https://breakingdefense.com/2022/09/aukus-at-1-year-aussie-defense-brief-says-navy-faces-high-risks-in-modernization-race/ A bigger question also remains unresolved: What class of submarine will Australia build?Will it be a variant of the British Astute class or of its successor, the Dreadnought cla...Jump to post
Does that engine also offer more range?
If so maybe its because the US no longer have bases in Afghanistan and still need to fly Reapers there to take out certain individuals like they did with Ayman Al-Zawahiri but if I remember correctly had to fly from the Arabian peninsula.
God help the Chinese if they ever manage to land forces on the Australian mainland. :roll: Comparing Australia to Ukraine is futile considering most of the Australian land mass is inhospitable to an army. The Austrailian Arm Force probably have to structure itself to fight over large distances, eve...Jump to post
https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/08/16/us-holds-fire-on-reports-of-turkeys-second-s-400-shipment/ Think they will just keep pushing it until they are kicked out of the NATO. In my opinion... Turkey is not going to scrap S-400 at this point Turkey is not going to stop being an authoritarian...Jump to post
Remember those pro-PRC protestors "welcoming" the House speaker? I don't think there were pro-Russian protestors welcoming politicians from the EU and the US when they visited Kiev. Ar least they will know who to go after before the shooting starts. Ukraine did not know/react until Kerson...Jump to post
To answer one of the question. "The B-52H Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet (15,166.6 meters). It can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordn...Jump to post
https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/08/16/us-holds-fire-on-reports-of-turkeys-second-s-400-shipment/ Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., has threatened to block the F-16 sale over Turkey’s continued possession of the S-400s, its violations of Greek airspace and Cy...Jump to post
and the fact that the PRC has spies everywhere on the island Russia had not only spies in Ukraine but a Russian origin minority population, plus they had been interfering in their elections since 2004 until 2014, when the Ukrainians had enough of it. Leading to the events then. For all the good it ...Jump to post
Wouldn't it be possible to structurally modify them again? If the frame was zero-houred, updated with new radar, new engines, new avionics to eventually replace the H? One, I don’t believe there are enough G models left to be worth modifying. Two, demodifying defeats the purpose of the original mod...Jump to post
bikerthai wrote:GDB wrote:Aside from being able to be dispersed, F-35B brings LO to the defence.
It would be nice. Somehow I think that politics will prevent Taiwan from getting them.
Dutchy wrote:Turkey will get the 40 new F-16's and 80 upgrades, in return Sweden and Finland will become new NATO-members.
Poland to buy 48 FA-50 light fighter jets, 180 K2 tanks, 670 K9 self-propelled artillery pieces The biggest export deal ever from South Korea. The FA-50 seems to be selling well. The FA-50 delivery schedule is fast and strange: All deliveries are planned to be completed “in 2023, with 12 aircraft i...Jump to post
It's always been a dangerous job, I have just read 'Brothers In Arms' by James Holland, about the 11 months of the Sherwood Rangers, a pre war reserve horse cavalry unit that transitioned to armour in the Western Desert, from D-Day to VE Day. Inspired by the series about the US paratroopers and the...Jump to post
I see someone is as thin-skinned as the CCP even though I didn't even quote his post or mention his name. Considering the recent revelations of the actions of the CCP in lockdowns, crackdowns against religious minorities, ending of guarantees in HK, support to Russian aggression in the Ukraine, etc....Jump to post
What would really tick them off would be to have a NATO style nuclear sharing with Japan, the RoK and Australia. It would be irrational not to consider it since the DPRK already have nukes and missiles that can deliver those weapons all the way to the continental US and Australia. https://www.nippon...Jump to post
mxaxai wrote:bajs11 wrote:smaller insignificant countries
Turkey and India come to mind.
But clearly, Fijians found it disrespectful too. I would bet other Pacific Island nations feel the same way. I understand you are proud of your country, but they are acting like huge bullies to their Pacific Island neighbors. Always ironic to hear the mainland Chinese claiming "bullying" ...Jump to post
pretty soon it'll only been France, Spain and Sweden (and maybe a few smaller insignificant countries) left that don't have the F-35 https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2022/07/19/greece-moves-to-join-lockheeds-f-35-program-as-turkey-f-16-bid-stalls/ Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos ...Jump to post
Since when was the RoC/Taiwan a part of the PRC? The PRC has never occupied Taiwan. I guess some people have been reading too many Global Times articles also by your logic the Kim dynasty should just finish what they started in 1950 I mean at one point they did occupy almost all of the Korean penins...Jump to post
I don’t think it’s up to the West to dictate who gets to be a superpower or not. That decision is only made through war. And technically, China was a world superpower in the past - under the reign of the Khans. bt I was referring to what the US of A did since Nixon decided to meet chairman Mao in 1...Jump to post
Japan? I am not certain. But yes unless China invade Taiwan, I do not see a scenario where a war with China would occur. Even if there was an "incident" in the Straight. Now along the Indian border . . . I have no clue. bt They will most likely be involved. https://www.lemonde.fr/en/opini...Jump to post
Not sure if the P-1 can be retrofitted for the newer and longer range missile. It should be able to if it can handle Harpoons. The interface should be the same, its just a matter of upgrading the software to the stores management system (or at most replacing the SMS computer) and go through the gau...Jump to post
Do you really see China as the aggressor in this, if any country is going to start the conflict I don't see it being them. Then I suppose all the talk about retaking Taiwan by force is merely posturing. In that case, I am hopeful. I plan to spend some time in SE Asia when I retire and a war with Ch...Jump to post
As others have noted, the advantages of the P-8 are lower operational and sustainment costs, at the expense of lesser offensive capabilities and low-altitude performance. Is the P-1 able to fire long range anti-ship missiles like the AGM-158C? https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/05/navair-pro...Jump to post
The Korean war was not a NATO operation. The US pressured it's allies into fighting in Afghanistan. yeah... I did mention that the NATO members entered the Korean war as part of the UN forces. Keep nitpicking, bro. Does that mean the US also pressured its allies into aiding Ukraine? Yes both US of ...Jump to post
The frame is already in operation, they could quickly customize their electronics. Brilliant thought. Let's just say Boeing seems to know enough about the P-1 to offer an unsolicited bid of the P-8 to Japan. Of course Japan turned them down. bt Boeing seriously did that? :shakehead: Must be those 7...Jump to post
At least the US of A doesn't claim every single island in the Caribbean as part of their territory. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_disputes_in_the_South_China_Sea Then again the West should blame themselves for have created this new empire which may be as hostile and ambitious as the Emp...Jump to post
We may have international rules for safe conduct, but I wonder what the reaction of the US would be if a nuclear armed Chinese carrier battle groups and air wings carried out "freedom of navigation" exercises in the Gulf of Mexico, or sailed a fleet in the Florida Straits? At least the US...Jump to post
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