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  1. New AWACS business jet project, not big wing but... https://embraer.com/global/en/news?slug=1206607-embraer-and-elta-to-create-a-new-market-segment-with-the-launch-of-the-p600-aew https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/paris-embraer-and-elta-team-on-p600-aew-aircraft-459043/
  2. Europe thinking about AWACS recapitalization: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-airshow-nato-awacs/nato-faces-big-bill-if-it-does-not-pick-awacs-successor-soon-officials-idUSKCN1TG0C1 Get a volume discount and Boeing needs the business, re-cap AF with 737 NG based platforms
  3. Apologies Was in another article I read on this today: https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-shoot-us-reaper-drone-oil-tanker-scene Maybe but I think a cyber, clandestine maritime program to give Iranian shipping a lot of unexplained problems along with keeping the support to the Saudis to keep Yemen from falling to their proxies is phase I, phase II can come later if they choose to escalate Time to start another Op Earnest Will part 2 in the meantime
  4. Concur They took one of the crews into custody / hostage from one of the tankers and are now taking them to Dubai, just wanted bent/burnt metal not bodies. History rhymes Ok, so how do you give feedback to let the Iranian regime (not civilians) know this will not be tolerated? What do you strike, seize, deny that causes the regime enough pain to stop?
  5. Iranian SA-7 shot at a Reaper: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/06/14/iran-fired-missile-us-drone-prior-tanker-attacks-defense-official.html
  6. More on the subject of potentially divesting F-15Cs and replacing with F-35As: https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2019/06/11/the_wrong_fight_over_fighters_understanding_the_f-15x_purchase_114494.html
  7. Gotcha - legitimate concern. Option 4 (Mixed replacement with 15C divestment) seems the best overall COA. More operational iron available for a contingency immediately and over the course of replacement/divestment while getting a mission relevant platform with a unique capability to enhance the fight the 5th gens bring.
  8. Yup. At least 8 if possible.
  9. Could be a very interesting summer for the F-35 program: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28421/heres-the-pentagons-roadmap-for-booting-turkey-out-of-the-f-35-program Also two other good F-35 related articles: https://warontherocks.com/2019/05/f-15ex-and-f-35a-the-future-of-american-air-superiority/ https://warontherocks.com/2019/06/f-15ex-the-strategic-blind-spot-in-the-air-forces-fighter-debate/ Article by Orgeron (F15EX and F35A Future) was interesting in the COAs he provided, particularly exchanging F15Cs for F35As (Option 3). He doesn't seem to really think it is a great option but offers as COA, got me thinking could you optimize an F35A for air to air? Not thinking something that would break the bank (further) but anything that could reasonably done without basically building a totally new variant of the F35? Updated/modified weapons bays to get 2 more internally carried AAMs, conformal LO weapons pod that doen't interfere with existing bay doors, slightly modified airframe for more fuel or drag reduction, etc... With enough money, almost anything is possible but as there has been reservation expressed on buying a new 4th gen build and re-starting the 22 is a no-go, can you modify the 5th in production now for an optimized air to air mission?
  10. 9 ship water drop and a view from the flight deck of scooping
  11. Can not duplicate - works on my interwebs... Gizmodo page of the flyby: https://gizmodo.com/watch-the-pilots-view-of-the-craziest-flyby-ever-5809436
  12. Low fly by from two perspectives, HUD and dudes jumping out of the way:
  13. Probably but you can make that same case for most AF problems discussed on BO . Net You have to argue and hope someone empowered is lurking on this forum and will be persuaded by your brilliant posts... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. The concept is nice but to fix it for reality it should be: The Air Force We Actually Need and Can Afford. Effective (not necessarily nice) coaches cut players from the team when the time comes rather than holding on, the old players have played well but their time is past and it is time for the team to move on for new talent. Same applies to aircraft fleets.
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