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    US Congress Moves Against Pakistani F-16 Deal

    http://www.defensenews.com/story/def...deal/78712710/

    The news was first reported by Pakistan's 'Dawn' media group on Tuesday, citing local diplomatic and congressional sources. It claimed the moves were being spearheaded by increasingly anti-Pakistani/pro-Indian lawmakers, naming and quoting Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Calif., as examples.

    The proposed deal was first revealed in November 2015, with a formal FMS notification made in early December.
    Mmm... is Pakistan an ally in 'the war against terror' or not?
    Sum ergo cogito

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    Russian Aerospace Force Continues to Update MiG-29 Fighter Fleet
    Heading is not very clear. The MiG-29SMTs recently received were built from stored components, and were not aircraft in service. VKS has acquired many more Flankers than Fulcrums in recent years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spitfire9 View Post
    US Congress Moves Against Pakistani F-16 Deal

    http://www.defensenews.com/story/def...deal/78712710/

    Mmm... is Pakistan an ally in 'the war against terror' or not?
    It's a very interesting news since it came somewhat related to Fort Worth and Palmade. It seems to be a powerful incentive for a move and we might see already the answer (and a turning point?):

    Pakistan announces 'several' arrests over attack in India

    The government announced [that] an investigation into the incident has made "considerable progress," leading to the arrest of several individuals from the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group. All six militants who took part in the attack were killed by Indian forces.
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    www.myfoxboston.com

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    So, what is it exactly? SAR algorithms, datalinks. Anyone got a clue?

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    oops wrong thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango III View Post
    Well, well, well Vietnamese Typhoons.

    That is going make a news search very hard on google!

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    Due to budget constraints I think the reasonable option would be some second hand Tranche 1 machines which were offered to Peru (from Spain) some time ago.
    Can't see them buy a factory fresh Tranche 3 with AESA, to be honest..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmalaya View Post
    Well, well, well Vietnamese Typhoons.

    That is going make a news search very hard on google!
    interesting no Rafale on the list. that's rare as many countries tend to seek relations (including weapons) with their former colonial masters. i.e India and UK, China with Russia, etc.

    Gripen is probably the most appropriate, but the US and Typhoon will give them a better political connection perhaps.

    Vietnam stands to benefit the most out of TPP, maybe they will go American.

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    Requirements for New Fighter Jets Are Being Redrawn, Canadian Defence Minister Says

    The requirements for Canada’s next fleet of fighter jets are being redrawn as part of a thorough defence review ordered by the new Liberal defence minister.

    Harjit Sajjan said his department is looking at the procurement of military equipment, the size of the Canadian Forces and the theatres where they operate.

    “We will consult with the public, through MPs, committees, stakeholders and think-tanks, so that we have a vision in line with our foreign policy objectives,” he said in an interview Tuesday.
    http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...-minister.html
    Sum ergo cogito

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    Air Force to Delay A-10 Retirement, Thanks to ISIS

    Air Force officials say they still need to retire the A-10 to make room for newer warplanes, but that the calculus for its sunsetting has been thrown off by commanders’ demands for the Warthog now.
    http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...etirement.html

    I'm confused. I read on this forum how mistaken I was to believe that the Warthog was a better CAS aircraft than F-35. How come commanders want to retain it (and as a result delay F-35 introduction by not freeing up maintenance personnel to cross-train onto F-35)? If the Warthog is inferior to F-35 for CAS, those very commanders should have been clamouring to dump the A-10 ASAP to accelerate the introduction of a superior platform.
    Sum ergo cogito

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spitfire9 View Post
    Air Force to Delay A-10 Retirement, Thanks to ISIS



    http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...etirement.html

    I'm confused. I read on this forum how mistaken I was to believe that the Warthog was a better CAS aircraft than F-35. How come commanders want to retain it (and as a result delay F-35 introduction by not freeing up maintenance personnel to cross-train onto F-35)? If the Warthog is inferior to F-35 for CAS, those very commanders should have been clamouring to dump the A-10 ASAP to accelerate the introduction of a superior platform.

    You might be willing to choose your word carefully. If a MPs, committees, stakeholders and think-tanks hear such from you, Canadians might end-up replacing their 18 with a lot of A10.

    Think about it: it's twin engined and has a gun...

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    Extract:

    The Marine Corps is spending tens of billions of dollars to buy the F-35B Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant, which it says it needs to quickly deploy to beachheads to provide close air support to landing forces. Yet, the mechanics of getting it ashore are complex, and may make shore basing impossible.

    “Quickly” is a relative concept, and the timelines necessary to prepare forward bases may be at odds with Marine amphibious warfare plans.

    For example, one of four press releases issued to date about Exercise Steel Knight reveals for the first time that the Corps expects that building a 40,800 sq. ft. landing pad for the F-35B will take two months, although this time it was done in 17 days.
    Don't understand. Why do you need a 40,000 sq ft (200ft x 200ft) hardened surface to land (and park) a few F-35's?
    Sum ergo cogito

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    Nice example of selective reporting...

    The pad that took 17 days was not the primary pad used, but a secondary "emergency" pad (and attached taxiway) that was built "just in case" due to this being the F-35B's first OT use of Austere basing. The 17 days also included the time to remove 4 inches of reinforced concrete and to build the attached taxiway. It was also build to last longer than just this exercise.

    To facilitate testing of the aircraft’s VTOL capabilities in an expeditionary environment, Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 constructed a 204 feet by 200 feet VTOL PAD at the Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field. In addition, the support squadron constructed a 150 feet by 96 feet taxiway to connect the landing zone to the main landing field and hangar.

    “Because this is the first time the F-35B is out here on an expeditionary landing field we built the [VTOL] Pad in the event that there is an emergency so they have more than one option to get the aircraft on the deck,” said Royer.

    According to Capt. Jonathan H. Royer, assistance operation officer, MWSS-374, the landing zone will serve for emergency purposes throughout the remainder of Steel Knight 16 but has the potential to be utilized in future training.

    The task depended on the heavy equipment required, to remove four inches of concrete before any other work could be done on the site.
    http://www.f-16.net/f-35-news-article4856.html

    The pad was also instrumented (again, due to the fact that this was a OT test).
    "The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spitfire9 View Post
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    Don't understand. Why do you need a 40,000 sq ft (200ft x 200ft) hardened surface to land (and park) a few F-35's?
    That article is a steaming pile... if you actually read how the USMC plans to use its F-35Bs you will see it has nothing to do with spending weeks building specialized landing pads or establishing giant fixed bases like Bastion. The whole idea is to show up at an almost unimproved site, operate there for a day or three and then be gone before the enemy has time to react... all while new temporary bases and decoy bases are being established all over the place.

    See pages 37 and 38.

    https://marinecorpsconceptsandprogra...ion%20Plan.pdf

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    Page 99 has a good photo of Marines laying an AM-2 mat airfield. In less than 24 hours they will have a runway capable of STOVL operations which is 4000 feet long and 96 feet wide.
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    Japan and the UK firm up defence cooperation including progress on the Joint New Air to Air Missile (JNAAM):

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/d...ies-with-japan

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