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September 20, 2019

More F-35 stuff

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:11 pm
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A short article talking about the data-linking capabilities of the F-35.  It sounds impressive, but I wonder how it holds up in a high intensity environment?

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August 28, 2019

Why Turkey can’t have the F-35

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:22 am
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And why this may lead to it leaving NATO.  Turkey is making a mistake.  Pretty sure NATO will actually be better off with Turkey gone.

August 27, 2019

A little bit of good news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:37 am
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It seems like nothing but bad news comes out of Asia these days with tensions ratcheting ever higher.  Well, this seems to be a positive development.  The JMSDF has asked the US Marines to deploy the F-35B on two large Japanese Helicopter carriers.  The Japanese are buying their own F-35Bs and this appears to be some advance work to make sure that the JMSDF ships are ready for the new equipment.

July 12, 2019

Turkey crosses a line

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:14 pm
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They have started receiving S-400 SAMs from Russia.  This means they won’t be getting F-35s.  Frankly, given its current government, I don’t see Turkey staying in NATO.  I am not sure they were ever really a good fit to begin with.

July 1, 2019

Well, well,, well

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:31 pm
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This is interesting.  It also makes one wonder about all of the criticism that the F-35 has received.

June 28, 2019

Japanese F-35 crash

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:10 pm
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Apparently the Japanese have concluded it was pilot error.  

May 24, 2019

Skyborg

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:22 pm
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Interesting article on the integration of UAVs as wingmen/force multipliers for our manned fighter aircraft.  I have little doubt that this is the wave of the future in air warfare.  My question is how quickly it can be accomplished, and can any other countries develop such technology fairly quickly.

May 23, 2019

Russian Su-57 reversal

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:20 pm
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Russia, having previously announced that it was only going to buy 16 Su-57s (after India pulled out of a development deal), has now decided it will buy 76 of the fighters.  Given the reported problems with the aircraft, either they have been solved, or, more likely IMHO, this is more of Russia trying to saber-rattle and impress its neighbors.

It may be related to this, where Poland has announced plans to buy F-35s.

May 15, 2019

F-35 as EW aircraft

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:11 am
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Really good article on a seldom spoken of aspect of the F-35.  The wild weasel role appears to have simply integrated into the US frontline fighter aircraft.

May 9, 2019

Latest F-35 news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:29 am
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Looks like they are getting even cheaper.

Also, they are getting more weapons carriage capability.

Things are coming up roses all over for the F-35.

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