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by Little J
19 Nov 2018, 15:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91246
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Air Cdre Bradshaw was unsure what effect procuring the land-based F-35A might have on this joint concept of operations, but he did note that there should be no reason to transfer the F-35Bs solely to the RN as the flexibility the aircraft provides is also of value to the RAF. Does it sound like he ...
by Little J
18 Nov 2018, 07:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324622
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Well it was on Star Trek Enterprise... And we all know that was a documentary :D
by Little J
15 Nov 2018, 22:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10028
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

One question that I keep forgetting to ask, If SAAB/Airbus wanted to use the surge fleet, how was that going to work with the PFI contract? Surely that is going to need an (expensive) rewrite...
by Little J
15 Nov 2018, 22:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91246
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

If it was 17 on top of the 48, that would be worth an announcement...
by Little J
12 Nov 2018, 09:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10028
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Thought it was SAAB-Airbus that suggested/wanted to use the A330?

A daft idea to me (whoever came up with it), when everyone is going smaller.
by Little J
08 Nov 2018, 19:25
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle
Replies: 115
Views: 5526
Location: United Kingdom

Re: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle

A notice was issued on 28 October stating that the MoD intended to award NSAF Limited, a UK subsidiary of Heckler & Koch, a contract worth up to GBP75 million (USD95.6 million) to modify and supply 44,000 upgraded 5.56×45 mm SA80 rifles. https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2018/11/08/sa80-rifle...
by Little J
07 Nov 2018, 19:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1495
Views: 42621
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote:I wonder if Greece could be tempted, they were interested in the Typhoon before thing went down the pan and they need a good AD platform to really replace their Mirage 2000 at least.


Do the German's still own Greece? :shh: :shifty:
by Little J
07 Nov 2018, 14:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22746
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Seem to remember that's why the F-22 lost to tiffies at red flag (close range), the raptor just bleed energy...
by Little J
05 Nov 2018, 20:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22746
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Didn't they try and market VT as a fuel saving device not so long ago? Not needing the control surfaces, etc...
by Little J
04 Nov 2018, 05:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 199
Views: 5541
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Was it the only entry or did they not have a competition at all :wtf:
by Little J
01 Nov 2018, 11:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91246
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning II (RN & RAF)

If the Politian's are persuaded to do a split buy (to get up to the original 138), then I think an equal split of A's and B's would be the best option (with RN taking the B's :angel: )
by Little J
01 Nov 2018, 08:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91246
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning II (RN & RAF)

Lot 11 prices are $89.2m for the A and $115.5m for the B (the C is $107.7if you're interested). With prices expected to drop again in the next Lot...
by Little J
28 Oct 2018, 16:13
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91246
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning II (RN & RAF)

Don't know if this is what you're looking for....
by Little J
28 Oct 2018, 12:03
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 726
Views: 16756
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Is this for CT or traditional case? It's not the spc round, so related to LSAT?
by Little J
26 Oct 2018, 19:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22746
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Can anyone really see a Typhoon only doing a 25 year service (please ignore which trache), when most front line fighters these days are expected to do 40ish years...
by Little J
24 Oct 2018, 15:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10028
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

SAAB aren't happy (unsurprisingly)... Rival producers of airborne early warning and control/battle management aircraft are stepping up their efforts to halt a non-competitive acquisition of the Boeing/Northrop Grumman E-7 Wedgetail system by the UK https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/saab-voi...
by Little J
23 Oct 2018, 19:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 5004
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/us-approves-possible-chinook-sale-to-royal-air-force-452889/ Earlier this year, Air Cdre Al Smith, capability air manoeuvre at the UK's Joint Helicopter Command, said that procurement of the new helicopters was at an early stage. In addition, he indicated t...
by Little J
23 Oct 2018, 16:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324622
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Good luck manning a 3rd though...
by Little J
21 Oct 2018, 17:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 5004
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

With Puma scheduled to go in 2025, could these be a cheeky replacement? I would like to see aw149's (only if built here), but I can see the raf saying "look, we've cut costs by going to a single type"...
by Little J
21 Oct 2018, 17:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324622
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Having googled this earlier (other search engines are available :thumbup:), there's an unwritten rule that no nuke power craft go into New York because a Mayor from the 80's or 90's didn't think it was safe (with such a large population).
by Little J
20 Oct 2018, 06:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324622
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I take it that's the end of Westlant 18? Do we know when the next round of testing will begin (F-35 or other)?
by Little J
19 Oct 2018, 22:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 726
Views: 16756
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Pretty sure I read somewhere that LSAT is an Army thing, that the Marines are being kept informed on. Rather than being something that they will get in on as soon as the army is ready to field (so the 416's should be safe).
by Little J
18 Oct 2018, 23:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10028
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

I love how only a few months ago, x was arguing with y, that the 737 was to big and we should be going for a biz jet based solution. Roll on to the present day, and a is arguing with z, that we should be looking at an A330 :wtf: :angel:
by Little J
16 Oct 2018, 00:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324622
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

They will not be closing on each other, the aircraft will need to be travelling 30-40mph faster (relative to the Carrier) and if the carrier is "underway" at say 20-25 Knots, then I think my figure is more likely to be closer to the mark. So you've just agreed with me??? SRVL @58 Knots, w...
by Little J
15 Oct 2018, 23:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324622
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think that you will find that it is more likely to be double that!!! OK have to admit, I guessed the speed. But I've just watched a simulator demo of it landing SRVL at 58 knots, so if the ship is travelling at say 15 knots, I wasn't that far off the closing speed :D So I still don't think it is ...

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