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I don't know which is stranger, that there's a youtube video of a sock puppet explaining the difference between air to air missiles... or that it's actually pretty good:  

The optics for both gunner and pilot include thermal imagers made by Safran (based on their Iris product line). The Osiris mast-mounted sight also includes other optics, a laser-rangefinder and an aut

Chinese Xian H-6 medium bombers ready for maritime orientation flight on Saturday. Looking decidedly Old School.  

Hard to call it news when it's about more than 20 years old situation, but anyway retired Lieutenant Colonel Charlie “Tuna” Hainline, an F-117 pilot, said that in April 1999 his wingman was hit by Serbian SAM over Belgrade but managed to get back to base. According to him he saw two SAMs, one exploded and the other "kind of went into space". According to the article he was awarded DFC for managing the tanker randevous with the crippled bird. 

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37894/yes-serbian-air-defenses-did-hit-another-f-117-during-operation-allied-force-in-1999

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   Not sure where to post - in news or in humour thread... because this shit is both real and so stupid that it is funny.

 

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   ROSTOV-ON-DON, December 7 - RIA Novosti. Unknown persons opened the cargo hatch and stole equipment from the "Doomsday plane" at the airfield in the Rostov region.

 

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   As the representative of the transport department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the North Caucasian Federal District told RIA Novosti, a representative of the Beriev Taganrog Aviation Scientific and Technical Complex addressed the police. The interlocutor of the agency added that a check is being carried out.

 

   A RIA Novosti source said that the matter concerns the Il-80 aircraft, which was undergoing maintenance, radio equipment disappeared from it.

 

   Il-80 is a command post created on the basis of the Il-86 airliner. It is designed to control troops in a nuclear war, it is called the "Doomsday aircraft". Beriev Aircraft Company is part of the United Aircraft Corporation and specializes in the development, production, modernization and repair of amphibious aircraft and special aviation complexes.

 

 

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https://vz-ru.turbopages.org/vz.ru/s/news/2021/1/24/1081661.html?utm_source=yxnews&utm_medium=desktop

 

   New long range interceptor is in development to replace MiG-31.

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   Work is underway to create a long-range interceptor fighter, Rostec said.

   "The project of a promising long-range intercept aircraft complex (PAK DP) under the symbol "MiG-41" is at the stage of development work," the state corporation's website says. It is noted that the new generation aircraft will replace the long-range fighter-interceptor MiG-31.

 

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Egypt apparently received their first SCALP cruise missiles and Talios targeting pods for their Rafales

 

 

The sale had been blocked since 2018 by the US through ITAR regulations (some components of the missiles being manufactured in the US).

Some sources says that the restriction were lifted by the US, others that MBDA finally managed to bypass the ITAR regulation by developing alternative components (which is an ongoing effort in the French defence industry as a whole).

 

Not sure how many missiles will be delivered, back in 2015 discussions were about 50 missiles.

 

Janes article say that it is likely that the range has been limited to 300 km in order to comply with the MCTR.

No idea if this impact the power balance in the region at all, but that will certainly strengthen Egypt position in Lybia against Turkey.

 

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Some more details about the Vietnamese contract. There were some douts about it due to the fact that not a long time ago Vietnam also announced to buy 12 Yak-130. Per an article in armadninoviny.cz magazin the L-39NG contract is complementary to the acquisition of Yaks. The Vietnamese training pyramide shall therefore be four-level and be very diversified. The first level is represented by American T-6 Texan II turboprops. The second level will be taken by Czech L-39NG. Third level is taken by Russian twin engine combat-trainers Yak-130 and the last one is the heavy multirole fighters Su-30MK2V. 

 

Fun fact is that the Czech NGs will go to a 910th training regiment "Julius Fučík" (second oldest Vietnamese airforce unit). Julius Fučík was Czech communist writer and journalist who was executed by Germans in 1943. 

 

https://www.armadninoviny.cz/l39ng-pro-vietnam-910.html

 

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https://iz.ru/1127234/anton-lavrov-aleksei-ramm/vrag-i-gremlin-novuiu-giperzvukovuiu-raketu-ispytaiut-v-2023-godu

 

New hypersonic missile announced, to begin testing in 2023 according to Izvestia. Codename "Гремлин" (Gremlin). Planned to be compatible with Tu-22, Su-35, Su-30SM and Su-57. Supposedly it was a mock-up of Gremlin that was announced to have been tested in the Su-57's internal bays earlier this week.

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RAF is funding a project of a modular training jet :

 

http://aeralis.com/

 

Basically the idea as I understand it, is to have a common airframe for which you could switch the wings, engines (singe, twin, large single) as well as the cockpit (single/double).

Apparently it would allow to use a single platform for all the stages of jet training, reducing possession costs by 30% according to the manufacturer.

 

I don't know if this has been done before, but the idea to make a military jet modular certainly has merits especially for countries that can't afford to have a bazillion of variants in service.

Of course there will be limits on performances (the ideal airframe for a fighter-bomber isn't the same than the one for an interceptor) but it is promising.

 

http://www.opex360.com/2021/02/22/la-royal-air-force-finance-un-projet-davion-dentrainement-trois-en-un/

 

 

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That sounds pretty crazy. I'm no aircraft designer but IMHO you need different shapes for subsonic and supersonic planes (not only for the wings). Im also not sure if trainers use relaxed aerodynamic stability as the fighters do. Every such module you change will move the center of gravity and hence change the stability. Such plane would probably need to be inherently unstable and only mimic the stable behavior if needed. 

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