F-35 for India? In view of recent events, you must be joking. India has just shown itself to be a Russian sycophant. Politics is such a fickle beast. Does that mean that UAE who also abstained, will not get their F-35? And China abstained when you would think they would vote no. With Russia holding...Jump to post
heh if they knew back in late 70s and early 80s that the USSR would collapse in 10 years then surely would also know that about 20 yrs a certain Saudi billionaire would fly jets into the two towers and Pentagon, right? If you are criticizing the B-2 as a total waste of money then what about the Stra...Jump to post
It seems China also has a high speed VTOL program. China's helicopter makers have reportedly conducted test flights for at least two types of helicopters with innovative designs: one is a blended-wing body multi-rotor vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, the other is a helicopter with a completel...Jump to post
not sure if anyone has posted this video
It shows whats left of the An-225 Mriya
well they said in the 70s that super carriers were vulnerable and obsolete because of Soviet missiles etc but what on earth are they going to do when fighting one or two near-peer or peer competitors in the Pacific? Which is more effective (and cost effective) between an F-35, an XB-47, and a Predat...Jump to post
yes drones like the X-47B/C are the way of the future
not tiny short range 3K lb/1.3ton drones, those may have been super effective in a land war but try to use it against an enemy with relatively sophisticated navy and coastal defenses
Whatever happened to the Pershing Missiles? Were they really removed from the European continent? Remember the mass protests to have them removed. Their destruction, also of the SS-20’s, was not only monitored, including on the ground, by both sides, it was even televised! To the point about a need...Jump to post
uh at 3000lbs/1362kg what kind of payloads are those drones able to carry?
Wouldn't it be better to buy used Harriers?
I am pretty sure even the first gen Harriers or yak-38 are more useful than those drones.
I don't think anyone is doubting that FCAS will happen but 2040s is 20 years away and a lot can and will happen during that time. What do think will happen if the PRC decides to join the war and send equipment and soldiers to Europe? https://www.ft.com/content/30850470-8c8c-4b53-aa39-01497064a7b7 Th...Jump to post
They were not 'got rid of', they were illegal under the 1987 INF Treaty where the USSR also had to get rid of it's SS-20's, the very reason the Pershing and Tomahawks were stationed in Europe in the first place. An offer NATO had on the table from the beginning of the announcement of their deployme...Jump to post
as Greece is another IRIS-T user that will receive F-35s.
To appreciate what thepointblank is saying, you have to understand what a no-fly zone is: an explicit threat to shoot down someone’s aircraft if they violate a geographical line. In other words: a no-fly zone is a line in the sand. If you’re not cool with escalating a conflict by sending in ground ...Jump to post
Just saw this on DW news https://youtu.be/jKke0HZFwzk?t=854 In terms of feet size, where does 35 F-35A put the German Luftwaffe? Behind the RAAF? Yes. Finland ordered over 60, for comparison, and just behind the Belgians at 34. RAAF has 44 of 72 ordered, delivered. Likely, the Germans will decide th...Jump to post
and his speech in English https://youtu.be/9_DMcayCtnA but it seems not everyone in the Bundestag agrees Actually the agreement was extremely broad. The AFD right wing Putin puppets and the Linkspartei (old kemlin puppets) are fishing for the same extreme right voters and so this was to be expected...Jump to post
and his speech in English
but it seems not everyone in the Bundestag agrees
I do do not see Ukrainians as fanatics. I do not believe it is in their culture or history. I see it as more once the fighting dies down, could be days, could be weeks, but I don't see months, it will become like occupation of Eastern Europe post WWII. From a human life perspective that may be best...Jump to post
https://breakingdefense.com/2022/02/fra ... -sub-deal/
looks like France has singled out Australia as the main "bad guy"
Presumably NASA has run this plan past the other international partners/owners of the ISS, with it being the INTERNATIONAL Space Station and all ? Russia has shown every sign of wanting out for some time, obviously events on Earth right now may affect that too, however it turns out. ESA are involve...Jump to post
Not too surprising given the state of the Luftwaffe over the past 10 years but the Bundeswehr sounds like it is'stripped bare' and offers little real support per it's commander. https://twitter.com/tobiaschneider/status/1496759242786852871 Don't you think it would be more appropriate now to get ups...Jump to post
Yeah, while they are at it they might as well also get some fast and awesome MIG-25s and TU-142 for maritime patrol you know because of the melting ice caps....
