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Space Projects / Re: DARPA Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)
« Last post by fredymac on Today at 08:53:18 am »
From the video description:

"DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for the Agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space."

So this award is just for design work.  I don't have expectations that they will get much past there.  I wonder who Boeing is thinking about for the reusable rockets.

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Aerospace / Re: Turkish Indigenous Helicopter Program
« Last post by hesham on Today at 08:44:04 am »

Very much doubt it as the picture is of the RAH-66 Comanche dynamic components in a simplified fuselage.

Maybe that's right my dear Yasotay.
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Missile Projects / Re: New Darpa Program - T3 Triple Target Terminator ?
« Last post by zaphd on Today at 08:35:02 am »
I read this as an extension of the study that basically fed into the Penetrating Counter Air program but it is quite likely that there is advanced missile work happening elsewhere and this one is simply a study looking into which technologies to formally pursue further towards a 2030 weapon.

I agree. I worded that poorly, didn't mean to imply that was all the next gen a2a missile money.
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Missile Projects / Re: New Darpa Program - T3 Triple Target Terminator ?
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 08:31:06 am »
I read this as an extension of the study that basically fed into the Penetrating Counter Air program but it is quite likely that there is advanced missile work happening elsewhere and this one is simply a study looking into which technologies to formally pursue further towards a 2030 weapon.

I'd like to believe that but given the way we're asleep at the wheel in virtually every other area I don't have high hopes.
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I read this as an extension of the study that basically fed into the Penetrating Counter Air program but it is quite likely that there is advanced missile work happening elsewhere and this one is simply a study looking into which technologies to formally pursue further towards a 2030 weapon.
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Missile Projects / Re: New Darpa Program - T3 Triple Target Terminator ?
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 07:53:14 am »
A million isn't even enough for the challenge coins.  ::)
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Missile Projects / Re: New Darpa Program - T3 Triple Target Terminator ?
« Last post by zaphd on Today at 07:41:59 am »
Some money ($1m) in the fy18 Air Force next generation air dominance budget item for A2A weapon development. Based on the low amounts allocated, it will probably be many years before they get past studying concepts.
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Title: AS2030 Weapons
Description: The 2030+ Air Dominance Weapon Systems candidate concepts will develop, refine and integrate technologies
into evolving threat scenarios and environments. Funding supports studies that refine system concepts and operational/system
architectures to include family of systems and system of systems are required in support of the strategic choices and technical risk
reduction activities that include but not limited to experimentation, integration and building demonstrative prototypes.
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Air Force details five-year, $4.5 billion plan for Next-Generation Air Dominance


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The Air Force's fiscal year 2018 budget request proposes a $4.5 billion increase to its Next-Generation Air Dominance program over the next five years -- potentially lending momentum to the service's lengthy effort to develop a follow-on to the F-22.

The Air Force's FY-17 budget request called for about $20 million for NGAD and projected the effort would require only $12.8 million in FY-18 and FY-19. After signaling its intentions this spring to ramp up the effort through a $147 million reprogramming request -- which Congress ultimately denied -- the service in its FY-18 budget requested $295 million for NGAD and $4.5 billion over the future years defense program. The funds, the Air Force says, will support efforts to identify and develop capabilities to help the service field improved air dominance capabilities by the early 2030s -- including technology risk reduction and integration studies.

The Air Force has been laying the groundwork for a new air dominance capability for several years, after Pentagon officials approved a requirement in 2011 for an F-22 follow-on. Last summer, as part of a renewed developmental planning and experimenation effort, the service completed a study that considered the capabilities it would need to maintain air superiority against 2030 threats.

Through that study, the service identified a need for a penetrating counter air (PCA) capability, which aligned with the investment it was making in NGAD. The study called for a PCA analysis of alternatives, which is slated for completion in the third quarter of FY-18, according to budget documents.

The AOA is considering a range of capabilities, combining concepts like an arsenal plane and manned and unmanned teaming. The service has said it is not looking for generational leaps in technology, but rather considering new ways of pairing capabilities that can be fielded rapidly.

"The Next-Generation Air Dominance acquisition strategy is based on [a] top-down, multi-domain capabilities development planning and oversight framework," FY-18 budget documents state. "Cross-functional teams will conduct war games and experiments to quantify the operational value of alternative concepts and technologies to provide solutions to current and future air superiority capability gaps."

In parallel with the AOA, the Air Force is investing in technology risk-reduction and conducting integration studies for those capabilities, FY-18 documents state. The service plans to use the bulk of FY-18 funds to "further expand the scope of concept development and integration assessments and accelerate technology risk reduction activities addressing family of systems concepts."

The service will also begin concept development and risk reduction for an "air dominance air-to-air weapon project." The documents do not detail the project, but indicate it is part of the effort to further refine NGAD concepts and technology.

Following the FY-18 ramp, the NGAD funding profile projects another steep increase in FY-19 to $507.7 million and is slated to more than double in FY-20 to $1.3 billion, according to the FY-18 request. Funding would slightly decrease to $1.2 billion in FY-21 and FY-22. The documents do not list a total cost projection for the effort.

The service expected to reach a materiel development decision for NGAD earlier this year. The budget documents do not indicate whether the service reached that milestone and a spokesman did not respond by press time.
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The picture looks a little like the ATF project. There are rumors of a bomber variant of the YF-23, which was first proposed in the early 2000's. Northrop (along with Lockheed) submitted a proposal to the USAF for an F-111 replacement aircraft. They took PAV-2 and modified it as a mockup of what the variant would look like (since then its been returned to its original configuration and placed in a museum). I've not seen any pictures of the reconfiguration or any additional information on the variant having progressed further than the mockup. USAF wanted a longer range system and pursued what became the B-21 program. Yet rumors persist.
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Aerospace / Re: Turkish Indigenous Helicopter Program
« Last post by yasotay on Today at 07:18:31 am »
The same one or not ?;

http://www.planobrazil.com/nova-imagem-do-projeto-turco-par-aum-helicoptero-leve/

Very much doubt it as the picture is of the RAH-66 Comanche dynamic components in a simplified fuselage. 
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