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  • hopsalot
    Senior Member
    • Aug 2012
    • 3166

    Could actually be Lockheed's chance to get the F-22 back in production. Would need congress and the pentagon on board obviously...

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    • sheytanelkebir
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      • Feb 2013
      • 783

      Originally posted by TR1 View Post
      It takes 40 billion for around 100 planes now? Sheeeeesh.
      look on the bright side. war will become increasingly improbable as even the wealthiest countries can't afford a fleet able to maintain round the clock combat now.

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      • BlackArcher
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        • Dec 2010
        • 4285

        Indian Air Force stands up first Tejas fighter squadron
        Last edited by BlackArcher; 1st July 2016, 20:10.

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        • BlackArcher
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          • Dec 2010
          • 4285

          Germany grounds 2 A-400M aircraft over engine problems

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          • Tango III
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            • Sep 2006
            • 25365

            US Air Force to spend $118 million on decoy planes to confuse enemy defenses

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            • Tango III
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              • Sep 2006
              • 25365

              10 Super Mushshak light basic trainer.

              Nigeria To Acquire Super Mushshak Aircraft From Pakistan

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              • Tango III
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                • Sep 2006
                • 25365

                UK moves to help Saudis keep Tornados in service to 2025

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                • Tango III
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                  • Sep 2006
                  • 25365

                  AFSOC favours side-mounted laser for gunship

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                  • Tango III
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                    • Sep 2006
                    • 25365

                    US Air Force Funds Next Advanced Engine Stage

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                    • TomcatViP
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Nov 2011
                      • 6107

                      he also outlined his plan to operate a low-observable aircraft for silent sabotage. In a Congressional hearing in June, Goldfein described the Air Force’s plan to complete stealthy, laser attacks.

                      “Right now when I want to, or when we want to place firepower on the enemy, they and everyone else in the area knows we're there,” Goldfein said. “What we need is a capability to create an effect and not have them know exactly where it came from or who.”
                      Interesting
                      Last edited by TomcatViP; 2nd July 2016, 03:44.

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                      • mrmalaya
                        Generation 4.75+++
                        • Jan 2010
                        • 4664

                        Hmmm.

                        Is he after funding for a new aircraft or one which is already in development I wonder?

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                        • bring_it_on
                          2005-year of the RAPTOR!!
                          • Jun 2004
                          • 12480

                          Originally posted by mrmalaya View Post
                          Hmmm.

                          Is he after funding for a new aircraft or one which is already in development I wonder?
                          General Atomics has been trying to get their HEL integrated on the Predator-C for some time now. That will be a decent interim solution although the Predator-C is unlikely to offer the survivability they are looking for.

                          http://breakingdefense.com/2015/12/g...c-130-avenger/
                          Last edited by bring_it_on; 2nd July 2016, 13:51.
                          Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                          • mrmalaya
                            Generation 4.75+++
                            • Jan 2010
                            • 4664

                            Yes, I would have thought that unseen in this context could encompass pretty much every form of detection not just reduced RCS.

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                            • hopsalot
                              Senior Member
                              • Aug 2012
                              • 3166

                              Originally posted by mrmalaya View Post
                              Yes, I would have thought that unseen in this context could encompass pretty much every form of detection not just reduced RCS.
                              Depends who they are planning to operate against. A Predator C would presumably operate well above altitudes where visual/auditory detection would be an issue... something a C-130 really can't do. There are a lot of environments where that would provide all the protection from detection you would need. You could destroy trucks/boats/aircraft on the ground, etc, without alerting anyone nearby.

                              The Predator C does have some pretty significant RCS reduction work as well. That would presumably buy it some space it operate even in areas where there are some radars/etc. (obviously you wouldn't send it right into the heart of a serious air defense network...)

                              Quick edit: Predator C max altitude is 50k ft per manufacturer. http://www.ga-asi.com/predator-c-avenger

                              That by itself puts the Predator C safely out of reach of anything but a fairly significant SAM system.
                              Last edited by hopsalot; 2nd July 2016, 14:26.

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                              • bring_it_on
                                2005-year of the RAPTOR!!
                                • Jun 2004
                                • 12480

                                That would depend upon the weight, size, and of course the deployment envelope of the HELADS on it. GA would have no doubt done the systems engineering and seen whether it could offer a value add. With limited integration and T&E budgets one would think the AC-130 integration, ShEILD and getting MDA to fund the HALE HEL effort would be more pressing investment tracks unless there is a spike in the money allocated to test out various HEL on aircraft configurations.
                                Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                                • hopsalot
                                  Senior Member
                                  • Aug 2012
                                  • 3166

                                  Originally posted by bring_it_on View Post
                                  That would depend upon the weight, size, and of course the deployment envelope of the HELADS on it. GA would have no doubt done the systems engineering and seen whether it could offer a value add. With limited integration and T&E budgets one would think the AC-130 integration, ShEILD and getting MDA to fund the HALE HEL effort would be more pressing investment tracks unless there is a spike in the money allocated to test out various HEL on aircraft configurations.
                                  They must have liked what they saw on paper...

                                  General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., or GA-ASI, the San Diego-based company that makes the Predator and Reaper drones, is undertaking a privately funded study to integrate a 150-kilowatt solid-state laser onto its Avenger (ne Predator-C) drone. If the company succeeds, a drone with a high-energy laser will be a reality at some point in 2017, company executives told Defense One.
                                  http://www.defenseone.com/technology...e-2017/121583/

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                                  • Tango III
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                                    • Sep 2006
                                    • 25365

                                    "will have about 15 fighters Su-33 and MiG-29K/KUB and more than ten helicopters Ka-52K, Ka-27 and Ka-31".

                                    Aircraft of Admiral Kuznetsov to be used in Syria Oct-Jan source
                                    Last edited by Tango III; 3rd July 2016, 18:31.

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                                    • argonautluk
                                      Rank 1 Registered User
                                      • Jun 2016
                                      • 21

                                      Turkey to open Incirlik base to Russia


                                      Turkey may open its Incirlik airbase to Russia, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, during an interview to TRT channel.

                                      link: http://www.theasian.asia/archives/95349

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                                      • Tango III
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Sep 2006
                                        • 25365

                                        Russian-Made Sunflower Radar is Capable of Detecting F-35 Jets

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                                        • Tango III
                                          Rank 5 Registered User
                                          • Sep 2006
                                          • 25365

                                          Italy's M-345 Fighter Trainer Slated for Contract This Year

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