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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2006, 12:46:07 AM »

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Its first flight is still several months away, but the next generation F-35 Lightning II fighter/attack jet made its public debut Friday in a ceremony that was equal parts Academy Awards showbiz and political convention fanfare.

A senior Lockheed Martin executive, the U.S. Air Force's top general and area politicians all hailed the occasion as a momentous day for the Fort Worth plant, where 2,000-plus planes are expected to be built, and praised the aircraft's yet-to-be-tested combat capabilities.

The Lightning II will be "the most sophisticated, affordable and capable" aircraft of all time "and the very best fighter ever built," promised Ralph Heath, president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., the lead contractor for the F-35 development program.

But amidst the pomp and pageantry -- the plane was unveiled in a decorated hangar filled with giant video screens and speakers booming bass-laden techno music -- a cloud of uncertainty about the U.S. government's ability to fund the F-35 program seemed to hang over the event.

The F-35 is most-expensive weapons procurement ever undertaken by the U.S. military. Contracts worth about $30 billion, out of an estimated total U.S. government cost of $276 billion, have been issued so far to Lockheed and other contractors.

Noting a vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee to cut $1.2 billion from the F-35 budget in 2007, which would delay initial production for at least a year, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he "will continue to work in Congress to make sure this important program stays on track and gets the support it deserves."

As Air Force Gen. Michael Moseley let out the worst-kept secret in Washington, the Lightning II name, a giant video screen behind him disappeared into the stage floor, revealing the stealth gray F-35, bathed in spotlights and also shrouded in smoke.

"What a fantastic looking flying machine," Moseley said. "Today, we collectively put the enemies of peace and freedom on notice. Their defenses are obsolete."

The F-35 is supposed to eventually replace many of the combat aircraft now used by the U.S. and its allies. It is designed to be stealthy -- hard to detect with radar -- speedy, maneuverable and loaded with modern weapons. Three versions are planned, one each for the Air Force, Navy and Marines.

At least 10 other nations have already expressed wishes to buy F-35s, including eight that have contributed $4.5 billion to the $41 billion development effort.

Moseley thanked the personnel of Lockheed, and partner contractors Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, for producing a great airplane that will be a potent weapon.

"Let's get on with building this airplane," Moseley said, "and get it out where it should be" in the hands of the armed forces.

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, former head of the Fort Worth plant, followed Moseley with a speech that invoked the words of three presidents -- Eisenhower, Reagan, and George W. Bush -- and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Designed from the start for use by multiple armed services, the F-35 will be "a giant step forward for unity of effort" by the U.S. and allies in joint military operations, England said.

Politicians on hand gave short speeches laden with references to history, patriotism and home-state pride.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, was statesmanlike, praising the other nations "who've stepped up to the plate" and contributed funds to the F-35 development effort and the need for the U.S. to build "stronger relationships with our allies" to preserve and spread freedom around the world.

Cornyn said the F-35 "will carry on the proud tradition of this factory in producing the world's greatest aircraft" for the U.S. military.

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, struck a cocky, Bush-like chord, arguing against critics who say there's little need for a new generation of expensive fighter jets in the conflicts U.S. forces are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraqi terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed by U.S. bombs, "found out the F-16 could make a house call," Granger said, adding that U.S. forces already have a name for his successor. "They just call him 'Next.'"

Fancy rhetoric notwithstanding, the F-35 still faces many technical, political and economic obstacles. The latter may be the most formidable because the military's needs for new, modern and more capable planes of all types are threatened by the high cost of fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Although the F-35 is making good progress, it will be under budget pressure throughout this decade," said Loren Thompson, president of Lexington Institute defense think tank and a consultant with close ties to the Air Force. "It's the biggest weapons program of all at a time when the budgets are getting tighter."

Internally, Air Force officials are considering scaling back their F-35 purchase plans from 1,763 to 1,400 or even 1,100 planes, Thompson said.

Cuts of that magnitude would drive up the cost of all the other planes to both U.S. and foreign buyers, which could trigger cutbacks in their planned purchases.

In remarks to reporters after the ceremony, England and the politicians expressed concern about the cost and budget issues. England said "keeping costs down poses a challenge."

