Originally Posted by DGR
Not trying to start a fight - but I doubt it.
BAES have a big ship and sub capability in the UK - but nothing in the smaller areas - hence their C3/C4I capability is aimed at that end of the spectrum. When BAe dropped the 'British' and became the 'Global' BAE Systems they followed the R&D money and focussed on the USA where Homeland Security was (is still) a licence to print money for R&D...unlike the UK (speak to anyone in Mil R&D, private sector or Qinetiq/DERA etc). Most of BAES's footprint is now in the states - as is most of the R&D.
The RIB detecting radar sounds interesting though!!
They do still have some capability in other areas - mate of mine is currently working on a "similar project". It is true though that they are focusing on the Yank market. With the current hysteria it is very easy to sell weapons. Even though "hitech" doesn't seem to be very effective against people on horseback in some mountains......
It is ironic that over the horizon used to be a pain during WWII - now they spend a fortune enhancing it!!!
Everyone knows Watson Watt invented the RADAR but how many people know the father or airbourne radar was from Swansea - his team prob made more of a difference to the war effort than anyone else. His name was Taffy Bowen and about the only recognition he had was from Admiral Doenitz who said he was responsible for halting the U boats.
Mention must also go to Randall and Boot who invented the magnetron in Birmingham - where would radar be without it. Of course we promptly GAVE away all this technology to the USA - fair enough as there was a war on but they profitied quite a bit from it later on!!!
It's all in one of the best books I have ever read - Radar Days.