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by Ozair
Wed May 22, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Ozair - Thank you for all the excellent information on this and the F-35 thread. No problem at all. I've seen similar contract award for FMS with the P-8. I found in 2018 there were 37 deliveries to other countries and the 2019 production is expected to be like 130, so over 40 to other countries. T...

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by Ozair
Wed May 22, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 8
Views: 261

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

At the end of the Cold War Russia essentially stopped these missions but they started up again about five years ago and have continued ever since. They've been doing it far longer than 5 years... How time flies. Yes you are correct, the Russians started up again in 2007. http://edition.cnn.com/2007...

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by Ozair
Tue May 21, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The foreign sales of the F-35, those are in addition to the DOD budget birds, correct? I would think there is 1-2 dozen added that way per year. The big thing is to get all the allied fleets modernized, their planes will be located close to the action also. To me it makes sense to buy 15-20 F-15EX ...

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by Ozair
Tue May 21, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 8
Views: 261

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

US intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska Washington (CNN)US F-22 stealth jets intercepted four Russian bombers and two Russian Su-35 fighter jets off the coast of Alaska on Monday, according to a statement from North American Aerospace Defense Command. The Russian nuclear...

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by Ozair
Tue May 21, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Pretty clear that if budget is an issue the F-15EX loses to the F-35 but until that point it looks like it is full steam ahead on acquiring the EX. Looks that way: From Defense Daily: The [House Appropriations] committee is approving the Air Force’s request for new Boeing [BA]-made F-15s because it...

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by Ozair
Tue May 21, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Pretty clear that if budget is an issue the F-15EX loses to the F-35 but until that point it looks like it is full steam ahead on acquiring the EX. Air Force Wants Both F-35 and F-15EX. But if Forced to Choose, It's No Contest: SecAF As Congress reviews the Defense Department's budget request for th...

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by Ozair
Tue May 21, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1067

Re: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?

Sorry, I was not clear at all. My working assumption Is that any all new AC has stealth Incorporated into it so at what speed in a stealthy ( let’s F35 like) platform are all current missile defense systems obsolete? I doubt there is an IR stealth technology with the ability to hide a Mach 3+ aircr...

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by Ozair
Tue May 21, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

Makes sense to push out the spares to alternate providers if the current arrangements aren’t working. Will be interesting to see how LM responds to this. Taking funds away though doesn't exactly help the short term fleet readiness prospects. F-35 Spare Parts Funding at Risk as Pentagon Seeks Data Ri...

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by Ozair
Mon May 20, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1067

Re: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?

Thanks for the great responses They clarify how top speed is helpful in certain scenarios But as far as escaping from the enemy? If you turn tail and run aren’t you just presenting a super bright heat source for your attacker and a clear target for his missiles that far eclipse your own top speed? ...

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by Ozair
Mon May 20, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1067

Re: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?

So is it fair to say that top speed is not critical unless and until an AC can achieve mach 3.2 and maybe not until mach 3.5( margin of error) for sustained periods of time? Again, speed is close to meaningless if the aspect is wrong. If an aircraft is flying towards you at M3.2-3.5 and your aircra...

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by Ozair
Mon May 20, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1067

Re: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?

What speed does an AC need to outrun or avoid missiles? Aspect is generally more important for outrunning a missile than speed. If the target is flying towards the missile then the potential intercept range increases significantly. If the target is flying away from the missile then the range decrea...

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by Ozair
Mon May 20, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1203
Views: 131697

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Boeing’s SH option for the German Tornado replacement just got a whole lot more competitive. If the SH is certified for nuclear delivery by 2025, and Germany doesn’t have to pay for these costs, then this would make it a very attractive option for Germany. They could continue to replace T1 Eurofight...

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by Ozair
Sun May 19, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1067

Re: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?

In the past top speed was always seen as a priority for jet fighters and they steadily increased this capability with newer generation aircraft If you consider jet fighter generations speeds haven’t really increased past gen 3. The gen 4 aircraft, F-15,16,18 etc all had speeds similar to the centur...

