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  • Originally posted by gunnut View Post

    Russia operates 930 T-90As. Even with almost 3000 T-80s operated by Russia, the number is still smaller than the much more expensive M1. How interesting... Cheaper doesn't mean more....
    Just goes to show: it pays to be rich. =)

    Also, 30% greater range is coming to 5th gen US combat aircraft:

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    • I think the Tomcat may have had some of the best nose art out there.

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      • Originally posted by SteveDaPirate View Post
        I think the Tomcat may have had some of the best nose art out there.
        Love the bloodshot eyes in the AIM-54
        “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
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        • I cam across this by accident... but it seemed fairly interesting.

          A historical perspective of the evolution of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat design presented by former Northrop Grumman VP Mike Ciminera. Produced by Betty Wheaton and Jarel Wheaton for Peninsula Seniors

          about an hour long.

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          • saw this earlier
            some of them still in service: a pair Iranian tomcat escorting a Russian bear over Syria (i presume) at about 1:30 of the vid

            http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/new...-as-1743807778

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            • Originally posted by xerxes View Post
              saw this earlier
              some of them still in service: a pair Iranian tomcat escorting a Russian bear over Syria (i presume) at about 1:30 of the vid

              http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/new...-as-1743807778
              That's probably all two of the airframes that are still airworthy; if the US Navy had trouble keeping those things in the air towards the end, I can only imagine how hard it is for the Iranians, with no spares to be had. I'm guessing they cannibalized the other 77 airframes they had to keep those two flying.
              "There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try to do as much as you can in the time that you have. Remember Scrooge, time is short, and suddenly, you're not there any more." -Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge

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              • Not sure how many, but most definitely their numbers are in the single digit.

                Overall, the footages released by Kremlin looks to be nice show of Russian military might, its capability ...
                I got to say this, the pictures of Tu-160 White Swan flanked by Su-30MK looks majestic

                I wonder which of their hardware is being targeted as potential export sales by their marketing team
                Possibly the Tu-22M Backfires ..
                Last edited by xerxes; 23 Nov 15,, 04:02.

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                • Originally posted by citanon View Post
                  Just goes to show: it pays to be rich. =)

                  Also, 30% greater range is coming to 5th gen US combat aircraft:
                  Looks great .. but complexity also means more spare parts, more overhauls etc.
                  Bottom line: more cost to taxpayers ... while more profit to GE shareholders

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