a reply to: Wide-Eyes
Our Tech is actually shared, all our tech is at the US disposal these day's (maybe not so much the other way around though) and has been since WW2
(unless being in the EU meant' we withdrew from that which I can not see having happened).
We had better system's on our Harriers, better system's on our ship's, in our tank's so that is correct, in fact if you ever saw the gulf war footage
of the cockpit missile guidance cameras our were also superior.
It is partially down to how the US fund's it's armed forces, they pay well over the price for there good's and it end's up being built as cheaply as
possible by the contractor's meaning those tax dollars mostly end up in Corporate bank account's and there tax payers are constantly ripped off which
often tragically contributes toward loss of US service personnel.
We have also started down that route though now but our problem is actually the other way around, our forces are not nearly well enough funded and
have to make do with often antiquated or out of date equipment as best they can because it is there budget that always get's chopped first so our navy
now has no aircraft for it's new air craft carrier, our superior but very old Harriers were needlessly retired when there was still plenty of life in
them as were our sea king helicopters - ancient but still one of the best workhorse helicopters in the world - and we instead decided to buy
substandard technology that is not as good as the harrier was even before it was in production.
But don't be surprised the Yank's according to a retired RAF engineer I knew had technology you still don't hear about today and in the late 80's he
for example told me that he had seen high technology circuit's which included in there more recognizable component's solid state Diamond crystal
Valves (tiny valves made inside artificial diamond just like a high tech version of those old valves in those old valve radio set's from back before
Diodes and Transistor's took the work over) - sound's primitive doesn't it but remember Valves are more or less impervious to EMP so if these
analogue valve system's were able to govern a planes avionic's or even just act as a back up in case the semi conductor circuit's failed there planes
would just carry on ticking while less prepared aircraft would just drop from the sky.
Also remember the US stealth ship's and there optical camouflage paint, you only hear'ed of one but apparently they had or have several of them such
as the original test bed Sea Shadow (which is really a hybrid aircraft stealth technology based hydrofoil) and the Zuwait class destroyers which to be
frank may be a lot better than they are given credit for but seem like unnecessary when the US has excellent stealth capable submarines already, still
that sea shadow still has great potential, amphibious landing craft potential with a few alterations to the design (think of it as the US equivalent
of a better version of the Ekranoplane if they ever decided to adapt it thus - not as fast perhaps as the Caspian sea monster but a lot larger and
with far greater range than a stub winged soviet sea plane ever had the potential to have) or as rapid missile destroyer deployment vessel capable of
approaching that taking out an entire opposing fleet of conventional vessel's etc.
In fact that is why a lot of military technology was not the same high tech leading edge as most consumer electronic's, the consumer electronic's is
simply too fragile, most military tech also uses lower scale integrated circuitry when and were solid state is used rather than the civilian
equivalent, once again because it was more robust and can handle surges as well as potential EMP's better with a higher chance of the circuit
surviving the experience.
But once again you are correct and the Yank's would be very surprised just how much of there own technology, some of which we don't even use in our
armed forces ourselves (Cant afford it probably) was actually developed in the UK or is actually based on UK technology.
edit on 23-9-2017 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)