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by angad84
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FA-18 Super Hornet To Be Modified For Blue Angels
Replies: 47
Views: 17125

Re: FA-18 Super Hornet To Be Modified For Blue Angels

I think the EDE, or some sort of SFC improvement programme, makes most sense. These guys are going to have to keep up with F-35C in about a decade's time.

Cheers
Angad

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by angad84
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Argetina demands explanations from Brazil for allowing British Militirary flights inbound to the Falklands
Replies: 18
Views: 2979

Re: Argetina demands explanations from Brazil for allowing British Militirary flights inbound to the Falklands

Sidebar, what would the Argentinians actually do with the Falklands that the British aren't doing now (if they actually were to acquire them through peaceful or forceful means)? To my understanding, there isn't much there... They are needed for strategic sheep purposes... https://youtu.be/6omQ5JjjL...

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by angad84
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Saab offers Gripen to be made in India
Replies: 88
Views: 6568

Re: Saab offers Gripen to be made in India

Block 70 is basically the F-16V. More common with the F-16I and -16V than the Blk60, for which royalties would be involved. There's a lot of bad blood between the USA and UAE now on the Blk60 programme.

Cheers

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by angad84
Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India to induct indigenous AWE&C Aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 1788

Re: India to induct indigenous AWE&C Aircraft

This aircraft is ancient history- it crashed long back, near VOYK. I remember reading about it in Abdul Kalam's 'Turning Points'. The entire crew was killed. We had not mastered the struts for joining the radome to the fuselage, and keep it there in the face of wind resistance. One of these struts ...

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by angad84
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India to induct indigenous AWE&C Aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 1788

Re: India to induct indigenous AWE&C Aircraft

Yep, the 748 is long gone. There are three EMB-145s in India. Two for the IAF, one for CABS for current AEW&C dev, and then for any and all future airborne sensor dev.

Cheers
A

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by angad84
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India to induct indigenous AWE&C Aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 1788

Re: India to induct indigenous AWE&C Aircraft

So far only KW3555 and 3556 will be delivered. I was at the handing over ceremony. 3556 will go to the squadron first (No. 200 Sqn, a new raising) and will be followed shortly by 3555. DRDO/CABS has an in-house airframe that will be used for development and testing of future improvements, upgrades a...

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by angad84
Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X Requirements Released
Replies: 267
Views: 66283

Re: T-X Requirements Released

Why is the Kai A-50 a twin seat, couldn't they just get ride of the second seat, ala BAe Hawk 200, light fighter http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/hawk/images/hawk3.jpg Because the bulk of the (initial) production run was for a LIFT and it's cheaper to produce one standardised airframe in...

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by angad84
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Gripen jet crash during air show.
Replies: 8
Views: 2516

Re: Gripen jet crash during air show.

Looks like a Derry Turn gone wrong, like he barrelled or didn't do a max rate roll. Or both.

Damn shame.

A

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by angad84
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Suggestions for RIAT 2017 visit
Replies: 2
Views: 680

Re: Suggestions for RIAT 2017 visit

Don't think there are any early buses going from London, but if I recall correctly, there are a bunch of "official" shuttles from Swindon that bring you right to the show. Might want to think about spending Friday night at Swindon instead. Book early, because it *will* fill up!

Cheers
A

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by angad84
Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Trump targets F-35 program
Replies: 112
Views: 10910

Re: Trump targets F-35 program

While you may be right, you do not convince me that such system cannot be ported to other planes. (In practice it has to be redesigned because of state secrets and IPR rights etc, but that is another story) The design of the system is in principle very simple, all you need is enough computing power...

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by angad84
Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing T-X First Flight?
Replies: 22
Views: 5314

Re: Boeing T-X First Flight?

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Boeing/Boeing-BTX-1-T-1/4133103/L Cheers to Boeing on a successful first flight yesterday. I think they have an excellent chance with winning the bid, especially since they have one flying compared to just a concept. I mean... Lockheed, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman a...

