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Nimrod MRA.4

Old 5th Jun 2009, 14:22
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Nimrod MRA.4

How time flies ....... perhaps this should be posted in the 'Aviation History and Nostalgia' section.


A few MRA4 photo up dates may be seen here
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Old 6th Jun 2009, 00:09
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Good pictures; thanks. Yours?

Regrettably, Commons debate on future of BAE - News - Stockport Express adds some perspective.
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Old 6th Jun 2009, 06:38
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Will 't bungling Baron's mob ever deliver an aeroplane on time? Let alone on budget.

Not long now until the 60th anniversary of 't 'owd Comet's first flight (27 Jul 1949), tha' knows.

It won't be long now until the Nimrod '2000' will have been a whole decade delayed. What is the latest BWoS estimate for the first one to be delivered to the RAF?
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Old 6th Jun 2009, 08:43
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Sorry, but this has all the trappings of the AEW3
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Old 6th Jun 2009, 09:52
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Was there something about MRA4 being terminated at the 9 production aircraft? If so, what happens to the 3 prototypes?

(And let's ignore the stupidity of a "fleet" of 9 MRA4s..... unbelievable).

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Old 6th Jun 2009, 13:01
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Kinloss

I suppose the next question could be about Kinloss and its future. Only 9 ac to be based there, plus maybe a couple of asr heli's. Don't know if there are any plans to suppliment the meagre numbers of MRA4s with UAV's as the Americans are doing with the P8?.
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Old 6th Jun 2009, 13:43
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The last major Basing Review planned for Kinloss to take all the GR4 from Lossiemouth to make way for JSF...
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Old 6th Jun 2009, 15:06
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"The Minister has a clear choice between buying British and buying American - during the debate I argued that it was not only cost-effective to commission the British-built Nimrod aircraft but that it was also sensible from a national security standpoint."

Mr Hunter added: "The British Nimrod aircraft have many advantages over the 40-year-old American option.
...er, like it's 20 years older than the 40-year-old option?

By all means try and sell the taxpayer on UK jobs, but not on capability or delivery of that capability.
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Old 6th Jun 2009, 15:42
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Is this Nimrod 2000?
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Old 6th Jun 2009, 15:45
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Picture 1 looks like a Comet. Just how old is that??
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Old 6th Jun 2009, 15:52
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Capability's okay - the Nimrod has been a very capable sensor platform, although it would help to be sure what the aircraft was expected to do in the future and if that includes ASW (hard to see how it wouldn't) then perhaps it's about time we came up with some gee whizz bang alternative to acoustics.

It makes sense to buy your own stuff if you can, to employ your own countrymen on expensive defence projects whenever possible also helps maintain a defence design and production capability - without which you are hostage to the overseas sales policies of other governments/power blocs.

Nimrod 2000, well it's only 16:52 right now so they've a couple of hours to get it finished.
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Who was the chap who spent the last decade telling everyone on here that the MR4 "would NEVER fly"? Did he ever say "sorry"?
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Old 8th Jun 2009, 12:32
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With the reduction down to 9 ac , are we now going to see another Squadron disbanded?
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Old 8th Jun 2009, 17:23
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Disbandment???

I hope so...what a bunfight...

Shall we disband the oldest military flying Sqn in the UK, or 120????

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Old 8th Jun 2009, 17:40
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no chance - it's a well known fact that should anyone on PPRuNe be proved wrong, and admit it, that the Universe will disappear so quickly that the Large Hadron Collider will look like a 1950 Sturmey Archer borne dynamo.

CS -
keep 120.
(That IS what you were suggesting, right?)

Why not go the whole hog - resurrect 203 Sqn, bin the rest, first to the bar in Luqa gets to be boss?
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Old 8th Jun 2009, 18:08
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Shall we disband the oldest military flying Sqn in the UK, or 120????
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Why would only having 9 MRA4 lead to the disbanding of 1, 2 or 3 Sqn?

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Old 8th Jun 2009, 21:30
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Roland I'm sure you are well aware that 1 Sqn RNAS (201 Sqn) Predates any RFC/RAF unit by a few years.

I would vote to keep 42(TB) Sqn given a choice,
and bin both 120 and 201
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Well Said Camel Spyyder


Great idea, reform 42 (TB) Sqn. We could get Samantha to perform the cabaret; bet she can still hide a pair of specs!
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re form the 4th division south!! NO NO NO!!
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Old 9th Jun 2009, 16:52
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You've obviously never seen Samantha perform!!!
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