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Aerospace / Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Last post by GTX on Today at 01:21:38 pm »
So ol' Pierre Sprey is the best they could role out... ::)
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The Bar / Re: Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD)
« Last post by marauder2048 on Today at 12:39:59 pm »
Lt. Gen. Bunch mentioned that the contract award is expected in September for both GBSD and LRSO.

According to Lockheed Martin's CEO, as of July 16th 2017, September is still the timeframe for GBSD and LRSO.
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I don't recall defence ever being a Monster Raving Loony Party priority? Not in their 2017 Manifesto:
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Taxation
Tax payers to receive Nectar Points from HMRC

Nationalisation.
The Loony Party will Nationalise all Political parties.. and if they don’t keep their manifesto promises.. we will sell em off.
We will nationalise crime to make sure it doesn’t pay

Austerity
Due to the fact that the Government have made cuts in almost everything around. the loony party proposes to cut the letters of the alphabet..
Starting with the letters N. H. and S

Educational funding
The Loony Party proposes that all Schools would have a Jumble sale or fete or other fundraising event at least twice per month to help raise funds for those little extras.. such as Desks, Books, paper, pens etc.

Electoral Change
The Loony party propose that voters will get a 30 day cooling off period during which, if you change your mind, didn’t like the result, or didn’t know what you were voting for, you can get your vote back.

Reduce the voting age to 16 (carried forward from our 1983 manicfesto) ..(nicked by labour))

Imigration policy
One in one out (carried forward from our 2015 manicfesto (nicked by UKIP))

Pensions or How to get the grey vote…
In keeping with the Labour Party’s latest bid to get one or two pensioners to vote for them they have brought out a new policy guaranteeing the Triple lock on pensions until 2025 if they get voted in..The Loony party of course will go one better and buy a very large padlock,

Defense
We shall replace the Trident missile.. with a three pronged fork


Economy & Pensions
We will further complicate the UK tax system so that large companies can no longer find loopholes.

Environment
We will change the English symbol of three lions to 3 badgers. How often do you see lions running round the countryside?
All Food sold in fast food establishments should be clearly marked “May contain traces of real food”

Social Media
All Social Media sites to be taken down for one day a year for a “Remember when we used to talk” day.

Transport
We will only paint yellow lines where you CAN park,
We will rename the current Oyster travel cards, ‘Sardine Cards’ to better reflect the experience when travelling on public transport

Seems a rather far-fetched scenario.
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Naval Projects / Mitsui LPD concept
« Last post by Triton on Today at 12:14:25 pm »
"MAST Asia 2017: Mitsui Unveils New LPD Amphibious Transport Dock Concept"
Published: Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:12

Source:
http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/naval-exhibitions/2017/mast-asia-2017-show-daily-news/5281-mast-asia-2017-mitsui-unveils-new-lpd-amphibious-transport-dock-concept.html

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At MAST Asia 2017 (Maritime Air Systems & Technologies), the naval defense exhibition currently held in Tokyo, Japanese company Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) unveiled a new Landing Platform Dock (LPD) concept.

Mitsui's LPD is designed for large scale transportation of LCACs, MBTs, vehicles, cargo and equipment, with multi-mission features. MES drew on its experience from constructing and delivering "Osumi" and "Shimokita" LPDs to the JMSDF when designing the new LPD.

Company representative didn't want to provide specific details, but based on a MES brochure the LPD has a deck with two helicopter spots and a hangar large enough to receive two V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and a small size VTOL UAV (similar in size to the MQ-8B Fire Scout).

The LPD is fitted with a well deck large enough to accommodate two LCACs. Vehicles can be stored on two decks. Total vehicle capacity is classified, however, based on an image in the brochure, up to 40 vehicles (including AAVs, MBTs and APCs) may fit on the lower deck. The image might be conceptual so this figure may not be an accurate data.

In terms of systems, (based on the brochure) Mitsui's LPD is fitted with a Phalanx CIWS forward and a SeaRAM launcher on top of the helicopter hangar. There are two shafts and two rudders, as well as two bow thrusters. The hull form also features two retractable fin stabilizers.

The Japanese LPD concept measures 210 meters in length, 30 meters in width and 7 meters in draft for a displacement of 16,000 tons and a speed of 22 knots. The maximum complement of the vessel is 200 people (including troops). For comparison, the US Navy's San Antonio-class LPD displaces over 25,000 tons eventough it is roughly the same size (208 meters in length and 32 meters in width).

