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by RJMAZ
Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6766

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

You can make it take off but you you will run into problems at cruise if you don't make substantial wing changes. The a400m as it is, cruises max 1 800 nmi at full load. Compare a similar OEW plane like the 767-200 that does 3 900 nmi. This is almost entirely down to the wing and engines. If you pu...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Jan 06, 2022 10:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6766

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

Does anyone know what oversized items Europe is transporting by air? ⋅ Helicopters (NH-90, Tiger, CH-53) ⋅ Large vehicles and AFVs (Canada used them to bring some Leopard 2 tanks to Afghanistan, probably the heaviest piece of cargo these aircraft saw) ⋅ Food, supplies ...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Jan 06, 2022 4:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6766

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

Does anyone know what oversized items Europe is transporting by air? The description says "strategic transport of outsized and heavy". This does not say the A400M can't already carry outsized and heavy cargo but could simply mean it can't transport it strategic distances. I actually think ...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Jan 06, 2022 10:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6766

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

My dream would be for the west to have one strategic airlifter that could permanently remain in production. The C-17 production lasted 24 years. Had they slowed down the production rate to 75% then it would have lasted 32 years. This means it would still be in production today producing the last few...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Jan 06, 2022 12:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6766

Re: SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

The A400M has always been on the verge of losing money for Airbus, so they required a minimum number of aircraft for the contract. 10 C-17s for Europe would have meant maybe 20 less A400Ms and the end of the project. By ignoring its strategic airlift gap, Europe was protecting the A400M, just as th...

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by RJMAZ
Wed Jan 05, 2022 10:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6766

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

The tooling for C-17 production was publicly and openly auctioned off, piecemeal, to the highest bidders. The plant was turned over to real estate pros' for reuse/redevelopment. Not exactly. They did a RAND study and kept all C-17 specific custom tooling. Lots of the tooling that was sold off is ge...

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by RJMAZ
Wed Jan 05, 2022 10:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6766

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

Restart C-17 production The C-17B. I guess it wouldn't be the first time this has been done and it is not as silly as it sounds. The C-5A was delivered between 1969 and 1973. Then 13 years later in 1986 they started deliveries of the C-5B. It has only been 7 years since the last C-17 was produced. ...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Jan 04, 2022 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10
Replies: 379
Views: 56094

Re: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10

Will a MTOW bump that adds a few hundred NM to the 787-10's range change its competitive position much if at all? My guess is no. It will make a huge difference in my opinion. For example. An aircraft that has a 1% advantage over a similar competitor might outsell it 2 to 1. An aircraft that has a ...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Jan 04, 2022 7:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100579

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Just a geographical fact...Sydney is further from Beijing than Vancouver is. Maybe you should ask the Canadians why they aren't as concerned as the Australians? Maybe you should stick to a geography forum. According to you it would also be a geographical fact that Russia is further away from a Chin...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Jan 04, 2022 9:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100579

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Can you say more about "whomever might attack"? China could send missiles or drones through Canadian airspace to attack the US. China could also have submarines in Canadian waters. Having your borders penetrated by a foreign military without your permission fits the definition of being at...

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by RJMAZ
Mon Jan 03, 2022 3:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6766

Re: SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

It could also end up as a European A350F(M) unit. Coincidentally, the A350F was announced around the same time as the PESCO project. We have a winner. This looks to be a simple expansion of the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet. A simple fleet of A350 freighters. The media has made ma...

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by RJMAZ
Sun Jan 02, 2022 3:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engineering Model Request - Hypothetical 1990s A310neo
Replies: 4
Views: 1442

Re: Engineering Model Request - Hypothetical 1990s A310neo

I chose the PW2000 since all Trents available at the time seem to be too large (much like the CF6/PW4000 probably was too large for the A310). The PW2000 has a 84.5inch fan that is 10inch smaller than the 94inch fan on the PW4000 that was originally fitted to the A310. The PW2000 doesn't have enoug...

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by RJMAZ
Fri Dec 31, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 10963

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

An A300-600R with the proposed 46.5m/250m2 wing with increased fuel volume could've ended up with over 5.000 nm of range. An A300"NEO" with some further wing end work and the Trent 500 with over 5.500 nm. Those are not ranges where a 43,9m or 44,8m span works great for the 171.7-173t MTOW...

