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  • It all often depends on the invisible mandatory requirements. Like who's turn is it or who is offering the best 'incentives' etc.

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    • Here's when an F-15 is better than an F-22 or an F-35

      The F-15 is a traditional air-superiority fighter of the fourth generation. It's big, fast, agile, and carriers lots of weapons under the wing where everyone can see them. For that last reason, it's terrible at stealth, but the other side of the coin is that it's perfect for intercepting enemy aircraft.

      Bronk says that when it comes to interception, a plane must "get up right next to the aircraft, fly alongside, show weapons, go on guard frequency, tell them they're being intercepted, that they're on course to violate airspace, and to turn back immediately."

      An F-22 or F-35 shouldn't, and in some cases, can't do that.
      http://www.businessinsider.com/when-...r=US&IR=T&IR=T

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      • https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...for-the-fight/

        JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland — In a gymnasium here on Jan. 9, about 100 tactical air control party airmen got a glimpse of the future of their fitness test — and possibly yours. Some ran figure-eights around cones to test their agility, leaning heavily to one side as they curved around, lightly touching the floor to maintain their balance. One TACP’s feet slipped out from under him, and he skidded on the ground, prompting laughter and a pained “Oh!” from his fellow TACPs.


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        • USAF plans to re-open A-10 re-winging contract

          https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ntract-445228/

          Meanwhile, the USAF is leaving the schedule open for making that decision, Holmes says. Boeing has delivered enough wing-sets to support six of the nine A-10 wings. It’s possible the USAF will decide to retire some A-10s as their squadrons are replacing by incoming Lockheed Martin F-35As. So far, new F-35A squadrons have stood up to replace F-16 units.

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          • Report: Medal of Honor approved for Air Force combat controller Tech. Sgt. John Chapman

            https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...-john-chapman/

            Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, the combat controller who was killed during the fierce Battle of Roberts Ridge in Afghanistan in 2002, will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, according to a report in Task and Purpose.


            Chapman would be the first airman to receive a Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, for actions since the Vietnam War.


            Chapman originally received an Air Force Cross, the second-highest valor award an airman can receive, for his heroism during the March 4, 2002, battle against al Qaida fighters.


            But newly-enhanced video from a Predator drone showed more evidence that Chapman was not dead, but instead unconscious, when a team of Navy SEALs withdrew from the battle under withering fire.




            The video analysis suggested Chapman regained consciousness and resumed fighting al Qaida members approaching on three sides. Chapman is believed to have crawled into a bunker, shot and killed an enemy fighter charging at him, and killed another enemy fighter in hand-to-hand combat.


            This new evidence prompted former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in 2016 to recommend his Air Force Cross be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

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            • Boeing, U.S. Air Force At Odds Over KC-46

              http://aviationweek.com/defense/boei...dds-over-kc-46

              The most pressing issue is improving the Rockwell Collins Remote Vision System (RVS), an advanced sensor suite that allows the crew to operate the refueling boom remotely from near the cockpit.
              One has to ask what was wrong with the old system?

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              • http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Displ...bility-to-acc/

                WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force officials announced the service’s cyber responsibilities will realign to Air Combat Command from Air Force Space Command.

                “This move will drive faster decisions as we fight by realigning the cyber operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions under the same command,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said.

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                • Won't effect mission readiness, nah, no problem!

                  https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...arental-leave/

                  The Air Force on Friday announced an expansion of parental leave for fathers, same-sex couples, and adoptive and surrogate parents. Female airmen who give birth were previously allowed to take 12 consecutive weeks of maternity convalescent leave, according to a release Friday. Airmen whose spouse gave birth also were previously allowed to take 10 days of non-chargeable leave.

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                  • https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...ng-old-school/

                    The Air Force is designing an updated version of its service dress blues uniform and could roll it out sometime next year, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright said Wednesday.

                    To find inspiration for the new service jacket, the Air Force’s top leaders are looking to the past, he said.

                    “We’d like to get back to a little more heritage on the jacket,” Wright said, “potentially adding two additional pockets and bringing it into more of a military-style jacket."

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                    • So Army looks like Navy, AF like Army ...

                      So Navy like AF then?

                      Just kidding ...but I like the uniform cut just would colour it greyish-blue or something haha

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                      • Lockheed Pitching U.S. Air Force On F-22-F-35 Hybrid Fighter Intended For Japan

                        http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone...nded-for-japan

                        Lockheed Martin’s concept would reportedly marry the F-35’s core features, such as its advanced mission computer and extensive, inter-linked sensor suite, with an airframe design derived from that of the F-22. The company would also be able to incorporate lessons learned in stealth coatings and other complex manufacturing processes required for stealthy and other advanced aircraft that it has learned from the F-35 into the design and production of the new aircraft.

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                        • USAF Revives ‘Extreme Range’ Jassm Concept

                          http://aviationweek.com/defense/usaf...-jassm-concept

                          Lockheed’s tactical missile unit in Orlando, Florida, first unveiled a concept for an ultra-long-range Jassm-XR in 2004.
                          A 2009 report by the Defense Science Board (DSB) described such a weapon as designed with a range up to 1,000 nm.
                          By contrast, the merely extended-range version of the missile, designated as the AGM-158B Jassm-ER, is listed with a range of more than 500 nm. The original version of Jassm has a listed range of more than 200 nm. Lockheed has also designed a version of the Jassm-ER for the U.S. Navy, which is called the long-range anti-ship missile (LRASM).

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                          • B-52 Tested 2,000lb Quickstrike-ER Winged Standoff Naval Mines During Valiant Shield

                            http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone...valiant-shield

                            Because of the precision and standoff range of Quickstrike-ER, American aircraft can deliver them not just over broad areas around open bodies of water, but they can plant them in rivers, tributaries, canals, and inside port facilities without having to even get near the targeted area. This makes Quickstrike-ER an incredibly nasty and insidious weapon that could wreak havoc on an enemy's naval forces and deny them the ability to make amphibious landings or even leave port.

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                            • Another HD vid of Quickstrike ER



                              And another interesting thing from thedrive the H03 Firebird surveillance plane made by Scaled Composites (northrop Grumman) equipped with the FLIR Star Safire 380 HD

                              http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone...23753_c_0SQR7g
                              The FLIR Star SAFIRE 380-HD provides superior image stabilization, ultra-long range imaging performance, and true metadata embedded in the digital video. Featuring internal navigation for precise targeting, a MWIR thermal imager, optional HD color and low-light cameras, and multiple laser payload options, the system is fully hardened for military fixed-wing and helicopter operations. It can operate continuously in all conditions — even while sitting on the tarmac with no airflow.



                              https://www.flir.com/products/star-safire-380-hd/

                              Last edited by picanha; 25-09-2018, 12:04 AM.

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                              • This will revolutionise filming the local men humping their livestock.

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