Value of stealth aircraft

Introduction Unlike US Navy and every other air force across the world, USAF has decided to transit to an all-stealth air force. But due to the Moore’s law, processing power doubles every 18 months – which means not only improvements in sensors that are already very capable of detecting stealth aircraft, but also that, as…

News: Danish fighter restart could hurt the F-35

Link As Canada is having second thoughts about the programme, Denmark restarting the competition is not good news for F-35. Denmark is looking to replace F-16, an aircraft designed to be cheap, small and able to beat any competitor in the dogfight. F-35 is nothing of that. While Denmark is only procuring 30 fighters, this…

Why USAF hates A-10 and why it can’t be replaced

A-10 was, along with F-16, one of two tactical aircraft created by Fighter Mafia for USAF. Notably, while USAF managed to screw up F-16 by adding bombing and BVR capabilities, A-10 is still relatively unchanged, with exception of new electronics. It is safe, efficient, durable, reliable and cheap, managing to operate in wider range of…

Myth of the defense spending as a job creator

Many neoconservatives in United States defend the military budget from cuts with arguments that range from “it will threaten US security” to “it will lead to loss of jobs”. In this article, I will be adressing the latter argument.   But, fact is that long wars always cause recession, as money flow is redirected from…

Saab Gripen vs F-35

AIRFRAME PERFORMANCE Contrary to some claims, F-35 has rather simple and conventional aerodynamics. Basic configuration is similar to F-16, however lack of LERX, and use of lower-performance but stealth-friendly chimes for high AoA lift enhancement, means that it will have far less body lift than F-16 to help compensate for its high wing loading, and…

F-35 brief

Link This is a brief about F-35 strike aircraft. Lockheed Martin had stated many things about it, but not many are correct. For details, see inside.

Aircraft carrier proposal

Aircraft carrier has to be able to do following things: a) carry as many aircraft as possible b) launch them as quickly as possible c) recover them as quickly as possible d) have as many aircraft on deck as possible   While ski ramp is simpler, more reliable, and is safer than catapult-assisted takeoff, it…

Quick solution to USAF downwards spiral

Link US aircraft procurement is on obvious downwards spiral – huge increases in spending have resulted in equally huge decreases in procurement. Most numerous tactical aircraft in US service is still F-16, and is likely to remain so for next few decades. This is my solution.

AIP vs nuclear submarines

STRATEGIC COMPARISION   COST   Cost of typical AIP sub is 100 million USD to 250 million USD, compared to 1,6 – 3 billion USD for typical nuclear submarine; though estimates for possible US diesel subs were as high as 500 million to 1 billion USD.   Here is list of submarine costs:   AIP…