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by RJMAZ
Fri Dec 31, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 10963

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

The A310 wing, misjudged market and a missed opportunity. I want to again call focus on the strategic missed opportunity for Airbus in the product placement of the A310 (and A300) and the subsequent sizing of the A310’s updated wing. I actually think the A310 wing was sized perfectly. An aircraft w...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 10963

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

Kindly remind us what on earth any of that has to do with the A320CEO to A321CEO, which was the actual topic being quoted? It shows that range is only linked to MTOW. The entire cabin could be a fuel tank but it can't be filled. The A321NEO is a superior stretch over the A320NEO compared to the 757...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Dec 30, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Antonov rolls out the first fully domestic An-178 transport
Replies: 3
Views: 1214

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

It is a shame there is so many airlifters to choose from as the AN-178 is a great size in my opinion. The AN-178 has nearly identical cargo volume and max payload as the C-130J. But it can only carry it a much shorter distance due to the lower MTOW. That makes it an excellent size for tactical work ...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Dec 30, 2021 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 10963

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

Updating the engines alone wouldn't be sufficient to provide significant gain in fuel efficiency. Actually I think the reason why they stretch an aircraft once it gets new engines it to bring the aircraft back into the sweet spot. For example the 777-200ER and 777-300 both entered service at the sa...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Dec 30, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 10963

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

You keep saying that, while at no point acknowledging that the only reason it gained range, is because the OEM added supplementary tankage to it. Totally wrong. The A350-900 gained around 1000nm of range because the MTOW went from 268t to 280t. Likewise with the A330NEO family went from 242t to 251...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Dec 30, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 10963

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

A321neo range increases is purely because of ACTs giving the A321 additional fuel capacity over the A320neo. The 753 and 752 share the same fuel capacity. A A321neo with zero ACTs has less range than the A320neo. The large MTOW increases are so those ACTs are actually usable. No, the A321NEO range ...

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by RJMAZ
Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 10963

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

Wasn’t it quite heavy? No, in fact, quite the opposite: 752 to 753 is an 8 tonne increase in exchange for 23% higher pax certification. Compare that to the A320CEO to A321CEO: 15 tonne increase in exchange for 21% higher pax certification. Wrong numbers. The 757-300 was heavy. 757-300 OEW increased...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Dec 28, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 10963

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

Airbus should look at a slightly stretched A310neo very closely, whis could harm Boeing very much as a 767-sized MOM aircraft is the only category that still needs a replacement. Whoever builds such an airplane, Airbus an A310neo or Boeing a 767X, will have a market of at least 700-800 aircraft IMO...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Dec 28, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 10963

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

This has been discussed many times. The main problem is the A300 was too close to the A330-200 in cabin size. The bigger wing and better engines made the A330-200 better across a broader range of missions. A310 length of 46.66m A300 length 53.61m A300-200 length 58.82 m I believe it was a missed opp...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Dec 28, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 5129

Re: Grow the US Air Force

How many people are in the missile combat crew? Saving 20% of their wages being in reserve would not be worth it. Where as moving 1,000 fighter jets into ANG or reserve would save billions. That is 50,000+ crew in the squadrons and another 50,000+ staff at the bases that support the squadrons. Savin...

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by RJMAZ
Mon Dec 27, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 5129

Re: Grow the US Air Force

The main reason is pretty simple. If the US had most forces in reserve when tensions are esclating the US would have to start activating units before the war starts. The activation would become public straight away. This could easily spook the enemy and initiate a war that would have never started. ...

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by RJMAZ
Fri Dec 24, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 5129

Re: Grow the US Air Force

It really can't replace the KC-10 in many roles the USAF holds dear. The fighter-drag role, especially, the KC-10 is really just superlative in. My argument is more the question do you need that much fuel in a single tanker? If 12 fighters are being dragged across the Pacific you might need 3 KC-10...