Seriously though, I hope what is happening in Eastern Europe now should make mr Trudeau stop hesitating like a teenager.
Will the UAE actually order F-35 or is this a compensation for the AUUKUS? https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/12/03/france-signs-18b-weapons-deal-with-uae/ They offer a shot in the arm for France’s defense industry after the collapse of a $66 billion contract for Australia to buy...Jump to post
possibly related They offer a shot in the arm for France’s defense industry after the collapse of a $66 billion contract for Australia to buy 12 French submarines that ultimately went to the U.S. https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/12/03/france-signs-18b-weapons-deal-with-uae/ but...Jump to post
A good thing is that the Norwegian budget and costs for F35 is public and can be found online. Here is an article about it, thoughts and comments? https://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/feature/216023/norwegian-defence-budget-reveals-real-f_35-costs-%3Ci%3E%28free-access%29%3C%C2%A7i%3E.htm...Jump to post
This should be considered as credible confirmation that it was indeed a FOBS with hypersonic glide vehicle and kind of confirmed what I implied about possible violation of the Outer Space Treaty. If that is the case then we may will see another 1st Cold War treaty being abandoned and a new space arm...Jump to post
https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/hundreds-of-china-hypersonic-tests-vs-9-us-hyten-says-us-moves-too-slowly/ Hyten pointed to hypersonic technology as the “perfect example” of America’s acquisition problems. “We were developing hypersonics ahead of everybody in the world and the first test failed....Jump to post
Has the first flight of Artemis I been delayed and is now scheduled to be launched in January 2022? I guess it's still better than Boeing's "Starliner"... and way more complex No date set yet. First quarter of ‘22 seems likely. NASA tweeted that launch is now planned for Feb 2022. For all...Jump to post
https://breakingdefense.com/2021/11/aussies-to-pick-mature-nuke-sub-design-is-uks-astute-class-frontrunner/ According to this article Australia will likely get the British Astute class because One major reason to go with the British Astute instead of the American Virginia or Los Angeles classes is t...Jump to post
:ill: Y'all are making me think that Taiwan may be important enough for the US to fight a war over. :sorry: bt The Republic of China is way more important than it's electronics manufacturing industry. https://thediplomat.com/2015/05/taiwan-and-strategic-security/ When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on D...Jump to post
Has anyone actually mentioned the fact that the glide vehicle is paired with a FOBS? A concept that was developed by the Soviets in the 60s and could potentially violate the Outer Space Treaty, I guess depending on if it completes an orbit around the earth or not. https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourw...Jump to post
SeamanBeaumont wrote:Perhaps that doesn't matter to Chinese politicians...