England, who last fall urged the military services to eliminate one F-35 version in an attempt to save money, said he now thinks that the program schedule "is just about right" and should be funded by Congress.

Cornyn and Hutchison were both adamant in opposing their Senate colleagues' efforts to cut F-35 funding and delay production.

"It would be penny-wise and pound-foolish to cut money for this program," Cornyn said, echoing arguments that slowing the program down would drive up the cost.

Said Hutchison: "There is strong congressional support for this program. It's part of our joint efforts. It's expensive, but as the secretary said, it's cost-effective."
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« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2006, 08:03:27 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2006, 08:57:46 PM »

Sad to see it go...

The fact that the Merkava did not do well in the recent war in Lebanon does not do justice to the tank. Tank to tank, the Israeli Merkava can stand toe to toe against most of the tanks the Arabs can throw at it.

Unlike Sinai, and the Negev desert, Lebanon's terrain and roads generally does not favour tank warfare. It is unfair to consider the Merkava obsolete, simply because of Israeli tactical errors on the part of their commanders, the lack of proper training for the reservists, and the deficiencies of current Israeli armour tactics pertaining to the use of tanks in terrain like that of Lebanon.


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 21:35 Sep 28, '06 / 6 Tishrei 5767
 by Hana Levi Julian


Billions of dollars and 37 years later, the Merkava tank production line will be phased out over the next four years. Thousands of workers will be affected by the change.


The Merkava has been one of the most expensive projects in the history of the Israeli military, with estimated costs ranging from US $ 7.5 billion to US $10 billion since its conception in 1969 by Major-General Israel Tal.

Thousands of Israelis are employed in production plants and other related military industries that are involved in manufacturing the tank. It is not yet clear how the shutdown will impact the economy. It is certain that many workers will lose their jobs and primary source of income.

According to the Globes business news website, the IDF made the decision to end production of the tank shortly before the recent war with Hizbullah terrorists in southern Lebanon broke out. Although the Merkava has enjoyed a reputation for years as being the safest tank in the world, it proved vulnerable to the new, advanced Russian-made anti-tank missiles used by Hizbullah. During the war, 47 tanks were hit by rockets and two were destroyed by roadside bombs, resulting in the deaths of 33 IDF soldiers.

Defense officials are currently debating whether the tank is still useful altogether in modern-day ground warfare, having been designed primarily for classic tank-on-tank battles. The cost-benefit ratio over the years has been questioned, not only by defense officials, but by others as well.
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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2006, 06:45:31 PM »

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Pimp My Gunship 2: Directed Energy

The AC-130U Spectre is a byword for high-precision fire support. But equipping it with directed energy weapons (DE) will take close air support to an entirely new level. The technological breakthrough needed to get there is a radical $22m superconducting generator which the Air Force will demonstrate by 2009 and which is specifically indended to fit on a C-130.

Instead of conventional copper wiring, the generator uses metal foil coated with superconducting material. This can carry very high currents with no loss, making it suitable for high-power uses. Maintaining superconductivity means staying at low temperature, requiring a liquid nitrogen cooling system.

Driven by a turbine, the new generator is about the size of a small beer keg, and is designed to generate five megawatts. Power sytems based on existing generators weigh over 20,000 lbs, the new system should cut that in half. It will also pave the way for further improvements and even smaller and more powerful generators.

The suggestion of a laser-armed F-35 has also been floated, but this is much less practical for attacking ground targets. A laser or other DE weapon can take several seconds of 'dwell time' to be effective, so what is needed is an aircraft which can keep a weapon aimed at the same point for an extended period - exactly what AC-130s do best.

DE weapons have a deep magazine, as they can keep firing for as long as the fuel supply lasts. Ivan Oelrich, director of strategic security programs for the Federation of American Scientists, estimates here that "To operate a thing like that requires a few tons of fuel per hour."

