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Yet another "Self-published on Amazon' technothriller

Cameron Poe, Red Agenda, 2017

United States

USS Toledo (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft carrier, class not specified
Stated to be "...the smallest aircraft carrier in the US Navy."
The air group is "...mostly reconnaissance aircraft and some F-14s."
Stated to have repeatedly avoided being mothballed prior to the 'now' of the novel.
No other details are provided.
Name clashes with USS Toledo (SSN-769) a Los Angeles Submarine in service since 1995.

USS War Eagle (SSN-??) (Most likely SSN-24)
Seawolf Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Commissioned 2007
Note: Stated to be a fourth member of the class constructed in secrecy. The naming of the ship is described as follows:
"On one side of the behemoth, written in chalk by a construction worker, were the words WAR EAGLE. As fate would have it, in a ceremony that entailed only the crew, three other navy officers, and one politician, the ship was commissioned and went to work as the USS War Eagle." It is implied in the novel that the ship was paid for by 'creative accounting' (E.g. Those toilet seats didn't really cost $600...).

USS Memphis (SSN-???)
Skipjack Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with USS Memphis (SSN-691) a Los Angeles Class Submarine in service between 1977 and 2011. This submarine is specifically identified as a Skipjack Class Submarine when it is mentioned in a characters backstory.


Typhoon Class Submarine (Modified)
Details as to dimensions and armament are as per the real ships
Ship is highly automated and can be run by a small crew.
Has been optimized to be extremely hard to detect.
Torpedo system loads weapons in five round clips rather than singly.

Plot summary: The Kuwaiti government tries to get it's hands on some surplus Russian firepower, unfortunately for them the people they hire to get it have other ideas.

Note:  Note the author does not provide much information to state positivly when the story was set, but it's implied to be somewhere around 2007 - 2009. Some elements of the plot seem to have come from a 1980s telefilm called "The Fifth Missile" as an event in the climax is the shooting down of a ballistic missile using AIM-7 missiles fired from a 'Bell Helicopter', in addition, two of the ship names (USS Memphis & USS Toledo) are associated with the sinking of the Kursk in 2000.
Early Aircraft Projects / British specification P.27/32 Light day bomber
« Last post by blackkite on Yesterday at 11:56:26 pm »
P.27/32  Light day bomber – Hart/Hind replacement – see P.23/35
Armstrong Whitworth A.W.29, Fairey Battle, Gloster P.27/32, Bristol Type 136

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.29 is here.,20174.msg196602.html#msg196602

One of the Fairey proposal?
Aerospace / Re: MIT/Aurora D8 Airliner and XD8 X-Plane
« Last post by PaulMM (Overscan) on Yesterday at 10:12:15 pm »

Aerospace / Re: Boeing accuses Bombardier of "dumpng" CSeries jets . . .
« Last post by Triton on Yesterday at 05:28:56 pm »
"Boeing’s future plans threatened by Airbus-Bombardier pact"
Originally published October 17, 2017 at 7:14 pm Updated October 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm

by Dominic Gates


Airbus’s surprise move to swallow Bombardier’s CSeries airplane program gives it a new small-jet family without spending the billions of dollars it would take to develop one itself.

Besides the likely impact of the deal on the Boeing-instigated U.S. trade case against Bombardier, that leg up for Airbus could trigger a serious strategy shift for Boeing.

The deal Airbus announced Monday, giving it control of Bombardier’s freshly introduced two-model family of small narrowbody jets — the 110-seat CS100 and the 130-seat CS300, — could ultimately force Boeing to redraw the road map of new airplane development that it had settled on.

Boeing has said it doesn’t expect to have to field a so-called “clean-sheet” new-technology design to replace the Renton-built 737 narrowbody until around 2030.
Yet Ernie Arvai, president of AirInsight Group, an aviation industry consulting firm, said that if Airbus chooses to produce a stretched CSeries jet — a potential 150-seat CS500 — it would hurt sales of the 162-seat 737 MAX 8, the heart of Boeing’s narrowbody jet lineup and the narrowbody plane from which it expects to derive most revenue.

