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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  Militarov on Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:04 pm

    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/mishaps-and-accidents/

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  GarryB on Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:32 pm

    "original Chinese design" is in the dictionary as an example of an oxymoron.


    Hahahahaha... fucking hilarious... you do realise that the printing press was invented in China... a technology that made the very concept of a dictionary possible and accessible to the masses... the printed word... knowledge... something the church of the time kept to itself and shared with no one...


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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  Militarov on Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:52 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    "original Chinese design" is in the dictionary as an example of an oxymoron.


    Hahahahaha... fucking hilarious... you do realise that the printing press was invented in China... a technology that made the very concept of a dictionary possible and accessible to the masses... the printed word... knowledge... something the church of the time kept to itself and shared with no one...

    Actually first real half useful printing press was made in Holy Roman Empire by Johannes Gutenberg. Chinese presses were just rows of metal letters that were manually pressed onto papirus via levers, but it was rly not to be compared with European design.

    Chinese did develop quite a few important technologies though history, but so did almost every other major nation and state. Egypt, Persia, Vyzantine Empire, Roman Empire, Holy Roman Empire, India, Phoenicia, Ancient Greece, Carthage...

    However it has very little to do with modern Chinese engineering which became simple licence production or reverse eneginering nest, especially till recently.


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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  nemrod on Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:43 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    Hahahahaha... fucking hilarious...  printing press was invented in China... a technology that made the very concept of a dictionary possible and accessible to the masses... the printed word... knowledge... something the church of the time kept to itself and shared with no one...
    ....

    Militarov wrote:
    ...Chinese engineering which became simple licence production or reverse eneginering nest, ....

    Do not despise China, and chineses. Next China will be the centre of all technologies, surpassing Russia, and US.


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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  Ivan the Colorado on Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:48 pm

    nemrod wrote:
    GarryB wrote:
    Hahahahaha... fucking hilarious...  printing press was invented in China... a technology that made the very concept of a dictionary possible and accessible to the masses... the printed word... knowledge... something the church of the time kept to itself and shared with no one...
    ....

    Militarov wrote:
    ...Chinese engineering which became simple licence production or reverse eneginering nest, ....

    Do not despise China, and chineses. Next China will be the centre of all technology, surpassing Russia, and US.
    Lol

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:20 am

    nemrod wrote:

    Do not despise China, and chinese. Next China will be the centre of all technologies, surpassing Russia, and US.



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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  nemrod on Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:51 am

    max steel wrote:
       

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  Militarov on Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:20 pm

    "Two F-16Cs from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing crashed after both aircraft collided in mid-air at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Jun. 7 near Jefferson County, Georgia. Both pilots from the 157th Fighter Squadron were able to eject safely, the second was found two hours after the crash.
    An initial safety board has been convened as well."


    Source: http://alert5.com/2016/06/08/two-f-16s-from-157th-fs-collided-in-mid-air/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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    Post  Militarov on Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:53 am

    "A US military MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed Tuesday at Nevada Test and Training Range, Air Force officials said.

    The Reaper, with a 66-foot-long wingspan, was assigned to the 432nd Wing at Creech, a hub for remotely piloted aircraft operations and training at Indian Springs, 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

    The crash occurred at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at an unspecified location on the training range, according to a news release from Nellis Air Force Base.

    There were no casualties. An accident investigation board will investigate the accident, Nellis officials said.

    A damage estimate wasn’t provided but the unit cost of a Reaper is $64.2 million, which includes four aircraft, sensors and operational equipment, according an Air Force fact sheet that lists the price in 2006 dollars.

    Reapers are used to conduct reconnaissance and airstrikes with laser-guided Hellfire missiles and smart bombs. Counter-terrorism missions are routinely conducted in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Often, the aircraft are launched at overseas locations near combat zones and controlled from ground stations at the Creech base and elsewhere in the United States via satellite links.

    Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the Washington Post found that 20 large Air Force drones were destroyed or sustained $2 million in damage in accidents last year.

    The Reaper’s mishap rate, based on crashes per 100,000 hours flown, more than doubled the rate in 2014, according to the Washington Post’s probe, which also found the Pentagon has kept details about most of the crashes secret.

    The Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) is one of two military training areas used by the United States Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB and has the “largest contiguous air and ground space available for peacetime military operations in the free world."

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/us-mq-9-reaper-drone-crashes-at-nevada-test-and-training-range.html

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  Militarov on Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:29 am

    "Boeing has plan to test its new Chinook rotor blades this October. If successful, the heavy-lift helicopter will gain an extra 2,000lb for its maximum take-off weight. The honeycomb composite rotor blades could form part of the CH-47 Block II upgrades the Army is pursuing."

