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Friday, April 3rd 2020, 10:41am

Author: Hood

Competition for new greek artillery

The Dutch Royal Armoury can offer: 105mm L42 M1943 This is a modern 105mm/L42 field gun designed by the Royal Armoury as the new primary field gun of the Royal Netherlands Army. Weight: 4,200 kg (9,300 lb) Barrel length: 4.4 m (14 ft) L/42 Breech: sliding block Elevation: -6° to +42° Traverse: 50° Rate of fire: 8 rpm Muzzle velocity: 730 m/s (2,395 ft/s) Maximum range: 18,100 m (19,800 yards) 105mm L20 M1943 This is an L/20 calibre version of the L42 M1943 which was originally designed as the M1...

Friday, April 3rd 2020, 10:33am

Author: Hood

Irish Aircraft Developments, 1948-1950

A nice round up. The Percival Provost advanced trainer might be of interest to bridge the Chippie and Aqulion gap for new pilots.

Sunday, March 29th 2020, 11:29am

Author: Hood

Chilean Aircraft Developments, 1948-1949

AIRCO can send a standard Sea Vampire FN.Mk.II. The Chiliean aviators must be aware however that the aircraft are essentially Mk.1 aircraft and date from 1944-45. A production export Sea Vampire for Chile would be improved with the latest engine and improved tailplane, instrument panel and ejection seats from the latest production land-based Mk.4 and 5. Specs of Sea Vampire FN.II: 1x 3,100lb de Havilland DGo.2 Goblin II; max speed 540mph; range 730 miles and service ceiling 42,800ft. Armament: 4...

Sunday, March 29th 2020, 11:11am

Author: Hood

Greece competition for a new rifle

Fabrique Nationale is pleased to do business with Greece.

Friday, March 27th 2020, 5:42pm

Author: Hood

Greece competition for a new rifle

Well it can be restricted to single shot I guess like the OTL British FALs.

Thursday, March 26th 2020, 6:00pm

Author: Hood

Chilean Aircraft Developments, 1948-1949

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Can you re-link on the Woomera? I was going to look at the specs but it redirects me to the Avia instead. Whoops! Fixed.

Thursday, March 26th 2020, 5:58pm

Author: Hood

Greece competition for a new rifle

I should think that production can be arranged fairly quickly. It has been fully tested for 6.5x51 FAR, 7x43 British and 7.65x53 Belgian Mauser, so some modifications and testing for 7.5x55 and 7.92x57 would be necessary but there would be no fundamental problems with this and could be arranged easily. If anything FN likes the idea as it would widen its appeal to even more markets using these rounds. If Greece wants to do comparative trials against the G6 then FN are happy for that to happen and...

Thursday, March 26th 2020, 10:37am

Author: Hood

Chilean Aircraft Developments, 1948-1949

Fast Bomber Replacement Program English Electric can tender its Canberra, specs will be as the OTL B.2. Delivery not likely until later in 1951 though. Koolhoven can tender its F.K.62 bomber and deliveries could begin as soon as late 1950. Specs here Attack Aircraft Replacement Program Since Koolhoven is posting a brochure for their F.K.62 bomber, they will thrown in one for the F.K.65. Specs here. Fokker-Avia might still be able to offer you WW's Il-10 clone, the B-33. Can't say this isn't beef...

Thursday, March 26th 2020, 10:20am

Author: Hood

Greece competition for a new rifle

Details of the FN FAL can be found here. If you need details of anything Argentine, British, Dutch or Belgian, drop me a PM or just ask here.

Sunday, March 22nd 2020, 11:49am

Author: Hood

Fabrica Militar de Aviones Aircraft

I.Ae. 29 This project for a single-seat advanced jet-powered conversion trainer began in 1948 using experience gained in helping Gloster develop the I-05 Pulqui III. The design is aerodynamically sleek with two lateral intakes for the single turbojet engine and a conventional straight wing for good controllability. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 28 August 1949. Following trials the Air Force took delivery of 50 production aircraft from July 1951. Wingspan: 9.50m Length: 9.20m Heig...

Sunday, March 22nd 2020, 11:47am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

Well glossy brochures can be picked up anytime and the sales department are happy to meet reps anytime. Specs can now be found here. I think it could make a nice little fighter too, nothing flashy but a good platform.

Sunday, March 22nd 2020, 11:45am

Author: Hood

French News, 1949

Good stuff!

Saturday, March 21st 2020, 1:49pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

It is a real never-were project, historically designed by Kurt Tank but of course in WW that's not possible so is home grown. Below is the plan of the aircraft, a good looking design. FMA hopes it might spark some export interest like the I-100 and I-02 did back in the 1930s.

Friday, March 20th 2020, 10:15am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

26 August The waters of the Solent were stirred by a beautiful new silvery flying boat. The prototype Saro SR.55 Duchess, registered G-ALUR,first flew today. Saro has based their design on the larger Princess but is powered by six de Havilland Ghost turbojets in the wing roots and has a cabin for 74 passengers and 3,500lb of cargo. Retractable floats form the wingtips and the whole design is streamlined for economic operation. The estimated cost per passenger mile is just over 1d for routes with...

Friday, March 20th 2020, 10:12am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

3 September In the latest news from Yemen, it has been confirmed by the British authorities in Aden that Ibrahim bin Yahya was killed whilst fighting around Hajjah. Dutch Army units are still patrolling the streets but a tense uneasy peace seems to be holding, although there are pockets of fighting in the hills.

Friday, March 20th 2020, 10:10am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

20 August The first AAM-6 ‘Platinum’ rocket lifted off from the Maquichao Research Station this afternoon. It flew for one minute and 20 seconds before suffering an engine failure and falling into the sea. The AAM-6 is an improved AAM-5 design with a new RL-AO-206 ‘Orchestra’ rocket motor allowing larger dimensions and improved performance. Design work began in April 1945, but the design was delayed in completion until testing of the engine had been completed. No less than twenty RL-AO-206 engin...

Sunday, March 8th 2020, 6:52pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

27 August Confused reports suggest further fighting around Hajjah in the Yemen has resulted in a victory for moderate forces. 28 August The Dutch government today announced that due to increasing conflict and murder in Yemen that at dawn today units of Dutch Army infantry and engineers in Sana’a and Ta’izz have been mobilised and that several Yemeni units have been disarmed.

Saturday, February 29th 2020, 10:50am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

12 August The Army's Anti-Aircraft Command has submitted its latest operational plan to the War Office. Operation Igloo is linked to Operation Rotor, the modernisation of entire early-warning RDF and interception network in the British Isles. Operation Igloo features 684 heavy AA positions and 310 light AA positions located in 39 sectors, each to be equipped with a new semi-submerged command bunker linked to the RAF Sector Operations Centres. All the heavy AA sites will be armed with 3.7in Mk VI...

Saturday, February 29th 2020, 10:37am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

20 August Reports from Hajjah have indicated that battles have taken place and that many of Ibrahim bin Yahya’s forces have been killed or executed. The whereabouts of Ibrahim bin Yahya himself are currently unknown. 23 August There have been reports of unrest in Sana’a, believed to be actions of the Free Yemeni Movement. The situation remains tense, Dutch military forces have not yet intervened and the government again today stated that they are monitoring the situation and hoping that calmer h...

Saturday, February 22nd 2020, 10:42am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

Well its only a matter of time before Belgian doctrine changes. Fixed defences are always useful to a degree but obsessively large forts are at best a sponge to soak up the invader's initial attack. With the CATI and a new generation of recoilless rifles, the seeds of the change are there for a more mobile defence and cheaper too.