To get the benefit of this sort of firepower you need an aircraft which is going to stay around over the battlefield rather than disappearing after a few passes. Again, the job is tailor-made for the AC-130, and there have been several proposals for weapons that the generator could drive:


  • Electric lasers are already looking likely to supercede the primitive and toxic chemical oxygen iodine lasers like the one developed for the Airborne Laser and Avanced Tactical Laser. Last month Northrop Grumman unveiled Vesta, a 15 kW electric laser which can run for twenty minutes at a time. This is a major step towards achieving the Joint High Power Solid State Laser Program's goal of a 100 kW solid state laser weapon in FY 2007. Such a weapon would have sniper-like accuracy, being able to pick out one person from a crowd or destroy pinpoint tagets like aerials or radar without collateral damage. The weapon could fire continuously extended periods, creating a significant morale effect, and the 5-Megawatt generator could power several beams at the same time.
  • The Active Denial System, the Air Force's non-lethal beam weapon which hurts without harming. A high-power version mounted in an AC-130 would have a variety of uses, providing for the first time a non-lethal means of dealing with distubances on the ground. I'll be looking more closely at this one later in the week. More advanced non-lethal RF weapons may also be in the pipeline.
  • A High Power Microwave Weapon (HPM), a directed-energy beam weapon equivalent of the "e-bomb" which destroys electronics at a distance. It would also be useful for knocking out command centres, air defense sites and other targets which depend on electronics -- like television stations -- without harming anyone. It would also be a formidable tool for interdictiction: an HPM-armed Spectre could flying down a hundred miles of road and knock out every single vehicle on it.
    However, with this sort of weapon there is a big risk of 'friendly fire' accidents and this is likely to be a major issue.


The civilian suprconducting generator program ground to a halt earlier this year when GE dropped its $27 million generator program, a move which "leaves the superconducting generator concept squarely in the hands of the military," according to Mark Bitterman, Executive Editor of Superconductor Week. This means Air Force's superconducting generator program will take on new significance as the sole source of this technology. There is a growing demand for small, powerful and efficient generators and electric motors - and yet again the military are pioneering technology which will have much wider use.

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« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2006, 01:36:28 AM »

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ARLINGTON, Va. - To the military and defense firms that make it, the F-35 Lightning II is a "next generation" fighter jet, a technological leap meant to replace several aging fighters and help America maintain its dominance in aerial warfare.

The Pentagon plans to buy thousands of the new stealthy jets, to be flown by three branches of the military and by eight foreign countries. And despite being the most expensive Pentagon spending program ever, with a total cost of about $275 billion, each plane is supposed to be relatively cheap to build, a rarity in defense spending.

But as the first F-35 prepares for its inaugural flight sometime this month, it takes off into some cloudy skies. The program's cost has grown substantially while the number of planes to be built has dropped. Congress has shown a willingness to make cuts, and the coming leadership change at the Pentagon may muddy the plane's future.

Although officials from the Pentagon and the lead contractor, Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp., say they are optimistic about the plane's future, they acknowledge the risk of the jet falling into a defense "death spiral," a cycle of cuts and higher costs that beset one of the F-35's closest fighter jet kin.

"You get into this classic problem of the airplane continues to get more expensive, and therefore you buy less airplanes, and it gets more expensive and you buy less airplanes," Lockheed F-35 program head Tom Burbage said at a briefing this fall at the company's offices near the Pentagon in Arlington. "We are trying to get out of that spiral."

The jet program is at a vulnerable moment in its 10-year life, shifting from the costly research and development phase to the infancy of production. Under the Pentagon plan, spending on new F-35s is projected to average more than $1 billion per month by 2012, a clip expected to last for more than ten years. Up to 2,500 planes would be built for the United States alone.

The project's large price tag makes it a tempting target for lawmakers - it narrowly avoided deep cuts this fall in Congress and saw its initial production numbers scaled back. Budget watchdogs warn that the Pentagon is rushing the F-35 into production without first proving its advertised capabilities.

Some military analysts say the early erosion is a worrisome sign.

"Every time critics succeed in getting it cut, the average cost of the airplane goes up," said Loren Thompson, a military analyst with the nonpartisan Lexington Institute, who predicts the number of F-35s made for the U.S. military could eventually be cut by up to a third. "What is beginning to happen to the F-35 is precisely what happened to the F-22."

The recent resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also clouds the picture of the F-35, said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with the Teal Group. Rumsfeld was a foe of the F-22, a high-performing plane popular with the Air Force. His departure could shift more funds to the costly F-22 at the F-35's expense.

"The real danger is if the F-22 gobbled up the cash," Aboulafia said.

