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by angad84
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 22510

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

mmo wrote:
AirlineCritic wrote:
Is there no toilet on the B52? If true, that's amazing...


With over 2000 hours on the D/G/H. It is VERY TRUE!

I'm going to have a word with the Bear pilots I know and tell them to STOP GRIPING ALREADY. Never realised the BUFF lacked a loo. Damn silly really.

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by angad84
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 311
Views: 123584

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!

Holy moly!

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by angad84
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 242
Views: 47066

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

In fact I haven't seen a single news report that indicates such and given the UK is the only Level one partner, with BAE having a major stake in production and RR having a major stake in the STOVL lift system, I find it hard to understand how you could come to that conclusion. The UK stake in the J...

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by angad84
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Reconstituting USAF bomber nuclear alert
Replies: 24
Views: 5907

Re: Reconstituting USAF bomber nuclear alert

From whence commeth all the pilots? Perhaps from the 1,000 AF pilots the President is recalling to active duty? Perhaps the majority of that 1,000 are former B-52 drivers USAF leadership makes that call, the President has only enabled it. For now all the signals point to no inclination to recall an...

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by angad84
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209023

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

LOAN/F135 are not VLO, just "more stealthy" than their plain-jane counterparts. The F-35 (along with most fighters) does have a higher rear-aspect RCS. You're mixing technologies. LOAN is not the nozzle used on the F135. PW has a plethora of technologies and patents on their dev of the no...

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by angad84
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209023

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

LOAN/F135 are not VLO, just "more stealthy" than their plain-jane counterparts. The F-35 (along with most fighters) does have a higher rear-aspect RCS.

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by angad84
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209023

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The manufacturers of the Eurofigher, Gripen and Rafale could easily combine to develop a 5th generation stealth multi role aircraft. Avionics and software has overtaken the airframe and engines as the most difficult and costly part of a new fighter development. Using off the shelf avionics and soft...

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by angad84
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons
Replies: 28
Views: 5430

Re: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons

Nobody bases their security calculus off of best case and good wishes.

Don't mind me though, I just happen to interact with these people on a daily basis.

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by angad84
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A330MRTT News, Orders, Production And Testing
Replies: 236
Views: 87974

Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Do these aircraft have some sort of defence system installed ? I assume only flares if anything at all ? I would think flares at minimum with a more sophisticated system at least offered or else installed by the customer. RAAF KC-30s have a DIRCM installed. Instead of or in addition to flare/chaff ...

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by angad84
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons
Replies: 28
Views: 5430

Re: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons

It's amazing how some countries can take *snap* decisions on military procurement while some others like India take decades evaluating several types of aircraft and end up with none. In this context, Qatar has Rafales and Typhoons - India was looking at both, zeroed in on the Rafale years later, an...

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by angad84
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons
Replies: 28
Views: 5430

Re: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons

I love with how much emphasis media use "Typhoon" instead of "Eurofighter"... It is the Eurofighter Typhoon, so why are you surprised by this? I find interesting that not a single UK media I have read publishing the note uses one single time the word " Euro fighter", I...

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by angad84
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Gripen Aggressor
Replies: 9
Views: 2533

Re: Gripen Aggressor

There's also the UK ASDOT requirement which has a pretty sizeable budget.

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by angad84
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 292496

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Well, at least SpaceX isn't above making a video poking fun at their landing failures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvim4rsNHkQ&list=PLnFnv9bs1tRHL47drWnuoMeVulU3aUaGD&index=234 Pretty cool actually. Check out the action starting at 1:20. :eyepopping: Tugg Blimey. Amazed it came back in ...

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by angad84
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Shenyang FC-31 / J-31
Replies: 56
Views: 11457

Re: Shenyang FC-31 / J-31

The first prototype DEFINITELY had either RD-93 or RD-33. I saw it in Zhuhai in 2014 and I'm positive it had those engines. I have seen the MiG-29 countless times in person and there is no mistaking the engine sound at taxi and the smoke when changing throttle settings. Respectively, no you wouldn'...

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by angad84
Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)
Replies: 35
Views: 4778

Re: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)

Cargo planes and helicopters don't have any sensitive equipment. Their P-8is have a lot of indigenous electronics and sensors. We have domestic comms and IFF on our P-8Is, because we haven't signed CISMOA/COMCASA. The bulk (all?) of mission related hardware and software is American. And the US Gove...

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by angad84
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)
Replies: 35
Views: 4778

Re: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)

Basically, yeah. But the Indian Navy really, REALLY likes the SHornet and really, REALLY dislikes the Fulcrum

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by angad84
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy working on Drone based refueling system (CBARS)
Replies: 19
Views: 2346

Re: US Navy working on Drone based refueling system (CBARS)

The V-22, which will be used for COD, has the capability to be a tanker. Not at the ranges we're talking about here. A drone would likely expand capabilities and might save deck space. I see the ROI there. What capabilities? And how would it save space? The primary volume driver is the tanking miss...

