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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  GarryB on Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:06 am

    granted...the surviving A-10 was a tough piece of flying armour tough.

    The huge irony is that every time there is mention of saving some money by cancelling a program they look at the A-10 first while ignoring the white elephant that they might try to replace it with (F35).


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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  nemrod on Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:03 pm

    Airbornewolf wrote:
    ...the reality of the battlefield.

    Battlefield ? Well, let's talk about a little bit about it. Here is a documentary about a part -I say a part, we won't never know what's really happenned- of what's happened in Kuwait.


    Untill now, I used to believe that there was a great ground battle in Kuwait, and I used to believe that US easily erased the very old fashionned iraqi army with their modern hardware as AH-64, A-10, F-15 E, M1-Abrams. Sergent Marrocco Omari confirmed what I suspected, there was no battle in Kuwait, iraqi army withdrew from Kuwait before the so-called US invasion of Kuwait.

    Airbornewolf wrote:

    this is without mentioning Rotary Aircraft losses endured.

    the U.S and coalition lost rather a lot of F-16's and F-18's against ...again.."obsolete" ZSU-23-4 platforms. not all iraqi crew where stupid to leave their radars on for EW aircraft to find them before strike craft actually could be heard or seen. then activated and shot the shit out of both A-10's, Supercobra's, Apache's and F-16/F18's when they came into visual range.

    i remember this one vid from liveleak:"A-10 saves downed airman". it was bullshit really, his buddy got blown out the sky when it got turned to swiss cheese and his wingman was just evading incomming fire from an ZSU-23-4  while still getting hit in the process. still, granted...the surviving A-10 was a tough piece of flying armour tough. it understripes a bit of the NATO reliance on high-tech warfare and their vulnerability as soon you pass that outer shell.
    Not all du the ZSU-23-4, but most of the US losses were in air to air combat. And the so-called obscolescence of ZSU-23-4 is asserted only by western pseudo-specialists, often paid by either the US military complex, or even by US governement.


    Airbornewolf wrote:
    ....that part of the movie where this with Denzel washington...
    Is it a metaphore ? Indeed, most of what asserted DOD is a mere film, even their so-called state of the art weaponneries starting with their filthy stealth fighters and bombers.


    Airbornewolf wrote:
    and, ...to show how american night vision warfare is not perfect either. some might know the story of the iraqi commander that drove his T-72's in cover and ordered then his T-72's to mingle with the advancing M1's . the american crew...or optics or both...where not enough to prevent some serious blue-on-blue fire.
    .... is just one little bit of the truth. it was not one M1 that got blown up in the confusion but they shot at least 5 M1's to shit themselves before realising what was going on...

    What is perfect with US hardware ? Have they already produced something like this ? Most of the perfection is due the hype's miracle in order to convince the poor dudes like me, what I was before.

    My feelings about what's happenned in -it would be the same for air war in Serbia- Desert Storm -waiting confirmation-.

    The first stage of war, US undertook massive air bombing on Iraq, however with mixed results. If, indeed US coalition dominated the sky above Iraq, nevertheless, the bombings campaign was not enough accurate to have a total dominance of the sky of Iraq defended by the very efficient soviet-russian weapons. Because most of this bombing campaign was either due to cruise missiles, or high altitude bombing with zero accurate -they even used B-52-. Worse, many and the best of Iraq aircrafts withdrew into Iran -even iraqi Il 76, and their awacs -, meanwhile US coalition claimed -falsely- that they had the total dominance above Iraq.
    Iraq army evacuated all its ground force from Kuwait, and most of its best fighters bombers found harbour into Iran. US waged air campaign, untill the total retreat from Iraq's army from Kuwait. If the iraqi staf and army wanted to resist -as it was the case in Serbia-, the head or the leaders of Iraq choose to negociate, and choose to make confidence to US. Once US was sure that they could not meet resistance they invaded Kuwait, but stopped just in front of Iraq's borders. Avoiding iraqi army inside Iraq.

    Even with this devasting assault from US coalition, Iraq had good asset to inflict a severe blows to US coaltion, and it seems to have occured, but no enough to allow to Saddam to negociate in good position against US.

    Back to our subject. As I've said,  Iam near sure as Russia is far to be Iraq, or Serbia, none US fighters nowadays could match with the very modern Mig-35, SU-35, and even Mig-31. No use to rely on F-22, and even less the F-35. The only thing that could save US is precisly maybe the british Typhoon, or french Rafale.
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:46 am

    USAF will downgrade T-X requirements to shave cost

    In an effort to reduce cost and speed up its often snail-paced acquisition system, the US Air Force intends to water down the capabilities it expects to see in a new jet trainer, as well as several other ongoing acquisition programmes.

