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by Reddevil556
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10578

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

It is still a balance of risk and effectiveness. CAS in general is best when it’s low and slow. High and fast isn’t really CAS, it becomes tactical bombing. But CAS has been needed in every war since WWI and as long as nations are willing to us military force, they will be taking the risks of using...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10578

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

It is still a balance of risk and effectiveness. CAS in general is best when it’s low and slow. High and fast isn’t really CAS, it becomes tactical bombing. But CAS has been needed in every war since WWI and as long as nations are willing to us military force, they will be taking the risks of using ...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10578

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

It does make them vulnerable, but that is warfare. At some point you have to be willing to take risks. 20th century warfare shows us the myth that AirPower alone isn’t effective in disuading an enemy force. At some point in time you need boots on the ground to direct the attacks and make direct cont...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10578

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

No, it doesn't; see JP 3-09.3: https://fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3_09_3.pdf Ha, beat me to it. As the doctrine clearly states, CAS is an effect that can be accomplished by a host of different aircraft. The issue is not the platform that delivers the weapon but the effect the weapon creates on the gr...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor flies for the first time
Replies: 89
Views: 19995

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

Sweet thanks for digging that up! I remember reading/hearing about the concept, but I never realized it saw combat.

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by Reddevil556
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10578

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

Agreed, especially in regard to pilot shortage. But cost was also a reason for looking towards an off the shelf platform. I think unmanned has many roles going forward. It will in cargo and freight as well. But for now I personally think there is a gap that can be filled with an AT6 or A29. Drones ...

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by Reddevil556
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 26920

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Transall C-160? You tell us in your signature line that you have jumped from a C-212. Where does that C in the name come from? Well, all CASA designs during the last 75 years are named C- and a number. That includes for instance C-101 (a jet trainer) and C-223 (pretty much a Cessna 172 clone). C-16...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10578

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

Agree but money is tight. Given the existing pilot shortage and the budget priorities the USAF has, as well as a desire from all the services to move away from counter-insurgency, you can see why they aren't rushing into a system that doesn't provide at least some adaptability to the future battle ...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 26920

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Was the A400 a program launched by Airbus without any specific government putting out a design requirement? No, it was designed to meet a catalogue of 1000+ requirements assembled by the militaries of several European nations in the mid-1990s under the designation "Future Large Aircraft"....

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by Reddevil556
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 26920

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Transall C-160? I would agree that the C, F, A designations tend to be mostly US. But have seen some non US made that were also not US used receive similar naming. I maybe poorly assumed it was a NATO designation system since the letter system was used in the code word naming of Soviet aircraft.

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by Reddevil556
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor flies for the first time
Replies: 89
Views: 19995

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

We had FARPs in Afghanistan where Apaches could stage, but yes they mostly hung out at the mega FOBs. I wouldn't expect any rotary wing A/C to have near the fire power, but rather similar platform to the Spectre just in smaller package. Something like a tilt rotor in a gunship version with a 20mm ga...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 26920

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Side note, why hasn’t the A400 received a NATO “C” designator? I love the aircraft, but it seems a bit pretentious to retain the Airbus “A” for a military, espcially NATO focused aircraft Probably because nobody cares? It was conceived within the traditional Airbus naming scheme. Outside of designa...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor flies for the first time
Replies: 89
Views: 19995

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

What is likelihood for the development of a tilt rotor gunship? I have always wondered why a smaller rotary wing gunship was never fielded for the CH47. Maybe it’s the physics of the flight characteristics...something that might make sense to an engineer and not a grunt like me gunship as in AC-130...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor flies for the first time
Replies: 89
Views: 19995

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

And one of the biggest trade-offs is the rotor/prop design. It must be capable of performing as a helo rotor, with all the control elements that entails, then transition and perform as a propeller. That is a lot to ask and difficult to balance in design. The blades are much longer and larger than a...

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by Reddevil556
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10578

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

Which means, this whole experiment is a total failure. The whole point was for this new acquisitions office was to go out and find ways to fill needs in the USAF with existing off the shelf options. You will not see companies go out and innovate new designs without the USAF going through the traditi...

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by Reddevil556
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 26920

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Side note, why hasn’t the A400 received a NATO “C” designator? I love the aircraft, but it seems a bit pretentious to retain the Airbus “A” for a military, espcially NATO focused aircraft

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by Reddevil556
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10578

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

It has been long overdue but JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) needs a dedicated fixed wing SMU (Special Missions Unit). With the US and NATO shifting back to conventional peer vs peer or near peer doctrine, the Air Forces and Naval Aviation will shift too. That does not mean the unconventiona...

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