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Old June 7th, 2016   #31
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it gets back to the basics of "is the aircraft a dud because it doesn't do what it was designed to do" as opposed to "is the aircraft a dud because it doesn't do what we want it to do" which unhappily usually means that the engineering and design brief never considered the "new" requirements

unless the plane is a complete dud at the design level (ie inherent design flaws) they're all a legacy of being developed to meet the demands of the conops used to inform the engineers

its rarely the plane which is a dud - its usually an expectation centric issue wrapped around "additional requirements" which should have been factored in from the beginning if the development cycle had been done at qualified and considered pace

garbage in - garbage out across design, development, engineering, force and platform modelling, user input, service intent stages.....
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Old June 7th, 2016   #32
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That's an argument for not having just one size of transport aircraft. It's not an argument against the A400M, or anything else the same size such as the C-2, any more than the ability of the A400M to get into & out of airstrips that the C-17 can't means the C-17 is useless.
So it appears that the RAAF did there due diligence in this regards with a mixed fleet of,

Super King Air (light transport & cannot be deployed into combat areas)
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Originally posted in RNZAF thread but figured more suitable located here.

Berlin Ties Airbus A400M Failures to Contracts Award By Country

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BERLIN --- German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen today blamed the failures accumulated by the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft on the award of contracts according to national quotas rather than to strict quality criteria at the beginning of the project.
I'm a bit on the fence over this view with it being an accepted and understandable concept that any nation that invest's in a project should get an appropriate share of the work.

Would be impossible to have garnered any funds from the respective nations involved had they not been allocated the work given with countries not being in the habit of investing to create job's for other advanced economies. Invest to create job's in a third world nation they would as that has positive effects for all, but no nation would invest there tax dollars to create job's in Germany or France etc etc.

I don't see it so much a failure in awarding contract's based on national quotas as a failure in Airbus and the partner nations failing to implement system's to award the work to the best companies in said nations.
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The week's Aviation News site has an article about the delay in the KC-46 caused by the boom. From the article;


'The KC-46 did successfully pass fuel to a Lockheed Martin F-16 using the refueling boom back in January. But during more recent tests with the C-17, a much bigger aircraft, the turbulent “bow wave effect”—air disturbance generated by two large aircraft flying in line—proved too difficult for the refueling system to handle."

This would also be the case with a KC-10 and C-17 refueling I would think. Does anyone know if the KC-30 is used for refueling C-17s? How different are the booms on a KC-135 compared to a KC-30?
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The interim fix for the A400M engine gearbox problem has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency. This involves initial inspections of the planes after 650 flight hours, up from 100 hours, with follow-up inspections to be required every 150 hours.
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The week's Aviation News site has an article about the delay in the KC-46 caused by the boom. From the article;


'The KC-46 did successfully pass fuel to a Lockheed Martin F-16 using the refueling boom back in January. But during more recent tests with the C-17, a much bigger aircraft, the turbulent “bow wave effect”—air disturbance generated by two large aircraft flying in line—proved too difficult for the refueling system to handle."

This would also be the case with a KC-10 and C-17 refueling I would think. Does anyone know if the KC-30 is used for refueling C-17s? How different are the booms on a KC-135 compared to a KC-30?
Yes, the RAAF has successfully refuelled both RAAF and USAF C-17s using the KC-30's refuelling boom.

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Embrear and Boeing have strengthened their KC390 support pact. The pact covers marketing and in-service support by Boeing for the KC390. This will be of benefit for potential sales of the airlifter to potential customers.

Leonardo have introduced a new dual role combat trainer variant of their M346 LIFT. This is the M346FT.

Boeing have stated that regardless of whether or not they win the upcoming USAF T-X competition, they will likely globally market the new LIFT that they are jointly developing with SAAB.

The US DOD is seeking "considerations" from Boeing regarding delays to delivery of the KC46. Whilst the US DOD is not liable for cost over runs, the extra time that the KC135s are having to stay in service is costing the USAF.