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by angad84
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy working on Drone based refueling system (CBARS)
Replies: 19
Views: 2346

Re: US Navy working on Drone based refueling system (CBARS)

Where am I going wrong in all of this? not really anywhere, it's a pretty reasonable idea. But if I had to take a stab at red teaming it, I'd say primarily survivability. Even on the USAF side, we are already talking about next gen LO/VLO tankers and transports. CBARS is probably going to be operat...

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by angad84
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What is the range-limiting factor of air refuelled airplanes
Replies: 4
Views: 1599

Re: What is the range-limiting factor of air refuelled airplanes

Depending on aircraft size/role/tasking/configuration it can be a variety of things. The two I've heard most often are lubrication and fatigue.

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by angad84
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Osprey single-engine takeoff??
Replies: 8
Views: 2106

Re: Osprey single-engine takeoff??

Eyes were playing tricks. The prop-rotors are cross linked to to make sure both stay turning in an engine out situation. Does this mean the RPM will stay similar on both rotors if there's an engine out? What about prop pitch, is that different on each engine? If there's an engine out, does the rema...

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by angad84
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Training flight SU-35C on MAKS-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1577

Re: Training flight SU-35C on MAKS-2017

Incredible aircraft.

But I'll bet there's ACM instructors out there right now saying, "... and boys, when the Su-35 starts pirouetting, you give him half a minute to finish showing off, then drill his brains with anything you want, because he's got no energy left"

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by angad84
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "Flying the Hump" thread: India-China Air bridge during WW2
Replies: 10
Views: 1367

Re: "Flying the Hump" thread: India-China Air bridge during WW2

Wikipedia is useless for Indian military stuff.

I think it might STILL have that nonsense about Indian Navy Tu-22Ms.

Avoid as far as possible.

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by angad84
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "Flying the Hump" thread: India-China Air bridge during WW2
Replies: 10
Views: 1367

Re: "Flying the Hump" thread: India-China Air bridge during WW2

BawliBooch wrote:
angad84 wrote:
BawliBooch wrote:
Chabua now is a site for a Mig-21 training facility.

??


It isnt?

I saw the trainer variants of Mig-21 when I last visited the Airfield. So guessed its a training facility.

Did you visit a decade ago? Because MiG-21s haven't been based there in ages.

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by angad84
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Possible US military use of 777 and 787
Replies: 30
Views: 5226

Re: Possible US military use of 777 and 787

Ozair wrote:
cpd wrote:
That must be why the military has used Omni Air B777 N927AX.

The US military has used the An-225 but we obviously aren't talking about that being too big. The thread is about the ownership of the 777/787 by the USAF opposed to contracting these or any other airframe in.

Yup, thanks.

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by angad84
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "Flying the Hump" thread: India-China Air bridge during WW2
Replies: 10
Views: 1367

Re: "Flying the Hump" thread: India-China Air bridge during WW2

BawliBooch wrote:
Chabua now is a site for a Mig-21 training facility.

??

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by angad84
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Possible US military use of 777 and 787
Replies: 30
Views: 5226

Re: Possible US military use of 777 and 787

Too big and not mature enough. Of the two, the 787 is the likelier to see service (but in the distant future) simply by virtue of being the only game in town. Of course, if all this blended-wing military airlift stuff really takes off (heh), then who knows? The MRTT/KC-46 might be the last airliner-...

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by angad84
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons
Replies: 87
Views: 11693

Re: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons

Dutchy wrote:
I see a combination of 20-25 PC-21 and 18 Saab JAS39 E/F Gripen in Austria's future.

Sounds about right. They might even be prime contenders for some of the C/D jets that Saab insists still have a market.

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by angad84
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK launches aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for sea trials
Replies: 70
Views: 7716

Re: UK launches aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for sea trials

LightningZ71 wrote:
Operational flexibility.


Exactly. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Plus, tonnage is relatively cheap.

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by angad84
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Apparently, India has signed deal for F-16
Replies: 12
Views: 2861

Re: Apparently, India has signed deal for F-16

It appears there will be no deal..... http://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/185032/lack-of-growth-potential-scuttled-f_16-sale-to-india.html That article (or more precisely, the article it's quoting) is garbage. There is indeed no deal yet, but it has nothing to with age or any of t...

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by angad84
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK launches aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for sea trials
Replies: 70
Views: 7716

Re: UK launches aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for sea trials

bhill wrote:
Makes for one big carbon footprint.....I wonder how long she can cruise at full speed before refueling?

Cruise or full speed, pick one...

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by angad84
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Apparently, India has signed deal for F-16
Replies: 12
Views: 2861

Re: Apparently, India has signed deal for F-16

Christ almighty, I did not expect to see this HERE of all places. THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT HASN'T SIGNED S**T. This is basically LMCO and Tata agreeing that they will co-produce the F-16 -- IF AND ONLY IF it is selected for procurement by the Indian MoD. In fact, this announcement means EVEN LESS than...