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by Ozair
Fri May 17, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 113
Views: 16881

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

keesje wrote:

Please tell me that 140000 rubles for a Colonel is not a yearly wage....

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by Ozair
Fri May 17, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swiss Restart Fighter Competition
Replies: 28
Views: 4622

Re: Swiss Restart Fighter Competition

I wonder how many radar modes Typhoon and Gripen E can demonstrate at the moment. If very limited this could work against their selection. Perhaps not if the Swiss are convinced that they will be fully developed by the time a selection is made. I doubt it will play that big a factor. The Swiss airc...

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by Ozair
Fri May 17, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

Auto-GCAS has been cleared for use on the F-35. If you get a chance I recommend reading the article and watching the video of the F-16 where Auto-GCAS saved the pilot's life. He went to 8.4G and suffered G-loc but the aircraft recovered for him. F-35 ground collision avoidance system is recommended ...

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by Ozair
Fri May 17, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C
Replies: 83
Views: 14241

Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Apparently two of the five will be built from used frames: https://www.janes.com/article/88545/uk-to-buy-second-hand-737s-for-wedgetail-aew-c-project I think this is much easier for the E-7 than the P-8 as all E-7 were built as commercial 737-700s, before being modified, rather than being built as ...

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by Ozair
Fri May 17, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1203
Views: 131697

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Any thoughts on development costs? As I said in the post above I expect they are looking at around US$60 billion. If you consider what Rafale and Eurofighter cost to develop, pushing US$30 billion each, then double that for likely a larger aircraft with more research and development work required, ...

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by Ozair
Fri May 17, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?
Replies: 64
Views: 9347

Re: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?

I also found the Agile stuff interesting, in particular the eight week scrum. I attended in-depth training and was told that scrums should be one week long, and if not, at most two weeks long, to get the agility that came from Agile. Yet in the kind of work we were doing (embedded systems, lots of ...

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by Ozair
Thu May 16, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swiss Restart Fighter Competition
Replies: 28
Views: 4622

Re: Swiss Restart Fighter Competition

The Swiss have delinked the Air defence and fighter deals given the fighter deal will apparently have to go to a public vote again. Related they have also reduced the offset requirement from 100% to 60% which should make the respective manufactures happy and will make it easier to meet the target. S...

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by Ozair
Thu May 16, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

So is the F-35 the replacement for the F-16 and the F-15? The F-35 was never slated as a replacement for the F-15/D/E fleet in USAF service. It was always intended to replace F-16 and A-10 in USAF service and AV-8B and legacy Hornet for USMC/USN. https://image.slidesharecdn.com/mgendavisf-35product...

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by Ozair
Thu May 16, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1203
Views: 131697

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

This sounds like a re-run of the A400M to me. Next, a very unique all Euro-sourced engine will be required, surely. Heck, the US/partners spent a trillion bucks developing the F-35. What could go wrong? Well not quite a trillion dollars... the dev to end of SDD program for the F-35 cost the US and ...

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by Ozair
Thu May 16, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1203
Views: 131697

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

It seems the germans as biggest financer decided to keep it simple. Only two nations and design lead with one design office, Dassault with Airbus as industrial partner. Of course work will be outsourced in the EC aerospace industry. But no political push & pull with 5-6 constantly changing poli...

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by Ozair
Thu May 16, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1203
Views: 131697

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I think the horse is not even born and already we have the cart out in front. This acid 25-40 years out if everything goes perfectly. It seems the germans as biggest financer decided to keep it simple. Only two nations and design lead with one design office, Dassault with Airbus as industrial partn...

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by Ozair
Wed May 15, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

A bird strike in Japan. Damage to the aircraft, and obviously bird..., but no injuries to the pilot. An Ordinary Bird Brings Down the World's Most Advanced Warplane A collision between a bird and a F-35 Joint Strike Fighter caused more than two million dollars in damage and grounded the jet until re...

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by Ozair
Wed May 15, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The set of recommendations from the Heritage Foundation in their latest document is clearly pertinent to this discussion. Somehow I feel that there is something is amidst. We are still getting lobbying effort to squash the F-15EX buy (looks like they are calling it the EX not and not just the X) bu...

