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by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon May 18, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 3218

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

Then you argue why not T-7A which apparently is very close in operating and procurement costs if not (significantly) cheaper and has a "home-grown" advantage. Not really: the T-7A is very close in operating and (apparently) cheaper in procurement costs vs. the M-346 Master , which was pit...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon May 18, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 123
Views: 10452

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

I have 6 years USAF under my belt and going on 10 years at Lockheed. *blah blah blah blah blah* There are several things neither will admit publicly *blah blah bah blah blah* but I can tell you the Military Industrial Complex is real. Ok, that we can agree on. The Military Industrial Complex is a v...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon May 18, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 4252

Re: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement

The T-7 probably has a good chance here too. While it would require some modification for carrier ops, increased production and commonality will benefit both services with reduced costs. Boeing could probably just scale down some parts from the Hornet too. I agree - except for the modifications for...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 15, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 24454

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Weird, it seems that the original post my post was in reply to is currently missing....

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 15, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 3218

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

Then you argue why not T-7A which apparently is very close in operating and procurement costs if not (significantly) cheaper and has a "home-grown" advantage. So what if it's supersonic? If it's a better value overall then just don't use the extra capability if you can't. The outwardly mos...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 15, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 123
Views: 10452

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

I am a Lockheed employee and sometimes a Boeing cheerleader but the way I see it, I think we could use a slice of that pie along with Airbus with the A330 tanker. The military is not a jobs distribution program. Going more strictly on-subject, the KC-46 renders redundant the capabilities of both th...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 15, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 33511

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

It kinda stops being funny after a while. Makes you wonder how a species that can build something like an F-35 can choose the leaders that both nations have. It stopped being funny with COVID-19. It doesn't so much put into question our species' ability to exist as so much as does our species genui...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 15, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 24454

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Japan is in a situation where having a bleeding-edge design is more beneficial and desirable than having an entirely indigenous design free of foreign cooperation, so partnering with the US is the way to go.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 15, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: War, Defense, Offence in the 21st Century
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: War, Defense, Offence in the 21st Century

The US already lost. Just listen to the news right now.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 08, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 19653

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

There's a lot of answers in the USAF magazine article at https://www.airforcemag.com/boeing-sees-market-for-2600-t-x-derivative-aircraft/ Materials: The T-X will largely be an aluminum airplane, Torgerson told Air Force Magazine, and the only composite structure on the jet will be the nose. A metal...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 08, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Boeing Combat Drone
Replies: 73
Views: 17709

Re: New Boeing Combat Drone

Flying wings aren't inherently non-modular per se; rather than reducing the cost of various components by making them modular you reduce their cost by reducing the number of components in the first place, down to just one. Or at least you eliminate, depending on how you look at it, the center body o...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 08, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 19653

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

We do know Boeing bid the price so low that it probably overrode or devalued other parts of the evaluation, literally an offer too good to refuse... I mean there are a number of ways to achieve this, especially while still hitting high-performance targets, the most "conventional" of which...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 08, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Boeing Combat Drone
Replies: 73
Views: 17709

Re: New Boeing Combat Drone

I have to wonder what exactly makes a flying wing harder to manufacture, given how LockMart's been able to do it (reportedly for cheap) with the RQ-170 Sentinel. Actually come to think of it you might not realize it at first but the planform has similarities to the MQ-25 Stingray. I wonder if Boeing...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu May 07, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 3218

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

The stored Gripens are actually very well-maintained but they're also far less numerous than is being claimed in here. A single squadron at most.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 33511

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

"The Pentagon will have to live with limits on F-35’s supersonic flights. Just like how we Americans have to live with the limits of government response to COVID-19 with now an almost certainty that it will exist in this country literally permanently, so seems fair. On the other hand, I guess ...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO: "“We’re bleeding cash; may threaten existence of company"
Replies: 190
Views: 31278

Re: Airbus CEO: "“We’re bleeding cash at an unprecedented speed, which may threaten the very existence of our company,”

Passengers are going to avoid hubs as every connection is a risk. Passengers were apt to avoid hubs in general well before this as a point of inconvenience and annoyance. Both Boeing and Airbus had become somewhat keen to that. As for coronavirus avoidance, getting on a plane with unscreened strang...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1634
Views: 220472

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Reddevil556 wrote:

Seems like sour grapes and a nerve has been struck.


