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  1. New A-10 wings

    I think the A-10 would be well suited to another Vietnam-type environment.
  2. No more RAF two-seat Typhoons?

    Probably way too costly for fuel, maintenance, etc.
  3. F-16 Block 70/72 for Slovakia?

    Text: WASHINGTON, Apr. 4, 2018 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Slovakia of F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration aircraft for an estimated cost of $2.91 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 3, 2018. The Slovak Republic has requested a possible sale of fourteen (14) F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration aircraft; up to sixteen (16) F-16 F110 General Electric or F100 Pratt & Whitney engines (MDE); fifteen (15) M61 A1 Vulcan 20mm Guns (MDE); sixteen (16) APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars (MDE); fourteen (14) Modular Mission Computers (MDE); fourteen (14) LINK-16 (MIDS-JTRS) secure communication systems (MDE); sixteen (16) LN260 EGI Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) (MDE); fourteen (14) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (MDE); fourteen (14) Improved Programmable Display Generators (iPDGs) (MDE); thirty (30) AIM-120C7 air-to-air missiles, one hundred (100) AIM-9X air-to­ air missiles; twelve (12) AIM-9X Captive Air Training Missiles, two (2) AIM-120C7, twenty-four (24) AIM-9X additional guidance units; two hundred twenty-four (224) each Computer Control Groups and Airfoil Groups for GBU-12 Paveway II 5001b Guided Bomb Kits; twenty (20) Enhanced Computer Control Groups for Enhanced Paveway II (GBU-49); one hundred fifty (150) KMU-572F/B Guidance Kits for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) 5001b Guided Bomb (GBU-38); sixty (60) LAU-129 Guided – Missile Launchers; thirty-six (36) MK-82 or BLU-111 500 lb Inert Fill Bomb; four hundred (400) MK-82 or BLU-111 500 lb Bomb Bodies; four hundred (400) FMU-152 Joint Programmable Fuzes; and six (6) AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Pods. Also included are fourteen (14) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II; fourteen (14) AN/ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management Systems; sixteen (16) AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites; sixteen (16) AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispensers; Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF), Secure Communications and Cryptographic Appliques; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); ground training device (flight simulator); Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program (ECISAP) support; software and support; facilities and construction support; spares and repair/replace parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; missile containers; DSU-38A/B Illuminated Target Detector (GBU-54); munition support and test equipment; aircraft and munition integration and test support; studies and surveys; U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total cost is $2.91 billion.
  4. How likely is this request to actually happen? http://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/slovakia_18-10_0.pdf
  5. France's SCALP missile sales

    Presumably Storm Shadow doesn't use any US parts?
  6. It was somewhat surprising to me that the US supplies critical components for this missile. Guidance systems, possibly? https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/03/09/missile-sale-from-france-to-egypt-depends-on-us-permission-dassault-head-says/
  7. Su -57 in Syria

    Could it be a limited test to see how the prototypes perform in an operational environment?
  8. Evidently they didn't perform any critical functions?: http://www.janes.com/article/77413/raf-to-scrap-twin-seat-typhoons
  9. F-35's for Belgium?

    Another possible F-35 operator: www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/belgium-f-35-joint-strike-fighter-aircraft
  10. Belgian NH90 issues

    Anyone know what the specific problem is? http://www.janes.com/article/77075/belgian-nh90-nfh-helos-out-of-commission-for-radar-repairs
  11. New Bell V280 Valor flies

    The competing aircraft is Sikorsky's "Raider" concept: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/s-97-raider-helicopter.html
  12. Japanese KC-46A?

    Announced today: The Boeing Co., Defense, Space & Security, Seattle, Washington, has been awarded a $288,681,573 firm-fixed-price contract for one KC-46A aircraft for Japan. The face value is not-to-exceed $19,786,279. This contract provides for non-recurring engineering, integrated logistics support and one KC-46A aircraft modified to the Japan foreign military sales (FMS) configuration. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, with an expected completion date of Feb. 28, 2021. This contract involves 100 percent FMS to Japan, and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $278,590,571 are being obligated at the time of award. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8609-18-G-0002/FA8609-18-F-0006). Presumably more than one aircraft will be required, or is this some sort of development effort?
  13. Colours for F-35 Lightning II

    According to MIL-STD-2161C, external colors are 36170 and 36375.
  14. Best early F-18 in 1/48

    I believe the Monogram kits from the early 1980's came with Paveway I weapons (GBU-12 with MXU-602 AFG). As far as I'm aware, these were never used operationally on the F/A-18.
  15. Germany prefers F-35

    I would imagine it also depends on how much emphasis Germany puts on stealth capability.