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2nd Dec 2022, 10:09
Replies: 21
Views: 4,682
Posted By Evalu8ter

The UK has a spectacular track record of asking...

The UK has a spectacular track record of asking questions that can only be answered with 'political gerrymandering'. 'What sits between a C130J and C-17?' Easy, nothing that makes any operational or...
16th Sep 2022, 17:02
Replies: 165
Views: 43,961
Posted By Evalu8ter

Wasn’t the T2 purchase a pure bit of Pork Barrel...

Wasn’t the T2 purchase a pure bit of Pork Barrel from ‘2 Jags’ Prescott to keep Brough going until the next election?
14th Jul 2022, 21:16
Replies: 83
Views: 11,126
Posted By Evalu8ter

‘So how many of our 30,000 AirForce will be “pop...

‘So how many of our 30,000 AirForce will be “pop tart eating cyber nerds”? You need enough, just like every other skill. Which means you need the attractive terms of service to recruit and retain...
14th Jul 2022, 20:54
Replies: 83
Views: 11,126
Posted By Evalu8ter

ORAC, as we often are, in violent agreement….

ORAC, as we often are, in violent agreement….
14th Jul 2022, 20:53
Replies: 83
Views: 11,126
Posted By Evalu8ter

Warfare is changing. We need to adapt, else we’d...

Warfare is changing. We need to adapt, else we’d still be fretting about buying the right sabres for the cavalry or worrying about the armour belt thickness of a Battleship. Pointless having a...
14th Jul 2022, 20:45
Replies: 21
Views: 6,466
Posted By Evalu8ter

AST 404 was a requirement for a Wessex / Puma...

AST 404 was a requirement for a Wessex / Puma replacement in the mid 1980s. The Black Hawk was the obvious choice, but Westland offered the world—beating WG30…..it ran out of steam, reappeared a few...
Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Jul 2022, 22:14
Replies: 13
Views: 2,409
Posted By Evalu8ter

Except, of course, NMH is supposed to be an...

Except, of course, NMH is supposed to be an interim ML capability while the UK decides on what to buy between NGR and FLRAA, not a long term 21st Century solutionÖ..as an interim the combat proven...
Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Jul 2022, 19:35
Replies: 13
Views: 2,409
Posted By Evalu8ter

Agree, not the worst, and definitely available...

Agree, not the worst, and definitely available before an H175M (paper aircraft which needs its Chinese content removing) and the Bell 525, which is not yet, I believe, fully certified. Black Hawk...
Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Jul 2022, 08:56
Replies: 13
Views: 2,409
Posted By Evalu8ter

Crab, IIRC it was built against a Turkish...

Crab, IIRC it was built against a Turkish requirement but still lost out to the UH-60. Previously only sold to Egypt and Thailand. It has a ruggedised undercarriage when compared to its civilian...
15th Jun 2022, 19:20
Replies: 15
Views: 3,578
Posted By Evalu8ter

‘The plan is to operate them in a safe distance...

‘The plan is to operate them in a safe distance from an adversary, reducing the need for ballistic protection etc. (and decreasing the appeal of S70).’ Well that sounds like just the sort of aircraft...
Forum: Rotorheads
8th Jun 2022, 10:00
Replies: 272
Views: 66,660
Posted By Evalu8ter

Eric, 'However the Ukrainians are showing that...

Eric, 'However the Ukrainians are showing that even helicopters designed for the battlefield are extremely vulnerable' is a fairly sweeping statement. There is far more to helicopter employment than...
26th Mar 2022, 18:34
Replies: 64
Views: 11,728
Posted By Evalu8ter

Ah Beags, hapy days at Abingdon. Perhaps the RAF...

Ah Beags, hapy days at Abingdon. Perhaps the RAF should be bold and take it back……
17th Mar 2022, 20:33
Replies: 31
Views: 4,840
Posted By Evalu8ter

The game is afoot. A ‘proper’ SH being built in a...

The game is afoot. A ‘proper’ SH being built in a ‘Red Wall’ area….could be political and military catnip…..
28th Feb 2022, 00:13
Replies: 41
Views: 7,564
Posted By Evalu8ter

TF, ‘we’ as in the UK Army under the MRVP project...

TF, ‘we’ as in the UK Army under the MRVP project (sone 700+ vehicles initially). JLTV was the preferred option, but the delays to Boxer Main Gate / issues with Ajax pushed the decision into the...
27th Feb 2022, 13:53
Replies: 41
Views: 7,564
Posted By Evalu8ter

We should be recieving Oshkosh JLTVs - proper...

We should be recieving Oshkosh JLTVs - proper protected mobility with extensive weapons potential. But politics and DE&S prevarication has put a spanner in the works……
14th Feb 2022, 09:27
Replies: 115
Views: 33,613
Posted By Evalu8ter

AT has led something of a charmed life until now,...

AT has led something of a charmed life until now, but, like many here, I like the guy and rate him as both a commander and a bloke to have a beer with. I guess this adverse publicity, regardless of...
6th Feb 2022, 13:17
Replies: 50
Views: 13,248
Posted By Evalu8ter

Indeed Pasta - it is now, sadly, neither fish nor...

Indeed Pasta - it is now, sadly, neither fish nor fowl. The expensive mods needed for RtF make it a poor reference example, and the Vulcan has a disproportionately large surviving population (thanks...
6th Jan 2022, 19:37
Replies: 1
Views: 993
Posted By Evalu8ter

Unlike most UK aircraft, the F-35 will be in...

