Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Open Comment Post. August 15, 2018


Raytheon's answer to the US Army's deep strike mission...






So Raytheon is gonna re-work the ATACMs and make it even better for the US Army.  The USMC should piggy back hard on this program.  Marine Air will try hard but the Chinese will push us.  We need a ground based solution for deep fires when the Wing is off doing other stuff....

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Open Comment Post. August 14, 2018


Nicolas Drummond's take on MBT vs Medium Tanks...






What do you guys think?  Valid or is he missing a piece of the puzzle?

So this is the "high speed" Chinese UAV that has everyone buzzing...

Hat Tip to @RupprechtDeino Twitter Page...


The current tariffs are putting a serious hurt on the Chinese economy but I might have underestimated their determination to continue their defense modernization.

I assumed that they would turn toward more civic projects to make up for the pain but defense is obviously an important industry so they're full speed ahead.

Get out of your normalcy bias.  The Chinese are closing the gap.


Wheel self-propelled howitzer Centauro 155/39 LW “Porcupine”







What is the deal with this magnificent beast!  The Italians are crazy as squirrel eating spoiled fruit but this really looks promising.  Is it just a concept or are they actually going to put it into service?  Oh and has anyone ever seen it actually fire?

SAIC Vehicle Prototype for U.S. Army Mobile Protected Firepower Program (must see!!!)

Thanks to DWI for the link!




APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) installed on a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet


via Press Release.
The fit check, performed August 2 at the request of the Marine Corps, demonstrated SABR is a low-risk option for installation on F/A-18C/D Hornets and that the radar can be integrated with the aircraft’s power, cooling and avionics systems.

“The Marine Corps asked for an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) solution due to the radar’s increase in reliability and sustainability with no decrease in operational performance,” said Greg Simer, vice president, integrated avionics systems, Northrop Grumman. “The Marine Corps’ stated objective is to modify an in-production, fielded AESA while meeting the current size, weight, power and cooling requirements of the F/A-18 C/D. We have proven our production APG-83 SABR radar fits into the F/A-18 C/D, achieving the objectives and bringing the technical maturity needed to attain the Marine Corps fleet insertion timelines.”

The APG-83 is a multifunction AESA fire control radar that delivers fifth-generation fighter capabilities to counter and defeat increasingly sophisticated threats.           
I TOLD YOU FREAKS THE AESA WAS THE SECRET SAUCE TO THE F-35's SENSOR FUSION!

" The APG-83 is a multifunction AESA fire control radar that delivers fifth-generation fighter capabilities to counter and defeat increasingly sophisticated threats. "  
Everything they're supposedly  gonna be able to do with the F-35, from radar picket, to being a node in fires and everything in between.

This seals the deal for me.

The F-35 is simply an overly expensive bomb truck with little/no benefit over every plane it replaces with the EXCEPTION of the Harrier.