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26th Jul 2022, 06:32
Replies: 54
Views: 8,913
Posted By BATCO

Yes, Operation LEOPARD/BONITE in Kolwezi in 1978....

Yes, Operation LEOPARD/BONITE in Kolwezi in 1978.

Batco
19th Jul 2022, 07:34
Replies: 83
Views: 10,527
Posted By BATCO

Other countries manage to have a 'summer' parade...

Other countries manage to have a 'summer' parade uniform.
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9th Apr 2022, 06:37
Replies: 8,039
Views: 5,563,900
Posted By BATCO

Switchblade? Batco

Switchblade?

Batco
5th Jan 2022, 19:40
Replies: 292
Views: 59,893
Posted By BATCO

I'm with N1 on this. My last tour of duty was as...

I'm with N1 on this. My last tour of duty was as an exchange officer working in the French Ministry of Defence. One of the office staff was French Air Force Aviateur 1ere Classe and the one star...
29th Dec 2021, 04:57
Replies: 23
Views: 5,691
Posted By BATCO

Not an engineering reply (as sought by the OP)...

Not an engineering reply (as sought by the OP) but the IDF made impressive use of the A-4 Skyhawk whatever the [additional] maintenance requirements and fatigue life.

Batco
16th Dec 2021, 20:07
Replies: 292
Views: 59,893
Posted By BATCO

Held at gunpoint, conditioned by cold, and...

Held at gunpoint, conditioned by cold, and robbed, but I didn't crack,

Batco
:ok:
9th Dec 2021, 14:37
Replies: 16
Views: 3,563
Posted By BATCO

I concede. Arborfield is indeed in Berkshire. The...

I concede. Arborfield is indeed in Berkshire. The Rapier courses of which I am more familiar were held at The Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill (Wilts).

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Batco
8th Dec 2021, 18:22
Replies: 16
Views: 3,563
Posted By BATCO

Just being pedantic: The course to which you...

Just being pedantic:
The course to which you refer was more likely in Wiltshire.
Rapier was not that complex a system.
40 years is not that long (cf AIM9 Sidewinder 1956-ish to present). Also...
3rd Dec 2021, 04:34
Replies: 92
Views: 24,127
Posted By BATCO

Di di dah dah di di I think you meant Dash Dot...

Di di dah dah di di
I think you meant Dash Dot Dot Dot Dash

Batco
30th Nov 2021, 18:56
Replies: 721
Views: 314,929
Posted By BATCO

The Edge of the Sword. By Gen Sir Anthony...

The Edge of the Sword. By Gen Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley
Although the author served with distinction in WW2, this book concerns his exploits in the Korean War. In April 51 as the Chinese swept...
29th Nov 2021, 13:18
Replies: 12
Views: 3,652
Posted By BATCO

Have had a longer look at the Future Army...

Have had a longer look at the Future Army document. In general it looks like a PR exercise to cover up an ever shrinking force. More specifically I find it odd that:
1. No 2 Divs or Bdes (or BCT)...
29th Nov 2021, 04:46
Replies: 292
Views: 59,893
Posted By BATCO

Re IBN 101/21 in post 28, isn’t ‘...

Re IBN 101/21 in post 28, isn’t ‘ Reaper/Protector Mission Intelligence Coordinators and Cabin Crew’ a tautology?

Batco
26th Nov 2021, 04:51
Replies: 12
Views: 3,652
Posted By BATCO

Also, To add to that, 16 Air Assault Brigade is...

Also,
To add to that, 16 Air Assault Brigade is rather dependent on Air for its unique contribution.

Batco
25th Sep 2021, 18:35
Replies: 894
Views: 316,526
Posted By BATCO

Already debated on prune ad nauseam but according...

Already debated on prune ad nauseam but according to the RAF's own website, the correct title is "Senior Aircraftman" (see https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisation/raf-ranks/).


Batco
9th Sep 2021, 05:03
Replies: 58
Views: 25,000
Posted By BATCO

Wuh I don't think the argument is that the RAF...

Wuh
I don't think the argument is that the RAF Regt could have produced all that 16AA did in terms of numbers and capability. The point was that certain tasks should have been allocated to RAF Regt...
6th Sep 2021, 10:28
Replies: 58
Views: 25,000
Posted By BATCO

I am sure that today various elements for the RAF...

I am sure that today various elements for the RAF Regt are on graduated RS as with other force elements across Sea, Land and Air. Indeed, in my day we twice exceeded the requirements of the mandated...
6th Sep 2021, 08:06
Replies: 58
Views: 25,000
Posted By BATCO

PapaD Thanks for response. You have correctly...

PapaD
Thanks for response. You have correctly identified II Sqn RAF Regt as participating in operations in SL. However some of your detail is wrong.
II Sqn's first involvement came as part of a...
5th Sep 2021, 18:56
Replies: 58
Views: 25,000
Posted By BATCO

I fully agree withe the sentiments expressed....

I fully agree withe the sentiments expressed. Following the intervention in Sierra Leone in May 2000 (featuring many a picture of Gurkhas at Lungi with RAF C130 in background) the then AOC 2 Gp -...
22nd Aug 2021, 14:38
Replies: 894
Views: 316,526
Posted By BATCO

As I understand it, Sec State and Sec Def visited...

