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Aerospace / Re: Sukhoi/HAL PMI/FGFA
« Last post by JFC Fuller on Today at 02:08:54 am »
FGFA and the new RfI are separate requirements.

The Indians have been unhappy with FGFA for years.
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Aerospace / Re: Sukhoi/HAL PMI/FGFA
« Last post by Hood on Today at 01:32:49 am »
Well fifth or 5.5 then.
I guess it will come down to which manufacturer is prepared to give full access to HAL for licence-production. Dassault were reportedly reluctant to divulge all the stealthy technologies.
LM and Boeing probably have the most desire to set up a foreign production line to dump the dwindling F-16 and F/A-18 production lines overseas and reduce manufacturing costs at the same time. Btu again, technology transfer might be an issue.
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Aerospace / Re: X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV)
« Last post by Flyaway on Yesterday at 11:33:49 pm »
https://twitter.com/cgbassa/status/987807215548620801
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The secret X-37B/#OTV5 space plane passing over the Netherlands earlier this evening. It changed its orbit earlier in the week, and the amateur satellite tracking network has been hard at work determining its new, lower, orbit.

https://twitter.com/Marco_Langbroek/status/988003409688178688
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New blog post: "OTV 5 or Zuma? A brief explanation why this object is OTV 5 and not Zuma"
https://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2018/04/otv-5-or-zuma-brief-explanation-why.html

Imaging the X-37B Space Plane OTV 5 post-manoeuvre

https://sattrackcam.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/imaging-x-37b-space-plane-otv-5-post.html?m=1
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Military / Re: Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook
« Last post by Moose on Yesterday at 10:35:03 pm »
Otherwise how hard would it really be for the US to design a new conventional hull sized for a large cruiser with heavy power requirements?
"Hard" can be defined many ways, we could absolutely do it, but at cost. Generally, it would take additional money and time versus a mild adaptation of an existing hull. How much many and how much time, well that's the question isn't it?
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Military / Re: Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook
« Last post by marauder2048 on Yesterday at 09:46:12 pm »
More color on the 57mm Alamo. They are looking to scale it to 76mm and 5-inch.

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Aerospace / Re: Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor
« Last post by NeilChapman on Yesterday at 07:02:10 pm »

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What Lockheed is talking about is an improved F-22 airframe (more durable stealth) with F-35 sensors.

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Yes...I know. 

The premise was LM is not looking to provide a few fighters to Japan.  It's that LM wants Japan to pay for LM's work on PCA which, by definition, is an air superiority platform.
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The Bar / Re: Southwest airlines #1380 30,000 ft. fan blade failure
« Last post by kitnut617 on Yesterday at 06:23:13 pm »
I hope it was quick.

It could hardly have been otherwise. Fortunately.

It wasn't, the passenger died after she was taken to a hospital after the plane made an emergency landing -----
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Aerospace / Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber
« Last post by marauder2048 on Yesterday at 06:14:30 pm »
Nothing new in those remarks. 175 - 178 bombers (100 B-21 + 75 - 78 B-52H) in 14 - 16 squadrons. 
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Military / Re: Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook
« Last post by marauder2048 on Yesterday at 05:36:34 pm »
We've only considered single reactor or dual reactor nuclear powered ships but the RAND study on future carriers
did consider an IPS-based nuclear-GTG hybrid. That might make a single S1B feasible.
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Military / Re: Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook
« Last post by Colonial-Marine on Yesterday at 05:19:30 pm »
Using a variation of the Zumwalt's hull certainly seems like a viable option as it seems to have the size and the potential to provide enough power. Yet I must admit I am still a bit concerned about the Zumwalt's hull form despite all of the testing that has been done. Has DDG-1000 herself weathered any North Atlantic storms yet?

A hull based on the San Antonio class doesn't seem that great an option unless you intend to park the ship off of some global hotspot and stay there. I think it's more important to have a ship that can keep up with the carrier battle group at 30+ knots and protect it.

Otherwise how hard would it really be for the US to design a new conventional hull sized for a large cruiser with heavy power requirements?
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