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by SeamanBeaumont
Tue Mar 01, 2022 3:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1808
Views: 284690

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

My whole point here is that I'd assume the Luftwaffe knows what they're doing. They will know their mission profiles, the types of aircraft they need, and how to use each aircraft. No doubt. They are already heavily invested in Eurofighter so more makes sense for them. There has always been lots of...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Tue Mar 01, 2022 1:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1808
Views: 284690

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

Hey, I am happy to be wrong here. I am not too deep into the fighter competitions in Norway, or Switzerland. Finland, not Norway, Norway decided 14 years ago. The 100 Billion Euros for German defense spending this year that were just approved contain upgrades for Typhoons, specifics to be announced...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Mon Feb 28, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1808
Views: 284690

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

I think this rationale goes back to a quote along the lines of "any pilot who takes an F35 into a dogfight is a fool". https://medium.com/war-is-boring/test-pilot-admits-the-f-35-can-t-dogfight-cdb9d11a875 Dude some common sense should apply. Testing program report taken completely out of...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Mon Feb 28, 2022 9:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1808
Views: 284690

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

Tornados for aerial superiority and F35 for deep strikes would actually make a lot of sense on a tactical point of view. Much more sense than getting a full fleet of F35 for air police, that's for sure. Assume you mean Typhoons for aerial superiority (no one in their right mind would willing chose ...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Sat Feb 26, 2022 3:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 971
Views: 134112

Re: Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation

Just like how the Gulf War accelerate the wear and tear of US hardware, I see the same for the Russians if this drag out. And unlike the US with the capacity to replenish the stock, Russian economy will have problem building new tanks and aircrafts. bt Not just equipment, a lot of the front line gu...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Feb 25, 2022 10:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea
Replies: 94
Views: 14299

Re: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea

Any update on how the salvage operation is going? Info here, https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/us-navy-says-team-sent-to-recover-downed-f-35-fighter-jet-02242022093753.html One month after an F-35C Lightning II fighter-jet crashed on an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, the U...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Feb 25, 2022 10:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 500
Views: 49658

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

https://breakingdefense.com/2022/02/france-dumps-aussies-from-strategic-partnership-citing-aukus-sub-deal/ looks like France has singled out Australia as the main "bad guy" French as usual as full of shite, to claim they weren't informed the contract was in doubt for their piss poor perfo...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Feb 25, 2022 8:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 971
Views: 134112

Re: Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation

Anyone got a good summary of what's causing aircraft losses. Wikipedia says the Ukraine has 250 S-300s, 100 9K330 Tor, and 519 systems in total. And "many" MANPADS. Yet the Russian air force seems to be able to fly at will with minimal losses. You don't flash all your cards on the first d...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Feb 25, 2022 4:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 971
Views: 134112

Re: Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation

Anyone got a good summary of what's causing aircraft losses. Wikipedia says the Ukraine has 250 S-300s, 100 9K330 Tor, and 519 systems in total. And "many" MANPADS. Yet the Russian air force seems to be able to fly at will with minimal losses. You don't flash all your cards on the first d...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Feb 24, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 971
Views: 134112

Re: Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation

A BBC post says that the Ukraine government claimed that Hostomel is back in Ukrainian hands ... for now. Stunned they have tried to take it given how far from the front lines it is and how long they would prospectively have to hold out. Perhaps some additional spetnaz were pre-positioned locally t...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Feb 24, 2022 9:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea
Replies: 94
Views: 14299

Re: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea

Any update on how the salvage operation is going? Yes I’d like to know as well. This thread has gone off the rails. I think it will depend on how deep the fighter is. Might be more efficient to go down , inspect it, and leave an explosive package behind. You don't just leave an explosive around and...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Tue Feb 22, 2022 11:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Canada picks F-35 as CF-18 fighter replacement
Replies: 484
Views: 116084

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Politics aside, the most suitable aircraft for Canada defending its airspace is undoubtedly the..... MiG-31 Of course, politically that is a no-go for a thousand reasons. Why do you say that? Wouldn't you want something better than what the competition has? What is there not to like about this, lon...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Mon Feb 21, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 334
Views: 46619

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

According to this interview with Airbus Defence & Space Executive Michael Schoellhorn there is no requirement to carry personnel or cargo, hence no cargo door but more fuel capacity: Schoellhorn also touched on differences between the LXMT and current MRTT. One difference is that the USAF appea...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Sun Feb 20, 2022 11:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New production of the Albatross flying boat
Replies: 8
Views: 1869

