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Military / Re: Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook
« Last post by Triton on Today at 03:17:26 pm »
It was pretty obvious to anybody paying attention what China's plans were when they bought the "casino" for a measly $20 million.  And here we are.

No, it wasn't obvious. You seem to forget that Chinese companies also purchased Minsk (1995) and Kiev (1996) and operate them as tourist attractions to this day.  Minsk serves as a naval museum in Jiangsu, China. Kiev serves as a theme park in Tianjin. Chinese intentions for Varyag [/i (1998) were the subject of dispute until the rebuilding began, so don't give me the line that "it was pretty obvious to anybody paying attention what China's plans were when they bought the 'casino.'"

People also seem to conveniently forget the views of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, acquisition chief John J Young, Jr., Senator John McCain, and Chairman of U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Senator John Warner concerning Cold War-era weapons programs and the lack of peer adversaries argument during the George W Bush Administration years. It's much easier to place blame on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Obama Administration for your selective recollections.
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The Bar / Lunar Lander - Grumman
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 03:02:55 pm »


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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: MBB BBH Armed Escort Helicopter
« Last post by hesham on Today at 02:38:45 pm »
Great find my dear Yasotay.
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Army Projects / Canadian 'Wolf' heavy armoured car from WWII . . .
« Last post by robunos on Today at 02:33:07 pm »


I recently purchased a copy of the excellent 'The Otter Reconnaissance Car in Canadian Service' from Service Publications (www.servicepub.com), and, upon reading it, came across a reference to a 'Wolf' 8x8 heavy armoured car. This was unknown to me, so an Internet search was in order. All I could find was the attached text and images.

"The development of the Wolf arose
from an August 1940 proposal by the Dept. of
Munitions and Supply. DM&S was concerned
that Canada might lack the heavy—engineering
capacity required to produce tracked vehicles
and that rather than build tanks they should take
advantage of Canada‘ s automotive industry to
build "wheeled tanks" instead. Two designs were
commissioned From Ford, a 4x4 with two extra
floating wheels completed in late 1940 and
quickly consigned to oblivion by the Canadian
Army, which opted for the GM Fox 1. The other
was to be 8x6 (again with two extra floating
wheels - DM&S had engaged the services of an
exiled French Colonel, J. Martin-Prevel, who
claimed to have experience designing AFVs. The
Wolf grew into a 8X8 with eight-wheel steering.
As there was no firm requirement the project was
canceled in May 1942."

"Vehicle Data: Weight empty, 32,000 lbs (14,528
kgs). Length. 228 in (579l mm]. Width, unk.
Height. 96 in (24-33 rnm). Wheel base, 150 in
(3810 mm]. Drive, 8x8. Armor, .12 to 1.7 in (3
to 43.75 mm). NBC protection, individual. Ar-
mament: (1) 40mm (2-pounder). Elevation &
traverse. manual. Fire control, optical. Auxiliary
wpn, (1) .30 cal LMG. Capacity: Fuel, gasoline.
Crew. 5. Engine: (3) liquid-cooled. Mercury,
gasoline engines producing 283 hp (209 kw).
Location, rear. Transmission. Manual with 4-
forward and 1-reverse gear. Suspension .System:
Leaf spring. Wheels steerable, 8. Turning radius,
19 ft 6 in (5.9 m). No of wheels. 8. Tire size,
10.50x20. Genera! Data: lntercom, yes. Per-
formance: Speed. 45 mph (72 km/h). Range,
250 mi (402 kin). Usage: Only one Wolf was
completed. Manufacturer: Ford of Canada."

Does anyone know any more?

text from http://www.warwheels.net/images/WFVCanada2HAUGH.pdf

images from http://imgur.com/a/WySVO


cheers,
             Robin.

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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: MBB BBH Armed Escort Helicopter
« Last post by robunos on Today at 01:45:18 pm »
Many thanks for that . . .
I've taken the liberty of converting your file to an image, cleaning it up a little, then cropping out the illustration, and attaching them both here.

cheers,
           Robin.
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Military / Re: Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 01:19:18 pm »
The big trouble is that IMO the US had eight years of being told it didn't need to be (or possibly even shouldn't be) a worldwide blue-water force and is now paying the price.

Who was the peer blue water competitor of the United States Navy when the decision was made that the next battlespace would be shallow coastal waters, aka littorals or green water, during the late 1990s and early 2000s? During the post-Cold War era, aka "New World Order" era, the future predictions were wrong. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, could decision makers have foreseen the arms build-up of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China? The problem is that instead of admitting that the future prediction were wrong and the world changed, you have asinine ideas like taking LCS and making it a frigate or guided-missile frigate. I don't know where you got the eight years from, it's been an issue since the George HW Bush Administation.

It was pretty obvious to anybody paying attention what China's plans were when they bought the "casino" for a measly $20 million.  And here we are.
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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Shin Meiwa project?
« Last post by GTX on Today at 01:14:17 pm »
I believe that an American aerospace company came to an agreement to licence-produce the US-1A (or equivalent) in the United States for civilian use?
Am I correct in thinking this? and if so, does anyone know the American manufacture and the time period of this agreement?


The company involved may have been Grumman.  According to Wikipedia the spinoff landplane designs were Design #487 and Design #487C, part of a joint program of the 1970s with Grumman. Design #487 was aimed at a US Military STOL transport requirement, while Design #487C was a 90-seat commercial STOL airliner version aimed in particular at American Airlines.
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It can be bought as an ebook from Speciality Press directly, which is a high quality PDF. I own a copy, as it was much cheaper than getting the hard copy posted to me.

I have asked that people don't post images here out of respect for Tony Chong's hard work. By all means post references and page numbers however.
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Military / Re: Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook
« Last post by Triton on Today at 12:17:18 pm »
The big trouble is that IMO the US had eight years of being told it didn't need to be (or possibly even shouldn't be) a worldwide blue-water force and is now paying the price.

Who was the peer blue water competitor of the United States Navy when the decision was made that the next battlespace would be shallow coastal waters, aka littorals or green water, during the late 1990s and early 2000s? During the post-Cold War era, aka "New World Order" era, the future predictions were wrong. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, could decision makers have foreseen the arms build-up of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China? The problem is that instead of admitting that the future predictions were wrong and the world changed, you have asinine ideas like taking LCS and making it a frigate or guided-missile frigate. I don't know where you got the eight years from, it's been an issue since the George HW Bush Administration.
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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: MBB BBH Armed Escort Helicopter
« Last post by yasotay on Today at 09:58:25 am »
spring cleaning at the office.  found this and thought it might be of interest.
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