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19119 No. 19119 ID: ae11c2 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Or well, if they don't come to us, we go to them.

I was recently at Wilhelmshaven for work. From our ship, I snapped a few potato quality pics.

Pic 1: I think this contains:
- Sachsen-class Air-defence Frigate: F219 "Sachsen"
- Brandenburg-class Multipurpose Frigate: F217 "Bayern"
- Bremen-class Multipurpose Frigate: F213 "Augsburg"

The Sachsen's APAR radar tower is really ugly as fuck. It repulses incoming bogeys by looks alone. :)
The APAR is an X band radar providing precise target tracking, a highly capable horizon search capability, and missile guidance using the Interrupted Continuous Wave Illumination (ICWI) technique, thus allowing guidance of 32 semi-active radar homing missiles in flight simultaneously, including 16 in the terminal guidance phase.

PS: Our (civilian) ships are bigger than those puny lil' German navy ships.
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>> No. 19121 ID: ae11c2
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Pic 3:
- Berlin-class replenishment ship: A1411 "Berlin"
- Berlin-class replenishment ship: A1412 "Frankfurt am Main"

These guys are heavy lifters. Maintaining a fleet out at sea isn't easy, so they carry 9330 tonnes of fuel oil, aviation fuel and fresh water + 550 tonnes of mixed cargo.

They also have 2 helicopters (sea king or NH-90) for delivering stuff if direct contact at sea can't be made.

They're not huge by my standards, but they're certainly imposing.

PS: If you go full websleuth on me, you can find out what ship I was standing on when taking these pics.
>> No. 19125 ID: 9898e4
Neat! We in Canuckistan are getting a couple of our own in the near future. The FGS Frankfurt am Main & Bonn have visited Halifax in the past. They appear to dwarf most other things we have in harbour.
>> No. 19191 ID: df12a0
>fresh water

German ships have no capability to produce fresh water themselves? I did not know that...
>> No. 19213 ID: ebc535
They do have the capacity to make their own fresh water on board. Tanks of freshwater are useful for when you need a lot quickly (more than can be made on demand), or if you need to fill the tanks of a ship/some disaster area that doesn't have the capacity to make their own.
>> No. 19216 ID: df12a0

Ah, good point! Thank you.

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18849 No. 18849 ID: e9c3ed hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
So, let's list better options that our special snowflake could have gone with. And just discuss experiences with cheap daily drivers, I'm intredasted in that.

Starting with the Glock of cars. Everyone has one, they're cheap and work. The Honda Civic. The bigger brother, the Accord, is also a great option for those wanting a little more space.
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>> No. 19105 ID: e9c3ed
It may be stupid, but I'm actually giving a Humvee heavy consideration.



They dirt cheap right now, come with a title and only need a little work to become street legal. They're easy to work on and are an absolute beast off road.

I'm aware of the drawbacks as well. I know they're uncomfortable, slow, wide as hell and difficult to navigate small streets with, and have no noise reduction

But, I can live with that because... well... Humvee.

I can have my dream Mad Max vehicle for around $7000, especially when they get an influx of them to sell.
>> No. 19107 ID: 1fcda9
Not real familiar with the HMMV's, but those prices look nice. The real question is A) How hard is it to get parts, and B) How electronic are they? I love me some diesel, but god damn, fuck anything that's computerized at all. Shit sucks to work on.
>> No. 19108 ID: e9c3ed
Pretty easy. They're cheap to maintain thanks to a shitload of surplus parts.
>> No. 19127 ID: e9c3ed
IHC, you were praising Vulcans earlier. How do you feel about them in Rangers?

My understanding is that they don't have a lot of power and gas mileage isn't that good. But, considering the immortality of the engine, would it be a good trade off for the reliability?
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Plenty of room, this car was a good idea.

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18815 No. 18815 ID: 963c4b hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Death ray gunships in the works? - SOFIC 2015: US Air Force looks to future gunship modernisation
A number of enhancements are being planned or explored for Air Force Special Operations Command's (AFSOC's) Lockheed Martin AC-130J gunships now entering fixed-wing inventories, including a 105 mm cannon, an offboard sensor, and a directed energy weapon.