Unlike most UK aircraft, the F-35 will be in production for decades (you can still buy a new Viper after allÖ.). It is probably part of the acquisition strategy to buy batches in successive Blocks -...
16th Dec 2021, 19:05
Replies: 79
Views: 20,514
Posted By Evalu8ter

‘As long as there is a drone kill mark on a frame...

‘As long as there is a drone kill mark on a frame I'm happy....’ - well, as they festoon themselves with badges for a bit of formation flying with a Russian jet, I can barely conceive of the...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Dec 2021, 13:30
Replies: 272
Views: 66,660
Posted By Evalu8ter

TF, wrong end of the stick chap. The extra...

TF, wrong end of the stick chap. The extra Wildcats are to keep Yeovil afloat and provide more FIND/light utility capability. The additional Chinooks backfill the Pumas (queue wails about urban ops...
1st Dec 2021, 07:15
Replies: 292
Views: 60,332
Posted By Evalu8ter

Cpl Clott. Outstanding and insightful post.

Cpl Clott. Outstanding and insightful post.
Forum: Rotorheads
1st Dec 2021, 07:01
Replies: 272
Views: 66,660
Posted By Evalu8ter

TF, this was the first question I asked. After...

TF, this was the first question I asked. After all, the upgrade to Puma 2 included modern engines and cockpit. I think the date is key here. By 2025 there’s precious little work at Yeovil forecast;...
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Nov 2021, 22:02
Replies: 272
Views: 66,660
Posted By Evalu8ter

EESDL. I’ve been to Guntersville and flown the...

EESDL. I’ve been to Guntersville and flown the Ace Hawk. Great aircraft, and superbly updated by Darryl and the team. But. It’s not an FMS aircraft as the US DoD don’t use it. Any UK buy would be DCS...
19th Oct 2021, 16:26
Replies: 84
Views: 16,826
Posted By Evalu8ter

Vulcan, Victor (Deterrent and tanking), Phantom,...

Vulcan, Victor (Deterrent and tanking), Phantom, Lightning (Q), C130, Chinook (Tac Lift), Tornado GR1/Harrier (BAI, Strike, CAS), Nimrod (MR) and Canberra (proper MRCA). Covers a broad capability...
5th Jun 2021, 00:17
Replies: 20
Views: 5,104
Posted By Evalu8ter

Indeed chap - I was quite astonished when I read...

Indeed chap - I was quite astonished when I read that book. Brave crews.....
27th May 2021, 10:24
Replies: 6
Views: 2,078
Posted By Evalu8ter

Sycamore, a small batch of AAR probes were...

Sycamore, a small batch of AAR probes were purchased with the Merlin Mk3 to enable some form of CSAR capability - and, more recently, Leonardo have conducted some 'prodding' with a C130J. CHF...
9th Mar 2021, 10:58
Replies: 6,695
Views: 2,037,346
Posted By Evalu8ter

ORAC, My thoughts are that with the loss of the...

ORAC,
My thoughts are that with the loss of the Bonnie Dick, the USMC will be a deck down for the foreseeable future, probably enabling a near-permanent USMC presence on the QEC. Capping at 48 now,...
8th Mar 2021, 09:02
Replies: 933
Views: 330,572
Posted By Evalu8ter

…..or the whole Puma fleet plus CHF…..

…..or the whole Puma fleet plus CHF…..
21st Feb 2021, 12:56
Replies: 48
Views: 13,320
Posted By Evalu8ter

Best VFM, perhaps, would be a weaponised T-7 Red...

Best VFM, perhaps, would be a weaponised T-7 Red Hawk. Cheap as chips compared to a clean sheet design, plus no additional support / airworthiness chain to fund and by 2030 most of your pilots are...
9th Feb 2021, 14:32
Replies: 22
Views: 5,422
Posted By Evalu8ter

Boeing, i imagine the RAF donít give a hoot...

Boeing,
i imagine the RAF donít give a hoot about HHA, and certainly canít see them being accommodated at what will be a busy and sensitive Waddington. Given that most of their work seems to be...
22nd Jan 2021, 20:15
Replies: 32
Views: 10,758
Posted By Evalu8ter

If you were at the RAES conference this week you...

If you were at the RAES conference this week you would have heard the usual specious argument that ‘sending a half empty Chinook is not efficient’ trotted out. On one level, it’s of course correct....
20th Jan 2021, 21:54
Replies: 32
Views: 10,758
Posted By Evalu8ter

Been on the cards for a while. The MH-47Gs, errr,...

Been on the cards for a while. The MH-47Gs, errr, I mean ‘H-47ERs’ will act as pump primers to certify cockpit and avionics architecture and address any lingering airworthiness issues. Then I would...
15th Jan 2021, 07:55
Replies: 12
Views: 2,786
Posted By Evalu8ter

Rattman, FARA will likely not deliver until...

Rattman,
FARA will likely not deliver until towards the end of the decade, whilst the -64E is ready now (so less maturity risk). The Apache is also a bigger aircraft with less stealth/speed but more...
28th Dec 2020, 00:18
Replies: 23
Views: 9,169
Posted By Evalu8ter

ASRAAM, the CASTOR/ASTOR project had a very long...

ASRAAM, the CASTOR/ASTOR project had a very long gestation. It started off as a Cold War BAOR requirement (CASTOR), and was then heavily influenced by the apparent success of JSTARS in GW1 and...
3rd Dec 2020, 07:53
Replies: 62
Views: 19,919
Posted By Evalu8ter

Chopper, the Puma is being replaced in the short...

Chopper, the Puma is being replaced in the short term by some leased H225s IIRC. I spoke to the head of the H160M project last week and he stated that the aircraft is seen as the Puma replacement for...
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