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    nope

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    networked AA doesn't give two shits about stealth

    if any S-300PS+ division out of 2 or more even remotely suspects that blip is not a bird you are still fucked, but with about a couple minutes of delay

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    https://www.wpafb.af.mil/News/Articl...ugural-flight/

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – --

    The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator, a long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle completed its inaugural flight March 5, 2019 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona. The Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems to develop the XQ-58A.

    This joint effort falls within the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) portfolio, which has the objective to break the escalating cost trajectory of tactically relevant aircraft. The objectives of the LCAAT initiative include designing and building UAS faster by developing better design tools, and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost.

    Developed for runway independence, the aircraft behaved as expected and completed 76 minutes of flight time. The time to first flight took a little over 2.5 years from contract award. The XQ-58A has a total of five planned test flights in two phases with objectives that include evaluating system functionality, aerodynamic performance, and launch and recovery systems.

    “XQ-58A is the first example of a class of UAV that is defined by low procurement and operating costs while providing game changing combat capability,” said Doug Szczublewski, AFRL’s XQ-58A Program Manager.
    tl;dr, its an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) that maxes out at high subsonic speeds, has ~2000 miles of range, and when you buy 100 or more, costs $2 million each. Its basically a reusable cruise missile.
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    They actually built it? Lol.


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    F-15E Strike Eagle

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    A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber and a Qatari Mirage 2000 fly in formation, Feb. 19, 2019. The aircraft participated with regional partners to test objective-based command and control actions during Joint Air Defense Exercise 19-01. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit)


    A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress makes a flyover at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India, Feb. 20, 2019. The five-day airshow, Aero India, provided an opportunity to strengthen partnerships between the U.S. and India. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Juan Torres)


    T-6 Texan IIs fly in formation at Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Woodrum Field, Va., February 2019. Instructor pilots from the 37th Flying Training Squadron and 48th FTS at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., worked with cadets from the Virginia Tech Air Force’s ROTC program Feb. 8-11, 2019. (Courtesy photo)


    A United States Air Force F-22 Raptor is parked on the flight line on Feb. 11, 2019, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The jets were staged as part of a routine night flying training mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liare View Post
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    why on earth are they flying those bricks again ?
    If you felt that Chinese LO tech was progressing to a point that mattered it's a good way to calibrate any LO sensors you might be developing.

    Or as rumours would have you believe there were still some examples of type having fun in Syria as recently as 2017....
    yea no, the viability of the night hawk went down in flames over Serbia to a S-125 of all things and it got shuffled off to retirement as soon as a replacement was available, a invisible flying brick is useful, a flying brick is not.
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    why on earth are they flying those bricks again ?
    If you felt that Chinese LO tech was progressing to a point that mattered it's a good way to calibrate any LO sensors you might be developing.

    Or as rumours would have you believe there were still some examples of type having fun in Syria as recently as 2017....
    yea no, the viability of the night hawk went down in flames over Serbia to a S-125 of all things and it got shuffled off to retirement as soon as a replacement was available, a invisible flying brick is useful, a flying brick is not.
    Why are you assuming it's a standard airframe being evaluated ?
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    BERLIN (Reuters) - Airbus has decided to redesign the C295 military transport aircraft it builds in Spain to remove German components following Germany’s freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, company sources told Reuters.
    well played Germany, let's see how many jobs will be lost in process

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    C-2 Greyhound

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    What is the SU-57 and should I care?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pattern View Post
    What is the SU-57 and should I care?
    Russian wet dream of 5th generation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candy Crush View Post
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    What is the SU-57 and should I care?
    Russian wet dream of 5th generation?
    NBS? Or Propaganda?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarp View Post
    Why are you assuming it's a standard airframe being evaluated ?
    looks like a duck, quacks like a duck etc.
    Viking, n.:
    1. Daring Scandinavian seafarers, explorers, adventurers, entrepreneurs world-famous for their aggressive, nautical import business, highly leveraged takeovers and blue eyes.
    2. Bloodthirsty sea pirates who ravaged northern Europe beginning in the 9th century.

    Hagar's note: The first definition is much preferred; the second is used only by malcontents, the envious, and disgruntled owners of waterfront property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pattern View Post
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    What is the SU-57 and should I care?
    Russian wet dream of 5th generation?
    NBS? Or Propaganda?
    It's this thing.



    Russia doesn't have the budget to fully develop its capabilities or purchase it in any significant quantity.

    Digital Combat Simulator is about to release an F-14 module. It's not real plane porn, but it's not like anyone's creating the real thing with the Tomcat these days.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Evelgrivion View Post
    Digital Combat Simulator is about to release an F-14 module. It's not real plane porn, but it's not like anyone's creating the real thing with the Tomcat these days.

    All of my DCS buddies are salivating at the F-14 release (in a few days). I'm the only one that's not though. I'm a single seater plane myself, and would much rather have anything from the Warsaw Pact instead. I'm waiting on the MiG-23 MLA, however the company building that has me worried. Esp with their most recent MiG-19 release.

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    Flogger is pretty bad, i'd want a MiG-25PD.

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    Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352 prepare to refuel an F/A-18 Hornet with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323

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    Airmen assigned to the 5th Maintenance Squadron lower the vertical stabilizer on a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 10, 2019. The crew chiefs took turns operating the jackscrew that held the weight of the vertical stabilizer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jesse Jenny)

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