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Aerospace / Re: New version of Antonov An-2 - by Sukhoi company
« Last post by fightingirish on Today at 04:06:51 am »
The first flight of the experimental TVS-2DTS took place on July 10th, 2017.
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It appears that General Goldfein is back on track concerning the United States Air Force's opinion of the A-10 Warthog and a new dedicated CAS platform. Air Combat Commandís 2015 strategy document and the discussions of General Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, commander Air Combat Command, of a new dedicated CAS platform were just a bone to throw at the decision makers and the public who objected to the retirement of the A-10 Warthog.

Can't blame them. They are prioritizing and even then can't seem to protect all of their priorities. F-35 rate has taken a hit, The T-X and JSTARS will likely also feel budgetary pressure as may the B-21. In the absence of a significant increase in the budget top line they won't be able to execute the strategy for their priorities leave aside new programs.
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Most of the stuff in there was happening anyway- the UAV is Euromale 2025, the Tiger upgrade has been on the books for a while (Tiger 2020 IIRC). The fighter stuff seems to be being driven politically and looks very shallow.
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Aerospace / Re: New version of Antonov An-2 - by Sukhoi company
« Last post by Hood on Today at 03:41:08 am »
The SibNIIA composite An-2 programme is still progressing, it seems the fully-composite structure prototype has now flown.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/fully-composite-rework-of-an-2-biplane-debuts-at-mak-439486/
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Aerospace / Re: France and Germany to develop new european fighter jet
« Last post by Hood on Today at 03:33:52 am »
A little more political detail.
Not sure how much of this just fluffy politco talk since Airbus and Eurocopter etc. have pretty much made a joint French-German aerospace industry anyway, Dassault being the obvious independent outsider.

Two thoughts come to mind; is France attempting to dissuade German from buying US and how long will it take before the politicians start talking about merging Dassault with Airbus.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/franco-german-fighter-proposal-gains-momentum-439509/
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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by Michel Van on Today at 03:19:41 am »
Here Interview of Elon Musk at ISS 2017 Conference 7/19/17
He explain why Dragon 2 abandon land landing and Red Dragon will have a different landing system for Mars.
Also about boring Tunnels in L.A. (people are delight about that project), Tesla and Space Industrialization

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Aerospace / Re: New Russian SAT SR-10 trainer
« Last post by fightingirish on Today at 03:01:48 am »
There's UCAV design from SAT, based on SR-10, with internal weapon bay.
No internal weapon bay visible on the drawing so far.
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[...]In addition to the advanced trainer version, SAT is also working on an UCAV variant, dubbed "AR-10 Argument". According to SAT, the AR-10 UCAV would features increased capabilities in addition to its weapon payload, such as a 900 km/h maximum speed and an operational range of up to 1,600 km/h. It should be powered by a single AL-55 jet engine. Technical drawing unveiled at MAKS 2017 suggests that the AR-10 could be fitted with at least two missiles.[...]
Source: http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/defense-security-exhibitions-news/air-show-2017/maks-2017-news-coverage-report/3637-maks-2017-russia-s-first-forward-swept-wing-trainer-aircraft-sr-10-made-first-public-appearance.html
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Aerospace / Re: A-X all over again - USAF pushes for A-10 replacement
« Last post by donnage99 on Today at 02:30:23 am »
Yep just as many suspected.  A load of BS to please some folks in Congress
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Aerospace / Re: Modest Proposal. Bring back the S-3/ES-3 Viking
« Last post by marauder2048 on Yesterday at 07:56:52 pm »
Average airframe age is 12,000 hours vs. a design life of 13,000 hours.
And I believe they are close to the maximum allowable number of cats/traps.

Lockheed's proposed SLEP would bump operational life to 17,750 flight hours and
an provide for an additional 1500 cats/traps.

MITRE's unclassified Future Fleet Study from a year ago states that:

" The Navy is considering procuring KV-22s, reactivating KS-3Bs, and procuring a tanking unmanned aerial system."
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