I'm still waiting for a common mission where the F-15X is the best platform. So far I've read about dropping 5000lbs bobs (only three used in the last 30 years), hypersonic missiles (not yet around), and very long range strike (not a common mission, probably better done by the F-35 if you need to p...Jump to post
The EX is going to Guard units. There are Guard units that already have F-35s and more that will be converting to F-35s too. So the EXs will primarily be used in domestic airspace. If we have J-20s/31s, Su-57s etc coming into domestic airspace, then we have bigger issues than the EX. But we still ha...Jump to post
AI A321s are 11-13 years old with 25k-30k cycles and 30k-40k hours under the belt. They are probably worth a million or two and probably need $5M-$10M heavy maintenance and engine overhauls. With $250 Million/copy buying brand new A321NEOLR/XLR makes more sense. BTW, someone woke up one morning and...Jump to post
Surely going with the A320M3 would be a much better choice. The NEOs better performance is a no brainer, and those old A320s would need a lot of rework (with limited life remaining) which would already be worked into the M3. I'm sure they could get a good deal as a launch customer too. Maybe even a ...Jump to post
They should be fine on numbers. There was only 8 Wasp Class ships. 11 are planned for the America Class, and 2 are currently active. So even with this loss, it shouldn't impact capability much.Jump to post
I don't get the fascination here of a giant quad tilt-rotor. Can someone please highlight which official studies this shows up in? Or this just an a.net wish? For the vertical lift capability, we have the helicopter - a well known piece of machinery that operationally has topped out at the Chinook ...Jump to post
Please please please -- can you please keep Trump out of this? On this side of the pond the elections are barely over (or not, according to some) and we come from months and months of yelling and screaming. How about discussing the technical merits of the decision? I tend to follow the helicopter p...Jump to post
They should have developed this from the beginning. Could they build some lightweight cousin as a ATR follow on? Or some A200M "Atlantique"? We should stop with the idea of the design having a passenger variant sharing a cross section. Someone suggested the A220 cross section earlier in t...Jump to post
Speaking of Air Force One, is it likely that the new aircraft will revert to the original livery? Trump unveiled a new livery last year which many identified as being very close to the livery of Trump's private jet. Now he is leaving the building, I wonder if this decision will be overturned. That ...Jump to post
Pretty sure I suggested something like this a little while back. I would see this as more of a CN-235 and C-295 replacement though. Maybe encroaching on C-130 territory, but that's quite a stretch covering 235 to 130. I could definitely see a place for it though, and is obviously meant to pair nicel...Jump to post
I think Airbus's best bet would be if they can work with BAE on replacement for the Hawk. The Trainer market is pretty saturated and I expect the T-50 and T-7A will be tough competition. This is probably geared as an Alpha Jet replacement, but it's a tough market.Jump to post
I think the E-7 is the most likely choice. The E-767 has not been built in years, whereas the E-7 is basically an off the shelf solution. From a cost a perspective, the E-7 will have a huge advantage. The shear numbers of 737 vs 767, will also make parts far more accessible and cheaper. The mission ...Jump to post
I’m not schooled up on the legal issues being discussed but the recent recognitions of Israel by Gulf States would not have been possible w/o the action CONGRESS has taken against Iran. I agree that CONGRESS precipitated this action as through his actions in Syria, these states no longer can depend...Jump to post
angad84 wrote:Slug71 wrote:Yet they just bought more?
No they didn't?
Interesting, they can probably make it work but I have to wonder how limited their weapons load will be using a ski jump I don’t think it comes close to what is possible with a catapult launch Agree, though I understand the Indians are really not happy with the performance of the Russian jets, so I...Jump to post
Slug71, RJMAZ, I think Airbus (and its political friends) have already been pushing for an A320 derivative. Interest groups, lobbyists try to influence the requirements towards their preferred solution, as we often have seen. I think an A321XLR derivative would offer range, but like the P8, it woul...Jump to post
zanl188 wrote:ThePointblank wrote:It just has a lower melting temperature compared to steel.
Which would appear to have negative consequences in regards to combat survivability.
