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11th Sep 2019, 22:25
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Posted By Phil_R

It's really nothing but idle curiosity. I don't...

It's really nothing but idle curiosity. I don't need any exceptions to any rules; I've never been prevented from doing anything!
11th Sep 2019, 17:05
Replies: 12
Views: 2,652
Posted By Phil_R

Thanks, folks. The thing that strikes me...

Thanks, folks.

The thing that strikes me most is the idea that some military aircraft seem, from this discussion, to be incredibly electronically fragile. I'd have thought ordinarily that they'd...
10th Sep 2019, 23:25
Replies: 12
Views: 2,652
Posted By Phil_R

Interesting. What you refer to as "tempest" is...

Interesting. What you refer to as "tempest" is something that the wider world of computer security refers to as "van Eck phreaking," and it's not what's being shown in that video - the technique...
10th Sep 2019, 15:47
Replies: 12
Views: 2,652
Posted By Phil_R

Civilian radio equipment on military airfields

Hi folks

For a long time, and certainly as recently as a few months ago, people taking electronic equipment onto military facilities were sometimes (far from always) asked to provide information...
9th Mar 2019, 15:08
Replies: 42
Views: 13,735
Posted By Phil_R

Since you ask, why not? Places are sometimes...

Since you ask, why not? Places are sometimes invaded during wars.

But in all seriousness, none of this puts the lie to what I originally proposed - that the RAF simply didn't have a useful fighter...
9th Mar 2019, 13:22
Replies: 42
Views: 13,735
Posted By Phil_R

To the uninitiated (me) this seems rather a...

To the uninitiated (me) this seems rather a desperate measure.

It had occurred to me before that between Lightning becoming obsolete and Typhoon becoming available - a multi-decade period at least...
3rd Mar 2019, 22:02
Replies: 227
Views: 81,119
Posted By Phil_R

At risk of dragging this further off course into...

At risk of dragging this further off course into a discussion of Type 45...

As far as I knew Harpoon was to retire shortly, though I notice that it's been extended to 2023. In July last year,...
3rd Mar 2019, 19:17
Replies: 227
Views: 81,119
Posted By Phil_R

Fair question. The answer is that my post is...

Fair question. The answer is that my post is intended to demonstrate why I don't trust the UK to manage a project of the scale of the newly-announced aircraft. Or, to put it another way, should we...
3rd Mar 2019, 16:11
Replies: 227
Views: 81,119
Posted By Phil_R

I could wave a flag and declare everything's...

I could wave a flag and declare everything's fantastic in a display of patriotic fervour, if you like, but I think it's better to confront the problem.

The first two things you mention boil down,...
1st Mar 2019, 17:16
Replies: 227
Views: 81,119
Posted By Phil_R

All of this is really building my confidence in...

All of this is really building my confidence in the UK military-industrial complex.

One is left with the unpleasant feeling that any small-to-medium sized military power could more or less walk up...
27th Feb 2019, 15:44
Replies: 227
Views: 81,119
Posted By Phil_R

The Typhoon-vs-Su-35 quote was someone at RUSI; I...

The Typhoon-vs-Su-35 quote was someone at RUSI; I could look the name up. The analysis was weighed heavily on the idea that the Su-35 has better manoeuvrability, and particularly a radar with high...
27th Feb 2019, 15:13
Replies: 227
Views: 81,119
Posted By Phil_R

Even if it's possible, even if it can be funded,...

Even if it's possible, even if it can be funded, I don't trust the UK to run this kind of project. Here's why.

Proposed developments to Harrier were abandoned.
TSR-2
Tornado ADV was pursued...
16th Jan 2019, 22:45
Replies: 395
Views: 219,228
Posted By Phil_R

Military equipment is a bit like James Bond...

Military equipment is a bit like James Bond actors. The one that's big when you were a kid is the one that sticks in your memory.

I was a kid during the gulf war.

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12th Mar 2018, 18:55
Replies: 965
Views: 258,226
Posted By Phil_R

Does the UK have the fifth largest military...

Does the UK have the fifth largest military capability in the world?
30th Jul 2017, 00:57
Replies: 125
Views: 24,423
Posted By Phil_R

I'm young enough that 60s railway carriages were...

I'm young enough that 60s railway carriages were significantly out of use before I became a regular train rider, and it jarred with me too. It looked wrong and I suspect it would be seen as looking...
9th Jan 2017, 17:36
Replies: 183
Views: 81,644
Posted By Phil_R

Just following along, here. What's a 90-way?

Just following along, here. What's a 90-way?
9th Jan 2017, 17:32
Replies: 68
Views: 17,402
Posted By Phil_R

Some of these ideas should probably be passed on...

Some of these ideas should probably be passed on to film industry electricians assigned to operate lighting on cranes, as here:
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10th Dec 2016, 20:25
Replies: 19
Views: 3,346
Posted By Phil_R

I'm no longer quite young enough to be the target...

I'm no longer quite young enough to be the target of Melchett's generalisation, but I would point out that many of the people who made the very poor decisions to attack Iraq and Afghanistan were old...
8th Dec 2016, 21:38
Replies: 64
Views: 12,164
Posted By Phil_R

There's a number of answers to that, but I think...

There's a number of answers to that, but I think that the best one is: that's hardly a problem unique to aeroplanes.
7th Dec 2016, 17:01
Replies: 64
Views: 12,164
Posted By Phil_R

As to flexibility, I'm not proposing that designs...

As to flexibility, I'm not proposing that designs should attempt to be a solution to all problems simulateously. Instead, I'm proposing that over-specialisation should be avoided because it provokes...
6th Dec 2016, 14:45
Replies: 64
Views: 12,164
Posted By Phil_R

Changes in the requirement: well, yes. They...

Changes in the requirement: well, yes. They should stop doing that, it's really expensive if you start messing a contractor around after they've started work on something. This applies to everything...
6th Dec 2016, 00:27
Replies: 64
Views: 12,164
Posted By Phil_R

My intention is not particularly to point the...

My intention is not particularly to point the finger at BAE. In order for these things to happen, someone had to order it, design it, and build it, and someone had to pay for it.

My understanding...
5th Dec 2016, 14:25
Replies: 64
Views: 12,164
Posted By Phil_R

I was thinking of the things I mentioned above....

I was thinking of the things I mentioned above. The carriers, MRA4, Type 45, Astute class submarines, all beset by gigantic problems, years late, so overbudget that I barely know how how to describe...
5th Dec 2016, 13:33
Replies: 64
Views: 12,164
Posted By Phil_R

And yet getting BAE to build everything continues...

And yet getting BAE to build everything continues to be seen as lower risk, despite endless, brain-numbingly expensive lessons to the exact contrary.

Again, I say: it's either deliberate...
5th Dec 2016, 02:35
Replies: 64
Views: 12,164
Posted By Phil_R

Not to be too literalist, but it occurs that we...

Not to be too literalist, but it occurs that we buy military hardware from where we do because the object is not to actually acquire appropriate military hardware at a competitive price, but to...
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