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by Jensy
04 Dec 2020, 17:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2202
Views: 423893
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Thanks for the new image but pretty it ain't :thumbdown: Beauty always in the eyes of the beholder! I happen to think it looks rather tasty. Almost like a miniature Vulcan with some YF-23 heritage and a hint of the Tonka around the cockpit... From what I've seen of "Das Mirage" (FCAS) I'd...
by Jensy
03 Dec 2020, 23:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2202
Views: 423893
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

"Team Tempest News" More than 70 key industry and Government representatives from across Northern Ireland have engaged with Team Tempest and the Royal Air Force on opportunities to help develop the UK’s next generation of combat air technologies. Hardly groundbreaking news... but a lovely ...
by Jensy
03 Dec 2020, 00:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6795
Views: 1061945
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

However the main thing these two designs have in common is that neither is likely to ever see the light of day Happy to stand corrected on the origin, I completely forgot there was an Arrowhead 120. But still more marketing material than a ship design. Quite so. Indeed every single news article on ...
by Jensy
02 Dec 2020, 23:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1181
Views: 205825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)

Time for something like an OV-10 Bronco to make a come back? There was talk of Boeing reopening the line for new build OV-10X Super Bronco at the height of the war on ISIS, don’t think it was ever really serious proposal, but an OV-10X wouldn’t need arresting wires as the US trialed OV-10 off the U...
by Jensy
30 Nov 2020, 23:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6795
Views: 1061945
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Interesting to see VLS in the above image in B position. I wonder if that graphic came from babcock? Absolutely nowt to do with Babcock. It's a Stellar Systems Spartan CGI, which was essentially marketing bumf. http://www.stellersystems.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/07/Project-Spartan-Broch...
by Jensy
30 Nov 2020, 13:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6795
Views: 1061945
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Looks like this site's hive mind was working in the right direction: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EoEnW0LXcAYsR6I?format=jpg&name=medium (From Twitter: @TheBrit96) Specific mention of ASW and Minehunting roles is interesting. Goes a long way to explain why the Type 31 might not be the basis, at l...
by Jensy
29 Nov 2020, 20:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 888
Views: 211619
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

showing the potential derivatives from their LPD Flight II hull. I like their campaign, but the screen says just 'Image' in your post - without displaying it? Odd. It's just a .PNG. shouldn't have any accessibility issues on mobile or pc... Unless you have some industrial grade ad blocking software...
by Jensy
29 Nov 2020, 00:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 888
Views: 211619
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

https://s0.2mdn.net/9579656/11052020-082807311-970X250.png Far beyond the scope of the (seemingly dead) LSS concept however I thought this advert from Huntington Ingalls was rather good, showing the potential derivatives from their LPD Flight II hull. Edit link below for image: https://s0.2mdn.net/...
by Jensy
29 Nov 2020, 00:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1181
Views: 205825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)

The Atlantic Multi-Purpose Helicopter Carrier - A140 is renamed Atlantic Multi-Purpose Aerodrome Ship https://cdn-defesaaereanaval.nuneshost.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/NAM-Atl%C3%A2ntico-.jpg Atlantic Helicopter Carrier is now Multi-Purpose Aerodrome Ship November 26, 2020 7211 266 The Atlantic...
by Jensy
28 Nov 2020, 21:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1129
Views: 247642
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Nothing wrong with that idea, but I would still prefer to see a second Squadron of P8 at RNAS Culdrose in addition to the one at Lossiemouth. It would have to be RAF St Mawgan. A lot of the facilities are still there, especially the munitions area, with far more hardstanding and dispersal. Culdrose...
by Jensy
26 Nov 2020, 16:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4210
Views: 736813
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

I count 7 Bob's. Pulling out all the stops. Probably a composite image of the entire week's workforce. One Bob per day to maintain social distancing.... (I can't decide if the BAE press team is putting these photos out without appreciating how glacial the progress appears to the casual viewer, or e...
by Jensy
25 Nov 2020, 01:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12823
Views: 1857010
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

An interesting aside by Ben Wallace at the Defence Committee when discussing the 'shipbuilding renaissance' and capacity he moaned that he had been overseas and secured an order for a UK shipyard and they now didn't want to build it. BAE and the Barzan class for Ukraine I assume.? :crazy: Reckon th...
by Jensy
24 Nov 2020, 22:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6795
Views: 1061945
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

