Last edited by tantrum; 22nd January 2013 at 23:00.
yes, see also posts # 650 & 653 in ;
Sounds like specs for 6th gen. but even more so for heavy UAV
http://www.technologyreview.com/view...rs-writ-small/Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo has the story: The United States Navy and Air Force will be installing “liquid-cooled, solid-state lasers” in combat airplanes. Why? Why not! But if you insist on utility: much like the Reagan-era “Star Wars” program, these lasers will offer a line of defense, shooting down missiles and rockets targeted at the planes. Firing tests will happen as soon as next year.
DARPA is calling this program the High Energy Laser Area Defense System, or HELLADS for short. DARPA says that these lasers will be ten times smaller and lighter than current lasers that pack the same punch (150 kilowatts), “enabling integration onto tactical aircraft.” Ultimately the goal is to have these systems weigh less than five kilograms per kilowatt.
I must admit Vietnam's gentle move into buying Western equipment is fascinating.
That they also considering allowing the USN back into Saigon Naval base as a counter to China is also an interesting development.
Because sometimes in life we need a bit of fun
Russian AF re-introduces old-style soviet markings
apparrently, the reason is that the new markings and national flag dont show that well on camoflaged aircraft, so now all combat aircraft are going back to the old soviet-era red star, as it was/is the most recognisable feature on Russian aircraft.
article in dutch:
The aircraft of the Russian Air Force will now again with the five-pointed red star painted. Russian media report that have learned from the Ministry of Defence. The star replaces the national tricolor, a good camouflage of the aircraft would hinder.
Russian military experts react satisfied with the return of the Soviet Star. "The whole world knows the red star", said the former chief of the Air Force, Anatoli Kornukov.
Symbols of the Soviet era, like the red star with hammer and emblems, sickle and laurel remain until today very popular in Russia and are still everywhere in the country can be found.
Yeah, J-11s. Mwahahaha! :diablo:Let's not get carried away. There will be flankers over the skies of Vietnam for decades to come.
Explosion at Fordow Nuclear Facility, Iran.
Not much hard news on this story yet but some agencies are suggesting that an aerial attack may have taken place.
Massive Ordnance Penetrator?
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