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  • Deja Vu on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13I thank Martin for his link to the inquiry into the Voyager incident. Fascinating what one learns; the RAFLO at the Turkish Airfield was a female Warrant Officer with the trade of musician. Any SME who can explain the reasoning?
  • Think Defence on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13How long as HMS Duncan been in service Seems like only yesterday when they were launched
  • sea_eagle on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13Meanwhile on the water... HMS Duncan fitted with Harpoon. Anyone know if the other 2 sets have been fitted? How much would it cost to buy 2 more sets for all the T45 or do we just swop them between ships? Next we'll be doing the same with the guns...
  • Mark on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13Wiseape Yes indeed a less floury take on An item on the todo list "Meanwhile, Bogdan also says he is worried about the integrity of the F-35B’s aluminium 496 bulkhead, which bears critical structural loads where the trailing edge of the wing attaches to the aft fuselage. In 2004, programme...
  • Simon on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13NaB, "The customer is me" is indeed a simplistic statement. But because of my unimaginable wealth, if I stop paying we'll have no military. :-) Personally, I have zero military experience and minimal military knowledge. However to believe that this is the "only way" takes one hell of a stubborn...
  • Think Defence on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13I wonder if any of the committee actually subscribe to Janes, Kable or Shepards, or on the distribution list for MoD magazines and bulletins? Being 'read up' on their brief starts with the basics
  • Think Defence on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13I swear by em' Wiseape Never seem to get any smaller though :)
  • WiseApe on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13Don't you love a "To do list?" http://www.defenseone.com/management/2015/03/f-35-program-boss-do-list/108322/?oref=d-dontmiss
  • Repulse on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13Talking about small craft anf FACs, the Turks always have interesting ideas, a particular favourite of mine is the new Stealth FAC design: http://www.rmkmarine.com/UPLOAD/PROJECTS/data-sheets-en/fast-attack-craft-(FAC).pdf OK, lose the SSMs and perhaps replace with Hellfire/LMM mounts but you get the idea. Also like their LPD design: http://www.rmkmarine.com/UPLOAD/PROJECTS/data-sheets-en/landing-platform-dock-(LPD).pdf
  • Repulse on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13@X: Keep it up, we ignore our lack of small ship capability at our peril.
  • monkey on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13@NaB I only suggested jane's as it is a service they offer to industry but if they don't know their arse from their elbow better give them a miss then. http://www.google.co.uk/url?q=https://www.ihs.com/products/janes-defence-industry-news.html&sa=U&ei=aVAWVZvsHs7baNmygBA&ved=0CAsQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNEAuOgWKc-sEDvdT4IAJg9iUVBHbA
  • cky7 on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13Re: select committee. With my total lack of experience i'm not gonna even attempt to throw my silly ideas out there as i'm pretty sure they'll be totally impractical. So, do any of those who are knowledgable/experienced enough have any suggestions on how it could realistically be improved that i...
  • Chris.B. on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13To derail (pun intended) the thread slightly... @ Chris, "astonishing but yet again we entirely agree!" -- Given the recent eclipse I'm convinced this really is the coming of the apocalypse ;) "They were the hauliers of the day; the idea that business will grow because a railway is built...
  • Chuck on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13@Fed; 3 months from keel to float out. Ready to sail half way around the world after not to much later. On time and on budget. Amazing what a competent ship building industry can do eh? Even in slow mode the whole process from design to commission will be quicker...
  • Not a Boffin on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13"could a company such as Jane’s Defence not be contracted in to keep the members appraised of the state of the achievable and explain the submitted answers in terms the MP’s can grasp" Ha, ha , ha, ha ha, ha, ha etc. What in the name of Beelzebubs knackers gives...
  • x on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13I was only going to cover the inshore patrol capabilities of the UK’s immediate neighbours. But I thought it would illustrate how little capability the UK has in that sphere by giving a brief outline of the truly mind boggling capabilities Italy has available to keep her home waters safe....
  • Fedaykin on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13Oh by the way this is DSME going slow as well! As I understand it when they won the contract they offered to deliver all four simultaneously about two years ahead of the current schedule! The RFA didn't have the manpower available to induct four new ships so quickly.
  • Fedaykin on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13WOW the Korean's work quick! RFA Tidespring under construction at the DSME yard in January: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8lnV0aCQAA4sn-.jpg RFA Tidespring under fitting out the last week: https://static.ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uploads/2015/03/CAyfZiPUkAAbpEp.jpg A & P Group have won the contract for final fitting out of UK specific systems and RAS gear in Falmouth.
  • as on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13On the train thing does the army still have drivers trained to drive trains or are they reliant on using locals and civilian's? With the closure of Longmoor Military Railway (LMR) in 1969 there was no where to train them.
  • Mark on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13as Real issue, you don't fly planes into storms if you can possibly avoid it. Lightning strike protection is a real issue on all composite aircraft military and civil ones. It's been a known and reported issue on f35 for a number of years now which required a mod to...
  • Kent on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13@WiseApe - Yes, trains. Almost any time I deployed anywhere in the US, Canada, or Europe, we loaded our vehicles on...wait for it...trains. As for the Chinese, they're the best at everything and always have been. All you have to do for confirmation is ask them.
  • Kent on Falkland Islands Defence Review@Mike Wheatley - In November of this year, the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Taranto should be a big deal and should be celebrated with a demonstration flight on November 11, 2015 off Base Naval Puerto Belgrano at Punta Alta with a number of Tornado GR.4s, perhaps escorted by...
  • WiseApe on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13Trains? Come on people, back on track: http://www.asian-defence.net/2015/03/chinas-electromagnetic-catapult-more.html I don't know any Chinese; are they a nation given to modesty?
  • as on Open Thread – 2015 Week 13Lightning jets that can't fly through lightning: Fears new £100m RAF fighter's fuel tanks could explode if struck by a bolt Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3014182/Lightning-jets-t-fly-lightning-Fears-new-100m-RAF-fighter-s-fuel-tanks-exploded-struck-bolt.html ??Real or just scare mongering?
  • as on Falkland Islands Defence Review@Mike Wheatley Maybe we should sign a mutual defence pact with Chile?

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