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by Ozair
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program
Replies: 49
Views: 12856

Re: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program

The US Army is moving swiftly on FLRAA and unless there is a surprise submission from another tenderer it will be the Bell and Sikorsky submissions that will move forward. Army preps for competition limited to Bell and Sikorsky for long-range assault helicopter The Army is taking its final steps bef...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 7163

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBU-43/B_MOAB
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bikerthai wrote:
Didn't they drop those BL-82 daisy cutter bombs (to clear out LZ's) from the back of a transport during the Vietnam war?

See Youtube

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The GBU-43/B MOAB is also dropped by C-130 (one) or C-17 (Two).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBU-43/B_MOAB

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

I suspect it is the black world of ‘new developments’ that might pose a threat to long term F-35 procurements post, oh, around 2035 (for the USAF). We’ve known for a while there is some sort of fleet of something (a la F-117) out in the desert based on the images of the rebuilt/expanded hangars for...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 7163

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread

Errr - can anyone explain in a few simple words (2 syllables max, please) how the tied-down pallet somehow becomes a "launch pad"? Is it some sort of "drogue line" arrangement? :wideeyed: cheers Think parachute drops of pallets. But these pallets will have stacks of self contain...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 7163

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread

Triton doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of traction with the USN so who knows how that plays out. More aircraft is always good though. What ever happened to BAMS? I thought UAV is an important component of that. The USN paused MQ-4C deliveries for two years right when the RAAF’s first aircraft star...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 7163

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread

The defense authorization bill that just passed congress by a large margin has provisions for more P-8's that will push the number beyond 117. But still it will still be much lower than the number if P-3's. But that is expected as UAV have also taken over much of the work load as well. Triton doesn...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

The USAF road map of the 20-year-old-design F-35A may be cut from 1763 to 1050 aircraft due competition of older generation aircraft (F-15EX, F-16 and A-10) and new developments. See : https://aviationweek.com/aerospace-defense-2021/defense-space/three-generations-fighters-compete-limited-resources...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 53124

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

Article from Forbes talking about the Swiss fighter competition and specifically the F-35. It essentially suggests that the F-35 is too capable for the Swiss and they would be better placed buying something else. It then argues that although the F-35 is too capable it will also be the cheapest and t...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Below is a google translated excerpt from a Spanish news article that talks about Morocco gaining access to the F-35 as part of their recognition of Israel. I haven’t seen anything else regarding Morocco but with the UAE probably going F-35 it is certainly possible. Rest of the article compares the ...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Interesting work on making the F-35 FRCE as optimal as possible. Vertical lift modules raise the bar for storage options on F-35 line New storage solutions are delivering big benefits on the F-35 Lightning II aircraft modification line at Fleet Readiness Center East, with everyone from aircraft main...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

A local environmental group is suing the National Guard over the environmental process using the select Truax Field to host the F-35. National Guard sued over environmental review of F-35 projects at Truax Field A group opposed to basing F-35 fighter jets in Madison is suing the National Guard over ...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

A number of announcements were made in Australia regarding the F-35 this week but probably the biggest was the statement that Australian Industry have now won 2.7 billion in industrial work on the program with a number of companies, such as Quickstep mentioned below, marking significant growth to su...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

The UK remain committed to more than 48 F-35Bs but won’t make a decision on the final number until approx. 2025. As many have suggested the final number is probably going to be in the 70-90 region which would allow both carriers to have an airwing embarked and training commitments continue. British ...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 219
Views: 56425

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

The Nikkei newspaper is reporting that LM will be the foreign partner to MHI for development of the F-3. Probably not a great surprise given the existing association LM had with the F-2 as well as Japan being a large F-35 acquirer. By the way the article is framed LM may not be the only partner thou...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 7163

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread

Fully agree - USN is loath to divert assets like that, for good reason. However, in other news, the USMC is giving up its tanks and artillery with a desire to lean on "more techy" forms of close support. I don't agree with this, but let's not chase that rabbit - but I do think they don't ...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Would the KC-25/33 been about to augment the KC-10?
Replies: 82
Views: 9992

Re: Would the KC-25/33 been about to augment the KC-10?

Those are likely dedicated refueling missions, go to a track, refuel and return to base due to the off-load, but anything’s possible. It’s a rare operational C-5M mission that refuels, I think. Drags carry the support equipment and personnel. Do the pilots ride in the fighters when it´s being dragg...

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by Ozair
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 7163

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread

A P-8 with the right munitions might come in handy if someone were to try a swarm attack on a Destroyer with speed boats. Linger for hours - USN destroyers are more than capable of looking after themselves with respect to swarm attacks and that will only improve with UCAVs off the heli pad and USVs...

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by Ozair
Sat Dec 12, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 7163

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread

A bomber P-8 doesn't sound so far fetched. Qualify the quad-SDB rack on the wings and in the bay and you could be delivering all day long. It wouldn't be a hot war choice, but for counter-insurgency work it could be useful to allow the USN to support their Marines. Think of how many F-18 or 35 sort...

