I’m no expert but it just seems to me spending tens of billions of $ to come up with a F35 + 20-30 years from now is not a smart move. Who else is going to buy it? Whoever wants to and comes up with the money. But that's secondary to the first and foremost reason: technology independence and job cr...Jump to post
But why is developing that specific military component absolutely necessary? If the partners used that money and developed technology that the US could not live without then they can balance those sanctions with their own or prevent them even happening in the first place. We are in make believe worl...Jump to post
Spain gained access because they paid for it as per the contract. In both their and the US defence, the life cycle for jets essentially tripled with the fourth generation and these issues became more important. Exactly, and that's OK as long as there's no alternative. As long as resources can be po...Jump to post
those were never released despite repeated demands. 3 out of 40 computers, I believe it was the line at the time. Agree that is what the article says but that was also the agreement of the acquisition. Spain gained access because they paid for it as per the contract. In both their and the US defenc...Jump to post
The problem is that many of those systems being touted as “widening the gap between 4th gen aircraft” either can theoretically be applied to 4th gen aircraft or are actual upgrade packages worked on. LM marketing at its typical. Doubt it, most involve software and these upgrades are much easier on ...Jump to post
So best case scenario is that 25 years from now there will be a f35+....... boring.Jump to post
https://www.military.com/daily-news/201 ... hters.html
Practice hard, play easy.
If I understand it correctly the idea is have a two seater for complex missions but what is more complex than to be detected by enemy radar and to be under missile attack almost upon take off? The AC they are proposing to buy was obsolete 10 years ago.Jump to post
Maybe using a B-52 to intercept next time! No, those are flying into Russia border area's , exercising their right to fly in this internation airspace. https://www.polygraph.info/a/b52-intercepted-russian-jets-fact-check/29836853.html These don't really hit the headlines, do they? I’m sure they mak...Jump to post
Germany is to significantly enhance the capability of its simulator-based training for the Panavia Tornado, as it looks to continue operations with the strike and reconnaissance type until at least 2030. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/simulator-update-to-boost-german-tornado-fleet-45840...Jump to post
Thanks for the explanation. Very helpful.Jump to post
Sorry, I was not clear at all. My working assumption Is that any all new AC has stealth Incorporated into it so at what speed in a stealthy ( let’s F35 like) platform are all current missile defense systems obsolete?Jump to post
So is it fair to say that top speed is not critical unless and until an AC can achieve mach 3.2 and maybe not until mach 3.5( margin of error) for sustained periods of time?Jump to post
What speed does an AC need to outrun or avoid missiles?Jump to post
Very comprehensive report from the Heritage Foundation on the current state of the F-35 program and some very clear recommendations available below. Clearly the USAF has a lot of confidence in the aircraft, as do the aircrew. The F-35A Fighter Is the Most Dominant and Lethal Multi-Role Weapons Syst...Jump to post
F-35 aggressor squadron formed. Interesting paint job, very Chinese. https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-decided-to-create-f-35s-aggressor-squadron-at-nellis-air-force-base.html/amp?__twitter_impression=true That is a good use of the early airframes, I believe these will come from Lots 3 to...Jump to post
F-35 aggressor squadron formed. Interesting paint job, very Chinese. https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-decided-to-create-f-35s-aggressor-squadron-at-nellis-air-force-base.html/amp?__twitter_impression=true Anyone have any info about just how badly 4 th gen aggressor units are being mauled...Jump to post
Given the black nature of the program army we making an assumption that no negative news is a big positive. Hope it’s true but it’s tough to say. Makes sense that w each new stealth ac it gets simpler but I wouldn’t count any chickens just yet. It isn’t just an assumption. The program has passed th...Jump to post
Respectfully disagree, Germany is a cornerstone of Europe and NATO and its recent decisions weaken both.
This one in particular.
