- 01-05-2012, 20:31 #1031
- 01-05-2012, 20:43 #1032Warning, this post contains some flash photography.
- 01-05-2012, 20:46 #1033
- 01-05-2012, 21:12 #1034
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Another quote from PPRUNE, with acknowledgement to Orca, the original poster:
"Exactly how deployable and flexible is the F35B?
I have in one mind's eye Harrier Ops of camouflaged hides and the chaps ready to stand to with blunt bayonet and sad shaking of head from RAF Regt Sgt.
Meanwhile the conventional air force is being bombed in its HAS or has its runway cratered.
Great use of flexible asset.
Fast forward half a century.
In my other mind's eye I have a highly sophisticated machine that can land in a small space/on a small strip then await the C-130 / C-17 with countless containers of kit, mission planner, miscellaneous 'plane-talks-to-maintainer' computer, squipper lorry for care of that wonderful looking helmet etc.
Meanwhile the conventional airforce is a good 100 nm back happy as Larry and the CVN boys are somewhere in their (not fixed, quite hard to find and sink) platform using their extra 300 nm of range to good effect and stepping ashore to well found airfields when it suits them.
Not an F35B expert, hence asking the experts' advice.
Regards, orca. "
- 01-05-2012, 22:20 #1035
STVOL remains a solution in search of a problem. Despite all the catchy films shown in the 60's, the Harrier would always when possible play with a nice 500m or better strip of concrete.
Harriers forward deployed off 25m2 of PSP, with sturdy men fixing and arming them out of the back of a 4 tonner under a blazing sun and desperate dust, to a soundtrack of small arms fire?Warning, this post contains some flash photography.
- 01-05-2012, 22:20 #1036
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Something else shamelessly half-inched from a PPRUNE thread.
We've talked on this one before about just what form Day One strike need/might take, including the use of stand-off weaponry and large airframes (C-130/A400M/various airliners) as carriers.
It seems there's nothing new under the sun...
1/144th Vickers VC10 Skybolt Poffler - Britmodeller.com
- 01-05-2012, 22:44 #1037
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It seems to me (30 yrs in the Army, including 5 yrs working in MoD, with 9 more since then consulting in a wide range of large public-sector [dis]organisations), that it suits all parties - politicos, the ambitious in the military, and their Sybil counterprats*, to sustain a Massive Fib: the Fib is that of accountability.
The line is that "Pollies decide - Sybils [and Soldiers] Make It So"
But - nobody really holds the Pollies' feet to the fire, so they don't reciprocate with the foots of Sybils or the Generals.
It's Reality Check Time: The Committee Has Spoken - Stonker wants to see something change. Stonker knows nothing will.
*Stonkernote: No, it is spelled like that on purpose.Summer grasses - all that is left of the dreams of soldiers
- 01-05-2012, 23:08 #1038Feles mala! Cur cista non uteris? Stramentum novum in ea posui.
- 01-05-2012, 23:33 #1039
The Sybils were? I think not, otherwise you wouldn't compare CS to them.I remain unconvinced that Info Ops is an honest and truthful person.
- 01-05-2012, 23:41 #1040
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