With such a threat, Boeing might need to spend billions on a 737 replacement sooner than expected.

“It probably pushes it two to three years earlier than Boeing had originally planned,” said Arvai. Conversely, with the CSeries in hand, “Airbus may not need a new-technology narrowbody jet just as desperately.”

Indeed, Airbus’s move to secure the small narrowbody market should free it to focus its money and resources on countering Boeing’s pending plan for a new 797 airplane that’s sized between its 737 and 787 jet families.

For that project, Airbus may find useful the innovative composites manufacturing technology that Bombardier developed for the CSeries in its wing plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

There, in a very different composites layup technique from that used by Airbus and Boeing, employees make single-piece wing panels, with stiffening rods called stringers already attached, out of dry carbon fiber fabric, and then inject epoxy resin that will harden the material in a high-pressure oven or autoclave.
Aerospace / Re: Boeing accuses Bombardier of "dumpng" CSeries jets . . .
« Last post by Triton on Yesterday at 05:11:43 pm »
"Boeing, caught off guard, shrugs at European-Canadian alliance"
by Jon Ostrower   @jonostrower October 23, 2017: 5:44 PM ET

Aerospace / Re: USAF could recall up to 1,000 pilots
« Last post by Triton on Yesterday at 04:40:29 pm »
"Air Force: No Plans to Recall Retired Pilots to Fix Shortage"
Associated Press | 23 Oct 2017


WASHINGTON -- The Air Force says it doesn't plan on using new flexibility under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump to address a pilot shortage by recalling retired pilots.

Ann Stefanek, the chief of Air Force media operations, said Sunday the added power provided by Trump is appreciated but the service does not "currently intend to recall retired pilots."

Trump last Friday signed the order to address what the Pentagon says is a serious pilot shortage.

A Pentagon spokesman says the Air Force is currently short about 1,500 pilots, and had indicated that the secretary of defense would allow the secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years.

Under current law, the Air Force is limited to recalling 25 pilots.
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Sukhoi/HAL PMI/FGFA
« Last post by _Del_ on Yesterday at 03:48:08 pm »
Russians have offered non-modular engines for FGFA and its maintenance and other relations can only be handled by the manufacturer.
I'd think the early experience with MiG's contractor support for the -29's is probably hurting Sukhoi in that respect.
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Sukhoi/HAL PMI/FGFA
« Last post by Flyaway on Yesterday at 01:45:14 pm »
Is this just a case of haggling by the IAF?

NEW DELHI – The ambitious $10 billion Indo-Russian program for joint development and production of fifth generation fighter aircraft, or FGFA, faces a new serious hurdle, as the Indian Air Force demands a discontinuation of the project.

Senior IAF leadership recently expressed apprehension to the Ministry of Defence, claiming the proposed FGFA program with Russia does not meet desired requirements like U.S. F-35 fighter type capabilities, disclosed a senior IAF official. That official added, that “IAF is not keen to continue with the program.”

The proposed FGFA program does not meet desired stealth and cross section features compared to a F-35 fighter, the official explained, thus major structural changes are needed that cannot be met in the existing Russian prototypes.

FGFA also does not have modular engine concept, making maintenance and serviceability of the fleet expensive and troublesome. A second service official said the modular engine concept is required for the fleet serviceability and availability of FGFA aircrafts at short notice, since it can be done by the user itself.

Russians have offered non-modular engines for FGFA and its maintenance and other relations can only be handled by the manufacturer.
Aerospace / Re: US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert
« Last post by Flyaway on Yesterday at 01:38:27 pm »
Air Force denies report that it is preparing to put B-52 bombers on high alert

A report says that Air Force is preparing a 24-hour high alert for B-52 bombers, something that has not been in place since the Cold War.
An Air Force representative denies the report but acknowledges that bases undergo updates to maintain readiness.
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