The F-22, conceived to fight the now defunct Soviet Union, is another technologically advanced jet and a cousin to the F-35. But the program has been sharply scaled back. Initial plans called for 750, but only 183 are slated to be built, with each plane costing around $350 million, including development costs.

The F-35 is a similar jet, with the same stubby nose and twin tail fins, advanced radar, stealth design and other fighting capabilities. But it is also designed for greater versatility; It will be one of the first to allow a pilot to easily shift from bombing runs to aerial combat on the same mission. It will replace several older fighters, including the Air Force's workhorse F-16.

First proposed in the 1990s, the F-35, also called the Joint Strike Fighter, or JSF, was a new tack in defense contracting. It is a single plane to meet the different needs of three military branches, a rarity for big weapons deals. That meant a jet with three variations - an aircraft carrier plane for the Navy, an Air Force jet that uses a runway and a Marine Corps plane that can take off and land vertically. Countries such as Britain, Australia and Canada also plan to fly the F-35.

Each variation uses the same research process and can be constructed on the same assembly line. That emphasis on cost was rare for bid defense programs, said Jacques Gansler, the former undersecretary of defense in charge of contracting during the late 1990s.

"It is going to be a very expensive program, but it is a low-cost airplane," said Gansler. "It is hard to put those words together, but the reality is that it is a low-cost airplane times a large number of airplanes."

Yet that cost savings has already shrunk. Upfront development costs make up a major portion of the cost of a new fighter, meaning if fewer are made, the per plane cost is higher. The F-35 cost $45 billion to develop - a figure that is up 84 percent from 1990s estimates. Problems with weight and other factors helped drive up the price.

Meanwhile, the number of F-35s dropped. More than 2,800 were planned when Lockheed won the contract in 2001, at a price between $37 million and $47 million depending on the version. By the end of 2005, only 2,450 were envisioned, at a cost of between $44.5 million and $61.7 million each, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

In September, Congress approved funding for only two of the five first jets requested, although it did budget to buy parts for 12 more. An earlier Senate proposal would have blocked funding of all five

Lockheed and defense officials say it is important that Congress allowed production to begin, but they stress that future reductions could be costly.

"You can easily make JSF an unaffordable airplane," said Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Davis, the F-35's program officer.

But there are concerns the F-35 is moving too fast. In a report in March, the GAO said the Pentagon planned to produce 424 planes through 2013 before all the flight testing was finished. If early problems arise, the program could face delays and even greater costs, the GAO concluded.

Davis said those fears are exaggerated, that much of the ground testing already done on the F-35 should reduce the risk of problems arising later. He said the F-35 team has closely analyzed woes that beset the F-22, such as software errors and development problems, to avoid any repeats.

Despite the challenges, Davis predicts the plane will meet its goals. But it depends on how well the F-35 performs, both in the skies and at the bottom line.

"We control our own destiny," he said. "I hope that if we are able to deliver on schedule, to deliver on budget, to keep the performance going that we won't be handed cuts just because cuts need to be made."
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« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2006, 09:13:00 AM »

Modern Tank Armour

It is often argued in some threads that such and such a tank as the equivalent of 1000mm of steel armor or 800mm. Or that a certain tank gun can penetrate how many mm of armor at a certain range. The fact is that it doesn
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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2007, 03:05:27 AM »

A-10/OA-10
The A-10 is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces.

History
The first production A-10A was delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, in October 1975. It was designed specially for the close air support mission and had the ability to combine large military loads, long loiter and wide combat radius, which proved to be vital assets to America and its allies during Operation Desert Storm. In the Gulf War, A-10s, with a mission capable rate of 95.7 percent, flew 8,100 sorties and launched 90 percent of the AGM-65 Maverick missiles.

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The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles.

The A-10/OA-10 have excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and are highly accurate weapons-delivery platforms. They can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate under 1,000-foot ceilings (303.3 meters) with 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometers) visibility. Their wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. Using night vision goggles, A-10/ OA-10 pilots can conduct their missions during darkness.