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by RJMAZ
Fri Dec 24, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4324

Re: Grow the US Navy

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTCTCMF_MuOcDpXkdWcCWSkvDhiNxRkuC4CgQ&usqp=CAU This is the evolved higher performance USAF version. Taking advantage of the increased thrust of the adaptive bypass XA100 engine. Approximately 2,200kg of extra empty weight. 1,600kg of extra fu...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Dec 23, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4324

Re: Grow the US Navy

I believe that someone somewhere in LM is smart, and that any obvious, low cost, no tradeoff improvements to the F-35 that are so obvious an internet discussion forum can think of them have also been considered by professionals. I will repeat for the third time as you keep missing the point. The F-...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Dec 23, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 83330

Re: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread

Excellent news! This is what I have been hoping for and posting about for years. Putting pride aside and joining together to get things done. Now we just need to go another step further and merge the USAF 6th gen and Tempest together. Both are so similar. At that point Australia would definitely joi...

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by RJMAZ
Wed Dec 22, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4324

Re: Grow the US Navy

I would have thought that changing anything on the F-35 would require recertifying both the aero, the structure, and the stealth. The flight control software will need to be modified, and tested to a safety-of-life standard. That adding weight in front of the wing would mess up the center of gravit...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Dec 21, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4324

Re: Grow the US Navy

The F-35C is already on the upper end of the carrier limit in terms of weight. Are you sure of that? Do the new carriers have a lower limit then the old ones? Because the F-14 and A-5 Vigilante where both heavier then the F-35C. Of all the aircraft types that have operated from US aircraft carriers...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Dec 21, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4324

Re: Grow the US Navy

The F-35 is full. There is no significant empty space to add more fuel tanks. And changing the exterior would be $expensive$ because stealth. I believe the adaptive engine will have some fuel savings (30% increase in range), so that helps some. I disagree. The F-35C fuel capacity could hit 10,000kg...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Dec 21, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4324

Re: Grow the US Navy

When you look at the USN NGAD specs, you see them building a modern Tomcat aircraft. No they are not. The US Navy are getting improved F-35C aircraft with adaptive engines. They have always talked about systems of systems using drones helping a manned fighter. The US Navy already made it clear last...

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by RJMAZ
Mon Dec 20, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 5129

Re: Grow the US Air Force

There'd be 300 A-10Ds. The A-10D would be the main attack and close air support platform and a smaller aircraft like the A-29 or an AT-6C would fill a light attack role. The A-10D is useless in the future. Drones on the low end and F-35 sitting at medium altitude with EODAS can do everything in low...

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by RJMAZ
Mon Dec 20, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 35116

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

How does the T-7A cost compare to the Gripen? 19 million versus 30 million, optimistically? I was actually thinking of something like the AMX. A Leonardo-Embraer program might be successful. The Gripen is only cheap in terms of hourly operating cost. The purchase price is similar to a medium sized ...

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by RJMAZ
Mon Dec 20, 2021 6:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 5129

Re: Grow the US Air Force

The USAF needs more F-35A. Lockheed needs to ramp production to 200+ a year. The US navy also needs more F-35C ASAP. I would try and reduce deliveries in the short term to other F-35 operators to get more aircraft for the USAF and let production catch up in later years. The recent Super Hornets and ...

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by RJMAZ
Sun Dec 19, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Navy
Replies: 76
Views: 4324

Re: Grow the US Navy

More F-35C. The F-35A absolutely dominates the Super Hornet in terms of capability based on the fighter competitions that have been run so far. The F-35C has all of the same systems so it also dominates the Super Hornet. While the F-35C is slightly slower than the F-35A it is still faster than the S...

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by RJMAZ
Sun Dec 19, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 35116

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

In 2010 they announced planes to have a prototype in 2014. In 2014 they flew the prototype. They developed the largest plane (I think) ever made on the whole continent on time. You should see what Boeing or even H.A.L do! (Seriously, what disaster?) How about 22 orders.. :lol: Billions of Brazilian...

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by RJMAZ
Sun Dec 19, 2021 3:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 35116

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

HowardDGA wrote:
RJMAZ wrote:
This leaves Lockheed and Northrop Grumman as the only remaining option.


What about Embraer?

No chance. Brazil has ordered 72 Gripen.

Brazil had no faith in Embraers ability to make a light fighter after the C-390 disaster.

