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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 17, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 31
Views: 2061

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

Of course they are not collected the same way. And of course I don't know Air France's actual readiness rates. But I really hope we both agree that (1) 777 is more complex than a Cougar, (2) Air France puts 5x as many hours on it's 777s than the military does on it's Cougars (3) the French military...

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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2240091/air-force-eyes-f-35-stealth-jets There's a previous report from Bangkok Post last month that RTAF showed a strong desire for F-35 and didn't even mention any other type. They even claimed they can get the deal cheaper than Gripen Their budget is ...

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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 31
Views: 2061

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

I don't think maintenance on a airliner is more difficult than on military equipment. The stress and training on them are certainly not the same. I am not a mechanic, but considering the number of g on a military aircraft, control and context (dust, sand for operation in Mali, projectiles and other...

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by kitplane01
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian indigenous fighter developments
Replies: 14
Views: 1860

Re: Indian indigenous fighter developments

In fact, I bet many of the important hard-to-get parts of the Tejas (radar, engine, avionics) are foreign made (although by total value is majority Indian). Mk1A Radar - Israeli AESA ELTA 2052 (indigenous AESA UTTAM radar planned to be installed from frame 21) Radar radome - UK Cobham (indigenous a...

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by kitplane01
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 31
Views: 2061

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

Many on both sides of the alliance have been arguing for more spending and preparedness for decades, so it's hard to imagine anyone being unhappy at the gross improvement. I say gross because it's not just the percentages relative to other allied forces but the relative cost to achieve and maintain...

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by kitplane01
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 31
Views: 2061

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

Atlantique 2 from 24% to 31% A400M from 27% to 35% Tiger from 29% to 35% Cougar from 24% to 31% Attachable pods from 47% to 54% How is this not terrible? I gotta think a 777 is more complex than a Cougar, Tiger, or even an "attachable pod". Air France must get 90%+ availability. Seriously...

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by kitplane01
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters

Relating this to the thread about French air force readiness rates ... Try and imagine the readiness rate Thailand will achieve with exactly f-o-u-r fighters.

Why are they buying f-o-u-r fighters? They already have 14 Gripens and 51 F-16As. Buy something you already operate!

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by kitplane01
Sat Jan 15, 2022 9:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian indigenous fighter developments
Replies: 14
Views: 1860

Re: Indian indigenous fighter developments

I don't think that India will become a serious play on the world fighter market in the 2020s because the history of Indian fighter programs is not one of success at producing fighters. For example, the talks about the Tejas started in 1983, the first flight was in 2001, and it was introduced into v...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jan 15, 2022 12:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 31
Views: 2061

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

Atlantique 2 from 24% to 31% A400M from 27% to 35% Tiger from 29% to 35% Cougar from 24% to 31% Attachable pods from 47% to 54% How is this not terrible? I gotta think a 777 is more complex than a Cougar, Tiger, or even an "attachable pod". Air France must get 90%+ availability. Seriously...

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by kitplane01
Wed Jan 12, 2022 5:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1968

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

USW is a team endeavor. A MH-60R is a sensor platform which is an extension of the ship. The helo can do limited USW independently but the ship provides most of the processing capability. The USW team on the ship is doing the USW plot and uses the helo as an organic sensor in concert with the ships...

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by kitplane01
Wed Jan 12, 2022 4:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1968

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

USW is a team endeavor. A MH-60R is a sensor platform which is an extension of the ship. The helo can do limited USW independently but the ship provides most of the processing capability. The USW team on the ship is doing the USW plot and uses the helo as an organic sensor in concert with the ships...

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by kitplane01
Wed Jan 12, 2022 4:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1968

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

I think that's the OP's question is essentially impossible to answer in a public forum, because it requires access to some of the most highly classified information there is. I think there is only some truth in that, but not too much. We speculate about F-35 vs Rafale vs Gripen for Finland all the ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 11, 2022 6:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1968

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

ThePointblank wrote:
Helicopters like the SH-60R or the Wildcat Lynx are much more tethered to their ships; they rely on the ship to process sensor data, ...


I really thought a SH-60R and a Lynx could both read and process anything coming from a connected sonobouy. Is this false?

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 11, 2022 6:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1968

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

I think any Western kit is basically within a margin of error of one another. So, which one is most reliable? Cheapest to operate? Is this really true? (I'm asking because I don't know). Also, hasn't the relevant technology advanced? I've always assumed a year 2000 radar and sonobouy were not as go...

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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 10, 2022 7:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1968

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

Dutchy wrote:
best in what sense?


Best able to find enemy submarines. Which probably means best sensors. "But I imagine best is really defined by the sensors. "

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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 10, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1968

Best ASW Helicopter?

I'm curious which helicopter is the best at ASW. By airframe, one might argue for the AW-101 Merlin, which is a very large helicopter with over 6,300 hp rather than the 3,800 hp for the MH-60R, and offers longer. range and greater speed. But I imagine best is really defined by the sensors. They all ...

