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Aerospace / Re: T-X - A Future USAF Trainer
« Last post by NeilChapman on Today at 06:51:29 pm »
No need for a Mako type light aircraft? The TX could have been the perfect aggressor training red air threat aircraft, it is also a very important need to continue that type of training for future pilots. The Boeing TX will not be used for that role based on strict AF requirements for TX. So now the AF needs to build another new aircraft to simulate future more advanced and LO type threat aircraft? Or thenAF could just use modified F-35s, but that seems ridiculous not to mention cost prohibitive.

Perhaps the point is that they can 'program' in any level of LO or other necessary conditions into the training system.  It's basically a flying, networked, video 'game'. 




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Aerospace / Re: T-X - A Future USAF Trainer
« Last post by NeilChapman on Today at 06:30:22 pm »
If it doesn't have a lot based on the Gripen why would they even need SAAB?  ???

Perhaps Boeing feels they have a bit of a credibility problem? 

JSF X-32
LRS-B loss
KC-46 program problems


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Early Aircraft Projects / Re: Various Italian aircraft
« Last post by blackkite on Today at 05:38:36 pm »
Hi!
http://www.alternativefinland.com/1937-medium-bomber-ilmavoimat/

"In late 1934 a competition was held for a bomber with the following specifications: A speed of 210 mph) at 14,800 ft and 239 mph at 16,000 ft), a range: of 620 miles with a 2,600 lb bombload and a ceiling of 26,000 feet. The ceiling and range specifications were not met, but the speed was exceeded by almost all the machines entered. At the end of the competition, the “winners” were the Ca.135 (with 204 aircraft ordered), the Fiat BR.20 (204 aircraft ordered), the Piaggio P.32 (144 aircraft ordered), the Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 (96 ordered), the CANT Z.1007 (49 ordered), and the Piaggio P.32 (12 ordered). This array of aircraft was proof of the anarchy, clientelarism, and inefficiency that afflicted the Italian aviation industry. Worse was the continuous waste of resources by the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Royal Air Force). Orders were given for aircraft that were already obsolete. The winners of the competition were not always the best – the BR.20 was overlooked in favour of the SM.79, an aircraft which was not even entered in the competition."

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Yup, got that.  But sometimes the publish dates in one country are quite a bit later than in others - US vs UK, for instance.  So, perhaps some folks live in places where it's been on the shelves earlier than what Amazon US has it listed at.
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I've long wondered why McDonnell didn't try to rework the Moonbat into a pure jet machine or at least incorporate and evolved version of it into their postwar designs.  Instead it seems that the moment the project ran out of cash it was then all over said and done.
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Aerospace / Re: USAF plans F-15 modernization
« Last post by marauder2048 on Today at 04:16:49 pm »
Cross posting this from NGAD since the pod replaces a 600 gallon tank on an F-15.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $39,339,172 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Turret Research in Aero-Effects (STRAFE) program. Contractor will develop and deliver an advanced beam control system for integration as part of a complete laser weapons system into a tactical pod on an Air Force fighter aircraft.  STRAFE will increase the knowledge and understanding of aero-optic disturbances in a supersonic environment by collecting data during engagement scenarios. Work will be performed at Redondo Beach, California; and Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with three offers received. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $9,230,916 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (FA9451-16-C-0007).
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Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $39,339,172 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Turret Research in Aero-Effects (STRAFE) program. Contractor will develop and deliver an advanced beam control system for integration as part of a complete laser weapons system into a tactical pod on an Air Force fighter aircraft.  STRAFE will increase the knowledge and understanding of aero-optic disturbances in a supersonic environment by collecting data during engagement scenarios. Work will be performed at Redondo Beach, California; and Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with three offers received. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $9,230,916 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (FA9451-16-C-0007).
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