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Aerospace / Re: Japanese next generation fighter study (aka i3, F-3)
« Last post by Hood on Today at 04:28:41 am »
Plus the issue of building the aircraft. Eurofighter was built across Europe, which worked reasonably well if not entirely cost-effectively. The UK and Japan are further away which makes a joint-production line difficult and a duplicated production line would be wasteful. There is no way the UK or Japan would cede manufacturing share.
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Aerospace / Re: Bell V-280 Valor
« Last post by fredymac on Today at 03:40:39 am »
Video summary of flight test activity.

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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by uk 75 on Today at 03:35:10 am »
Received my copy yesterday and have been reading it avidly since.
There is so much information in this slim volume that makes is a unique source.
My thanks is due particularly for finally having images of the evolution of the EH101 Merlin and a detailed account.
There is just so much in this book for the naval enthusiast.
Those of us who know the excellent contributions he makes on the Shipbucket site cannot be surprised, but this is a real treat.
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Military / Re: Bradley Replacement - OMFV
« Last post by Foo Fighter on Today at 03:33:38 am »
"Why is the US Army opposed to simply utilising a modified tank chassis as their MICV?   That way it could be armoured as well as the MBT and be automativelly the same as the MBT and be as maneuverable as the MBT.  An MBT hull is large enough to carry almost any weapon and a section of infantry".

The engine installation would require significant hull reworking and require a different engine.  It might work but is by no means a certainty.  A new hull with equivalent protection would cost about the same.
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Aerospace / Re: Japanese next generation fighter study (aka i3, F-3)
« Last post by Blitzo on Today at 03:32:45 am »
"If Japan wants to bring in foreign expertise for F-3, I do not expect a an equal share of the work for Japan and a foreign partner, but rather for Japan to provide the bulk of the work and leadership while the foreign expertise merely brings in some additional technologies as a junior partner".

Not if both nations were to field the resulting aircraft.

For both nations to want to field the final aircraft means both will want to have the aircraft be optimal for their military doctrine and their geography, to suit the strengths of their industry, and to use their fielded weapons and sensors, and so on.

If one side is willing to concede to be a junior partner yet to still be happy fielding the resulting aircraft then they will probably avoid the additional delays, costs and complexities that you'd expect from a 50/50 arrangement. But I'm not sure if either the UK or Japan would be willing to be a junior partner to the other for a high importance weapon system like this.
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 :o Lockheed should definitely stick to designing aircraft.  Even for the era, those are some of the worst FA uniforms I've ever seen...
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Aerospace / Re: Japanese next generation fighter study (aka i3, F-3)
« Last post by Foo Fighter on Today at 03:19:03 am »
"If Japan wants to bring in foreign expertise for F-3, I do not expect a an equal share of the work for Japan and a foreign partner, but rather for Japan to provide the bulk of the work and leadership while the foreign expertise merely brings in some additional technologies as a junior partner".

Not if both nations were to field the resulting aircraft.
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Military / DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHIR 2 & CHALLENGER 1 MBT
« Last post by Light Blue Job on Today at 02:01:05 am »
Hi All,
Iíve trawled the internet but canít find cast iron differences between the Shir 2 and the Challenger 1. One website elluded to the fact that the Shir 2 had equivalent of 325mm armour and Challenger 1 had more, around 500mm.  Seeing as the dates of introduction were very close, would this be correct? Or is the Challenger 1 just a complete Shir 2 brought up to British Army standard vice Iranian standard and the inclusion of TOGS? All comments appreciated.
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Army Projects / Re: M109A6 test bed for XM907 ERCA
« Last post by cador on Yesterday at 11:45:08 pm »
What has become of the canon XM-297 of the cancelled Crusader ?
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