While we are talking new aircraft....can anyone shed any light on the article in Australian Defence News Asia Pacific Defence Reporter that NZ have placed an order for 2 C17, with an option for another 2. This is to replace the C130s
Post by Radialicious on Jan 27, 2015 19:43:33 GMT 12
My first job when I joined SAFE Air after leaving the RNZAF was the manufacture of much of the support tooling for the Kiwi/Aussie Seasprite purchase. From memory, we made fifteen sets of everything and I spent a year in the machine shop constructing everything from intricate rigging/setting tools to rigs designed to lift the entire helicopter. As an Aircraft Technician, it was exciting to be hired in a machinist role and a privilege to be able to use the machinery that had always been the tools of only the machinist trade in the days when the RNZAF managed No. 1 Repair Depot. Looking at the pictures of the 'new' helicopters, I remember the work that went into making the rotor blade fold support poles. They were fairly beefy items that had quite complex internal locking/release components and large heat formed plastic surfaces that required a lot of good old kiwi ingenuity to construct. Fifteen sets of four kept the boys busy ?
Post by Radialicious on Jan 27, 2015 20:02:38 GMT 12
With reference to the above post, I have to say that the year I spent in the machine shop on the Kaman support project was one of the most enjoyable, challenging and satisfying chapters in my time as an aeronautical tradesman. Lotsa great memories and I hope Roy Gardner doesn't mind me publicly thanking him (again) for his support and guidance throughout the project. Roy supervised the project at workshop level and was a great mentor as I got to grips with my transition from maintainer to manufacturer. It was very satisfying towards the end of my time as a 'machinist', to be trusted with carrying out repair and overhaul tasks on gas turbine components that had price tags that resembled phone numbers.
Not a bad news story. Navy was quiet keen on NH90 around 2008/2009. In reality the NH90 delays meant that was never going to be a low risk option, and the NFH has had a few challenges.
Was the Seapsrite the right choice originally? Probably not, but Navy's made a good fist of it and as long as we don't try to keep the latest batch too long then it'll end up being a cheap aircraft to own, probably $300M-$400M than the alternative. In context that's about the cost of the frigate weapon system upgrade.
Post by harvard1041 on Mar 9, 2015 19:04:24 GMT 12
Yes - Radome is the same - I should know, as designed it back in 1997 / 98. Aim was to keep the bottom lip out of the radar FOV ... yet make it overall short enough not to contact the deck in a heavy (heavy) landing... the non-aerodynamic shape was something we never liked - but the aero guys said it produced surprising little drag.