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Dave Majumdar Security, A new radar could be the key. Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) upgrade for Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon is promising to keep the venerable fighter viable as a warplane for years to come. The new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar was recently selected by the U.S. Air Force to upgrade an initial batch of its F-16s. The Pentagon order opens the door to further domestic and international order for SABR. “In addition to the international F-16 upgrades currently in production, we are now in the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the U.S. Air National Guard F-16 upgrade program, which we expect will be followed by an upgrade of 72 AESA radars,” Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman chief executive officer told investors on July 26. “SABR extends the operational viability and reliability of the F-16, and provides pilots with 5th generation fighter radar capabilities to counter and defeat increasingly sophisticated threats. We foresee a robust growth opportunity for SABR going forward.” The SABR—which can be adapted to a number of aircraft—is primarily aimed at the enormous fleet of F-16s that exist worldwide. “SABR is specifically right now targeted to the F-16, and as you know, there's a lot of F-16s out there,” Bush said. “So, the question obviously is how far this goes. How many of those would be aligned on this type of replacement and it's kind of hard to tell.” The initial signs are very promising for both Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. “It's a little hard to call right now,” Bush said “I would just say that the adoption that we've seen so far has been great, both domestically – primarily domestically, but the international interest on this is significant. We have a good partnership with Lockheed Martin on this, where both companies are committed to continuing to make the F-16 a very strong capable platform for a long time. And we just have to see where this goes.” The complicating factors for Northrop are that there are rival F-16 upgrade products on the market including Raytheon’s AN/APG-84 Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) and the limited budgets available to governments around the world. Read full article
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This surprisingly nuanced animation intersperses lavatory humour with narrative inventionAlthough one of the foundations on which much children’s cinema was built, lavatory humour was always perceived as an inglorious last resort. Can’t think of a funny line? Have a character break wind instead. By this logic, Captain Underpants, a film almost entirely crafted out of lavatory humour, should be a soul-crushing, puerile slog. However, David Soren’s animation, which was adapted from the children’s books by Dav Pilkey, is a delightful surprise. It’s a celebration of friendship, of the boundless creativity of children’s minds. It’s a dizzily silly collection of sly cultural references. It’s visually inventive, narratively agile. And yes, it has fart gags. Continue reading...
На просторах интернета можно встретить немало статей на тему Infrastructure as Code, утилит SaltStack, Kitchen-CI и так далее, однако, сколько я не встречал различного рода примеров IaC, они зачастую остаются только кодом, как правило, с делением на бранчи в VCS соответствующие наименованию типа среды, например dev/int, возможно даже с тэгами, а говорить о полноценном цикле разработки конфигураций как правило не приходится. Во всяком случае с компаниями, с которыми знаком именно такая ситуация, да и статей не находил. Может быть оно и понятно — тотальный Agile и "раз-раз и в продакшен". Попробую исправить ситуацию данной статьей. Читать дальше →
Sebastien Roblin Security, The Su-35 may be the best jet-age dogfighter ever made. The Su-35 may be the best jet-age dogfighter ever made and a capable missile delivery platform—but whether that will suffice for an air-superiority fighter in the era of stealth technology remains to be seen. The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is the top Russian air-superiority fighter in service today, and represents the pinnacle of fourth-generation jet fighter design. It will remain so until Russia succeeds in bringing its fifth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter into production. Distinguished by its unrivaled maneuverability, most of the Su-35’s electronics and weapons capabilities have caught up with those of Western equivalents, like the F-15 Eagle. But while it may be a deadly adversary to F-15s, Eurofighters and Rafales, the big question mark remains how effectively it can contend with fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the F-22 and F-35. History The Su-35 is an evolution of the Su-27 Flanker, a late Cold War design intended to match the F-15 in concept: a heavy twin-engine multirole fighter combining excellent speed and weapons loadout with dogfighting agility. An Su-27 stunned the audience of the Paris Air Show in 1989 when it demonstrated Pugachev’s Cobra, a maneuver in which the fighter rears its nose up to 120-degree vertical—but continues to soar forward along the plane’s original attitude. Widely exported, the Flanker has yet to clash with Western fighters, but did see air-to-air combat in Ethiopian service during a border war with Eritrea, scoring four kills against MiG-29s for no loss. It has also been employed on ground attack missions. The development history of the Su-35 is a bit complicated. An upgraded Flanker with canards (additional small wings on the forward fuselage) called the Su-35 first appeared way back in 1989, but is not the same plane as the current model; only fifteen were produced. Another upgraded Flanker, the two-seat Su-30, has been produced in significant quantities, and its variants exported to nearly a dozen countries. The current model in question, without canards, is properly called the Su-35S and is the most advanced type of the Flanker family. It began development in 2003 under the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO), a subcontractor of Sukhoi. The first prototypes rolled out in 2007 and production began in 2009. Airframe and Engines Read full article
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