Very easy claim to make from someone who can't even be bothered to isolate the relevant quote.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1634
Views: 220472

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Just saw the article this morning, good for the F-18 program. Probably saved Germany a fortune vs a program like the F-35 :roll: At least as far as military procurement goes, this is a canard if there ever was one. If you want to fly with that canard about F-35 procurement costs, that has been beat...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1634
Views: 220472

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

HARM/EW. The G is already proven, whereas a theoretical HARM/EW capable Strike Eagle would be completely stovepiped, AND the Germans would have to figure it all out for themselves; with the G they can scratch out 'USN' and write 'Luftwaffe' on their checklists and they're 'done'. Plus, it would be ...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1634
Views: 220472

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Back on topic (and I’m forced to admit I’m in hot enough water with the mods as it is, but some callouts are necessary) I’m surprised Boeing pushed for the SH over the F-15EX/QA. The frame is already cert for nukes, it’s a better push for the EX in USAF and it opens the door for the Luftwaffe to go ...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Boeing Combat Drone
Replies: 73
Views: 17709

Re: New Boeing Combat Drone

Ozair wrote:

I'm not feeling the VLO love from the design but it is just a mock-up.


I’m just as surprised as you are but if this is supposed to be a sacrificial as well as loyal wingman and mostly an EW asset VLO might be seen as a detriment. Still seems a bit complex for the roles described though.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1634
Views: 220472

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Ozair, technically all you need is hard and soft compatibility. Anything beyond that is political. Nuclear weapons are not flied around for fun but used only in case of extreme war. In that case it does not even matter if they work 100 %. Evidently it is all about that the planes can be remote-cont...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 18249

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Pretty sure the E-8 JSTARS used commercial 707s that were then converted so if it has to be a 747 platform, the USAF can follow the same route - plenty of parked 747-400 passenger and freighter frames to choose from. Late to this point because I only noticed it now, but your point about E-8s is cor...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 932
Views: 135376

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

I have said so in the past and agree this isn't necessarily a bad idea. Oh yeah definitely, at this point I’m just repeating myself for emphasis. You did highlight a problem I didn’t notice before and that is, if EXs are going to be manufactured for frontline use, where to put them? In existing Mud...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 33511

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

That’s not surprising. I would even go so far as to say the JSM is the F-35 of cruise missiles.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 932
Views: 135376

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Continuing my thoughts from the inventory thread, and I’ve even alluded to such at least in this thread, and I know and understand this is mostly being floated for NG but I strongly think there’s a missed opportunity to send EXs to frontline squadrons and pass and reroll their Mud Hens into “homelan...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P&W and the F-15EX?
Replies: 20
Views: 2639

Re: P&W and the F-15EX?

Keep in mind this is effectively a non-solicited private venture. Opening up to engine competitive selection has been, even historically speaking, *exceedingly* rare.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15 crash and split afterburner use
Replies: 19
Views: 3151

Re: F-15 crash and split afterburner use

If you listen to the most recent Fighter Pilot Podcast episode it talks about the F-15C cockpit including how much can be done from the HOTAS controls (and how long it takes to really learn this). Huh, that’s interesting. Civvie pilots are taught a light variation of this, or at least I was taught ...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 18249

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Can you stand up in a 767 cargo hold? I cannot conceive how that can even be a factor. If the cargo hold isn’t converted to fuel tanks, then it’ll either be stuffed with equipment or...used as a cargo hold. Either way it’s better to stuff equipment in the cargo hold to free up living/working space ...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 18249

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

I'm sure Airbus would be willing to sell / design them a special version of the Airbus A330 MRTT ;-) something tels me however, that the US government would not be interested in buying from Airbus. That would’ve made sense if we went with KC-45. It doesn’t now. The E-4s are hard enough to support e...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 86
Views: 12833

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

True, but that doesn’t exclude future production for frontline squadrons (likely rotating Mud Hens out, if that happens) or pushed out of air superiority squadrons by F-35s to attack squadrons in the NG. Either way it’s Gen 4 legacy fighters, F-35s or B-21s for your bombing roles, or shore up existi...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 86
Views: 12833

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

I don’t think the USAF considers the F-15EX in any way a strategic aircraft or even suboptimal replacement for a bomber, the payload range difference is just too great. That’s very true but as far as interim bomb trucks go there aren’t alot of alternatives. Besides most if not all sorties are tacti...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 86
Views: 12833

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

This incidentally is why the F-15EX is a great buy, it could pick up alot of the slack in the interim.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 18249

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

OK, I'll say it again: What about using the current VC-25 aircraft? They already have AR installed, have low hours and can be used for decades to come, they are already modified with many of the needed elements (hardened for one), and are owned already. Tugg Hours and airframe fatigue. If that wasn...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 72696

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Trudeau campaigned on not buying the F-35 purely as a point of difference and as evidence of the financial waste of the Harper Government. In the preceding years multiple reports had utterly confused the public on the long term sustainment costs of the aircraft. Feel free to disagree (as I’d take i...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 186
Views: 14770

Re: VC-25 Pre-Prod.

