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by DigitalSea
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 106
Views: 10350

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

I wonder what kind of access Western Intelligence will get to the S-400 once it's in Turkey.

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by DigitalSea
Sun May 26, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 28
Views: 2901

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

So what happen if a Russian aircraft(s) that was being shadowed flew into that nation's airspace. If it didn't turn around would it be somehow forced down? It would be extremely unprofessional and embarrassing if they did this. The US & Russia may poke and prod one another, but that's kind of a...

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by DigitalSea
Wed May 22, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 28
Views: 2901

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

Would be pretty great if a C-17 could receive a call out to intercept them instead of the 22s. Would love to see a shot of one alongside them along with a close up of their reaction.

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by DigitalSea
Tue May 14, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 106
Views: 10350

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

You'd have to make a trip to the desolate landscape of Nevada if you really wanted to know what radars we have in our possession.

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by DigitalSea
Sat May 11, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 106
Views: 10350

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

It's a love hate with Turkey but we still feel it's necessary to keep a nuclear weapons stockpile there.

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by DigitalSea
Fri May 10, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 17134

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

From a ground pounder perspective, an unmanned bomber is a bit frightening. When calling CAS I like to actually talk to a pilot at the controls. It’s a nice feeling having a pilot able to acknowledge my position and reference danger close margins. I shudder at the thought of a computer operating si...

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by DigitalSea
Fri May 10, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 2338

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

I guess we're not backing off of support for them in the Middle East (Re: Emirates/SA).

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by DigitalSea
Mon May 06, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 3566

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

Would afterburners be necessary if they could take off from a treadmill?

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by DigitalSea
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Fighter jets frequently flying over
Replies: 6
Views: 1428

Re: Fighter jets frequently flying over

F-16s outta Buckley AFB love buzzing the mountains there. It's pretty cool!

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by DigitalSea
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 106
Views: 10350

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

Turkey is playing both sides. They also didn't appreciate the U.S. backing a coup in their country.

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by DigitalSea
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

If Germany wants the US to take them seriously so that they can become a member of FVEY, they're going to need to do more than pitch the radical idea of an EU carrier.

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by DigitalSea
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific
Replies: 41
Views: 7568

Re: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific

If the US can recover the K-129 in international waters, recovering the F-35 within Japan's territorial limit should be no problem.

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by DigitalSea
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 705
Views: 67541

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

bikerthai wrote:
Pretty mundane reasoning. Something that money alone can not solve.
bt


The Air Force is ALL IN on the F-35, no legacy attack platform is safe from its grasp (F-15, F-16, A-10).

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by DigitalSea
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific
Replies: 41
Views: 7568

Re: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific

Reports of an oil slick are popping up - hopefully the pilot made it out okay.

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by DigitalSea
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How much longer will the Marines fly the Harrier ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2886

Re: How much longer will the Marines fly the Harrier ?

Good news Max, the USMC 2019 Aviation Plan has just been released. The AV-8B section starts on page 50. https://www.aviation.marines.mil/Portals/11/2019%20AvPlan.pdf The major change is the earlier retirement of the classic Hornet while the AV-8B lives a couple of years longer. The AV-8B will also ...

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by DigitalSea
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 705
Views: 67541

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

You nerds are wandering off topic. Why would the government feel the F-15X is necessary? Are there any foreseeable issues with supply chain management RE: F-35? The contractors producing the F-35 can't just scale resources & production time on exponential/linear time scale, it's a complicated pr...

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by DigitalSea
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 705
Views: 67541

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

If our strategic competitors are experimenting with ground based lasers to disable satellites, I'd have to imagine that the US has had the same technology for a while. I wonder what's unique about the F-15X/ASAT role if true. Not to mention disabling a satellite via laser would be a far cleaner appr...

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by DigitalSea
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How much longer will the Marines fly the Harrier ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2886

Re: How much longer will the Marines fly the Harrier ?

I heard the DOD is standing up a "legacy branch" where they showcase at least 1 of every platform ever purchased by all branches of the military. They're going to inherit 2 of the Harriers, the rest will be expected to hit the scrap yard by 2025-2030.

