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by vr773
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 206969

Re: F-35 news thread

As we have discussed previously I am incredibly sceptical of their claims. I would look forward to seeing a test report but I doubt that will ever see the light of day. The proof will likely be in the number of nations that end up acquiring it but I highly doubt it will be the panacea some are clai...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50594

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

Planeflyer wrote:
And if that was not enough no 4 th gen ac can penetrate contested airspace which means greatly reduced deterrence.

Remember the Maginot line?

It doesn’t worn any better in the sky?


Ignoring the real possibility that the F-35 can be detected makes your contested-airspace-argument a tautology.

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by vr773
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50594

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

That isn't an accurate representation of the respective aircraft... I didn't say that the Eurofighter is stealthier and I didn't compare sensors. You're quoting marketing presentations or reddit users who quote marketing presentations. I'm going with the mainstream opinion that the Eurofighter prov...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50594

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

I'm French but I have no problem with EU countries buying the F-35 right now (can't say the same for other military hardware when there is a competitive EU product). However I'm surprised they don't defend their purchase by simply stating the obvious, that the F-35 is more technologically advanced....

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by vr773
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 206969

Re: F-35 news thread

Interesting article on a passive radar system that may be able to detect stealthy aircraft such as the F-35: COLOGNE, Germany — The German Air Force and electronics specialist Hensoldt are gearing up to deploy a new sensing technology in southern Germany that promises to target enemy aircraft withou...

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by vr773
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50594

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

And so what do you say to your constituents when all your typhoons are lost or worse they had to be flown to the UK or elsewhere because the skies over the continent were too risky? How well can one judge the likelihood of detection of any airplane in a real war scenario? And even if one could esti...

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by vr773
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50594

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

I’m sure the decision was political. It’s not good politics to lose your front line pilots because you bought AC that could not survive 20 minutes in a contested environment. Of course the decision was political. As it should be. What is worth looking into is whether the decision was based on a ten...

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by vr773
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50594

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

For example the Danish evaluation it didn't take into account technical information on the Typhoon and the Super Hornet submitted by the German Defense Ministry and Boeing that the Danish government had asked for. Incorrect but I see no reason to again go over an evaluation that clear explains its ...

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by vr773
Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50594

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

Out of curiosity, could you link to a source that has an apples-to-apples comparison of the operational costs? Belgium haven't released their evaluation and I doubt they will for commercial in confidence reasons. The closest evaluation we have is the leaked Danish evaluation which has the F-35, Eur...

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by vr773
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50594

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

I can see why Airbus and Dassault would be upset but I find the Airbus claim of US$21 billion lost to Belgium frankly absurd... European aerospace firms lament Belgium’s F-35 purchase decision European aerospace manufacturers Airbus and Dassault Aviation publicly lamented a decision by the governme...

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by vr773
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

What are some indicators for that envy that you claim to know of and how can a country as a whole by envious anyways? I think you might be projecting emotions here. Jealousy, envy, hate.. It's all the negative stuff. The general population of Germany deep down does not like the US. This is then ref...

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by vr773
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I still believe it will be a split order between more Eurofighters and a small batch of F35s for the nuclear sharing 100% agreed. Germany does not have the political will to develop a 5th gen aircraft. Even if they could get the development down to a "cheap" $10+billion dollars you still ...

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by vr773
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Situation- no serious current threat, other nato countries are there to back you in a pinch, don’t want to waste money, AF knows 4 th gen is a dead end, need to maintain some sort of capability,don’t want to buy American but understand fully that if the shit hits the fan 911 calls are only really a...

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by vr773
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The german armed forces just presented a paper had a paper leaked on how they want to look like by 2031. Nothing specific regarding the potential FCAS / F-35 but some interesting parts nonetheless. I'm not going to comment but I'm sure you can draw your own conclusions: ⋅ Defense of Germa...

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by vr773
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 174
Views: 23277

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

Not sure if that was discussed before but Japan is considering joining France and Germany in developing the new maritime surveillance / anti-submarine aircraft by selling tech from their P-1. https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Japan-in-talks-to-sell-patrol-plane-tech-to-Germany-and-France Japan has be...

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by vr773
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 146030

Re: A400M Update

http://www.janes.com/article/81356/a400 ... refuelling
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Air-to-air refueling capability well on its way: http://www.janes.com/article/81356/a400 ... refuelling

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by vr773
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

https://amp.dw.com/en/germanys-lack-of-military-readiness-dramatic-says-bundeswehr-commissioner/a-42663215 I can just hear it now from W. German officials are so caught up w Trump’s tweets they can’t make time to fix the problem. Actually the truth is the reason for Trump’s statements on the subjec...

