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  • TehFinn on Think Defence – June 2017 UpdateWhat sort of topics you'll be covering in the near future? Got anything in mind? I can't be the only one who'd love read and talk about infantry related topics.
  • 4th watch on Type 31 Frigate CapabilitiesI have to say my experience in this field comes largely from the Merchant Navy. The people the RN are there to protect. So here goes. First off any hull less than 10-12000 tons will struggle to keep up with a modern container vessel except in calm seas. If you...
  • The Other Chris on Initial ConsiderationsCragside is now Ocean Trader: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_C_Ocean_Trader
  • jedibeeftrix on Final ThoughtsAsk: http://ukdefenceforum.net/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=131&p=45451#p45451 And ye shall receive! Excellent read, thank you boss. I like it. Regards, Jbt.
  • Jon on Think Defence – June 2017 UpdateThe thin pinstriped is asking if there is any demand for him returning to blogging, if your interested go to his site and let him know.
  • WiseApe on Type 31 Frigate CapabilitiesRemember when the target price for the fully tooled up Type 26 was £350 million? Happy days.
  • JohnHartley on Thoughts on the FutureMark. Well lets hope that between "Babelfish & Einstein", western jets of various generations, will now be able to communicate with each other.
  • Mark on Thoughts on the FutureJH http://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/northrop-grumman-and-royal-air-force-demonstrate-enhanced-airborne-communications-interoperability-between-5th-and-4th-generation-fast-jet-aircraft LONDON – Feb. 15, 2017 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the Royal Air Force (RAF) have successfully completed a communications interoperability trial involving both F-35B Lightning II and Typhoon FGR4 aircraft, via an Airborne Gateway developed by Northrop Grumman. The two-week trial, named Babel Fish III,...
  • jedpc on Final ThoughtsBlimey that was a bit dense in places... :-) What fantastic work sir !! Were you an engineer once by any chance.... ?? Whether current strike brigade, or older medium brigade structure, your being far too strategic, thinking far to "connectedly" for our political and military leaders, crossing domains from...
  • JohnHartley on Thoughts on the FutureAviationweek has an article on a prototype "Einstein Box" fitted to a U2. It allows communication between F-22 to F-35 to link 16 legacy types. Might be a way for UK F-35B to communicate with Typhoon, E-3, P-8, etc. Assuming it works & we are allowed (& can afford) to...
  • Peter Elliott on Type 31 Frigate CapabilitiesThe politics of assembly in Scotland are fairly obvious. And I guess it allows you to parcel the block construction out to 3 or 4 English yards as Rosyth can't build much itself. But most unlikely to be cheaper than building the whole ship at Camell Lairds.
  • Deja Vu on Think Defence – June 2017 UpdateWell I suppose an illustrated history of the OPH and OPH pin would be a bit niche. I enjoyed the long post about expeditionary ports. Possibly expeditionary airfields might be interesting to research. Army 2020 has me completely baffled. I asked a recently retired RSM how many men in an...
  • Hohum on Type 31 Frigate CapabilitiesThe Times is reporting this morning that the department is looking at a competition between BAE (Clyde) and Babcock (Rosyth) for assembly but that whichever yard is chosen would be expected to compete individual module construction. Rosyth is interesting as it still means Scotland so could potentially provide a get...
  • Mark on Thoughts on the FutureRemind me again which Mid East state do we suck up to to get some gas from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40155829 Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. They say Qatar backs militant groups including so-called Islamic State...
  • johnno on Think Defence – June 2017 UpdateI doubt if there will be a SDSR before Brexit is cleared up. No one will have the slightest clue on what will be available to spent. The risk is that beyond high profile political must do's everything will free wheel.
  • Hugh Neve on Joint Port Opening Capability – A ProposalCongratulations on a comprehensive and detailed article. However... ...I did expect more in the way of the traditional TD 'ISO container porn'.
  • Deja Vu on Joint Port Opening Capability – A ProposalI found this memoire by a Sapper officer of 82 Port Regt AER regarding Op MUSKETEER (Suez 1956) http://www.patmckeown.co.uk/assets/docs/the-suez-campaign-of-1956.pdf mainly personal but describes quay clearing and trying to get cranes working.
  • DavidNiven on Final ThoughtsRock I'm still failing to see the need to stand up a new Engineer regt for the requirement. I understand the requirement for specialists such as yourself which we already have within 509 STRE (Port Infra) with support from the other STRE's which will have overlap. I also understand the...
  • HMArmedForcesReview on Meeting Requirement 1 – Port Survey and DesignDFID has several projects in conflict states related to port improvement.
  • The Other Nick on Thoughts on the FutureUS Air Force awarded $1 billion contracts July 2016 to fund its Adaptive Engine Transition Program, AETP, to General Electric and Pratt & Whitney till Sept. 2021 following on earlier development program. AETP new tech adding a third stream of air inside the engine allowing improved thermal management enabling 25%...
  • Rock on Final ThoughtsGents, it is important to remember, even in smaller and "general" ports, that the magnitude of forces, volumes of material, sizes of piles, ship to shore cranage etc and the complexity of working with tides, waves and the involved in port infrastructure engineering. You need a lot of heavy plant...
  • JohnHartley on Thoughts on the FutureGiven the short combat radius of the F-35B, I would have thought a 6% improvement in fuel economy, might mean we can actually reach the enemy, without going for a swim on the way back to the carrier. If RR does not upgrade its lift fan, I am sure Pratt...
  • Mark on Thoughts on the FutureThe engine upgrade would be available to all variants an all variants would benefit. When the b is not in the transition or hover the benefits would not be seen but that will be only a small fraction of its flight time. However if the cost is a low and...
  • Peter Elliott on Thoughts on the FutureJH The "B" may not get the new engine, or may not be permitted to access the increased power, unless someone pays RR to develop a 10% better lift fan to go with it. Everything has to stay in balance for STO/RVL to happen. I've not heard that that is...

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