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Military / Re: Gerald R. Ford Class CVN
« Last post by Moose on Today at 12:32:06 pm »
SASC Chair James Inhofe (R-OK) says he's "not yet opposed" to the two-carrier block buy.

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However, he has spoken to Defense Secretary James Mattis about his concerns. The 2019 defense authorization bill puts the decision on a two-carrier purchase in Mattis' hands.

Supporters say the bulk buy will create economies of scale and save at least $2.5 billion. It would also shore up smaller defense contractors that supply HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division with parts and services.

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Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, is succeeding the late John McCain as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. His assessment on a proposed two-carrier buy came after a visit to the HII shipyard at Newport News on Dec. 3.

His visit and subsequent comments were first reported by Bloomberg.

The new weapons elevators are designed to move bombs faster from lower decks up to the flight deck. That will increase the number of sorties aircraft can fly and contribute to the ship's overall punch in combat.

Inhofe said he would continue to track progress on the elevators. "Until these elevators work, we only have 10 operational aircraft carriers despite a requirement for 12," he said in the email.
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I suppose a decision will be taken one day, preferably before the replacement is due for, well, replacement.
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Aerospace / Re: A-X all over again - USAF pushes for A-10 replacement
« Last post by jsport on Today at 09:23:51 am »
Who is an authority on this forum?  Let us see your credentials. One can not be a Neutral arbitrator and be biased.

The DoD is so 'Corporate captured' that the ground forces have been clearly abandoned, as F-35 and its numbers alone will never provide sufficient support. The majors have no intention to even discuss alternatives. Alternatives and discussion a potential real CAS solution seems to be repressed at all avenues.
This discussion has gotten completely off track. The point was why are there no Analysis of Alternatives AoA for an A-10 replacement?

There was.

https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1724z1.html
Thank you for finding.

Pretty superficial (Rand is AF = F-35 will do).

'The need to strike a variety of targets creates a need to carry a diverse set of weapons. The need for a wide variety of munitions implies carriage of a large number of weapons, regardless of the number of targets. In highly intense cases, we found that a loadout sufficient to kill two armored targets per sortie was a minimum capability, with a preferred capacity closer to five kills per sortie (is this a joke). Laser-guided rockets with armor-piercing warheads could be a highly effective addition to the force."
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The Bar / Re: Enter the cyber dragon....
« Last post by Foo Fighter on Today at 04:10:46 am »
Nothing new from the Chinese government, like most they shout the loudest when they are in the wrong.  All nations do the same to an extent.
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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by Tuna on Yesterday at 07:33:35 pm »
Quote from: Musk's twitter
Quote from: Everyday Astronaut
their new Starship and Super Heavy will be all carbon composite (mostly)
The new design is metal
Fairly heavy metal, but extremely strong

Wouldn't have guessed that one. Shiny stainless steel retrofuture is go?
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Aerospace / Re: Chengdu J-20 news, pictures, analysis Part III
« Last post by GARGEAN on Yesterday at 01:37:07 pm »
I deliberately write my pieces on the diplomat by trying to avoid the kind of short form National Interest or Business Insider style articles they are known for.

The word limit for my monthly features is capped at 2000 unfortunately, so I'm unable to go into as much detail as I would like.
My though is that short, fact checked news are okay for most MMs, at least when they are trying to stay objective, and big pieces are better to be placed on dedicated platforms. Not sure that Diplomat fits second, albeit fast look gave me impression of far better objectivity and technical adequacy than both NI and BI. Still not really good to my taste, but indeed not bad.
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Aerospace / Re: Chengdu J-20 news, pictures, analysis Part III
« Last post by Blitzo on Yesterday at 12:45:50 pm »
A most interesting read and brilliant summary;

https://thediplomat.com/2018/12/chinas-stealth-fighter-its-time-to-discuss-j-20s-agility/
Eh. I have allergy on any more than short news reporting articles about military hardware in non-specialized MMs. That "RUSSIA ADMITS DEFEAT FROM F-35, SU-57 IS CANCELLED" still buggers me and I still see echoes of that in net. I bet Diplomat is somewhat better in that regard, but I still won't put my lunch money on it.

I deliberately write my pieces on the diplomat by trying to avoid the kind of short form National Interest or Business Insider style articles they are known for.

The word limit for my monthly features is capped at 2000 unfortunately, so I'm unable to go into as much detail as I would like.
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Aerospace / Re: Chengdu J-20 news, pictures, analysis Part III
« Last post by TomcatViP on Yesterday at 12:30:25 pm »
If it was real it wouldn't be there.
As for the quality maybe it's for the inevitable Top Gun 2 direct-to-video knock off.  ???

If they were training some kind of sensors with AI and form recognition, they wouldn't need more quality that the sensor have. Hence tarp and frames would have done the trick. 
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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by TomcatViP on Yesterday at 12:27:14 pm »
Did they remove one of the leg to lift it on the cradle or was that broken during the landing?
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