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by Ozair
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 82
Views: 16632

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Joint training between the F-35 and the B-2. The mission was the last for this particular class of students before they graduate. From virtual to reality: F-35A, B-2 conduct joint training mission Ten F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from the 63rd Fighter Squadron “Panthers” participated in a joint c...

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by Ozair
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 82
Views: 16632

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Three big contracts for LM to continue sustainment of the global F-35 fleet. Lockheed Martin nabs $1.4B in F-35 contracts Lockheed Martin was awarded three contracts totaling $1.4 billion for the F-35 program this week, according to the Pentagon. The largest deal, worth $1.3 billion, is a one-year d...

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by Ozair
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 82
Views: 16632

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Polish F-35 aircrew will start training next year before the aircraft arrives in Poland. Likely they will fly with the joint training unit at Luke. F-35 pilots to start training next year - ministry Polish pilots will begin training next year on the F-35, the stealth, multi-role combat aircraft due ...

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by Ozair
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 82
Views: 16632

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

The declaration of FRP has been delayed again with continuing issues and delays with the joint simulation environment preventing the final testing from occurring. FRP is somewhat of an academic statement anyway given the F-35 line is essentially now running at FRP anyway, the delay just prevents the...

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by Ozair
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 53680

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

So in the context of their new fighter it is interesting to note that Switzerland have moved to 24/7 air policing via domestic fighter aircraft. Long the butt of jokes about "office hours" Switzerland now, as of 31st Dec 2020, have 24 hour coverage. No more office hours for Swiss air polic...

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by Ozair
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 111
Views: 23945

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Apparently interest from Kazakhstan for the A400M continues with negotiations potentially happening for the acquisition of two aircraft. Kazakhstan reportedly in talks to acquire two Airbus A400M Kazakhstan is reportedly negotiating with Airbus Defense & Space the acquisition of two A400M, accor...

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by Ozair
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 82
Views: 16632

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

RAAF snuck in just in time with their IOC for the F-35. The aim was to declare IOC before the end of 2020 and hence they made it with a couple of days to spare which given COVID restrictions was probably a little surprising. The remainder of the RAAF fighter fleet will transition over to the F-35 by...

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by Ozair
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hypothetical Scottish Military
Replies: 82
Views: 6175

Re: Hypothetical Scottish Military

Not correct, Spain will block any brake away state from becoming an EU member, if the state it has broken away from is itself an EU member. The UK no longer is an EU member. I'm sure that if Scotland offered to buy some Navantia frigates and CASA C295s, Spain might even vote "yes" for NAT...

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by Ozair
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would a modern heavy bomber look like?
Replies: 78
Views: 7104

Re: What would a modern heavy bomber look like?

For starters, the B-2 can penetrate contested airspace. In your own words, "I'd hate to see the look on the B-2 pilots and planning staff when you inform them what their airplane is actually capable of" penetrating contested airspace. Even before B-2 was built, there were huge doubts abou...

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by Ozair
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would a modern heavy bomber look like?
Replies: 78
Views: 7104

Re: What would a modern heavy bomber look like?

Okay, let's try this angle. What can B-2 do that B-52 cannot? Or rather, what can B-2 as many times better as it costs more than B-52. For starters, the B-2 can penetrate contested airspace. . The B2 could penetrate the biggest country on the planet, because the USSR couldn't afford to build enough...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hypothetical Scottish Military
Replies: 82
Views: 6175

Re: Hypothetical Scottish Military

If it happened I would expect Scottish independence would involve remaining within the UK military, not sure how that would work but independence in this case would be a rather unique situation. Scotland is hardly going to erect a border and require passport access to remaining UK residents and both...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Sentinel R1s Offered For Scrap
Replies: 11
Views: 1947

Re: UK Sentinel R1s Offered For Scrap

I assume this is the Philippines? Since we lost the "flag" feature next to posters' names, sometimes it's hard to tell. It is...leaves me wondering why they haven't expressed interest. Could be the R1 is too complex or sophisticated for their needs and competencies. Way too complex for th...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?
Replies: 42
Views: 6974

Re: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?