    Source: http://alert5.com/2016/06/10/boeing-to-test-new-rotor-blades-on-chinook-in-october/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  max steel on Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:35 pm

    What were you saying Nemrod ? lol1

    Why China wants U.S. military jet engines

    China appears to be going to great lengths to get its hands on high-tech U.S. jet engines to beef up its military capabilities.

    On Thursday, a woman named Wenxia Man was convicted in a Florida court of conspiring to evade U.S. export laws by illegally acquiring and sending fighter jet engines and drones to China, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Prosecutors said Man was working with an associate in China to buy and export engines made by Pratt & Whitney and General Electric (GE), which are found in a range of top U.S. military aircraft, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-22 and the F-16 fighter jets. She was also found to have tried to export a General Atomics drone, and technical data for the different hardware items.

    During the investigation, Man referred to her associate as a spy "who worked on behalf of the Chinese military to copy items obtained from other countries and stated that he was particularly interested in stealth technology," the Department of Justice said.

    The conviction of Man is the latest development in an ongoing saga of corporate espionage between the U.S. and China. Experts say spying has played a role in China's strategy to modernize the country in recent decades.

    The illicit acquisition of technology has helped China accelerate the process, bypassing problems that would otherwise require years of research and development to resolve, according to analysts.But Beijing has repeatedly denied that it engages in corporate espionage.

    Boosting jet engine capabilities has long been a priority for China as it seeks to increase its military clout. The most recent five-year development plan for the country identifies domestic development and production of engines and planes as a major goal.

    But it's a difficult area to master, forcing China to rely heavily on importing technology. Over the last four years, engines accounted for 30% of all its imports, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

    Even the C919, a commercial airliner that China is developing in the hope of rivaling Boeing, is using engines made by a U.S. and French joint venture.

    The Department of Justice statement didn't provide details on Man's background. The Sun Sentinel in Florida reported that she was born in China but is a naturalized U.S. citizen. She will be sentenced in August and could spend up to 20 years in jail.

    Hers is the latest in a series of corporate espionage cases in the U.S. that have been linked to China. They have swept across numerous industries from agriculture to aviation. Alleged targets have included a solar panel manufacturer, aluminum and steel producers, and a company that designs nuclear power plants.

    In March, a Chinese man pleaded guilty to cyber spying on Boeing and other U.S. firms by hacking into their networks to pilfer sensitive information to send to China.China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn't respond to faxed questions Friday, which is a public holiday in the country.

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  max steel on Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:31 pm

    AFSOC favours side-mounted laser for gunship

    Air Force Special Operations Command has accepted that it will trade some offensive capability for cost savings and fielding time on its future laser-equipped Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider if the laser is mounted on the side of the aircraft.

    Although a laser turret mounted on the bottom of the gunship will provide more offensive and defensive capability in the long run, the belly-mounted turret would cost more and take much longer to develop, an Air Force spokesman told FlightGlobal this week. The side configuration would require fewer modifications to the existing aircraft, he added.

    A recent Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study examined the laser’s placement in a turret on the aircraft’s belly versus mounting the laser on the side in place of the 30-millimeter gun. The AFSAB found the side-mount position would reduce the area the laser could prosecute since the aircraft itself would block its effective hemisphere. Half of that hemisphere points upward, a direction that’s largely useless against surface-to-air missiles, AFSAB chair Werner Dahm said in a June 24 email to FlightGlobal. The belly-mounted turret would have full range to target SAMs.

    “To keep demo costs down they [AFSOC] are considering putting the turret in the existing side hole, where the gun currently sits,” Dahm said. “This will still allow us to learn a lot about how to employ a laser in AFSOC missions, but it is not nearly as useful as having the turret on the bottom in the demo.”

    But AFSOC chief Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, who is pursuing an aggressive schedule for the laser gunship and plans to field a testbed by 2020, would make the capability tradeoff in order to field the aircraft faster.

    “I believe it’s the easiest thing to do, rather than a turreted system where you're bouncing the laser around it,” he told FlightGlobal following a speech at the June 23 Directed Energy Summit in Washington. “Let’s go simple, let’s shoot it off the left side and eventually it will evolve.”

    Heithold argues that while AFSOC would lose offensive capability on the laser gunships, he plans to field the weapon on a very small number of AC-130s. AFSOC would maintain its kinetic capability with Griffin and Hellfire missiles still fielded on the majority of its gunships, but the side-mounted laser would fill a capability gap by delivering the element of surprise.

    “I don’t plan to take the 30mm gun off of all my airplanes” he said. “What I plan to do is take it off three or four, and put in there a surprise package there with the laser.”

