David Knights' Weblog

April 3, 2019

The return of the light carrier

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:56 pm
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Looks like the Marines while exercising in the Philippines have loaded up the USS Wasp (LHD-1)with an unusually large contingent of F-35Bs.  This isn’t really surprising.  I suspect that the USN will test out multiple configurations on the LHA/LHD and even LPDs.  Where a US presence is required with an air presence, but not enough to warrant a CVN, these “light carriers” with F-35Bs will be a real force multiplier.  When the Loyal Wingman drones come online down the road, there will be even more of a force multiplier effect.

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April 1, 2019

F-35 pilot interviews

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:26 pm
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Fascinating stuff here.  You really come away with the sense that air-to-air combat has changed dramatically in the last 15 years.

March 30, 2019

A new USAF missile?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:59 am
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New to the USAF, that is.  It appear that the USAF is going to base a new missile for use in its next generation aircraft on the current USN Anti-radar ARM.  In this case there seems to be some actual cooperation between the services to make a weapon usable by both.  Hopefully it will save some money as well.

March 27, 2019

Stealth

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:44 am
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How hard is defeating stealth technology?  Pretty hard according to this article.  While I think 5th generation technology is pretty good, I am skeptical that it can’t be defeated.  Quantity has a quality all its own. 

March 1, 2019

F-35C is operational

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:24 pm
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So says the USN.

February 27, 2019

USMC F-35s in combat

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Looks like the USMC’s F-35s have been used in combat off of one of the LHA “baby carriers”. This is a good demonstration of the value of the B version of the F-35s, allowing lower intensity missions using the small carriers instead of a CVBG.

February 22, 2019

F-35 PR?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:52 pm
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Is this just straight up PR for the F-35?  Wonder what the true story is.  I do tend to believe that the F-35 may be more effective that was originally thought, as all new weapons systems have initial operational problems.

February 9, 2019

More F-35 news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:29 am
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Japan is now scheduled to be the largest foreign purchaser of the F-35.  Hmmmm, I wonder why?

January 31, 2019

More F-35 good news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:23 pm
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Looks like per unit costs are falling again, to below $80M per unit starting next year.

January 25, 2019

Super maneuverable F-35

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:00 pm
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At the beginning of the F-35 testing, stories came out deriding the F-35 for not being able to dogfight an F-16.  Turns out that those stories might not have been all that they seemed at the time.  While I doubt the F-35 will spend much time dogfighting, it appears to have that ability.

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