Thunderbolt IIs have Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS), compatible single-seat cockpits forward of their wings and a large bubble canopy which provides pilots all-around vision. The pilots are encircled by titanium armor that also protects parts of the flight-control system. The redundant primary structural sections allow the aircraft to enjoy better survivability during close air support than did previous aircraft. The aircraft can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high-explosive projectiles up to 23mm. Their self-sealing fuel cells are protected by internal and external foam. Their redundant hydraulic flight-control systems are backed up by manual systems. This permits pilots to fly and land when hydraulic power is lost.

The Thunderbolt II can be serviced and operated from bases with limited facilities near battle areas. Many of the aircraft's parts are interchangeable left and right, including the engines, main landing gear and vertical stabilizers.

Avionics equipment includes communications, inertial navigation systems, fire control and weapons delivery systems, target penetration aids and night vision goggles. Their weapons delivery systems include head-up displays that indicate airspeed, altitude and dive angle on the windscreen, a low altitude safety and targeting enhancement system (LASTE) which provides constantly computing impact point freefall ordnance delivery; and Pave Penny laser-tracking pods under the fuselage. The aircraft also have armament control panels, and infrared and electronic countermeasures to handle surface-to-air-missile threats.

The Thunderbolt II's 30mm GAU-8/A Gatling gun can fire 3,900 rounds a minute and can defeat an array of ground targets to include tanks. Some of their other equipment includes an inertial navigation system, electronic countermeasures, target penetration aids, self-protection systems, and AGM-65 Maverick and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
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« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2007, 10:57:32 AM »

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March 3, 2007

SEOUL - SOUTH Korea unveiled yesterday what it calls the world's best tank - capable of fording shallow rivers, defending itself against missiles and firing 'smart' projectiles.

The XK2 Black Panther is a main battle tank of 'the highest technical level all over the world', said its developer, the state-run Agency for Defence Development.


Key features include an active defence system against incoming missiles and aircraft, automatic tracking and ammunition-loading systems, an active suspension unit and high underwater manoeuvrability.

'We have stolen a march over other developed countries in developing ground weaponry. The Black Panther proves it,' agency president Ahn Dong Mahn told journalists.

Mr Kim Eui Hwan, the official in charge of the project, said the Black Panther has 'more superb capabilities than any other existing tank'.

Its armament includes a 120mm smooth-bore main gun which is automatically loaded and capable of firing up to 15 rounds per minute.

A unique system enables it to fire on the move and compensates for errors caused by bumpy terrain.

A special suspension unit enables the tank to 'sit', 'stand' and 'kneel', allowing it to fire its main gun downhill.

Another key feature is Korean Smart Top-attack Munition rounds, which have their own guidance and obstacle-avoidance systems to hit hidden targets.

In another claimed world's first, the agency said the tank - using a special snorkel - can manoeuvre quickly in up to 4.1m of water and is ready for combat immediately after it surfaces.

With three crew members on board, the 55-tonne tank with a 1,500hp engine has a road speed of more than 70kmh and cross-country speed of more than 50kmh.

The Black Panther will enter mass production in three years and the army will take delivery of an unknown number in 2011.

The price tag is estimated at US$8.8 million (S$13.4 million) each and developers will seek export orders.

The tank has been developed by researchers at ADD and Rotem, a unit of Hyundai Motor, along with defence industry firms.
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« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2007, 07:06:35 PM »

haha so is the Japanese count themselves lucky as the invasion was 60-70 yrs ago?


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« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2007, 10:47:58 PM »

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AN/SPY-1 - This multi-function, phased-array radar was a radical departure from prior conventional radar systems.

Introduced in 1983 as the heart of the Aegis Combat System and the new Ticonderoga class Guided Missile cruiser, the AN/SPY-1 multi-function, phased array radar was a radical departure from prior conventional radar systems. The AN/SPY-1 held several advantages over earlier radars; First, where a conventional radar such as the AN/SPS-49 must sweep through a 360 degree arc looking for targets, and can only see those targets while they are within the radar's rotating ""cone"" the AN/SPY-1 radar is made up of four flat panels on the ship's superstructure which continuously radiate in all directions simultaneously, thereby allowing the system to acquire multiple targets coming in from multiple directions. Second, while a second radar is required to direct weapons to the target once it is acquired by the search radar, the phased array SPY-1 is capable performing both tasks simultaneously.


