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by bobp
10 Jan 2021, 19:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 772
Views: 167023
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

The mine neutralisation system is being produced by SAAB it seems...

https://www.defensenews.com/global/euro ... e-program/
by bobp
09 Jan 2021, 08:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 419
Views: 124222
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

AN/APR-48B Modernised Radar Frequency Interferometer as well as technical support for this capability. Radar warning device... Lockheed say its a The AN/APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometer (MRFI) is installed on the AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter and backwards compatible to AH-64D ...
by bobp
03 Jan 2021, 02:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 692582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Caribbean wrote:I actually gave up eating "danish" bacon (mainly re-badged as UK supermarket brands


Cant stand the Supermarket Bacon myself, besides the taste, it shrivels to nothing when cooked.
by bobp
01 Jan 2021, 17:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 821
Views: 172108
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

A lot of money has been spent on IT systems, communications and Cyber, not so visible as say a Tank, but essential in a modern battlefield.
by bobp
31 Dec 2020, 15:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384768
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Little J wrote:Tea and Medals all round!!


Prefer tea and biscuits :lol: :crazy:
by bobp
29 Dec 2020, 17:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4229
Views: 821358
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

If you zoom in on the picture you can see the bottom of the Hull sloping upwards from left to right. I am thinking its the middle section.
by bobp
29 Dec 2020, 14:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4229
Views: 821358
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]




This tweet from September shows that the block has been outside for three months at least.
by bobp
29 Dec 2020, 10:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4229
Views: 821358
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Jdam wrote:I thought they were going to lower HMS Glasgow into the water via barge


I believe that its still the plan to use a barge. The fact that the rear lower hull is outside points to a shortage of indoor space to put it. Not very well protected from the weather though.
by bobp
28 Dec 2020, 21:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4229
Views: 821358
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]





Looking at these pictures a quite sizable chunk of t26 stern is sitting outside of the Hall
by bobp
27 Dec 2020, 19:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12724
Views: 2550795
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Merry Xmas from QE..

by bobp
25 Dec 2020, 13:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1717
Views: 360229
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

When it comes to testing a product, the biggest set of regulations are health and safety along with electrical safety. then of course there is the technical specifications to be met. Most countries have their own set of standards, as well as ISO standards etc. It is a long process and each test has ...
by bobp
24 Dec 2020, 22:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Hawk
Replies: 99
Views: 36556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: BAE Hawk

From January, there will be about 650 people employed at the site with the focus on engineering, rather than manufacturing. When I worked there, over 5000 jobs were available. Some of the buildings are now occupied by other companies, so there is work going on at the site. It sounds like Bae have k...
by bobp
24 Dec 2020, 18:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Hawk
Replies: 99
Views: 36556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: BAE Hawk

ArmChairCivvy wrote:there is a Hawk line in India


Also there was T45 productio9n in the US.

Not sure what parts, if any, that are made in the UK to support the worldwide fleet. Which is slowly shrinking as the fleet ages. Shame no successor has been designed and manufactured.
by bobp
24 Dec 2020, 15:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Hawk
Replies: 99
Views: 36556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: BAE Hawk

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Tiffie Tr1s?


Cost per flight hour would probably rule that out. But would possibly attract future sales maybe.
by bobp
24 Dec 2020, 12:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Hawk
Replies: 99
Views: 36556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: BAE Hawk

SW1 wrote:'Pride' as military aircraft factory ends production


Yes I served an apprenticeship there from 1965-1970, worked on Buccaneers before ending up in the electrical test department. So sad day for me also. My Dad worked in the Drawing office there for 25 years.
by bobp
22 Dec 2020, 20:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 38
Views: 4828
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Phil R wrote:2013 transitioned to MV ALIM, great potential, no buyers.... yet.


So this could still be a possible if it could potentially launch a Predator sized UAV.
by bobp
22 Dec 2020, 18:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 38
Views: 4828
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Phil R wrote:Converteam (Pre GE) with EMKIT, working towards EMCAT.


I thought this program had died after we decided on F35B version.
by bobp
22 Dec 2020, 16:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 38
Views: 4828
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Some still pictures from above taxi test...
by bobp
21 Dec 2020, 11:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 270
Views: 78996
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Will the P8 maintenance building be able to handle a E7.
by bobp
21 Dec 2020, 05:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 38
Views: 4828
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

High speed trials...

by bobp
21 Dec 2020, 05:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 38
Views: 4828
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Wonder if the UK will get a few of these to experiment with.
by bobp
20 Dec 2020, 21:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 250
Views: 69153
Location: United Kingdom

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

BlueD954 wrote:Prior Information Notice on C-UAS


Expect we will be hearing more about these systems in the future, as they will be needed to protect our troops and bases.
by bobp
16 Dec 2020, 19:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 155
Views: 42030
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

There simply is not enough Merlin Helicopters to go round, so yes the 8 cannibalised ones could be converted to 8 AEW versions, wonder what that would cost though.
by bobp
16 Dec 2020, 15:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 155
Views: 42030
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

Plenty of Chinook & Apache surely? Maybe so, but the Merlin ASW version, and Wildcat fleets are at least half the numbers we had in Sea King and Lynx, plus the Army no longer has its Gazelles. Total numbers are down 50 percent on what we had in 2008. https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/the-royal-n...
by bobp
16 Dec 2020, 15:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 155
Views: 42030
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

While I am supportive of the roll on/off nature of the system selected, at the same time it should be properly acknowledged to what degree the rest of the Merlin fleet will come under pressure when up to 8 a/c become AEW tasked. Yes there is a serious shortfall of Helicopters throughout the forces,...

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