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  1. TerraN_EmpirE
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    Like natures best Self sealing valve every one has an opinion and every one thinks theres don't stink. for the record though a Lot of people think American weapons and equipment acquisition system is a sucking chest wound.
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    If you scroll down to page 72 of this GAO report, you will find your posted criticisms of the E-2D program are not backed by fact. It is one of the better performing programs in the DoD. It will be over budget due to the addition of one more airframe, but it is essentially on schedule. The program recently suffered the loss of a quarter of a billion dollars in program funding, used to prop up the hideously over budget F-35 program. Don't believe half the effluvia in the open press, read the GAO reports for the hard details.

    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08467sp.pdf
     
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    Stealth Technology

    I don't know if anyone else saw this or not, but it appears that a former engineer at Lockheed Martin is attempting to sue his former employer (after the US government declined to pursue the case).
    Ex-F-22 engineer to sue Lockheed for stealth design

    As part of this lawsuit, a number of details have emerged regarding the low observable coatings applied to the F-22:

    The F-22 requires three layers of coatings to reduce its radar signature, according to Olsen's statements in his case.

    A primer seals the surface of the aircraft skin and helps with the adhesion of the next layer. Next, a conductive coating with silver flakes mixed with polyurethane materials is applied to keep radar waves from bouncing back to the emitter source. Finally, a topcoat layer has properties, including metallic materials, to reduce heat, which lowers the risk of radar detections.​
     
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    More Details from F-22 Filing

    Additional details on the F-22's low observable coatings and alledged inconsistencies in the process can be found in the legal brief filed by Darrol Olsen.
    Olsen Complaint

    I'm amazed that they let this guy publish this stuff. You'd think he'd be shut down for violating US security.

    Looking at his claims, I have to wonder how legitimate this lawsuit really is. This Olsen guy worked for Lockheed in the 1990s. Many of his complaints about how inconsistent the Raptor's coating process was may very well have been resolved since then. Add to that the fact that there have been no Congressional hearings on this "scandal", and that the US Department of Justice declined to file suit in connection with Olsen's complaints, and I have to wonder at how much of a "scandal" is really there.
     
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    That's right The M4 is up for bid there are three posibilities.
    One: the army Orders Slightly updated M4's from a American arms maker
    Two: A Total system Update IE: HK416 or LWRC M6
    Three: New Carbine! FNH SCAR, REMINGTON ACR, Other.

    And with Obama's new Signing of the Start Expect cuts in our Long range bomber forces too.

    Ever wonder why there are only so many on station? there's your answer.
     
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    What might surprise many is that the US Government does not own the data rights to the majority of it's weapons systems. We seldom buy the drawing package as these cost a great deal of money. A surprising amount of the technology in US weapons is proprietary to the firm that makes the weapon. The US cannot in most cases, for example, hire another firm to make a combat aircraft and in this way inject some competition into the system. The data rights would be prohibitively expensive. The Cold M-4 is the exception that proves the rule, and even then the data rights were very very expensive. Now scale that up to a fighter or missile system!
     
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    Washington Post runs negative story on Raptor

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    I'm still waiting for more inputs to count out the raptor.
     
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    Re: Washington Post runs negative story on Raptor

    The Raptor not going away anytime soon. Simply put the kibosh has been put on any more Raptor production.

     
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    Another aegis BMD test, nothing special, I guess normal progression.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4214894&c=AME&s=SEA

    Aegis BMD Test Successful

    By christopher p. cavas
    Published: 31 Jul 2009 13:00


    he Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the U.S. Navy carried out a successful ballistic missile defense (BMD) test July 30 near Hawaii, shooting down a ballistic missile target and performing several tracking and engineering tests.

    The firing event, dubbed Stellar Avenger, featured the destroyer Hopper, which used its Aegis BMD version 3.6 combat system to detect, track and engage a sub-scale, short-range ballistic missile target launched from the Kauai Test Facility. The Hopper shot a Standard SM-3 Block IA surface-to-air missile at the target, which was intercepted in its ascent phase about 200 miles downrange at an altitude of about 100 miles, according to the MDA. The SM-3 was in flight for about two minutes before it struck the target in a direct, body-to-body hit.

    Two other ships, the destroyer O'Kane and cruiser Lake Erie, took part in the exercise.

    The O'Kane, using Aegis 3.6, carried out a simulated engagement using an SM-3 Block IB missile, which features improvements including a two-color seeker for further discrimination. A live-fire exercise using the Block IB is scheduled to take place next year. Also on board the O'Kane was a prototype kill assessment system and modified Mark 99 fire control system to collect telemetry data for improved postmission analysis, according to Aegis BMD prime contractor Lockheed Martin. ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFXpods_nro
     
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