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by Ozair
Wed May 15, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 Tomcat - design evolution
Replies: 2
Views: 756

Re: F-14 Tomcat - design evolution

A very nice overview of the design evolution of the F-14 Tomcat by presented by former Northrop Grumman VP Mike Ciminera. I found it quite interesting and I know many of you have a special place in your heart of this aircraft, so I thought I share it. Video link https://images.ecosia.org/861_eo5QL6...

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by Ozair
Wed May 15, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 7
Views: 1132

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

Isn’t that essentially a flachete round? Not as I understand it. A flechette is like a dart, pointed towards the target. But this Game of Thrones weapon folds out sabres, sideways. So like an expanding broad head tip for archery hunting? Still tryin to wrap my head around the concept or purpose. So...

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by Ozair
Wed May 15, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The set of recommendations from the Heritage Foundation in their latest document is clearly pertinent to this discussion. The F-35A Fighter Is the Most Dominant and Lethal Multi-Role Weapons System in the World: Now Is the Time to Ramp Up Production The U.S. Air Force’s first F-35A fighter wing is n...

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by Ozair
Wed May 15, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

Very comprehensive report from the Heritage Foundation on the current state of the F-35 program and some very clear recommendations available below. Clearly the USAF has a lot of confidence in the aircraft, as do the aircrew. The F-35A Fighter Is the Most Dominant and Lethal Multi-Role Weapons Syste...

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by Ozair
Wed May 15, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1960
Views: 216730

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

the intent is approx 12000 In 2018, 4857 satellites were orbiting the earth, of which 1980 were active. In 2019, SpaceX intends to launch four rokkits with Starlink satellites. So, an initial constellation of 180 satellites, which neatly compares to... well, the line above. David That is 2019 but S...

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by Ozair
Tue May 14, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 7
Views: 1132

AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

This is a novel weapon... The below article builds on a Wall Street Journal article but you have to subscribe to the WSJ to get access. I would have expected this report on April 1st but appears to be legit and has been used at least six times in the last two years. US reveals existence of new ‘swor...

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by Ozair
Tue May 14, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

Not much actual substance to the article… The F-35 Isn't Just 'Stealthy': Here's How Its Electronic Warfare System Gives It An Edge The F-35 fighter is the enabler of American air dominance through mid-century. It will provide the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps with combat aircraft that can surviv...

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by Ozair
Tue May 14, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1960
Views: 216730

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

In the very early hours of May 16th (GMT time), SpaceX will launch sixty Starlink communication satellites at once. Whew. And so it begins... Have SpaceX indicated the launch frequency yet and this launch will have 60 satellites but given the intent is approx 12000 how many do you think they will b...

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by Ozair
Mon May 13, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Antonov AN-132 transport unveiled (photos)
Replies: 31
Views: 9856

Re: New Antonov AN-132 transport unveiled (photos)

Anyone have any ideas on potential new partners for Antonov for co-development? Before the C-295 announcement I would have said India was a possibility but likely not now. They painted themselves into a corner with the westernization. It will now be in direct competition with western offerings, and...

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by Ozair
Mon May 13, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 46
Views: 3768

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

1) Are you sure about that? I thought part of the deal is a certain amount of technology transfer. Multiple Turkish media outlets have reported that in the last six months. The issue remains that Turkey wants to develop their own long range missile systems and no Government selling to them is inter...

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by Ozair
Mon May 13, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 100
Views: 19902

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

A bit of a monkey wrench in the works; American officials will need to sign off and certify the fighter jet Canada buys to ensure the fighter jet meets American intelligence sharing requirements: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-new-canadian-fighter-jets-will-need-us-certification-dnd...

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by Ozair
Mon May 13, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

The first work from the Mat Hatter program has started to show up. While neither of these Apps work with ALIS they identify some pain points for the maintainers and hopefully speed the maintenance process. It will be good to see what else the Mad Hatters come up with to fix ALIS and hopefully remove...

