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by angad84
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16
Replies: 71
Views: 4328

Re: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16

Why not stick the F414 in the thing? IIRC the dimensions are the same or almost the same as the F404. What we found with the Tejas (and Saab did with the Gripen C - to - E) was that F404 to F414 is not a straightforward swap. That said, given Saab's involvement with the T-7, this programme has the ...

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by angad84
Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 8095

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

The RAAF and JASDF have declared their tankers fully operational. The USAF simply wants their tankers to work in worse conditions that is beyond the existing Boeing or Airbus systems. Bingo. Textbook example: neither MRTT nor the KC-767 can survive in a nuclear or chemical environment, whereas the ...

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by angad84
Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best multi-national program
Replies: 51
Views: 2507

Re: Best multi-national program

Of the ones you've listed, it would have to be FREMM, I think. Jaguar did not get much love from the French, esp after Dassault took over. Eurofighter... LOL NOPE But how's this for one - Airbus? The original multinational idea resulted in a spectacular company that has serious staying power and is ...

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by angad84
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: IAF buys 56 C-295 transport aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 4279

Re: IAF buys 56 C-295 transport aircraft

A line engineer with 5 years experience will live in an apartment in Seattle. A manager will live in their own house with servants in Bangalore. bt You're ignoring QOL and a host of other factors in this comparison... the guy in BLR will have to work his hands to the bone. Cost of living in India i...

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by angad84
Wed Sep 01, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 53201

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

I always thought SAAB would have been better off just putting the F414 on the Gripen C. It might require a bit of intake modification but the engine is the same physical dimensions as the F404. THAT would be an improved aircraft. I can tell you from the Indian experience, this would not work out we...

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by angad84
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 129
Views: 26079

Re: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread

bikerthai wrote:
If you get additional customers, and get the rate up, to one a month, you should be able to drive the price down further.

Unfortunately the only other country in the CATOBAR game is France. Pity India didn't leapfrog directly to CATOBAR, and doesn't look likely to for decades yet.

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by angad84
Sun Aug 22, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5018

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

Laser welding in space may be doable. Titanium would be easiest to laser weld. At least you do not need to use inert gas. How do you keep the melted material from floating away though? You can also do resistance welding. But those joints are not strong. bt maybe they wouldn't need to weld at all? S...

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by angad84
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 11025

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

tj1230 wrote:
Does anyone else think that the withdrawl could have been planned a bit better?

I think pretty much the whole world agrees on that.

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by angad84
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 53201

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

SeamanBeaumont wrote:
I read the other day Saab agreed the aircraft wasn't good enough and why it is bigger and heavier but just as average.

I'd love a source for this, because that sounds wildly out of character for an on the record Saab statement.

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by angad84
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14733

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

They're that person that change their clothes 3 times a day, but wear the same underwear for days. Thanks, I'm definitely stealing this! It feels like this is what the Russians did with this fighter, just made a smaller SU-57 relative rather than completely reinventing the wheel. Subtract an engine...

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by angad84
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14733

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Old news. Not quite. CAATSA is a very serious issue that constantly threatens to derail the bilateral relationship, and two successive US admins (Trump-R, Biden-D) have done sweet nothing to allay any concerns India has regarding the legislation. Even if it ends up resolved to everyone's satisfacti...

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by angad84
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14733

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

I see no reason they couldn't have had the opportunity. China has bought, and produced a lot of Russian hardware. J-15 for example. The reasons is obvious. The Chinese believe they can design and build a better airplane. And for the other country who had experienced in building Russian fighter thro...

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by angad84
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14733

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Surprised at the intake location given how FOD sensitive Russian engines are. You'd think a clean sheet would give them a chance to locate them up high. Oh well, at least it's not sucking in debris kicked up by the nosewheel this time... New pictures confirm side mounted intakes high off the ground...

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by angad84
Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14733

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Surprised at the intake location given how FOD sensitive Russian engines are. You'd think a clean sheet would give them a chance to locate them up high.

Oh well, at least it's not sucking in debris kicked up by the nosewheel this time...

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by angad84
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14733

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Per Popular Mechanics, a new Russian fighter will makes it's debut July 20, the first day of the MAKS-2021 airshow: https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a37014981/russia-new-fighter-jet-teaser/ Let the speculation begin..... It's clear the pitch is aimed at securing foreign funding. T...

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by angad84
Sat Jul 10, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 56
Views: 5202

Re: Stealth is very important

But please explain how expensive Stealth aircraft can help in the India v China context. As in any context — look first, shoot first. do the Chinese investments and developments in AI warfare technology neutralise any advantages of Stealth? Defense Experts like Ajai Shukla and Praveen Sawhney have ...

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by angad84
Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 78
Views: 14862

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

A google search turns interesting results. For example India was assured that the US could disable Pakistani AMRAAMs : http://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/201127/us-assured-india-it-could-remotely-disable-pakistan%E2%80%99s-amraam-missiles%3A-report.html Poor interpretation of a p...

