Chris Pook said:About Army types looking at stowing stuff in ships.
Sailors seem to manage to figure out how to pack an incredible amount of gear into a tight space. For starters they look up and check for bulkheads and deckheads to which things can be attached. And they are more inclined to stow gear when not in use. Another common characteristic I have seen is padeyes welded to the deckheads so that gear can be moved by an overhead route. Just saying - sailors seem to be more aware of the full 3D space and how it might be exploited.
PuckChaser said:Have you seen what can be stored in a AFV/LAV6? Even in my Bison, every space that was useable, was used. Hard Army types definitely are used to filling that 3D space...
George Wallace said:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OhWgvlCcgo
Colin P said:Welcome to Canada's first UAV Carrier
Ostrozac said:Honestly, the SUAV projects (both Scaneagle and Blackjack) have been a bit of a success story, especially when compared to many of our other procurements.
Dimsum said:Agreed. While the RCAF is dithering (for whatever reason) on the JUSTAS program, the Army/Navy have just sat in the shadows and done the job.
.Chris Pook said:Maybe the JUSTAS mission should be handed over to this mob:
Give the satellite OPs on routine patrol their own recce capability to conduct timely investigations and fill in gaps in the coverage created by time, space and circumstances. And leave it out of the military's hands entirely.
The military then becomes a client but the service can be employed internationally as a domestic, a strategic and a diplomatic asset.
Chris Pook said:In which case we buy some for the civvies to fly unarmed and some for the uniforms to fly armed. Do you need a uniform to fly a UAV? Or even launch a Hellfire?
Chris Pook said:Do you need a uniform to fly a UAV? Or even launch a Hellfire?
More @ linkInsitu was awarded a $390.4 million contract to supply Blackjack drones for the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy, as well as Blackjacks and smaller ScanEagle unmanned air vehicles, for three foreign allies.
The contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, covers 63 RQ-21A Blackjack attrition air vehicles for the U.S. military branches, plus six RQ-21A unmanned aircraft systems and 17 Blackjack air vehicles for Canada, Poland and Oman under foreign military sales. The contract also includes 93 ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems "in various configurations,"
The deal will include training, testing and engineering, operations support, maintenance and other services, Pentagon said.
Eight-three percent of the work will be performed at Insitu's plant in Bingen, Wash., with 5 percent at various locations into the continental United States and 12 percent outside. Work is expected to be completed in June 2022 ...