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by DigitalSea
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 705
Views: 67541

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Maybe the DOD doesn't want to explicitly state what the mission is they are interested in for the procurement of the newer Eagles.

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by DigitalSea
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: С-70 russian UAV
Replies: 26
Views: 2893

Re: С-70 russian UAV

In this batch of 12 aircraft, some will be equipped with engines "Izdeliye 30". In August 218 at the exhibition "Army-2018" was signed the first contract for the supply of 2 units su-57. These are the first production aircraft, they will be tested in the Russian army. Their deli...

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by DigitalSea
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: С-70 russian UAV
Replies: 26
Views: 2893

Re: С-70 russian UAV

SuperiorPilotMe wrote:
All I need to say is “prove to me the Su-57 will ever enter mass-scale production.”


As far as I'm concerned, all of the PAK-FA airframes right now are just part of a proof of concept for something that will never be mass produced. ;)

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by DigitalSea
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Rolls-Royce Offers China Engine Plant to Win Deal; Airbus Plans to Make Newest Jet in China to Win Orders
Replies: 35
Views: 4295

Re: Bloomberg: Rolls-Royce Offers China Engine Plant to Win Deal; Airbus Plans to Make Newest Jet in China to Win Orders

Typical short-sightedness on behalf of western companies when dealing with China. Get short term orders now (or lower production costs now), while sacrificing the long term viability of the business. After the Chinese "transfer" any technology they might want or need the western company w...

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by DigitalSea
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Boeing Combat Drone
Replies: 26
Views: 4325

Re: New Boeing Combat Drone

I guess I'm looking at a more dynamic contested environment with a near-peer adversary where EA could disrupt the link with the UCAV. But if the trend continues of fighting proxy wars in 2nd/3rd world nations, then I'd imagine this aircraft wouldn't have much of a problem at all.

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by DigitalSea
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Boeing Combat Drone
Replies: 26
Views: 4325

Re: New Boeing Combat Drone

Can't imagine the inherent challenges involved with an unmanned EW platform. Hope it works out!

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by DigitalSea
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Next AF-1 After 748
Replies: 34
Views: 5846

Re: The Next AF-1 After 748

Aesma wrote:
Aviation will have disappeared by then as we're all going to be teleporting.


"Tank, load the jump program."

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by DigitalSea
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Sacks F-16 Demo Team Pilot After Two Weeks
Replies: 6
Views: 3805

Re: USAF Sacks F-16 Demo Team Pilot After Two Weeks

426Shadow wrote:
Ive heard a theory/rumor/just people bs'ing that it might have been Fraternization.


With the married Blue Angels pilot?

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by DigitalSea
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model as replacement of the Typhoon
Replies: 110
Views: 16002

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

On one hand, 6th Gen tech will make projects prohibitively expensive, on the other, more than one type of 6th gen aircraft means near-peer adversaries will have to flex around which aircraft they choose to counter. That's how I look at the F-35, the cost sharing is great but how easy is it for a cou...

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by DigitalSea
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 705
Views: 67541

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

I wish they would fast track cheap and affordable companion/bombtruck UCAV platforms instead of throwing money at additional F-15s. It's only a matter of time before China's production & technology advances allow them to pump out fleets of "paper airplanes" to overwhelm any advantage w...

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by DigitalSea
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement for the Phoenix missile
Replies: 5
Views: 1940

Re: Replacement for the Phoenix missile

Who needs missiles when you can employ DEW tech :twisted: .

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by DigitalSea
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 141
Views: 27128

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

Would this design be able to take off from a treadmill?

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by DigitalSea
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?
Replies: 56
Views: 7220

Re: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?

I think we can say when and will instead of if and would. As far as I am concerned DEW is a certainty for naval deployment and a nuclear powered aircraft carrier becomes a viable platform given the ability to generate significant and essentially unlimited energy to power the systems. I could see a ...

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by DigitalSea
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?
Replies: 56
Views: 7220

Re: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?

If a DEW could be deployed on a carrier as a defensive countermeasure against incoming missiles and aircraft, would that trigger a new type of arms race?

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by DigitalSea
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 42
Views: 4831

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

You can't define 6th Gen without knowing how China is going to approach the situation. For 5th gen, they are already looking at mass drone/swarm control via C2 or forward deployed aircraft, that will factor in what dictates our 6th Gen approach. The United States isn't always going to be the party w...

