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  • BlackArcher
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    • Dec 2010
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    Iranian army deploys armed UAVs

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    • BlackArcher
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      • Dec 2010
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      US begins process to exclude Turkey from F-35 program at $600 million cost

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      • niksi
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        • Apr 2007
        • 406

        He's finally back... and I guess we'll see the Tomcat fly again

        Sorry guys, I know this shouldn't be posted here, but we are all combat aircraft fanatics...
         

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        • djcross
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          • Jan 2000
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          USS Boxer downs Iranian drone in defensive action
          USS Boxer used LMADIS to score an EW kill on the drone.
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          • LMFS
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            • Feb 2018
            • 518

            India is planning to upgrade its su-30MKI in Russia
            According to the chief air Marshal of the Indian air force, the aircraft was operated without the modernization of about 20 years.




            In the Indian air force has told about the readiness to modernize its fleet of su-30MKI fighter in the Russian Federation. This was announced by the chief of staff of the Indian air force air chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa.
            "We have requested from the Russian side the proposals for modernization in accordance with current needs," he said.
            The commander also noted that the Indian side is satisfied with the upgrade program of the MiG-21, MiG-27 and MiG-29. According to the results of the military exercises, the Indian air force was satisfied with the result.
            "There is therefore now considering the possibility of modernization of the su-30, which operated about 20 years. Accordingly, their avionics and weapons systems also require modernization," - said the Marshal.

            tvzvezda.ru/news/forces/content/201971913-KaK9v.html

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            • TomcatViP
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              • Nov 2011
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              Naval Aviation Enterprise Naval Sustainment System O-Level Reform

              The Naval Sustainment System aims to improve readiness across the Naval Aviation Enterprise. To meet that challenge, the fleet is reforming maintenance at the Operational Level by finding efficiencies and implementing industry best practices to get combat-ready aircraft back to the flight line.
              Last edited by TomcatViP; 20th July 2019, 14:08.

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              • djcross
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                • Jan 2000
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                [QUOTE=TomcatViP;n3868465]Naval Aviation Enterprise Naval Sustainment System O-Level Reform


                The Naval Sustainment System aims to improve readiness across the Naval Aviation Enterprise. To meet that challenge, the fleet is reforming maintenance at the Operational Level by finding efficiencies and implementing industry best practices to get combat-ready aircraft back to the flight line.
                Lipstick on a pig...

                This "reform" means nothing if Navy isn't willing consolidate the multitude of stove piped skills into three skillsets:
                1. Mechanic - responsible for mechanical and structural maintenance
                2. Technician - responsible for avionics and mission systems maintenance
                3. Ordnance - responsible for weapons racks/launchers and loading ordnance

                But Navy won't consolidate because doing so would eliminate too many rice bowls. Unacceptably low readiness metrics will continue.

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                • TomcatViP
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                  • Nov 2011
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                  Originally posted by djcross View Post
                  Unacceptably low readiness metrics will continue.
                  The Navy Hornet fleet did better than many other lately.

                  But here is a more extensive article from USNI:
                  https://news.usni.org/2019/04/05/42436

                  And another from DefeneNews:
                  https://www.defensenews.com/digital-...ll-struggling/
                  Last edited by TomcatViP; 20th July 2019, 15:22.

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                  • barongan
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                    • Jul 2018
                    • 11

                    I love this thread, good info

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                    • TomcatViP
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                      • Nov 2011
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                      Originally posted by pilatus View Post
                      Italians find Qatari Matra super 530 F in raid on right wing extremists.
                      More details here:
                      https://theaviationist.com/2019/07/1...neo-nazi-gang/

                      Based on the markings, the missile is an R.530 F20 version with serial number 5284, belonging to the production lot 83 and sold to the Government of Qatar on Oct. 10, 1980.

                      The missile is marked as a live (not inert) as shown by the presence of a yellow band, that is used to highlight the presence of an explosive warhead, and a red band, meaning the presence of rocket fuel; however, during the inspection, it was found that the warhead was missing. The Police didnt provide additional details about the fuel and the guidance section.

                      The Super 530 missiles were meant to arm the 14 Mirage F1EDA fighters bought the same year by the Qatar Emiri Air Force. The F20 version was specifically designed to be carried by Mirage F1, while the D version was designed to be carried by the newer Mirage 2000. In 1994 Qatar replaced the Mirage F1 with the Mirage 2000, selling its old fighters to Spain and the Super 530 missile to an unknown nation.
                      [...]


                      Qatar foreign ministry spokeswoman Lolwah Alkhater said in a statement: The authorities in Qatar have immediately started an investigation alongside the respective Italian authorities and the authorities of another friendly nation to which the Matra missile was sold 25 years ago. The captured Matra Super530 missile was sold by Qatar in the year 1994 in a deal that included 40 Matra Super 530 missiles to a friendly nation that wishes not to be named at this point of the investigation. Qatar is working very closely now with the pertinent parties including Italy to unveil the facts and it is very concerned as to how a missile sold 25 years ago ended up in the hands of a third non-state party.
                      Source:
                      The Aviationist.com
                      Last edited by TomcatViP; 21st July 2019, 09:01.

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                      • TomcatViP
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                        • Nov 2011
                        • 6107

                        Northrop Grumman reveals the first two customers for its Firebird intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft

                        Northrop named US operators Grand Sky Development and Tenax Aerospace as each having signed deals to acquire the Firebird.
                        Those are more civilian operators obviously but still this is an interesting market outreach that could ready the stage for a future ISR military acquisition

                        Brian Chappel, the companys senior vice-president and general manager autonomous systems, told FlightGlobal that it sees a clear need in Europe for the multi-intelligence, long-endurance capabilities offered by Firebird.

