More worries for F35

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There’s more worrying news for the F35 Lightning coming after reports that the stealth fighter has questionable abilities at shorter range air to air combat.

A leaked report from an F-35 test pilot noted that the aircraft was incapable of outmaneuvering and besting an F-16 in a simulated dogfight, one of the planes that the F-35 is being built to replace.

One expert has now made a convincing case that the fighter’s long-range capabilities don’t measure up to expectations either.

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F-35: a Swiss Army Knife problem of trying to screw too much out of a single airframe

We’ve heard of significant shortcomings. The old problem of trying to make a single aircraft type suitable for multiple uses, that was learned the hard way in the 1960s seems to have  returned with a vengeance, to be ‘re-learned’ once again in the 21st. Century.<http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/is-the-f-35s-targeting-system-really-10-years-behind-cu-1676442535>  before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range.

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And it’s even worse than a mere maneuverability issue. At one point, the pilot’s helmet was so big he couldn’t even turn his head inside the cockpit.

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60 years of age and still getting better. The B-52

This photo shows the entire arsenal of a B-52 Strartofortress.

The standard loadout for this plane includes eight AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, four AGM-142 Raptor missiles, 51 500lb bombs, 30 1,000lb bombs, 20 AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles (CALCM), 12 joint stand-off weapons (JSOW), 12 joint direct-attack munitions (JDAM) and 16 wind-corrected munitions dispensers (WCMD), according to Airforce-technology.com <http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/b52/> .

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In 1955, when the first Boeing B-52 Stratofortress became operational <http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=294> , nobody would have imagined that the plane would likely remain in service for nearly 100 years. Today, that’s exactly what the US Air Force has in mind for this iconic aircraft.
Around 750 of the bombers were produced. Although the latest model of the plane came off the assembly line in 1962 <http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=294> , the Air Force intends to keep flying these planes until 2040 <http://airman.dodlive.mil/2012/04/alive-and-kicking/> . The B-52 is a multi-purpose heavy lifter of the skies, that has carried drones, space shuttle components <http://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/multimedia/imagegallery/B-52_SRB-DTV/index.html> , cruise missiles, and even nuclear bombs.
In the 60’s, the B-52 was known for travelling far and fast on a single fuel load. At one point, it cut the round-the-world speed record in half <http://www.boeing.com/history/products/b-52-stratofortress.page> . In January of 1962, the B-52 flew from Japan to Spain, a flight that broke 11 speed and distance records <http://www.businessinsider.com.au/the-b-52-has-a-remarkable-history-2013-9?op=1> .
Today, most B-52’s have been gutted and upgraded, with pretty much only the original air frame remaining unchanged <http://airman.dodlive.mil/2012/04/alive-and-kicking/> . The monstrous plane can carry a payload of up to 70,000 <http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/FactSheets/Display/tabid/224/Article/104465/b-52-stratofortress.aspx> , including up to 20 air-launched cruise missiles.
      

T-14 Armata

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Russia’s 3rd-generation battle tank will feature a new version of explosive reactive armour (ERA) capable of resisting widely used Western anti-tank weapons, a source at a leading Russian heavy machinery company told Nikolai Novichkov of IHS Jane’s 360.

The unnamed source at the Russian Tractor Plants, which develops armour for the country’s tanks, told Jane’s that the T-14 Armata battle tank will feature a radically redesigned ERA system that has “no known world equivalents”.

“The new ERA can resist anti-tank gun shells adopted by NATO countries, including the state-of-the-art APFSDS DM53 and DM63 developed by Rheinmetall [and] anti-tank ground missiles with high-explosive anti-tank warheads,” the source told Jane’s.

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Iran votes to go nuclear…”Death to America”

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Another major setback has risen, and this time there may not be anything President Obama can do to create successful nuclear talks between the United States, Iran and five other nations.

This major roadblock comes from Iran’s parliament, which overwhelmingly voted to ban any and all nuclear inspections that would be implemented in any nuclear deal the country made with other world powers.

Already this bill has complicated talks between Iran and the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, and may ensure that no deal can be hashed out before June 30. This will also ensure that that economic sanctions will not be lifted from Iran and the Islamic Republic will not give up its nuclear programs.

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