    Both Heithold and the Air Force’s new chief of staff, Gen. David Goldfein, hope future directed energy weapons can deliver what they have coined as “silent sabotage.” During the summit, Heithold appealed to industry to field the laser gunship quickly for hostage rescue missions, but 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.”

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    Post  max steel on Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:34 pm

    US Air Force Funds Next Advanced Engine Stage

    The US Air Force has awarded a set of contracts to progress its Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP) forward.

    General Electric Aviation and Pratt & Whitney each received a contract following their work on the previous development program. Both companies received contracts worth $1.01 billion, with a period of performance ending in Sept. 2021.

    AETP seeks to revolutionize performance in engines used by the Air Force by adding a third stream of air inside the engine. The program’s goal is to “demonstrate 25 percent improved fuel efficiency, 10 percent increased thrust, and significantly improved thermal management,” according to an Air Force release.

    It is expected that AETP will help drive requirements and capabilities for the service’s next-generation air dominance platform. It is possible that developments from AETP could pour back into the F135 engine design, produced by Pratt, which powers the F-35 joint strike fighter fleet.

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    Post  max steel on Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:35 pm

    Lockheed Martin Looks To Upgrade 500 In-Service F-16s


    Lockheed Martin expects to upgrade 500 in-service F-16s to a new, AESA radar equipped, ‘F-16V’ format within seven years, after bagging orders for over 300 upgrades to date from South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

    The upgrade sees the addition of Northrop Grumman’s SABR electronically scanned radar, as well as a new 6 by 8 inch center pedestal display, a Link 16 data link, enhanced data processing and a Sniper advanced targeting pod. The new radar offers functions including multiple target tracking, synthetic aperture, ground moving target indication, and greater reliability than a mechanical radar.

    “Three customers are refitting 300 aircraft now and we expect several hundred more in the next few years,” said Randall Howard, head of F-16 Business Development.

    A source said the target was 500 aircraft in seven years, with possible future customers including Greece, Turkey and Egypt. Current customers Korea, Taiwan and Singapore have refitted around 130, 130 and 50 jets respectively.

    Lockheed Martin expects to upgrade 500 in-service F-16s to a new, AESA radar equipped, ‘F-16V’ format within seven years, after bagging orders for over 300 upgrades to date from South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

    The upgrade sees the addition of Northrop Grumman’s SABR electronically scanned radar, as well as a new 6 by 8 inch center pedestal display, a Link 16 data link, enhanced data processing and a Sniper advanced targeting pod. The new radar offers functions including multiple target tracking, synthetic aperture, ground moving target indication, and greater reliability than a mechanical radar.

    “Three customers are refitting 300 aircraft now and we expect several hundred more in the next few years,” said Randall Howard, head of F-16 Business Development.

    A source said the target was 500 aircraft in seven years, with possible future customers including Greece, Turkey and Egypt. Current customers Korea, Taiwan and Singapore have refitted around 130, 130 and 50 jets respectively.

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    Post  max steel on Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:58 pm

    After Delay, New Air Force Tanker KC-46 Completes Required Flight Tests




    The KC-46 Pegasus program completed all flight tests required for the Milestone C production decision July 15 by offloading 1,500 pounds of fuel to an A-10 Thunderbolt II.

    The successful A-10 mission was the last of six in-flight refueling demonstrations required before the tanker program can request approval from Frank Kendall, the under-secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, to award production Lots 1 and 2, totaling 19 KC-46A aircraft.

    “It is great to see the KC-46 boom back in action and the program moving forward to a production decision” said Col. John Newberry, the KC-46 system program manager.

    The other five required air refueling demonstrations were with the C-17 Globemaster III and F-16 Fighting Falcon using the air refueling boom, the Navy’s F-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier II using the centerline and wing drogue systems, and the KC-46 as a receiver aircraft.

    "Today's flight marks the final step we needed to see on the boom fix in order to request production go-ahead,” said Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers. “Our joint team's tireless efforts are paying off, preparing us for the next step of this critical need to our warfighter."

    This test would not have been possible without contributions from the 412th Test Wing, 23rd Fighter Wing, 355th FW, 124th FW, 896th Test Support Squadron and 40th Flight Test Squadron, which all provided aircraft, manpower and equipment.

    The Milestone C decision to begin Low-Rate Initial Production is expected in August.






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    Post  max steel on Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:52 pm

    B-1 Bombers to Patrol Skies from Guam


    Pacific Air Forces said it is sending speedy and low-flying B-1B bombers to Guam for the first time in 10 years.

