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  • Martin on Royal Navy CROWSNEST DecisionI have no doubt this is the correct decision to make given the current budgets. I think the Crowsnest assessment phase was probably a good idea as AESA radar technology may have been a real game changer but the previous assessment phases were likely a total waste of money. I...
  • secundius on Royal Navy CROWSNEST Decision@ Fedaykin. The US. Navy plans to integrate the AESA system into the F/A-35 Airframe and Pod Mount them on all other Naval Combat Aircrafts...
  • secundius on Royal Navy CROWSNEST Decision@ Make R. One of the AESA systems that may deployed on the Osprey, has a similar feature with a Palletized Operations Cabin that can also be Pressurized...
  • wirralpete on Royal Navy CROWSNEST Decision@NAB.... Thanks for those insights seems a very sensible compromise within the age of austerity ... In another 10 years we can revist the question as the QEC develops into a more power projection and strike carrier group ....
  • Not a Boffin on Royal Navy CROWSNEST DecisionA few points of order. MASC was originally about much more than cross-decking a bag system into Merlin. Those who were around understood that the name change was to reflect a more ambitious requirement. However, MASC was always the poor relation to the ship and the FJ and funding (and...
  • ArmChairCivvy on Royal Navy CROWSNEST Decision" In a statement, Thales said, "The new capability will enter operational service in 2018 when the last of the SKASaC helicopters are retired. "Thales' winning solution will maximise the re-use of the MoD's existing investment in equipment, training and expertise by upgrading, updating and adapting a battle proven capability,...
  • A Caribbean Perspective on Open Thread 20"A HUGE Wigan army truck has been grounded after blackbirds took up home in it" Wigan has it's own army?
  • Fedaykin on Royal Navy CROWSNEST DecisionWhilst I found the AESA solution from Lockheed Martin very compelling to be honest I can't fault this decision. It will provide a world class system at a very reasonable price and low risk. It should also be noted that the door is still open to an AESA upgrade in...
  • Chris on Open Thread 20Recce by big trucks. Must be the new version of stealth - using something so wildly inappropriate that the opposition refuse to believe it could possibly be true.
  • Think Defence on Royal Navy CROWSNEST DecisionTest comment, again Does the edit function work, Yes it does !!
  • Observer on Royal Navy CROWSNEST DecisionCorrection: "Pessimist", not "cynic". Edit function doesn't seem to be working. Oh well. Murphy's Law.
  • Observer on Royal Navy CROWSNEST DecisionLooks good, grats on a job well done. @Challenger Just congratulate them grumpy. :) As the Chinese say, even if it isn't genius, it still is hard work. As a cynic, I'm just waiting for someone to forget to retract the system before landing. Not because it is a bad...
  • Challenger on Royal Navy CROWSNEST DecisionWhat i put in the Open Thread earlier: Good to finally see some movement, with a planned in-service date of 2018 it really has to be full steam ahead to meet the deadline. Why has it taken this bloody long? What they really need is those 8 HM1's upgraded and...
  • Think Defence on Open Thread 20Recce soldiers, ha ha http://www.wigantoday.net/news/local/blackbird-nest-puts-15-tonne-army-truck-out-of-action-1-7274806
  • The Other Chris on Open Thread 20An insight into the kind of exchanges going on in the South China Sea region and an interesting look at a limited number of systems onboard a P-8: https://youtu.be/OaKbZW0pqkM
  • Think Defence on Royal Navy CROWSNEST DecisionMike, I think the CROWNEST solution is mounted on the stores rail as I understand it, so no need for doors and ramps to be left open
  • Mike R on Royal Navy CROWSNEST DecisionTechnical question about the chosen palletised system: when the sensor is lowered and deployed out of the rear of the aircraft (the ramp must, I presume, be removed prior to takeoff) is there an internal door that seals the cabin, or is it left open to the elements? (See the...
  • The Other Chris on Open Thread 20S-97 first test flight: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/s-97-raider-makes-debut-test-flight-412703/
  • ArmChairCivvy on UK Rapid Response – IntroductionAn airforce (RAF) of rotocrafts? - more of them than fighters OK. a good 30 sent to RN, and the 64 (50 the not too far future?) in the Army air wing, but anyway: 107 being the magic number for fighters... 50 AH and 60 Chinooks alone will be trump...
  • Challenger on UK Rapid Response – Introduction@Frenchie Yeah a large Chinook fleet is a great thing. We may yet see a few of them put into storage though. I'd be pleasantly surprised if the RAF got to utilize all 60 to their fullest potential.
  • The Other Chris on Open Thread 20Despite the Tejas having around 53 performance deficiencies requiring waivers for IOC, half of which won't ever be corrected? And I'm not even being facetious this time. EDIT: 53 waivers, 20 permanent: http://www.janes.com/article/51391/india-s-auditor-general-brands-tejas-operationally-deficient
  • A Caribbean Perspective on Roll on Roll Off Gunship@ACC - thanks for the book reference - I'll have to get a copy
  • Frenchie on UK Rapid Response – Introduction@Challenger If the "FRES UV" project is successfully implemented, you will have nothing to envy us. It so happens that we have the chance currently to have a very good Minister of Defence and a President who assumes its role of Chief of the Armies, not accountants. But we are...
  • DavidNiven on Open Thread 20Indian defence minister draws line at 36 Rafales http://www.janes.com/article/51616/indian-defence-minister-draws-line-at-36-rafales In multiple interviews to TV channels to mark the completion of the government's first year in office, Parrikar said the money India had saved by acquiring 90 fewer Rafales would be diverted to buying 200-odd indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)....
  • Observer on Roll on Roll Off Gunship" My English to English software isn't doing doing so well..." Ah, what an irony irony. :)

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