The hero the world deserves, not the one it needs, eh?
What is this 'defense' you guys are talking of?
NZ is our defence....from plate tectonics.
EDIT: Not surprised a Kiwi wouldn't know what defence looked like.
Last edited by Top_Cat; 24-11-2011 at 02:06 AM.
That was some bloody scary footage for so many reasons.
Yes. There is a very interesting dynamic occurring between India and China. The Chinese have been screwing India strategically for 40 years. They have successfully encircled India, broken the NPT to get a nuclear Pakistan on their western flank, made Burma a Chinese satrapy, made serious economic and political inroads into Sri Lanka and Bangladesh etc etc.
The Indians are not doing effective countermoves against this encirclement. They are quickly deepening their relationship with the USA (Thanks to George W Bush, who saw this, immediately understood what it meant, and immediately engaged them at a very serious and very senior level) and with quiet US assistance are engaging very closely with Vietnam. This has hugely pissed Beijing off. They had India skinned. Now India is successfully decoupling Sri Lanka from China, breaking up their wooing of Oman and the Emirates, and getting much closer to Vietnam.
He also seems to think that 'stealth' is man on the street type talk with regards to dogfights. It's all about radar cross section reduction (RSCR) and spotting an enemy first and taking them out. Within Visual Range (WVR) is obsolete in his eyes which is why Aus should get F-35 capability given F-22 is off limits. He said Australia could have bought into F-22 but the yanks said we could never afford the OPEX. Fly it through rain and you basically have to rebuild the outside to keep the (RSCR) in tact which costs a fortune as it's a sepcialist job and absolutely top secret.
Last edited by Redbacks; 24-11-2011 at 02:22 AM.
An aircraft carrier is only useful for the purpose of becoming a blue water navy. Something which both India and China are interested in.
Regarding defence, Australia would be more suited to buy more SAM's.
F-22 > T-50 = J-20 > F-35 > Eurofighter = Rafale = F-15 SE = F-18E/F = SU-35 = MIG-35 = F-16 E/F
The rest aren't as good, including SU-27. SU-30 might be a contender, but I seriously doubt that it will win in a dog-fight between the above mentioned fighters.
F-35 probably isn't as good in other areas as the 4++ gen planes above (Eurofighter etc) but it's better IMO because of stealth.
F-35 is supposed to be a replacement for the F-16's in the USAF. Bearing that in mind I don't think the US will replace their large fleet of reliable F-16's with a bird that doesn't work due to the rain. In fact, I think they have sorted that problem out already.
F-35 I heard about when Canada was signing the deal to buy them and I heard a lot of criticism by the Canadian experts. They said that F-35 is supposed to be an all in one aircraft but the problem is none of the futures which an F35 has are setting a new benchmark, its like taking an F22 adding to it the F16, F15, F18 and stealth capability to make the F35...
Anyways thats what I heard I am no geek to understand this stuff....
Be VERY AFRIDI!!
Russian T-50s 5th Generation Aircraft.....Will smoke any jet any day...
Amazing Russian stealth Jet fighter T-50 5th Generation - YouTube
China's 5th generation Jet Stealth J20 --- I have heard stories that PAF has also ordered these jets and should have 10-15 of them by 2014...
Last edited by Faisal1985; 24-11-2011 at 10:14 PM.
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