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Old 13 August 2006, 22:06   #11
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So none of BAE's engineers worked on this in the UK then??? British electronics and engineering are used all over the place - the difference is we never shout about it. BAE have also developed a special new Radar system to detect RIBs!!!
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while we are on about military ribs then; what the heck is this
My spies told me about it (thanks Stanleys Dad) but couldn't get close enough to get a decent photo.
Twin jetted,with some serious looking hardware topside.
I want to know whats under the "custom" carboard box on top
Then caught a smart looking RIB tied up dockside. Couldnt make out the name though.
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Old 14 August 2006, 08:22   #13
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while we are on about military ribs then; what the heck is this
My spies told me about it (thanks Stanleys Dad) but couldn't get close enough to get a decent photo.
Twin jetted,with some serious looking hardware topside.
I want to know whats under the "custom" carboard box on top
Then caught a smart looking RIB tied up dockside. Couldnt make out the name though.
cheers Dal
Looks a beast - goodness knows what's under the box - probably something nasty!!!
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Old 14 August 2006, 11:16   #14
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So none of BAE's engineers worked on this in the UK then??? British electronics and engineering are used all over the place - the difference is we never shout about it. BAE have also developed a special new Radar system to detect RIBs!!!
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!!

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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!!

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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......

http://www.emrsdtc.com/conferences/2...papers/A06.pdf

http://www.baesystems.com/ocs/shared...lec/detrib.htm

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.
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while we are on about military ribs then; what the heck is this
My spies told me about it (thanks Stanleys Dad) but couldn't get close enough to get a decent photo.
Twin jetted,with some serious looking hardware topside.
I want to know whats under the "custom" carboard box on top
Then caught a smart looking RIB tied up dockside. Couldnt make out the name though.
cheers Dal

The jet drive boat is one of two Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) designed for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). Most likely the boats incorporate Unmanned Dipping Sonar (UDS), Unmanned Towed Array System (UTAS), or Multi Static Off-Board Source (MS-OBS). This is only one of the many pipe dreams to support the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The box is just a wooden box with an inflatable mermaid sitting on top of the A-Frame which is currently folded down. Everybody got it, A USV equipped with UDS, UTAS, and MS-OBS to be used with a LCS.

The photo of the RHIB with 2 outboards is a Polaris PRH-1050. This boat is your basic aluminum hull RHIB with twin Yamaha 300ís.

I canít wait to send Mr. Limeydal on another hunt for RHIB treasures!
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now don't go giving them ideas Andy!

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