Some small navies around the world (or largest ones with budget problems) may consider this set up: a small, STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) plane and a flat deck merchant ship for future low cost naval aviation?
Still, the video, recorded with several cameras including some inside the plane and others on a Cessna 172 camera ship, is interesting as it shows the extreme STOL Foxbat A22 landing on a modest 3,500-ton multipurpose vessel 93 meters in length.
The small aircraft was flying just above stall speed, the ship was sailing at 9 knots into the wind and, even if the air speed was enough to keep the Foxbat flying, the speeed relative to the ship was almost zero.
Using a procedure that vaguely reminds that of real STOVL planes (like the F-35B and, above all, the AV-8B Harrier) approaching an amphibious assault ship, the A22 nears the deck in front of bridge 60 metres x 15 meters and then almost falls vertically to touchdown.
H/T to Michael Guthenberg for the heads-up
Shades of the Falklands War and the make-do/can-do attitude that helped the UK win it.
Small and simple is a good idea for the Royal Navy to pursue, rather than the huge aircraft carrier/s now building.
Im sure BAE could quickly up the costs ;-) I love the irony now that the carriers the UK have paid for cost MORE then the nuclear powered super carriers of the USA! £6bn for 2 helicopter cruisers :-p
Dutch pilot flying a Ukrainian aircraft and landing on a Dutch ship. Not sure how this reminds you of the UK “can do” attitude.
Well it is called the English Channel…at least by the English.
Are these guy practicing for some smuggling action? Just kidding, or maybe not…
A Piper super Cub would eat that for lunch. I’ve seen pilots fly them in reverse. That ship would be a piece of cake.