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  1. Unfortunately I won't be able to respond at length, since I need to head into work in just a few minutes. Broadly, most of the issues I outlined with the "Legacy" fleet are publicly available, including from POGO. https://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2012/05/pilots-arent-guinea-pigs-ground-the-f-22-until-dangerous-oxygen-problem-resolved.html and https://www.pogo.org/analysis/2018/03/pentagons-21st-century-icarus/ "Breathing problems aboard the Navy’s main fighter, the F-18, spiked from 57 in 2012 to 125 in 2016. The breathing gear on the Navy’s F-18s and T-45s “is inadequate to consisten
  2. Perhaps to contribute some personal experience, and place the F-35 in context with other US platforms from your POGO link. (Who, I should add, are an organization with the dubious mandate of finding problems and complaining about them, they're an institutional chicken little.) The F-15C fleet is currently limited to ~7g's for the simple reason that the airframes are literally falling apart if the pilots pull higher g's. The F-18E fleet still has OBOGs issues, meaning the airplane will occasionally decide that today is not the pilot's day, and give them the warm comforting blanket of Oxygen
  3. Hope this isn't in the wrong place, found a video discussing the production of R-73/AA-11 missiles. Includes a neat shot of actuators being tested.
  4. 1940 French Armament by Lehman. Covers the small arms issued to French Regiments.
  5. NAVAIR Air-to-Air Intercept Procedures Workbook. Tactical Missile Design by Fleeman. Johns Hopkins APL Lectures on Missile Design.
  6. Further evidence (if one accepts the ridiculous proposition that more is needed) that the Red side of American politics are carefully disguised Stalinists conducting a deep infiltration Maskirovka as part of the first echelon of forces under Tukhachevsky's theory of deep operations.
  7. PDF Warning - REGAINING THE HIGH GROUND AT SEA - TRANSFORMING THE U.S. NAVY’S CARRIER AIR WING FOR GREAT POWER COMPETITION has been released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a DC think tank on military matters. The paper's abstract is as follows - "Today the Navy needs to transform its CVWs to counter the emerging challenges posed by great powers like China and Russia and implement new defense and military strategies. During the quarter century since the end of the Cold War, CVWs emphasized cost effectiveness and versatility because the United States did not face a peer a
  8. Rumors of a SCAR receiver with integrated M-Lok have popped up into a local FB group. Though the recent URG-I kerfluffle shows it's hardly a solved problem for the AR-15, the fact that the SCAR requires new receivers to have full length negative space mounting options (cf the SCAR MREX) is an amusing downside to the weapon, and shows how its design is somewhat dated in anno Domini MMXIX.
  9. Perhaps you're misunderstanding the survivability onion. The destructive capability of modern naval weapons is such that you *can't* effectively counter enemy weapons at the "Penetrate" layer of the onion. (Though warships are still pretty decent at the "Don't be K-Killed" category barring the Norwegians.) The ability to fight an EM war where you avoid detection, recognition, engagement, and being hit is a far more effective form of survivability, since you avoid being hit in the first place. Enemy steel on your steel is never a good thing, regardless of how well armored you think yourself to
  10. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3514589-Executive-Summary-of-VMFA-121-Support-of-Red.html I'm significantly concerned about how poor the F-35's readiness is, especially with the overly-complex F-35B version. A properly thorough analysis of the program should result in cancellation any day now.