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by angad84
Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 56
Views: 5202

Re: Stealth is very important

Indian air Force will find it impossible to act in this sector without first neutralizing these Radars. Stealth is not useful in this specific context. Uhmm, no? SEAD/DEAD is exactly the kind of scenario where stealth brings disproportionate advantages to the mission, all else being equal. What cou...

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by angad84
Wed Jun 30, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 53201

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

No links/sources I'm afraid, but... ... from conversations I've had in India and Europe, the varying configurations of Eurofighters in service all over the world actually hurt the type when it comes to O&S costs versus a generally more stable Rafale product line. The difference was not readily ...

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by angad84
Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 53201

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

They definitely are throwing everything at this. But I'm not sure they could bring the operating cost of the Typhoon down far enough to be competitive. Is there any dependable source on the operating and ownership economics, as well as performance, of modern western fighters? I feel as though most ...

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by angad84
Sun Jun 27, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines
Replies: 21
Views: 3829

Re: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines

China's behaviour shapes that of countries and corporations that engage with China. It might be easier to hold companies accountable, but let's not give China a free pass shall we? You did write it isn't "the fault of China per-se" — except it absolutely is, as long as censorship is in for...

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by angad84
Thu Jun 24, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines
Replies: 21
Views: 3829

Re: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines

I don't quite see how this aspect would be the fault of China per-se. Are you... not familiar with the concept of censorship? Because this comes off as fabulously naive. Come to Asia, literally anywhere in Asia, we'll be happy to show and tell you all about it. It's totally par for the course here....

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by angad84
Sun May 30, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 92
Views: 14197

Re: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2

Russian AF accident in Saki, Crimea, Ukraine (territory temporarily occupied by Russia), May 22: Su-30SM, both pilots ejected on the ground, both survived. A ground technician suffered burns, reportedly he was on the cockpit ladder at that moment. A second ground technician apparently was stunned, ...

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by angad84
Wed May 26, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 149
Views: 31772

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

That's a good point. We don't deploy the same way so the comparison is moot. FWIW, anecdotally, the P-8I's ability to self-deploy to other bases within India and/or nearby is also light years ahead of the Tu-142 and Il-38. I've seen it with my own eyes. And during MH370, the first IN asset tasked wa...

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by angad84
Tue May 25, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 149
Views: 31772

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Interesting read. Not all is rosy with the P-8A mission capability. https://news.usni.org/2021/05/25/pentagon-report-on-p-8a-readiness-for-anti-submarine-warfare-mission While the tech performance is excellent. Mission readiness is low because of of all things, lack of bolts and O rings. bt One pre...

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by angad84
Wed May 12, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany signs order for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Replies: 248
Views: 31154

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

One other interesting thing to consider is if Germany delay their decision, they may lose the line position as India is wrangling for more P-8s. If India gets in first, Germany may not get their first P-8s until 2024. https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/india-approved-to-buy-six-more-p-8i-marit...

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by angad84
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Multirole MPA Replacement, C-500 Beagle Concept >2030
Replies: 156
Views: 19777

Re: European Multirole MPA Replacement, C-500 Beagle Concept >2030

keesje wrote:
It seems the P1 has a superior (4 antenna) 360 AESA radar.

I keep reading this, but I've seen the P-1 up close, and photographed it extensively, and I cannot for the life of me spot the 4th array. I expect it has wider coverage than the P-8A courtesy the cheek arrays, but I doubt it's a full 360.

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by angad84
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

But the Indian government is actually paying $6.5B for 85 planes, and that's $76M each. Come on man. Contract value is not the same as URF. URF cost before taxes is ~42M URF after (domestic) tax is ~50M Since export customers do not pay domestic taxes, the export price is the base URF. The rest of ...

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by angad84
Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Tejas economics question: Wikipedia says (and has lots of citations) ₹162 crore (equivalent to ₹208 crore or US$29 million in 2019) for IOC Mk. 1 (2014) ₹299.45 crore (equivalent to ₹541 crore or US$76 million in 2019) for FOC Mk. 1 (2010) ₹303 crore (US$42 million) for Mk. 1A and ₹309 crore (US$43...

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by angad84
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

If what you wrote above makes sense to you then maybe we should just stop talking. Agreed. If you're going to tell *me* what the IAF is thinking, and quote Franz-Stefan Gady, who in all likelihood has never interacted with an IAF officer outside of an embassy party, then this discussion is indeed q...

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by angad84
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Over the years I formed the impression that the environment in which this aircraft was being developed was not a healthy environment for decent project management. Sir, I tip my hat to you. It will be interesting to see if India can run the Mk1A project substantially better than Mk1 was run. I woul...

