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Aerospace / Re: Leonardo M-346 FA
« Last post by kaiserd on Today at 01:00:33 am »
Hmmm, "early cooperation" is not as I remember things. I'm willing to be corrected, but IIRC Yakovlev developped the Yak-130 (originally Yak-UTS in 1991) on its own in response to a Russian AF requirement. Period. No involvement of Macchi.
Then in 1993 with the Yetsin-era collapse of budgets and economy in Russia, OKB Yakolev needed outside support and went out to find a western partner.

This being said, I understand fully that the Macchi-marketed version has incorporated as many local components as they can, and I also understand Leonardo's marketing department in rewriting history to a more flattering version.  We just don't have to swallow all of it.

The basic design configuration of the M-346 is derived from Yak-130 but they share no components and their respective manufacturers have no involvememt with or interest in each other's aircraft.
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Aerospace / Re: Leonardo M-346 FA
« Last post by kaiserbill on Today at 12:43:35 am »
Dan, your summation is correct.
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Aerospace / Re: Leonardo M-346 FA
« Last post by dan_inbox on Today at 12:38:20 am »
Hmmm, "early cooperation" is not as I remember things. I'm willing to be corrected, but IIRC Yakovlev developped the Yak-130 (originally Yak-UTS in 1991) on its own in response to a Russian AF requirement. Period. No involvement of Macchi.
Then in 1993 with the Yetsin-era collapse of budgets and economy in Russia, OKB Yakolev needed outside support and went out to find a western partner.

This being said, I understand fully that the Macchi-marketed version has incorporated as many local components as they can, and I also understand Leonardo's marketing department in rewriting history to a more flattering version.  We just don't have to swallow all of it.
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Aerospace / Re: Leonardo M-346 FA
« Last post by JFC Fuller on Today at 12:08:53 am »
As a result of the early cooperation between what is now Leonardo and Yakovlev the two aircraft certainly look similar but in truth they are very different; different engines, different avionics etc.
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Aerospace / Re: Leonardo M-346 FA
« Last post by dan_inbox on Today at 12:01:18 am »
The Leonardo M-346 is really the Yakovlev Yak-130, no matter what the marketing department tries to gloss over.
So there is no involvement of Brazil, and minimal commonality with any previous Macchi planes.
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The Bar / Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Last post by bobbymike on Yesterday at 11:26:47 pm »
https://www.csis.org/events/debate-us-nuclear-weapon-modernization

Another debate that I would totally win

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Debate question: Participants will be asked to address the following question:

Does the U.S. need new types of nuclear weapons to meet current or future deterrence needs?

Yes, end of debate  ;D
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Aerospace / Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Last post by SpudmanWP on Yesterday at 11:22:58 pm »
Flight operations for the F-35B are halted in Yuma.... for just one day.

Also, they are headed to Red Flag in a few weeks.

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Flight operations in Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 resumed after a temporary one-day suspension to fix a problem related to a software update with the aircraft’s Autonomic Logistics Information System, the Marine Corps announced.

“Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, Commanding General of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, made the decision to temporarily suspend VMFA-211 flight operations pending fixes to a recent ALIS software upgrade within version 2.0.2 that has presented some anomalies,” 3rd Aircraft Wing spokesman Maj. Kurt Stahl said in a Thursday afternoon statement, noting that those anomalies “are related to maintenance codes not being reflected properly in the system.”
“There is nothing wrong with the performance or safety of the aircraft itself, but it is imperative that we ensure the ground-based ALIS system is working properly before flight operations continue. The Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have dispatched system engineers to help resolve these issues associated with the ALIS software update.”

F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin officials began working on the software immediately to resolve the anomalies.

“The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) and Lockheed Martin Action Team has identified the root cause and generated the software fix to resolve the issues identified by the USMC with their F-35 MCAS Yuma based Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), the management backbone for the F-35 Lightning II,” the JPO announced in a Friday evening statement.
“With this fix, VMAF-211 at MCAS Yuma resumed flight operations today. The JPO with LM will continue to monitor and improve ALIS performance to ensure our warfighters have the required F-35 air systems to operate safely and effectively.”

“The issues associated with the ALIS software update have been mitigated at MCAS Yuma. The performance and safety of the aircraft itself was not compromised by this software update. Reliability of equipment and safety of our personnel are among the Marine Corps’ top priorities as we continue transitioning our legacy aircraft to the F-35 in the coming years,” the Marine Corps added in the Friday evening statement.

Stahl said only VMFA-211 was affected by the stand-down, which does not apply to the Japan-based VMFA-121. Marine Corps headquarters spokeswoman Capt. Sarah Burns told USNI News earlier on Friday that VMFA-121 had not yet uploaded the software update and would wait for a fix to be discovered before installing the new ALIS software for its squadron. VMFA-211 was the first to attempt the software update and therefore was the one to discover the issues, she said.

VMFA-211 had been conducting day-to-day flight operations in Yuma, Ariz., and preparing for the Red Flag combat training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base beginning July 10, Stahl said, noting that the squadron still intends to participate in the exercise despite the short pause in operations.

https://news.usni.org/2017/06/23/26413
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The Bar / Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Last post by bobbymike on Yesterday at 10:57:51 pm »
I believe this is the report

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The Bar / Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Last post by phrenzy on Yesterday at 10:13:49 pm »
Audio cuts out in a strange East just when things get interesting at 22:53... Strange coincidence, wonder if they said something they shouldn't.

Also, their mention of Russian comments on Russian nuclear targeting of Sweden I found a talk recently from Sweden's open source intelligence agency. They have over 180 full time Russia watchers who do nothing but develop reporting on everything but troop maneuvers and strategic policy. They have an excellent Russian language unit, will have to dig up some of their work.

New 15 warhead ICBM, status-6 and boost glide gets a mention even before the audio cuts. Will contact Heritage about it.

Anyone know if the report they released will be made available online?
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