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by vr773
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

How many stories have been published about very poor readiness rates accross multiple branches of the German military? I’ll bet the US is more prepared to defend Germany than the Germans are. I always forget that the Russians are about to attack until you remind me. Personally, I don't think the de...

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by vr773
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The Drive reports that Germany is looking to retain nuclear sharing by adding the capability to carry B61s to the Eurofighter. I personally favor ending nuclear sharing altogether because it's useless and because I don't consider the US a reliable military partner anymore. But equipping the Eurofigh...

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by vr773
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 206969

Re: F-35 news thread

Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Poised To Become One Of America's Biggest Exports The Pentagon's F-35 fighter has completed its development program and begun deploying overseas. About 300 have been delivered, and that number will double by the end of 2020. The U.S. military plans to buy 2,443 of the s...

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by vr773
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

On the ILA press conference, von der Leyen stressed again Germany's preference for the Eurofighter to replace the Tornado. As mentioned before Germany and France also signed an agreement to develop the FCAS together. Both MoDs showed unity by arriving in an A400M flanked by Eurofighters and Rafales....

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by vr773
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I wonder what German pilot would say to all of you who want him to carry out a deep strike in contested airspace w EF? I’ll bet dimes to $’s 99% of the pilots tasked w such missions would select an F35? All this talk of FCAS is proof of one thing; 5 th gen is brilliant if and only if it is European...

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by vr773
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I disagree, hence why I already stated as such. Welcome to the world where not everyone has to agree. When you write "nothing here that we didn't already know" you appear as speaking for everyone. This has the potential to discourage others from posting valuable information and it doesn't...

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by vr773
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Airbus plans the Future Combat Air System (Interview Dirk Hoke) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/airbus-plans-future-combat-air-system-interview-dirk-hoke-eckert Unfortunately there is nothing in there we don't already know. What we can derive from the interview though is that any joint FCAS program ...

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by vr773
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Norway is consdiering cancelling troublesome order ...
Replies: 55
Views: 11320

Re: Norway is consdiering cancelling troublesome order ...

Interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal about problems with the new German F-125 frigate. Over cost, too complex, software not reliable, failed sea trials, etc. The Journal opined the basic problem was insufficient project management experience with large scale military projects. The mon...

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by vr773
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

It's 90% Eurofighter Tr4, 10% F35. All other options are DoA. So the only issue I see with your ratios is the nuclear delivery role. Any rumblings on what Germany will be doing with that given the Eurofighter is very unlikely to have that role added. Could we see a split order, 24 F-35s leased for ...

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by vr773
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

My bet is on the Luftwaffe keeping the Tornado, it seems to be the cheapest option with the fewest political problems. Not going to happen. The defense budget is increasing and they are already struggling to spend it. There will be purchases. The entire German defense contracting industry is alread...

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by vr773
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 243
Views: 69372

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

Boeing signed 5 year contract with with German Aerospace supplier Aircraft Philipp GmbH: http://www.mwrf.com/defense/boeing-contracts-aircraft-philipp-group-gmbh-chinook-parts This addition to Boeings list of German suppliers has likely happened in attempt to position the CH-47 for the tender to rep...

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by vr773
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Danish JSF plans in trouble
Replies: 79
Views: 11766

Re: Danish JSF plans in trouble

VSMUT how dare you attack a holy cow!? ;) Brace yourself for a long back-and-forth where the pro F-35 group is going to zoom in on a small details related or unrelated to the points you made, using arguments directly from the LM playbook, thinking that this would debunk the larger point that a) the ...

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by vr773
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

seahawk wrote:
Higher in pound, yes, higher in US dollar - no.


1. Is there that the overall cost increase is entirely due to currency fluctuation?
2. even it was true, a good procurer hedges for forex changes when making foreign currency purchases.

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by vr773
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Why? The cuts are a consequence of a decreased value of the pound after Brexit, which means that the budget (in pounds) does not have the planed worth in US dollar any more. And raising the budget is a politcal decision not taken so far and probably unlikely considering the other problems arising f...

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by vr773
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Not only have I read your article in full I have read a host of others that discussed the same thing, as well as discussing and reading this topic on a number of other forums. But then you haven't read it well or fully understood what's in the article. Feel free to share your wisdom from those othe...