As I understand it, Sec State and Sec Def visited NATO HQ week beginning 12 April 21 to reveal decision and timetable. That said it was a typical consultation, ie "it doesn't matter what you say, I'm...
22nd Aug 2021, 14:22
Replies: 37
Views: 14,258
Posted By BATCO

Obituary: Sir Peter Harding

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Peter Harding, has died aged 87. He served as the RAF’s Chief of the Air Staff before being appointed in 1992 as Chief of the Defence Staff, the most senior British...
15th Aug 2021, 06:19
Replies: 894
Views: 316,526
Posted By BATCO

Not completely irrelevant. OTS reconnaissance...

Not completely irrelevant. OTS reconnaissance vehicles (and other military equipment) were and are available. Ajax is a development of the ASCOD and plenty of other armies have 21st century 'scout...
4th Aug 2021, 18:40
Replies: 10
Views: 3,762
Posted By BATCO

Strange priority (of UK) since I understand it...

Strange priority (of UK) since I understand it (ie AST 403) was originally conceived as replacement for the Harrier and Jaguar. As explained to me (at Staff College) RAF philosophy was that a good...
17th Jul 2021, 05:00
Replies: 416
Views: 96,129
Posted By BATCO

"...customarily named after seats of learning or...

"...customarily named after seats of learning or had some educational etymology (Harvard, Oxford, Balliol, Tutor, Proctor, Provost, etc, etc),..."
Not forgetting those 'famous seats of learning'...
17th May 2021, 19:13
Replies: 44
Views: 9,366
Posted By BATCO

From RAF News, "The ISTAR Air Wing will comprise...

From RAF News, "The ISTAR Air Wing will comprise the flying Squadrons, Air Support Wing, Air Engineering Wing, Number 1 ISTAR Wing and the ISTAR Operational Conversion Unit."

Surely, 2 or more...
14th Apr 2021, 18:39
Replies: 19
Views: 5,801
Posted By BATCO

I was in the French Foreign Legion in late...

I was in the French Foreign Legion in late 70s-early 80s. We all wore our rank badges 'front and centre' on combat kit. On more formal kit (equivalent of No1s or walking out dress) Officers (incl WO...
28th Mar 2021, 14:53
Replies: 101
Views: 23,069
Posted By BATCO

Having served 37 years as an RAF Regt officer...

Having served 37 years as an RAF Regt officer including 2 years as Adjt of 2624 Sqn RAuxAF Regt, 1. congratulate her on her choice, 2. continue to encourage her, 3. PM me if you want to discuss...
25th Feb 2021, 05:00
Replies: 6,519
Views: 1,976,643
Posted By BATCO

Good to see Chinooks on the deck. CHF might feel...

Good to see Chinooks on the deck. CHF might feel a bit left out.

Batco
28th Oct 2020, 16:29
Replies: 536
Views: 159,025
Posted By BATCO

F35 Lightning II might be a mouthful. But...

F35 Lightning II might be a mouthful. But 'Lightning" isn't. Perhaps we should revert to "Dave"
28th Oct 2020, 05:53
Replies: 536
Views: 159,025
Posted By BATCO

Translation/interpretation please

"I’m excited to watch how they mature the Panther into the future."

Any takers to explain this to me? I must be getting old.

Batco
1st Oct 2020, 05:11
Replies: 20
Views: 8,658
Posted By BATCO

I think that is the more remarkable piece of...

I think that is the more remarkable piece of information. Especially given the number of battlefield helicopters operated by the US Army (plus USMC types).

Batco
19th Sep 2020, 19:11
Replies: 894
Views: 316,526
Posted By BATCO

If some of you can ignore the name of the website...

If some of you can ignore the name of the website and some of its posts, you might find this article interesting (but a tad late to influence the current review):
...
8th Aug 2020, 06:33
Replies: 124
Views: 32,847
Posted By BATCO

I hope Sharkey appreciates being compared with...

I hope Sharkey appreciates being compared with "..Bader, Johnson, Ball,....." rather than inter alia Orr or Hay.
23rd Jul 2020, 04:55
Replies: 27
Views: 5,211
Posted By BATCO

RIVET seems to be a project name/codeword...

RIVET seems to be a project name/codeword associated with electronic reconnaissance variants of the C135. JOINT is part of a series: AMBER, BRASS, CARD, DANDY.....JOINT.
A bit like project Airseeker...
19th May 2020, 20:17
Replies: 15
Views: 5,827
Posted By BATCO

Minor correction, citizenship is available to...

Minor correction, citizenship is available to legionnaires after 3 years of service or earlier if wounded in action.

Batco
(formerly of 2REP)
4th Nov 2019, 06:37
Replies: 141
Views: 65,256
Posted By BATCO

LJ et al I have no skin in this fight, but for...

LJ et al
I have no skin in this fight, but for the sake of a balanced argument on brevet vs badge, QR434 (2) as at AL41 of Jun 2016, muddies the water by stating:

434. Training of Personnel in...
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