Okay, interesting question here as far as rules of engagement go. So if say Iraq had the capacity to engage these aircraft, would it be legal? It is an aircraft with a civilian paintjob, civil reg and probably flying with it's civilian callsign. But it is clearly an armed forces auxiliary vessel. S...

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by Ozair
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 4177

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Obviously a single seat no external payload aircraft is very different to a fully configured strike aircraft There were multiple configs tested, including with payloads. Interesting and good to know. We had discussed previously about the viability of ski jump testing in India, do you think this is ...

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by Ozair
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: C-17 Usage

Just a note from reading this thread; The C-17 hour average is around 17K hours. Only 15-20 are actually above 20K hours. Most are in the 14K-18K range. The most hours on one jet is 26,500K and only one jet is close to that behind it. The next one is down around 23K. Most of the 05-10 models are be...

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by Ozair
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Avro Vulcan and Argentina
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

Re: Avro Vulcan and Argentina

https://youtu.be/AITYgUaDdwA?t=2 which covers the Vulcan via an interview with SQNLDR Martin Withers who was also one of the pilots on the Black Buck mission.
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If your interested in the Vulcan I would suggest listening to Episode 97 of the Fighter Pilot Podcast, https://youtu.be/AITYgUaDdwA?t=2 which covers the Vulcan via an interview with SQNLDR Martin Withers who was also one of the pilots on the Black Buck mission.

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by Ozair
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why was the Corsair II so much slower than the Crusader?
Replies: 11
Views: 2237

Re: Why was the Corsair II so much slower than the Crusader?

At full burner the SH is supersonic even heavily loaded with the canted pylons, you just won't have much fuel left after you do. For a SH to go supersonic though the better option is to trade altitude for speed which is a standard procedure. Are you sure on that, I'm only going off a memory of that...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: C-17 Usage

It is a great plane and is hitting a mission capable rate that is tough to achieve, but it’s cost per hour/year to maintain that level per the contract in 2017 has certainly skyrocketed, PR aside. Further, for the decade that starts in October of next year, the award is now up to $23.76 billion. My...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why was the Corsair II so much slower than the Crusader?
Replies: 11
Views: 2237

Re: Why was the Corsair II so much slower than the Crusader?

At a guess I would say area ruling would be the primary difference. The A-7's wing was essentially the same size but less swept at 35 degrees compared to the F-8 which was 45 degrees. That really is the primary difference. F-8 does have an afterburner and I expect most supersonic time required burn...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 99
Views: 25489

Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

I think this positioning of the UK E-7s has surprised a number of people including me. Waddington was the home of UK AWACS since 1991, is the RAF ISTAR hub and will now lose both the Sentinels and the Sentry in the next few years. It does make sense to have the whole 737 based fleet in a single loca...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Greece Getting 18 Rafales
Replies: 39
Views: 8259

Re: Greece Getting 18 Rafales

This has to be one of the most unusual deals for fighter jets in recent memory. Greece's Rafale buy gets the green light The Greek government’s Parliamentary Subcommittee for Defence Procurement agreed on 17 December to proceed with the acquisition of 18 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters for the He...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 4177

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Boeing has tested the SH off a ski jump at Pax River. Reportedly there was also a delegation of Indian officials from their embassy on scene to witness the event. Boeing Super Hornet Demonstrates Ski-jump Launch Capability Boeing and the U.S. Navy proved recently that the F/A-18 Super Hornet can ope...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Sentinel R1s Offered For Scrap
Replies: 11
Views: 1947

Re: UK Sentinel R1s Offered For Scrap

A bit shocking, but the MoD is letting go of the RAF's Sentinels for scrapping..... https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/uk-offers-up-sentinel-r1-surveillance-fleet-for-scrap/141727.article The incoming P-8 s must have hastened the former's exit but surely, there are smaller air forces which could ...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 241
Views: 61418

