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by Corsair
Thu 23 Apr 2015 20:06
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Caracals and Patriots for Poland
Replies: 139
Views: 8907

Re: Caracals and Patriots for Poland

IMHO the best solution is to buy more F-16s. They are good enough to replace SU-22s and we already have knowledge and facilities to use F-16s Why buy American when you have one European and one French excellent product ? I give you the facility argument but.. come on, there are excellent combat air...
by Corsair
Thu 23 Apr 2015 20:04
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Caracals and Patriots for Poland
Replies: 139
Views: 8907

Re: Caracals and Patriots for Poland

F-16 is firt cheap and fit for purpose. Current F-16 prices (talking about Blocks 5x with new airframe and lastest avionics (tape M6)) are not significantly lower than Eurofighter and Rafale. The capability gap between Rafale and, on paper, Typhoon, is worth the price difference (50 % at worst) to ...
by Corsair
Thu 23 Apr 2015 19:43
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Caracals and Patriots for Poland
Replies: 139
Views: 8907

Re: Caracals and Patriots for Poland

IMHO the best solution is to buy more F-16s. They are good enough to replace SU-22s and we already have knowledge and facilities to use F-16s Why buy American when you have one European and one French excellent product ? I give you the facility argument but.. come on, there are excellent combat air...
by Corsair
Mon 20 Apr 2015 22:23
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: India inks a deal for supply of 24 Rafale aircrafts
Replies: 328
Views: 20419

Re: India inks a deal for supply of 24 Rafale aircrafts

Here goes the tricky thing, like with F-16. Is this range for Rafale with or without external fuel tanks and with what payload? Su-30MKI takes 9640 kilo of fuel vs 4500 kilo in Rafale M internal fuel tanks (7500 with external fuel tanks). 9,7 tons with standard fuel tanks, 7,7 with supersonic. But ...
by Corsair
Fri 17 Apr 2015 16:54
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Indonesian Fighter Procurement
Replies: 207
Views: 14499

Re: Indonesian Fighter Procurement

Seems a bit fetched to me. These guesstimations are probably based on the baseline RBE2, not RBE2-AA nor RBE2-AESA.
by Corsair
Fri 17 Apr 2015 16:33
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Indonesian Fighter Procurement
Replies: 207
Views: 14499

Re: Indonesian Fighter Procurement

http://www.eurofighter.com/assets/img/aircraft/surface-weapons.png - 6,6 tons of fuel - 4 guided boms or 2 cruise missiles (but only 5,8 tons of fuel if so) - 4 MRAAM (4 of those eventually being METEOR) - 2 SRAAM - 1 TGP versus http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2015/16/1429281145-sans-titre.png ...
by Corsair
Fri 17 Apr 2015 16:20
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Indonesian Fighter Procurement
Replies: 207
Views: 14499

Re: Indonesian Fighter Procurement

It depends entirely on what Indonesia needs the planes for. If you need it for long range air patrols maybe the Typhoon is a better option since it flies higher, faster and further than the Rafale. HOWEVER, Rafale has one very important advantage in this regard, it can carry 5 drop tanks to the Typ...
by Corsair
Fri 17 Apr 2015 05:06
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Indonesian Fighter Procurement
Replies: 207
Views: 14499

Re: Indonesian Fighter Procurement

Where this is exactly what the SU-35 was Built to do... carry a plethora of ordinance over a long range and be maneuverable and fully capable while doing so. No. A Su-35 carrying heavy ordnance will not be as maneuvrable as with light/air to air ordnance. The flight domain will be greatly limited j...
by Corsair
Thu 16 Apr 2015 20:18
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Topic: Indonesian Fighter Procurement
Replies: 207
Views: 14499

Re: Indonesian Fighter Procurement

I'm actually wondering about the Rafale; after Russia, I think France is the second most reliable arms dealer, not so ready to attach conditions to arms sales unlike USA. But I believe the Rafale is rather expensive, nearing F-35 cost as well. Supposedly it has limited LO technology from front aspe...
by Corsair
Wed 15 Apr 2015 01:36
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: bears intercepted again
Replies: 33
Views: 2699

Re: bears intercepted again

Shrike wrote:
Double wrote:Just pointing out, that while no one gives a shit about US spy planes flying near Russian air space, everyone is freaking out about some Bears near England.

Spy planes? The SR-71 and U-2 haven't flown in years.

What do you call a plane that is able to gather a ton of information with its sensors ?

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