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CVF and Carrier Strike thread

The issue French flight suit is quite distinctive; I had a female French Air Force WSO Captain working for me as SO3 Air on an exercise a couple of years ago and she scrubbed up very nicely indeed in hers'... :grin:
 
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Himmler74

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Of course they are inferior, they not bloody British what what. Once you stick a RN/RAF badge on anything flying it becomes superior due to the crew.
Nah, it’s the sensor and operational doctrine that’s better, oh and the Merlin is a better aircraft. It’s a funny old game when our Russian correspondent @PhotEx and anti Airbus defends the bag of shite that is the NH90. The MH60S/R would have been a better choice for both the army and navy instead of wildcat.
 
. It’s a funny old game when our Russian correspondent @PhotEx and anti Airbus defends the bag of shite that is the NH90.

Ah you see thats because youre confused

The NH90 TTH is a useless unreliable underwhelming piece of dog toffee.

The NFH90 is a completely differrent aircraft and the absolute mutts nutts
 

Himmler74

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Ah you see thats because youre confused

The NH90 TTH is a useless unreliable underwhelming piece of dog toffee.

The NFH90 is a completely differrent aircraft and the absolute mutts nutts
I see, different paint?
 
He should be very good at it. Lots of practice waving flags....
Never get an Italian to be your LSO. Have you seen them talking? Bookies on speed.
 
Ahhh, but would we have access to the source code that actually allows the tightest integration of aircraft and "loyal wingman"? Because the engineers who I knew that did joint projects with the US, described it as nearly impossible - and that even where contractually obligated and agreed by security, the US firms were far from compliant (not helped when compliant Congressmen can jam the works up). See McMahon Bill, AMRAAM/ASRAAM, integration of AMRAAM onto Gripen, selection of Boeing for KC-X, etc, etc.

Boeing or Lockheed are hardly going to make it easy for BAe to build a competing product, are they...
Well done for not mentioning ITAR!!

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so that will be the NH90‘s and SH-60’s that are supposedly so inferior to Merlins?

Was it not you bagging out the Merlins and suggesting we stay away from them?

Im confused as to the issue now.

Merlin, v. capable long range, carries crowsnest (is this a modular capability?) maintenance issues and maybe not enough cabs but we have them and are getting more, plenty of other equipment have been hangar queens but they are in for the life of the airframe, live with it.

ASW helicopters can operate in a modular capability which means other nations can use their ‘less capable’ aircraft to augment our requirements on our ships, whilst inferior, still more useful than nothing or used in conjunction with ours.

Seems everything is fine if not great for NATO and allies?
 

Himmler74

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it’s the only ASW one.
Wrong.
 

Yokel

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so that will be the NH90‘s and SH-60’s that are supposedly so inferior to Merlins?

They both have less endurance - 3.5 hours instead of the Merlin's full 5 hours. If you are looking to augment ASW capabilities, every minute on station helps. Some navies other than the RN put an Observer in the aircraft too, the USN does not.

it’s the only ASW one.

Do you really think the RN would put an aircraft incapable of ASW aboard frigates and destroyers? The Wildcat has the same capability as the Lynx. From the 'Wildcat In High Demand' article:

More recently, during Exercise Mare Aperto the squadron worked alongside anti-submarine warfare helicopters, a US Seahawk and a Dutch NH90.

The units were tasked with finding an Italian submarine taking part in the exercise. Once it was located by the US and Dutch helicopters, the Wildcat was dispatched with its weapons systems to “hit” the submarine. Dummy weapons were dropped to simulate an attack.


Some of you might be interested in this collection of documents released by the US Naval War College:

US Naval Strategy in the 1980s

Much reference is made to carriers and forward ASW and AAW in defence of the Atlantic SLOCs, and other NATO carriers are mentioned.

Back to taking a break....
 
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Cold_Collation

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Was it not you bagging out the Merlins and suggesting we stay away from them?

Im confused as to the issue now.

Merlin, v. capable long range, carries crowsnest (is this a modular capability?) maintenance issues and maybe not enough cabs but we have them and are getting more, plenty of other equipment have been hangar queens but they are in for the life of the airframe, live with it.

ASW helicopters can operate in a modular capability which means other nations can use their ‘less capable’ aircraft to augment our requirements on our ships, whilst inferior, still more useful than nothing or used in conjunction with ours.

Seems everything is fine if not great for NATO and allies?
Getting more Merlins? Source?
 

Cutaway

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Lieutenant de vaisseau Justin, Marine Nationale, Super Etendard and Hawkeye pilot, currently detached as an instructor to the US Navy LSO School (Landing Signal Officer).

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My dog latin is getting rusty, the motto has nothing to do with busting peoples' arses?
 

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