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Japan has cemented the agreement with the UK on joint development of a new AAM which looks to build on the Meteor with a Japanese AESA seeker head. Japan moves ahead with JNAAM co-development As part of its fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget, the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on 21 Dec...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 241
Views: 61418

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

As per the above post LM has been confirmed as the partner for the F-X. Lockheed Martin to help Japan build stealth fighter Lockheed Martin Corp, the maker of the F-35 jet, will help Japan build a new stealth fighter plane its air force wants to field by the mid-2030s to keep pace with aircraft tech...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57753

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

The second squadron for Eielson AFB has been officially stood up. The 355th has a strong history and it is good to see it reactivated. 355th Fighter Squadron Activated to Fly F-35s at Eielson Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, now has its second F-35A squadron. The 355th Fighter Squadron officially sto...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57753

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

The USMC have cleared a full motion video solution which will allow the F-35 to transfer video to JTACs. A long stated and probably valid criticism of the F-35 was its lack of Rover to communicate with JTACs in this way. This now overcomes this issue and given the volume of testing completed as desc...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57753

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

An interesting claim if true. I think the UAE and Israel have already had a reasonably good relationship behind closed doors but this would certainly take it to a new level. UAE’s strange proposal to end Zionists’ concern over F35 deal In a report on Friday, London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed quoted so...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57753

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Eielson AFB is building quickly and will shortly become one of the larger F-35 bases in the world. U.S. Air Force: eighteen F-35As plus twelve F-16s and two KC-135s executed a huge Elephant Walk The 354th Fighter Wing and the 168th Wing Air National Guard completed a readiness exercise Dec. 18, 2020...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57753

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

The US Military will get an extra 17 F-35s on top of the budget President Trump submitted bringing the total funded in this budget to 96. Here are the new toys that Congress is giving the Pentagon for Christmas ... Nestled within that nearly $700 billion of freedom, lawmakers have included lots of s...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57753

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Another piece of new tech that assists in reducing production hours and improves the quality of the build of each jet. Fastems to Deliver a Laser Cleaner Robot for F-35 Lightning II Wing Assembly Line Fastems is delivering two Automated Structure Laser Cleaner (AutoSLC) units for the F-35 Lightning ...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57753

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Nice to see how the XQ-58 could be used as a comms gateway as well as a wingman asset. In expect the network becomes a lot more survivable when you have the ability to distribute it across so many loyal wingman working with the manned fighters. Apparently the issue with the XQ-58's connectivity was ...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 57753

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

The stuff we don't know about going on in the background.. I wonder what impact this may have had on future contract discussions and LM's generally better attitude to picking up the bill for issues the last few years. Air Force Opened Criminal Probe After a Lockheed F-35 Grounding Air Force and Pent...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: C-17 Usage

Another sustainment link which shows how well the USAF is maintaining and is able to maintain the aircraft, C-17 Integrated Sustainment Public/Private Partnership extension ... Boeing guarantees C-17 aircraft availability. The C-17 continues to have one of the best Mission Capable Rates and Cost per...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: C-17 Usage

Adding some more inconvenient facts relative to C-17 USAF utilization. In 2017 USAF awarded an extra 7.1 Billion to Boeing for C-17 sustainment due to increased utilization. https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/1278194/ Then, Boeing won in 2020 the trainer/logistics contract ...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: C-17 Usage

We have an official report that actually states the opposite, that it wasn't occurring as frequently as expected. So what tactical changes have occurred? What significant effort was conducted between 2008 and 2016 that would have fatigue impacted the fleet? I never said the C-17 is working harder t...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight
Replies: 31
Views: 52257

Re: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight

For anyone interested in the technical capability and limitations of the aircraft have a read of the NATOPS, TACMAN and stores limitations documents here, https://mega.nz/folder/WR9hwQoK#NXGsaNB-30aOO8Ki_KS0tA/folder/HY9VGTSa Some very interesting info above if you know where to look. A, B and D dat...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: C-17 Usage