So what the heck is this (from the twitter above) .. ? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EnmRerXXcAAj9hb?format=jpg&name=small Got a RN ensign but a weird looking config. It's the original CG model of the Arrowhead 140, from the front of the 2018 Team 31 brochure: https://html2-f.scribdassets.com/12k...
by Jensy
22 Nov 2020, 20:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12823
Views: 1857010
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Bigger than Absalon, but not quite this https://news.usni.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/US_Navy_030606-N-0000X-003_Artist%5Ersquos_concept_of_the_San_Antonio_Class_amphibious_transport_dock_ships.jpg big? With all this talk of a modern, auxiliary crusier once again my mind drifts towards... https:...
by Jensy
21 Nov 2020, 21:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 46
Views: 3716
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

With the 2035(+) horizon the Pumas are a headache (and they are truly a medium helicopter, too) -whereas the Bell 212s and Griffins I think are leased and support is contracted out, too - and as for the Gazelles you already had a solution in mind You're quite correct, the Cyprus flight is managed/o...
by Jensy
21 Nov 2020, 20:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 46
Views: 3716
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

I think if your looking at Yeovil either the aw169m or 149 both of which have component manufacture at Yeovil and there has been expressions of desire for final assembly. The point is probably more that I don’t think we should see it as a stop gap it needs to be seen as the the first step in a mult...
by Jensy
19 Nov 2020, 10:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12823
Views: 1857010
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

it may be a copy of whatever is pitched to the polish I think you guessed it. T32 is an export version! According to STRN twitter feed: NavyLookout "@NavyLookout Can confirm the Type 32 frigate mentioned by the Defence Secretary is an export version of Type 31. RN hopeful of additional a secon...
by Jensy
19 Nov 2020, 01:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12823
Views: 1857010
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Great stuff - but what the hell is a Type 32, and how many will we get? Surely the first priority is to properly fit out the T31 (and T26)....or d we think the T32 is going to be a fully kitted out T31? Or maybe it's another bargain basement Patrol Frigate (River batch 3? What was BAE pitching for ...
by Jensy
18 Nov 2020, 22:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6795
Views: 1061945
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I've seen it in all the stories I've read this quarter that T31 in uk service will have 24 camm. I'll admit, not the most conclusive evidence but: The rather impressive, large scale Amalgam model had every permutation of VLS but a 12-cell launcher. Seems odd that they would ignore such an module if...
by Jensy
14 Nov 2020, 23:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2140
Views: 392895
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

When will the UK need to replace them, and how many are we talking about? (wasn't there some chatter of also needing to replace the Red Arrows not so long ago) Now that's a question that I'm not sure an answer exists for. Although all currently Hawks, there are four fairly distinct requirements tha...
by Jensy
14 Nov 2020, 22:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2140
Views: 392895
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

You are assuming it’s all about a single platform. It is not. An aircraft only exists within a whole force structure/system. I'm afraid assumption is all that those not intimately involved with the programme have. We do not know their exact requirements; the parameters by which they seek to make th...
by Jensy
14 Nov 2020, 22:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2140
Views: 392895
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Saab offering a few Globaleye AEW&C, and Boeing reportedly including some Growlers with their Super Hornets. Those were not thrown in as a splurge ('buy all of our range') but rather to get 'full points' for being able to complete three mission scenarios - which have not been published - but mo...
by Jensy
14 Nov 2020, 20:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2140
Views: 392895
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Good stuff, still hoping for another order for UK build though.... The Finnish H-X programme is probably (Saudi aside) the best hope to keep the Warton assembly line(s) running till the late 2020s. More than 60 aircraft to be built. There's been some suggestion that other competitors are bundling p...
by Jensy
07 Nov 2020, 20:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 771
Views: 150966
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

I think by far the best low cost / risk option to get the required hulls is to build another batch of “B3 Rivers” with evolved facilities to support a mothership (for drones and possibly RMs) - would be an idea gift to Appledore. 2 Echos + 5 B2s + 5 B3s (replacing the B1s) would be a solid capabili...
by Jensy
06 Nov 2020, 19:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2140
Views: 392895
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Has the RAF ever had a dedicated EW aircraft? Short answer: nope not since 100 Squadron stood down their Lancasters, Liberators and Mosquitos at the end of the War. Slightly longer answer: some Vickers Valiants were designated ECM aircraft and carried "American APT-16A and ALT-7 jamming transm...

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