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Military / Re: Army Wants 'Air Droppable' Light Tank & Ultra-Light Vehicles
« Last post by Moose on Yesterday at 11:35:54 pm »
BAE and GDLS selected for MPF prototype phase.
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Both Michigan-based General Dynamics Land Systems and BAE Systems will have the next 14 months to build and begin delivering 12 prototypes of the Mobile Protected Firepower vehicle.

BAE Systems will build an M8 Buford Armored Gun System with new capabilities and components.

GD submitted an offering that puts a version of its latest Abrams turret together with a chassis that uses past work on the United Kingdom’s AJAX program.
A source claimed Griffin III is based on AJAX. So MPF and OMFV would potentially be the same vehicle?
They would be related, but not the same. When GDLS discussed Griffin I, they talked about changes such as shortening and lightening the chassis compared to Ajax. They haven't gone into much detail on Griffin II's changes compared to I, so it could be more common to the Ajax or their OMFV bid than version 1. But it would still be configured without the crew compartment and with the turret ring pushed back further to the rear of the hull than either Ajax or Griffin III. Not to mention, all 3 use different it turrets with different guns. It does seem likely that they're pursuing as much commonality as they can, but it wouldn't be accurate to call them "the same vehicle" based on the information we have now.
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The Bar / Re: Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD)
« Last post by bobbymike on Yesterday at 11:32:56 pm »
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2018/12/14/air-force-ballistic-missile-becomes-a-test-case-for-trump-industrial-strategy/#5f2ac4f67757

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In September the White House released a long-awaited interagency study documenting the decline of the U.S. defense industrial base. It found that the number of companies capable of building essential combat systems had withered to only one or two in many cases, and that even when multiple domestic sources were still available, they often faced “single points of failure” in their supply chains.

The study identified government contracting behavior as a key factor contributing to industrial decay. In recent months, I have written pieces describing how the Army often exhibits little concern for industrial-base impacts in its spending decisions. Today’s piece is about the Air Force, and how it can either help or harm the defense industrial base depending on how it buys the nation’s next intercontinental ballistic missile.
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Aerospace / Re: Blue Origin and New Shephard RLV
« Last post by martinbayer on Yesterday at 09:40:25 pm »
10 flights in 3 years... Why so slow? money can't be an issue, ont with bezos...

Hello Archibald,

I really believe he is taking it slow because he is smart, calculating (and, being an aerospace engineer myself, I consider that a definite virtue ;D), and fairly risk averse. Unlike some other ego driven billionaire maniac rocket jockeys that shall not be named here and constantly feel the need to prove themselves in more or less meaningful headline grabbing stunts like building ad hoc submarines for cave rescues, he really adheres to his motto "gradatim ferociter", i.e. 'step by step, ferociously' - a very European attitude, if I might say so as a German myself ;D. If I had to guess, he simply really wants to make sure his system works reliably before he puts it all out and risks getting egg on his face, metaphorically speaking...

Wishing him all the very best of luck,

Martin
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Military / Re: Army Wants 'Air Droppable' Light Tank & Ultra-Light Vehicles
« Last post by jsport on Yesterday at 09:03:09 pm »
BAE and GDLS selected for MPF prototype phase.
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Both Michigan-based General Dynamics Land Systems and BAE Systems will have the next 14 months to build and begin delivering 12 prototypes of the Mobile Protected Firepower vehicle.

BAE Systems will build an M8 Buford Armored Gun System with new capabilities and components.

GD submitted an offering that puts a version of its latest Abrams turret together with a chassis that uses past work on the United Kingdom’s AJAX program.
A source claimed Griffin III is based on AJAX. So MPF and OMFV would potentially be the same vehicle?
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The Bar / Re: Cosworth Valkyrie 1000Hp Supercar Engine
« Last post by Richard N on Yesterday at 06:51:32 pm »
I fully get that this is not a car for the common people.  Usually supercars have some quality of style that makes even those who could never afford one desire it just on looks and lines.  Can anyone say they got their money's worth when the car comes out looking like this thing.  Really, with that high upper lip line it looks like they took cues from the face of Futurama's Phillip J. Fry and smeared them on an unlucky car.  That lowrider tea tray isn't going to have a good time when it meets up with a piece of debris taller than a squirrel.  I've unavoidably encountered big pieces of retread and a dog sized raccoon that did a lot of damage and would clean this off in a second. 

Here are a couple of my style favorites from back when I was driving my 73 Sports Bug:  The Lancia Stratos and the Isdera Imperator.
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The Bar / Re: Cosworth Valkyrie 1000Hp Supercar Engine
« Last post by TomcatViP on Yesterday at 04:50:50 pm »
The single converging point regarding personal commuter, green energies and road congestion is... speed. Invariably we will go down that road, speeding well over 300kph on motorway and city belts. Big engines have a future as I have demonstrated on some occasions. 
The CARMAGEDON that face cities like Paris or Bordeaux everyday is only the logical backlash of a long perverted planing policy.
 
So, when Cosworth spend some money developing such monster, it is an investment in future technologies such as rapid development and production.
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Aerospace / Re: Airbus Helicopters H160 (formerly X4)
« Last post by TomcatViP on Yesterday at 04:31:57 pm »
Still has those patching plates on the tail junction and the SM looking bracing mechanism. Airframe will join the three flying proto for further test.
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Aerospace / Re: Bell V-280 Valor
« Last post by TomcatViP on Yesterday at 04:25:28 pm »
Don't be too hard with them. Here in EU we are supposed to celebrate the first production ever H160...
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Aerospace / Re: Embraer KC-390
« Last post by TomcatViP on Yesterday at 04:18:11 pm »
I see more the 390 being used for special missions like drone carrier and retrieval or MEDEVAC back to CONUS
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