RNoAF NH90 troubles...

I (and it seems the SofS!) would definitely disagree. Remember also that purchase of the actual shiny aeroplanes is just one tiny part of each Programme and FOREX will be being felt across the whole TEPIDOIL programmatics.

Regards,
MM

However, P-8 is very strategic and a must have for CASD, F-35B? Politically very painful for a Tier 1 manufacturer to show any lack of support for their programme.
 
However, P-8 is very strategic and a must have for CASD, F-35B? Politically very painful for a Tier 1 manufacturer to show any lack of support for their programme.
I say again, the impacts are already being felt.

Regards,
MM
 
That's interesting because the mood music that I had to listen to the other day seemed to suggest that the F-35B and P-8A purchases had so far survived unscathed precisely because they were denominated in USD. Purchases denominated in EUR were heading for the chop.
Posted before but worth repeating.

The previously published analysis noted the possibility that the British government may have hedged against losses in the value of the pound; it is now clear that the MoD has indeed covered itself for what the then procurement minister referred to as ‘the short term’

The Ministry of Defence’s Post-Brexit Spending Power: Assumptions, Numbers, Calculations and Implications

The 'short term' is the recent past in a few months.
 
Posted before but worth repeating.

The previously published analysis noted the possibility that the British government may have hedged against losses in the value of the pound; it is now clear that the MoD has indeed covered itself for what the then procurement minister referred to as ‘the short term’

The Ministry of Defence’s Post-Brexit Spending Power: Assumptions, Numbers, Calculations and Implications

The 'short term' is the recent past in a few months.
In fairness, the Treasury had always underwritten FOREX fluctuations. That ended with BREXIT which, like it or not, is when the issues really began.

Regards,
MM
 
Nothing wrong with Best Western and cheap as chips on corporate bookings.

Regards,
MM
 
In fairness, the Treasury had always underwritten FOREX fluctuations. That ended with BREXIT which, like it or not, is when the issues really began.

Regards,
MM
Yup, just pointing out that the hedges for acquisition have run their course and the in-service costs are a different thing altogether.
 
eurocopters, the gift that keeps on giving.

Quelle surprise MOD is back to the future across the pond taking notes for its next rotary future.
 
The French Navy use the NH-90 Caiman; they very kindly made one available last March when a major resilience exercise in the Channel Islands was not going to get any aviation support from either the RN or RAF. Some good footage here of the Aeronavale using an NH-90 for SAR ops in La Manche:

 

Le_addeur_noir

On ROPS
On ROPs
As a side note, the Royal Norwegian Air Force yesterday (19th January) took delivery of their second AW101. At some 65 million Quid a pop, one hopes this helicopter has a more auspicious start to it's service life than the first AW101, delivered on the 17th November last year,

Det nye redningshelikopteret veltet mens rotorbladene gikk

One trusts the esteemed RNoAF will still have the second example serviceable come the end of the month............
 

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Clanker
The Norwegian Armed Forces Accident Investigation Board (part of the Ministry of Transport, not the Ministry of Defence) have put a lid on this accident. From what I've gathered they have found the cause for the accident but still need to clarify why it happened. The French BEA will analyze the (CVR/FDR) and the Leonardo plant at Yeovil have received other data gathered.
The first specualition was «dynamic roll-over» but that seems highly unlikely since there was no plans made for any take-off or comms with ATC/GC to imply such, just taxiing on the tarmac outside the hangar to warm up the engines after maintenance/service. Aircraft Technicians (M) and a AGE were observing the operation.
Another theory was «vertical bounce» due to «bio-mechanical feedback» but again the aircraft was not scheduled for take-off/landing so again not likely.
I would like to underscore that the report is not made public yet (that is, parts of the report will be classified). But I know that other users of the AW101 have had accidents due to «ground-resonance». This could happen for numerous reasons. Multi-blade rotors have «lead-lag» hinges allowing blades to speed up and slow down at different points as they rotate the mast. The lead-lag hinges keep the fluctuating lift and drag forces on each blade from inflicting excessive stresses on the rotor hub. There are snubbers & dampers that limit the motions on the blades.
A helicopter frame has its own vibration/frequency (decided by size and mass) which can be excited by a an out-of-balance rotor. The question is what triggered this event. Even tires or shock-absorbers that are improperly serviced can cause an accident.
 