Radiating four million watts of power, the AN/SPY-1 can acquire and track targets as far out as 250 miles and as far up as low Earth orbit. In addition, the phased array system can track 100 targets simultaneously and engage them automatically, prioritizing targets by threat characteristics. There are currently four versions of the SPY-1 radar in service. Block I, the SPY-1A, was introduced with the USS Ticonderoga (CG47) and installed through the USS Philippine Sea(CG 58). Block II, the SPY-1B and it's later upgrade, the SPY-1B(V), was installed on the USS Princeton (CG59) and all subsequent Aegis cruisers, through USS Port Royal (CG 73). Introduced on July 4, 1991, the Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile destroyers are all equipped with the improved AN/SPY-1D. Finally, there is a reduced capacity version of the SPY-1D, designated the SPY-1F, available for installation on frigate sized vessels. While the United States does not currently intend to back-fit any of its Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates with the SPY-1F, the system is available for export.
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« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2007, 08:44:21 AM »

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台湾战机改良 "经国号"改"雄鹰"

(2007-03-27 4.55 pm)

  (台北讯)中时电子报消息,台湾总统陈水扁今天上午在副总统吕秀莲的陪同下,主持「翔升专案」战机首飞展示暨命名典礼。

  陈水扁在致词时表示,在对外采购战机不易的情况下,「翔升专案」适时填补了台湾空军反制作战战力的空隙,对确保台湾的安全有非常重大的意义。

  陈水扁说,「翔升专案」战机犹如台湾本土特有品种的「台湾苍鹰」不断的遨翔於天空,严密的守护着自己的家园。因此,取「台湾苍鹰」的雄姿,将新研制的战机命名为「雄鹰」战机。

  陈水扁表示,「翔升专案」将原有「经国号」战机上的飞控、火控雷达与航电等系统予以性能提升,不但解决了重要零组件来源可能中断的问题,同时将中科院多年来所研发的制空、制海等武器系统予以整合,并配合研制机背油箱以增加作战的航程。未来随着新战机陆续完成改装,将大幅提升台湾防御的空中反制作战能力,可以说贡献厥伟。

  「翔升专案」的成功,不仅代表台湾在国防工业最新的成果,更展现了台湾对提升自我防卫能力的决心与努力。
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« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2007, 12:03:37 PM »

New Russian 'Boomer'
Norman Polmar | April 30, 2007

Russia has launched a new strategic missile submarine, the Yuri Dolgorukiy, to be armed with the Bulava ballistic missile. This weapon is modified from the land-launched Topol-M missile (given the NATO designation SS-27).

The launching took place at Severodvinsk, site of the massive Sevmash shipyard on Russia
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« Reply #27 on: May 05, 2007, 01:00:06 AM »

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Objective Individual Combat Weapon
The OICW provides an enhanced capability for the 21st century infantryman.


Description:

The Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW) provides an enhanced capability for the 21st century infantryman, with the potential to selectively replace the M16 rifle, M203 grenade launcher, and M4 carbine. When fielded, the OICW dual munition system will provide superior firepower to the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Special Operations Command, Navy, and Coast Guard.

Program guidelines were derived from the Small Arms Master Plan (SAMP) and Joint Service Small Arms Master Plan (JSSAMP). OICW was managed by JSSAP during the Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) phase. For the PDRR/EMD phase, OICW management will transition to PM Small Arms with support provided by ARDEC.


  • Effective range to 1,000 meters
  • Full defilade target capability
  • Moving target tracking capability
  • KE semi two-round burst; HE semi automatic
  • Recoil level 1/3 that of the M14
  • Ruggedized composite weapon housing
  • Separable HE/KE weapons
  • Precise target range, automatically communicated to 20mm HE bursting ammo
  • Five times more lethal than the M16/M203, at > twice the range
  • Rate of fire with KE ammo >850 rounds/min, with HE >10 rounds/minute
  • Easily field strippable in under two minutes
  • Day/night fire control; weapon interface, iron sight backup
  • HE ammo functional modes: airburst, MOUT short arm, point detonation, point detonation delay, and self-destruct
  • Laser ranging accuracy
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« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2007, 11:49:59 PM »

Watch this Video, and be amazed!!

http://shock.military.com/Shock/videos.do?displayContent=138052
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