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by angad84
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Apparently, India has signed deal for F-16
Replies: 12
Views: 2861

Re: Apparently, India has signed deal for F-16

Christ almighty, I did not expect to see this HERE of all places. THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT HASN'T SIGNED S**T. This is basically LMCO and Tata agreeing that they will co-produce the F-16 -- IF AND ONLY IF it is selected for procurement by the Indian MoD. In fact, this announcement means EVEN LESS than ...

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by angad84
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 280
Views: 97946

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Natflyer wrote:
The nose section looks like an anteater. I hope they put a nose-dome on it if only to reduce drag...

That's an incomplete aircraft, so yes, it will get probably get weather radar(s?) and radomes.

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by angad84
Thu May 18, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AV Industry: Expanding Ban On Laptops Would Cost Travelers $1 Billion
Replies: 54
Views: 4496

Re: AV Industry: Expanding Ban On Laptops Would Cost Travelers $1 Billion

I personally know a LOT of people that switched to direct or via-Europe/S.E.Asia flights to the USA post the ban -- and this in a price sensitive market (India). And at least two people whose laptops didn't survive the trip in the the hold (soft suitcases, bad packing, but still). If Trump's gov had...

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by angad84
Sun May 14, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brake Chutes
Replies: 15
Views: 3230

Re: Brake Chutes

In addition, most (I hesitate to say all) high performance fighter type aircraft don't have reverse thrust available. So, the drag chute is an additional help for breaking and reduces landing roll. I'm pretty sure the Saab Viggen had thrust reversers. But then it was a bit special in a lot of ways ...

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by angad84
Fri May 12, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brake Chutes
Replies: 15
Views: 3230

Re: Brake Chutes

1. To help them stop quick/quicker. Many military runways are far smaller than commercial strips, and when you add in the fact that military aircraft are expected to operate 24/7/365, in whatever weather the universe can cook up, you want to be able to come to a halt in the given area. Also, most mi...

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by angad84
Wed May 10, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Any mil project on time, on budget?
Replies: 11
Views: 1925

Re: Any mil project on time, on budget?

The P-8A is on time and on budget for the most part. Some functionalities were delayed because of design issues and incremental changes, but overall the program is saving enough money that talk abounds about buying more frames. The program is also responsive enough that they were able to pull frame...

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by angad84
Tue May 09, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Need help identifying a T-33 warbird
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Re: Need help identifying a T-33 warbird

The replacement will probably be the Brazilian A-29 (Super Tucano) but there has been no actual progress yet.

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by angad84
Mon May 08, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Need help identifying a T-33 warbird
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Re: Need help identifying a T-33 warbird

According to the latest Combat Aircraft Monthly (June '17) Bolivia is the last military operator with four jets as of late-2016.

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by angad84
Tue May 02, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34009

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

Imagine if mid-millennia sea voyagers had to deal with the fact that the Americas or Australia were moving away from Europe. Then imagine as the continents moved away after a certain distance a disturbance arose that caused these sea voyagers to turn around every time (Sun). The earliest sea voyage...

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by angad84
Tue May 02, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34009

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

I wouldn't use terms like luddite, but there's people that have some sort of innate belief that we, as a species, are going to continue cracking problems, and then those that don't. It's not that some are luddites or don't think Mars can be done...but beyond a quick flag-planting exercise -- nothin...

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by angad84
Mon May 01, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34009

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

izbtmnhd wrote:
Mars isn't a continent where we can travel to whenever we like.

yet.

I wouldn't use terms like luddite, but there's people that have some sort of innate belief that we, as a species, are going to continue cracking problems, and then those that don't.

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by angad84
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Bulgarian parliament clears F-16V buy for second time
Replies: 30
Views: 9144

Re: Bulgaria selects Gripen

SAAB doesnt have a big and unflexible production-line like what LM uses for the JSF. They can build pretty much anything there is demand for in the same building. They did it in the past too, like when Denmark decided to get 5 extra F-35s after the series production ended. That was 42 years ago, an...

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by angad84
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Bulgarian parliament clears F-16V buy for second time
Replies: 30
Views: 9144

Re: Bulgaria selects Gripen

Of note, this is for the existing C/D model, which was price matched against the competing offer of refurbished F-16s from Portugal. This is requiring SAAB to return capabilities for C/D production that were in the process of removal and being replaced for E model production. Also, the current agre...

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by angad84
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Grounds T-45 Goshawk Fleet
Replies: 6
Views: 3110

Re: USN Grounds T-45 Goshawk Fleet

Almost all OBOGS-equipped aircraft have backup LOX, and the T-45 is no exception.

Cheers
A

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by angad84
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Will Iran buy new fighters?
Replies: 8
Views: 1797

Re: Will Iran buy new fighters?

Because the UN arms embargo on Iran is still in effect, and the last thing the Russians or the Chinese want is to be sanction busting. It hasn't stopped French firm Sagem supplying thermal sights for Russian T-90s and electro optical infra-red systems for Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters, and Thale...

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