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Aerospace / Re: Tempest - UK Future fighter programme
« Last post by Hood on Today at 09:30:46 am »
BAE Systems has big presence in the US so its not beyond the realms of possibility.

From my perspective at present BAE Systems only really has a market in the Middle East, how long that will hold in the face of growing US competition is open to question. SAAB have done very well with the Gripen with second and third-tier nations with generous financing and offsets. SAAB's ideas seem to still be in the cheaper single-engine category that might suit nations with small pockets who can't afford to build their own TF-X or KF-X F-35 look-alikes, hence their insistence on including Gripen E technology. The Tempest is a rather more larger and expensive beast (the Swedes have never operated a twin-jet fighter) more suited to nations with deep pockets and technically competent ground crews to keep them running). Will those competing commercial interests ultimately prevent a BAE/SAAB deal and is each firm's key market actually sustainable for a sixth generation fighter?
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Idea or attempt is good, however balance between cost and effectiveness should be carefully considered.

Sealing for submersible vehicle is not cheap task for big ship (radar, external guns, antenna, hanger for helo)
yes, huge issues and most likely only semi-submers even makes sense and they would big big cost for sure.  The alternative though is maintain a staid maritime manufacturing culture which loses.
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Aerospace / Re: Tempest - UK Future fighter programme
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 08:25:16 am »
Trying not to be cynical here, but I wonder if the Americans are trying to nix a potential competitor by offering BAE a way into the PCA programme?
I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, a joint US-UK-Japanese PCA programme could provide some viable returns.

I donít think that will happen as I thought the PCA like the F-22 would not be up for export due to the technology involved.

Anyway Iíd rather partner on this project with nations like Japan than the US who probably have rather different requirements to us.
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Aerospace / Re: Tempest - UK Future fighter programme
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 08:09:46 am »
Deleted. Somehow double posted.
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Aerospace / Re: Tempest - UK Future fighter programme
« Last post by CJGibson on Today at 03:21:33 am »
No problem with dressing up a mock-up, I was more concerned about a ground crew that would need a reminder to remove the intake covers.

Chris
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Aerospace / Re: Tempest - UK Future fighter programme
« Last post by kitnut617 on Today at 03:05:22 am »
Trying not to be cynical here, but I wonder if the Americans are trying to nix a potential competitor by offering BAE a way into the PCA programme?
I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, a joint US-UK-Japanese PCA programme could provide some viable returns.

A great idea Hood.  Getting a three nation PCA program up and running could in theory make the PCA much more cost effective than either the F-22/F-35 programs.

I don't know, but the timing of the presentation, would seem to me be aimed right at the USA not being involved. What with the present President' stance on isolationism, it would seem to be showing, here's what we can do --
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Aerospace / Re: Tempest - UK Future fighter programme
« Last post by FighterJock on Today at 02:44:27 am »
Trying not to be cynical here, but I wonder if the Americans are trying to nix a potential competitor by offering BAE a way into the PCA programme?
I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, a joint US-UK-Japanese PCA programme could provide some viable returns.

A great idea Hood.  Getting a three nation PCA program up and running could in theory make the PCA much more cost effective than either the F-22/F-35 programs.
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Aerospace / Re: Tempest - UK Future fighter programme
« Last post by Hood on Today at 01:49:56 am »
Trying not to be cynical here, but I wonder if the Americans are trying to nix a potential competitor by offering BAE a way into the PCA programme?
I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, a joint US-UK-Japanese PCA programme could provide some viable returns.
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Military / Re: CSBA "Third Offset" paper
« Last post by marauder2048 on Today at 12:09:40 am »
Contracts for July 19, 2018

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $10,686,543 modification (P00005) to a previously
awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0059) to conduct flight test demonstrations for the
Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range (JSOW-ER) Phase 3a development, including hardware and software modifications. 
Tasking includes hardware and software modifications with laboratory and ground testing to the existing JSOW AGM-154C-1. 
Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed in July 2019.

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