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Old September 16th, 2015   #46
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Why not? So long as there is no deliberate attempt to blind enemy combatantsmin contravenion of international conventions, then using a laser to incinerate them seems legal. Or am I understanding this wrong?
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Old September 17th, 2015   #47
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Why not? So long as there is no deliberate attempt to blind enemy combatantsmin contravenion of international conventions, then using a laser to incinerate them seems legal. Or am I understanding this wrong?
I can see no difference between using a gun/missile or laser to disable or destroy an enemy aircraft. Besides, the laser in question, even if aimed at the pilots eyes, would result in death not blindness.
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Why not? So long as there is no deliberate attempt to blind enemy combatantsmin contravenion of international conventions, then using a laser to incinerate them seems legal. Or am I understanding this wrong?
I see no convention blocks to using it/them against combatants whatsoever. Only upside IMO. The concept of no longer having limits of on board rounds is a huge leap for both offensive and defensive operations. game changing tech
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I can see no difference between using a gun/missile or laser to disable or destroy an enemy aircraft. Besides, the laser in question, even if aimed at the pilots eyes, would result in death not blindness.
Even the largest of the portable laser today would only blind the pilot at best. As soon as he felt the heat, he would reflexively look away.

Then again, a blind pilot is just a dead pilot waiting to crash.
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The USAF expounds on it's vision of how it will fight wars in the future battlespace. This helps put in context the investments in high tech systems and enabling tech we've seen. Noteworthy is the expanded role of unmanned systems and also the key role that the F-35 will play leveraging it's unique strengths.


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Old September 19th, 2015   #51
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Lockheed Martin looks to build prototype HWB

Lockheed Martin and NASA have been studying and wind tunnel testing the HWB for six years. The aircraft uses a hybrid Wing Body (HWB) to increase lift and reduce drag increasing fuel efficiency by 70%. Man be an optionally manned cargo aircraft.

They now have budget approval to move forward with a prototype



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Old September 28th, 2015   #52
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Boeing has maiden flight of the KC46

First fully provisioned KC-46A tanker makes maiden flight - IHS Jane's 360
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Russian AF collecting data in Syria in western 5th gen aircraft?

With the IL-20M coot and newest flankers deployed one has to wonder if the intent it to look at the Radar signatures of the F22 and gain real world experience to counter it.

Wonder if the USAF will continue to fly it or avoid giving the Russians valuable intel

Same could be said if the deploy S300/400 systems, could also observe and gain Intel
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Boing awarded contract for F15 EW upgrade

Full new EW suite to include countermeasure on the way for legacy F15s



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With the IL-20M coot and newest flankers deployed one has to wonder if the intent it to look at the Radar signatures of the F22 and gain real world experience to counter it.

Wonder if the USAF will continue to fly it or avoid giving the Russians valuable intel

Same could be said if the deploy S300/400 systems, could also observe and gain Intel
These things work both ways. Seen the ESM fitout we have on our E-7A Wedgetails we have over there, for example? 😊

However in such an environment I don't doubt for a second the F-22A and other LO assets will employ appropriate signature management policies...
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More JASSM on the way formthenUSAF to include JASSM-ER

The USAF has awarded USD305.4 million for production JASSMs and JASSM-ERs
The deal includes 140 JASSMs and 140 JASSM-ERs
Lockheed Martin has received a USD305.4 million contract from the US Air Force for continued production of the stealthy Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and its Extended Range (ER) variant, the company announced on 15 October.

The Lot 13 contract includes 140 of the baseline cruise missiles for US and international partners, 140 extended-range variants, and support equipment and services. Representing the fifth production lot of JASSM-ER, it is the largest order to date. More than 2,300 JASSMs and JASSM-ERs have been ordered, while over 1,700 have been delivered, according to Lockheed Martin.

The missiles feature a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead, an infrared seeker, and enhanced digital anti-jam GPS receiver.
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Northrup Grumann wins the LRS-B Award.

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Northrop Grumman, Falls Church, Virginia, has been awarded a contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber. For more information, please refer to: http://www.defense.gov/News/Press-Ad...contract-award
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Northrup Grumann wins the LRS-B Award.

No real details available yet.
I wonder how long the Boeing-LM team contract protest process will take? Was the survival of NG as a plane maker also a factor in the win? Perhaps LM should have waited until after the LRS-B award before scooping up Sikorsky.

In any event, a great winfor NG.
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Was the survival of NG as a plane maker also a factor in the win?
That was asked several times (not directly) in the press conference and the answer was no.
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Northrup Grumann wins the LRS-B Award.

No real details available yet.
Sounds like the LRSB may be a generational leap forward for strike bombers. Optionally manned, full ECM/ECCM. Sounds like a larger F35 in the making.

Will be interesting to see if it has the ability to carry AAW as a "mother ship" concept whereby F35\F22 can highlight targets and then the B3 can release ordinance
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