As pretty much already explained such pictures are virtually impossible. They might not necessarily have been built on the line to VC-25 spec but they were certainly earmarked as VC-25s and the only flights/“public” appearances pre-VC-25 config would’ve been the flight immediately from the line to t...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Question regarding US Navy aircraft type
Replies: 16
Views: 1872

Re: Question regarding US Navy aircraft type

Off-topic, but man those A-3s (and their A-5 official replacements) had real deck presence.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: U.S. has formally kicked Turkey out of the F-35 JSF program
Replies: 162
Views: 43691

Re: Updated: U.S. has formally kicked Turkey out of the F-35 JSF program

You should write for whatever equivalent to Mad Magazine that still exists.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 932
Views: 135376

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Boeing has shown an interesting F-156X model at AWS20. The large missile carried on the centreline is large and heavy. It isn’t the nicest looking weapon and I’m not sure if this is a Boeing designed weapon or something the USAF is working on. I doubt it is an ASAT as Steve Tremble suggests, the we...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 72696

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

I find it hard to believe too but that point is mooted regardless.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cheapest AEW
Replies: 20
Views: 2469

Re: Cheapest AEW

Of course I understand that NorthropGrummun is not going to take my call. I was just curious if anyone knew of a cheaper AEW option than the Saab, which costs something like $300M per. By the way, if you're looking for a history of military contracts (somewhat america-centric) I know of no better s...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: DARPA requests $13 million to build a flying machine gun
Replies: 10
Views: 1424

Re: DARPA requests $13 million to build a flying machine gun

GalaxyFlier had the right idea but seems to be some misconceptions still present, at least assuming it’s like other developments. I would also guess it’s probably a small drone armed with an adapted common weapon like the Ak-47-armed drone Kalashnikov showed off a few years ago. This would really be...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 72696

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

[quote="744SPX“]

My dream pick however would be an F119 powered F-16XL...[/quote]

I suspect an F414 Gripen isn’t as far behind an F119 F-16XL as you might think, as mooted an issue as it is.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cheapest AEW
Replies: 20
Views: 2469

Re: Cheapest AEW

Agree. I think we could make a good guess though that the Saab 340 AEW&C is a pretty cheap aircraft and AEW system to own and operate, given the users. How much utility it has though would be questionable given it likely has a low operational ceiling and not great persistence. The same AEW syst...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cheapest AEW
Replies: 20
Views: 2469

Re: Cheapest AEW

This isn’t an easy question to answer. Realistically you will solicit bidding, see how seriously contractors take you and weigh procurement cost with budget and baseline capability. To get a thorough answer, you’ll need to somehow join an actual government or military organization making this decisi...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 86
Views: 12833

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

- Acquire an F-15NG variant to replace all existing F-15C/D/E aircraft in the USAF inventory at a rate of approximately 24 per year. It feels like a step back, why would you invest in this option, especially, if you want 15sq of F/T-X. Perhaps more F-35's. If it was the “F-15CX” I would agree, but ...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4879

Re: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter

The su30mkis the Indian airforce has is supplied by Russia but has lots of western integrated systems , mostly Israeli, like the targeting pod ,EW suite, HUD ,etc. And their are no restrictions on india buying western engines, the tejas is powered by a GE F404. So doable. The mig29 has a excellent ...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 72696

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

What do you mean no snow in Australia? It’s only 40 degrees!

Of course that’s not snow, that’s ash from bush fires.

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran arms embargo ends Oct 2020. Who will supply + what?
Replies: 61
Views: 20991

Re: Iran arms embargo ends Oct 2020. Who will supply + what?

Depending on who gets elected, easing of US sanctions **is** a realistic possibility. I even at least alluded to as much in my post calling this thread stupid (still is BTW). That said, a relaxing of sanctions worked with Cuba, at least until “the current administration.” Sanctions **had** been rela...

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by SuperiorPilotMe
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Threats to Stealth Aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 2089

Re: Threats to Stealth Aircraft

None of those are clearly defined threats against stealth aircraft. You’re either confusing how all threats must be classified as a threat to the entire national force structure, or deliberately attempting to take this discussion off-topic.

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