Year 2009

Helicopters, again

Merlin helicopter

We tend to try and step back from most news related issues and post something that is a little more measured and thoughtful at a later date but once again the subject of helicopters have hit the news again in…

Poppy Nazis

Maybe a controversial post but this time of year brings the usual crop of poppy outrage stories. Whether it’s seeing people being castigated for not wearing one 24×7 or some organisation or other banning them, politics sadly intrudes on what is…

A Case for Coherence

The recent announcements of helicopter upgrades that we have blogged here and here, especially the Puma and Lynx upgrade, are to be welcomed, despite their apparent poor value for money, they will return airframes to operations and that can only…

Shiny Arse Civil Servants

If one takes too much notice of the mainstream media one could be forgiven for thinking that the Ministry of Defence Civil Service is comprised of tens of thousands of ‘Sir Humphries’ building paper clip empires and drawing huge salaries…

Non Explosive Fertliser

Ammonium-Nitrate-Fertiliser-IED

A number of media reports have recently focussed on the use of foreign aid organisation supplied fertiliser as the base ingredient for improvised explosives. Commonly, the fertiliser is combined with diesel to produce ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil) type explosives.…