Is there a thumbnail reason why if USMC procurement is temporarily falling USAF procurement can’t expand for the F-35? It looks like Congress is doing just that. From the same article: The plus-up reflects 12 additional Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, which provides the Air...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
pilot suicide and the most important, isolation/high work load/stress environment. If you come at it from the other end, pilot suicide can be avoided if you have ground control able to override pilot control (for emergency purpose only). As for fatigue, with a ground control, you can rotate/replace...Jump to post
This new development is more than just CATIA. Yes the 777 was/is 100% digital. But you must realize that back then we stared with just wireframe an only limitted solid modeling capability. To develope a 100% digital model in wireframe and intigrating it together takes an enormous amount of manpower ...Jump to post
Question: Are you describing real technology that is actually used, or what "could be"? Can something like CATIA do everything you wrote in so seamless a fashion? It have been used to varying degrees on various programs in the company. CATIA by itself can not do it all. There is a suite o...Jump to post
Business decision can not "seen" to be coordinated as that wound invite antimonopoly/collusion scrutiny. Back in the '90, there was a technical exchange where engineers from each company worked in the other factory's for a rotation. Not sure if any of that exists now.
I'd assume that they would test the fuselage strength through increasing and decreasing pressure over different gradients and time scales. Then the wings will be tested, and due to the manpower that would need to be around to monitor the situation, i doubt that it will be running 24/7. There are oc...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Imo, the attempted coup in 2016 actually shows how strong democracy really is nowadays, in that people took to the streets, and every political party opposed the actions of the band of misguided soldiers. The reaction to the coupe shows progress. However, the fact that part of the military even tho...Jump to post
an environment of US preference for strong arming others for their own gain than accepting reasonable arguments as the presented facade would suggest. Strong arm, perhaps. But the game is played on both sides. If they desires stronger regulations, it is their perogative. As all are negotiable. Asid...Jump to post
LAXintl wrote:Turkey has had continuous a civilian rule for nearly 40 years now.
johns624 wrote:Now if the ME countries would only learn how to really use all their fancy, expensive toys so that they could defend their own interests...
I had always thought that Turkey was a problematic NATO partner. Until recently it was ruled by a military junta. Then the democracy experiment brings a power hungry populist. The F-35 can be withheld. How will they treat the 737 AEW&C if Turkey begin to act like Packistan? Will some non-descrip...Jump to post
Boeing in in deep shit, from inside and outside. Recognizing that is the first step towards resolving those issues. Painful, but unavoidable. Hyperboles makes for colorful discussion but does not necessarily depict the situation at hand. Yes, the Boeing MAX will cause disruption to both production ...Jump to post
The only thing in favour of acquiring the EX is the industrial argument and that is pretty weak given the continued SH orders, and expectation of Blk III refits, and the T-X. The industrial base do not mean just the manufacturing capability. It is also the IT and technical knowhow required to analy...Jump to post
That is never what this has been about though especially given the F-35 was never designated as a replacement for the C/D fleet. To this we both agree. But some want to argue so . . . thus the obfuscation. There is one benefit with the F-15X vs the C/D is the additional capacity in weapon loads. No...Jump to post
It's obvious he doesn't mean the top and bottom TR fairings, which everyone sees. He's talking about the trailing edge of the TR; it's not straight vertical, but has a kink. I see what you guys are talking about. If that is the case, then it has nothing to do with the TR mechanism. The shape of the...Jump to post
If that is the case it really puts a nail in the coffin of the F-15EX proposal. Is that a finishing nail or a galvanized steel framing nail? The cost of retrofit may be cheaper, but how does that change the cost of operation? Are you still getting a 20,000hr frame? At least you can keep it running ...Jump to post
It is where the thrust reverser mechanism is I believe. If this is a translating sleeve TR, then the actuators 6 per nacelles are further up. What you are seeing may be the faring for the track on which the translating sleeve will slide. Just a guess.... One can verify this by the absence of these ...Jump to post
The DOD is in disarray. Unfortunately this statement applies to the whole administration with people coming and going like a revolving door. You can put this at the foot of Shanahan as much as you wish, but he did clear Ethics. And if you do not trust the ethics report, then you'll have to put this...Jump to post
Speaking of Congress,
Is the congressional hearing complete? Is the next gate the approval or redlining of the budget proposal? We have not much politicking since the hearing in early April, so is it a matter of wait and see, or is there more back and forth lobbying to be had.