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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1709
Views: 258570

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

rivative maritime patrol airframe that won’t make 30 years of service. Commercial 737 easily makes 30 years. Military 737 with lower flight cycles an push 50 years. See AWACs or even the RAAF E-7 which has not even approached its mid life. Five P-8 was $1.3 bills for the Germans, even another five ...

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by kitplane01
Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Finland has published their requirements in short form something like this: the air to air role was the focus (30%), with 10% weight being allocated to supporting the Finnish Navy, and 20% each to supporting the Army, long-range fires, and ISR. Has Canada published something like this? I'm curious i...

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by kitplane01
Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israel's buy of CH-53K
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: Israel's buy of CH-53K

Israel is to buy 12 CH-53Ks. How does that work? 1) The Marines will give Israel some slots they had on the production line, delaying the Marine Corps own purchases? 2) LM will have a temporary rate increase to build these extra machines? Do they have the tooling/space/labor to have a temporary inc...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 06, 2022 7:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israel's buy of CH-53K
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Israel's buy of CH-53K

Israel is to buy 12 CH-53Ks. How does that work? 1) The Marines will give Israel some slots they had on the production line, delaying the Marine Corps own purchases? 2) LM will have a temporary rate increase to build these extra machines? Do they have the tooling/space/labor to have a temporary incr...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 06, 2022 7:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

LyleLanley wrote:
If you want to debate military spending versus social spending this isn't the place for you.


That's probably true.

-Peace

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 06, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6385

Re: SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

The reason why the SATOC project was started is that, in spite of owning the A400M, France and Germany still need to hire C-17s or AN-124s from other nations for certain tasks. Maybe they should've bought the C17 when they had the chance instead of thinking that the A400 would do everything they ne...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 06, 2022 6:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6385

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

Belugas are lifting airframe parts that are as light as the airplane itself. They may have a large volume but lift 50t. If the French is pointing to the An-124, then lifting is like two tanks and +100-120t. I wonder what the new German-French tank weighs? A Leopard is like 60-70 tons AFAIK. 8bn$ fo...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 06, 2022 6:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Israel is not in the same category as Belgium 1914 or Poland 1939. They were determining their own fate. You think Canada should buy fighters. Can you please describe the scenario and the mission? Not something vague like "whomever might attack" but something operational enough that one c...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 06, 2022 6:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Don't forget Dieppe: almost 5,000 Canadians took part; less than half returned. I went there for the 60th anniversary. My father was invited to give his account of his involvement in the operation by the organisers because he had taken part. He was in 129 squadron, flying Spitfires. He was tasked w...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 06, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

GDB wrote:
Learn some history, you would then be aware that in ..


The condescension was unhelpful.

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 06, 2022 5:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

What is the purpose of the Canadian fighter aircraft? It's not to stop an invasion of Canada. They could not stop America, and Russia would not dare. Canada is a small nation militarily in the same sense that Poland was in 1939, or Belgium in 1914, or Korea in 1904, or ... Learn some history, you w...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 06, 2022 5:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

...Truth... Well, I think that'll just about cover the fly-bys. That's some solid truth, right there. Thanks GDB. From the list of countries from history that are listed as "small", I'd add Israel in 1948 and 1967. Oh, wait, that didn't end the same way because Israel had a strong militar...

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 04, 2022 2:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

There is no answer to this question. There is no one who's going to attack Canada such that Canada's fighters will decide the outcome. It's not the US, Russia, or Denmark. It's not the mysterious "whomever". Why does Canada seem to care less about fighters than (for example) Australia. Be...

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 04, 2022 2:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Why does Canada seem to care less about fighters than (for example) Australia. Because "treaty obligation" is not really as good a motivation as "expanding Chinese Navy". That Canada's politics is not laser focused on having an effective military seems understandable. Canada con...

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 04, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Defending Canada from whomever might attack, almost any sovereign country would do that (New Zealand may be a notable exception). And contribute to international missions. Can you say more about "whomever might attack"? Because again they cannot beat the US, Russia wouldn't dare, and Denm...

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 04, 2022 2:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Defending Canada from whomever might attack, almost any sovereign country would do that (New Zealand may be a notable exception). And contribute to international missions. Can you say more about "whomever might attack"? Because again they cannot beat the US, Russia wouldn't dare, and Denm...

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 04, 2022 2:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

100% agree with you on size versus capability. This speaks to the mammoth inefficiency of our equipment acquisition programs and top heavy bureaucracy (versus the sharp part of the stick). The "small country myth" is one that has entered political debate in Canada over the last forty year...

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100100

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

100% agree with you on size versus capability. This speaks to the mammoth inefficiency of our equipment acquisition programs and top heavy bureaucracy (versus the sharp part of the stick). The "small country myth" is one that has entered political debate in Canada over the last forty year...

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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 03, 2022 4:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6385

Re: SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

This whole thing is driven by France and Germany, just like everything else in the EU. They just got Slovenia, Czechia and Netherlands to sign on as "camouflage". The Netherlands doesn't even really have "oversize" cargo since they got rid of their Leopard 2's. Yeah, I know they...

