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    Concept aircraft

    Military version of a supersonic biz jet... http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17039/lockheed-likely-sees-big-military-applications-potential-in-aerions-supersonic-bizjet From the article: By the images released by Aerion, the aircraft looks ideally suited for a weapons bay between the nose wheel gear and the main landing gear—basically where the cabin is located. But even if a relatively tiny set of weapon bay doors or stores ejection system could be fitted into a variant of the type, it could provide a form of regional time sensitive strike capability. And this is a very enticing capability for the U.S. military at this time. Even being able to drop Small Diameter Bomb sized weapons or a single stand-off weapon could provide a flexible and easily deployable quick-strike platform. This is a capability we need, supersonic multi-role with loooong legs. Needs tactical radar, new avionics, new radios, datalink, defensive suite, ELINT/jamming suite, embedded EO/IR sensor, weapons bay, AR mods, e-seats, etc... so that'll be cheap but this would be worth it...
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    F-35 Lightning info

    Raptor v. Lighting https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-norway/u-s-f-22-stealth-jets-simulate-dogfights-with-norways-f-35-warplanes-idUSKBN1L01YX
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    Paywall block but yes show them the door. No stealth for you... http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/22859/no-stealth-for-you-trump-signs-defense-bill-that-blocks-transfer-of-f-35s-to-turkey
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    Trends in Air to Air Combat

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    Trends in Air to Air Combat

    Yet here we are so we have to play the hand we're dealt. If we do this right (acquire a new design 4+ gen fighter) to compliment and enhance the capes we wish we had in the existing 5th Gens then we have a better overall package (sts). More missiles, more range/station time, more sensors, ea, etc... while not altering the LO of the F-22 or hampering the delivery of the F-35, that camel is about 1 straw from failure... What the hell is it that drives us to buy white elephants? Every time I buy a car I don't demand it has to get mileage 3x better, go 3x faster and be self-aware. Now I get I don't use my car in life or death battles but the point is there, not every soldier needs to be Delta and not every fighter needs to be Firefox.
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Whoops... https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/07/world/spanish-fighter-jet-accidentally-fires-missile-estonia/index.html
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    Thud Drivers Photo Exhibit

    Best thing on the Internet for 2018.
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    Trends in Air to Air Combat

    Bingo. We can't be the force we used to be plus the new capes, the money is just not there. Ultimately we have to decide what kind of AF we want/need to be and somehow Jedi mind trick Congress into letting us reform into that.
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    Trends in Air to Air Combat

    That's a safe bet (unfortunately) but one can hope. I'm not sure if the idea of an all 5th gen fleet has finally impacted with the brick wall of financial reality but it appears to be getting closer. The only critique or input I would offer and it is likely addressed in details in the actual proposal but why not specifically design a 4th gen compliment to the 5th gen fleet and keep the Industrial Base dynamic (can't just all be LM)? That is use the same sub-system, engines, landing gear, tires, seat, etc... as your 5th gen to the maximum extent appropriate to minimize cost for both fleets? Additionally dff load to the 4th gen compliment fighter the capabilities you want in the 5th gen but are too costly too add after the fact, still get them in the strike package just not on the 5th gen aircraft Aerial Warfare is changing but it is not changing so much that we don't have an overriding need for a relatively affordable, new & modern 4+ gen multi-role platform to perform the traditional mission set(s) while being valuable to the new Night 1 fights.
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    Trends in Air to Air Combat

    More on F-15XXX... http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/22372/exclusive-unmasking-the-f-15x-boeings-f-15c-d-eagle-replacement-fighter From the article: "Still, next to nothing is known about this initiative, including where it came from and what it entails exactly. Although it has been framed as a Boeing solicitation to the USAF, the opposite is actually true—the USAF began the discussion over a year and a half ago." Very interesting that this is not the Boeing Good Idea Fairy trying to coax the AF into something but the AF making an inquiry.
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    U-2 Dragonlady info

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    U-2 Dragonlady info

    New capabilities for the U-2: http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/22469/usaf-plans-to-test-a-system-called-symphony-inside-an-irascible-pod-on-a-u-2-spy-plane
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    Concept aircraft

    Yeah they leave a lot to be desired compared to other carrier based jets (max weight at carrier launch) but it’s just the point that a land aircraft design if rugged enough can be made carrier suitable. The Sea Gripen is probably not a bridge too far due to original design for STOL & dispersed basing. What kills them (MiG and Su) in naval ops is the lack of a catapult system.
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    Concept aircraft

    Yup, I think Boyd would have loved it and adapting a land design to naval is not crazy, ref. MiG-29 and Su-27 to MiG-29K and Su-33 and the yet to be built Sea Gripen... Not a Marine Aviator but I've always thought the Sea Gripen would be a good steed for an amphibious military force with a doctrinal slant towards expeditionary, austere ops with limited logistical support... Operate from the boat then establish the land base, roads as a runway are acceptable... VSTOL gives you that but comes with such a cost in performance and dollars that IMHO, a STOBAR / STOL would effectively achieve at a fraction of the cost and way less risk.
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    Concept aircraft

    Understand the critique but the physics / logistics of operating off the boat necessitate size / performance expectations (sts)... Sea Eagle stuff: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-sea-eagle-how-americas-f-15-fighter-almost-became-18051 https://tacairnet.com/2015/04/15/f-15n-sea-eagle/