My money would be on the A320 M3Jump to post
The thing people can't seem to explain is why most 777X customers already were A350 customers yet ordered 777X. Because the 779 is a larger aircraft. It is so obvious. 779 and A35K are not really competitors. They differ in size just like the 787 to the A350. While there is some overlap, both aircr...Jump to post
The cost to gains margin simply wouldn't be there, not a worthwhile tradeoff. The A380 and 747 replacements will be the 359/A35K and 789/78J. The trend for the foreseeable future is smaller aircraft. The A321NEO and A320 P2F will do even better over the next few years. Boeing should shift focus to a...Jump to post
When? What does your crystal ball say? The A359 and the 787 are already more efficient than the 777X. Maybe they will spend money on the A35K re-engine too...I mean it hasn’t really sold but maybe that’s their plan who knows. The A359 sure. Seeing as the 787 launched earlier than the 359 I expect t...Jump to post
Not for a long time. The trend is moving to smaller aircraft and higher frequency. This was even prior to COVID. There will be more cancellations or conversions, before there are sales. This is sounding a lot like the A380: "It's the aircraft of the future for high-demand routes" "Or...Jump to post
Da*mit. I was so hoping that the reported interest from the cargo operators would result in a few more 748 orders. I've never flown on the Queen, and I now most certainly never will. I'm crying inside. There are still a number in service. And will be for sometime with the 747-8i. They're not being ...Jump to post
With what money?. Boeing still has a pretty good defense business and some other lines than commercial. They can always sell stock and reverse the stupid buybacks which urinated away many billions at a high stock price. I always used to tease our friend mjoelnir about shorting Boeing stock, albeit ...Jump to post
LY777 wrote:Guys, you know, the market will end recovering and airlines will need aircraft like the 779X
If indeed only UPS orders are legit, there are only 12 747-8f left to be delivered to customers. Boeing’s order page shows 747 backlog as 12 (including ASC 606 deductions). http://www.boeing.com/commercial/#/orders-deliveries Gross orders, prior to adjustments, are still at 15: http://active.boeing...Jump to post
The USAF doesn’t seem particularly serious about replacing the E-3/E-8, etc. https://warontherocks.com/2019/06/is-the-air-force-serious-about-intelligence-surveillance-and-reconnaissance/ “ The so-called iron triad of big-wing, manned ISR platforms (E-3 Sentry, E-8 Joint Stars, and various OC/RC/WC...Jump to post
Hopefully they'll paint a A400M the same as a supporting aircraft.Jump to post
What payload drop? It was originally supposed to be 40,000 kg IIRC, then later changed to 37,000 kg. If that is true then that reduction was made way back essentially when the program launched. For example this FlightGlobal article from August 2004 a year after the launch. The A400M, with its 37t p...Jump to post
What was the reason for the payload drop? I'm guessing either the airframe just came in over weight, mods for paratrooping, or engine parts revision maybe? Or combination of all? I also wonder if this has had any impact on export sales? What payload drop? It was originally supposed to be 40,000 kg ...Jump to post
There is more than likely contractual obligations for continued support. I still think the is a possibility for a *M2*. Sorry, what do you mean by *M2* ? I assume Slug is referring to an upgraded model but given there so are many A400Ms in service and so many left to come with the primary operators...Jump to post
texl1649 wrote:Not sure how attractive an end-of-the-line A400M at any price really would be. Those engines will cost a fortune to maintain if operated for 30 years.
Saw a KC-46 fly out of LMT a couple of days ago.Jump to post
The Australian Government have released their 2020 Strategic and Force Structure plans. Was looking through and found the following interesting below quote regarding the C-130J fleet. The RAAF C-130Js are some of the oldest around having received their first aircraft in 1999. The current plan is fo...Jump to post
So I don't think you can say that a bizjet is generally more comfortable. The people I’ve spoken that have flown in the back of the Hercules told me it is loud as F*** in the cargo-hold, too hot in the front end and freezing towards the rear. Not great for concentrating on a screen for hours on end...Jump to post
It looks very much like Mr Trump's plan to abandon the iconic Air Force One livery. Always good to see the Union Jack proudly displayed. Greetings, Absolutely, a First Class livery. "Fly the Flag" springs to mind. This makes a great statement about the countries modern, forward thinking a...Jump to post
An A320 derivative/version has several significant disadvantages; (a) it would be delivered in around 15 years minimum (realistically; 8 years for development, 7 years to negotiate between the various countries/legislatures/commit to numbers), (b) it would cost at least around double the P-8 per fr...Jump to post