    USAF Secretary Deborah Lee James said on 14 January that the Air Force is specifically targeting four programmes for capabilities downgrades, including the T-X trainer replacement for the Northrop Grumman T-38 jet trainer. Also in the crosshairs of the so-called cost-capability analysis (CCA) programme are the long-range standoff weapon, the follow-on to the space-based infrared system (SIBRS) and the multi-domain adaptable processing system (MAPS), which is envisioned as a pod to enable communications between stealth fighters.

    “By gathering data from a range of sources it should be possible to identify instances where small changes in capability could have a major effect on cost,” James said during a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.

    The four programmes will be the first to undergo what will be a “specific industry engagement process” to identify capability reductions that the air force could stomach if they are offset with significant cost savings.

    “Say we have a requirement for a new jet to fly 500mph, but discovered we could achieve significant cost savings if we amended the requirement to 450mph,” James offered as a hypothetical scenario. “Maybe we might choose to modify that requirement.”

    James said the Air Force was about two years from issuing a request for proposals (RFP) on the T-X programme, but did not offer specific examples of what capability requirements might be amended. The program will consider alteration of both “higher level” and “bare bones” requirements, she says.

    The air force still refuses to water down the requirements for its top three modernization programmes: the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the Boeing KC-46 aerial refueling tanker and a new long-range strike bomber. James specifically mentioned the bomber replacement in her remarks.

    “It is one of our top three acquisition priorities,” she said. “It is a new programme that is highly classified. There have been no changes to speak of in the parameters, but when we roll out the FY16 budget, it will similar to what was projected in the FY15 budget.”

    The Obama administration is expected to publish its budget in early February.

    The air force suffers from systemic acquisition sluggishness, James says. In sole-source cases where there is a single known supplier, it takes an average of 17 months to award a contract, she says. Several initiatives are aimed at bringing that gulf to single digits.

    Later this month at George Mason University, the air force will unveil the PlugFest Play initiative where it will solicit industry demonstrations of specific technologies with the intention of awarding a contract within months. The first system to undergo the operation will be the distributed common ground system, which collects and distributes multiple sources of signals intelligence for both the air force and Army.

    James also announced a $2 million X-Prize for a midsize turbofan engine that could power both commercial and military aircraft.
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    US Air Force Shrinking?

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  Mike E on Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:31 am

    It's been shrinking for a while now. 

    With the transition to "5th-gen fighters" it will shrink to a smaller force of "more capable aircraft".
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  nemrod on Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:15 pm


    It is the consequence of economic depression. US air force, and US Navy will shrink more in the comming years, as it was the case during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:52 pm

    Mike E wrote:
    It's been shrinking for a while now. 

    With the transition to "5th-gen fighters" it will shrink to a smaller force of "more capable aircraft".

    You haven't seen shrinking yet, the U.S. aerospace industry is heavily reliant on Russian titanium, Boeing which is the 2nd largest defense contractor in the world for example is dependent on Russia for 40% of its titanium, so a titanium embargo would wreck untold havoc on the U.S. aerospace industry. It wouldn't stop the U.S. aerospace industry from obtaining titanium, but it would drive up prices for aircraft to astronomical levels.

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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  victor1985 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:20 pm

    Who cares about them?as long as s400 radar range is 1000km and theyr f22 aesa is just 150. By the way when tracking enemy radar waves emited the doppler efect can be use?
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  nemrod on Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:30 pm

    victor1985 wrote:....f-22 aesa is just 150....
    Stay away from this tale. In a war, the F-22 could not survive against Mig-35, or SU-35. If Iran now could access to 100 or 150 SU-35, never US or anyone could attack this country. If Venezuela could build up 90 Mig-35, or SU-35 US won't be able to attack them. If Syria could access at least 100 Mig-35 neither F-22, or F-35, F-15, F-18 could threat this country. The F-22 is a mere tale done in order we were feared.
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    US Guided Missiles

    Post  max steel on Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:53 pm

    What are your views on following usa new missiles and how russia will counter them   :-

    a) MALD b) JSOW c) HARM Shocked
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  sepheronx on Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:00 pm

    max steel wrote: What are your views on following usa new missiles and how russia will counter them   :-

    a) MALD b) JSOW c) HARM Shocked

    They are guided munitions, no different than amy other. Air defense systems like Tor, Buk and such would counter that if detected. No different.
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  GarryB on Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:43 am

    TOR, BUK, Pantsir-S1, and even Verba and Igla-S can engage those weapons, and the next generation missiles will be even more efficient at taking out such weapons in much larger volumes, like S-350 and S-400.

