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US military aircraft supposedly made up of Chinese knockoff!

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Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2011

Here is a very interesting publication issued by the U.S. Department of Defense for public release. This report must be worth reading for SLP/PLS 4444 training as the PRC’s stakes and strategy are well explained as well as the prospective, and involvements. (click on the book below):

Books and publications

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FIGHTERJETS compared: Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA vs F-22 RAPTOR

First of all, here is a video on the first T-50′s public display (Moscow – MAKS 2011, August 17, 2011):

The Lockheed Martin/BIDS F-22 Raptor, and the brand new Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA are the current leading-edge 5th generation fighter aircraft. Lots of people would like to assess the capabilities of the two fighterjets. However, no aircraft can be compared regarding its specifications only as fighter aircraft are designed within a wider system – radars; weapon systems; training; and sharing information through data links.

All we know is that the F-22, and the PAK FA are equipped with excellent AESA radars. Though still secret, the Raptor’s stealth is deemed to feature a record-breaking RCS (Radar Cross Section). The T-50, which is to be fielded within the Indian and Rusian air forces, might be equipped with anti-AWACS missiles. The Chinese Chengdu J-20 has not disclosed much information so far, but it will be interesting to this new 5th-gen fighter with the two other aircraft.

Click on the infographics below to read some elementary specifications about the American, and the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft:

F-22 Raptor specifications

F-22 Raptor specifications - Infographic © www.af.mil

Russian T-50 PAK FA 5th generation fighter aircraftT-50 PAK FA fifth-generation fighterThe T-50 fifth-generation fighter

13:28 19/02/2010 The T-50′s specifications and performance compared to the Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor>>

 

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RAF fighter aircraft – TORNADO GR4s at RIAT 2011

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Libya – Obama approves use of drones; McCain in Benghazi


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Assessing expenses allocated to operations in Libya

As far as Odissey Dawn is concerned, the cost of missiles launched would nearly reach $ 300,000,000 according to the Pentagon.

  • Almost 200 Tomahawks – almost $ 1.5 million each
  • Operating a fighter jet – $ 10,000 an hour
  • Almost 500 one-ton warheads – $ 40,000 each
  • One downed F-15 – $ 60 million
  • A limited no-fly zone – $ 30 to 100 million a week
  • Arming the rebels – up to $ 100 billion a year!
  • Humanitarian aid – $ 25 million so far
  • Rebuilding Libya – not mentioned

Watch the video:


Special thanks to Thierry Hermas for proofreading as I misunderstood the first figure ;-)

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