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    Actually I was thinking of the LCS. For something...

    Actually I was thinking of the LCS. For something that's supposed to be for "litoral" combat, it's far too big...
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    It is. apparently. Found a PDF mentioning it...

    It is. apparently. Found a PDF mentioning it, page 4 (warning: link autodownloads PDF).
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    Guess Lockheed only likes to build large, over...

    Guess Lockheed only likes to build large, over priced ships...
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    From the outside, ie, the people who have gear to...

    From the outside, ie, the people who have gear to sell, what is seen is a country that wants to buy (up to) hundreds of fighters, is buying dozens of helicopters and upgrading their armour and...
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    "Country with deep pockets and urgent needs" ;-)

    "Country with deep pockets and urgent needs" ;-)
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    I have to admit I find this idea very odd. This...

    I have to admit I find this idea very odd. This carrier is pretty much a STVOL model... so unless India is planning to buy the F-35B, it's pretty much useless. Are there any such plans?

    Otherwise,...
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    Oops, my bad, got fixated on the Rafale!

    Oops, my bad, got fixated on the Rafale!
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    Note that I'm not denying the shootdown, far from...

    Note that I'm not denying the shootdown, far from it. Many people seem to think that "high tech/new = wins". This is far from it, and history proves this again and again. In the 91 Gukf War, an SA-2...
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    (small correction there) Because that's what...

    (small correction there)

    Because that's what every report is stating?

    Note that the Bison version is very diferent from the older models. It has a modern radar and helmet-mounted sights, firing...
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    With voices behind: "Bet ya wish you had more...

    With voices behind: "Bet ya wish you had more JF-17s allready, don't you?"



    Absolutely, specially at shorter ranges.



    Pretty much...
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    Mig-21 killing an F-16 doesn't make it look good....

    Mig-21 killing an F-16 doesn't make it look good. I realise the "F-21" would be a very diferent beast than the Pakistani model, but I'm willing to bet some heads and PR people at Lockeed went "Fu$k!"...
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    Stealth tech transfer? And remember that Turkey...

    Stealth tech transfer? And remember that Turkey was friendly with the US when it joined the program...
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    Even assuming the US would let the F-35 go to a...

    Even assuming the US would let the F-35 go to a nation still full of russian advisers and contacts (because of all the Russian gear), would India even be able to build it?...
  14. Thread: KC-46 saga

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    KC-46 saga

    USAF stops delivery of the KC-46. Again...

    I will never understand what is going on at Boeing, with this program. The company is the world leader in air refueling: decades of first building and...
  15. Thread: F-15x

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    Looks like the F-15EX really is here to stay. At...

    Looks like the F-15EX really is here to stay. At least the US DoD wants them for 2020...
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    I know, it's a dangerous point. But note that the...

    I know, it's a dangerous point. But note that the Grippen allready own a contest vs the F-18, in Brazil, so the engine might not be that much of a block. And the US is allready selling other gear to...
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    But are these extra 36, or just the 36 of the...

    But are these extra 36, or just the 36 of the original contract? I know the IAF wanted more, which makes sense.



    I meant with catapults, not ramp.



    Yeah, the political side is one that...
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    This was actually confirmed? I kinda lost track,...

    This was actually confirmed? I kinda lost track, tbh...



    Unless the Indian Navy starts building conventional carriers, I don't see this happening...
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    I'd say a mix of cost and politics. Don't know...

    I'd say a mix of cost and politics. Don't know about the F-16, but I'd bet the Grippen is cheaper than the Rafale.

    As for politics, buying into top-level US-gear means dealing with US politics and...
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    B-52 and Tu-95 are heading there fast... :D

    B-52 and Tu-95 are heading there fast... :D
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