  11. I finally got around to doing a review of the Acquisition Chapter. Apologies to @N-L-M for the delay, and apologies in advance for the length. This topic comes at perhaps an opportune time given a previous conversation with @Sturgeon regarding the Survivability/Lethality Onion. In this model of lethality, a target must be First, Seen Once Seen, Acquired Once Acquired, Hit Once Hit, Penetrated Once Penetrated, Destroyed With survivability obviously working in reverse. This model has proven quite robust and is extremely popular amongst
  12. The full title of this work is "Weaponeering - Conventional Weapon System Effectiveness" by Morris Driels, who teaches at the USN Postgraduate School, and the cover of the edition I have in hand can be seen below. The book aims to "describe and quantify the methods commonly used to predict the probably of successfully attacking ground targets using air-launched or ground-launched weapons", including "the various methodologies utilized in operational products used widely in the [US military]." Essentially, this boils down to a series of statistical methods to calculate Pk and Ph fo
  13. "In the past few years, the threat scope has changed dramatically, as Soviet operations have expanded, and the Chinese bomber force has been modernized with the introduction of the Badger H-6K." Lel. "A Super Hornet with three external fuel tanks and a full air intercept load of 6 AIM-120D has rather limited effective combat radius of around 400 miles." If only there was a long-ranged multirole fighter in production which hadn't lost out to the F-16. Makes one wonder. "allow for the Super Hornet to widen the engagement range of a carrier strike group in the BMD role." I'm unsur
  14. As a side note, the US can no longer claim that M855A1 fragments by accident. "A noteworthy feature of the fielding of M855A1 is the inclusion of the terminal effects protocol for testing soft target performance during lot acceptance testing to ensure Soldiers are getting consistent ammunition. The M855A1 is the first round to undergo such a rigorous test during lot acceptance." (An Army Outgunned-A Response Anonymous. Military Review; Fort Leavenworth Vol. 92, Iss. 6, (Nov/Dec 2012): 102-103.) Not that we ever should have, mind. Bullets exist to kill, we gain nothing by being bashful about it
  15. @N-L-M @A. T. Mahan What makes the green grass grow? BLOOD BLOOD BLOOD!
  16. I would, at least, like to compliment Peasant for sticking to his guns despite being horrendously overmatched qualitatively and quantitatively, and getting slaughtered as a result. In this, he does the IJN proud.
  17. Man transformation Thursday Monday is wild as as all hell.
  18. A big part of the reason why this advice is so valuable is that mainstream = cheap and easy accessories. No, you don't need to rice your handgun out at first, but having access to the best holsters, cheap and good magazines (as opposed to cheap or good), and easily accessed spares for if/when things breaks is reassuring. Agreed, but I would like to add something. As I'm sure Sturgeon can attest (having held everything from the first to the latest AR-15s), the AR is delightful in large part because of it's modularity. Although it won't be an issue for you within the first
  19. My naive response to that is that the Target Detection Device needs to be as far forward as is practical in order to keep your warhead on target when it fuzes and detonates. (At 25kft a Mach 2 missile will pass the entire length of an F-4 Phantom in .06 seconds, which is before you address the fact that the target is moving and you need time for your continuous rod to get on target.) This is a shared configuration with the AIM-7, also a continuous rod warhead missile. Given that the R-27 is a 1980s era missile, it's also possible that the autopilot is electromechanical, not digital, and theref
  20. I should probably clarify what is the grognard's opinions - and these are opinions, he hasn't seen any actual design documents on the R-27/AA-10 - and what are my own assumptions working off of what he posited. Grognard (almost verbatim): The [R-27...] was designed as something that would counter the AIM-7F missile and would have better maneuverability and expanded F-Pole over the Sparrow. The missile is much larger than Sparrow, particularly the longer range variants. The stuff he's seen says that the AA-10 has Canard control. I guess you could take you
  21. An F-35B has crashed near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. Pilot safely ejected, no clue as to cause yet. Airframe appears to be a complete loss given the size of the smoke plume.
  22. I'm rather perplexed that I hadn't noticed that before. Ah well, it is a good day to learn!
  23. Huh. Yeah perhaps I shouldn't have written my thoughts right before going to bed. My understanding of the appeal of multi-lug rotating bolt systems was that they offer a much more consistent lockup due primarily to the number of lugs involved, so that in theory an AR-10 would have a more consistent lockup than a Garand, or possibly in some odd world we could compare the descendants of those weapons. Thus, to my inexperienced eye, moving to fewer larger locking lugs seems like it could introduce inconsistency into the lockup, leading to a reduction in the precision of the w
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