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A bit of a change in direction from my above last posts - this time something more on the Cheetah C-RAM missile, currently being developed.

I assume it will work on the CLOS/Semi-CLOS principle (very cost effective and simple), although I could be wrong here. pictured is both the mock-up missile, as well as a scale model depicting it's deployment layout in conjunction with the Oerlikon Skyshield radar and 35mm (upgraded) guns. The Oerlikon radar usage is to both keep costs down and to increase potential client opportunities.

I actually do have the brochure somewhere, but seem to have mislaid it and a whole pile of the newer stuff I collected at AAD 2016... As soon as I find it, I will scan and post it too.

There is a call for a cheap type C-RAM system, in terms of our many deployments up in Africa as part of various U.N. forces. The U.N. camps are often located near to towns and cities, where every now and again mortar or other light weapons are fired into the camps at night, from positions within the surrounding civilian towns or cities. This makes retaliatory fire near impossible, so a system like this to eliminate the threat without causing collateral damage is needed. It should be available for testing in about 2 years time from now.

Let's hope they get it right and well within budget/cost per shot expectations.
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What I saw was a model shop ...


What confuzzles me is why they made such a featureless mockup of their rocket. It lacks any of the myriad details that an actual rocket of this scale should have... access panels, rivets, welds, ports for propellants, power, data. It has the detail level I'd expect from a desktop model.
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My photo is from the same angle as yours, but shows the higher engine pylon.
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Space Projects / Re: ARCA Haas 2CA rocket (SSTO with aerospike engine)
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 10:38:31 am »
What I saw was a model shop equipped to produce static displays for industrial customers. Where's the hardware?

At least the Canadian Arrow guys produced hardware.

David

I guess if they ever test fire their aerospike engine then they would have some credibility. Bummer.  :P
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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: What is this Aircraft Project ?
« Last post by steelpillow on Today at 09:16:27 am »
According to the accompanying text, this is the "Albatross", a proposed round-the-world flyer designed by Anatoly Kuzmin, a Russian amateur inventor.

Power would be provided by a single water-cooled 250 hp turbo-aspirated diesel engine driving a 2.4 m dia. pusher propeller. This configuration was chosen to minimise inherent drag and maximise fuel efficiency.

Length 10.12 m
Span 30.52 m
Height 3.1 m

Key to numbers in the drawing:
1 - radar; 2 - nosewheel bay, instrument compartment; 3 - instrument panel; 4 - pilot's seat; 5 - cockpit light; 6 - bed; 7 - refrigerator; 8 - navigation table; 9 - fuel control panel; 10 - No.1 tank; 11 - pump compartment; 12 - emergency NZ, life raft; 13 - main undercarriage bay; 14 - No.2 tank; 15 - oil cooler; 16 - turbodiesel engine; 17 - variable pitch propeller; 18 - tail fin; 19 - aileron; 20 - auxiliary flap; 21 - wing tanks; 22 - outrigger landing gear; 23 - main landing gear: 24 - toilet; 25 - storage; 26 - electric cooker; 27 - navigation instruments; 28 - anti-icing system; 29 - water coolant radiator; 30 - center wing tanks; 31 - oxygen equipment.

[With acknowledgements to Google Translate]
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Hi Graugrun..I remember you mentioned the high risk and low risk system and gave examples.
It was the synergistic timing with the ACE, as well as the stated airframe materials that got my attention.
Thanks!
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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Grumman A-6 projects
« Last post by Motocar on Today at 08:44:26 am »
 Cutaway in free interpretation in progress...!
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Kaiserbill - that is indeed an most interesting find! :o

I can only go back on what those in the industry have always told me - there where always two projects that ran concurrently, a low risk and a high risk. This is obviously the low risk version (Ovid being the high risk project).

I have never seen or heard of this one before - thanks for this!
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Space Projects / Re: ARCA Haas 2CA rocket (SSTO with aerospike engine)
« Last post by merriman on Today at 08:00:43 am »
What I saw was a model shop equipped to produce static displays for industrial customers. Where's the hardware?

At least the Canadian Arrow guys produced hardware.

David
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Space Projects / Re: ARCA Haas 2CA rocket (SSTO with aerospike engine)
« Last post by Moose on Today at 07:19:52 am »
Well there's actual hardware now, and if they are getting into serious testing I'm certainly not going to complain. Still a bit mystified why they chose a linear rather than toroidal spike for a cylindrical rocket, but hey let's see how they do.
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