No. Powered flight is far better. Not least because you might not always want the asset right overhead. Quite often, you want it quite some distance away on radar picket or helping to coordinate/protect air and other ops.would be nite/balloon be able option (probably not from the carrier as it would disrupt air ops)?
No. Powered flight is far better. Not least because you might not always want the asset right overhead. Quite often, you want it quite some distance away on radar picket or helping to coordinate/protect air and other ops.
Nevertheless, the ambition is unmanned -I am sure that having a manned asset is also help in terms of reducing the about of information that has to be sent to the platform for control and the amount of raw radar (and IFF etc) that would need to be transmitted to the parent ship and other units. The two Observers really to reduce the demands on a finite bandwidth.
I would have thought of the USMC are flying off the decks, they will bring some rotary wing assets. They have recently been conducting exercises on Dartmoor.Or are we still planning on a rotary wing force (aboard the carrier) of nine ASW Merlins, plus Crowsnest, plus Junglies?
Your frigates may not be carrying Merlins.I am still convinced that we would be able to send more Merlins to sea if we did not need some for the forthcoming flying trials of HMS Prince of Wales, and a number of them were not being modified to be able to take the Crowsnest kit.
Just as well that they have been practising a quick turnaround:
Anyway - Little's theorem is probably not useful for numbers of ASW helicopters as it deals with stationary systems. I have struggled with why only three aircraft were needed to keep an AEW Sea King on station all the time, but nine were needed to keep two ASW cabs on station at all times. Then I reread the link about Exercise Deep Blue.
Throughout the Exercise, the Merlin aircraft were embarked on HMS Illustrious. Aircrews and engineers worked round the clock alongside pilots and aircrew operating on a non-stop ‘sleep-eat-fly-sleep’ rotation to support three aircraft aloft at all times with two on ready status.
If you did away with the ones on alert on deck, you could maintain two on station with six aircraft. I have to say I wonder why you need ones on alert on deck if you have Merlin equipped frigates - what am I missing?
I would have thought of the USMC are flying off the decks, they will bring some rotary wing assets. They have recently been conducting exercises on Dartmoor.
Your frigates may not be carrying Merlins.
If your Merlins are a task group asset mostly for ASW and AEW, you may prefer to have Wildcat on your frigates to give greater flexibility for detached duties. This also allows concentrating the (big, heavy and awkward) Merlin spares with the maintenance teams. You can always lilypad from frigates when conducting serious ASW Ops.
Different fish if the only thing you expect to do is ASW, but that suggests the task group is sailing to war.
Considering EMALS is a USA, U.K. collaboration Will the french buy it?French Navy and armament directorate on a fact finding mission on the Gerald Ford (EMALS and AAG)
Officers from the DGA and French Navy embarked USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during the carrier’s final independent steaming event (ISE 18) of post-delivery test and trials (PDT&T), Apr. 23-24.www.navalnews.com