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by Ozair
Mon May 13, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 53
Views: 9524

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

For anyone interested the below link has a summary of the blogs published by the Finish Defence Ministry in the last 12 months. https://www.defmin.fi/en/administrative_branch/strategic_capability_projects/hx_fighter_program/topical/review_of_the_blogs_on_the_hx_programme_during_the_past_12_months.98...

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by Ozair
Sun May 12, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

A good opportunity to increase the number of F-35 training spots every year by housing an additional squadron at Eglin, especially given it now has unused F-35 facilities. Eglin is top contender to house new Air Force F-35 training squadron With the Navy moving its F-35 fighter jet pilot training aw...

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by Ozair
Sun May 12, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

Norway will shortly move the F-35 to its alert mission. The fleet has bene building steadily but I wasn’t expecting this so early given Norway still hasn’t officially gone IOC yet. 'You Haven't Seen Us:' Norway Kicks Tires on Stealthy F-35s as First Exercise Begins The Royal Norwegian Air Force is g...

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by Ozair
Sun May 12, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

The UK will go to sea in 2021 with a USMC F-35B and a UK F-35B squadron. Be interesting to see if the USMC adopt the SVRL while they operate from the QE. A US Marine Corps F-35 squadron will make history by deploying aboard a foreign aircraft carrier A US Marine Corps F-35 squadron plans to deploy a...

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by Ozair
Sun May 12, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

Video from inside the cockpit of the USAF F-35 demo team. F-35 Demo Like You've Never Seen Take a ride in the cockpit with Capt. Andrew "Dojo" Olson during this exclusive never before seen footage of the all-new F-35 Demonstration. Full-length video coming soon. U.S. Air Force Video by Sen...

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by Ozair
Sun May 12, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

Contract signature for Lot 12 is expected in the next few months. While the US hasn’t entered into a block buy yet other partner and FMS customers see the first block buy starting in Lot 12. The US, as the article suggests, may enter into a block buy from Lot 15. Pentagon acquisition boss offers tim...

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by Ozair
Sun May 12, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

Confirmation of what was clearly the cause of the incident. Defective fuel tube caused September F-35 crash in South Carolina: report A failed fuel tube caused the first crash of an F-35 jet in September of last year, U.S. government investigators said in a report issued this week. “An investigation...

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by Ozair
Sun May 12, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

F-35 aggressor squadron formed. Interesting paint job, very Chinese. https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-decided-to-create-f-35s-aggressor-squadron-at-nellis-air-force-base.html/amp?__twitter_impression=true That is a good use of the early airframes, I believe these will come from Lots 3 to...

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by Ozair
Sat May 11, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 46
Views: 3768

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

So much for all the people saying Russia won't sell Turkey the Su-57. It's a win-win for both sides. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2019/05/06/russia-pitches-turkey-the-su-57-fighter-jet-if-f-35-deal-with-us-collapses/ https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/27812/right-on-cue-russia-says-...

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by Ozair
Sat May 11, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1049
Views: 108236

Re: F-35 news thread

F-35 aggressor squadron formed. Interesting paint job, very Chinese. https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-decided-to-create-f-35s-aggressor-squadron-at-nellis-air-force-base.html/amp?__twitter_impression=true That is a good use of the early airframes, I believe these will come from Lots 3 to...

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by Ozair
Fri May 10, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 1550

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

Reddevil556 wrote:
That’s a big sale for Boeing Defense

Agree and Qatar is a great customer when it comes to long term sustainment contracts so you can expect Boeing will make a lot of money out of this, and the F-15QA deals, over the coming years.

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by Ozair
Fri May 10, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Approves P-8 Sale To UK
Replies: 50
Views: 14142

Re: RE: US Approves P-8 Sale To UK

Quoting Max Q (Reply 7): How significant / important is the MAD boom, all the older ASW platforms had it, why has it been deleted on all but the IAF aircraft ? My understanding is they aren't that significant anymore as many submarines have various levels of demagnetizing designed into them. Plus i...

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