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by Ozair
Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 7163

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon Production and Delivery Thread

No, the bomb bay on the P-8A is way too small. There are four wing mounts but they can only carry one Tomahawk each mount. Assume you mean Harpoon/SLAM-ER? Tomahawk is significantly larger than Harpoon and also I don't believe there are any air launched versions still in the inventory. I expect it ...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 269
Views: 87272

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Selection comes down to the requirements. Defence can easily create a list of requirements that allows the Gripen to satisfy and it will get selected as the cheapest life cycle cost on paper. Combat air patrol, interception and point defence could make up 90% of the requirement. Compared to the cla...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 269
Views: 87272

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Puff piece in Skies magazine about the Gripen offer to Canada. A fighting chance Canada's protracted search for a new fighter aircraft to replace its aging CF-188 Hornets has narrowed to a field of three competitors. We paid a visit to Swedish contender Saab to learn if its Gripen E offering has the...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier
Replies: 30
Views: 4091

Re: New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

We really cannot win can we? 'Euros ain't doing enough', then 'CVFs are useless/at best a backward step', the answer to this sort of thing is a total of 130,000 tons of carrier metal, on two hulls, which can operate anyone's F-35B's, anyone's choppers, including V-22's, (which in 2014 operated off ...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 83278

Re: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread

As expected by a few of our German posters the helicopter competition is getting a rerun, this time it appears that Germany will try and take the FMS route instead of a direct commercial acquisition path. While I get that the commercial path would have allowed more customisation to local requirement...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1688
Views: 253992

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Airbus is offering a Tranche 5 Eurofighter for the Tornado replacement. From the look of the offer they are seeking the full 85 jet replacement and want to include the LTE study work being undertaken. That LTE work, approx. US$71 million, will require significant development money after that study t...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier
Replies: 30
Views: 4091

Re: New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

Not just CATOBAR, but EMALS. Can they simply buy the model used on the USN Ford-Class? The supplier appears to be the same. That is my expectation. The EMALS allows UCAVs of various sizes to be deployed and is a lot gentler on the aircraft so no surprise they are going for it. They are after all us...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 119
Views: 46715

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

The Philippine Armed Forces chief has made some comments suggesting that a decision on new fighter aircraft will be made and order signed before the current President steps down in 2022. The suggestion being taken in the media is that the F-16 is the favourite based on his comments below. Would be a...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAAF Super Hornet ejection on takeoff run.
Replies: 13
Views: 1666

Re: RAAF Super Hornet ejection on takeoff run.

Does that mean that Australia, if this aircraft is a writeoff, may now purchase a replacement for this aircraft and the Rhino that they lost in the US a few years back? This aircraft won’t be a write off, it will almost certainly be repaired and put back into service given the minimal damage. The R...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 92
Views: 16234

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

Interesting article on how the US is looking to upgrade Tinan Island. Makes sense given its proximity and in line with this thread which started around US future pacific basing. I was surprised how often the US does conduct dispersed exercises there so it makes sense to improve the infrastructure to...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier
Replies: 30
Views: 4091

New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

Macron has officially started a new program for a replacement French Aircraft Carrier. Looks like the French are going big and will have a CATOBAR carrier larger than the QE with a similar number of aircraft. Looks like it will be a great vessel that will overcome a lot of the issues that came with ...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAAF Super Hornet ejection on takeoff run.
Replies: 13
Views: 1666

Re: RAAF Super Hornet ejection on takeoff run.

According to Australian Aviation one of the engines was billowing smoke before the aircrew ejected. BREAKING: RAAF SUPER HORNET CRASHES AND PILOTS EJECT Two RAAF pilots have ejected after their RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed at Base Amberley. Footage from the scene appears to suggest the aircraft...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 96
Views: 14747

Re: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

Old thread posted due to relevance. Not a good day for the PoW. The ship has taken on a significant amount of water after reportedly a fire main burst. Navy’s new £3bn aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales stranded for six months after second flood blows electrics THE Navy’s newest aircraft carrier w...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Ozair, would you know if this has the lightning fix already incorporated in the build? My understanding is all F-35s coming off the production line have correctly installed lightning protection, so the OBIGGS system, but issues have been detected post delivery at maintenance units. That halted deli...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unusual places your food comes from
Replies: 17
Views: 1255

Unusual places your food comes from

I was sitting at the dinner table last night where we had two bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, one about to finish and the next ready to use. Out of interest I was looking at the labels and was surprised to note that the larger bottle was manufactured in New Zealand while the smaller bottle had come...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Hobart (F100) destroyers - quantity
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: Australian Hobart (F100) destroyers - quantity

Plain and simple was money and man power, the RAN wanted baby Burke’s from Gibbs & Coxthe government sold the brass on 3 Navantia with an option of a 4th compared to 3 baby Burke’s https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/gibbs-coxs-awd-evolved-design-competitor-unveiled-02510/ I was hoping for the...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 112
Views: 21442