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by angad84
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

If what you wrote above makes sense to you then maybe we should just stop talking. Agreed. If you're going to tell *me* what the IAF is thinking, and quote Franz-Stefan Gady, who in all likelihood has never interacted with an IAF officer outside of an embassy party, then this discussion is indeed q...

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by angad84
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Development was started in 1985 (36 years ago). First flight was in 2001 (20 years ago). They have delivered zero planes the military actually wants. I think that's long enough. More than long enough. Way too long. You can choose between 1987 (project definition) and 1993 (first actual development ...

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by angad84
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 144
Views: 32443

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

LM thought it was 'shockingly low' at the time One way to measure whether Boeing underbid is whether they can deliver the frames in time. Cost over run escalate exponentially with schedule delay. So if they can deliver on schedule, then their bid would be spot on. bt yep. flight test appears to be ...

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by angad84
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

What's special about S. Asian geopolitics? Compare it to (say) the Gulf Region or ASEAN? I can't tell if this is sarcastic or not. Three nuclear powers in a constant state of friction qualifies as pretty dicey in my book. There are no treaty alliances in S.Asia, so no one coming to help if it prope...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Most other countries of this size simply consider it foolish to invest this much money just to replicate products that they can buy off the shelf from a friend. Especially when your 'homegrown' fighter depends on parts from said friends. Correct. And most other countries aren't affected by the uniq...

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by angad84
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

I would wonder if $1B spent the Pakistani way is worth the same development as $3B spent the Indian way. The Tejas program really seems to be inefficiently run. The JF-17 has fighters in operation and the Tejas is a development program. This is a great way to distill the essence of the question dow...

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by angad84
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Not sure I agree that the Tejas is a better aircraft though. The Chinese have had a long time to mature and develop the JF-17. They have had AESA radars in service on aircraft for almost 18 years, and 3 years for fighter based arrays. Missile technology is likely way ahead of any homegrown Indian m...

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by angad84
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Oh good. Another thread that's going to destroy my productivity. You will excuse me if I don my patriotic hat for this one, although I will try and be as objective as possible. I like the Tejas and think it is technically a better aircraft than the JF-17 although it is hard to deny the time differen...

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by angad84
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Determining Factor for JHMCS Wear
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Re: Determining Factor for JHMCS Wear

F-35 has no HUD. So the pilot always has to wear the HMDS.

Other aircraft, particularly in peacetime, can probably do without it, unless the training for the day specifically requires it.

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by angad84
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 219
Views: 56746

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Well the USAF might still be taking F-15EX then, the French more Rafales on slow production and I doubt Germany will have finished Eurofighter deliveries given their slow production and order timeframe. Given what the IAF needs to replace better to have a cheap 4th gen than see the force significan...

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by angad84
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93368

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Again, I think the only way the Gripen E can be seriously competitive is if it came with the F414EPE. I don't know if that would be enough to motivate GE to produce it though. They will certainly get no help from the USN on that one as they've had at least 12 years to order that engine and haven't ...

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by angad84
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 219
Views: 56746

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

First delivery is planned "by 2024". Build rate unknown, but judging by the past, I do not think they will complete the order before 2028.

Cue the chorus of "why bother with a 4G jet as late as 2028?"

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by angad84
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 17110

Re: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion

If the C-2 had a good rough field landing package it would be really useful where I am right now. More range and speed than a C130 but can fit into areas a C17 can't. How many ISU 90s can C2 carry? I am sure there are some Herc people here, but for those who haven't had to experience low crawling o...

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by angad84
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UAE for two more Saab GlobalEye
Replies: 4
Views: 1576

Re: UAE for two more Saab GlobalEye

Clearly the customer is happy.

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by angad84
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hypothetical Scottish Military
Replies: 82
Views: 6122

Re: Hypothetical Scottish Military

I suspect Scotland will privilege EEZ protection first and foremost, then sovereignty, and nil attention to expeditionary. So a strong patrol fleet, light/medium MPA (god, what I wouldn't give for a Do 228 resurgence) and maybe a little later a nascent QRA capability, or they can get a BAP/IAP type ...

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by angad84
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 4155

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Obviously a single seat no external payload aircraft is very different to a fully configured strike aircraft There were multiple configs tested, including with payloads. Interesting and good to know. We had discussed previously about the viability of ski jump testing in India, do you think this is ...

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by angad84
Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 4155

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Obviously a single seat no external payload aircraft is very different to a fully configured strike aircraft There were multiple configs tested, including with payloads. This article also suggests that the Indian Navy and Air Force fighter selections may be linked The Navy would love that, but the ...

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by angad84
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 250
Views: 34706

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

bikerthai wrote:
The one study that I am aware of where generating capacity is maxed out is when they try to put both an air search and a ground search radar on the same frame.

bt

Saab has both A2A and A2G on the GlobalEye, although I am not sure both work simultaneously.

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