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Military / Re: Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook
« Last post by marauder2048 on Yesterday at 11:48:30 pm »
Excuse me, ESSM supported some waveform in the 90's? It came into service only after 2000.

So far I've seen claims that the IR seeker on the SM-2 Blk III is for ECCM (sensor fusion with semi-active terminal guidance), and but once that it's good enough for stand-alone seeker mode and thus for OTH engagements. Even that one was exclusively about sea skimmer threat, not about overland threats. The seeker is rather small (smaller than RAM's or Sidewinder's) and I doubt that it has a large footprint, so in case of a NLOS engagement the midcourse guidance would need to be very accurate and the terminal phase very short.

Or in other words; I largely ignored that IR seeker, thinking of it as an equivalent to some clever ECCM algorithms. It's nothing like Aster's or SM-6's active radar seeker.

The ICWI waveform was developed in the 90's for SM and later applied to ESSM.
The transceiver was ready long before the radars that emitted the waveform were ready.

I didn't claim any particular OTH capability for SM-2 Block IIIB though it likely has some.
My point was that its development along with most of the composite track and datalink tech in the 90's
was focused on the air breathing threat not the BMD craze.

The main envisioned use of all of the above (as is now the vision for ESSM Blk II)
was to launch on remote and intercept sea skimmers near the horizon.
It's AEGIS and illuminator independent.

Military / Re: Future soldier technology (modified thread)
« Last post by RAP on Yesterday at 09:40:31 pm »
The Bar / Re: The skies overhead to be filled with drones (CONUS)
« Last post by Kadija_Man on Yesterday at 06:44:07 pm »
Wedge-tailed eagle takes down drone flying over West Australian wheat farm.  Wedge-tailed Eagles are well known for their aggressive defence of "their" airspace, so it's no surprise that it decided to take on a drone.   I grew up near to one of the only successfully domesticated Wedge-tailed Eagles.   The owners tried to return it to the wild three times.  The first two times the bloody thing followed them home.  The third time, they took it right into the heart of the continent before releasing it.   I still remember seeing this huge bird perched on the chimney across the road being attacked by Magpies which hated it's presence...   B)
Military / Re: Russian Strategic Weapon Modernization Plans
« Last post by bobbymike on Yesterday at 06:36:40 pm »

Russian Forces 2035
Aerospace / Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Last post by Flyaway on Yesterday at 09:34:36 am »
Aerospace / Re: Turkish Indigenous Helicopter Program
« Last post by hesham on Yesterday at 08:44:04 am »

Very much doubt it as the picture is of the RAH-66 Comanche dynamic components in a simplified fuselage.

Maybe that's right my dear Yasotay.
Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by bring_it_on on Yesterday at 07:34:13 am »
Air Force details five-year, $4.5 billion plan for Next-Generation Air Dominance

The Air Force's fiscal year 2018 budget request proposes a $4.5 billion increase to its Next-Generation Air Dominance program over the next five years -- potentially lending momentum to the service's lengthy effort to develop a follow-on to the F-22.

The Air Force's FY-17 budget request called for about $20 million for NGAD and projected the effort would require only $12.8 million in FY-18 and FY-19. After signaling its intentions this spring to ramp up the effort through a $147 million reprogramming request -- which Congress ultimately denied -- the service in its FY-18 budget requested $295 million for NGAD and $4.5 billion over the future years defense program. The funds, the Air Force says, will support efforts to identify and develop capabilities to help the service field improved air dominance capabilities by the early 2030s -- including technology risk reduction and integration studies.

The Air Force has been laying the groundwork for a new air dominance capability for several years, after Pentagon officials approved a requirement in 2011 for an F-22 follow-on. Last summer, as part of a renewed developmental planning and experimenation effort, the service completed a study that considered the capabilities it would need to maintain air superiority against 2030 threats.

Through that study, the service identified a need for a penetrating counter air (PCA) capability, which aligned with the investment it was making in NGAD. The study called for a PCA analysis of alternatives, which is slated for completion in the third quarter of FY-18, according to budget documents.

The AOA is considering a range of capabilities, combining concepts like an arsenal plane and manned and unmanned teaming. The service has said it is not looking for generational leaps in technology, but rather considering new ways of pairing capabilities that can be fielded rapidly.

"The Next-Generation Air Dominance acquisition strategy is based on [a] top-down, multi-domain capabilities development planning and oversight framework," FY-18 budget documents state. "Cross-functional teams will conduct war games and experiments to quantify the operational value of alternative concepts and technologies to provide solutions to current and future air superiority capability gaps."

In parallel with the AOA, the Air Force is investing in technology risk-reduction and conducting integration studies for those capabilities, FY-18 documents state. The service plans to use the bulk of FY-18 funds to "further expand the scope of concept development and integration assessments and accelerate technology risk reduction activities addressing family of systems concepts."

The service will also begin concept development and risk reduction for an "air dominance air-to-air weapon project." The documents do not detail the project, but indicate it is part of the effort to further refine NGAD concepts and technology.

Following the FY-18 ramp, the NGAD funding profile projects another steep increase in FY-19 to $507.7 million and is slated to more than double in FY-20 to $1.3 billion, according to the FY-18 request. Funding would slightly decrease to $1.2 billion in FY-21 and FY-22. The documents do not list a total cost projection for the effort.

The service expected to reach a materiel development decision for NGAD earlier this year. The budget documents do not indicate whether the service reached that milestone and a spokesman did not respond by press time.
Aerospace / Re: Turkish Indigenous Helicopter Program
« Last post by yasotay on Yesterday at 07:18:31 am »
The same one or not ?;

Very much doubt it as the picture is of the RAH-66 Comanche dynamic components in a simplified fuselage. 
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