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  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by Chris April 23, 2014
    .....rotodyne;rotodyne;rotodyne;rotodyne;rotodyne;rotodyne;rotodyne;rotodyne.......
    Chris
  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by TED April 23, 2014
    Here's a better idea, Wessex with new engines. Now thats a utility helicopter 50-60 of them please!
    TED
  • Comment on Open Thread – April 2014 by as April 23, 2014
    RAF fighter jets scrambled to investigate Russian planes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27130125 They have been scrambled 8 times in the last year. Ok its not every week and it is not the cold war. They have no excuse for doing it they have plenty of there own airspace to practice in.
    as
  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by The Other Chris April 23, 2014
    But... but... but... conventional helicopters are so 1950s! Coaxial/Compound for me :)
    The Other Chris
  • Comment on Open Thread – April 2014 by TED April 23, 2014
    @TD Don't know if its possible but can you make it possible to navigate to your last post. If you post and are then away for a while finding peoples replies is a bit of an issue.
    TED
  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by DavidNiven April 23, 2014
    @H_K Ref rear door gunners - The picture was of an Australian NH 90. TED, At least some clam shell doors :-)
    DavidNiven
  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by H_K April 23, 2014
    @Ace Rimmer, @DN AFAIK none of the NH90 users have taken up the (daft?) rear window gunner idea. Door guns seem to be becoming standard (Miniguns for Italian NH-90s, FN MAGs on French NH-90s) FN MAG door gun: www.helicopassion.com/images/PAU12/Caiman/PAU20121980h.jpg
    H_K
  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by TED April 23, 2014
    Again what do we need a rear ramp for? Keep it simple, the MoD keeps saying "yeah we want that but with this thing as well." Just buy the aircraft of the shelf!!!
    TED
  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by DavidNiven April 23, 2014
    Ace Rimmer, Yeah I'd go for that as long as the development cost is not too great. We could ditch Wildcat for the army then as well. :-)
    DavidNiven
  • Comment on Open Thread – April 2014 by Mark April 23, 2014
    Toc The 11.5b price for 58 f35 seems to be in the ball park for what was offered to Korea when they reduced numbers to 40 to fit with there budget. Unit price is therefore 198m each because that is what it costs defence to buy the aircraft so deleting this or that to get to a lower number is IMO pointless. The b version the uk is buying is about 20% more exp […]
    Mark
  • Comment on Open Thread – April 2014 by Gloomy Northern Boy April 23, 2014
    I'm with @ACC on this, but can see the merits of both. GNB
    Gloomy Northern Boy
  • Comment on Open Thread – April 2014 by ArmChairCivvy April 23, 2014
    TD, I think for catch up on a new thread (several) it works best when the comments are in time order. - whereas "Latest Comments" helps one to dive in from the newest, and quickly reach the point (across all threads) where one left off. Then start to work the threads in time order; what is being said can only be fully understood against the precedi […]
    ArmChairCivvy
  • Comment on Open Thread – April 2014 by Think Defence April 23, 2014
    What do you chaps think about reversing the comment sort order so newest are at the top?
    Think Defence
  • Comment on Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Update by Think Defence April 23, 2014
    Mike, do you fancy writing a post on Stanflex? I would love for Think Defence to be the place that kills off all the nonsense you describe about it The floor is yours if you want it
    Think Defence
  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by Ace Rimmer April 23, 2014
    DN & TOC, how about an AW149/NH90 cross, essentially an AW149 with a rear ramp, covers just about all the bases!
    Ace Rimmer
  • Comment on Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Update by x April 23, 2014
    @ Mike Kilo Papa Well thank you for effing putting us right then.................. :) Hopefully by 2025 when the RN is as big as the Danish we will be able to reap the benefits of such a system.
    x
  • Comment on Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Update by MikeKiloPapa April 23, 2014
    Oh and returning to the subject of MCM... Now that we (DK) dont have the MCM role SF300 ships anymore this is how we will operate in the future :http://www.saabgroup.com/en/Naval/Underwater-Security/Mine-Warfare-Systems/SMART_MCM/Technical-specifications/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QITH-EJw3GY Saab's SMART MCM system's command module is based […]
    MikeKiloPapa
  • Comment on Open Thread – April 2014 by WiseApe April 23, 2014
    Interesting that the Aussies are replacing their Hornets one-for-one with F35As. It's almost as if they've said: "What do we need? Right now find the money to pay for it." Bit of a contrast with the countries that have set a budget then looked at what they can get for the money. I name no names.
    WiseApe
  • Comment on Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Update by MikeKiloPapa April 23, 2014
    @ X " I think it is symptomatic of the lack of understanding of these fundamentals that some here are able to explain away so easily the failure of SF300 to provide any savings or indeed flexibility." No offence but that is effing obllocks !...every single vessel built for the danish navy since the Flyvefisken class, in total 23 vessels spanning 6 […]
    MikeKiloPapa
  • Comment on OPV Design at Chucks House by WiseApe April 23, 2014
    Just to clarify, I wasn't saying we need a Merlin capable hangar on our OPVs. The RN want them to be Merlin capable - so the pad needs to be able to take them - while the featured vessel has a hangar which some might see as an advantage over a stretched River; but the vessel might not be Merlin capable - pad or hangar. It would cut down on the typing if […]
    WiseApe
  • Comment on Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Update by DavidNiven April 23, 2014
    @x ' is that to make this MHPC to work we can’t help but go bigger. And the bigger we go the harder the sell will be' Would not something like the FLEX patrol be usable in the role (I know its like playing fantasy fleets but the MHPC is going to be purchased for the Navy regardless) as at present is'nt the duty rumour that the BVT Venator is b […]
    DavidNiven
  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by The Other Chris April 23, 2014
    The AW189 purchased by Bristow SAR is an AW149, which is a stretched version of the AW139.
    The Other Chris
  • Comment on Open Thread – April 2014 by The Other Chris April 23, 2014
    Unsure what you mean. AIR 7000 (their MPA project) listed budgets as such: Phase 1B – $1000m to $1500m Phase 2B – $3500m to $4500m Some press reported their actual P-8A and MQ-4c as costing AU$4.5b-AU$6b, whereas this was the total budget plus contingency set aside. What I'm wondering is if the AU$12.4b reported is in fact the Phase 2A/B (Stage 2) budge […]
    The Other Chris
  • Comment on Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Update by x April 23, 2014
    @ David Niven Yes I know. My point is that in that our collective brainstorming, where as Jonesy says we agree on more than we disagree **, is that to make this MHPC to work we can't help but go bigger. And the bigger we go the harder the sell will be. Politicians look at easy metrics such as size. We are now discussing replacing a range of ships with a […]
    x
  • Comment on RAF Puma HC2 by TED April 23, 2014
    What about AW139? In service with Irish (not to mention bristow) and has a door mounted weapon. http://www.agustawestland.com/product/aw139m
    TED