    The latter two systems will also take out the launch platforms before they can launch.


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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  max steel on Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:57 pm

    sepheronx wrote:
    max steel wrote: What are your views on following usa new missiles and how russia will counter them   :-

    a) MALD b) JSOW c) HARM Shocked

    They are guided munitions, no different than amy other. Air defense systems like Tor, Buk and such would counter that if detected. No different.



    Are they hard to detect ?


    Focusing on usa battleships . They use SM-6 sam which are guided by awacs . SM-6 can destroy any incoming missile at any height . Is there any way to defeat it ?
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  GarryB on Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:33 am

    Focusing on usa battleships . They use SM-6 sam which are guided by awacs . SM-6 can destroy any incoming missile at any height . Is there any way to defeat it ?

    There is no one thing you can do to defeat a modern system, but generally a combination of: Jam them, shoot down the AWACS aircraft and launch multiple very fast missiles against the vessel carrying the SAMs and of course a good modern SSN should work wonders where even an old french design has been shown to be useful... ie

    http://sputniknews.com/news/20150306/1019130173.html


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    Post  max steel on Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:51 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    Focusing on usa battleships . They use SM-6 sam which are guided by awacs . SM-6 can destroy any incoming missile at any height . Is there any way to defeat it ?

    There is no one thing you can do to defeat a modern system, but generally a combination of: Jam them, shoot down the AWACS aircraft and launch multiple very fast missiles against the vessel carrying the SAMs and of course a good modern SSN should work wonders where even an old french design has been shown to be useful... ie

    http://sputniknews.com/news/20150306/1019130173.html


    yeah i shared the same link in other post . Very Happy Believing you are safe is more important than actually being safe... in America pwnd ..explains the ABM systems in Europe too BTW.
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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  GarryB on Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:48 am

    Believing you are safe is more important than actually being safe... in America pwnd ..explains the ABM systems in Europe too BTW.

    The appearance of seeming to do something makes you seem strong to the voters... and in the US appearance is everything.

    It doesn't matter if ignorance makes them much less safe because by thinking they are much safer than they are they will take risks and be more aggressive than they would be if they knew how vulnerable they actually were...

    Regarding the Chinese missile vs US missile... there is no point comparing US and Chinese anti ship missiles... their comparable performance is irrelevant as they are not used against each other.

    the US has to use air defence missiles to stop the Chinese anti ship ballistic missile and would most likely be using Standard-3 for that role. The Chinese on the other hand will be using their naval SAMs to stop the US anti ship missile.

    The main point is that the US missiles are not fired from mainland USA so to use their missiles they have to get close to China... the Chinese missiles seems to be long range enough to be launched from shore without risking any aircraft or ships or subs.


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    Re: US Air Force: Discussion and News

    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:40 am

    Air Force developing new F-16 radars

    The Air Force has budgeted $25 million to begin development of new radars for its F-16 fleet, a need especially felt by the service's homeland defense mission.

    Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director of the Air National Guard, said the upgrade is needed for surveillance and the ability to detect targets.

    "It's a deficit and we need to address this," Clarke told the House Appropriations defense subcommittee Tuesday.

    The service earlier this month filed a "sources sought" notice to contractors for information on the development of an active electronically scanned array radar for the F-16.

    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told lawmakers on Tuesday that the service has budgeted money to begin development, and would like to spend about $75 million "if we can find the funding'' to build the radars for the entire F-16 fleet.

    "We need to develop an AESA radar plan for our F-16s who are conducting the homeland defense mission in particular," Welsh told the House Armed Services Committee. "Our entire fleet – active, Guard and Reserve – none of them have been upgraded with that radar."

    The service estimates it would spend $3.2 million per aircraft to install an integrated AESA radar.

    "We think that's the way to go," Welsh said. "We're looking now at how we can do that as we move forward."

    The Air Force originally sought the upgrade in the fiscal 2013 budget request, but it was cut as part of cost reductions imposed in the Budget Control Act.

    First Air Force, the numbered Air Force responsible for the homeland protection mission, earlier this month filed an "Urgent Operational Need" request for radar upgrades to its F-16 fleet.

