Gabriele wrote:Next year should be a lot better already, though. More complex F-35 trials, and almost certainly more jets on board. Apache will finally go on as well.
ArmChairCivvy wrote:THe present for some
"The Philippine Navy (PN) is currently testing its first AW-159 helicopter in the UK. "As confirmed by the Commander Naval Air Group (CNAG), the AW159 has just started initial test flight as part of the manufacturer's trial. It is still scheduled for a series of test flights before scheduling its handover to the Philippines. According as well to CNAG, the flight signals the completion of the first unit," defense department spokesperson Arsenio Andolong, said in a text message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday. The PN ordered two AW159 Lynx Wildcat naval helicopters for $114 million in March 2016. The helicopters will give the PN a long sought after anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability, carrying active dipping sonar (ADS), sonobuoys, and torpedoes, while for the anti-surface warfare role it can be armed with anti-ship missiles, rockets, and guns." from DID of today,
but could be useful in optimising the RN mix of assets, going forward
... littoral ops have been talked about for a decade; and Merlin numbers are tight
Lord Jim wrote: again if things had been thought through.
ArmChairCivvy wrote:" it was decided to save money by disbanding 657 Sqn and establishing the SF Wildcat Flight" says nothing specific about it and is contradicted by others stating that the Wildcats for such service are drawn from the general pool. And it seems that this one, about the same topic, https://www.janes.com/article/73702/uk- ... s-aviation has been pulled.
Lord Jim wrote:16 Air Assault needs a bigger and more balance organic air component than it currently has and one solution is Wildcat. We currently have one Regiment currently tasked as Recce. These need to be modified to take on the task of Armed Recce in a similar vain as the US Army did converting the OH-58D Kiowa in to he Kiowa Warrior, possibly equipped as mentioned above. WE also need a further Regiment of a utility variant, similar in load carrying capability to the retired Lynx AH-9. This would give the Brigade the ability to move Platoon and even Company sized units rapid around the battlefield without relying on the RAF of RN helicopters. Together with one of the AAC's Apache Regiments this would for the revised air component of 16 Air Assault.
Lord Jim wrote:These need to be modified to take on the task of Armed Recce in a similar vain as the US Army did converting the OH-58D Kiowa in to he Kiowa Warrior, possibly equipped as mentioned above.
Lord Jim wrote:As for the Utility variant this would go in the opposite direction, though having them FFBNW a decent RO system to allow nigh operation would be of benefit. If it was possible refitting all ACC Wildcats to the same maritime protection standard as those operated by the FAA would also be very useful allow extended operations form Naval vessels if 16AA were to deploy by sea.
Not all targets are MBTs and having multiple (7?) shots available can be no bad thing?Timmymagic wrote: the same reason that Brimstone hasn't been integrated with Wildcat, land or sea based, which would make a lot of sense (arguably more than LMM/Martlet)
Indeed, the order was swapped from a quantity for something else (sharing parts) that was not deemed as urgentTimmymagic wrote: leads me to believe that LMM is very much a make work for Thales in Belfast.
serge750 wrote:Sorry if this sounds dumb but does anybody know if a naval Wildcat is going to act as a plane guard for the carriers, As i thought it might be a lot cheaper than running a Merlin ? I'm sure I read that they will use Merlins for downed aircraft inland but does that include plane guard duties ?
ArmChairCivvy wrote:Not all targets are MBTs and having multiple (7?) shots available can be no bad thing?
ArmChairCivvy wrote:Indeed, the order was swapped from a quantity for something else (sharing parts) that was not deemed as urgent
Lord Jim wrote:A utility variant of the Wildcat could carry up to ten men plus three crew including a door gunner.
Lord Jim wrote:Purchasing more Wildcat to fulfil this role would definitely be cheaper than bringing in a new type. Jobs would be retained in Yeovil both for the new build and the modification to existing platforms. Development work would be minimum as most has already been carried out for the FAA variant and for export studies.
serge750 wrote:That's what I was thinking that Merlins were to valuable in their ASW role so why not use something cheaper to run for the equally essential role of planeguard
Dahedd wrote:Using a wildcat or merlin as a plain guard is surely a waste of platform
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