    The move comes with China vowing to up its bomber and fighter flights in the contested South China Sea and the United States adding to its own aircraft firepower in the unstable region.

    The B-1s, which have a low-radar cross section and can fly at more than 900 mph, "will provide a significant rapid global strike capability that enables our readiness and commitment to deterrence, offers assurance to our allies and strengthens regional security and stability," the Hawaii-based command said.

    The undisclosed number of B-1s will deploy to Andersen Air Force Base on Aug. 6 to replace B-52 bombers from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota that have been on Guam as part of U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence mission.

    The B-1 bombers will be accompanied by about 300 airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. B-1 units bring "a unique perspective and years of repeated combat and operational experience" from the Middle East to the Pacific, the Air Force said.

    While it's not the first time the B-1 has been based in the Pacific, it's been 10 years since the last rotation.

    B-52 bombers out of Guam have played a key role maintaining flying rights in international airspace in a rebuke of China's far-reaching sovereignty claims, which are challenged by some neighboring countries.

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration recently rejected outright China's territorial claims over much of the South China Sea in a case brought by the Philippines -- a ruling China said it would ignore.

    Two of the B-52 long-range bombers were sent into airspace over the East China Sea in late 2013 in defiance of China's declaration of an "air defense identification zone" requiring other nations to get its approval to fly in what the United States considers international airspace. B-52s also have flown over the South China Sea.

    Five A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog" tank-buster aircraft and four EA-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft were deployed to the Philippines in recent months, and the United States is in talks to base long-range bombers in Australia.

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    Post  JohninMK on Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:08 pm

    Flash bang fest showing off the Joint Attack Surface Standoff (JASSM) missile



    Long write up at : http://sputniknews.com/military/20160828/1044719461/usaf-b52-nuclear-bomber-missile.html

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    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:01 am

    Presented by Boeing training aircraft for the T-X program





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    Post  airstrike on Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:01 pm

    Boeing, Saab unveil proposal for US Air Force’s T-X trainer

    http://echelon-defense.com/2016/09/14/boeing-saab-unveil-proposal-for-us-air-forces-t-x-trainer-jet/

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    U.S.A. & Canada Preparing for the Third World War?

    Post  Odin of Ossetia on Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:16 pm


    Air raid sirens, military jets taking off, artillery fire heard from a distance.

    More about this here:

    http://www.morningnewsusa.com/ww3-alert-air-raid-sirens-in-san-diego-tacoma-canada-tweets-and-video-23112768.html



    Someone who commented on this at another forum claimed that he has lived in San Diego for many years, but that is the first time ever that air raid sirens were heard.

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    Post  JohninMK on Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:28 pm

    Might be from VT but it is the kind of article that they are good at.


    The US Air Force says a severe shortage of fighter pilots and aircraft has made the force nearly unable to satisfy combat requirements abroad.

    The USAF is currently authorized to hire 3,500 fighter pilots but it is 752 pilots short, Voice of America (VOA) reported Monday, citing Major General Scott Vander Hamm, who is tasked with fixing the pilot crisis. The force has also shrunk in size over the past years, having only 55 squadrons in 2016, compared to 134 in 1986. “We have too few squadrons to meet the combatant commanders’ needs,” Vander Hamm said.

    The acute shortage has reduced the USAF’s ability to accomplish missions at home and abroad by at least 20 percent over the past decade, the report noted. The US has been carrying out airstrikes in a significant number of countries over the past years, including Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    However, Vander Hamm said the shortage has started taking its toll and the force might need to “take some degradations in the frontline squadrons” come next year. “What that would mean to us is that we would have to accept not being able to get forces to theater in the same time we could, which to a warfighter, that means it could cost lives in a conflict,” he explained.

    Given the technological advances of fighter jets over the years, it would take years to train pilots who can deal with combat situations. Although the number of pilots trained by the USAF in 2016 increased by about 135 compared to two years ago, the number of pilots who left the force was much bigger.

    According to Vander Hamm, this year only 40 percent of American pilots accepted the bonus payment that the air force gives them after 10 years as an incentive to stay.

    The report noted that the shortage has led to longer and more frequent deployments overseas, destroying the morale of the pilots.

    “We were on 45-day rotations. Then they made it 90-day rotations. Then they made it 120-day rotations. Now it’s six-month rotations with one-year rotations sprinkled on top of it for key positions,” said an F-22 pilot, who asked to remain anonymous.

    The Air Force has asked Congress to increase the bonus from $25,000 per year to $48,000 per year as an attempt to keep the remaining pilots.


    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/11/28/us-air-force-pilot-shortage-hits-bombing-for-wall-street-loses-its-appeal/

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