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29th Sep 2020, 06:46
Replies: 264
Views: 115,259
Posted By Whenurhappy

Disinvesting in Turkey will only add to Erdoğan's...

Disinvesting in Turkey will only add to Erdoğan's narrative, although cosying up to Russia is likely to be a long, long way off.
6th Sep 2020, 20:06
Replies: 48
Views: 10,686
Posted By Whenurhappy

Well, that's the Army doing what they do best: ...

Well, that's the Army doing what they do best: focussing on trivial details and missing the big picture. Look at how the RAF and the RN have recapitalised their fleets over the last decade. And...
3rd Sep 2020, 09:55
Replies: 40
Views: 6,352
Posted By Whenurhappy

After the July 1944 plot against Hitler, Hitler...

After the July 1944 plot against Hitler, Hitler (probably Himmler, in reality) apointed the pyschotic and paranoid architect and SS General Herr Dr Frans Kammler to progressively take over the two...
3rd Sep 2020, 09:16
Replies: 40
Views: 6,352
Posted By Whenurhappy

Really? The Nazi nuclear programme was at least...

Really? The Nazi nuclear programme was at least a decade behind TUBE ALLOYS/MANHATTEN and was a million kilometers away from even being remotely weaponised. Some interesting work was done at...
20th Apr 2020, 06:42
Replies: 6
Views: 4,098
Posted By Whenurhappy

I recall problems in maintaining safe headings...

I recall problems in maintaining safe headings for the F3s at Al Kharj/PSAB. If my memory serves me right, the RSAF were reluctant to lose so much real estate (in their eyes - the base was huge) and...
3rd Apr 2020, 04:23
Replies: 126
Views: 39,359
Posted By Whenurhappy

An excellent article.l have friends who are...

An excellent article.l have friends who are consular staff and not only is the scale of the task enormous, they are also having to deal with tens of thousands of ex-pats who, for tax reasons or for...
3rd Apr 2020, 04:13
Replies: 10
Views: 3,131
Posted By Whenurhappy

By getting basic information so wrong, it...

By getting basic information so wrong, it questions the veracity and integrity of their reporting, sadly.
2nd Apr 2020, 13:56
Replies: 10
Views: 3,131
Posted By Whenurhappy

And Sky show a picture of OWOB that hasn't been...

And Sky show a picture of OWOB that hasn't been used by the MOD for about 5 years...
2nd Apr 2020, 13:50
Replies: 3
Views: 1,316
Posted By Whenurhappy

I attended staff college a few years back with...

I attended staff college a few years back with the Commander of their SF Battalion. Hard as nails and one of the deepest and cleverest thinkers I've met. Desperately keen to 'do the right thing'...
23rd Feb 2020, 20:22
Replies: 3
Views: 2,870
Posted By Whenurhappy

Not cost overruns on warhead production but the...

Not cost overruns on warhead production but the massive delays and cost increases on MENSA - the yet-to-be completed final Assembly/Disassembly facility at Burghfield. The rhinoceros in the room,...
23rd Feb 2020, 03:02
Replies: 384
Views: 195,944
Posted By Whenurhappy

I still remain gobsmacked that a certain 3* at...

I still remain gobsmacked that a certain 3* at Air Command got to 3* in spite of presiding over MFTS for a good couple of years and did nothing in that time to rectify MFTS.
22nd Feb 2020, 09:19
Replies: 10
Views: 3,954
Posted By Whenurhappy

also depends whether that the Chinse authorities...

also depends whether that the Chinse authorities will allow a military aircraft in their airspace. AFAIK, that was a LIMFAC for both the Aussies and Kiwis.
15th Feb 2020, 13:43
Replies: 50
Views: 34,658
Posted By Whenurhappy

not quite true...

not quite true...
13th Feb 2020, 05:51
Replies: 42
Views: 10,279
Posted By Whenurhappy

who in their right mind would strap a tactical...

who in their right mind would strap a tactical nuke (in this case?a WE 177) to a helicopter? Presumably the crew drew lots to avoid this mission.
11th Feb 2020, 20:26
Replies: 42
Views: 10,279
Posted By Whenurhappy

it was briefly considered at senior levels by...

it was briefly considered at senior levels by the RAF back in 2009 in the run up to SDSR 2010 and quickly dismissed as being a bonkers idea.
11th Feb 2020, 06:48
Replies: 42
Views: 10,279
Posted By Whenurhappy

Yes, the Russian disinformation that the US...

Yes, the Russian disinformation that the US controls Britain's warheads is strong and difficult to shift.

The concern should be is whether the UK has sufficient SQEP to design, manufacture and NDT...
11th Feb 2020, 06:38
Replies: 42
Views: 10,279
Posted By Whenurhappy

Government owned, contractor operated since 1993....

Government owned, contractor operated since 1993. The current consortium is Lockheed-Martin/Jacobs/Serco.

And I must take issue with the gross inaccuracies in the article. There are 1940s...
15th Jan 2020, 07:44
Replies: 41
Views: 15,663
Posted By Whenurhappy

This programme means an awful lot more now that...

This programme means an awful lot more now that Turkey has been frozen out of F-35; will also hurt sections of their aerospace industry that was manufacturing components, as well as the planned...
14th Jan 2020, 09:50
Replies: 41
Views: 15,663
Posted By Whenurhappy

That's good news potentially for RR and BAES, and...

That's good news potentially for RR and BAES, and a number of British SMEs.

Temel Kotil - CEO/TAI was the architect of the massive expansion of Turkish Airlines - now one of the world's largest...
2nd Jan 2020, 05:42
Replies: 68
Views: 18,810
Posted By Whenurhappy

Except that Turkey is not a Middle-Eastern...

Except that Turkey is not a Middle-Eastern country. The UK enjoys good relations with Turkey and remains s influential there and in Gulf politics.
2nd Jan 2020, 05:36
Replies: 53
Views: 17,626
Posted By Whenurhappy

At my daughter's school the CCF Air component...

At my daughter's school the CCF Air component folded last year - no flying/gliding or shooting and lack of committed staff. The Army section does well and it's the school's vehicle to having a top...
31st Dec 2019, 08:08
Replies: 68
Views: 18,810
Posted By Whenurhappy

this could be more about new Ottomanism. Libya...

this could be more about new Ottomanism. Libya was an Ottoman territory until Italy grabbed it rather brutally in 1911. It's also an excuse to have a pop at UAE and Egypt (and Russia) and will be...
25th Dec 2019, 08:24
Replies: 13
Views: 4,378
Posted By Whenurhappy

Given it was in Russia, he will have a couple of...

Given it was in Russia, he will have a couple of weeks to recover before the Orthodox Christmas celebrations on 7 January.
25th Dec 2019, 08:21
Replies: 98
Views: 72,095
Posted By Whenurhappy

Alcohol and secrets aren't always a good mix. I...

Alcohol and secrets aren't always a good mix. I was at Branch association dinner at Halton House earlier this year and after a lot of drinks a Sqn Ldr blurted out which agency she had been working...
20th Dec 2019, 02:53
Replies: 98
Views: 72,095
Posted By Whenurhappy

Well, I wouldn't put much faith in the Evening...

Well, I wouldn't put much faith in the Evening Standard article which cannot distinguish between MI 5 and MI 6, and can't even correctly identify their respective HQs, which is a matter of public...
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