New production of the Albatross flying boat

Bring back the flying boats!!!! Australian company to restart production of the iconic Albatross flying boat with the improved G-111T Variant Australian company Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI) will build a new version of the legendary Albatross flying boat. Named G-111T, the “new Albatross” wil...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Sun Feb 20, 2022 10:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Canada picks F-35 as CF-18 fighter replacement
Replies: 484
Views: 116084

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Isn't like $15,000/hr. cheaper than the F-35 to operate? I thought I saw somewhere that it was roughly $44,000/hr. for the F-35 compared to $29,000/hr. for the F-15. I could be completely wrong, though. If we trust the recent Swiss competition, the F-35 is cheaper to operate than any of the Eurocan...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Sun Feb 20, 2022 12:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Canada picks F-35 as CF-18 fighter replacement
Replies: 484
Views: 116084

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

johns624 wrote:
I wonder if the current Ukrainian situation will focus Canadian eyes on the replacement program for the CF18? There's nothing like an easily definable foe to focus things.

Doubt it, its not like the last 8 years of Putin messing with Eastern Europe changed anything.

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Feb 18, 2022 1:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jordan Requests New F-16V's
Replies: 15
Views: 2533

Re: Jordan Requests New F-16V's

It’s interesting the F-16 has not seen the ‘late blooming’ of foreign orders the Rafael has of late. Feel like the F-16 has done very well lately. Morocco, Bahrian, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Taiwan and now Jordan. That is almost the same as all Rafale exports put together... Can someone explain to me why...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Feb 18, 2022 1:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?
Replies: 54
Views: 4352

Re: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?

Boeing is not a charity. They have created a monopoly on the P-8 and have done a lot to defend it. Outside the US, the competition with non-US companies is cutthroat, and the intelligence agencies sometimes provide US companies with info on competitors' offers. Sometime they likely also call and pu...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Feb 17, 2022 4:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?
Replies: 54
Views: 4352

Re: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?

Actually, when I read up on it, there were interested parties, as the P-8 is very expensive with a price tag of 180m$ compared to below 100m$ for a Swordfish. This is because Boeing has no competitor in the market, and then the price is the highest they can charge for it. South Korea was interested...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Feb 17, 2022 3:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales
Replies: 53
Views: 9261

Re: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales

More Rafales seems a better idea than F-15 to me, too. Why the interest in F-15? Range? The Qatari solution previously perfected by the Malaysians, buy from different political blocks to ensure you have at least one type that works when you need it. It also provides Indonesia some, probably meager,...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Feb 17, 2022 2:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Irak might exchange 14 Rafale and more with France
Replies: 5
Views: 1605

Re: Irak might exchange 14 Rafale and more with France

stratable wrote:
Is Iraq capable of operating and maintaining such a complex aircraft for the long run?

Probably why the per unit cost is so high, lots on contractor support in there.

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Feb 17, 2022 12:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales
Replies: 53
Views: 9261

Re: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales

Indonesia shopping/window shopping spree to continue? The estimated total cost of this F-15 package is $13.9 billion. https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/indonesia-f-15id-aircraft Wouldn't it make more sense to buy more Rafales? At 400million a pop, it seems quite expensive to add ano...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Feb 17, 2022 12:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?
Replies: 54
Views: 4352

Re: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?

Swordfish is dead dude. Saab put it to the market and the market said no, hence they shelved it. It was only ever slideware, nothing was ever done beyond that. Actually, when I read up on it, there were interested parties, as the P-8 is very expensive with a price tag of 180m$ compared to below 100...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Wed Feb 16, 2022 10:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?
Replies: 54
Views: 4352

Re: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?

Swordfish is dead dude. Saab put it to the market and the market said no, hence they shelved it. It was only ever slideware, nothing was ever done beyond that. Actually, when I read up on it, there were interested parties, as the P-8 is very expensive with a price tag of 180m$ compared to below 100...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Wed Feb 16, 2022 5:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea
Replies: 94
Views: 14299

Re: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea

I do understand that the military should keep some secrets, and that which secrets are to be kept is not up to individual sailors. I understand that this video is not Ed Snowden. I don’t really understand where our conflicting opinion comes from, then. You’ve hit the nail on the head: this video is...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Wed Feb 16, 2022 4:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future E-7A buy
Replies: 44
Views: 9646

Re: Future E-7A buy

SXDFC wrote:
Why do they build the frame with the full window set, and not just the windows they need for the E7?

Probably slow the prod line down too much. Likely easier/cheaper for Boeing to just replace them with the rest of the mods happening to the aircraft.

