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Aerospace / Re: DARPA Launches Gremlins Program
« Last post by marauder2048 on Yesterday at 08:54:01 pm »
Given the less aggressive max speed goals my assumption is that they could use a cheaper, derated propulsion
system relative to MALD.
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Aerospace / Re: Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor
« Last post by bobbymike on Yesterday at 07:54:31 pm »
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/03/26/did-the-air-force-dash-its-hopes-for-building-more-f-22s.html

Just 20/year since cancellation and we'd be approaching 300 Raptors today. What a conventional deterrent this plane could have been.  :'(

Deterrent to what? Nobody is threatening CONUS, nor has the capability to do so with the exception of SLBMs and ICBMs. By the time the J-20 or T-50 are in service, in numbers and with capabilities that matter, we'll be flying the PCA and even without it we will still have a larger more modern air force than anyone else in the world.
Do you believe that deterrence only applies to threats to CONUS? Which is inconsistent with your second sentence of needing an air force (or any military system beyond the Triad) at all if we are only threatened by ICBMs and SLBMs. No reason to station all that equipment in Germany and elsewhere during the Cold War and ironically sending heavy armor back to Europe that media reports as a conventional deterrent to a revanchist Russia. Now imagine the impact if we had an extra 200-300 Raptors to deploy to Europe. 

But IF our air force is good enough to deter now - you now admit there is such a thing a conventional deterrence if this statement is to logically following my initial post - than having more F-22s (an undoubtedly better A2A fighter) would only enhance the deterrence YOU say we have anyway, correct? 
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Aerospace / Re: Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor
« Last post by Airplane on Yesterday at 05:48:08 pm »
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/03/26/did-the-air-force-dash-its-hopes-for-building-more-f-22s.html

Just 20/year since cancellation and we'd be approaching 300 Raptors today. What a conventional deterrent this plane could have been.  :'(

Deterrent to what? Nobody is threatening CONUS, nor has the capability to do so with the exception of SLBMs and ICBMs. By the time the J-20 or T-50 are in service, in numbers and with capabilities that matter, we'll be flying the PCA and even without it we will still have a larger more modern air force than anyone else in the world.

A deterrent to a resurgent Russian threat in Europe. A deterrent to Chinese action against Taiwan. A deterrent to a two front campaign such as wrestling with NK and Iran simultaneously. 

That article is bullshit.
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Aerospace / Re: Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor
« Last post by Sundog on Yesterday at 04:25:06 pm »
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/03/26/did-the-air-force-dash-its-hopes-for-building-more-f-22s.html

Just 20/year since cancellation and we'd be approaching 300 Raptors today. What a conventional deterrent this plane could have been.  :'(

Deterrent to what? Nobody is threatening CONUS, nor has the capability to do so with the exception of SLBMs and ICBMs. By the time the J-20 or T-50 are in service, in numbers and with capabilities that matter, we'll be flying the PCA and even without it we will still have a larger more modern air force than anyone else in the world.
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Aerospace / Re: Dassault Rafale
« Last post by GTX on Yesterday at 11:25:05 am »
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Aerospace / Re: DARPA Launches Gremlins Program
« Last post by bring_it_on on Yesterday at 10:52:54 am »
Even if they are used 3-4 times during their life that is a potentially significant saving and allows for the payloads to get more sophisticated, and expensive given that they come back and can be reused.
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Aerospace / Re: DARPA Launches Gremlins Program
« Last post by Dragon029 on Yesterday at 09:08:35 am »
I imagine just the fact that they'll be reusable will be a good cost saving - not having to throw away the better part of a million dollars (ballpark guess; ADM-160B's are apparently ~$330k) every time you want to use a MALD-J or similar system.
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Aerospace / Re: T-X - A Future USAF Trainer
« Last post by fightingirish on Yesterday at 08:57:26 am »
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