Costs of the Pantsir was also partly paid by UAE. But i think that its quite unrealistic that cooperation with UAE can give Russia the possibility to use more Western/American components. I expect it will stay on the same level as the percentage of Western/France parts like in the Su-30MKI/MKM and the Ka-52.The Checkmate is being aggressively marketed by Rostec as an export product, but a recent statement by a Rostec executive marks the first time that a Russian official publicly discussed a potential co-production arrangement with a foreign partner.nationalinterest.org
Rostec talking with UAE on building production facility in UAE as Co-Producers of Checkmate. makr sense for Russia finding Partner with deep pocket like UAE. Also with UAE it can produce Checkmate version that can use Western off the shelf equipment that will be difficult to do, if the production facility in Russia.
This in my opinion shown unlike Su-57, Checkmate being prepared by Russia more for export products. How this going to develop with US - UAE relations, will be interesting to see. After all this is still in early discussion. However I see this can play on UAE ambitions for regional class defense producers.
Agree on impossibility on Western suppliers for sole Russia only project. However if they make second production facilities in UAE, it can open possibilities for customers that want to use off the shelf western equipment. Since the facilities under control of the partner (in this case UAE), which's not under US or Western sanction.But i think that its quite unrealistic that cooperation with UAE can give Russia the possibility to use more Western/American components.
Yes, that can be the case.Maybe they can upgrade it with Mica NG missiles later, & for now, it'll serve as a backup for the Chinese system. Mica has active homing, either IR or radar.
Sadly the original link can not be opened anymore, but according to BelgianDefenceNews it was announced In June 2020 that the NH90 was too expensive and too few in numbers to be operated effectively, and that the plans were to withdraw the 4 TTH-versions by 2024 and focus solely on the NFH's SAR and naval operations and acquire sensor & armament upgrades for the NFH-90.The Belgian Air Force is planning on replacing its four NH90TTH and and 12 A109 light helicopters. No reasons have been given for the early retirement of the NH90. The Air Force also operates four NH90NFH in the SAR role and those will transferred to the Belgian Navy with four new helicopters being acquired for that role. It's interesting that the Belgians are getting rid of their NH90TTH early.
New helicopters for Belgian Air Force (scramble.nl)
This is the DSCA publication for the NZ acquisition request for five C-130J-30. It indicated US$1.4 billion so you could use that as a possible indication of cost. NZ is acquiring them through FMS and they are having the same fitout as the latest USAF aircraft.The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules Aircraft and related equipment and training for an estimated cost of $2,2 billion.
It is actually remarkable that there was never such announcement for the 5 C-130J-30 Indonesia has ordered, so until now we dont know the exact value of the contract.
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The proof is in the pudding. Let's wait until next year to see if that particular pavlova was worth waiting for. They just might be on to something.US company Kratos and Australian company Hypersonixs say they will test fly a hypersonic drone next year - Kratos, Hypersonix team up on hypersonic drone programme | News | Flight Global To be honest I was always suspicious Hypersonix was a 'vapour ware' company, nice web site HYPERSONIX – Let's Fly to Space but basically BS. They must be offering something genuine if Kratos will get into bed with them.
There seems to be an endless number of space plane type proposals kicking around on the web and almost all of them are pipe dreams, I'm afraid I put these guys in the same basket. Clearly they do have something to offer and I suspect it's mainly to do with materials. AthoughThe proof is in the pudding. Let's wait until next year to see if that particular pavlova was worth waiting for. They just might be on to something.
You wish. We have anti aircraft and drone weaponised sheep effective to 115,000 ft altitude and undisclosed range. They dine on dropbears.There seems to be an endless number of space plane type proposals kicking around on the web and almost all of them are pipe dreams, I'm afraid I put these guys in the same basket. Clearly they do have something to offer and I suspect it's mainly to do with materials. Athough
I have heard the true aim of these drones is to shoot down Rocket Labs craft and destroy the NZ space program, but I'm not bitter.