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by SeamanBeaumont
Mon Feb 14, 2022 7:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?
Replies: 54
Views: 4352

Re: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?

The P-8 airframe is pretty large, probably the largest MPA ever (?). Excluding smaller frames is fairly easy by including a requirement for a large number of sonobouys and weapons, as that is what drives the size requirement in the larger MPAs. So it just comes down to the question exactly how much...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Mon Feb 14, 2022 7:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1808
Views: 284690

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

which begs the question where the jammers will go, onto the F-35s or the Typhoon. And which ones.... best regards Thomas If the intent is SEAD then F-35 doesn't need anything extra but only 30 F-35As suggests the Germans will use F-35A for nuc delivery and the rest will go Eurofighter vanilla and E...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Mon Feb 14, 2022 10:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1808
Views: 284690

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

Germany is about to discuss a potential order for 30 F-35A fighter jets: https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/30166-germany-to-begin-f-35a-order-negotiations-with-united-states which begs the question where the jammers will go, onto the F-35s or the Typhoon. And which ones.... best regards Thomas If ...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Feb 10, 2022 2:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea
Replies: 94
Views: 14299

Re: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea

How long does the engine take to spool up? Looks/Sounds like he applied TOGA roughly 3s into the video, but just ran out of vertical height. I have no idea on the spool up time for the F135 is. Since it's the latest and greatest in engine tech I would imagine it's rather quick. However, in this cas...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Tue Feb 08, 2022 6:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia cannot build it's own radars
Replies: 21
Views: 5273

Re: Russia cannot build it's own radars

they didn't use Chinese made chips. Anyone no more about this? China isn´t exactly skilled in making higher end chips. Wasn´t there something about the SU-30/35s for Malaysia that couldn´t be build because that radar needs western parts as well? best regards Thomas Think that was not using Israeli ...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Sun Feb 06, 2022 10:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031
Replies: 60
Views: 5559

Re: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031

Zkpilot wrote:
I’m sure they know what they’re doing, but surely it would be better to push it into a higher orbit and just leave it up there given the cost and effort to get it up there in the first place.

And if it then comes apart...?

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by SeamanBeaumont
Sat Feb 05, 2022 8:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1808
Views: 284690

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

art wrote:
Why would SA be interested in funding development of a system for an aircraft it cannot buy?

That is why I said they wouldn't...

The Saudi's have more aircraft than all three other export buyers combined but if Saudi's aren't paying unlikely the others would either.

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Feb 04, 2022 11:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1808
Views: 284690

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

This could get very expensive if 2 different types were used for nuclear and EW roles (F-35 and Growler). The Germans are on the hook to NATO for SEAD but USAF SEAD is done by F-16CJ and now F-35 so I expect NATO would accept F-35 in that role. Growler of course does more specific and broader EW bu...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Feb 04, 2022 9:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1808
Views: 284690

Re: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread

The Germans are reportedly leaning towards F-35, but no final decision has been made: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/germany-eyes-lockheed-f-35-fighter-jet-no-final-decision-source-2022-02-03/ This could get very expensive if 2 different types were used for nuclear and EW roles (F-35 and Grow...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Wed Feb 02, 2022 8:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 367
Views: 62072

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

I have just read (old news) that the F-35 deal is subject to review by a Swiss parliament committee, starting February. https://www.reuters.com/article/swiss-defence-fighter-idUSL8N2S80ZN The committee will start work in February and report back to the public at an unspecified later date. “The aim ...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Tue Feb 01, 2022 2:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea
Replies: 94
Views: 14299

Re: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
There’s probably a manual trap training requirement to maintain proficiency in trapping.

Proficiency training in the South China Sea seems the wrong place to do it...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Tue Feb 01, 2022 12:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea
Replies: 94
Views: 14299

Re: F35 Carrier Crash in South China Sea

Wow! Check out the elevon deflection! Could that have been "envelope protection (I know that's an Airbus term)," or was that more likely pilot input? F-35 has JPALS, https://www.raytheonintelligenceandspace.com/capabilities/products/jpals which includes guiding the aircraft down to the ca...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Mon Jan 31, 2022 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazilian A-4 Skyhawk report
Replies: 11
Views: 2403

Re: Brazilian A-4 Skyhawk report

I am curious, what could a notional TA-4SU not have done, vs. the T-7 plans today? Lightweight, cheap, if digitized fully it could seemingly offer the performance and ease of maintenance etc. that the USAF is going for, and of course would have been an easy bird for the USN to use as well. Draken h...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Mon Jan 31, 2022 9:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Malaysian RMAF to Acquire 33 ex Kuwaiti AF F/A-18
Replies: 23
Views: 3463

