Af/Pak & Other News (1/23/2013)

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Jan 23, 2013, 12:57:34 PM1/23/13
Pakistani Kashmir PM terms nuclear warning as “pressure tactic”:

Outstanding Questions on the Afghan Massacre Case:

UK troop reduction in Afghanistan 'in autumn':

USAF delays Afghan Light Air Support source selection:

Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan cleared in Pentagon inquiry:

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Pakistan bans 'Call of Duty' and 'Medal of Honor':

India Buys C-130J-30 Hercules for Special Forces:

PICTURE: India's first C-17 enters flight testing:

Iran will attempt to send another monkey into space in February:

4 AQAP fighters killed in drone strike in northern Yemen:

Iraq suicide bomb at Shia mosque kills 42:

The Penny Drops: Iraq Chooses its Training & COIN Aircraft:

NATO to activate Turkey missile defenses:

Syrian civil war devastates farming, U.N. says:

Rebels in northern Syria pin hopes on airbase's downfall:

Some Algeria Attackers Are Placed at Benghazi:

Pentagon Swears U.S. Role in Mali War Is Limited:

Fight for Mali town shows how al-Qaida melts into population, uses
civilians as cover:

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Chadian troops advance against Mali Islamists:

France Brings Bigger Gunships, Heavy Artillery to Mali as Militants
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French Need A400M, Due This Year:

Newcastle University experts test 'bomb-proof' train:

VIDEO: RAF puts Hawk T2 through its paces:

The Hunt For The Real Red October:

China criminalizes monks' suicides, arrests protesters' friends:

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China Finds MREs Irresistible:

US Navy fined for 'illegal entry' at Philippine reef:

USS Guardian Grounding:

Japan Launching Spy Satellite To Monitor North Korea:|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

This Tech Entrepreneur Is About to Launch the Blackwater of the High

Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations: Oh Yeah Baby:

The Nation’s ICBM Force: Increasingly Creaky Broken Missiles:

Precision Extended Range Munition to improve capabilities of US Marine
Corps expeditionary forces:

Raytheon, US Navy Demonstrate New Dual Targeting Capability for JSOW

Using Connections to Stay Ahead of the Cyber Threat:

Life Expectancy of a Cold War A-10 Pilot:

LCS Goes Into The Danger Zone:

DARPA's new prototype attack helicopter:

Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA:

Video: Darpa’s Robots Practice Scavenging Space Junk From Satellites:

Air Force calls number of sex assaults in 2012 'appalling':

Laser tail gunners: DARPA seeks to use laser weapons to defend
aircraft from rearward attack:

Hydrogen on demand from silicon nanospheres - just add water:


Jan 23, 2013, 4:45:08 PM1/23/13
In the Royal Flying Corp during the Spring of 1917, pilots life expectancy
was approximately 13 days.


Jan 24, 2013, 1:56:24 AM1/24/13
" Life Expectancy of a Cold War A-10 Pilot by DAVID AXE

In the 1980s the U.S. Air Force planned to deploy 68 A-10 warplanes to
each of six Forward Operating Locations in West Germany in the event of
war with the Soviets. The twin-engine A-10s, with their 30-millimeter
guns and Maverick missiles, were NATO�s main tank-killing weapon.

According to the latest issue of Combat Aircraft, the flying branch
predicted that, if the A-10s went into action, seven percent of the jets
would be lost per 100 sorties. Since each pilot was expected to fly at
most four missions per day, each base would in theory generate more than
250 sorties daily. At this pace, a seven-percent loss rate per 100
flights equaled at least 10 A-10s shot down at each FOL every 24 hours �
and that�s being conservative.

At that rate, in less than two weeks the entire A-10 force at the time �
around 700 jets � would have been destroyed and the pilots killed,
injured, captured or, at the very least, very shook up."

Comment 6 - "
"Mustang says: January 23, 2013 at 6:45 PM - Hhmmm, my figures are
different to those stated above. Each of the six bases of 68 A-10s flies
4 sorties on the first day � that�s 1632 sorties. Now what has to be
taken into account is the attrition of the 408 A-10s which reduces the
number of sorties they can perform. 7% casualties PER 100 SORTIES when
1632 sorties are flown on the first day is decimation. I think during the
most intense periods during the Vietnam War B-52 loss rates were
unsustainable at 2% (cant recall over what period). By my figures, Day 7
sees 154 sorties with 35 A-10s left at the end of the day. The A-10s
perform 3324 sorties in the first week. If they kill 2.5 tanks per
sortie, that�s 8310. The Soviets had at least 50,000 tanks from the T-80
to all the T-54/55 and T-62s in reserve (~35K T-54, 27.5K T-55 and 20K T-
62 tanks were produced). Also keep in mind however that at 1000m the GAU-
8 would not be able to penetrate the turret roof of a T-62, only the hull
roof. It would therefore be ineffective against later Soviet tanks which
would have made up the Category 1 and 2 Soviet divisions. Peace. "

However, if some or a lot of the A-10 pilots can parachute to safety,
that makes a difference. During the Battle of Britain, there were pilots
who had three planes shot down beneath them and lived to fight on.

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