Now there's a thought. I'm honestly a bit scared to think about the number of Swiss that might be happy about that...So if you built a fence around Switzerland, how would they feel?
That's what they all say...Just locking the Swiss in won't give you that, and t's not like we were a threat that must be contained. That time has gone for a couple hundred years now.
Well, it was made in Britain. It is initially a masterpiece and far ahead of its contemporary rivals. But then also too complex to update easily and eventually outnumbered by simpler, more robust technologies. Just look at other things made in Britain there... cars, motorcycles, battlecruisers ... they all didn't age well.Bloodhound was also exported to Sweden, Australia( v1 only), Singapore and Switzerland (of course). It's unfortunate that it was not continually upgraded like some other systems of the era, and so was left behind.
Ah, the bloodhound mid-range ground to air missiles. They were retired quite some time ago. One of the launch sites was like a 5 minute drive from my home. Loved hanging around the fences just looking at the rockets as a kid. Not that any of them ever launched, but hey, you might just get lucky...They also had lots of such stuff popping up from the soil like mushrooms, if you annoyed them too much (and during the office hours)
While five out of six of Switzerland's former missile bases have been destroyed, one has been turned into a military museum. The Menzingen base, positioned high on a hill above the town of Zug, acts as a showcase for military hardware, which was once primed to deal with the threat of the Cold...www.swissinfo.ch
Ah, our pntooniers... Reminds me of the time a first lieutenant had the bright idea to hold an excercise by having his platoon ferry his private car over the lake I live at... while the storm warning was already going.Well, they're already in the process of building up their blue-water navy, with aircraft carriers and everything:
Well, that is exactly my point there. It was an unique, rather artistic solution for many problems that others solved easier later. Just look at the EE Lightning, as another example there. Great design, extreme performance - and did also not age well.Sea Cat was popular for refits of WW2 era ships as it was designed to fit on the same mount point as a Bofors 40mm emplacement. Bloodhound's down fall was its lack of mobility, and its Radar and ECCM which where ahead of the competition until the mid 1970's and then left behind in the 1980's. Considering Bloodhound was a 1950's design and lasted in its 2nd form till 1991 it lasted a long time, compared to SA-1(USSR) 1955–1982 and Nike Hercules 1958 -1988.
If you want a little read.
Air Defence - A History of United Kingdom Air Defence in the 20th Century
Sounds like something the USN would do:Ah, our pntooniers... Reminds me of the time a first lieutenant had the bright idea to hold an excercise by having his platoon ferry his private car over the lake I live at... while the storm warning was already going.
I think he might have been bribed by the military divers, who appreciated the interesting excercise of getting the car out from a depth of 30 meters...