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Aerospace / Vought V-356 Navy Attack Proposal
« Last post by allysonca on Yesterday at 08:10:20 pm »
Just finished is my Vought Naval Attack Proposal. Decided to do it in MARINE markings as I really didn't want a dark blue or silver. Sorry Jared, just couldn't resist. The upper and lower turrets retract and extend via a spring magnet. Carved of Jelutong with metal and resin fiddly bits, it has a 24 inch wingspan and is 23 inches in length. Next on the list is a NORTHROP Coin proposal that sorta looks like a P-61ish design. Enjoy!
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Aerospace / Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX UAV Programs
« Last post by Ainen on Yesterday at 07:29:01 pm »
Probably because there are more subtle ways of mitigating against the risk of AShBM and its kill chain than straight up building an expensive new long range strike platform that can operate in the 21st century environment. A manned or unmanned strike platform with the requisite stealth to survive in the modern threat environment, along with the range of a past long range strike platform like A-3, and the ability to carry a sufficient payload, would be optimal but developing and procuring an aircraft like that would be rather expensive.

A combination of cyber, EW, BMD is probably the most cost effective way for the US to interfere with, soft kill, and try to hard kill the AShBM kill chain at its various stages, and I imagine the USN's strategy would combine those aspects along with military aviation and naval launched cruise missiles to supplement their strike capability.

Well, i'll just remain at point of being sceptical of DF-21s' ability to actually hit something at sea untill shown.

There are too few notable steps taken, and ones known can't be reliably identified as answers to assymetrical challenges.
On the contrary - many of such capabilities never recovered from all-time high in mid-1990s.

"Symmetric", on the other hand, are on the rise, with significant improvements going on now and/or in near future.
"Lightning carrier" can be seen as an example of such development(if it will proceed).
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Aerospace / Re: A-X all over again - USAF pushes for A-10 replacement
« Last post by marauder2048 on Yesterday at 07:03:28 pm »
Verba is believed to a be three color pseduo-imager but the general trend towards more IRCM
resistant MANPADS is clear.
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Aerospace / Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX UAV Programs
« Last post by Blitzo on Yesterday at 06:51:19 pm »
Anyway, LHA/Ds loaded with F-35bs would add greater flexibility and more available flat tops to the USN's carrier fleet and increase the demands of Chinese ISR systems to keep track of USN carriers by increasing the number of targets they need to keep track of. However the F-35B doesn't quite have what the USN seems to really want as a hard counter against AShBMs in years past, which is a very long range strike platform that can hit mainland China targets while having the carriers be outside of the effective range of AShBMs
Interesting part is what american carrier strike aircraft of the past had necessary ranges, but no current or planned for immediate future (before 2025) do so.
It tells very much how high USN actually places Chinese AShBM threat in their priority list.

Probably because there are more subtle ways of mitigating against the risk of AShBM and its kill chain than straight up building an expensive new long range strike platform that can operate in the 21st century environment. A manned or unmanned strike platform with the requisite stealth to survive in the modern threat environment, along with the range of a past long range strike platform like A-3, and the ability to carry a sufficient payload, would be optimal but developing and procuring an aircraft like that would be rather expensive.

A combination of cyber, EW, BMD is probably the most cost effective way for the US to interfere with, soft kill, and try to hard kill the AShBM kill chain at its various stages, and I imagine the USN's strategy would combine those aspects along with military aviation and naval launched cruise missiles to supplement their strike capability.
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Aerospace / Re: Ground Based Interceptor (GBI)
« Last post by marauder2048 on Yesterday at 06:33:15 pm »


The 2012 NAS study of missile defense suggested using the KEI first stage for the missile interceptor launch. The KEI first stage would give the overall architecture a Shoot-Look-Shook ability and allow a heavier kill vehicle with better sensors.

It is sad that, only now, the missile defense agency is looking at that advice. Worse that they just aren't using the existing technology to get something done soon.

IIRC, the range penalty for the two-stage KEI version of GBI necessitated (at a minimum) four CONUS sites.
Then there was the cost of maintaining (in the interim) a split inventory.

I think MDA is getting most of what they need from the 2/3 stage selectable booster stack and improved discrimination.


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Aerospace / Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX UAV Programs
« Last post by Ainen on Yesterday at 06:23:38 pm »
Anyway, LHA/Ds loaded with F-35bs would add greater flexibility and more available flat tops to the USN's carrier fleet and increase the demands of Chinese ISR systems to keep track of USN carriers by increasing the number of targets they need to keep track of. However the F-35B doesn't quite have what the USN seems to really want as a hard counter against AShBMs in years past, which is a very long range strike platform that can hit mainland China targets while having the carriers be outside of the effective range of AShBMs
Interesting part is what american carrier strike aircraft of the past had necessary ranges, but no current or planned for immediate future (before 2025) do so.
It tells very much how high USN actually places Chinese AShBM threat in their priority list.
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Aerospace / Re: A-X all over again - USAF pushes for A-10 replacement
« Last post by jsport on Yesterday at 06:18:15 pm »
On the subject of MANPADS

"Russia built one of the most alarming antiaircraft systems in history — and won't say who it's sending it to"
Armin Rosen
Jun. 19, 2015, 4:02 PM

Source:
http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-built-one-of-the-most-alarming-anti-aircraft-systems-in-history--and-wont-say-who-its-sending-it-to-2015-6

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One of Russia's most alarming new weapons capabilities may be on the move soon.

Jane's reports that KBM, a state-owned armament company specializing in missile systems, recently presented its 9K333 Verba man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS).

At an arms fair this week, the company announced that the weapon had been cleared for export — although KBM designer Gen. Velariy Kashin would not reveal the foreign buyer or buyers.

Kashin described the 9K333 Verba as "the most capable" MANPADS ever developed, according to Jane's. Missiles are guided to their targets using a "three-channel optical seeker, which operates in the ultraviolet, near-infrared, and mid-infrared wavelengths," a feature that increases the weapon's accuracy and speeds up its target acquisition.

As Armament Research Services explains, the 9K333's targeting system is specially built to fool its targets' anti-missile systems: Because the warhead contains three infrared sensors that are constantly cross-checking against one another, it is "even harder for a target aircraft to disrupt the system using decoys." The missiles' "seeker" also allows projectiles to better distinguish between aircraft and heat pockets that might throw off a less advanced weapon's targeting system.

The 9K333 can strike aircraft at up to 13,500 feet. The 9K38 Igla, a somewhat comparable system, only weighs about 27 pounds, making the 9K333 is an incredibly lightweight, mobile, and user-friendly tool for shooting planes out of the sky.

The 9K333's first export license is a potentially ominous development. Small-arms proliferation isn't quite as galvanizing an issue as, say, the possible spread of nuclear weapons.

But while a nuclear warhead hasn't been detonated for offensive purposes since 1945, MANPADS are one of the most democratizing weapons ever made, spreading antiaircraft capabilities to armies and militia groups around the world.

There are scores of irregular forces and terrorist groups that would love to get their hands on something like the 9K333, and that could use it to wreak havoc on US or allied targets....
Thank you again for raising another capability which shows how lethal the environment will be. An conventional IADS-MANPADS-Active Protection System (individual vehicle mounted) network renders a survivable A-X a big difficult deal.
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