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Clanker
Interesting this article says ;roeays first Nh-90NFH has just arrived

Her lander det første fregatthelikopteret endelig på norsk jord

Cheers
Huzzah - but alas long overdue, the frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F 310) was comissioned April 2006... so a tad late I would say. But let's not spoil this momentous occasion, after all, the last and fifth Nansen-class frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl (F 314) was just comissioned in January 2011! About time then... ;)
 

chrismcd

Old-Salt
It's even got onto Quora's "What is your country's armed forces funniest fail"
https://www.quora.com/What-is-your-countrys-armed-forces’-funniest-

The German Navy bought Helicopters (NH90). It is a general purpose helicopter (like the Black Hawk) and it’s role should be transporting troops including special forces, rescue missions, transport etc. Beside a lot of technical problems (engines etc) it has some very special disadvantages:

  • In it’s configuration it is not allowed to fly over open water. Perhaps there is a secret plan by the German navy to use it’s ships on land and the expectation for navy helicopters to be used at sea is silly.
  • The floor in the air frame cannot be used by soldiers in military boots because it will be damaged. Soldiers have to swap their boots for slippers before going on board.
  • The winch is too weak to lift fully armed soldiers and couldn’t be just replaced be a stronger winch because the mounting points were too weak, too.
  • It’s not possible to jump from the Helicopter with a parachute
  • The clearance below the helicopter is too low so soldiers can only get in and out as long as the ground is not too soft and the helicopter does not sink in (great on a sandy beach…) and if there are no obstacles higher than 16cm (5–6 inches).
  • It is not possible to mount a MG, so the helicopter needs another helicopter for protection if going into a battle.
  • the space inside is so small a group of soldiers has to lay down the rifles on the floor unsecured to fit inside
  • The hook to carry external cargo can lift up to 4t but because it cannot compensate for rotation a smaller hook from the Sea Lynx had to be used with a carrying capacity of 2.5t
Kudos to Klaus Kunze
 
It's even got onto Quora's "What is your country's armed forces funniest fail"
https://www.quora.com/What-is-your-countrys-armed-forces’-funniest-

The German Navy bought Helicopters (NH90). It is a general purpose helicopter (like the Black Hawk) and it’s role should be transporting troops including special forces, rescue missions, transport etc. Beside a lot of technical problems (engines etc) it has some very special disadvantages:

  • In it’s configuration it is not allowed to fly over open water. Perhaps there is a secret plan by the German navy to use it’s ships on land and the expectation for navy helicopters to be used at sea is silly.
  • The floor in the air frame cannot be used by soldiers in military boots because it will be damaged. Soldiers have to swap their boots for slippers before going on board.
  • The winch is too weak to lift fully armed soldiers and couldn’t be just replaced be a stronger winch because the mounting points were too weak, too.
  • It’s not possible to jump from the Helicopter with a parachute
  • The clearance below the helicopter is too low so soldiers can only get in and out as long as the ground is not too soft and the helicopter does not sink in (great on a sandy beach…) and if there are no obstacles higher than 16cm (5–6 inches).
  • It is not possible to mount a MG, so the helicopter needs another helicopter for protection if going into a battle.
  • the space inside is so small a group of soldiers has to lay down the rifles on the floor unsecured to fit inside
  • The hook to carry external cargo can lift up to 4t but because it cannot compensate for rotation a smaller hook from the Sea Lynx had to be used with a carrying capacity of 2.5t
Kudos to Klaus Kunze
Hang on a second the German Army Aviation Heeresflieger here ....Their Marineflieger / Naval Aviation - NH90 NFH Sea Lion only just flew last year and its designed for ASW/ASUW replacing their SK.

cheers
 

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