Re: Malaysian RMAF to Acquire 33 ex Kuwaiti AF F/A-18

Apparently RMAF is out, USMC is in. Considering what has been discussed so far (tired frames for its age), it's a little surprising. https://theaviationgeekclub.com/usmc-allegedly-interested-in-acquiring-kuwait-air-force-f-a-18-legacy-hornet-strike-fighters/ What exactly does the USMC want with the...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Sat Jan 29, 2022 4:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 39406

Re: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread

I guess that Brazil needs to order some more Gripen soon. If the C-130 update is causing problems, soon might be a good time to decide on ordering KC-390, too. Increased order quantities should result in a lower price, so both Embraer and SAAB products should become more competitive. OK, aircraft a...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Jan 28, 2022 12:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 39406

Re: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread

The original plan was to have the Hercs flying to 2030 after well-needed upgrades. From what I have heard, that hasn´t gone according to plan. Let's say that you want 6-8 KC-390 fully operational, we are well within that timeframe with a couple of years overlap, its time to make a decision :wave: I...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Jan 28, 2022 12:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the F-35 (All variants) Require Self Destruct Capability?
Replies: 17
Views: 2515

Re: Should the F-35 (All variants) Require Self Destruct Capability?

No. Unless a small child steals the jet, and then renders the $100m piece of hardware useless with a piece of chewing gum. It happened in the 1980s with the SR-71. Classic! Title sort of says it all really. How much money have they spent recovering the British F-35B and how much will they spend rec...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Jan 27, 2022 9:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MQ-1 Grey Eagle Drone on an Aircraft Carrier
Replies: 24
Views: 2908

Re: MQ-1 Grey Eagle Drone on an Aircraft Carrier

Back in the olden days, CAGs of 80+ aircraft weren't uncommon, so frankly I bet there is room in the hangar (though no folding wing will make spotting a PITA.) Elevators would be the problem more than the hanger, would need to park it and hang significant wing off the edge. Not sure doing that will...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Jan 27, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MQ-1 Grey Eagle Drone on an Aircraft Carrier
Replies: 24
Views: 2908

Re: MQ-1 Grey Eagle Drone on an Aircraft Carrier

Back in the olden days, CAGs of 80+ aircraft weren't uncommon, so frankly I bet there is room in the hangar (though no folding wing will make spotting a PITA.) Elevators would be the problem more than the hanger, would need to park it and hang significant wing off the edge. Not sure doing that will...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Jan 27, 2022 12:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MQ-1 Grey Eagle Drone on an Aircraft Carrier
Replies: 24
Views: 2908

Re: MQ-1 Grey Eagle Drone on an Aircraft Carrier

16 hellfires!? Damn that thing packs a punch! It seems like it's purpose though is probably rough field capability in the event the original operating airfield is destroyed. Maybe not so much original airfield is destroyed but more to expand range of airfrields possible. This capability should be v...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Thu Jan 27, 2022 12:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Miltrans and cargo flights to Ukraine
Replies: 23
Views: 4216

Re: Miltrans and cargo flights to Ukraine

Could we include the reconnaissance and intelligence flights in this thread? In the last few days I have noticed a USAF RQ-4A patrolling at 55000 ft over Ukraine, following the Russian border at a good distance. The one I saw today seemed to have been launched from Israel and routed westwards over ...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MQ-1 Grey Eagle Drone on an Aircraft Carrier
Replies: 24
Views: 2908

Re: MQ-1 Grey Eagle Drone on an Aircraft Carrier

16 hellfires!? Damn that thing packs a punch! It seems like it's purpose though is probably rough field capability in the event the original operating airfield is destroyed. Maybe not so much original airfield is destroyed but more to expand range of airfrields possible. This capability should be v...

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by SeamanBeaumont
Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale for Greece
Replies: 16
Views: 4398

Re: Rafale for Greece

Dutchy wrote:
you can say about the Rafale what you want, but esthetically it is the most beautiful fighter currently in service.

Mostly agree apart from that refuelling probe... retract that and it wins hands down.

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by SeamanBeaumont
Wed Jan 19, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters
Replies: 18
Views: 3123

Re: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters

Not surprising as the B could likely be integrated onboard the HTMS Chakri Naruebet if some work was done to the carrier, and the B is the only game in town for VSTOL strike aircraft. That boat hardly sails and the Thais retired the Av-8s in 2006. If they want F-35B it isn't to operate from the Cha...

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