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Re: Military Tech / Science

Post by Holman » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:15 pm

Tech marches on, though. Flying F-14s in 2030 would be a huge disadvantage against whatever 5th-generation fighters the Chinese et al will be using using.

This is less of an issue with the A-10, at least wrt its mission against insurgents right now, but still...
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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:33 pm

We will have the prop replacements ready to go by then.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:43 pm

AIM-260
Brig. Gen. Anthony Genatempo, Air Force Weapons Program Executive Officer, announced on June 20, 2019, that Lockheed Martin is developing a new long-range air-to-air missile to replace the AIM-120 AMRAAM and counter the threat posed by the Chinese PL-15 missile.

The announcement was made in interviews with Air Force Magazine and Aerospace Daily during the Life Cycle Industry Days, held at the Dayton Convention Center in Ohio from June 19 to June 21. The AIM-260, also called Joint Advanced Tactical Missile, has been in development for at least two years, after a rapid acquisition project was initiated by Air Force and Navy in 2017 to avoid foreign threats being able to outrange the AIM-120.

Few technical details are known at this time. The new missile will be compatible with the AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) dimensions, but with greater range, and is planned to be carried in the F-22 weapons bay and on the F/A-18 at first, with the F-35 to follow. Gen. Genatempo also noted that the missile will not use ramjet propulsion, unlike the Meteor BVRAAM (Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile) operational on Eurofighters and Gripens.
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Re: Military Tech / Science

Post by gbasden » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:42 pm

Daehawk wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:51 pm
Good. Getting rid of the A-10 is stupid. Its needed and it works and its cheap.

As for the earplugs its a shame a secondary device like a phone is needed. Its too bad they cant verbally tell you a compass directing or something.
Then need the processing power of the phone. They couldn't fit the electronics in just earbuds.

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Post by Kasey Chang » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:00 am

A-10's main "problem" is it's way too slow. This limits its sortie rate, deployment range, etc. You can help it by setting up FARPs closer to the front-line, but that's not always possible. It's GREAT for what it does.

IMHO, they should turn A-10 into drones, with NOE autopilot and automated attack sequences.
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Post by Paingod » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:14 am

Kasey Chang wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:00 am
IMHO, they should turn A-10 into drones, with NOE autopilot and automated attack sequences.
My little consumer drone has a 5-mile range and can circle a target of my choosing. If an A-10 was turned into a drone that could circle a target while a Gatling gun on a gimbal also tracked the target, it'd be horrifyingly effective.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:37 am

It's not a drone yet, but that's what the AC-130 is for.
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Post by Kasey Chang » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:47 am

Isgrimnur wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:37 am
It's not a drone yet, but that's what the AC-130 is for.
And except for the howitzer, AC-130's guns are MOSTLY automated. Wouldn't be too hard to reduce the crew, IMHO, if you start with a blank slate. Most of the crew in the back do feed the guns, but it can't be too hard to create robots that can do the same?

I wonder if it's possible to create LIMITED tracer, i.e. a tracer bullet that doesn't "light up" UNTIL it's traveled most of the way to target?
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Post by Bakhtosh » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:52 pm

UV tracers - only visible if you're wearing night-vision. Wouldn't be all that beneficial vs a technologically advanced enemy, but would make return fire a little more difficult.
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Post by Holman » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:35 pm

Bakhtosh wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:52 pm
UV tracers - only visible if you're wearing night-vision. Wouldn't be all that beneficial vs a technologically advanced enemy, but would make return fire a little more difficult.
Next-generation MANPADs will probably have local or networked radar anyway, so being able to eyeball the air target becomes irrelevant.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:23 pm

AC-130J Ghostrider
The AC-130J Ghostrider gunship flew its first combat mission in Afghanistan in late June, deploying to relieve the AC-130U Spooky aircraft following the latter's final combat sorties, an Air Force Special Operations Command spokesman confirmed to The War Zone on Wednesday.

According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, which first reported the news of the combat deployment, the mission took place "just days before" the June 28 change of command ceremony for new AFSOC commander Air Force Lt. Gen. James Slife at Hurlburt Field in Florida.
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Described by AFSOC officials as "the ultimate battle plane" and "a bomb truck with guns on it," the Ghostrider comes with the standard 105mm cannon and an additional 30mm GAU-23/A cannon, along with wing pylons designed for both GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.
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Post by em2nought » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:32 am

Isgrimnur wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:37 am
It's not a drone yet, but that's what the AC-130 is for.
I have the suspicion that the reason to remove humans from the cockpit is to get around the sticky situation of humans disregarding unlawful orders. Particularly in regard to our own civilian population. :think:
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