FALCON Network Enabled Capability (NEC) Program

#1
Hi All,

Does anyone know at what stage this new FALCON system that is due to replace Ptarmigan is at? I'd love to get my hands on it but judging buy the normal time scales involved with new equipment finally getting rolled out I get the feeling I'm going to be waiting a long time. How does it all work with trials of new equipment, do they just pick some random regular unit and say here you go - try and break it?

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#2
22 Sigs will be the first Falcon ninjas, but it's worthwhile asking your Sqn YofS.
 
#3
Or, depending what trade you are, you could always try and get posted to the FALCON Implementation Team in Blandford... don't know what their makeup is, but I know there are definitely CS Eng and FofS IS within their numbers...
 
#4
demosthenes said:
Or, depending what trade you are, you could always try and get posted to the FALCON Implementation Team in Blandford... don't know what their makeup is, but I know there are definitely CS Eng and FofS IS within their numbers...
I hear your trades skills are coming on a treat in your current job! 8O
 
#5
demosthenes said:
Or, depending what trade you are, you could always try and get posted to the FALCON Implementation Team in Blandford... don't know what their makeup is, but I know there are definitely CS Eng and FofS IS within their numbers...
So they won't be short of brew bitches then.
 
#7
polar said:
Not trying to be cynical, but how many years is it out of date and is it designed to fight the cold war?
It's getting upgraded to Minimux next month.
 
#9
PoisonDwarf said:
polar said:
Not trying to be cynical, but how many years is it out of date and is it designed to fight the cold war?
It's getting upgraded to Minimux next month.
You might mock, but I know of a couple of places that are still using the TMS..
 
#10
Depending on how much info you require and at what level...

The best place for FALCON info is CSDC Blandford, the official source of all Falcon related stuff, but at a pretty high level.

If you want a coal face view, use the old boys network by all means, but you won't get an official, sanctioned or neccesarily accurate picture of where things are. Sqn Ops teams would be a good place to start.

It would be inappropriate to post here where the programme lies.

It's all good and the IS community make a cracking brew...
 
#13
falconer said:
Looking good so far...
Excellent news. I look forward to working on another system that's too big, too heavy (and yet at the same time as fragile as a French front line), too complicated, with dogshite technical support from the civvie contractors, dogshite technical publications and dogshite stores support then.
 
#15
Ahh, Minimux and Euromux.

Say what you like about Minimux but IIRC wasn't it purchased as a UOR for Granby? Still in service 15 years later, despite being occaisionally bent out of shape when dropped :D

Euromux was just poo.
 
#16
jimmys_best_mate said:
falconer said:
Looking good so far...
Excellent news. I look forward to working on another system that's too big, too heavy (and yet at the same time as fragile as a French front line), too complicated, with dogshite technical support from the civvie contractors, dogshite technical publications and dogshite stores support then.
You obviously didn't look after your stuff as prescribed by RSSST.
 
#17
the_guru said:
jimmys_best_mate said:
falconer said:
Looking good so far...
Excellent news. I look forward to working on another system that's too big, too heavy (and yet at the same time as fragile as a French front line), too complicated, with dogshite technical support from the civvie contractors, dogshite technical publications and dogshite stores support then.
You obviously didn't look after your stuff as prescribed by RSSST.
What are you on about? Even they don't know how to look after it!
 
#18
the_guru said:
You obviously didn't look after your stuff as prescribed by RSSST.
I spent the first year as one of the very few qualified techs in the regiment, with no technical publications at all. Literally all I had was the notes off my course (which were not much use for a tech, they were the same as the operator notes and mostly amounted to how to start up and configure a det) and what amounted to gossip about faults that I could pick up from other people who'd worked on it.

My regiment's had it for more than three years now (I think the Army's had it for six or seven years) and there's still no part numbers for dust caps. How can we have a system for that long and not have part numbers for the most basic parts of it?

The technical publications, when they eventually appeared, were less use than an RP and littered with mistakes that ranged from the fairly simple to one that shut down the UK Node for a while thanks to a typo in a script.

The civvies at Donnington (I think) that we had to phone for technical support (for everything from part numbers to "am I allowed to do this?") were shite. They routinely didn't answer the phone, took messages and never bothered to call back, ignored answer machine messages and took months to get back to you when they did do anything.

The stores system was abysmal. It took nine months to get a new UPS battery after I backloaded one. That was nine months where a detachment was off the road for the want of a battery. I could have built a new one myself out of pubes and bostik in that time.

I don't think greasing it more often and doing more first lines would really have helped.
 
#19
jimmys_best_mate said:
My regiment's had it for more than three years now (I think the Army's had it for six or seven years) and there's still no part numbers for dust caps. How can we have a system for that long and not have part numbers for the most basic parts of it?

The technical publications, when they eventually appeared, were less use than an RP and littered with mistakes that ranged from the fairly simple to one that shut down the UK Node for a while thanks to a typo in a script.
Don't lose the dust caps then :D

tech pubs less use than an RP? You doth protest too much, you could use a tech pub for a door stop or a coaster. Try using an RP for a door stop, they have a tendency of wandering off to comment on the uniforms of passing people.

And don't get me started on how many mugs I went through.
 

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