Lord Jim wrote:Well anything bigger than a 1000lb bomb needs to be hung on the outside of the J-35B so it doesn't matter whatever AShM we choose it ain't going inside. But we do need to really up our game in this area, the few Harpoon the Carrier Group will have are totally inadequate for the job. It also shows we need to beef up the Carrier Groups defences as I argued a month or so back. We simple cannot cope with a saturation attack using supersonic or faster AShMs with the current set up. China for example has looked at what the USSR was training to do in the Atlantic and improved it by combining land based weapon systems. If things ever turned hot we would have to operate off the coast of Australia to be safe.
NickC wrote:the MQ-25 tanker is to be able to deliver 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) of fuel total to 4 to 6 airplanes at a range of 500nm, current strike range of a USN carrier air wing is now only about 450 nautical miles, effective unrefueled radius of a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
bobp wrote:Just read the above mentioned article and it is not clear as to the amount of time needed, whether it is man hours or actual time. Nor does it state how many personnel are needed to do the job. I cant help thinking that Defense Aerospace are over exaggerating to make a story about the fuel lines that needed to be changed.
An article on f16net suggests a six man team can swap out a engine in 6 hours. Providing all the needed tools and maintenance rigs were available. Also because the engine itself is pretty reliable there has not been many actual engine changes been conducted.
seaspear wrote:discussion on how many aircraft should be carried on the carrier not the number of sorties that are aimed for by the aircraft
seaspear wrote:24 f35b,s should be able to meet this requirement , increasing the number of aircraft could that not impact the number of rotary aircraft ?
for ops, but they will still come back for maintenance... and be "in the way"Scimitar54 wrote:The ASW Merlins planned as being farmed out
Scimitar54 wrote:It is 3 squadrons (of 12) plus 4
The AV‐8B Harrier is the Marine Corps’ only fixed‐wing TACAIR on MEUs
during the transition to F‐35B. As the strike, long range escort, and air
defense asset of the MEU ACE the AV‐8B must continue to develop and
address future capability gaps that will allow it to conduct its METS until
sundown. This evolution over the next five years will focus on:
1) Avionics and software upgrades (LINK‐16, RNP/RNAV, Mode 5/S,
2) Weapons modernization (AIM‐9X Block II, AIM‐120C, APKWS
warhead and envelope expansion, precision stand off weapons)
3) Digital interoperability (LITENING ATDL, high definition video
wireless to the cockpit, VMF, SATCOM)
4) Readiness (PRE/PRL, F402 engine safety/reliability, FOD programs
Gabriele wrote: As of their 2018 Aviation Plan, the Harrier frontline fleet
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