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by vr773
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/2 ... arliament/
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Britain could reduce their F-35 order which shouldn't go unnoticed at the Germany Defense Ministry/BAAINBw when they weigh Tornado replacement options:
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/2 ... arliament/

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by vr773
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Have you read what you referenced other than the title? The issue is the number of tasks Denmark expect the airframe to undertake. If you actually understand what Denmark is trying to do with the airframes you would expect that they did not acquire enough but that is not enough is across the board,...

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by vr773
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I’d love to answer some questions for the Danes though I’m not sure they want to pay my contract rate. Having been involved in a number of tenders within my line of work the clarification questions asked by Airbus are very straightforward and less I would consider usual, especially for such a compl...

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by vr773
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Vr773, do you think those US troops standing guard duty tonight in Europe, S Korea, Japan, the Mideast and so many other places are contributing to freedom or oppression? Patriotism in the USA has never been perverted to nationalism or ultra-nationalism as it has so many other places. To the contra...

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by vr773
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

There are lot of countries that owe their freedom to hardworking and patriotic Americans. In the USA patriotism means freedom I think patriotism or the perversion of patriotism is often used to limit freedom. That's true in in the US and in other countries. A large part of this conversation has an ...

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by vr773
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The point is that the Luftwaffe wants to replace the Tornado starting 2025, as studies show that the maintenance costs would skyrocket once you are the only user of the type. In addition by 2040 the numbers of new frames needed in a very short period would be prohibitive, as Tornados and Tranche 1 ...

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by vr773
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

There were no flawed comparisons in the Denmark competition Sure, it was straight forward - that's why there's a court decision pending. I also suggest you offer your help to the Danish government answering a couple of open questions: http://nytkampfly.dk/wp-content/uploads/Airbus-Clarification-Req...

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by vr773
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

On the tech-side, the article refers to a podcast debate between David Berke (former F-35B and F-22 pilot) and Pierre Sprey who helped conceptualize the design of the F-16 and A-10 fighters: http://aviationweek.com/combat-aircraft/podcast-f-35-crossfire-part-1?page=1 I listened to both parts a coup...

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by vr773
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The program has plenty of reference customers already including Israel, the Japanese and the South Koreans. Israel is a security partner to the program, as with Singapore, and ordered the jet when they had the pick of US platforms to choose from. The South Koreans chose the F-35 over the Eurofighte...

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by vr773
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Der Spiegel had an article on the topic today. Unfortunately it's only available in German but the gist is that the Bundeswehr will likely purchase the F-35 to replace the Tornados which they have been planning to do for years. The author says that this is a risky move given that the F-35 has fundam...

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by vr773
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Great, I still think you are reading too much into Singapore not yet ordering the jet and it has little to do with the overall progress of the program. Given the age of their fleet and the extra F-15SGs they have that they don’t acknowledge, it is clear they don’t need more fighter jets right now. ...

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by vr773
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

So there is a stark example of what you want to believe against what the text actually says. The article you linked clearly states that the Singapore Minister for defence, said on both occasions he visited the US to look at the jet, that they weren’t in a hurry to order. The article I quoted states...

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by vr773
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Has anyone wondered, if stealth aircraft are no more effective than 4 th gen ac( might as well call them target drones) why the Russians and Chinese are spending tens of billions developing 5 th gen AC? Just a bit of critical thinking could make this thread a fair bit shorter. It actually makes it ...

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by vr773
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

What you choose to believe is up to you but any deal conducted as an FMS sale follows the conditions stipulated. What you choose to believe is up to you but many of the conditions of an FMS are negotiable. And where in that article does it say Singapore will order soon. Statements made by the Singa...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

seahawk wrote:
There are definite answers to when the Tornado fleet needs to be replaced.


No. Neither the exact time nor whether Germany is getting a 1:1 replacement at all is clear at this point.

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by vr773
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

They are but the fact that Müllner isn't the one who will make the decision is something some users may not know. In fact, von der Leyen and Suder should have a word with him because if it is true that the F-35 is in the lead, he didn't really improve Germany's negotiation position with his little ...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1648
Views: 226659

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I think the last statements were very clear. EiS in 2025, rules out a FCAS solution. And what if that happens much later than 2025? What if Germany decides to live with a capability gap or make strategic decisions that would change your assumption; e.g. through pulling out of nuclear sharing? Also,...

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