You’ve cited nothing more current than 2016 and then dismissed any concern about the actual aging/utilization as unfounded, and disrespectful? LOL, ok, whatever. The question is what tactical changes have occurred between when the report I have cited was published and today. From the report Current...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: C-17 Usage

I just don’t see how a 2008 paper/data point, can project forward the net utilization after the intervening 12 years. I also don’t think it’s ok to just assume the aircraft can be easily extended via inspections/paperwork to 50% beyond their expected life, nor that utilization’s have in fact...been...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: C-17 Usage

This is a good new thread, thx. I’ve looked and can’t find hours per frame on these. The only thing we really seem to know is that they were designed for 30 year, 30K hour lives. Downing emphasized the aircraft’s austere or “short field” landing capability, praising its recent performance in Afghan...

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by Ozair
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 67
Views: 9536

Re: C-17 Usage

Two questions: 1) The original claim implied the C-17s were often/commonly used on rough strips. Is this true? I think it's way under 5%, but have no data so if someone even has a reasonable guess I'm interested. I really think almost every (but not all) C-17 flights are from runway to runway. runw...

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by Ozair
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 17530

Re: Kawasaki C-2 Export Prospects: What If

I disagree with Ozair that the C-17 USAF fleet is not going to need partial replacement toward 2030-2035. Some SLEP is certainly inevitable, but the older frames are just...getting quite high in utilization. The fleet is too small to make it without some supplemental capability being added if somet...

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by Ozair
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 17530

Re: Kawasaki C-2 Export Prospects: What If

You forget that the ramp adds many metres of usable space. The A400m fits the CH-47 with metres to spare. The lower rear of the Chinook tapers upwards so it can overhang the ramp. In the other thread I did mention a stretch to the C-2 would also be very attractive. However with the USAF shifting to...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 130
Views: 26823

Re: Boeing MQ-25 flies for the first time

I do not believe the MQ-25 has a central hardpoint, nor does it seem to have enough clearance. As the MQ-25 had been identified as a dedicated refueling drone early on in its development, why would they just slap it under one wing? The drag alone would probably cause asymmetric yaw and also affect ...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 17530

Re: Kawasaki C-2 Export Prospects: What If

Someone is going to get a payload capacity on an air lifter to where it can both via space and mass haul a Bradley replacement (and various Euro equivalents) internally, at a relatively affordable price point, and it will sell a bunch of frames. That is, essentially, both the A400M and C-2 today an...

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by Ozair
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 17530

Re: Kawasaki C-2 Export Prospects: What If

That's a glowing review. :) If you could change the C-2 program to drive sales, what would you do? Japan simply needs to start doing government to government negotiations. Their government simply avoids getting involved with private companies. The US government by comparison plays a huge part in ma...

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by Ozair
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100708

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Saab has added two aerospace centres to their offer for the RCAF fighter competition. Claims of employing 3000 people between the two centres is far fetched though and nothing like this ever comes for free... Saab offers two aerospace centres in Gripen E proposal for Canada’s Future Fighter Saab is ...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 130
Views: 26823

Re: Boeing MQ-25 flies for the first time

Can the entire pod be jettisoned in case the basket and hose cannot be reeled back in? It would make a carrier landing slightly tricky, with a flailing hose and basket behind you. I believe the pod is the standard Cobham pod used on the SH for A2A refuelling and the pylon would also be fleet standa...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 130
Views: 26823

Re: Boeing MQ-25 flies for the first time

First test of the MQ-25 with the refuelling pod on the aircraft. The pod looks very big compared to the airframe itself. This is just the Boeing test aircraft and not a pre-production airframe although not sure how many changes there will be, at least externally, between the two. Some graphics have ...

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by Ozair
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 17530

Re: Kawasaki C-2 Export Prospects: What If

Greetings; I was recently reading over the Kawasaki C-2 program. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_C-2 The aircraft itself seems very capable - good range and a nice-size cargo bay. It seems more appropriate for this day and age over a C-130 because average vehicle weights have only increased ...

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