And we don't need images or video? Pictures speak a 1000 words, video speaks 1 million.
90 percent of the time, no, you don't need pictures or video.
Right now you eventually get voice orders that can easily be intercepted just like they were in WWII.
Digital datalinks can be encrypted and protected from interception if not jamming.
The idea is not that you use the transmissions as voice communication... that is not much better than what you have now.
What you want is a data transmission system that shows enemy positions on your land navigation system. It also shows friendly units and allows you to input data as well as give and receive orders.
A few bytes of data can be sent to plot the position of a potential target, you can then look for that target and try to identify it yourself if it hasn't already been positively IDed.
If they can ID already they can send you the correct symbol Identifying the target type, whose side it is on by colour, or they might order you to ID it.
Sending photos of it and let you ID is a bit slack considering the recon unit that found the target or the unit that has added the target might not have an image of it... it might just be a blip on radar till you confirm it.
Rubbish, PAK FA in its current configuration is the farthest thing from a stealth aircraft. No RAM coating and the rivets sticking out is not stealth.
The operative word is prototype.
France is the leader of European defence technology and the gateway, there are only two spheres that make the full range, US and Europe. Obviously we will not go to US so France is the best option.
There is no reason why we must agree. Not that I think the US is an option at all.
Best tank in Russia, even the Arjun was rated higher in comparative trials and it is a developing countries first tank.
No disrespect to India but with a German engine and many other foreign components it is hardly an indigenous anything.
His job is to equip the armed forces of the Russian Federation with the best equipment available.
His job seems to be to destroy Russian companies by starving them of business because he can't tell the difference between a T-34 and a T-90.
You make it clear you do not know the level of his information nor the deficiencies of Russian armour.
He claimed they were the same because they both used similar steering mechanisms.
I guess my car is obsolete because the layout of steering wheel, accelerator, foot brake and clutch hasn't changed since about the 1920s... Do I need a joystick controlled car for it to be modern?
The majority of equipment that uses i486 based processors are considered obsolete today.
Only by some, and it is a special obsolete, that can still do the job it was designed for but is not expensive enough to make large profits on.
I have been blaming the politicians since day one. It is their cronies that run the MIC. Never blamed the military for anything. They don't set their budgets.
The military are not to blame? Does the Russian military formulate its doctrine and equip its forces based on whatever the Russian MIC comes up with?
It should be the Russian Military that says to the Russian MIC, We want this, and we don't want this. We want you to focus on this and this and we don't like this and this.
IFF, HUD, RWR, lazer/IR warning, FLIR, ECM system, it is a third of the value. $18 million per is a big deal.
ECM system, RWR + Laser and IR warning, and IFF, is basically the ESM suite.
Add the HUD and FLIR and you should not be paying 1/3rd the value of the whole aircraft.
It just shows how expensive those components are from France.
France already owns and runs a major Japanese auto maker. Ever heard of Nissan? Renault turned it from a failed enterprise to the miracle comeback of Japanese industry. Now Renault and Nissan make their models at AvtoVaz and help in the development of the new Lada brands. So we buy Japanese cars, but they are still owned and run by France.
You are missing the point... why make cars in Russia at all?
The downgraded export version isn't for consortium partners, its for external export sales outside of the core group. If LockMart can't reign in costs, it isn't going to be exported much of anywhere.
LM wont even share source codes with the UK and Australia, you can bet they wont get full US standard Stealth. There will be several tiers of stealth, 1 for the US, 2 for the consortium partners and 3 for anyone else.
There are several things we can't import and must remain self sufficient. MIC is essential.
But how can you maintain an MIC if some bureaucrat can suddenly say things like 5 current programs are going to be cut from this years budget because all of a sudden he has decided that they are obsolete.
If the T-95 is obsolete then why didn't someone tell them 10 years ago?
To adopt the BMPT requires a whole new doctrine for the Army to acquire. It did not ask designers to make them change the formation of the mechanised forces. BMPT is not superior to BMP-3 in support fire and carries no infantry. It is only better armoured since it is a tank chassis. It is harder to airlift for rapid reaction. It did not buy BMPT because it did not meet the requirements of the Army. We should buy something that is inferior in capability and mobility to current samples? BMP-3 is bought because it fulfills the role, BMPT does not.
The BMP-T was supposed to provide direct fire support to tanks in certain situations and to operate exclusively with tanks in a supporting role.
It was never expected to transport troops as a heavy APC, that is the BTR-T.
I agree the choice of armament for the BMP-T seems strange to me, a 100mm rifled gun able to elevate to high angles and reach 7km with current ammo makes a lot more sense than ATAKA missiles.
The only reason for fitting two 30mm guns is to increase the rate of fire against Helos or UAVs, I would have thought the twin barrel 23mm gun used in the modified MTLB variants made more sense.
A 100mm rifled gun from the BMP-3 and a twin barrel 23mm cannon fitted in an external turret mount on the BMP-T would have made more sense along with a couple of 7.62mm MG external gun turrets with a decent field of view instead of the limited bow guns they had.
I tell you what they did, instead of raising pay to attract the engineers and buy the equipment needed to produce better and more efficiency, they buy used Chinese junk and pay little, even withold wages for months while they pocket the difference. When they run out of money they cry for the state to bail them out. They do it and the whole cycle starts again. That is the state for half the MIC, perpetual failure.
It is called an audit. Find out what money they got and what they did with it. Those companies that acted responsibly are given more leeway with orders, and those that acted the way you describe, if they are state owned, then the state can sort out the problem staff so the workers are not punnished for the actions of management.
Now that the state is saying enough is enough you want to complain about how unfair it is and blame it on no state orders. State buys limited amounts of equipment from these companies to keep them alive, they know how deplorable the state of the internal situation but won't clean it up because it is their cronies running it.
There is a difference between alive and able to produce state of the art stuff on demand.
They hold closed door meetings telling them to clean it up but don't have the will to get rid of them. Only when they embarrass the state by making headlines are they removed just to be replaced with more cronies. I tell you the biggest problem is the MIC leaders don't fear for their jobs, failure is good enough.
Audit. If they can't justify where the money went then they lose their jobs.
Now the state will not give them money and buy from Europe, this is the way they have decided to kick them. It is not better than being accountable by sacking poor leadership, but they politically cannot do it or cause rifts in their own power base.
So Russian money is spent in foreign countries, the MIC managers and the government officials keep their cushy jobs and the Russian workers miss out.
This is the only option left for them to say if you do not get your act right, you will not get state support. Failed business will fail. It is good to finally see something happening.
Sounds a bit harsh for the lowly paid worker. It seems their managers are getting away with theft and the only way they are punished will punish the Russian workers more.