It got some impressive looking solar panels. https://www.space.com/nasa-lucy-asteroid-mission-launch-success The design is based on the same design that currently powers the InSight Mars lander, only much larger. The solar panels will provide about 500 watts of power while the spacecraft is flying p...Jump to post
They are increasing cooperation with their former enemy because some other nation decided to become the new Empire of Japan. kind of ironic isn't it? Japan has been a formal US ally for 70 years. Japan's post WW2 Constitution (drawn up by the Allies, principally the US who occupied it after the sur...Jump to post
Yeah, that's what those optimistic neo-liberals thought in the 90s and early 2000s which is also the main reason behind the rise of the PRC. Look where we are now... Don't forget that the European countries had considerable economic ties before the WWII. or Australia which is a major trade partner o...Jump to post
Unfortunately there are people in the West who still believe in a benign PRC and everyone should allow it to occupy islands in the West Pacific, crush student protests in HK, kill dozens of Indian soldiers in border clashes, keep threatening to invade neighboring countries etc. An arms race is exac...Jump to post
What's the difference between China pushing its weight around and the US pushing its weight around, both do it, what makes the US right and the Chinese wrong? When was the last time China started a war which lead to millions of deaths and the destabilisation of the middle east for 20 years and coun...Jump to post
considering the USN may not even have enough ships to counter the PRC and its allies. That is why the US is leaning in to its allies. As for the Chinese, what allies? Third point. Statistics may be used to inflate capacity. What is the nature of those Chinese ships and their capacity to operate in ...Jump to post
Yes, that's pretty much what the French want especially now that the UK has left the EU. Get rid of NATO and US of A and become the new dominant power in Europe https://www.politico.eu/article/brexit-redraws-eu-alliances-coalitions-stop-france-and-germany-deeper-integration/ https://www.politico.eu/...Jump to post
The RAN will need those VLS if they want to take out the increasing amount of military bases in the West Pacific especially if/when the RoC is invaded. Not necessarily. The purpose of an alliance is shared responsibility. So without VLS, the RAN can perform other duties and free up the USN to perfo...Jump to post
The RAN will need those VLS if they want to take out the increasing amount of military bases in the West Pacific especially if/when the RoC is invaded. https://www.9news.com.au/world/south-china-sea-satellite-imagery-shows-china-expanding-bases/24c87cc4-5c16-4cf7-92e4-6966f369922b https://www.9news....Jump to post
I'm expecting a shortened Virginia class submarine. The Virginia is skinnier than the Astute class so it will result in a lower overall size. The Block V Virginia class subs have been significantly extended in length as they have the additional VPM module which contains four large diameter tubes wh...Jump to post
Maybe the USN will sell them the early Virginia SSNs which should be quite a bit cheaper than the block V and a clean sheet design unless the RAN want to fire hypersonics from their SSNs will take is a return to Trump in the USA and the whole thing is finished. While Trump was in office, US-UK-AUS r...Jump to post
Very interesting, but I was completely unaware that this was going to be launched by an Ariane 5..... why? I'm guessing something to do with its launch profile/location, and yes I know it's a joint ESA project, but... wouldn't an Atlas V offer similar performance with increased reliability? I guess...Jump to post
Excellent update on the Chinese Rover from Scott Manley, some fascinating video and images; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSSs6FfBlgY https://asiatimes.com/2021/07/us-blocking-more-chinese-students-from-its-universities/ It would be interesting to know how many of the engineers and scientists wor...Jump to post
No, he's saying that a smaller C130 could've hauled those 7 people. Nonsensic argument, as even a C130 is much too large for that. The intention was to transport many more, which they did in subsequent flights after the organisation on the ground had been improved. It was also an attempt at humor.....Jump to post
https://youtu.be/ZcIoQwf8qJg probably the funniest speech of 2021 It's like a fox blaming the chicken farmer for not locking the door to the cages And before that, people died clambering to a C-17. I hope their souls will torment the German armed forces. Care to share your intelligence? I mean, with...Jump to post
And of course the US will do little if nothing to support the Afghanistan that they destroyed for over 20 years and then abandoned in a night. I wonder how much the Soviets did for Afghanistan after their withdrawal in 1989. and how much did the Americans destroy during those 20 years compared to h...Jump to post
The trouble with continuing to use "drones like the MQ-9 to hunt down and kill Taliban commanders and provide air support to the government forces." is that you basically lay the groundwork for gradual takeover of the country (with a possible exception of Kabul) by Taliban "night gov...Jump to post
So a million dollars a sortie to maybe kill 9 or 10 $25/day rent-a-Taliban? Sounds like the war that is perfect for is the one on the taxpayer. In Taliban's case it has way more to do with determination and conviction than getting paid peanuts. The Vietcong was just as determined and look at all th...Jump to post