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The F-35 will not be flying on aircraft carriers in the near future, which is a major blow to the progam

Posted by altandmain on June 8, 2019

Recently, an article was published with the site “War is Boring”, about how the F-35 may be many years away from serious carrier operations.

It could be another decade before Ford-class carriers are able to launch F-35C jets

This is a very significant blow to the program. The whole justification of the F-35 program was inter-service platform sharing and the resulting cost savings that this would result in. Without this aircraft having a functional naval variant, one of the big justifications for the program is in serious jeopardy.

This comes on top of the Ford class of aircraft carriers, which has been experiencing issues with its  Electromagnetic Launch System (EMALS) and  Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) systems, which means that the aircraft carrier cannot do the basic functions of launching and recovering aircraft. These are not, by the way the only problems the carrier is facing. It is also facing issues with its elevators. In addition, the nuclear propulsion system is also facing difficulties. These appear to be significantly worse than what problems are “normally” expected in a first of class vessel.

On top of these issues are the other ongoing issues with the F-35, which the Ford class is going to carry. These have resulted in a very poor rate of combat readiness for the aircraft and the General Accountability Office has raised concerns about the situation. Here as well is an older DOT&E report. If you go through the report, there are a number of problems that it uncovered worthy of an article it and of itself.

It  should be noted that the F-35C, the naval version is not the only aircraft with problems. The GAO and DOT&E reports cover some of this, but to put things into perspective, it is believed that the F-35B may only have a service lifetime of a little more than 2000 hours due to structural problems.

While it is very possible to have an aircraft that can serve both on land and for naval applications (indeed Picard here has proposals for that involved navalized versions of all of his aircraft), the F-35 is unlikely to realize any cost savings from the approach they have taken, which actually don’t share that many parts between the aircraft.

Going back to the original story, this problem with the F-35C simply not being able to function on aircraft carriers puts into question the whole (increasingly shaky) justification for the program.  It may very well be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back, so to speak. Not only are the aircraft and the aircraft carrier deeply flawed, but the F-35C simply may not be able to work on aircraft carriers anytime soon.

If these different versions of the F-35 cannot deliver their promised capabilities, then the whole justification for the F-35 program begins to fall apart. I think that it is time to evaluate whether or not the program is truly worth and if not, well in a situation like this, the sunk cost fallacy comes into play. Committing additional resources for a failing program like this is totally counterproductive.

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The types of Byzantine swords

Posted by picard578 on May 4, 2019

Ακαδημία Ιστορικών Ευρωπαϊκών Πολεμικών Τεχνών

By Bill Blake

It’s strange that we in the West have not hitherto paid greater attention to the study of the Byzantine world, the lineal descendant of Rome, and that Constantinople is often viewed as somehow disconnected from the Ancient Roman world when in no way was this true. Byzantium was the closest the medieval world came to fielding a super power, was unquestionably the cause of the Renaisance, and was a military force so preeminent that victories were routine, while defeats were studied and celebrated by that culture. There is so much to fascinate us there, and yet, we still have a long way to come in terms of appreciating it.

Between the Catholic world and the Islamic however, much has been done to throw sand over the legacy of the Romiosi; though we have the great fortune to live in an age where the religious and cultural reasons…

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The Camp of The Saints – Jean Raspail – Free PDF Download

Posted by picard578 on January 1, 2019

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The Byzantine warships and their tactics

Posted by picard578 on September 20, 2018

Weapons and Warfare

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Reconstruction of an early 10th-century Byzantine bireme dromon by John H. Pryor, based on references in the Tactica of Emperor Leo VI the Wise. Notice the lateen sails, the full deck, the fore- and mid-castles, and the Greek fire siphon in the prow. The above-water spur is evident in the bow, while the captain’s tent and the two steering oars are located at stern.

The typical high-seas elite warship of the empire in the period was the dromon (from the Greek dromeas, meaning `the runner’). This was a two-masted fully decked bireme with two banks of oars, one rowed from below the deck and one from above it. There were twenty-five oarsmen on each side of each deck, thus raising the total number of oarsmen to a hundred, all fully seated. The marines and the officers of the ship numbered around fifty men, while the ousia, the standard complement of…

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The Spanish Army of the Thirty Years’ War

Posted by picard578 on September 3, 2018

Art of Warre

Modern impression of a tercio by artist Cabrera Peña. Source: magazine Desperta Ferro!

