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Old 15th Jan 2015, 05:03
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Informative 10 min look at life onboard the USS CARL VINSON and CVW-1 by the BBC.

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Old 15th Jan 2015, 17:51
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Just watched it on the Beeb's News website. An interesting and informative ten minutes - well worth watching.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 20:05
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The Special Relationship is as stone dead as the fixed wing Fleet Air Arm, and only two or three replies to this thread proves it.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 22:24
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Hangershuffle if you've nothing worthwhile to say, don't say anything at all.

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Old 15th Jan 2015, 23:49
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Interesting that they are spending so much time loitering and orbiting.
The perspective from news coverage is that it's take off, wham bam thank you mam and back.
That's a long day to spend with your posterior on a hard bang seat - waiting to plink a target.
You'd think there's be a market for a `Super-Reaper' type platform with double the weapon loadout that could spend all day out of reach of manpads, just waiting for a target to emerge.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 10:27
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tartare, you mean something like this:

BAE Systems Mantis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Presumably the Yanks have something similar in development
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 23:10
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Yes - twin turboprop - similar loiter time - but more hardpoints - able to carry 20-30 small diameter bombs, or large amount of Hellfires. And maybe a 30 mike under the nose - just for fun...
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Old 17th Jan 2015, 18:42
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Very good 10 minutes viewing, I enjoyed that.
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Old 17th Jan 2015, 18:51
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X47 is the USN's future carrier-based UAV. Way, way in advance of both Mantis and Taranis.

X47 carrier landings

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But the UK will benefit directly because now we're fitting cats and traps and buying F-35C our drones could be like the X-47 and also operate from the boat.
It would be like a flexible basing option for the Combat Air mix.

Sorry, what?



So no wires?

So no drones?

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