The command's gunship fleet has decreased from a high of 37 platforms down to 29 following the recent retirement of 1960s-era AC-130H Spectre aircraft, Lieutenant General Bradley Heithold, commander of AFSOC, noted during 20 May remarks at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida.

"That's going down as we retire them," he said. "So we'll be going 'into a bathtub' for a while as we bring on the AC-130J."

He acknowledged that the AC-130J test programme had experienced "fits and starts", but offered an overall assessment that it was currently "going along very well".

Lt Gen Heithold said that one modification to the original AC-130J design involved the addition of a 105 mm cannon.

"It has become obvious to us that precision strike is great on an AC-130, to provide danger-close precision strike," he said. "So what I need is deep magazines, 80-100 rounds of 105 mm, that I can deliver from 3 miles away."

The AFSOC commander also called for industry to help develop a "tactical offboard sensing" system that could be used when a gunship is orbiting above a heavy cloud deck. The notional system would be launched from a common launch tube and carry a gimbaled sensor into an orbit below the cloud deck, feeding target data back to the gunship.

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I remember reading an article that the US military was excited over the developments of a new experimental liquid laser designed to destroy missiles and artillery but it proved herself to be a compact killer not needing the huge power and cooling systems of previous lasers. Weighing around 750 pounds and able to fire as long as the jet engines in the aircraft supply her with power, this was rushed into testing for new aerial drones.

- US Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) on AC-130 gunship.
The Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) program is a US military program to mount a high energy laser weapon on an aircraft, initially the AC-130 gunship, for use against ground targets in urban or other areas where minimizing collateral damage is important. The laser will be a 100 kilowatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL). It is expected to have a tactical range of approximately twenty kilometers and weigh about 5,000–7,000 kg. This program is distinct from the Airborne Laser, which is a much larger system designed to destroy enemy missiles in the boost phase. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Tactical_Laser
>> No. 19097 ID: 1fcda9
How the fuck do we ever lose the ability to manufacture fucking _anything_ at the government level? You'd think the first thing we'd do with any captured device that we had more than a handful of and considered using for anything would be to tear a few down, diagramming everything. For anything we actually purchase, full plans ought to be part of the deal.

I mean, I can see why some stuff wouldn't be made, but I can't imagine it'd be all that expensive to do a single production run of common parts for the Bofors 40mm once every half-century or so.
>> No. 19098 ID: 1e7cc7
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Those Bofors guns were WW2 vintage and crew were land-loading the 4-round ammo clips into them in the Spectre gunships. This was probably seen as archaic and too manpower-intensive. I am sure somebody could make replicas of them, but the military probably wanted to phase such old weapons out in favor of chain-guns and Gatlings. But if those death rays work out...

Since the beginning of the 1970s Bofors L/60s are still used in the United States Air Force's AC-130 gunships in the air-to-ground role. There were plans to remove these and the Gatling guns on newer AC-130U variants and replace them with 30-mm autocannons. However, these plans did not come to fruition, and the Bofors and Gatlings are still in service.

When four additional AC-130Us were to be converted from 2002, the necessary 40 mm L/60 guns had to be salvaged from old M42 targets at the Nellis AFB range. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bofors_40_mm_gun
>> No. 19099 ID: 1e7cc7
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Master Sgt. Randy Scanian, 16th Special Operations Squadron (left), watches as the U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey (right), loads the 40mm gun of an AC-130H gunship.

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15487 No. 15487 ID: 57a017 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]

>The U.S. Defense Department’s newest and most advanced fighter jet has cracked during testing and isn’t yet reliable for combat operations, the Pentagon’s top weapons tester said in new report.

>The entire F-35 fleet was grounded last February after a crack was discovered in a turbine blade of an F-35A. While the order was subsequently lifted, more cracks have been discovered in other areas and variants of the Lockheed Martin Corp.-made plane, according to the latest annual report by J. Michael Gilmore, director of Operational Test and Evaluation.

>Durability testing of the F-35A, the Air Force’s version of the plane designed to take off and land on conventional runways, and the F-35B, the Marine Corps’ model that can take off like a plane and land like a helicopter, revealed “significant findings” of cracking in engine mounts, fuselage stiffeners, and bulkhead and wing flanges, according to the document. A bulkhead actually severed at one point, it states.

>“All of these discoveries will require mitigation plans and may include redesigning parts and additional weight,” Gilmore wrote in the report.

