Operational Performace Comparison: Viper, Beagle, and Stubby

The F-35 compared with other modern jets.
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Unread post06 Jun 2019, 20:06

sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Look, I appreciate that a largely academic discussion on weather and how it effects IRSTs is happening, but for the purposes of my comparison I am using clear skies and standard atmosphere. I'm not going to skew anything to favor one type or another.


The problem is that the skies aren't often clear which by its turn heavily affects IRSTs. So the point is, even if an IRST would work as advertised in a completely clear weather (which again, I doubt!) in the vast majority of cases it wouldn't work "as planned" due again to weather, which for me is the purpose of all the discussion above about weather.
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- Weather heavily affects IRST performance. So any discussion regarding IRST and their effectiveness should invariably envolve weather.

The effect above doesn't happen with Radar which can easily "see" thru bad weather (again as opposed to IRST).

At this point I'm not skewing in favor of one or another aircraft. I'm skewing in favor of one sensor (Radar) as opposed to the other the IRST which is often "touted" as being the anti-stealth sensor...

Moreover if IRSTs were that good or as good as advertised then they would be the main long range sensor and not the Radar - but they are not, the main long range sensor is the radar and this even for 4th gen fighter aircraft.
A 4th/4.5th gen fighter aircraft stands about as much chance against a F-35 as a guns-only Sabre has against a Viper.
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Unread post06 Jun 2019, 20:13

I wouldn't worry, I think you will see in my comparison that the IRST of one plane will not outrange the radar of another. I am also not using "drought" conditions and any IRST range that is given WITHOUT qualifiers is being assumed to be "max range", meaning an AB tailpipe shot.
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Unread post07 Jun 2019, 11:07

Some may recall it reported from Iraq. That low and upper atmosphere dust, from the bombing. Basically shut down the IR systems. They had a lot of issues. All of the details, I don't recall.
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Unread post07 Jun 2019, 12:27

swiss wrote:Interestingly both Rafale who were in Switzerland for Testing, had Sniper pod under there Wings

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Absolutely. Talios integration is going to be step by step, so as to show capabilities of the weapon system they came in with sniper advanced pods. Are you sure both of them?

Edit : yes, both B354 (F3R) and B301 (testbed) were using it for the demos.
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Unread post07 Jun 2019, 13:54

Not a big surprise given Damocles is publicly admitted to be inferior to competition, and Qatari Rafales having integrated Sniper. Better to show the best available capability (Sniper) now and sell Talios in the brochures.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... et-449359/
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Unread post07 Jun 2019, 14:35

sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:I wouldn't worry, I think you will see in my comparison that the IRST of one plane will not outrange the radar of another. I am also not using "drought" conditions and any IRST range that is given WITHOUT qualifiers is being assumed to be "max range", meaning an AB tailpipe shot.


Ah ok. I guess that I misunderstood your previous post, sorry. :)


optimist wrote:Some may recall it reported from Iraq. That low and upper atmosphere dust, from the bombing. Basically shut down the IR systems. They had a lot of issues. All of the details, I don't recall.


I actually haven't hear/read about that before but that makes perfect sense indeed.
A 4th/4.5th gen fighter aircraft stands about as much chance against a F-35 as a guns-only Sabre has against a Viper.
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Unread post07 Jun 2019, 16:56

magitsu wrote:Not a big surprise given Damocles is publicly admitted to be inferior to competition, and Qatari Rafales having integrated Sniper. Better to show the best available capability (Sniper) now and sell Talios in the brochures.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... et-449359/


Yes makes sense to use Sniper pod now, who is available today. Talios integration take some time.

And for the F-35 EOTS its seems indeed it isn't top notch today. According to several articles. The ETOS seems to be the equivalent to the Sniper XR. The Sniper ATP-SE and LITENING-SE are superior today. So i would say the upgrade is necessary in Bl.4.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/newest-us ... older-jets

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... save-money

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8 ... tely-needs
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Unread post16 Jun 2019, 07:47

wrightwing wrote:The bigger issue, is that assumptions have been made, that not even the manufacturer has claimed with regard to the Rafale.

I really can't understand where he is coming from. I present what the manufacturer said. It doesn't make a dent in his delusional fantasy.
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Unread post17 Jun 2019, 04:59

Okay, I'm finally happy with my Radar/ECCM vs RWR/ECM assumptions (grossly oversimplified I'm sure, but I am not a subject matter expert and no subject matter expert can legally tell me what I would need). Now to redo my CAP mission for the F-15SA, then I can figure out how I want to set up the Deep Strike Scenario. I want Red SAMs, AWACS, CAP, and possibly Interceptors to be available to thwart the strike, but where do I put everything? The Syrian example shows SAMs on the target airport itself, the Interceptors can be there too. AWACS 50nm forward? 150nm forward? Theoretically 600nm between land bases. Put CAP "with" the AWACS?
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