But please go ahead and continue to throw out knee jerk justifications for the unjustifiable. You do make a good sounding board, and that's all to the good. True, fighter planes are not my bailywick, so I can only parrot what others may say. Still if these justifications are knee jerk, then let's h...Jump to post
The article stated that that the Air Force is not reducing their F-35 buys. Correct, it is the DOD which is reducing the F-35 buys: the same people who are making the F-15EX buy. The planes that are being cut back could be "A" models as easily as "B" or "C" models. You...Jump to post
What examples would you like to review from other nations? What was the gestation period for the Typhoon? I'm not saying that other countries are not pursuing 5th/6th generation design. I'm just saying that until they actually field the new frames, we can not say that they will have better success ...Jump to post
Nothing to do with a volunteer army, My assertion about an all volunteer army is that there is not sufficient pilots and crew to both maintain the existing force structure requirement while having enough extra pilots and crew to train for the new F-35's. Lack of personnel can not be addressed throu...Jump to post
At the same time the inexplicable order for Boeing's F-15s comes along, the ongoing order for F-35's has been reduced.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... an-planned2 and 2 does still equal 4 doesn't it? The article stated that that the Air Force is not reducing their F-35 buys. The reductio...Jump to post
Did not realized how big it is until I saw the picture of it on the flat bed.
We are talking weeks for a Guard or Reserve unit to become mission ready vs years for an F-35 unit. Never thought about that . . . for Guard pilots, how many days a year are they pulled out for training? I mean if it takes one to two months to re-train a pilot, do they do it all in one shot, or do ...Jump to post
The only thing going for this deal is the quick time to transition for ANG F-15C/D fleet to a new aircraft with better availability and not having to buy as many spares. Could you say that this is a product of an all volunteer army? Not enough personnel (pilots and maintenance crew) to go through t...Jump to post
I don’t understand. In a previous post you argued that the EU not NATO was responsible for the security Europeans have enjoyed since 1945. Obviously because the Balkans weren't EU members (or prospective ones) at the time. No need to be pigheaded about it. Or will you also blame NATO for the civil ...Jump to post
I would like to one day see if any of these posts are from off shore trolls who do not read the rest of the discussion above before posting. For those non-fictional characters out there and have not read the history behind this posts . . . The F-15X is not replacing the F-35. They are replacing the ...Jump to post
Under such a command, what language is used? English?
...which I guess is somewhat surprising to me considering the terrain in the area. The terrain is the draw for flying in-between mountain peaks . . . and perhaps the lack of population. Navy Growlers fly through the Olympic National Park (Washington State) all the time for training. It is ideal tra...Jump to post
johns624 wrote:Also, not all things that countries do are rational. Some things are driven by pride and nationalism.
And the map also shows the choke point is Denmark. That does not change even if Russia controls the Baltic States.
annex the Baltic republics to "protect" Russian nationals living there. Is there a strategic reason to annex the Baltic States? Crimea has strategic value, enough to enter Ukraine And that has brought on much headache. With the melting of the polar ice and increase navigation in the Artic...Jump to post
Lucky…. I’m not sure why you can claim that. History has shown that major implications can come from one decision. I submit that the bad luck can be attributed to one of two (or both) decisions: 1) Have BCA take the lead in the initial tanker project. This in itself may not be too bad except it lea...Jump to post
What is your theory as to why Turkey is acting as they do? My opinion only . . . 1) They saw how the US allied with the Kurds in Syria and see the US as no longer a reliable ally with respect to their internal affair. 2) Their aspiration of becoming the new center of gravity of Islamic centric cult...Jump to post
And why do you think a comparison with the North Africa campaign is relevant? More relevant as it demonstrate that you win with not only the better equipment, but with more of it and properly supplied. Thus the supply chain. True, a carrier may not be of use with a European war with Russia, but wou...Jump to post
This FOD issue can be compared to the story of production issue reported on the 787 line in SC. When schedule is crunched and you try throwing more people at it, you get production issues (inexperience, fatigue from too much overtime etc.). Once you get your schedule under control, your quality goes...Jump to post
How about comparing the Brittish and Germans and during the desert campaign , or the American and Japanese with the early island campaign? While the victory was through shear quantity of forces, you can argue that the abundance of supplies enable that quantity and keep the forces morale higher as we...Jump to post
The difference between the P-8A and the KC-46 was the Navy was lucky enough to planned for sufficient time for product development and there was no mishaps as large as the wiring rework on the KC-46. There were incidents, but nothing systemic.