Its a design that the UK put into play, why would the French and Germans use it when they can design their own, this project is too important to cut corners and go cheap. Thales is part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. It was the Thales design which won the Royal Navy Future Aircraft Carrier proje...Jump to post
Yugoslavia. Read below to understand what security in Europe would like wo nato. As valuable as the EU is it will not long survive wo the common defense nato provides. Yugoslavia is the example of Europe without the EU, nothing to do with NATO. I don’t understand. In a previous post you argued that...Jump to post
I think the assault capability suits the requirement. Think of third world emergencies, disasters, political unrest. No wasted space at all. A fleet of 5-6 ships would be required if we include training, maintenance, upgrades etc. over the years. Nucleair power improves flexibility. I think it woul...Jump to post
WIederling wrote:Planeflyer wrote:We are speaking of Europe where the US track record is stellar.
in respect to which objectives?
As someone brilliantly stated those that don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it. Especially when you leave out relevant information: The US uparmed/provisioned various parties in the region to have this come to a nice boil. With a bit of backinfo "duh simple" historic causalitie...Jump to post
annex the Baltic republics to "protect" Russian nationals living there. Is there a strategic reason to annex the Baltic States? Crimea has strategic value, enough to enter Ukraine And that has brought on much headache. With the melting of the polar ice and increase navigation in the Artic...Jump to post
Russia couldn't invade "Western Europe" but they sure could, one by one, annex the Baltic republics to "protect" Russian nationals living there. That would put some of the eastern European countries on notice and soon Russia could be pulling the strings behind the curtain. Look ...Jump to post
Oh, so you think in today's world all military projects exist to advance defense needs? If that were the case I would have to wonder why it would take years to get actual units in the hands of the war fighter because production is based on what can be afforded versus the defense needs. If we revisi...Jump to post
Well the UK used billions to preserve industrial knowledge with the building of its carriers, initially it was supposed to be a joint venture with France. Brexit ensures that the UK is no longer a trusted partner to assist with any knowledge transfer to Europe, and we can be sure that the French an...Jump to post
I have no idea how a carrier enhances German or NATO defense. Germany just recently committed to operate 4 th gen AC for the next 25-30 years and now they want develop naval capabilities where they have 0 experience. Baffling. Germans are rarely first adopters but when they do something normally it ...Jump to post
To answer those who question what the America brings to the EU via the NATO alliance: Supply lines I thought I already answered that earlier but maybe I didn't. Tugg No doubt supply lines are important but more important is that the vast majority of US military power is not based in Europe so is no...Jump to post
Given the black nature of the program army we making an assumption that no negative news is a big positive.
Hope it’s true but it’s tough to say.
Makes sense that w each new stealth ac it gets simpler but I wouldn’t count any chickens just yet.
anytime W ponders anything to do w the USA reality fades away.Jump to post
Why do we need NATO when almost all European countries are linked together under the EU? The EU is what it is partly because of NATO. Take NATO away and w/i a generation or two the EU will change for the worse. I'd recommend a close review of what happened in the Balkans Bollocks the balkans was a ...Jump to post
Some more details: This was the DM-1 capsule which was recovered from the ocean after splashdown. They wanted to use it for the launch abort test. As these capsules aren't meant to be reused after the saltwater bath, there is a possibility that the water landing is the cause of the malfunction, rat...Jump to post
For those that doubt the positive impact of NATO here’s a thought exercise; pick any year between 1000 AD and 1945 and more than likely you will discover a war being waged on the European continent. But after 1945 the Balkan conflict has been the only war to take place and this was the one time Eur...Jump to post
For those that doubt the positive impact of NATO here’s a thought exercise; pick any year between 1000 AD and 1945 and more than likely you will discover a war being waged on the European continent. But after 1945 the Balkan conflict has been the only war to take place and this was the one time Euro...Jump to post
Anybody calling for an end to NATO hasn’t read enough of the right books.....or lives so far from Europe that they can afford cavalier views. Trump is calling for a stronger NATO. If you want too see what the future looks like w/o NATO look no further than the disaster in the Balkans( which few expe...Jump to post
I'm also in favour of EU countries abandoning NATO, Wow very refreshing to see someone actual say it, How are you expecting to replace the lost USD the security umbrella and logistic support of the US. and what of Canada and the UK along with the cooperation of non-member contributions. what impact...Jump to post
Is there a stated mission?Jump to post
Surreal defense planning going on in France and Germany.Jump to post