    These requests are used to identify needs "during a current conflict or crisis situation that if not satisfied in an expedited manner, will result in unacceptable loss of life or critical mission failure," the Air Force said in a statement.
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    US Developing Space Radar in Marshall Islands - Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin stated that the US Air Force would create an advanced radar system in the Marshall Islands.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Air Force is establishing an advanced radar system in the Marshall Islands to detect thousands of satellites and space debris, the builder of the Space Fence radar system Lockheed Martin said in a statement.

    “The number of small satellites and satellite operators around the world is skyrocketing, rapidly crowding an environment already congested by the more than 17,000 pieces of space debris that we are able to track today,” Lockheed Martin Advanced Systems Vice President Steve Bruce said on Monday.

    “By comparison, when it comes online in 2018, Space Fence will enable the Air Force to locate and track hundreds of thousands of objects orbiting Earth with more precision than ever before to help reduce the potential for collisions with our critical space-based infrastructure,” Bruce added.

    The new system uses S-band ground-based radar and will replace a 1960s-era system used by the US Air Force to monitor satellites and space debris.

    Construction began in February on the nearly $1.5 billion radar system located on the Kwajalein Atoll, where the United States has a military installation including a Ballistic Missile Defense test site.

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    US Unmanned Aircraft Must Be Fully Capable for Long-Term Missions - McCain






    The US Navy’s first unmanned carrier-launched aircraft should have intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), as well as precision strike capabilities for long-term missions, US Senator John McCain said in a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday.

    The UCLASS is the US Navy’s project to develop an unmanned aircraft able to launch from aircraft carriers to provide strike capability, ISR and air support in complex war environments.

    “I am concerned that the current requirements proposed for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance-Strike (UCLASS) program place a disproportionate emphasis on unrefueled endurance to enable sustained ISR support to the carrier strike group,” McCain stated.

    The emphasis would result in an aircraft design with serious deficiencies in both long-term survivability and its internal weapons payload capacity, he added.

    The project has experienced a number of delays amid a debate about what features should have priority given cost and available technology.

    “This program will have far-reaching implications for the future of naval power-projection,” McCain said in his letter to the Secretary of Defense. “Given both its warfighting importance and the reality of a constrained fiscal environment, it is essential that we prioritize the right set of requirements today to prepare our Navy and the joint force for the future.”

    McCain explained he advocates an advanced UCLASS capable of ISR, long air unrefueled endurance, strike capability of up to a 4,000 pound payload, advanced radar and the ability to stay in the air for multiple days when refueled.

    “This would expand the strike range and lethality of the carrier strike group, thereby ensuring its role as the preeminent tool of naval power projection,” McCain said.

    US defense contractors Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are designing and testing various versions of a future UCLASS, each with different features and strengths. The US Navy will ultimately decide which UCLASS to develop in accordance with ISR, endurance and strike capabilities and priorities given the budget environment.






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    Post  max steel on Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:51 pm

    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Costs Drop by $7.5 Billion - Pentagon

    The overall F-35 program costs decreased from $398.6 billion to $391.1 billion, according to a US Department of Defense acquisition report.





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    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:53 pm

    US Air Force Awards $485Mln Contract for Precision Weapons Guidance Pods

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    USAF confirms British hypersonic SABRE engine is feasible

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    US Air Force confirms hypersonic SABRE engine is feasible

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    US to Produce Bomb Retargeting in Mid-Flight


    Raytheon said in a statement that the US Air Force and defense contractor Raytheon have passed a final review of the Small Diameter Bomb II, an advanced bomb that can change direction and target in midflight.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Air Force and defense contractor Raytheon have passed a final review of the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), an advanced bomb that can change direction and target in midflight through the use of a secure datalink, Raytheon said in a statement on Monday.

    "The Milestone C decision enables us to begin putting this game-changing capability into the warfighters' hands," US Air Force SDB II program manager Col. Kevin Hickman in the statement.

    Hickman explained that the ability to strike moving targets with extreme precision in adverse weather “reduces an aircrew's time in harm's way and limits collateral damage in the battlespace."


    The SDB II can strike moving targets from a distance of 45 miles through radar, infrared and laser sensors, as well as change direction and targets after being fired from aircraft.
    The US Department of Defense has invested more than $700 million in the SDB II program.


    The final review will enable initial production of the missile.

    Raytheon is one of the top US defense contractors with $23 billion in sales in 2014.



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