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Monday, November 18, 2019

The eyes of the world's aerospace and defence industries will be on Dubai this weekend as one of the industry's biggest air shows takes off. All the major names will be among the 1,300 exhibitors showing up this week, including Britain's BAE Systems, France's Dassault, and the biggest defence firm of all, America's Lockheed Martin, will all be out in force.

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Britain's Royal Air Force has, without the usual fanfare that often accompanies such things, decided to send out a Typhoon fighter jet, made by BAE Systems and its European partners. And the French Air Force is displaying its rival Rafale jet, spurring speculation there could be contracts in the offing for both fighters.

Dubai will, for the first time, see an appearance of America's F-35 Lighting II fighter, whose development costs are estimated to be $1.5tn (1.2tn) over the lifetime of the decades-long programme. Given the geo-political nature of the defence industry, the appearance of the F-35 may influence whether Russia sends its rival stealth fighter, the Sukhoi Su-57.

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When you post stuff about aviation... specially an airshow... you need to post a video or three.. and a ton of pics.

Pics of guns, missiles and planes and rockets, are scientifically proven to relax people and lower blood pressure.

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Look at all them Arab mouth breathers... fascinating!

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:13 AM | Reply

I think Dubai airshow is overrated.

Paris airshow is where we do all the business.... Paris is a lucky city. Yes, I am saying that, even though I don't like the French.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:15 AM | Reply

Pakistani basic trainer plane for sale. Already sold over 50 to Turkey.

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#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:25 AM | Reply

Chinese Reaper knock-off:

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#4 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:29 AM | Reply

Missiles:

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#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:32 AM | Reply

Mouth Breather... I mean... ARAB made plane and ARAB made missiles/bombs. I had no idea they could make a plane or bomb... good for them! Now go deal with Iran:

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#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:40 AM | Reply

Thunder system

The Thunder system is a cost-effective, short-range guided kit system. It is designed to provide guided delivery of standard MK81, MK82 and MK84 GP aerial munitions. Combining an inertial measurement unit and global navigational satellite system measurements, the system guides the munitions to a pre-programmed target coordinate. A semi-active laser seeker can optionally be fitted to enhance precision.

The Thunder system is offered in P31, P32 and P4 configurations

Guidance Release
GNSS/INS only (CEP 10m) Standard NATO 14"
SAL seeker + GNSS/INS (CEP 3m) Ejection release unit
Weight Detonator
Gross weight: 140kg Impact fuze
Warhead: 110kg
Range (released at M0.95, target at sea level)
Release altitude 40,000ft: down range: 19km; cross range 5km
Release altitude 30,000ft: down range: 15km; cross range 4km
Release altitude 20,000ft: down range: 10km; cross range 2km
Range (Released at 300kn CAS, target (at sea level)
Release altitude 35,000ft: down range: 17km; cross range 4km
Release altitude 30,000ft: down range: 15km; cross range 4km
Release altitude 20,000ft: down range: 10km; cross range 2km
Warhead Dimensions
Standard general Mk81 aircraft bomb 2055mm

ThunderP32
Guidance Release
GNSS/INS Only (CEP 10m) Standard NATO 14"
SAL seeker + GNSS/INS (CEP 3m) Ejection release unit
Weight Detonator
Gross weight: 240kg Impact fuze
Warhead: 209kg
Range (released at M0.95, target at sea level)
Release altitude 40,000ft: down range 14km; cross range 4km
Release altitude 30,000ft: down range 12km; cross range 3km
Release altitude 20,000ft: down range 8km; cross range 1km
Range (released at 300kn CAS, target at sea level)
Release altitude 35,000ft: down range 13km; cross range 3km
Release altitude 30,000ft: down range 12km; cross range 3km
Release altitude 20,000ft: down range 8km; cross range 1km
Warhead Dimensions
Standard Mk82 aircraft bomb 2480mm

Guidance Release
GNSS/INS Only (CEP 10m) Standard NATO 30"
SAL seeker + GNSS/INS (CEP 3m) Ejection release unit
Weight Detonator
Gross weight: 1150kg Impact fuze
Warhead: 907kg
Range (released at M0.95, target at sea level)
Release altitude 40,000ft: down range 16km; cross range 4km
Release altitude 30,000ft: down range 15km; cross range 4km
Release altitude 20,000ft: down range 13km; cross range 3km
Warhead Dimensions
Standard Mk82 Aircraft Bomb 4630mm

#7 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:43 AM | Reply

Desert Sting SYSTEM
The Desert Sting system provides a high-altitude drop-launched, un-propelled guided kit system. Offering 100-, 129- and 176-calibre options, Desert Sting uses aerodynamic tail control to reach the target. An inertial measurement unit and global navigational satellite system measurements guide the system to the pre-programmed target coordinates. A semi-active laser seeker can optionally be fitted to enhance precision.

These systems offer the flexibility of configuration with multiple fuze options, including impact, height-of-burst (HOB) and proximity.

Guidance Release
GPS/INS Only (CEP 10m) Gravity release unit
SAL seeker + GPS/INS (CEP 3m)
Weight Detonator
Gross weight: 10kg

Warhead: 5kg

Impact fuze

Optional proximity fuze with HOB sensor

Range (released at 150kn CAS, target at sea level)
Release altitude 30,000ft: down range 18km; cross range 15km, back range 8km
Release altitude 18,000ft: down range 12km; cross range 9km, back range 5km
Release altitude 10,000ft: down range 6km; cross range 4km
Dimensions
Length 650mm
Diameter 100mm
Desert Sting - 16
Guidance Release
GPS/INS (CEP 10m) Gravity release unit
SAL seeker + GPS/INS (CEP 3m)
Weight Detonator
Gross weight: 23kg (optional 15kg) Impact fuze
Warhead: 15kg (optional 7kg) Proximity with HOB sensor
Range (released at 150kn CAS, target at sea level)
Release altitude 30,000ft: down range 16km; cross range 13km, back range 7km
Release altitude 18,000ft: down range 11km; cross range 8km, back range 4km
Release altitude 10,000ft: down range 6km; cross range 4km
Dimensions
Length 1000mm
Diameter 129mm

Guidance Release
GPS/INS (CEP 10m) Gravity release (negligible recoil) or Pyrotechnic, Electric or Pneumatic Activated Ejector.
SAL seeker + GPS/INS (CEP 3m)
Weight Detonator
Gross weight: 50kg Impact fuze
Warhead: 35kg Proximity with HOB sensor
Range :(released at 150kn CAS, target at sea level)
Release altitude 30,000ft AGL: down range 16km; cross range 13km, back range 7km
Release altitude 18,000ft: down range 12km; cross range 9km, back range 4km
Release altitude 10,000ft: down range 11km; cross range 8km, back range 4km
Dimensions
Length 1300mm
Diameter 175mm

#8 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:43 AM | Reply

More stuff:

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#9 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:46 AM | Reply

My werk here is done!

Bye!

#10 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-11-19 04:56 AM | Reply

Best bait ever.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-11-20 10:01 PM | Reply

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