During the sixteenth and the first half of the seventeenth centuries Spain was the dominant continental power of Europe. Its main strategic assets were (1) its American, Italian and Flandrian possessions, (2) the family ties and alliances of its Habsburg rulers, and (3) its military establishment. As a wargamer I will concern myself only with the infantry, cavalry, dragoons and ordnance.

1. The infantry

Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, engraving 1513

The core of the Spanish army was the infantry, and the core of the infantry were the shock troops called tercios. The tercio developed around 1530 out of an earlier batlefield formation, the coronelía, a 6000-strong unit of pikemen and harquebusiers with some halberdiers and sword-and-buckler men thrown in. The coronelía had been the answer to the double threat which Spain had encountered in the Italian wars: the Swiss Gewalthaufen (pike blocs) and the French heavy cavalry…

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Type 21 Frigate

Posted by picard578 on July 24, 2018

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GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft

Posted by picard578 on May 28, 2018

Thai Military and Asian Region

GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft is a new multi-role airborne surveillance system developed by Saab.

The aircraft is capable of offering air, maritime and ground surveillance on a single platform. It can operate in dedicated or multiple roles and has the ability to simultaneously switch between different roles at any point of time during an ongoing mission.

The GlobalEye airborne surveillance system was launched at the Singapore Airshow 2016. Saab received a $1.27bn contract from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November 2015, to supply a new airborne swing role surveillance system (SRSS) integrating a new variant of the Saab Erieye radar system based on the Global 6000 aircraft.

Dubai Airshow 2015: UAE signs with Saab for two surveillance aircraft and upgrades:Here

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The contract, which was announced at the Dubai Airshow 2015, will see the UAE receive two of the latest versions of Saab’s Erieye airborne…

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Norwegians? Be Careful What You Wish For

Posted by picard578 on January 27, 2018

THE WEICHERT REPORT

DAVID ARCHIBALD | THE WEICHERT REPORT

The overwhelmingly Left-wing foreign policy establishment in the United States would not normally let slip that it is not all peaches and cream in Africa, that in fact the continent is a black hole which will absorb aid funds without trace for all eternity. So what gave Foreign Policy cover to report that the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, a man of African ancestry, continues to be vilified in derogatory racial terms by the Zimbabwean government? It is likely to be have been President Trump’s reported comments using a pithy aphorism to describe some sources of migrants. The President expressed a preference for migrants from Norway. Perhaps he was thinking of the likes of Ann-Margret who migrated to the United States in 1946.

Other Norwegians have been less pleasant, and there is a tie to Zimbabwe. Norway had a prime minister by the name of…

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Islamist Death Cult Propaganda: Destructive To Truth, Humanity

Posted by picard578 on January 1, 2018

Patrice Ayme's Thoughts

A university professor in Northern Ireland, historically a place of religious hatred, wrote an essay for Aeon which is pro-Islam in what supposed to be a smart way: Beyond Liberal Islam. Western liberalism is not the apex and terminus of human history, and it ought not to serve as the measure of Islam. Can Islam help to produce an appealing alternative to liberal societies? Is it time to look beyond the idea of liberal Islam?”

The author keeps sneaking in as obvious, enormously debatable, not to say deeply erroneous concepts. Such as: “The fallacious arguments of Islamophobes”, “the fact Muslim regimes are backwards for historical rather than metaphysical reasons”.

Of course not true. Islam is an extremely dangerous and reductive superstition. All too many people are ignorant of the fact the “West” was NOT Christian. The Frankish empire pretty much covered all of Europe, including Britain after 1066…

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Victims Of Post-WWII Communist Crimes Remembered At Jasenovac

Posted by picard578 on December 27, 2017

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Some of the participants
at Jasenovac 1st May 2017
commemorating post-WWII
victims of communist crimes at Jasenovac
Photo: Oskar Sarunic

In October 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution gave birth to the deadliest ideology in human history – Communism. That disease spread like wildfire. To date Communism has claimed more than 100 million lives worldwide and to quote Nigel Jones : “The 20th century witnessed death and slaughter on an unprecedented scale…Josip Broz Tito’s (described as belonging to the top 20 mass murderers of the 20th century) communist regime murdered some 570,000 political opponents…” and this figure does not account for family members, women and children that stack up a murderous toll. According to the world renowned academic and scientist R.J. Rummel, the democide committed by Tito’s communist regime after WWII amounts to 1,380,000 people (with the population of around 18 million at the time this figure is staggering).

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