Odd Bird: Unless you're in the industry, not much of a story to read. I'm hoping farkers familiar with the technical aspects or to whom this is relevant will begin an informative discussion. Anyone seen FlyNavy lately?
Towermonkey: Sidewinder. Best thing Raytheon ever made.
johnny_vegas: Towermonkey: Sidewinder. Best thing Raytheon ever made.Good, not best probably[media.defenceindustrydaily.com image 800x624][www.raytheon.com image 850x1100]
Jodeo: Shaka, when the walls fell.
johnny_vegas: Towermonkey: Sidewinder. Best thing Raytheon ever made.Good, not best probably
Towermonkey: SM-3 and Tomahawk are both excellent platforms, but the AIM-9 has been around over 60 years. Relatively cheap, arguably the most successful air to air missile platform ever designed. I think AMRAAM and the Phoenix were designed from it, originally. The airframe anyway, obviously not the radar parts since Sidewinder is IR.
Spaced Lion: Cool, I didn't know they were turning those jams into a regular thing. I still have the t-shirt from the first one.[neo-fringe.com image 640x558]
MadHatter500: This is current SOP in the defense industry. Bid goes out, responses come back, initial winner picked, told to get started.The losers then get to pick over the contract. They look at every clause, every responded specification. If they find even one line item where their proposal was "better" they then challenge the contract. Now the people who put out the bid have to go through contract challenge process. Basically a huge paperwork exercise. Raytheon will then be allowed to weigh in on their merits. A contract arbitrator will make sure all the Is were crossed, Ts dotted, forms correctly filed, reviewed pondered and refuted. BAE will then be told suck a nut. Raytheon then gets the team back together, and starts moving forward again.Happens on every major bid, unless someone pulls strings and gets an immediate action no-bid award handed out because something has to happen right farking now. Next Gen anything means contract wars. Nothing of any interest here.
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