The latest armed variant of the Blackhawk. This one by Sikorsky.

The Gripen appears to be gaining interest in South America because of its lower acquisition and operating costs.
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Here's a link on AI being developed for air-to-air combat. It will be interesting to see how long this will take to be ready for prime time.

Artificial Intelligence Drone Defeats Fighter Pilot: The Future? « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
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Here's a link on AI being developed for air-to-air combat. It will be interesting to see how long this will take to be ready for prime time.

Artificial Intelligence Drone Defeats Fighter Pilot: The Future? « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
Yeah, that gathered a lot of attention. I think the intended benefit is in facilitating manned/unmanned teaming by allowing the latter greater autonomy.

Another area for AI having a major impact is in the EW arena. Smarter, faster EW systems that learn and adapt in real time to threats.

Next-Generation Electronic Warfare Development Targets Fully Adaptive Threat Response Technology | Georgia Tech Research Institute
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Yeah, that gathered a lot of attention. I think the intended benefit is in facilitating manned/unmanned teaming by allowing the latter greater autonomy.

Another area for AI having a major impact is in the EW arena. Smarter, faster EW systems that learn and adapt in real time to threats.

Next-Generation Electronic Warfare Development Targets Fully Adaptive Threat Response Technology | Georgia Tech Research Institute
Very interesting technology. Haven't seen much lately about quantum computing, a possible means to confirm if DRFM jamming being applied against you. Angry Kitten is a strange name for this technology, I wonder what the story behind that is?
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Very interesting technology. Haven't seen much lately about quantum computing, a possible means to confirm if DRFM jamming being applied against you. Angry Kitten is a strange name for this technology, I wonder what the story behind that is?

DARPA is making progress in tech that will enable the US systems to more effectively operate in a dense jamming environment. Software is becoming increasingly complex and will require the performance afforded by the new chip technoogy.

New DARPA chip could give US a leg up in electronic warfare - U.S. - Stripes


New DARPA chip could give US a leg up in electronic warfare

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Enter a new chip from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that would give the U.S. military a much needed boost when it comes to operating in a combat environment where communications and radar can be jammed by the enemy. This chip an "exceptionally high-speed analog-to-digital converter," known as an ADC would benefit U.S. equipment that operates on the electromagnetic spectrum (radios, radar, etc) by increasing the ability to process portions of the electromagnetic spectrum at a drastically higher rate than current jamming and anti-jamming equipment.

From DARPA's release on the chip:

"Today's ADCs, however, only process data within a limited portion of the spectrum at a given time. As a result, they can temporarily overlook critical information about radar, jamming, communications, and other potentially problematic EM signals. DARPA's Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) program addressed this challenge by supporting the development of an ADC with a processing speed nearly ten times that of commercially available, state-of-the-art alternatives. By leveraging this increased speed, the resulting ADC can analyze data from across a much wider spectrum range, allowing DoD systems to better operate in congested spectrum bands and to more rapidly react to spectrum-based threats."
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The Czech and Swiss are looking at leasing up to 13 Airbus A-400M from Germany as a combined lease. What is interesting is that these aircraft are the 13 that the Germans were originally going to sell, but apparently have since decided to lease instead.
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The Czech and Swiss are looking at leasing up to 13 Airbus A-400M from Germany as a combined lease. What is interesting is that these aircraft are the 13 that the Germans were originally going to sell, but apparently have since decided to lease instead.
Yes, there is a fair bit of re-assessing going on in Germany at the moment.
The realisation that their armed forces are run down to what might be described as a parlous state, has caused a shift in attitude.
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Offering surplus A400M to smaller allies & friends on lease could work well. They don't have to cough up big capital sums, but could get big improvements in capability.
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I'm guessing that Boeing don't care about ever getting any other business with Denmark...

Boeing's Dogfight with Denmark Over $3 Billion Fighter Jet Contract Lands In Court (excerpt)
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