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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.
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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
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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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>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.
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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.
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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.

No. 18824 ID: e7f332 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
  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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18690 No. 18690 ID: e7f332 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
So some planes happened. Great weather, I stepped out of my office and walked down the street to the Key Bridge between Arlington and Georgetown, since their flight path to the National Mall was just straight down the Potomac.
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>> No. 18731 ID: 6cc8dd
>the last He-111 and it's a Spanish-made licensed version

I know.. I just don't ever want to admit any of what you just said to myself.
>> No. 18732 ID: 06a0fb
Buy more Red Bull. Maybe they can find and restore a few static German planes to airworthy status for the Flying Bulls.

I know I'd love to see one of the Me-262s flying in Red Bull colors.

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MiG-17 'Fresco' 1952 Red Bull Soviet (Confederate or Commemorative) Air Force.
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US WW2 North American B-25 Mitchell Red Bull medium bomber.

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  I like these fancy craft

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