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New MPA?

Old 7th Jul 2013, 14:39
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New MPA?

The mad MOD try out new UAV MPA for ASW and SAR. May buy ten but not for RAF use due . Low pay men get job. M'OL new CAS?

Those of you who laughed at my pathetic attempts to post pictures of Greek Tiger Moths, can have another laugh. I still haven't got the hang of it, so perhaps some kind soul will sort it.

This UAV has been seen undergoing test flights from a secret base in Northamptonshire. The emblem on the nose suggests that the uncrew who unman this unmanned aircraft have been brought in from Eastern Europe, a cost saving measure copied from O'Leary of Ryanair.

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Old 7th Jul 2013, 17:53
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Why does it look like a Wellington with ASW kit and D-Day recognition markings?

I'm only asking.
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Old 7th Jul 2013, 18:15
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Retro design - it's all the rage. And ASW aircraft are meant to have ASW kit.

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Every day's a school day.
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It's a radio controlled scale model...
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My mum told me that you need Wellingtons if you play near water.
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Polish Air Force markings of over 20 years ago. Interesting.
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Do you get French Fries with it ? That's "chips" to anyone north of the Watford Gap


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Freedom Fries.
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Old 9th Jul 2013, 23:58
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Aviation Today :: Navy's P-8 Poseidon Ready for Fleet Introduction

Just sayin'.......
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Old 10th Jul 2013, 06:12
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Looks good, looks right.

And as they say: "Anything that looks right . . . . . . . ."

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Old 10th Jul 2013, 13:40
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P8 Poseidon

A good PR story..............not a lot about endurance and range, particularly at low level, a must for a Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
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Old 10th Jul 2013, 19:46
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JB,

Unfortunately looks are not important. It's military capability. Poor performance at low level has forced the P8 to adopt some unproven technology which may mean it is compromised in blue water ASW. Sensor requirements need to be explored fully and use cases developed to ensure the platform can match the required range and endurance requirements when conducting real operations.
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Old 10th Jul 2013, 20:10
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Here it is being prepared for another sortie in the hands of 304 Sqn:
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Old 10th Jul 2013, 20:43
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"Anything that looks right"

Were you referring to the P-8 or the UAV ,John?

Sources that I dare not name tell me that the UAV project is in fact being jointly funded by the MOD, the British Waterways Board and the Ministry of Ag. and Fisheries.
It seems that stretches of the Grand Union Canal and the Oxford Canal, both of which pass close to the trials airfield, are heavily infested with non-native species of small submarine. (known as U-boats). Like the New York alligators, they have probably been released by owners who can no longer afford to maintain them,and are now breeding.
They burrow into the canal banks to create nests ( known as pens ) and there are concerns that the banks will collapse, draining the canals and flooding the surrounding fields.

On the other hand,Leon may have got it right.

What is indisputable is that until the Coventry Shackleton is ready to fly, this UAV is the ONLY MPA FLYING IN THE WHOLE OF THE U.K.

Sad isn't it?
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What is indisputable is that until the Coventry Shackleton is ready to fly, this UAV is the ONLY MPA FLYING IN THE WHOLE OF THE U.K.
Au contraire - see Intro - The Catalina Society - PBY Consolidated Catalina Aircraft - Home of Plane Sailing
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Look a lot nicer if they filed down all of those sticky out bits. Probably add 20kts too.
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Thanks, BEagle, I stand corrected.

So our inventory consists of one Catalina, a Shackleton undergoing (very) major refit, and a Wellington with a PLE of 9 1/2 minutes.
Let's hope we do not have to cope with anything more that some feral U-boats on the Grand Union.
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Not strictly MPA ... but I always thought the Ringed Wimpy looked purposeful

Might zap a few pacemakers these days though ...


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I suppose it has a certain attraction.
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