I wonder what kind of access Western Intelligence will get to the S-400 once it's in Turkey.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
It's a love hate with Turkey but we still feel it's necessary to keep a nuclear weapons stockpile there.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Turkey is playing both sides. They also didn't appreciate the U.S. backing a coup in their country.Jump to post
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.Jump to post
If the US can recover the K-129 in international waters, recovering the F-35 within Japan's territorial limit should be no problem.Jump to post
Reports of an oil slick are popping up - hopefully the pilot made it out okay.Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
426Shadow wrote:Ive heard a theory/rumor/just people bs'ing that it might have been Fraternization.
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Would this design be able to take off from a treadmill?Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
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.
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
Why do you think that?
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...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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...Jump to post