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January 27, 2020

Good news, Polish addition

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:58 pm
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The Poles are buying 32 F-35s.  This will help them integrate further into NATO and provide them true 5th generation capabilities.  The Poles understand the need to be vigilant to their East.  I dam sure wish the rest of Europe did.

November 13, 2019

F-35 update

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:27 am
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The per unit cost of the F-35 continues to fall as more are purchased.  Latest here.

November 12, 2019

Well, this is interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:07 pm
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A talk by the USAF Chief of Staff talking about having the F-22 and F-35 communicate and share information with the X-37B.  Of course, as the article notes, this raises the ever-present question of exactly what the X-37B does and what sort of sensors it has that could share useful information with the fighters.  Something fascinating is going on with thee X-37B.  I just hope that one day we know what it is.

November 11, 2019

F-35Bs for South Korea?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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Maybe.  It only makes sense, and with the South China Sea becoming such a flashpoint, it is unsurprising that Japan and South Korea would feel the need to strengthen their capabilities at sea.

October 29, 2019

Yes, next question

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:42 pm
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Question here.  Iran simply doesn’t have the ability to project its military power much beyond its borders except thru the use of terrorist proxies.

October 18, 2019

What if an F-22 and an F-35 had a baby?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:12 am
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It would probably look like this.  South Korea’s mock-up of their proposed new fighter aircraft, being co-produced with Indonesia.

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?

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.

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