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by RJMAZ
Sat Dec 18, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 35116

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Or Boeing really has a temporary production cost advantage here. That will turn into 20+ year cost advantage. Who else will make a cleansheet light fighter that can utilize modern digital production? France/Germany/UK have shown no desire for a light fighter. They all want wannabe 6th gen fighters....

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by RJMAZ
Sat Dec 18, 2021 3:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 120
Views: 27781

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

I was a bit confused on the article stating that it would take a tanker larger than their 707s to successfully attack Iran’s nuclear facility, but then they already have an exercise planned soon to simulate an attack (which seems all but inevitable at this point). https://www.timesofisrael.com/live...

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by RJMAZ
Sat Dec 18, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 35116

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

This shows why the T-50 can never compete with the T-7 moving forward. The Gripen or new build F-16's could never compete against a light fighter version of the T-7. They would have similar performance but they could never compete on price. It would not surprise me if an AESA radar will bolt straigh...

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by RJMAZ
Mon Dec 13, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 240
Views: 61291

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

kelval wrote:
What kind of nonsense are you spouting ?
France has yet to sell an engine alone, the M88 that left France were attached to a rafale body or as spare parts.

I guess they are too busy selling nuclear tech to China.

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by RJMAZ
Sun Dec 12, 2021 4:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland selects F-35A for F-18 replacement
Replies: 247
Views: 81818

Re: Finland selects F-35A for F-18 replacement

in capability scoring F-35 achieved 4.47 (where 4.0 was requirement), next best got 3.81. 64 jets w tooling, spares, comprehensive weapons package. Wow! The Rafale and Eurofighter didn't even meet the minimum capability requirement. https://eurasiantimes.com/f-35-stealth-fighter-jets-finnish-aircra...

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by RJMAZ
Sat Dec 11, 2021 2:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 240
Views: 61291

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

The French would sell an engine to the devil.

The French led FCAS stealth fighter is using an evolved M88 that won't be far off the thrust to the F110. The M88 will be more power dense that allows better packaging and extra fuel inside the fighter.

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by RJMAZ
Fri Dec 10, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16
Replies: 77
Views: 6483

Re: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16

We are selling new F-16s to Taiwan. We have sold them to Egypt and Turkey. I bet we’d sell them an engine I doubt Sweden will sell to Pakistan. Your post didn't age well regarding Turkey. Less than a week later.. TF-X may not receive US Congress approval for supply of GE F110 engine https://www.def...

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by RJMAZ
Fri Dec 10, 2021 5:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia dumps and retires European Taipan helicopter for American
Replies: 20
Views: 3212

Re: Australia dumps and retires European Taipan helicopter for American

Australia has waisted so much money these past 30 years on choosing the wrong aircraft. Makes you wonder what the motivation was? Time for a Royal Commission, if they allow it. Politics my friend. Every country should buy the best value, most reliable and highest capability military equipment. But ...

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by RJMAZ
Fri Dec 10, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia dumps and retires European Taipan helicopter for American
Replies: 20
Views: 3212

Re: Australia dumps and retires European Taipan helicopter for American

An operator would persist with an aircraft that has a few problems. To fully replace an aircraft halfway through its service life the problems have to be extremely large. This is an extremely embarrassing moment for the European aerospace industry. Russians equipment always had a reputation of over ...

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by RJMAZ
Thu Dec 09, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 379
Views: 30590

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

I guess NH90 and Tiger are examples of a bad short term alliance. When the product underperformed each partner did not want to take responsibility or contribute money to find a solution. All of the discussions of product X versus product Z and everyone picks their favourite team. Usually there is no...

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by RJMAZ
Tue Dec 07, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland selects F-35A for F-18 replacement
Replies: 247
Views: 81818

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

F-35 has proven so expensive and challenging to maintain that every hour an F-35 is flown costs $36,000 on average, compared to $22,000 for an F-16. By an alternate metric, the F-35 is over three times more expensive per hour to fly. $36k is only 64% higher than $22k. That is not three times the co...

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by RJMAZ
Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland selects F-35A for F-18 replacement
Replies: 247
Views: 81818

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

I'm sick of hearing that the F-35 has high operating costs. It does not. How many competitions does it need to win for this to stop?

The F-35 will win every competition it enters. Capability per dollar is vastly higher than every competitor.

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