* Posts by Michael 81

3 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Jun 2009

Mantis Reaper-clone drone flies

Michael 81

Buying American is not always the cheap option.

canopy-like bulge is there for a satellite dish for communication.

The Mantis project was probably started when they found out the cost of buy 10 US Predator B was $1 billion.


Which was then cancelled, probably because is was not far of what is needed to buy 10 of the extremely expensive Eurofighter Typhoon

OpenOffice bug/feature stirs 'horde of angry chimps'

Michael 81

Drag fill

The video is not showing copy and paste that's a drag fill.

In excel 2003 If you actually do a copy of multiple cells and paste with autofilter on you can overwrite hidden cells, not that I would be doing that sort of thing.

I'd of sorted the data and done it that way or be using a database

MPs slam 'disgraceful' Type 45 destroyers

Michael 81

The Goverments fault

The type 45 is designed to have 4 Torpedoe tubes 2 x 4 Harpoon launchers and another 16 Vertical Launch Cells for a total of 64 designed with the space so they could be MK 41 VLS, and a towed sonar array. It was the govenment who didn't want to spend the money to buy the weapons.

Incidently Flight IIA Arleigh Burke also do not have towed sonar or harpoon launchers it was intended to develop an anti-ship which could be launched from the VLS they haven't yet developed one.

The first Arleigh Burke cost $1.1 billion, plus an additional $778 million for the ship's weapons systems back in the late 80s

Funnly enough with the problems the US is having with Arleigh Burke replacement the DG-1000 (which is itself the replacement for the cancelled DD21) $3.5 billion per ship and questioned anti-air capabilty are now buying more Arleigh Burkes instead.

Had we gone with the US route we would of probably signed up for the DD21 project and be in an even more of a problem now.