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by DigitalSea
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Nuclear warhead-free ICBMs
Replies: 34
Views: 3393

Re: Nuclear warhead-free ICBMs

Does the USAF have non-nuclear kinetic warheads in orbit right now?

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by DigitalSea
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 705
Views: 67541

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

ThePointblank wrote:
Survivability is everything in combat; if you can't fly somewhere because the enemy has denied the use of the airspace, it doesn't matter how much range you have, you ain't going on that mission.


How many countries can honestly give us a run for our money like that?

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by DigitalSea
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5654

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

Tugger wrote:
There is no way China will team with Russia for something like that. They will do it on their own if/when they do it.

Tugg


Maybe, maybe not.

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by DigitalSea
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 5654

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

I'm personally hoping for a China & Russia vs USA competition for the first humans on Mars (and back). It's well within our capability at this point, and as stated above, just need that national pride push.

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by DigitalSea
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 42
Views: 4831

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Slug71 wrote:
I have my doubts. I think the "delivery platform" will become less relevant as time goes on and more emphasis/development going into the weapons themselves. Weapons are becoming far more sophisticated and capable.


What about delivering unguided bombs in contested airspace?

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by DigitalSea
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 42
Views: 4831

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

The discussion in the F-15x thread and your news posts on the F-35 got me thinking: What can the F-35 not do? Because that's the gap a 6th gen fighter will have to fill. And right now it seems like the F-35 is very good at everything. But it hasn't been used in anger yet and actual combat often dif...

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by DigitalSea
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 42
Views: 4831

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Is it difficult for the USAF to divorce itself from the need for manned aircraft? How does that impact (handicap) Next Gen aircraft development?

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by DigitalSea
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 42
Views: 4831

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Thank you for your thoughts. That's why it's difficult to know where to focus your resources, who knows what the future fight will be? We spent the last 2 decades along with an obscene amount of resources and dollars in environments that didn't require a lot of advanced tactical/strategic air suppor...

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by DigitalSea
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 42
Views: 4831

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Ozair, what do you think the future fight will be?

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by DigitalSea
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?
Replies: 41
Views: 6420

Re: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?

It still fits the general trend - a very limited number of examples of an existing design are a lot different than a completely new design. The stealth reconnaissance UAV exists, by the way. It is called the RQ-170, and it is not supersonic. Remember when this craft crashed, the USAF didn't claim o...

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by DigitalSea
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tu-160 in Venezuela 11/12/18
Replies: 2
Views: 1373

Re: Tu-160 in Venezuela 11/12/18

Russia wants to create an Energy Pact with China & Venezuela to help take power away from the Petro-Dollar & OPEC. Good luck!

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by DigitalSea
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?
Replies: 41
Views: 6420

Re: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?

iamlucky13 wrote:
So as a followup, I don't ask again for reasons to believe in such an aircraft, but rather assert it is overwhelmingly unlikely a completely unknown successor to the F-117 exists.


A successor to the F-117? Agreed, it's role has easily been absorbed by the F-35.

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by DigitalSea
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?
Replies: 41
Views: 6420

Re: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?

iamlucky13 wrote:

Why do you think that?



Because it's in the interest of national security, as is anything that remains classified.

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by DigitalSea
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?
Replies: 41
Views: 6420

Re: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?

What do you mean with this? While it sounds counter intuitive, it's possible to have a LO EA platform that is dedicated to overwhelming enemy air defenses. Technology has matured since then and existing aircraft are able to utilize some of those capabilities. The B-21 will be a continuation of that...

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by DigitalSea
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?
Replies: 41
Views: 6420

Re: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?

There exists a classified EA platform, yes. The USAF is looking to move away from this in the future and integrate the technology into future Bomber/Strike platforms.

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by DigitalSea
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?
Replies: 41
Views: 6420

Re: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?

Maybe there is a successor aircraft. They certainly wouldn't go public with such an aircraft. That's right - we don't have a black budget that swallows billions and billions of dollars every year for nothing. People forget that the Nazis were able to achieve many advances in aerospace over a relati...

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