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Aerospace / Re: General Atomics P46 'Avenger' UAV (Predator C)
« Last post by TomcatViP on Today at 12:38:08 am »
The Avenger is a large jet powered UAV. It cruises much faster and doesn't probably have the same flight domain as the MQ1 Predator, a piston powered, lighter weights and smaller UAV. Training and logistical burden would be greatly impacted by a large scale service introduction at a time when the MQ1 iterations and the larger MQ9 still fulfill the needs.

The Avenger is not a niche. It's the future. GA is amassing a valuable experience deploying it and sustaining even a small fleet. When the market will be ready for the switch to jet powered stealthy UAV (not an unrealistic foresight), GA will be in position to offer the leanest offer centered around one of the most efficient and refined design.
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Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by totoro on Today at 12:35:45 am »
Same paywall article.

I'm assuming it says basically a high degree of stealth, with speed (so as not to rely on stealth), and significantly longer range than -22. Maybe someone can give us a summary of the article with a few bullet points.

It's pretty much that, yes. Here are some citations:

Extended range will be a key feature...  to allow the new fighter to self-deploy and to accompany the new B-21 bomber on deep penetration missions. Increased range drives increased airframe size and engine power, Holmes explained. PCA’s engine will need to be more fuel efficient, have more thrust and more cooling air to support a longer-range and even stealthier airframe than current technology allows, he said.

The Air Force ...have been working on a new class of combat aircraft propulsion systems based on three-stream engine technology that might fit this bill.


Stealth also will be a key requirement for the new aircraft, despite potential tradeoffs such as speed, and the advancement of counterstealth radars that some argue make stealth obsolete, Holmes said.

The Air Force for the first time revealed a funding line for a secretive “Air Dominance Air-to-Air Weapon” in fiscal 2018 budget documents this year, requesting $1 million to stand up the project.
it may be a successor to the Raytheon-built AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120.... or possibly a longer-range version of those weapons.
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The Bar / Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Last post by bobbymike on Yesterday at 08:22:37 pm »
Nuclear Deterrence Australia 60 minutes.

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Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by Rhinocrates on Yesterday at 07:47:04 pm »
Some degree of AI is likely. Research at BAE Systems that is likely being duplicated by Lockheed et al:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2144601-inside-the-fighter-jet-of-the-future-where-ai-is-the-pilot/

Pilots’ helmets already have visors that augment their view with additional information. With a few modifications, they could replace instrument-panel displays altogether.

It has been a long time since fighter pilots have been in control of the cockpit. In most jets, basic forms of artificial intelligence are already the co-pilot.

In future AI will play an even bigger role, from working out what information to show the pilot to taking full control of the plane. Bowman thinks that humans will be managers rather than being replaced. He envisions a human controlling a swarm of 20 drones while on board a plane being flown by AI.
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Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by Airplane on Yesterday at 05:54:08 pm »
Doesn't really say anything new.
Found this interesting

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The Air Force for the first time revealed a funding line for a secretive “Air Dominance Air-to-Air Weapon” in fiscal 2018 budget documents this year, requesting $1 million to stand up the project. Little is known about the next-generation air-to-air capability, but it may be a successor to the Raytheon-built AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile the Raptor currently carries, or possibly a longer-range version of those weapons. A longer-range air-to-air missile also could equip future non-stealthy aircraft that have to stand off from surface-to-air missile threats.

Hmmm. Could be anything from guided bullets (not probable) to Lockheed's Cobra.
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Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by bobbymike on Yesterday at 05:44:37 pm »
Doesn't really say anything new.
Found this interesting

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The Air Force for the first time revealed a funding line for a secretive “Air Dominance Air-to-Air Weapon” in fiscal 2018 budget documents this year, requesting $1 million to stand up the project. Little is known about the next-generation air-to-air capability, but it may be a successor to the Raytheon-built AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile the Raptor currently carries, or possibly a longer-range version of those weapons. A longer-range air-to-air missile also could equip future non-stealthy aircraft that have to stand off from surface-to-air missile threats.
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Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by TomcatViP on Yesterday at 03:53:12 pm »
Last time the AF had an intercontinental escort fighter, it was the F-88, aka the F101 Voodoo 

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