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

They should be fine on numbers. There was only 8 Wasp Class ships. 11 are planned for the America Class, and 2 are currently active. So even with this loss, it shouldn't impact capability much. The impact is actually pretty significant. The loss of this vessel, one of only a couple that could curre...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

First Danish F-35 has put weight on wheels and is progressing well for delivery in early 2021. First F-35A for Denmark progressing towards delivery The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Royal Danish Air Force is standing with weight on wheels for the first time, a significant milestone...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 254
Views: 80328

Re: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread

A new conceptual image of Tempest as well as a good summary article by George at UK Defence Journal. A new image of the Tempest fighter jet has been revealed by the Royal Air Force. The image, show below, accompanied the news that ‘Team Tempest’ have strengthened relationships across UK industry. Te...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 213
Views: 74601

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

A delay of six months has been called for the HX competition due to Covid-19 as they can't finish the last round of meetings with the various vendors. HX Program Director Lauri Puranen: next year's budget must include funding for the entire procurement period Lauri Puranen, Program Director of the M...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 92
Views: 16234

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

The Air Force wanted to mothball over 100 planes. Here’s what Congress says it will permit Congress is seeking to block the Air Force from retiring any of its A-10 Warthog attack planes, KC-135 refueling tankers and RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drones this fiscal year. ... Lawmakers have opted to ...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C27J news ?
Replies: 42
Views: 4281

Re: C27J news ?

All good in theory mate but the recently released Defence Strategic Plan makes it very clear to 2040 what the RAAF is looking to replace and maintain. https://www1.defence.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-11/Factsheet_Air.pdf The C-130J, KC-30 and E-7 are all up for replacement within the 2020-2040 ...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Navy NH90 order approved
Replies: 86
Views: 5031

Re: Germany Navy NH90 order approved

Hunter class won't be cheap for Australia either especially being locally built. I don't see the F126 as being a poor design but under equipped for its mission compared to contemporaries. If it is "under equipped for its mission" then it is a poor design. There's a lot of empty deck space...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C27J news ?
Replies: 42
Views: 4281

Re: C27J news ?

Very unlikely Max, the RAAF doesn't need any more C-27J sized aircraft. They had already gone with a capability gap between DHC-4 and C-27J for five years between 2009 and 2014. The next transport requirement is a C-130J replacement around 2030 which could be the A400M or just as likely another set...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Navy NH90 order approved
Replies: 86
Views: 5031

Re: Germany Navy NH90 order approved

MKS 180 has been designed to stay away from home for 5 years, Type 26 or most most other naval vessels for that matter don't have this ability. The question is, will it? 2 years, not 5, AFAIK. And that 2 years is not without being docked and supported, it just means they won't require a longer main...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C27J news ?
Replies: 42
Views: 4281

Re: C27J news ?

Australia seems very happy with theirs but they only have 10 aircraft I’d not be surprised to see a follow up order Very unlikely Max, the RAAF doesn't need any more C-27J sized aircraft. They had already gone with a capability gap between DHC-4 and C-27J for five years between 2009 and 2014. The n...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C27J news ?
Replies: 42
Views: 4281

Re: C27J news ?

Anyone wanna take an about-sort-of guess how many more C-27s will be sold? My uninformed guess is zero, but these changes might be retrofitted to existing planes. I expect there might be another 10 to 15 sales possible and we could wake up one day and read about the Saudi's ordering twenty as a low...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 06, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Navy NH90 order approved
Replies: 86
Views: 5031

Re: Germany Navy NH90 order approved

Those 16 VLS can Quad Pack 64 ESSM's, is that enough? I don't think so. ESSM is a very good missile but range is too short for a vessel of this size. It had the radar to support SM-2, why not double the Mk41 and give the vessel options for longer range engagement. Plus twice as many RAM's as a LCS,...

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by Ozair
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Navy NH90 order approved
Replies: 86
Views: 5031

Re: Germany Navy NH90 order approved

Kiwirob wrote:
Which German frigates? The F125’s are on the larger side and the follow on MKS 180 is bigger than a Burke.

That certainly takes the term frigate to a new level, as large and heavy as some WWII heavy cruisers...

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by Ozair
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1045
Views: 175389

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

Posted here because the QA is going to be almost exactly like the EX except for some small differences in mission systems, such as EPAWSS. Work on the QA is also directly translating to reduced EX test effort. What It Is Like Flying The Most Advanced F-15 Eagle Ever Built Boeing is engaged in a peri...

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by Ozair
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57388

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

The US Senate will likely vote next week on whether to block the sale of F-35s and other weapons to the UAE. Will be interesting to see which way this goes. If the sale is denied the UAE have indicated they will seek other suppliers to meet their needs. Senate to vote on banning $23 billion UAE arms...

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