According to Mistui, the main missions of the LPD include island defense as well as humanitarian assistance / disaster relief.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is reportedly looking to boost its amphibious capabilities in order to protect its Southern Islands.
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Naval Projects / Mitsui MLP concept
« Last post by Triton on Today at 12:07:55 pm »
"MAST Asia 2017: Mitsui Unveils Japanese MLP Concept"

Source:
http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/naval-exhibitions/2017/mast-asia-2017-show-daily-news/5272-mast-asia-2017-mitsui-unveils-japanese-mlp-concept.html

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At MAST Asia 2017 (Maritime Air Systems & Technologies), the naval defense exhibition currently held in Tokyo, Japanese company Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) unveiled its Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) concept.

Mitsui's MLP is designed for large scale transportation of LCACs, MBTs, vehicles, cargo and equipment, with multi-mission and modular features. In addition to its aviation operations and amphibious capabilities, this MLP can act as an offshore base.

The design differs from the American MLP which comes in two variants: The Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD) variant for amphibious operations and the Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) variant focusing on aircraft operation. Mitsui's design appers to combine both roles on a single design.

Unlike the ESB, there is no aviation hangar forward. There are four helicopter spots on the "almost" flat top. There is an elevator for stores and equipment next to spot #2. There is also a ramp allowing vehicles access between the two main decks.

The Japanese MLP concept measures 240 meters in length, 39 meters in width and 7 meters in draft for a displacement of 21,000 tons and a speed of 15 knots. The maximum complement of the vessel is 240 people.

According to Mistui, the main missions of the MLP include island defense as well as humanitarian assistance / disaster relief.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is reportedly looking to boost its amphibious capabilities in order to protect its Southern Islands. MES, which delivered "Osumi" and "Shimokita" LPDs to the JMSDF a few years ago, also unveiled a new LPD and a new LHD design at MAST Asia. Navy Recognition will be covering these designs soon.

MLP designs and the "sea basing" concept in general seems to be getting popular outside of the US. You may recall from our LIMA 2017 coverage that the Royal Malaysian Navy is also exploring (and using to some extend) this concept.
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Naval Projects / Mitsui LHD concept
« Last post by Triton on Today at 11:50:48 am »
"MAST Asia 2017: Mitsui Unveiled a New LHD Amphibious Assault Ship Concept"
Published: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:01

Source:
http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/naval-exhibitions/2017/mast-asia-2017-show-daily-news/5302-mast-asia-2017-mitsui-unveiled-a-new-lhd-amphibious-assault-ship-concept.html

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At MAST Asia 2017 (Maritime Air Systems & Technologies), the naval defense exhibition currently held last week in Tokyo, Japanese company Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) unveiled a new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) concept.

Mitsui's LHD is designed for large scale transportation of LCACs, MBTs, vehicles, cargo and equipment, with multi-mission features. MES drew on its experience from constructing and delivering "Osumi" and "Shimokita" LPDs to the JMSDF when designing the new LHD.

Company representative didn't want to provide specific details, but based on the MES brochure, the LHD has a flat top with five helicopter spots and a hangar large enough to large helicopters such as the CH-47 Chinook tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopters.

The LHD is fitted with a well deck large enough to accommodate two LCACs. Vehicles can be stored on two decks. Total vehicle capacity is classified, however, based on an image in the brochure, at least 24 AAVs may fit on the lower deck. The image might be conceptual so this figure may not be an accurate data.

In terms of systems, (based on the brochure) Mitsui's LHD is fitted with a Phalanx CIWS forward and a SeaRAM launcher at the stern. There are two shafts and two rudders, as well as two bow thrusters. There is a main elevator for helicopters aft and a smaller one for stores and equipment forward, near the island.

The Japanese LHD concept measures 210 meters in length, 35 meters in width and 7 meters in draft for a displacement of 16,000 tons and a speed of 22 knots. The maximum complement of the vessel is 200 people (including troops). For comparison, the French Navy's Mistral-class LHD displaces over 20,000 tons eventough it is slightly smaller in size (199 meters in length and 32 meters in width).

According to Mistui, the main missions of the LHD include island defense as well as humanitarian assistance / disaster relief.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is reportedly looking to boost its amphibious capabilities in order to protect its Southern Island.
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Military / Re: Modern Chinese destroyer breaks down in the Indian Ocean
« Last post by TomS on Today at 11:34:07 am »
Gotta ask, how do you lose the entire propulsion plant at one time?  Those ships have two shafts and two unconnected drive trains.  Bad fuel is about the only thing I can imagine that would take it all out at once.

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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Miles Aerovan variants?
« Last post by cluttonfred on Today at 11:25:14 am »
Early Miles designs generally had split flaps.  A few late WWII designs with STOL roles, notably the M.38 Messenger and the M.57 Aerovan, had permanent external slotted flaps.  As far as I know, none of the pre-war or WWII designs had retractable external airfoil flaps, so it may just be that the external flaps are not obvious in photos from certain angles.
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