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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 03, 2022 4:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6385

Re: SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

Easy ... A330 Beluga XL:-)

Fly in some unloading equipment on the A400, and then Beluga XL :-)

The Beluga XL just entered service in Jan 2020 ..

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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 03, 2022 4:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6385

Re: SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

On the military side outside of US orders there is probably 150 orders or less, this limits the R&D cost to $15B or less. The worldwide market for the C-17 was 42 aircraft outside the US and Europe. And that required a low cost driven the the US purchase. If Europe makes a C-17 or bigger type a...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jan 01, 2022 12:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales
Replies: 34
Views: 5468

Re: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales

It's air&cosmos dude. That you have to translate it into English from french should tell you how bias it is. OK. So *did* Russia deliver 22 aircraft? Because if they delivered only 5 but promised 22 .... Below are two sites that seem to confirm the delivery of 5 and a contract for 24. "The...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 30, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales
Replies: 34
Views: 5468

Re: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales

^^^ Which Pakistani fighters come even close to the capabilities of Rafale? I gather you are generally upset with a non Congress party run India but finding fault in absolutely anything is not very smart. Especially considering that it was the Congress party that selected the Rafale. In other news ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales
Replies: 34
Views: 5468

Re: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales

After years of negotiations and the signing for 11 Su-35 Flanker E in 2016, Indonesia has given up the acquisition of Russian aircraft in favor of a final competition between the Boeing F-15 EX and the Rafale by Dassault Aviation. Despite the signing of a military cooperation agreement between the ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 30, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS orders another 19 767Fs
Replies: 189
Views: 29135

Re: UPS orders another 19 767Fs

No, one of the reasons the pax 767 didnt sell anymore was the A330. Things do not suddenly change. Please remind us how many 767s AA and UA operated at the peak, and just how many A330s do they operate today? Far more 787s have been delivered than A330 family since the 787 EIS. Sidewalls are not go...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 30, 2021 6:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Antonov rolls out the first fully domestic An-178 transport
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: Antonov rolls out the first fully domestic An-178 transport

Ya gotta wonder what their possible production rate might be. If someone ordered 20 (or 50 or 100) how long might that take?

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 30, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales
Replies: 34
Views: 5468

Re: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales

After years of negotiations and the signing for 11 Su-35 Flanker E in 2016, Indonesia has given up the acquisition of Russian aircraft in favor of a final competition between the Boeing F-15 EX and the Rafale by Dassault Aviation. Despite the signing of a military cooperation agreement between the ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 30, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales
Replies: 34
Views: 5468

Re: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales

^^^ Which Pakistani fighters come even close to the capabilities of Rafale? I gather you are generally upset with a non Congress party run India but finding fault in absolutely anything is not very smart. Especially considering that it was the Congress party that selected the Rafale. In other news ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Dec 26, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 4962

Re: Grow the US Air Force

I'd put 80% of the flying/operating USAF into the ANG/AFRes, starting with the Missile Community. You wanna say why? If I remember right, a reserve fighter squad has something like 70% of the cost (so 30% savings) as a regular unit. Didn’t you just answer your own question? It cheaper, in peacetime...

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by kitplane01
Sun Dec 26, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 4962

Re: Grow the US Air Force

FlapOperator wrote:
I'd put 80% of the flying/operating USAF into the ANG/AFRes, starting with the Missile Community.


You wanna say why?

If I remember right, a reserve fighter squad has something like 70% of the cost (so 30% savings) as a regular unit.

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 24, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4253

Re: Grow the US Navy

My question is .. how would you reallocate resources. Would you keep the current ration of carrier, planes, destroyers, subs, and land-based air? Maybe you should reread your OP. That is nothing close to what you originally asked. That's true. Sometimes question and answers lead to new questions. &...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 24, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4253

Re: Grow the US Navy

You're missing his point. There aren't enough sailors to go around. The Burkes are well rounded AAW/ASW platforms. I'm exactly not missing his point. I'm accepting the point. One could move sailers into aircraft carriers, or submarines, or land based air (P-8). Or maybe the USN should build fewer s...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 23, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Order: up to 169x Airbus H160M Guepard for France.
Replies: 9
Views: 2230

Re: Order: up to 169x Airbus H160M Guepard for France.

This is a smaller helicopter than the Blackhawk. About 2,400hp vs 3,800 hp. Each still seats about 10. Weird that deliveries don't start until 2027. Wow that's expensive. That's just under $70M each .. a non-ASW Blackhawk is closer to maybe $35M. "The H160M Guépard will be equipped with the Sa...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 23, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4253

Re: Grow the US Navy

The Navy doesn't need more hardware than it needs the personnel footprint to man what it has already. It also needs to figure out how to leverage its reserve force like the rest of the DOD figured out how to do in the 1990s, rather than use it for budgetary sleight of hand and Joint manning require...

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