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  1. At one point in the 1960's thought was even given to putting the A-1 back in production. The Skyraider did quite well until the SA-7 Grail made it's appearance. With no real countermeasures, the A-1's were quite vulnerable.
  2. The latest configuration of this FARA competitor replaces the "fan in fin" tail rotor with a more conventional arrangement, supposedly to save weight. Don't know if it will be successful in the end, but it looks quite shark-like: https://www.bellflight.com/products/bell-360
  3. This vehicle has been tested by US Army personnel, and from those tests came some recommended improvements. Haven't heard that noise and vibration was a concern, though. Maybe GDLS took some lessons from Ajax?
  4. As far as training rounds: "...nine thousand one hundred sixty-eight (9,168) 120mm M865 Target Practice, Cone Stabilized, Discarding Sabot - Tracer (TPCSDS-T) cartridges; four thousand five hundred ninety-two (4,592) 120mm M1002 Target Practice Multipurpose Tracer (TPMP-T) projectiles." I'm not sure how far that will go as far as training proficiency.
  5. According to the attached document, Poland will receive: "...thirteen thousand nine hundred twenty (13,920) 120mm M830A1 High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) TP-T cartridges; and six thousand nine hundred sixty (6,960) 120mm XM1147 High Explosive multipurpose tracers."
  6. I have this Trumpeter kit on order as I thought the Ariete was a little-noticed and fairly interesting topic. Anyone familiar with this particular kit? This evidently depicts an uparmoured configuration: http://
  7. From today's (1 July 22) US DoD contract announcements. Evidently 22 ex-Swiss aircraft are being added to the total: "Tactical Air Support Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, is awarded a $265,300,000 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides non-recurring engineering, inspection, modification, and block upgrade efforts for 16 F-5E and six F-5F Tiger II aircraft from a Swiss Confederation configuration to a Navy/Marine Corps N+/F+ configuration. Additionally, this contract procures eight block upgrade retrofits to existing fleet aircraft. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida (32%); Emen, Switzerland (16%); Carlsbad, California (8%); Clarksburg, Maryland (7%); Grand Rapids, Michigan (6%); Woodland Hills, California (5%); Olathe, Kansas (5%); Stead, Nevada (5%); Salt Lake City, Utah (3%); Minneapolis, Minnesota (2%); Waco, Texas (2%); Auburn, Alabama (1%); Deerfield, Illinois (1%); Fairborn, Ohio (1%); Avenel, New Jersey (1%); Jupiter, Florida (1%); Camarillo, California (1%); Warner Robbins, Georgia (1%); Franklin, North Carolina (1%); and Nashville, Tennessee (1%), and is expected to be completed in June 2027. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Warfare Aviation Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0042122D0095)."
  8. Interesting that an aircraft of this vintage is still considered a capable adversary threat trainer. Looks like an array of upgrades are in use: https://tacticalairsupport.com/airplanes/northrop-f-5/
  9. ...Assuming that it makes it through the budgetary process and into the field: https://www.defensenews.com/land/2022/06/28/us-army-unveils-contract-to-build-new-light-tank-for-infantry-forces/
  10. With Blackhawk's (and presumably Seahawk's) eventual replacement on the horizon I would have thought that UH-60 procurement would be tapering off. However, from today's (27 June) DoD contract announcements: "Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $2,278,598,185 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related support for fiscal years 2022-2026, including options for an additional 135 aircraft. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2027. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $478,127,856 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-22-C-0010). (Awarded June 26, 2022)"
  11. Was Sea King equipped with flotation gear? Probably a moot point since I believe it could float.
  12. Seahawk has definitely been around the block, but that doesn't seem to bother Australia, India, and other countries who keep placing orders.
  13. One hopes that Jordan would introduce some sort of striking desert camo scheme for it's new Block 70's. But probably not.
  14. Somehow I don't find it surprising that an airplane that first flew in 2015 requires less maintenance than an airplane that first flew in 1954. https://www.aviacionline.com/2022/06/embraer-c-390-beats-c-130j-in-the-netherlands-and-it-will-become-its-new-tactical-transport/
  15. This aircraft is proving to have a long service life (and customer base) despite it's age: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/jordan-signs-loa-for-f-16-block-70s
  16. Argentina has Chinook on their wish list, but that may be all it is: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2022/06/16/argentina-chooses-to-buy-us-made-chinook-over-russian-mi-26/
  17. Looking at old photos of Vietnam War aircraft, the 30219 Tan seems to vary from a light brown to a golden tan.
  18. As far as Norway getting their money back, I wonder if that's going to happen?
  19. Wonder if Norway has identified a replacement yet?
  20. Didn't realize that things were that bad: https://www.yahoo.com/news/norway-ends-contract-nh90-helicopters-091316486.html
  21. Well, the Skyraider did pretty well in Vietnam until the SA-7 Grail appeared on the scene. With no real countermeasures available at the time, it's goose was pretty well cooked.
  22. A-1's had the somewhat unusual distinction of using aerial torpedoes against a dam in Korea: https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/skyraiders-torpedo-the-hwachon-dam/
  23. Always thought the VNAF A-1 fuselage bands looked quite striking.
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