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Russia Ends Military Ties With Turkey After Fighter Shot Down Commented on: 6 days ago (November 25, 2015)

The case for this particular shoot down appears to be weak, however the Russians have been acting aggressively wrt minding Turkey's borders. What's up with Russian navigation and defensive EW?...

U.K. To Buy 138 F-35s, Will Boost Fighter Squadrons Commented on: 1 week ago (November 23, 2015)

There are reasons why P-8 systems are hosted on a large jet (large localized crewing) and complementary systems are hosted on the Triton UAS (endurance.)

U.S. Considers Up To 72 New F-15s Or F-16s Commented on: 1 week ago (November 20, 2015)

The most interesting thing is the tacit admission by the USAF that they will need EA / jamming aircraft - a bit of a reversal, and illustrating that fighter size stealth aircraft will need help...

Opinion: LRS-B Protest Rhetoric Masks Fragile Case Commented on: 1 week ago (November 20, 2015)

So when does anyone take an opinion from a paid consultant - particularly at an early stage - seriously? That is their job, isn't it?

Opinion: A New Bomber For $550 Million? Not Likely Commented on: 2 weeks ago (November 13, 2015)

The only thing I agree with the authors is that the unit cost will exceed $550M.

Editorial: FAA Playing Catch-up On Unmanned Aircraft Commented on: 5 weeks ago (October 27, 2015)

The FAA / NASA need to commission studies to evaluate which types and weights of UAS are dangerous to manned aircraft, as system safety is paramount. Light aircraft and helicopters are...

Canadian Election Results Opens Fighter Competition Commented on: 5 weeks ago (October 21, 2015)

But overall O&M costs are considerably more than the aircraft that it will be replacing, which is the metric to be compared.

Boeing Offers New, Rebuilt, Upgraded Super Hornets To U.S. Navy Commented on: 6 weeks ago (October 14, 2015)

I agree that we need long ranged aircraft on the boat, but disagree with the idea that we need to increase the number of dumb bombs carried. More tonnage doesn't equate to destroying more targets...

Floggers, Fishbeds And Albatrosses In L'il Ol' Delaware Commented on: 7 weeks ago (October 7, 2015)

At Sussex County (KGED) there are a number of MiG 15 / 17 or 19 / 21 hulks sitting outside. Not sure what's inside the hanger. Not sure why Delaware is a relative hotspot for old Soviet era...

Australia Abandons Proposal To Order F-35B Commented on: 20 weeks ago (July 9, 2015)

About $50M for F-35B specific mods. The Wasp also had its substandard combat systems upgraded which pushed the total bill for its refits to over $100M.


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