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    It does.. the same 128x128 FPA made by Raytheon. That would indicate the same problems with flares.. What makes the AIM-132 superior is not the seeker, but use of 6 and half inch rocket motor instead of the classic 5 inch one, which gives the ASRAAM more thrust, higher speed and longer range. Incidentally, by using the ASRAAM you could fire from much longer distance, potentially render yourself completely undetected. The SyAAF pilot would not even consider using flares before being hit by something coming out of nowhere.
    The maximum range of short-range missiles is probably irrelevant if you've got AMRAAMs with you. Range of the missile was never a problem in most short-range engagements, certainly true in this particular case against the Syrian air force.

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    Thailand’s Air Force requests funds to cover F-5 Tiger II upgrades

    The upgrade to the four aircraft in this latest phase will cost $96.1 million, which will see the installation of the Link-T tactical data link, connecting the aircraft to the Air Force’s command-and-control network and improving the networking capability of the type.


    A new multi-mode radar, which the service says will provide the Super Tigris with beyond-visual-range capability, will be fitted, which will also have a synthetic aperture mode for high-resolution ground mapping. The radar type was not disclosed, although it is believed to be Elta ELM-2032 from Israel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levsha
    The maximum range of short-range missiles is probably irrelevant if you've got AMRAAMs with you. Range of the missile was never a problem in most short-range engagements, certainly true in this particular case against the Syrian air force.
    I don't think the "superior" claim was in any way connected to that particular scenario. It's simply that the AIM-132 is superior to the AIM-9X because of the above mentioned features.. and regd. the rest.. well, if no one needs more range on the ASRAAM bcs of the AMRAAM, then IMHO, no one needs AMRAAM if you got the Meteor.. same weird logic..

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    I don't think the "superior" claim was in any way connected to that particular scenario. It's simply that the AIM-132 is superior to the AIM-9X because of the above mentioned features.. and regd. the rest.. well, if no one needs more range on the ASRAAM bcs of the AMRAAM, then IMHO, no one needs AMRAAM if you got the Meteor.. same weird logic..
    Why would you need the AMRAAM if you have the Meteor integrated?
    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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    Cost.. minimum engagement range.. versatility.. French AF, too, did not give up their MICA EM, did they?

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    Of course you wouldn't give the weapon up just because you have a new one especially when the one you have is also adequate and you have an inventory already (plus there is domestic industry to support). But I don't see Meteor customers that previously operated the AMRAAM buying more stocks of AMRAAM for a fighter that the meteor is integrated on unless cost becomes too much of a factor based on production rates. There may be other issues such as integration and particularly full capability etc and there may be delivery timeline issues etc
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    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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    I still see the Meteor as a silver bullet, with its price tag leaving plenty of room for AMRAAM.. Time will tell..

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    That is where you go around in circles..AMRAAM hits a certain price point because more than 20,000 have been built and they are generally procured in large lots by US and international customers. If you fragment your inventory for RF missiles you will not really be helping making them affordable to buy, upgrade or sustain.
    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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    The U.S. State Department has approved a $593 million foreign military sale to Nigeria, including 12 A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft.

    US approves A-29 Super Tucano sale to Nigeria

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    Romania may be interested in 36 F-16 but where will they come from? From what I have read, the F-16 line is about to close. What is the chance of it being re-opened elsewhere, even if LM says it plans to do so?

    If the budget has been increased allowing the purchase of new fighters, Gripen seems to be the obvious candidate to me. It's in production and SAAB knows production costs. F-16 will soon not be in production and LM can only estimate the cost of re-starting production elsewhere on a different line.
    Sum ergo cogito

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    Really? 30y of prod and the leading mil airplane manufacturer in the world wouldn't know what he is doing with its bestseller product? !!?
    Short on coffee this morning, huh?
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    Romania is becoming Poland Mk.2.. used by the old and tired Russian card to make them buy 2nd rate hardware..

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    Really? 30y of prod and the leading mil airplane manufacturer in the world wouldn't know what he is doing with its bestseller product? !!?
    Short on coffee this morning, huh?
    OK, perhaps it was unwise to say that LM can only estimate the cost of restarting F-16 production elsewhere, even if that is inevitably the case. What I did not bother to query was how much of that cost a customer / customers would be paying when buying F-16. I don't see any commercial business investing in a manufacturing plant without pricing the product to (a) recover the cost through projected sales (b) make a profit on the investment. Seriously, wouldn't the setup costs to be recovered on a limited number of frames manufactured render those frames extremely expensive?
    Sum ergo cogito

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    Saab were cheaper, even offered to assemble new planes locally and become a maintenance centre in the region. They still said no and bought third hand planes from Portugal! Now they can barely attempt to run them from the only 2 runways especially prepared. Insane!

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    wouldn't the setup costs to be recovered on a limited number of frames manufactured render those frames extremely expensive?
    It's generally cheaper to have a static production line, at least with a moderate number of experienced professionals. There is a reason why some are reluctant to invest on a higher production output.
    Here, LM will see the production cost decreases at the expense of reduced output and, in theory, a lower quality level in overall (a higher number of production OP per operator means a higher number of non-conformity (errors)).

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    An emergency search-and-rescue mission is being carried out for members of the US Marine Corps who were on aboard an MV-22 aircraft when it reportedly crashed off the Queensland coast.

    "There is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for service members involved in a MV-22 mishap," US Marine Corps confirmed in a statement.

    At least 20 people have been reportedly rescued, while several are still missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSphere View Post
    Romania is becoming Poland Mk.2.. used by the old and tired Russian card to make them buy 2nd rate hardware..
    Well it's in Russia interest that whole Europe buys US hardware and close down it's factories.

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    Indian Navy wants Russian MiG-29K jets to be ‘ruggedized’

    After every carrier landing (which is virtually like a crash), components of the aircraft crack, break or stop functioning. The aircraft, then goes to the workshop for repair/replacement of the part, which often has to come from Russia,” Prakash said.
    A report last year by India’s autonomous auditing agency, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, said the MiG-29K was to be technically accepted despite discrepancies and anomalies.
    “Since induction in February 2010, 40 engines (62 percent) of twin-engine MiG-29K fighters have been withdrawn from service due to design-related defects,” according to the report.
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    After every carrier landing (which is virtually like a crash), components of the aircraft crack, break or stop functioning. The aircraft, then goes to the workshop for repair/replacement of the part, which often has to come from Russia,” Prakash said.
    A report last year by India’s autonomous auditing agency, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, said the MiG-29K was to be technically accepted despite discrepancies and anomalies.
    “Since induction in February 2010, 40 engines (62 percent) of twin-engine MiG-29K fighters have been withdrawn from service due to design-related defects,” according to the report.
    it was dumb idea to begin with. all the armchair guys here knew it they should have chosen Rafale or the F-35.
    its ok, there's still time. India changes their Rafale orders to Rafale M and the Mig-29Ks go to the Air force instead.

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    The German Air Force is leasing/renting 2 M28 Skytrucks for Para-training. Currently using the C-160 for that kind of training but its replacement, the A400, will be to large and to costly for this purpose.
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    source is FB

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    Does Airbus knows that they are indirectly financing LM?

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