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by angad84
Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

It was reported back in August that India invested an additional $5 billion into PAK-FA: http://www.defenceaviation.com/2016/08/sukhoi-pak-fa-troubles-india-plans-to-upgrade-su-30mki-while-waiting-for-sukhoi-t-50-will-india-ever-get-the-sukhoihal-fgfa.html The article doesn't actually say that. It ...

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by angad84
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

what about Indian FGFA? Not going well, if the progress on the Russian PAK-FA is any indicator. And PAK-FA is mostly funded by India. Nope. PAK-FA is Russian funded. FGFA is supposed to be co-funded, and indeed India has put down a few hundred million already for preliminary work, but the whole dea...

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by angad84
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bulgaria will buy new fighter jets
Replies: 41
Views: 5523

Re: Bulgaria will buy new fighter jets

I saw the line 3 months ago. There are C/Ds in production, along with 39-9 (wing-body done, awaiting tail and final outfitting) and 39-10 (first parts beginning to come together, probably loaded up by now). I am at the wrong computer at the moment, but will post pictures as soon as I can.

Cheers

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by angad84
Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bulgaria will buy new fighter jets
Replies: 41
Views: 5523

Re: Bulgaria will buy new fighter jets

... but I'd say they are more likely to be used airframes that will be zero houred. Why? the line's warm and Saab is still making C/Ds. Not sure the Italians have a chance against F-16 and Gripen... No indeed, this feels like a Gripen vs Viper fight, and a SLEP'd upgraded Viper will probably have t...

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by angad84
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MV-22 Osprey Crash off the Coast of Okinawa, Japan
Replies: 5
Views: 1758

Re: MV-22 Osprey Crash off the Coast of Okinawa, Japan

Apparently it was a night refueling gone wrong, a prop hit the hose and caused the hard landing (crash landing). https://twitter.com/alert5/status/808919215650574340 So prop hits hose -> damaged Osprey heads toward land -> Pilot avoids Okinawa proper -> puts her down just off the beach Two injured, ...

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by angad84
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

At least they have a broader plan. At least that plan involves India/local industry. etc etc. That stuff plays well here, believe me. Also, they are already doing some amount of commercial a/c sourcing out of India. I don't recall if the HAL deal was terminated, but they have other suppliers. But, w...

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by angad84
Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

I guess that same intelligence community was sleeping when the US paid to replace the two destroyed aircraft? C'mon bt, you can do better than conspiracy theories. We live for conspiracy theory :D There are P-3's and there are P-3's. It depends on what is stuffed in side. That's your call. The Paki...

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by angad84
Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

Also, let's be honest, the Indian civilian establishment is not that far sighted. They're not thinking long term co-op across a multitude of programmes to build an overall capability. They'e still platform centric, non-aligned, keeping all the various friendly countries happy by splitting procuremen...

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by angad84
Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

India cannot afford to import/build twins in large numbers, and the IAF cannot afford to operate them in large numbers. Either factory will be able to build both twin and single engine fighters. Either of which factory? Nobody's pitching a building and manpower. They're pitching aircraft, and the r...

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by angad84
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

But the letter that went out asked for single-engined fighters. The "Sleeping Giant" off WWII was not the US military might. It was the industrial capacity to produce mass quantities of war material, top of the line or not. So if you can successfully set up a modern fighter factory, you h...

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by angad84
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 473572.cms

bt

Yes and no.

There's no formal requirement, so technically everyone and their mother can be in the running.

But the letter that went out asked for single-engined fighters.

Cheers
Angad
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bikerthai wrote:

Yes and no.

There's no formal requirement, so technically everyone and their mother can be in the running.

But the letter that went out asked for single-engined fighters.

Cheers
Angad

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by angad84
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Will Trump bring in the B747-8 Air Force 1
Replies: 26
Views: 6676

Re: Will Trump bring in the B747-8 Air Force 1

They would also need the electrical generation capacity of the 4 holer for an E-4 replacement. This part is easy. The 767 Japan AWACS and 737 AEW&C can generate sufficient energy for the power hungry radars and electronic suites by using more powerful generators and adding an additional generat...

