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Aerospace / Re: Military Concorde
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 07:02:43 am »
Errm.... a well informed source told me in the 80s that the SA-5 was only a credible threat if the warhead comprised Instant Sunshine. (Fuzing??)
US Nike-Hercules had nuclear warheads too.

Side note there were 2,550 nuclear warheads built just for the Hercules force.  :o  (Talos, Bomarc, and Terrier also had the nuclear option.)
Aerospace / Re: Military Concorde
« Last post by litzj on Today at 06:54:53 am »
is there possibility to get bombcorde for RAF?

RAF cancel the tsr 2 due to its cost...

Concorde has advantage over tsr 2 for saving development cost, but it is larger and seems to be

more expensive aircraft than tsr2
The Bar / Re: Space Force...seriously?
« Last post by bobbymike on Today at 06:33:05 am »

Neutral-particle beams, a concept first tried in the 1980s, may get a fresh look under Michael Griffin.

“Directed energy is more than just big lasers, Griffin said. “That’s important. High-powered microwave approaches can effect an electronics kill. The same with the neutral particle beam systems we explored briefly in the 1990s” for use in space-based anti-missile systems. Such weapons can be “useful in a variety of environments” and have the “advantage of being non-attributable,” meaning that it can be hard to pin an attack with a particle weapon on any particular culprit since it leaves no evidence behind of who or even what did the damage.

PENTAGON: “We’re not yielding the air domain to anybody, so we’re going to build those capabilities that we need to dominate,” the head of the Army’s aviation Cross Functional Team told reporters yesterday. While Brig. Gen. Wally Rugen heads what’s officially called the Future Vertical Lift CFT, his portfolio extends well beyond the FVL aircraft program itself. Rugen wants:

New “modular” missiles with plug-and-play warhead options and longer range;
New drone designs “purpose built” to penetrate advanced anti-aircraft defenses;
New manned aircraft — the FVL itself — 60 percent faster than current helicopters, with   Artificial Intelligence to assist the human crew.
Military / Re: CSBA "Third Offset" paper
« Last post by bobbymike on Today at 06:27:31 am »

The American way of war — using overpowering industrial might, crushing firepower, and owning the sea and skies — may have come to an end, a top Pentagon official says.

For the past two decades, “the Chinese and the Russians have been working to undermine that model,” said Elbridge Colby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development. By spending billions on modernizing their militaries and fielding new technologies like artificial intelligence and hypersonic missiles at a faster clip than the Americans, the two countries have changed the way the United States must approach future conflict. 
Here are the additional images from the Aerospace feature (all images are © Leonardo MW).  Captions as follows:

1) Model of the WG44 design. Weapons were carried internally, except for an undernose lightweight rocket pack, for use against air threats – namely the Mi-24 ‘Hind’.
2) Three view of the WG 45 concept – showing a design visually reminiscent of the Lynx.
3) The WG 44 next to the Westland Lynx.
4) & 5) The WG47b in its most developed form with twin tailrotors, anti-glint canopies and BERP blades.
6) The WG 47a with conventional stepped canopies and single tail rotor.
7) The WG 47b featured an innovative reverse slope canopy to reduce tell-tale glint.
8) Model of the final configuration of the WG 47b stealth attack helicopter that was studied by Westland as a private confidential proposal for the UK MoD requirements. Note twin tail rotors and reverse sloped canopies.
9) A wind-tunnel model of WG 47a fitted with the twin tail rotor configuration but with a conventional stepped, tandem canopy.
Aerospace / Re: McDonnell Douglas MD-11
« Last post by TomcatViP on Today at 05:45:06 am »
very informative. Thanks!
Military / Re: Solid State Laser News
« Last post by bring_it_on on Today at 04:31:55 am »
Given that the 100 kW HEL would be mounted on an FMTV, I assume they would want a complementary HPM payload on a similar vehicle as well. Would be better I suppose for IFPC since that is the mover they are using for that entire effort. As a complement to Patriot you could probably do this on the same tractor but then for applications like base defense I don't think it matters a lot for a lot of potential sites.
Space Projects / Re: NASA Space Launch System (SLS)
« Last post by Michel Van on Today at 02:36:18 am »
in other words

Europa Clipper gonna be launch by a Falcon Heavy...
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