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  1. Looks like the OXCART aircraft didn't escape completely unscathed during the Vietnam War. One evidently picked up a missile fragment during a BLACK SHIELD mission: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0001473841.pdf
  2. An interesting declassified document on these two aircraft. The A-12 seems to have slightly better speed and altitude performance: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0001471952.pdf
  3. An Australian comparative evaluation from 2015 between the Hi-Power and various other handguns: https://search.informit.org/doi/pdf/10.3316/informit.584986263066920
  4. Springfield Armory (USA) and Girsan of Turkey are both introducing their Hi-Power versions. This seems to fit in with the "Retro" theme that is in vogue in the US these days. Girsan has a lot of guns on the US market these days, and their overall quality has garnered a fan base of sorts. https://www.springfield-armory.com/sa-35-series-handguns/sa-35-handguns/ https://eaacorp.com/product/girsan-mc-p35/
  5. Well, so far the P-8 seems to be more successful than the KC-46.
  6. If Boeing can't get a 1980's vintage 767 airframe to work reasonably trouble-free as a tanker after several years and billions of dollars, trying to get a 787-based solution to work sounds like a real dumpster fire.
  7. Air-to-air refueling would probably make the endurance factor about even, I would think.
  8. The E-7 seems like the logical choice: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/usaf-launches-e-3-replacement-effort-notes-e-7-intent
  9. Not sure this will make it through Congress, but who knows? https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/1-turkeys-erdogan-says-u-102615551.html
  10. The design of the vehicle itself apparently originated with Timoney Technology of Ireland.
  11. This seems broadly comparable to other vehicles in it's class. Does anyone know if the Allison transmission and Caterpillar engine are imported or domestically produced under license? https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/taiwan-orders-21-additional-cm-34-infantry-fighting-vehicles
  12. Are these replacing any existing assets? https://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/Press Release - Australia 21-61 CN.pdf
  13. I note that the linked article is from 2019. Is the information still current?
  14. Looks like Germany exercised an option (from today's DoD contract announcements): The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is awarded a $756,634,580 fixed-price-incentive-fee modification (P00203) to a previously awarded contract (N0001914C0067). This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of five Lot 12 P-8A aircraft for the government of Germany. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington (98.15%); Huntington Beach, California (1.19%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (0.66%), and is expected to be completed in February 2025. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $756,634,580 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
  15. There were plenty of videos of Russian Backfires salvoing loads of free-fall bombs in Syria. Much cheaper than guided munitions and you may occasionally hit what you're aiming at.
  16. Hopefully the B-21 won't come with 20 years of bugs to work through, but I'm not optimistic.
  17. Was this aircraft considered a success for Dassault? It was a departure from their typical delta-wing designs.
  18. In the competition for "longest lived military aircraft", it may come down to B-52 vs C-130.
  19. Well, we did inflict the Kardashians and Britney Spears on the world.
  20. Looks like it's going forward. From today's DoD contract announcements: Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, has been awarded an estimated $500,870,458 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a six-year base period for B-52 Replacement Engines, with a potential total of $2,604,329,361 if all options are exercised. This contract provides for 608 commercial engines plus spare engines, associated support equipment and commercial engineering data, to include sustainment activities, to be used on the B-52H bomber fleet. The location of performance is Indianapolis, Indiana, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 23, 2038. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition in which one solicitation was posted and four offers were received. Fiscal 2021 research and development funds in the amount of $5,464,452 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity (FA8107-21-D-0001).
  21. UK is looking ahead to the next generation: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/uk-awards-design-and-concept-contracts-for-next-generation-ssn
  22. Curious as to what the actual boat will eventually look like. Presumably US combat system and Mk 48 torpedoes?
  23. War with China? Wal-Mart would never allow it.
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