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Aerospace / Re: Eurofighter Typhoon
« Last post by mrmalaya on Yesterday at 11:18:52 pm »
Well it's what the UK have done in the first instance, but are they talking about new jets or spreading the fleet more thinly?
Space Projects / Black Ops And The Shuttle
« Last post by Flyaway on Yesterday at 10:56:20 pm »

Black ops and the shuttle (part 3-1): Recovering spent HEXAGON reconnaissance satellites with the space shuttle
by Dwayne A. Day
Monday, December 11, 2017

The James Bond movie You Only Live Twice started with a covert satellite sneaking up on an American spacecraft in orbit, swallowing it like an alligator and smuggling it back to Earth. But by the early 1980s, the American National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) began contemplating launching a space shuttle north out of Florida, dropping its solid rocket boosters off of Daytona Beach, and heading inland over the mid-Atlantic states overflying Cleveland, Ohio, and Canada. Once in orbit, it would open its payload bay doors, grab hold of a top-secret American HEXAGON reconnaissance satellite the size of a school bus, and bring it back to Earth. It was an audacious plan, not only because it would overfly the American and Canadian landmasses on its way to orbit, but also because it would first show up on Soviet radar as it rose over the North Pole—and they might be a little upset. “The political problems were agreed to be most difficult,” an NRO memo declared with remarkable understatement.
Grigori is officially 'second-in-command' for the forum. He probably couldn't do the server admin though :)
The Bar / Re: Aerotrain
« Last post by starviking on Yesterday at 10:04:39 pm »
Nice! But... the music... the narrator... Gah!
Aerospace / Re: Chengdu J-20 news, pictures, analysis Part III
« Last post by Blitzo on Yesterday at 10:01:56 pm »

Every time I see a pic of that plane it just looks so godly oversize... Its like an f-22 went on a cycle of nandrolone and testosterone. But as I understand its that big because its an uber long range power projection tool.

Considering the aircraft is basically meant to be an F-22 with longer range... it shouldn't be a surprise.

If anything, when thinking about the westpac threat environment that both sides will face and the likely dearth of air refuellers and forward air bases, imo it is the F-22 which looks small and under sized for that area of operation rather than J-20 as over sized.

Has anyone, some whiz kid, done a hypothetical rcs calculation?

Depends on what your opinion of Carlo Kopp is.

Forgive a naive question, but have the chicoms ever announced the total planned buy?

Nope. if they did that would be an exception to the rule.
And RAP posted some scans which I think are the source of your information.,2014.msg213209.html#msg213209

Its been a while Paul, but I'm assuming you could be right!

Missile Projects / Re: Surface launched versions of Sea Skua and Sea Eagle.
« Last post by TomS on Yesterday at 07:30:41 pm »
Does anyone have any ideas of how big and heavy the box?? launcher for surface launched Sea Eagle would have been compared to that for Harpoon and Exocet MM38 and M40?

Very late reply here, but something in another thread prompted me to look into this.  Surface-launched Sea Eagle was known as P5T.

Design-wise, P5T was apparently very close to the zero-speed helicopter-launched version of Sea Eagle for the Indian Navy.

I haven't found an actual weight, but according to Friedman's World Naval Weapon Systems , British Aerospace claimed that three P5T could fit in the place (and presumably weight) of MM40 Exocet.  MM40 was around 1150 kg per canister,  which implies Sea Eagle SL was being claimed in the vicinity of 800kg including canister and boosters.  That seems low, since the bare air-launched  Sea Eagle was around 600 kg not including the strap-on boosters.

Military / Re: Standard SM-3 News & Dev.
« Last post by marauder2048 on Yesterday at 06:42:25 pm »
Yes, but it exercises that capability within a NATO task group.

They did a Precision Cue based SM-3 intercept back in ASD-15 within a NATO task group.

The Bar / Aerotrain
« Last post by sferrin on Yesterday at 06:39:03 pm »

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