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Yeah, in the sense that it disproves everything certain people on this forum have been claiming. I would add existing efforts to upgrade Storm Shadow and SCALP respectively.
Naval Projects / Re: HMS Hood 1942 Large Repair
« Last post by CNH on Today at 04:01:55 pm »
Would it have been worth it?
Army Projects / Re: M-1 Replacement
« Last post by Foo Fighter on Today at 02:59:38 pm »
It seems to be the opinion of some here that because tanks have been used in urban warfare before, they must be the best tool for the role.  They very callously suggest that if a tank is killed while undertaking this role it is of no consequence.  Are the lives of our troops so cheaply held without reguard that the lesson of the tank NOT being the best vehicle for infantry support in an urban environment is lost?  It does not surprise me.  Military lives are always cheap for armchair warriors.
Greetings All,

Wasn't sure where to post this, but here is our latest IRMA Kit No.10 NACA-Langley-Jacobs-Jeep in 1/72 after over a decade of research working with the National Aeronautical and Space Administration - NASA Center for AeroSpace Information  on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics - NACA and the NASA Langley Research Center.

This was yet another avenue the USA was pursuing during WWII. Eastman N Jacobs was so impressed by the Caproni-Campini CC2 motorjet of Italy that he pursued a similar layout that became known as the NACA-Langley-Jacobs-Jeep, or Jake's Jeep as some people called it. He continued his research into 1943 when the US Army Air Force (USAAF) and US Navy (USN) decided on pursuit of turbojets, axial-flow and centrifuge, and rocket motors. Undaunted at first, Jacobs kept working on his Jeep with the limited resources solely from NACA. He even engaged the Wright motor company, officially the Curtiss-Wright Aviation Company, to begin construction of the Jeep. When the coffers ran dry, he then abruptly retired at 42 and went into other things.

No one knows how far along the Jeep advanced, but there are some photos of the engine in the fuselage being tested. It may have reached completion or just preliminary construction. Under war time conditions, experimental aircraft were destroyed upon write-off or project cancellation. Still, the Jeep may have been overlooked as was the Northrop N-9MB Flying Wing, which was thought to have been destroyed, but was discovered recently and restored. Although the Jeep was not selected for production, the motorjet that Jacobs worked on was the catalyst of today's turbofan.

If you want to read more on this unique aircraft, there is an article on its history here: and a build article here: If you'd like to purchase a kit, you can do so here:

Happy modelling everyone!
You (one) could link this story this story to the debate about Brexit versus the UK's defence relationship with Europe.

MBDA must be the stand out success of post-Cold War European defence cooperation?
Naval Projects / "Husky" fifth-generation submarine (Russian Federation)
« Last post by Triton on Today at 12:58:45 pm »
"Russia begins to design "Husky" fifth-generation submarine concept"
Published: Monday, 27 March 2017 14:41


Russia began to design the concept of the perspective Husky-class fifth-generation nuclear submarine and the work is currently at the preliminary design stage, Vice-President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) for military shipbuilding Igor Ponomarev told reporters.

The concept of the fifth-generation nuclear submarine of the Husky project is being formed. A preliminary design of the perspective sub is being produced," he said.

The characteristics of the perspective submarine, its armaments and equipment "will depend on the tasks set by the Navy," Ponomarev added.

The USC earlier said the concept and a rough sketch of the multi-purpose fifth-generation Husky-class submarine have to be ready in two years. The new submarine is designed by the Malakhit bureau in St. Petersburg. At present Russia is building a series of fourth-generation submarines of project 885 (code Yasen). [
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Future Cruise / Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW)
« Last post by Triton on Today at 12:15:51 pm »
"France & UK Launch Next-Gen Missile Project with MBDA to Replace Harpoon/Scalp/Exocet by 2030"
Published: Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:21


Today in London, the United Kingdom and France have signed an agreement to launch a joint concept phase of the Future Cruise / Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme with MBDA. The agreement was signed by Laurent Collet-Billon, head of France’s Defence Procurement Agency (DGA - Direction générale de l’armement), and Harriet Baldwin, UK Minister of Defence Procurement.

Running for up to three years, the aim of the concept phase is to lay the ground work and inform the UK and France’s decision making and requirements for a potential follow on assessment and demonstration phase of the next generation of cruise and anti-ship missiles, with a planned operational capability to be achieved by the end of the next decade.

Valued at 100 M€, work on the FC/ASW concept phase will be split 50/50 in terms of both quantity and quality of content between the UK and France. The effort will see MBDA mature systems and technologies that will increase the survivability, range and lethality of anti-ship and deep strike missiles launched by both air and naval combat platforms. The DGA will act as the contract authority for the concept phase with MBDA.

Equally funded by France and the UK, the FC/ASW programme is a product of the very close Anglo-French defence relationship set out by the Lancaster House treaties. The FC/ASW Concept Phase is the latest step in the two countries’ highly successful collaboration on missile technologies through MBDA. This joint work has allowed the two countries to develop a range of world-class missile systems, such as Storm Shadow/SCALP, Meteor, Aster, and Sea Venom/ANL; to rationalise the development and production of missiles through the ‘OneMBDA’ organisation; and to harmonise the research and technology efforts of both nations across their entire missile industrial sector through the MCM-ITP (Missile Components and Materials – Innovation and Technology Partnership) programme.

Harriett Baldwin said: “Our relationship with France is strong and enduring. We have a long history of cooperation in defence and security with our European Ally. As demonstrated by having Europe’s largest defence budget, the UK is committed to European security and we will continue to collaborate on joint defence programmes across the continent. Today’s agreement will sustain 80 jobs in the UK.”

Laurent Collet-Billon said: “We are launching today a major new phase in our bilateral cooperation, by planning together a generation of missiles, successor to the Exocet, Harpoon, SCALP and Storm Shadow. The FC/ASW (future cruise/anti-ship weapon) programme’s aim is to have by around 2030 a new generation of missiles. This future capability is strategic, industrially as well as operationally. This new programme will be the backbone of our “One Complex Weapons” initiative.”

Welcoming the news, Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA, said: “This agreement secures the strategic autonomy of France and UK’s deep strike capabilities for the future. After the ratification last year of the Anglo-French agreement authorising us to operate OneMBDA centres of excellence, the FC/ASW project opens the next page of MBDA’s European strategy. Through this strategy we aim to work in even closer partnership with our domestic military customers in order to converge their requirements, while streamlining our own industrial processes across borders. Only this form of co-operation will allow European industry to continue delivering exceptional products and sustain the long-term critical mass needed to keep providing Europe with independent access to key sovereign technologies.”

Dave Armstrong, Managing Director of MBDA UK and Group Director of Sales and Business Development, added: “FC/ASW represents the future of deep strike capability in Europe. The programme is of strategic importance to MBDA, who will lead a team gathering industrial champions from both nations, and will ensure that the UK and France remain at the cutting edge of missile technologies well into the future.”
About FC/ASW
The concept phase of the FC/ASW programme aims at identifying solutions for the replacement of the two countries’ Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missiles, France’s Exocet and the UK’s Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The concept phase builds on a previous joint study phase initiated by both nations in 2011.

In 2015 and 2016, the UK and France respectively ratified an inter-government agreement to allow MBDA to specialise its industrial capabilities across both countries in centres of excellence. These centres of excellence focus on key sovereign technologies and enable MBDA to achieve efficiencies that cannot be met when working within national boundaries.

FCASW is likely to share some commonality with the CVS401 Perseus, a concept missile unveiled by MBDA at the 2011 Paris Air Show.,13079.0.html
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