>The F-35C, the Navy’s version of the plane designed to take off and land on aircraft carriers, has also had cracks in the floor of the avionics bay and power distribution center and, like the F-35B, in the so-called jack point stiffener, according to the document.

>The hardware problems, along with ongoing delays in software development, among other issues, led Gilmore to conclude that the fifth-generation fighter jet’s “overall suitability performance continues to be immature, and relies heavily on contractor support and workarounds unacceptable for combat operations.”

>He added, “Aircraft availability and measures of reliability and maintainability are all below program target values for the current stage of development.”
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>> No. 18939 ID: 68aa6b
Better hope they don't bumrush you.
>> No. 18955 ID: 07ffad
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Australia has dropped plans to buy Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft for its Landing Helicopter Ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide, various sources report on Thursday 9 July.
>> No. 18966 ID: 51dbcb

Here come the cuts.


And aussies are dropping the suggestion of using the B variant on their ships (while still keeping the A for the air force).
>> No. 18972 ID: 254d85
How can they cancel it when they never ordered them? Australia has only purchased F-35As, and IIRC the idea that they'd buy Bs to fly off the Canberra class has only ever existed in the minds of Tony Abbot and a few former fixed-wing admirals.

Supposedly the ski jumps don't even have the internal reinforcing needed to operate aircraft because it was too expensive to have the Spaniards remove it entirely, but I think that's just a rumor.
>> No. 20311 ID: d8acd0
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Australian Air Force Must Make Careful F-35 Choices
February 15, 2016 http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2016-02-15/australian-air-force-must-make-careful-f-35-choices
To minimize costs and maximize the effectiveness of its new F-35A fleet, the RAAF will have to closely follow U.S. weapons and training decisions.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is preparing to receive its first squadron of 14 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs in-country in late 2018. They will be preceded by a squadron of 12 Boeing EF-18G Growlers that will arrive next year.

Like other air arms receiving advanced combat aircraft from the U.S., the RAAF must make careful choices about weapons and software commonality, and training, if costs are to be restrained. Air Commodore Mike Kitcher, the RAAF’s director general capability planning, provided some insight into the issues for delegates attending The International Fighter Conference in London last November.

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  screws uber alles
>> No. 18825 ID: 06a0fb
  Only 50 years late to the party.
>> No. 18826 ID: e7f332

That poor horse at 3:15
>> No. 18831 ID: 06a0fb
>At least one animal was harmed in the making of this film.
>> No. 18840 ID: 1e7cc7
  A Chrysler commercial from the 1960's depicts the testing of an unusual vehicle - the Marsh Screw Amphibian. https://youtu.be/H5NsmZcLAdM
>> No. 18886 ID: 43ecd4
Screwber alles

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18823 No. 18823 ID: 044fd0 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Everel single-blade, variable-pitch propeller:


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18745 No. 18745 ID: fa19eb hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
I know I'm likely in the minority, but the body styling looks pretty cool to me.
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>> No. 18749 ID: 4930b8
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>that butchery of the English language
>> No. 18750 ID: de0bec
Even chatbots can produce language with better flow than that.
>> No. 18751 ID: fa8530
OP's pic is about 5 years old, it's a photoshopped image of what the Mustang, Challenger, and Camaro would look like as one car.
>> No. 18755 ID: 94db74
Looks like a pigfat Celica.

>> No. 18803 ID: 81be18
What? I don't see anything is wrong on it.

No. 18754 ID: 68aa6b hide watch quickreply [Reply]
  Found this beautiful hackjob.

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>> No. 18722 ID: 381ee6
You're lucky it didn't kill all those people
>> No. 18724 ID: ca37e4

They obviously overworked the transmission driving it all the way to Ukraine and back.
>> No. 18725 ID: 7161df
>surface to air flamethrower

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18720 No. 18720 ID: faf5b0 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
And then this happened.
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>The pair agreed with analysis posted by experts on the websites 38north.org and armscontrolwonk.com that the missile was likely launched from a specially designed submerged barge, and not from a submarine
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they can use photoshop, but they can't figure out the blur function?
>> No. 18741 ID: faf5b0
What do you mean.
>> No. 18742 ID: 3f8611

The pixels are kind of obvious...
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Obviously video stream compression, yeah.

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