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DCS / Flaming cliffs / Re: DCS: AH-64D Apache
« Last post by KeyCat on April 09, 2022, 17:58:22 »
AH-64D Apache släpptes i EA för någon vecka sedan och hon flyger som en dröm! Hovra är en annan femma med min nuvarande joystick  ;D

DCS / Flaming cliffs / Re: DCS: AH-64D Apache
« Last post by KeyCat on January 30, 2022, 00:56:20 »
Kan inte påstås jag blev förvånad utan jag snarare räknade med ytterligare en fördröjning. Har aldrig varit med om att ED lyckats leverera någon av deras uppskattade "release" datum...

Men ger dem kudos för att de släppt en status uppdatering och om jag väntat sedan ~1999 på en efterföljare till LB2 så kan jag vänta några månader till  ;D

Ser riktigt bra ut och detta är ju bara EA releasen...


DCS / Flaming cliffs / Re: DCS: AH-64D Apache
« Last post by KeyCat on December 06, 2021, 17:45:31 »
Roligt att se någon är kvar här på NOSIG, föredrar dessa gamla hederliga forum över FB/Discord/Reddit/etc...

När väl DCS AH-64D släpps om ca en månad (Early Access) lär jag titta in oftare igen :)


Humor! / Re: LOL
« Last post by Horizon on November 27, 2021, 15:32:40 »
DCS / Flaming cliffs / Re: DCS: AH-64D Apache
« Last post by Horizon on November 27, 2021, 15:28:51 »
KC! Kul att "höra" av dig igen. Jag tittar in här då och då, även om det inte skrivs något. Lite kul att läsa gamla trådar och bli en smula nostalgisk. :)
DCS / Flaming cliffs / DCS: AH-64D Apache
« Last post by KeyCat on October 09, 2021, 10:22:36 »
~25 års väntan är snart över  ;D

PS: Skoj att se NOSIG fortfarande är uppe. Hoppas några av er finns kvar och inte hoppat till FB/Discord eller vad som nu e den senaste trenden?

Humor! / Re: LOL
« Last post by Maverix on March 01, 2021, 10:53:43 »
Helt andra saker / Re: Filmtråden
« Last post by Horizon on January 05, 2021, 00:51:07 »
Jaha, då får man väl lägga en liten post i forumet igen. För er som möjligen gillar superhjältefilmer med en twist borde The Umbrella Academy vara något. Två säsonger finns att se på Netflix. Underbart vrickat och med en story som hela tiden får en att undra om man verkligen har förstått allt. :)

...och som vanligt, se inte trailern... ;D

Allmänt / Re: Test
« Last post by Horizon on December 25, 2020, 14:26:15 »
Verkar funka fint. :)
Flygplankort - Media / Re: F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER IS A LEMON
« Last post by F16_Filur on September 29, 2020, 06:47:07 »
Ex Block 60

The most advanced F-16s in the world aren’t American. That distinction belongs to the UAE, whose F-16 E/F Block 60s are a half-generation ahead of the F-16 C/D Block 50/52+ aircraft that form the backbone of the US Air Force, and of many other fleets around the world. The Block 60 has been described as a lower-budget alternative to the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, and there’s a solid argument to be made that their performance figures and broad sensor array will even keep them ahead of pending F-16 modernizations in countries like Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore.
Block 60: Political Issues
In the course of development, 2 key issues came up with respect to the F-16 Block 60. One was the familiar issue of source code control for key avionics and electronic warfare systems. The other was weapons carriage.

As a rule, the software source codes that program the electronic-warfare, radar, and data buses on US fighters are too sensitive for export. Instead, the USA sent the UAE “object codes” (similar to APIs), which allow them to add to the F-16’s threat library on their own.

The other issue concerned the Black Shahine derivative of MBDA’s Storm Shadow external link stealth cruise missile. The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) defines 300 km as the current limit for cruise missiles, and the terms of the sale allow the United States to regulate which weapons the F-16s can carry. Since the Black Shahine was deemed to have a range of over 300 km, the US State Department refused to let Lockheed Martin change the data bus to permit the F-16E/Fs to carry the missile.

The Mirage 2000-9 upgrades that the UAE developed with France addressed this issue, giving the UAE a platform capable of handling their new acquisition. As of 2013, UAE F-16E/F fighters will finally receive the SLAM-ER precision attack missile, giving them the shorter-range but very accurate strike capabilities.

The F-16E/F is an F-16, but it is one unlike any other F-16 variant in the world. The aircraft is more of a redevelopment of sorts the F-16 than just another incremental upgrade. Originally, when the program spun up in the 1990s, with an order eventually being placed for 80 advanced F-16s in 1998, the aircraft was going to be an even more drastic redesign of the F-16, similar to how Japan's F-2 fighter came to be, but with a large delta wing and other aerodynamic tweaks.

That ambitious concept was jettisoned in favor of drastically enhancing the Block 50/52 F-16C/D Viper. In the end, just developing the F-16E/F cost the UAE a whopping $3B, with the first jet taking to the skies in December of 2003. Years of testing and training would follow, with the first aircraft delivered to the UAE beginning in May of 2005. In total, the force consists of 55 single-seat F-16Es and 25 two-seat F-16Fs, the latter of which include fully missionized rear cockpits. Now very mature, the F-16E/F fleet is already undergoing a series of upgrades.

The Block 60 includes a load of enhancements. It has conformal fuel tanks like some of its late-block predecessors, but its F110-GE-132 General Electric turbofan puts out 32,000lbs of thrust. That's 3,000lbs more than the Block 50's F110-GE-129. It was built with Northrop Grumman's AN/APG-80 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system, which was at the time of introduction into service, and still is, incredibly capable. You can read about the benefits of fighter-sized AESAs in this past piece of ours, but for the F-16, which is something of the hallmark of multi-role fighters, being able to perform multiple modes, such as air-to-air and air-to-ground, simultaneously and seamlessly equals a massive leap in capability and situational awareness.

The jet also has an advanced defensive countermeasures and situational awareness system called the Falcon Edge Integrated Electronic Warfare Suite (IEWS). It includes an active jamming system and passive electronic support measures that provide enhanced situational awareness of radio-frequency threats in the jet's vicinity. It can geolocate those threats and allow the F-16E/F to rapidly target them with precision-guided munitions. It has no less than eight expendable countermeasure dispensers that are tied into its self-defense system and it is also capable of controlling towed fiber-optic decoys. It isn't perfectly clear, but the Block 60 appears to have been built with a missile approach warning system, or at least the ability to be fitted with one, as well.

The Block 60's cockpit was also a big upgrade over the Block 50/52. Three large flat panel displays replace the old smaller multi-function and analog display layout. A wide-angle HUD with holographic video projection capability is also fitted. The rear cockpits of the F models are built for two-crew combat operations, with displays and interfaces to support it. Advanced data links and highly-secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications systems are also installed on these jets, as well. The Desert Falcon was built with a new and greatly improved environmental control system (ECS) to reliably cool all these electrical systems even in the extreme desert heat.
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