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by angad84
Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

83 Tejas ordered by Delhi, https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... rs-431301/ Wes... Technically, that is simply an approval to place the order. Like saying "we accept you want to buy 83 of these, and we accept that they will cost $7.5bn" Any major revisions to units or overall cost w...

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by angad84
Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender
Replies: 41
Views: 4461

Re: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender

Not really, neither of those assets are used, or are planned to be used, in a way that would *require* tanker support. It'd probably be a nice thing to have, but the Indian military generally does not operate far from home, particularly with non-fighter fixed wings. A Plenty of pictures of IAF C-17...

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by angad84
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender
Replies: 41
Views: 4461

Re: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender

It'd probably be a nice thing to have, Specially if you want to keep your option open for the F-16 fighter buy. by CARTS? Defense vendors should sync their India deals (RFP to final payment/delivery) with 5 year parliamentary election term. Don't try to span across to two or more terms. It appears ...

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by angad84
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender
Replies: 41
Views: 4461

Re: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender

[ Any deviation from the US version would involve significant up-front non-recurring cost for Engineering changes. Better to get the boom and take it off and store if if you are not going to use it. bt. With the C-17 and P-8 in their fleet they would have a use for it. Not really, neither of those ...

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by angad84
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

The real issue is India's industry base. It is not geared for aerospace. There are no centres of competence, no economies of scale. Bangalore would be a place to start. We have been working with TAML and DTL coming up to 7 years now. And while our projects are relatively minor compared to a full up...

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by angad84
Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

Cheers Great analyse Anged, thanks for that. But reading this, how on earth will Hal or somebody else build 200 a/c? Especially if they need to do more then building it in kit form. Tajases is relatively simple to build, the Rafale or F-16 is a complex machine. I would be very weary to guarantee an...

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by angad84
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "India to order 200 F-16's"
Replies: 75
Views: 10015

Re: "India to order 200 F-16's"

Question to our Indian posters: How long would it take realistically for HAL to produce 200 extra Tajases? Presently the plan -- and I stress on "plan" -- is to have 40 Mk.1s in service by 2020-2022, and then start producing a batch of 80 Mk.1As at a rate of somewhere between 8 and 16 per...

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by angad84
Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender
Replies: 41
Views: 4461

Re: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender

Any deviation from the US version would involve significant up-front non-recurring cost for Engineering changes. Better to get the boom and take it off and store if if you are not going to use it. bt. My point was to let Boeing take off the boom and store it, and handle the DCS/FMS issues that way....

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by angad84
Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Inflight tanker experience!
Replies: 7
Views: 2469

Re: Inflight tanker experience!

Thanks!

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by angad84
Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Inflight tanker experience!
Replies: 7
Views: 2469

Re: Inflight tanker experience!

Lovely shots! Do you mind if I ask what camera/lens combination(s) you were using?

Cheers
Angad

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by angad84
Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender
Replies: 41
Views: 4461

Re: India Reassessing Global Tanker Tender

IMO, the A330 MRTT is certainly out of the next tanker competition... Based on both Airbus' / the French Gov. recent press statements. This is likely a KC-46A win, or possible Il-78 win... The KC-46A should have the edge based on India's recent Boeing buying trends (C-17A, P-8I, AH-64 and CH-47). B...

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by angad84
Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Danish Government Picks F-35 For Rdaf
Replies: 82
Views: 9277

Re: Danish Government Picks F-35 For Rdaf

Yeah, I knew it was something like that, couldn't remember off the top of my head.

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by angad84
Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Not Keep The F-14 As A Full Time Bomber?
Replies: 44
Views: 13530

Re: Why Not Keep The F-14 As A Full Time Bomber?

The F/A-18 seems like a charmed aircraft. It certainly looks to be popular with the procurement people as it's being built in substantial numbers and has a 737-like long life! You must be thinking of the F-16. It's had a production run double that of the legacy Hornet and Super Hornet combined. Che...

