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The Bar / Re: Belgium's quest to replace their F-16 fleet
« Last post by Michel Van on Today at 12:48:24 pm »
VRT-NEWS got contacted by informant inside Belgium Military
informant provided E-mails to VRT-NEWS what show that atleast three High rang Generals
Knew about Memo and dit everything to keep it secret

As long as nobody will think that the F-16s can fly more than 8,000 hours. Watch out!

Please do not use the slide with the figures for longer life. It is not the right time. The purchase program is in a crucial phase now. We do not want to disturb this sensitive moment.

After VRT newscast publish this
4 high rang Belgium Generals step down from there Office, for a Time-out.
in official statement they  straighten out that

Chief of Defence General Compernol and the Minister Vanderput, were not informed about Lockheed martin longer life Study
In Order not to hindering the purchase program

In another statement by Belgium Military explained that the purchase program is still running despite political turmoil

in mean time the Belgium Media start to focus on SP.A chairman John Crombez
Special the role he play in this mess and how he got Confidential E-mails, Memos for Belgium Military ?
some labeling him as treasonist...

17:00 local Time about informant E-mails
VRT Radio news, about Four Generals Time-out.
Military / Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Last post by bring_it_on on Today at 12:40:05 pm »
National Hypersonics Initiative Gets Green Light

AUSTIN, Texas — A much talked about initiative to help the U.S. catch up in hypersonics technology with its rivals is moving ahead, a senior Defense Department official said March 20.

“There will be an effort to focus on hypersonics, whether it is an initiative or whatever. It is going to be a deliberate investment. And you will see that in the '19 budget with DARPA and the Air Force,” Mary Miller, who is performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, told National Defense.

“We have a plan — a strategy for a national hypersonics initiative — that includes NASA as a key component,” Miller told the audience at the National Defense Industrial Association's Science and Engineering Technology conference in Austin, Texas.

Miller’s boss, the new undersecretary of defense for research and engineering Michael Griffin, said hypersonics is his No. 1 technical priority, and he is quickly moving ahead to put together an initiative. Griffin was the former NASA administrator.

The possibility of a national hypersonics initiative was first mentioned publicly earlier this month by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Steven Walker on the same day Russia announced that it had developed new hypersonic weapons,

About a year ago, DARPA leaders met with then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and “laid out where we thought the U.S. was in hypersonics and where we thought some of our peer competitors were in hypersonics, and really tried to convince the department that we need a national initiative in this area,” Walker told reporters March 1 during a meeting in Washington, D.C.

Walker’s office carried this thinking forward as the Pentagon built its fiscal year 2019 budget request, he noted.

“We did push for a very comprehensive initiative in the budget process this fall,” he said. “We did receive a budget increase at DARPA and in the services to do more hypersonics. I don’t think we got everything we wanted but it was a good first step.”

The fiscal blueprint calls for DARPA to receive $257 million for its hypersonics efforts in 2019, a 136 percent increase over the 2018 request, according to an agency spokesman.

Meanwhile, Moscow plans to deploy a new Avangard strategic missile system equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle no later than 2019, Russian news agency TASS reported last week.

Griffin “is very determined to get not only offensive hypersonics in play, but defensive hypersonics in play,” Miller said.

She acknowledged that rivals have surpassed U.S. capabilities in the still developing technology, and they may have borrowed some U.S. ideas.

“This is an area where we have seen our adversaries exceed our ability where we were leading the charge for awhile. We slowed down. We thought we had it made. We had time to do this and then we got a little distracted by a war for a good number of years. And they moved ahead,” she said. “They moved ahead by leveraging everything they could get that we had done and proceeding from there,” she said without mentioning the name of the country.

“They were essentially a fast follower, and then they have taken it well beyond where we are currently. We are catching up and are at par in some areas. We just need to do more of this,” she added. “We need to certainly get it out faster.”
Military / Re: Solid State Laser News
« Last post by bring_it_on on Today at 11:46:40 am »
It is mobile. They could probably shrink it down to something much smaller over time so that it can be moved around more effectively.

Space Projects / Re: NRO release: History of Agena
« Last post by Archibald on Today at 11:39:16 am »
The NRO was pretty paranoid about everyone getting close from their spy satellites, even plain old Agena rocket stages. Well, considering the mess that was the U-2 shoot down, maybe they were right.
Military / Re: Solid State Laser News
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 11:34:03 am »
This is exactly the kind of thing it will take to take down swarms.  Now they need to make it mobile like this:


It's a bit of word salad, but they could be talking about anything from a hypersonic demonstratot that uses LRPF components (booster, launcher, maybe guidance?) to a more general "notional ramjet LRPF upgrade."

The article covers the entire portfolio which includes LRPF but also Artillery and railgun demonstrations for ranges covering short (100 km and below), medium 499 km and below and long range. Reference to hypersonics and ramjet likely applies to the guns where they will be looking to fire the HVP and perhaps a propulsion stack as marauder mentioned HERE. The longer ranged INF compliant fires could be something that has longer range than the LRPF but spends more than 50% of its time inside the atmosphere which would mean that it is not a Ballistic Missile going by the definition in the INF treaty language. If it carries a booster than it would also not be a cruise missile..

Another way to get after fast speeds and longer ranges is through ramjet technology. When a projectile leaves the cannon and is flying through the air, the air is fed into the projectile itself and ignites an internal propellant, which causes further acceleration, according to Maranian.

The Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Space and Missile Defense Command, outside of the Army, are looking at a number of classified programs, he said.

The SCO is particularly looking at the 58-caliber cannon tube because it is a base requirement for hypersonics.

DOD FY19 RDT&E Budget

High-speed/hypersonic weapons are being developed to ensure the continued military superiority and strike capability of the United States including freedom of
movement and freedom of action in areas protected by anti-access/area denial defenses. Current weapon system demonstrations and technology development
programs include high-speed and hypersonic air-breathing missiles, maneuvering reentry and boost-glide weapons, hypersonic gun-launched projectiles, and air-
breathing space access vehicles. These systems require development of conventional and high-speed turbine, ramjet, scramjet, and combined cycle engines; high
temperature materials; thermal protection systems (TPS); and thermal management systems.

"WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army will demonstrate Long-Range Precision Fires technology from a precision-strike missile to hypersonics and ramjet capabilities within the next couple of years, according to the service’s LRPF modernization team lead."

This sounds like they don't know what they want.  The "Long Range Precision Fires" is a missile that swaps out one ATACMs for two less capable missiles (much smaller payload) in the same cell.  Now they throw in "hypersonics" and "ramjet"?   ???
It's a bit of word salad, but they could be talking about anything from a hypersonic demonstratot that uses LRPF components (booster, launcher, maybe guidance?) to a more general "notional ramjet LRPF upgrade."
Space Projects / Re: NRO release: History of Agena
« Last post by Michel Van on Today at 07:58:55 am »
Interesting is PDF SC-2017-0002e

Here is NRO involvement in Gemini program
NASA made a Defense Purchase Requests for use of Agena as Target for Gemini

I wonder if NASA made similar request for there Space probes launch with Atlas-Agena ?
The Bar / Re: Belgium's quest to replace their F-16 fleet
« Last post by Michel Van on Today at 07:51:28 am »
So, has the Belgian F-35(?) [program] pilots won their first [cat] fight?

yes and it get ugly, very ugly
But that so high on political contents, No way i post that issue here...
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