that these are just temporary leased aircraft to prove out training concepts before the T-7 is available for training. On the back end, they will also be a hedge in case T-7 can not meet the requirements for the higher end training of which the A...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 5026

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

I was thinking more of the overall noise and vibration environment of a business jet vs a C-130. Most of the time the operator is sitting down anyway. It's the constant noise and vibration that can wear you down. Never been in a cargo plane to feel how it is. But crew switching from the P-3 to the P...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 5026

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Clearly, the Brits did what I think was the sane decision (P-8) Personally, I believe the UK decision for the P-8A went beyond their current, soon to be past, capability gap. It would not surprise me if as soon as the US Navy fully implement the AAS capability, the UK will order that as well. Not s...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 5026

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Not to poo poo the C-130, but if you are looking for persistent present aloft, wouldn't a business jet would be much more comfortable to operate from than a converted transport?

After all crew comfort do increase crew performance as station time increases.

bt

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by bikerthai
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 5026

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

You forget the weather. Weather is that great equalizer. Other than the North Sea, though, weather is intermittence and should not dictate the broad goals of the program. I agree with you, if Germany is only looking at it's immediate waterway, then the smaller aircraft is financially prudent. But i...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 5026

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Like immigration control, fishing control, pollution control,.. All off which can be done more effectively at high altitude with advance optics and sensor for a wide area sweep. You would drop down on the deck if you detect something that warrant a closer look. For small waterways it does not make ...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 5026

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

As I mentioned earlier in the thread in this context UUVs will also play a big role. They have the persistence that can assist the MPA role and I expect some decent technological movements in this area in coming years. This is where a larger platform with more operators can be an advantage. You can...

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