Id say we need an aircraft with the interoperability and surveillance capabilities which equal the yanks the E-2 is unsurpassable.(thanks for the link there jonas)
Agreed the latest Hawkeye is at the top of its game,fact is that we probably could not afford it as its cost is eye watering.
Perhaps a few older ex US models would be within our budget,and would no doubt do us very nicely. Here's hoping.
The fact is the question asked of Peter Luff was in regards to a replacement for the Nimrod MRA4 which was scrapped leaving us with no long range maritime patrol capability. This is not a job Hawkeye is designed for or can do.
The stupidy of it is that only a few months after MRA4 was scrapped with indecent haste,a committee was set up in the MOD headed by the RN to look into the replacement for it. It is obvious that they realised what a horrendous mistake they had made.
What has now transpired is that instead of the duty SSBN being able to leave Faslane,with the knowledge gleaned by Nimrod as to the whereabouts of any Russian SSN waiting to trail her,they now sail blind relying on their own sensors to pick up these vessels.
The rumour since MRA4 was scrapped is that the US P8 Poseidon is favourite,at a reported cost of £1bn for 5 aircraft.
Whether this comes to fruition in the current economic climate is anyones guess.
I was having the "Oil wars" conversation with someone the other day. I actually think that we should be fighting for oil. Lets face it, if we weren't, like some of our "allies" won't, we'd be paying $5000 per barrel and inflation, our economy and pretty much everything else which we rely on would be in a flat spin to its demise. It strikes me as naive to think we won't fight to protect our interests. Until something better comes along, we have to protect our oil interests. Otherwise, all those environmentalists and anti-war protesters couldn't drive to their next protests!!
Another comment I have heard is "Why us?" (meaning the UK / US alliance)". Why should Britain continue to be a world Policeman and "Punching above our weight". Again, it is in our interest to keep a place at the top table, with the big boys and their big, nuclear weapons. If we don't then someone else dictates our lives to us. We have a liberal democracy, and if we are in a position to influence the world to the greater good, then we should damned well do so. Otherwise Argentina would be imposing its will upon those in the Falklands, and Iran would be running amok.
The link below is a paper from the USN describing in very precise detail how the UK took the lead in modern carrier design. It is very complimentary towards RN/UK inovation at the time and well worth a read.
Very interesting read for me as my father served aboard HMS WARRIOR in the 1950s, which had been refitted with the angled deck. My uncle served on HMS ARK ROYAL which was the first RN ship built with an angled flight deck. He was also very familiar with the mirror deck landing aid.
Also interesting as the subjects of this thread will now be fitted with angled decks and a 21st century version of the catapults. I am not exactly clear on what the landing aid system will look like but it is obviously an improvement on the old mirror system.
So will we see the final sponson fit for SB03 next week? That will be a milestone of sorts as it marks the completion of the heavy lifting work for Assembly Cycle A.
i would guess the final lift depends on the weather.... if the snow that's hitting us atm hits up there, then i can see them having to hold off.....
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Believe it or not there is no snow here, I think it missed eastern Scotland altogether, however they might have held off just in case.
Im hoping for next week at some point, I'm off Monday/Tuesday so will be keeping tabs.
would sugest some of you need to look at MoD's helecopter plans for Merlin AEW!
I missed this one in last weeks Parliamentary sessions,very interesting:-
Lord West of Spithead (Labour)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are plans to ensure future refitting and maintenance work on the new aircraft carriers can be conducted in English, Welsh and Northern Irish yards, and to ensure that the Valiant Jetty can easily be moved to Devonport or a similar deep water port such as Milford Haven.
Lord Astor of Hever (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defence; Conservative)
As part of work to develop a support solution for the Queen Elizabeth class carriers, a number of locations are currently being assessed. We expect an initial decision to be taken around the middle of this decade.
The Ministry of Defence has not undertaken any work on how easy it would be to relocate the Valiant Jetty.