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by Dahedd
23 Aug 2019, 01:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 16340

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

Give them the Predators when the RAF retires them ;)
by Dahedd
04 Aug 2019, 20:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 32434

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Think perhaps the H145 is perhaps a touch too small. The others seem the correct size, am I right in thinking the AW 189 is used by the UK Coastguard & the 149 by the Irish forces?

Let's just avoid the NH90 at all costs.
by Dahedd
03 Aug 2019, 11:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 32434

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

That's crazy. I know Watchkeeper is supposed to replace the Gazelle & Lynx in some aspects but that size of reduction is rediculous. The AH9 Lynx was retired far too soon.

I'd move all the Wildcats to the Navy & get a new light chopper for the Army.
by Dahedd
02 Aug 2019, 00:04
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 32434

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

"Work is being conducted by the airframer under a £90 million ($110 million) contract signed in 2014 that will see all 28 of the RN's Wildcats gain the weapons wings." 28? Is that all the Wildcats they have? That's doesn't seem anything like enough. Surely that's a hefty reduction on the n...
by Dahedd
23 Jul 2019, 21:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 242936

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

No brainer really to use the T26 as the basis for the T45 replacement. Aren't a few of the Canadian ships being built more with air defence in mind? Or did I pick that up wrong?
by Dahedd
29 Jun 2019, 12:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6005
Views: 315088

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ahh cheers. Fingers crossed they avoid that then, they'd be as well with a modernised T23 rather than a Meko. They're getting on a bit now aren't they?
by Dahedd
28 Jun 2019, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6005
Views: 315088

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What are Atlas Electronik putting forward as their offering? Or did I misread that & they're in with Babcock?
by Dahedd
24 Jun 2019, 11:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 825
Views: 53288

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I think it's in the Times. Mate of mine mentioned he'd read it as well. Not sure if he meant yesterdays or today's.
by Dahedd
20 Jun 2019, 08:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)
Replies: 151
Views: 17544

Re: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)

Maybe we should look again at this option and retain 6 to 8 of our C-130Js if we still have them. These could supplement the P-8s allowing the latter to concentrate more on the ASW aspect whist the former could possibly provide SAR cover given their AAR capability allowing them to cover a very larg...
by Dahedd
10 Jun 2019, 11:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2846
Views: 163873

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Is it feasible to use the 40mm cannon from the Warrior & Ajax on a naval vessel? I know Thales has the land based RapidFire air defence concept.
by Dahedd
04 Jun 2019, 23:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 27872

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

This should also be relevant to the above. https://www.janes.com/article/88989/us-army-to-retrofit-apache-helos-with-underwater-crew-escape-system If as suggested in the article the flotation system (at least the US version anyway) cuts into fuel & ordnance can we expect the layout of the Army ...
by Dahedd
04 Jun 2019, 08:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 27872

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I think that's the flotation bags on top of (&below?) the "wings" . If you zoom in on the first pic there's bags above the wing & something new between the weapons pylons.
by Dahedd
26 Apr 2019, 08:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 32434

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

What ever happened to the Sea King Commandos that had the major upgrade for Afghanistan? Didnt they get new engines, gear box & rotors? I assume we scrapped them or sold them cheap. Would a few of them not have worked for carrier vert rep & plane guard duties?
by Dahedd
26 Apr 2019, 08:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 32434

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Double post
by Dahedd
21 Apr 2019, 09:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 32434

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

I've no knowledge of this but ref the earlier discussions on the Lynx AH9 & the need for a light utility. We're the AH9 & the navy's lynx not rushed out of service too quickly to make way for the wildcat or were they all knackered . Would it not have made more sense to retain some for the ab...
by Dahedd
01 Apr 2019, 22:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 588
Views: 48783

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

How similar are these likely to be the the USNs Ocean Trader (ex MV Cragside)? Its looking at 50 core crew plus 150+ military types

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_C_Ocean_Trader
by Dahedd
22 Mar 2019, 13:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: ASDOT
Replies: 76
Views: 10446

Re: ASDOT

Pity, I rather liked the Scorpian. Thought it had plenty of potential.
by Dahedd
22 Mar 2019, 13:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 246
Views: 24709

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

With the announcement today of the purchase of 5 E7 Wedgetail is it not about time to look again at booms on the Voyagers? That's now C17, P8 & E7s that require a boom to refuel.

Discuss!
by Dahedd
22 Mar 2019, 13:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 11879

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

5 isnt ideal but it's better than most other NATO AF bar the US & possibly the French AF/Navy.

If you consider 5 E7, 3 Rivet Joint, 9 P8, 5 Sentinel & up to 8 Shadow R1 then I think the UK is doing pretty well on the surveillance front.
by Dahedd
17 Mar 2019, 23:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10190
Views: 493510

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If we're back looking at SSKs then it shows how daft it was to sell the Upholders to Canada.
by Dahedd
11 Feb 2019, 14:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 588
Views: 48783

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Moved across, not really an escort topic. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DzH1hI0WkAIIe7_?format=jpg&name=large I guess its no coincidence it looks like a Point Class.... A modified Point, who would have thought it :D Guess the RN had a look round Socom/USNs MV Cragside & liked what they saw. h...
by Dahedd
14 Dec 2018, 08:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 742422

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

You would think that Sea Ceptor and/or Sea Ram would be a no brainer on a huge asset like the carriers, amphibious vessels & supply ships.
by Dahedd
18 Nov 2018, 21:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 742422

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Excuse my ignorance but why is it PCU Michael Monsoor?
by Dahedd
06 Nov 2018, 20:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 742422

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Don't see either a T45 or a Bay along side in the above pic. A USN San Antonia lpd yes but no big UK stuff.

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