                        As Europe recognises [the need] and invests more into ISR, everything cant be big and exquisite you are going have to have a range of capabilities, Chappel says. Governments and militaries in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, all those are very interesting opportunities, and weve finding interest already.
                        The Barkhane ISR operation in Mali for example would be greatly eased with such optionally manned platform able to transit over long distance in regulated airspace in order to be re positioned quickly at minimal deployment and infrastructure cost.



                        Chappel says the aircraft could be supplied for less than $10 million for manned operations, with this price rising to around $20 million in fully unmanned guise. The optionally piloted version on static display at RIAT can be converted for unmanned operations by two people in less than 4h, he notes.
                        Source:
                        FlightGlobal.com
                        Last edited by TomcatViP; 21st July 2019, 13:51.

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                        • TomcatViP
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                          • Nov 2011
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                          RIAT 2019 in 3min:

                          Last edited by TomcatViP; 21st July 2019, 21:56.

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                          • TomcatViP
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                            • Nov 2011
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                            South Korea fires warning shots at Russia warplanes

                            South Korea's Defense Ministry says multiple Russian military planes violated the South Korean airspace off its east coast on Tuesday.

                            The ministry says South Korea launched fighter jets and that they fired warning shots.
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                            According to the South Korean military, the Russian aircraft [...] violated South Korean airspace over Dokdo an island that is occupied by South Korea and also claimed by Japan, which calls it Takeshima just after 9 a.m. (midnight GMT Monday).
                            Officials said South Korean F-15k and F-16k jets were scrambled to intercept one of the planes and fired flares after sending a message to the aircraft.

                            The Russian plane left the area above disputed islets but it returned and violated the airspace again, the ministry official said. He said the South Korean fighter jets fired warning shots again. The Russian plane did not return fire in either incident, the official said.

                            The South Korean military took tactical action including dropping flares and firing a warning shot, a defence ministry statement said.

                            It was the first time a Russian military plane violated South Korean airspace, according to South Korean officials.
                            Source:
                            https://www.militarytimes.com/
                            https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/23/s-ko...-airspace.html
                            https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...pace-violation
                            Last edited by TomcatViP; 23rd July 2019, 05:28.

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                            • TomcatViP
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                              • Nov 2011
                              • 6107

                              Bulgaria president vetoes $1.26 billion deal for F-16 fighter jets

                              Radev, a former air force commander, said the sharp disputes in parliament during the debate on its ratification showed that public consensus on the contracts had been neither sought nor achieved.

                              Because of the shortened legislative procedure, a number of important issues such as prices, warranties, delivery times, penalties, indemnities, and so on, have remained unclear, he said.

                              The commitment of the Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying, Radev said in a statement.
                              [...]
                              The ruling centre-right GERB party defended the contracts and expressed its readiness for another vote at a parliamentary session on Friday. Parliament could overrule Radevs veto with a vote of at least 121 votes in the 240-seat assembly.

                              We have a consensus that we need to modernise (Bulgarias) armed forces, Konstantin Popov, chair of parliamentary defence committee, said. The F-16 is a wonderful airplane.
                              Time for India and the Teja to jump in.

                              Source
                              https://uk.reuters.com/
                              Last edited by TomcatViP; 23rd July 2019, 19:00.

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                              • Spitfire9
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jul 2008
                                • 2832

                                Originally posted by TomcatViP View Post
                                Time for India and the Teja to jump in.

                                Source
                                https://uk.reuters.com/
                                I think India needs all the Tejas it can produce ASAP.

                                In any event India needs to organise effective support for Tejas export orders before accepting any. Getting an order then demonstrating to other potential export customers that you cannot provide post-sales support is a very stupid thing to do.

                                Sum ergo cogito

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                                • TomcatViP
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                                  • Nov 2011
                                  • 6107

                                  Instead of accepting offset for a dozen of chosen student to go in France (what for, really?), they should push for Safran to support their product (even if it means a Safran engine) Alternatively Israel can, very much, do the trick and find an opportunity to sale AWAC, Tanker and Drones

                                  Teja, as stated years earlier is the perfect fighter for some NATO countries that have tight budgets.

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                                  • J-20
                                    Rank 4 Registered User
                                    • Jan 2018
                                    • 255

                                    Originally posted by TomcatViP View Post
                                    Instead of accepting offset for a dozen of chosen student to go in France (what for, really?), they should push for Safran to support their product (even if it means a Safran engine) Alternatively Israel can, very much, do the trick and find an opportunity to sale AWAC, Tanker and Drones

                                    Teja, as stated years earlier is the perfect fighter for some NATO countries that have tight budgets.
                                    Nah. These poor Nato countries would not receive their Tejas until like 2030 or something.
                                    The correct fighter for poor European countries is the FA-50 Golden Eagle. same engine as Tejas
                                    and even Iraq and the Philippines can afford them. So if they can afford them, surely Bulgaria can.

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                                    • TomcatViP
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                                      • Nov 2011
                                      • 6107

                                      Russian plane involved appears to be a Beriev A-50!

                                      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/w...sia-plane.html

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                                      • TomcatViP
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Nov 2011
                                        • 6107

                                        Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has yet to receive word that its FA-50 has been selected in an Argentinian requirement for light fighters.

                                        A person familiar with the requirement says that no confirmation has been received, and that the deal, if concluded, would cover eight aircraft.

                                        Recent media reports suggest that the FA-50 has been selected, but the number given for the requirement is 10 aircraft.
                                        https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...-fa-50-459862/

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