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  1. Ping Monkey

    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    Indeed. OS news is limited, but I'm inclined to buy myself a ticket to Hawaii this summer to cheer on my GA colleagues. https://www.ga-asi.com/seaguardian-cost-effective-surveillance-for-the-vast-maritime-domain
  2. Ping Monkey

    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    Very cool to see this capability quickly maturing. Should also be interesting to see it fully integrated into the RIMPAC Task Groups this summer! 😍 https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/04/japan-selects-mq-9b-seaguardian-for-coast-guard-rpas-project/
  3. Ping Monkey

    Opportunity to update the CC-150 fleet?

    Airbus continuing to impress with the caliber of its AAR (A3R) capabilities. Hopefully RCAF is monitoring this feature development closely...
  4. Ping Monkey

    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    Some other interesting fielded (not paper) MPA options that have popped up just in the past 12 months: https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/09/first-sea-sultan-maritime-patrol-aircraft-joins-pakistan-navy/...
  5. Ping Monkey

    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    "Sea-130" has been proposed many times. No biters yet. https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-exhibitions/2015/dsei-2015-naval-show-daily-news/3113-lockheed-sees-its-sc-130j-sea-herc-as-the-affordable-solution-to-answer-uk-future-mpa-needs.html...
  6. Ping Monkey

    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    Japan has been eagerly trying to find an export customer for P-1 for many years. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-uk-arms-exclusive-idUSKBN0KG0WG20150107 I've been impressed by P-1 capabilities, but I think spares/parts availability would be a substantial issue for any international...
  7. Ping Monkey

    Spock the difference! Plans for a new RAF uniform are ridiculed for looking like Star Trek costumes as MoD chiefs say there is 'need for change' due t

    Coincidentally, I was just chatting with an RAF colleague this morning about this very topic. RAF has pushed out an email saying it was rejected outright. The alternative being bantered about now should look something more along the lines of... Much more aerodynamic. πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’¨
  8. Ping Monkey

    British Army lowers minimum rank required to become helicopter pilot. Privates can now apply.

    "Personnel can now apply to become a British Army pilot at the rank of private." πŸ‘ https://www.forces.net/news/british-army-lowers-minimum-rank-become-helicopter-pilot
  9. Ping Monkey

    CP-140 Aurora

    LOL. You can impress your friends with your new-found knowledge of USN stock sonobuoys. A "Cliff Claven" moment for the crew room! You're going to have to trust me on this one. ;)
  10. Ping Monkey

    CP-140 Aurora

    Actually, that SSQ-101 ADAR is one of the most modern (and effective) sonobuoys available right now. P-8A continues to employ it exclusively for Enhanced Multistatic reception. A marvel of mechanical engineering and incredibly expensive... That video stirred a small hornets nest when it hit...
  11. Ping Monkey

    RAF F-35 fighter crashes in Mediterranean

    Probe after British F-35 fighter crashes in Mediterranean: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59323895
  12. Ping Monkey

    Australian navy's hunt for new sub to replace Collins class

    A really good read, framing the current and upcoming challenges RAN have to face. https://sldinfo.com/2021/10/the-australian-submarine-decision-challenges-and-next-steps/
  13. Ping Monkey

    CP-140 Aurora

    Or, while waiting for an MPA replacement, just add maritime requirements & capability into the (soon-ish) expected RPA. Perhaps one that is already performing integration exercises with the USN and allies...
  14. Ping Monkey

    The US military is poisoning communities across the US with AFFF

    Oh man, this looks bad.. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/25/us-military-toxic-chemicals-us-states
  15. Ping Monkey

    Opportunity to update the CC-150 fleet?

    On topic... https://sldinfo.com/2021/03/replacing-canadas-air-tanking-fleet/
  16. Ping Monkey

    Congratulations on Your Military Service… Now Here Are 9 Reasons Why I Won’t Hire You

    Exercise Collaborative Spirit. A few of my company's managers participated in 2019, really enjoying the experience. 2020 was nixed for obvious reasons. 😷 https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/09/exercise_collaborativespiritadayinthelifeofourcanadianarmysoldie.html
  17. Ping Monkey

    Which Navy NCM Trade is Best?

    +1 for AES Op. πŸ‘ Handsdown, the best career move I ever made. I regret not being able to remuster from the Navy to AES Op earlier (stoopid VOT restrictions... :mad:). If selected as a CH148 AES Op, you'll probably get more sea-time than most sailors too. I'm too far removed from the trade to...
  18. Ping Monkey

    Australian-built aircraft military milestone - Boeing Loyal Wingman

    "From design to first flight in three years." https://sldinfo.com/2021/03/first-flight-of-australias-first-locally-constructed-defence-aircraft-in-over-50-years/ BZ to our Aussie friends!
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