It probably wasn't a smart idea to make an aircraft (that's supposed to do a lot of heavy lifting) so highly classified and technologically superior that any piece of it, no matter how small, would provide a lot of value to adversaries. After we fish out the F-35C from the South China Sea, I'm sure ...Jump to post
Confirmed to have fell off the carrier deck into the South China Sea, oh boy.
https://news.usni.org/2022/01/25/crashe ... -china-sea
F-35C landing mishap on the USS Carl Vinson while underway in the SCS. No deaths.
No statement from the US Navy on the status/location of the aircraft.
https://news.usni.org/2022/01/24/f-35-l ... -china-sea
That is what are well trained and equipped Taiwanese defence force is for, to meet that initial wave of attacks for the first 24 to 48 hours, before foreign help arrives. I truly doubt there is anyone who thinks that an invasion of Taiwan wouldn't ultimately be successful, but the damage to Taiwan ...Jump to post
Why does everyone think this will be great war which is easy to win? It did not work in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East as well as with the trade war. Because there isn't a land border where tanks and soldiers can just cross the border like in every war you mentioned. Every Chinese ship will be ...Jump to post
I believe the driving reason for China's push to create an independent, internally consumer driven economy is precisely so they can have a freer hand to do what they will without the risk of ruining their economy and prosperity. Right now they are dependent on outside consumption and exports and re...Jump to post
LyleLanley wrote:This event threw a huge monkey wrench into the Navy’s deployment availability forecast by severely disrupting the operational and maintainable periods of the rest of the gator carriers.
Yes, because you can just go to the E/E bay and repin/reprogram your transponder in flight to another random number..... The lies in this article are as blatant as the news media. You assume a bog standard transponder on an RC-135W? Amusing. This is a SPY PLANE. I'd be surprised if they did not hav...Jump to post
If we would have went forward with the XB-70 as the backbone of our strategic bomber force, this relatively minor incident would have never happened.
Don't you want to keep food intake to a minimum on long deployment flights since, er..how do I put it nicely...what goes in, must come out? Being strapped into a cockpit of a fighter jet, you don't have that many options available when you have to go... Your body can hold it in for a while if you r...Jump to post
Yikes, I wonder what our adversaries learned about this. Sabotage & Arson are how you bring down the US Navy!Jump to post
For the F-16, Mach 2 is not necessary. It's a grocery getter and errand runner aircraft for the military. Interceptors like the F-15 & F-22 require it because they are policing the air-highways. The F-16 was designed as and entered the service as a lightweight Interceptor. Not to deliver grocer...Jump to post
Maybe this was China's payback for the fire on their LHD a little while back.Jump to post
Good point. I can be more specific. Let's suppose the US or France attack a large, technically capable peer. Something like Russia or China with S-400s and Su-35s and much more (even some P-18 low frequency radars, or pick something better). We want to win the air war and dominate the sky long term...Jump to post
If you want realism, you should explore the Air-to-Air refueling variant of the F-117 that's similar to the one used in Executive Decision . It was used to hook up to various aircraft and perform LO refueling similar to how the variant in the movie offloaded passengers. https://thenerdsuncanny.files...Jump to post
You can have stealth & jamming by having the F-35 performing EW while simultaneously striking the enemy targets.Jump to post
I'm sure this will give the defense industry a good laugh across the sector.Jump to post
Maybe that was the plan the entire time lol.Jump to post
Is there a possibility this is just smoke and mirrors? From which perspective? That the USAF/USN are further along than they are suggesting or that the House Armed Services Committee are just trying to justify their position and role in the process and the information requested isn’t required? Both...Jump to post
Maybe they could buy some Russian hardware to supplement their energy deals.Jump to post
South Korea has completed the selection process for the precision-guided munitions and guidance kits that it plans to integrate with its future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) multirole fighter aircraft. https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/da27bd71-e47e-4cf6-81aa-456bf5824514 It sound...Jump to post
[There are loitering munitions in service, although the lines between loitering munition/missile/cruise missile and "kamikazie" UAV are very much blurred and often arbitrary. It's no longer a technological limitation as it is a political one. There are major political ramifications to a m...Jump to post
[ That is factually true, and they are engaging in a massive military build-up, but that's not to say the same thing as that they're our active enemies. We have competing interests with all of our closest allies including Britain, Canada and Korea. There are other means to compete strategically oth...Jump to post
Keep drinking the OAN Kool-Aid. That's the attitude that starts wars (and global pandemics, so I hope you're feeling particularly comfortable right now too). I'm sorry but I don't know what OAN is. And the concern for China isn't something necessarily driven by the media, especially here in the Uni...Jump to post
Will China start rapidly subsidizing the military modernization of countries like Iran & NK in response to this? Absolutely no reason to. Don't read too much into "the enemy of my enemy is my friend:" China and the US are not necessarily enemies and I for one prefer a completely diffe...Jump to post
There's nothing wrong with using the General Electric GE90 to power the F-15EX, PW can take a hike. Hah, assume you mean the GE F110, the GE90 is a little too heavy and wide for the F-15... GE & the USAF conducted a study that showed the GE90 fan blades can reduced significantly to allow for tw...Jump to post
Will China start rapidly subsidizing the military modernization of countries like Iran & NK in response to this? I know they think they can win the long game via a strong economic plan but there's nothing set in stone that says that strategy is guaranteed. At what point do they start pushing bac...Jump to post
NE Iraq towards the end of 2012, had a tanker flying a standard refueling track, a glowing orange cigar shape object had passed within 500ft over their starboard wing and paced ahead of the aircraft before finally shooting up into the sky. Secure comms were unusable until it left the area, initially...Jump to post
Ozair wrote:The USAF is close to selecting a first base for the B-21, both of the options being existing B-1 bases which makes sense given the B-21 will replace the B-1 initially before then replacing the B-2.
Anyone have a preference?
Additionally, I always find it amusing when commentary compares a manned fighter that has been tested and certified to its flight envelope against drones that today operate with significantly more restricted flight envelopes. I don’t see significantly more capable loyal wingmen emerging either, the...Jump to post
Turkey does not need air superiority over all of Syria. They just need to control the air space behind the front line in order to prevent Syrian Air Force from bombing the rebel. How close would the Syrian air defense be to the front line to clear the Turks from over the Rebel's air space without r...Jump to post
My guess is the squadrons are likely trained, sufficiently manned and capable of conducting operations across their full mission set. The difference to FOC is probably that FOC is related to the finish of development and test phase. I don’t believe the USAF has declared that OT&E has finished a...Jump to post