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by angad84
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India Confirms Order For IAF’s Rafale
Replies: 102
Views: 22040

Re: India Confirms Order For IAF’s Rafale

Good is relative, but yes, this is as close as it has ever been! Gotta say though, folks in Delhi are so jaded by the whole Rafale saga at this point. Just going through the motions for the most part, reporting whatever's happening with none of the enthusiasm of the MMRCA heydays (2008-11).

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by angad84
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Danish Government Picks F-35 For Rdaf
Replies: 82
Views: 9277

Re: Danish Government Picks F-35 For Rdaf

I thought the F-35 was still AoA- and G-limited?

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by angad84
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India Confirms Order For IAF’s Rafale
Replies: 102
Views: 22040

Re: RE: India Confirms Order For IAF’s Rafale

French offer: $11 billion for 36 jets with 30% offset Indian offer: $7 billion for 36 jets with 30% offset Wide gap is an understatement. With that kind of difference, I don't see this deal ever being signed. The two parties are fundamentally too far apart in terms of basic price structure. IAF is ...

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by angad84
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X Requirements Released
Replies: 267
Views: 66283

Re: T-X Requirements Released

Suddenly the T-100 is the best looking contender. The T-100 appears to have pretty significant power/manoeuvrability issues. At the moment I'd rate Lockheed's chances the highest, with Boeing a close second. The Northrop entry simply doesn't look very inspiring, but hey, if it works... *shrug* Chee...

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by angad84
Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Is It Anet Worthy 2016?
Replies: 140
Views: 9720

Re: Is It Anet Worthy 2016?

I've seen worse OOF issues in cockpit shots accepted here, but it's really subjective from one screener to another. What aperture were these shot at?

Cheers
A

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by angad84
Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Is It Anet Worthy 2016?
Replies: 140
Views: 9720

Re: Is It Anet Worthy 2016?

The An-2 is a bit backlit, but the cool factor might make up for it ;)

The Il-14 is good.

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by angad84
Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X Requirements Released
Replies: 267
Views: 66283

Re: T-X Requirements Released

Still want to see the rear end of that thing though.

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by angad84
Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35C's Land So Precisely That It Tears Up Runways
Replies: 4
Views: 3061

Re: F-35C's Land So Precisely That It Tears Up Runways

bhill wrote:
Those DoD wonks....you just know that the jargon was made to fit the word "magic carpet..."

Like the "Computer Aided Spray Paint Expelling Robot" (CASPER) that paints F-22s (or some such). Love these backronyms.

A

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by angad84
Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Is It Anet Worthy 2016?
Replies: 140
Views: 9720

Re: Is It Anet Worthy 2016?

Haha, absolutely not!

Cheers
A

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by angad84
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian AF starts using Iranian base
Replies: 8
Views: 1853

Re: Russian AF starts using Iranian base

And Russia has been ejected from the Iranian base: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/russia-ira ... -1.3730454 It's optics. Iran didn't want the attention, but were clearly willing to let the Russians do their thing from Iranian soil. They'll sit around a while and then quietly let them back in again --...

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by angad84
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:11 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Is It Anet Worthy 2016?
Replies: 140
Views: 9720

Re: RE: Is It Anet Worthy 2016?

kulverstukas wrote:
angad84 wrote:
Quoting kulverstukas (Reply 78): I think this one don't worth trying even at 1024?
If you don't try to get this up - at ANY size - I will be very sad.

Cheers
A


Managed to get it through a couple of rejections and to PC after a bit hot worded appeal ;)

I saw that -- good man!

Cheers
A

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by angad84
Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 280
Views: 98021

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

3. Give them credit for trying to make this hybrid 747/rocket-carrier work, but this aircraft will require FAA certification and all the costs that go along with that. 4. SpaceX and others have shown major progress on launcher cost reduction using standard ground launch pad...more cost reduction to...

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by angad84
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Norwegian government has signed a memorandum for Boeing P8 Poseidon
Replies: 31
Views: 7438

Re: The Norwegian government has signed a memorandum for Boeing P8 Poseidon

11 bn NOK (1.3-ish billion USD) doesn't sound too odd, considering India just picked up four P-8I for around 1 bn USD.

Cheers
A

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