Hercules crews begin air drops in Afghanistan

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  1. This does not appear to have been discussed here on ARRSE yet:


    Is this a good news story, or a MOD own goal? Proof in the political mind that we don't need more helicopters, maybe?
  2. they did one on H10 near msq dc
  3. If it works, and gives the RAF something to do, it's all good, isn't it?

    I would have thought a Herc could carry a much bigger load, further, faster and deliver it just as accurately as a helo. Add to that the advantage of being less prone to ground fire.

    I think it's only a matter of time before the insurgents get some kind of MANPAD capability. The Chechens managed it with the proximity warhead for the RPG7. Wouldnt a herc be rather less vulnerable?

    However, low level flying has always been hazardous, so soon there won't be enough serviceable hercs as well as not enough helos.
  4. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    The USAF dropping supplies (I think they were from C17s) to ANA call-signs south of Sangin, were a common sight this summer.
  5. They're not RAF. They're Air Dispatchers from 47AD Regt RLC. The RAF fly the Herc and that's about it.
  6. Air drops have been used for ages. I was on the receiving end of at least 3 that I can remember on H7 and I escorted kit to Kaf on several occasions to get loaded on the Herc for other drops.
  7. We had an airdrop in Sangin when we were surrounded and no supplies could get in, in 2006. The loady dropped the supplies in the taliban held area though. Cnut.
  8. Several maroon berets and some hymm sheets with the lyrics to "abide with me" written on them per chance?
  9. And in some other breaking news, the tank has replaced the horse :wink:
  10. Pedantic head on. 47AD (Air Defence) Regt is RA. Do you mean 29 Regt RLC's 47AD (Air Despatch) Sqn?

    (Not to be confused with the RAF's 47 Sqn which flies C.130s. :? )
  11. Well, the article did say they were doing it just like they did in the 2nd World War, so dropping it to the bad guys is probably what they thought they were supposed to be doing.

  12. So, the pongos drop the kit unless the drop goes wrong, in which case the loady dropped it?
  13. [Pedantic head on again.] I don't think the RLC has the trade of Pilot or Co-pilot or Flight engineer. (if the C130J still has one) The bods up the front who get the plane to where it has to go are Crabair
  14. since when did crab bashing need to be based on logic!
  15. Well, yeah. :D