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The Bar / Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Last post by Triton on Today at 04:10:00 pm »
The People's Republic of China has threatened to "intervene" if the United States launches a military strike on North Korea and it will "prevent" the United States from overthrowing the North Korea regime. No United States administration, Republican or Democrat, wants to risk Chinese reprisals from an attack on North Korea. Since economic sanctions and diplomacy do not seem to be curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions, the likely result is a nuclear arms race in East Asia.
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Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by TomcatViP on Today 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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The Bar / Re: Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD)
« Last post by marauder2048 on Today at 03:06:58 pm »
Air Force awards two contracts for a new intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system

Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Public Affairs / Published August 21, 2017

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Air Force announced Aug. 21 the award of two Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction
contracts for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program. Contracts were awarded to
Boeing Company, Huntsville, Alabama, and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Redondo Beach, California.

The GBSD is the weapon system replacement for the aging LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBM.

“We are moving forward with modernization of the ground-based leg of the nuclear triad,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.
“Our missiles were built in the 1970s. Things just wear out, and it becomes more expensive to maintain them than to replace them.
We need to cost-effectively modernize.”

The Minuteman III first became operational in the early 1970s. While certain components and subsystems have been upgraded over the
years, most of the fundamental infrastructure in use today is the original equipment supporting more than 50 years of continuous operation.

"Airmen must always be ready in this no-fail mission," said Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein. "As others have stated, the
only thing more expensive than deterrence is fighting a war. The Minuteman III is 45 years old. It is time to upgrade."

The aging Minuteman III system will continue to face increasingly significant operational and sustainment challenges until replaced.

“The Minuteman III is the enduring ground-based leg of our nuclear triad. However, it is an aging platform and requires major
investments to maintain its reliability and effectiveness,” said Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command.
“GBSD is the most cost-effective ICBM replacement strategy, leveraging existing infrastructure while also implementing mature,
modern technologies and more efficient operations, maintenance and security concepts.”

For the GBSD acquisition effort, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center is focused on developing and delivering an integrated GBSD
weapon system, including launch and command-and-control segments. The weapon’s developers will pursue a modular systems architecture,
 which will encourage continued competition across the lifecycle of the program. Additionally, a modular system will make the GBSD weapon
 system responsive to the challenges posed by the pace of technological change and new threat environments.

“The new GBSD weapon system will meet the combatant commander’s current requirements, while having the adaptability to affordably
address changing technology and emerging threats through 2075,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson, AFNWC commander and the Air Force
program executive officer for strategic systems.

Two contracts, valued at no more than $359 million each, were awarded after a full and open competition. The companies selected were
determined to provide the best overall value to the warfighter and taxpayers based on the source selection’s evaluation factors.
The period of performance for each TMRR contract is approximately 36 months.

“I am proud of the hard work, professionalism and dedication of the GBSD program office members. We would not have gotten here without them,”
said Col. Heath Collins, GBSD program manager for AFNWC. “Over the last year, we have executed a thorough and fair source selection while
 also putting in place the tools, infrastructure and analytic capability to execute the GBSD program. We are ready, excited and honored to begin
working with our industry partners to develop and deliver an affordable, low-risk ICBM replacement, guaranteeing uninterrupted nuclear deterrence
capabilities for the nation.”

The GBSD program office is part of AFNWC’s ICBM Systems Directorate at Hill AFB, Utah. The center is responsible for synchronizing
 all aspects of nuclear materiel management on behalf of Air Force Materiel Command in direct support of AFGSC.

Headquartered at Kirtland AFB, the center has about 1,100 personnel assigned to 17 locations worldwide, including at Hanscom AFB,
Massachusetts; Hill AFB, Utah; Eglin AFB, Florida; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; and at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

http://www.robins.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1284835/air-force-awards-two-contracts-for-a-new-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-wea/
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The Bar / Re: Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD)
« Last post by marauder2048 on Today at 02:14:02 pm »
Lockheed out?

Aug. 21, 2017


The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Alabama, has been awarded a $349,159,962 contract for Ground-based Strategic Deterrent. This contract is to conduct technology maturation and risk reduction to deliver a low technical risk, affordable total system replacement of Minuteman III to meet intercontinental ballistic missiles operational requirements. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, and other various locations as needed and is expected to be completed by Aug. 20, 2020. This award is the result of competitive acquisition and three offers were received. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,700,000 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA819-17-C-0001).

 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $328,584,830 contract for Ground-based Strategic Deterrent. This contract is to conduct technology maturation and risk reduction to deliver a low technical risk, affordable total system replacement of Minuteman III to meet intercontinental ballistic missiles operational requirements. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California, and other various locations as needed and is expected to be completed by Aug. 20, 2020. This award is the result of competitive acquisition and three offers were received. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,700,000 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA819-17-C-0002).
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The Bar / Re: Nostalgia is not what it used to be
« Last post by Foo Fighter on Today at 01:00:46 pm »
I would slightly disagree with Foo Fighter. Access to more news isn't improving what we know or accountability. Cases like the Supermarine Swift and TSR.2 were long debated in newspapers and television (the latter applying to TSR) by a whole swath of defence journalists and other interested parties, people wrote books on the subject. Some knew what they were talking about and others were clearly just blabbering to justify their own personal opinions. I guess with the Cold War in full flow such matters had a more solid importance and relavence to the reading public.
Today we just get snippets of soundbites spun out from a press release or a tweet with no real knowledge. Everything is examined by a microscope but its a pretty blurry one and with little understanding it makes no real impact.
I've read too much in the last few days about HMS Queen Elizabeth like, "a carrier without aircraft, lol","white elephant", "carriers are obsolete", "no use against van-driving terrorists", "we can't use the F-35s without US approval anyway", "typical symbol of Tory Britain a useless carrier" and "Gordon Brown only ordered it to win votes". A total lack of all comprehension and understanding.
If TSR.2 happened now all we'd get are a few soundbites about how the undercarriage didn't work and some smartass tweets like "a plane that can't land, lol, so useful," and nobody would even blink at the costs or political or managerial cock-ups along the way.

And yet, we have sites like this.  Would there have been a similar outlet way back?  No.  All of the news was sound bites with very little in the way of interest to look for more.  We are much more likely to find information now than ever before.
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Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 11:12:42 am »
Doesn't really say anything new.
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But the Navy has been averse to using the liquid propellants that are pretty much required to enable the interceptor to have the necessary divert capability.

I get their concern but there's got to be a way to make them sufficiently safe.  Given they're in a VLS equipped with a deluge system. . .just seems like the solution is there if they want it.

For SM-3 IIB, the Navy at least showed some openness to relaxing the 1988 ban on liquid propellants aboard ship. 
But that was for an encanistered missile in the VLS.  For use aboard a carrier,  you'd probably have to shift to
a HAN monopropellant  and/or encanister the interceptor in something like an enclosed weapons pod.
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Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by flateric on Today at 10:53:29 am »
Same paywall article.
You what, don't have email to register for FREE access to non-AWIN stuff at AWST site? Yikes.

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Aerospace / Re: F-X -- NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) -- F/A-XX
« Last post by Airplane on Today at 10:48:15 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.
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Same paywall article.
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