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by Little J
21 Jan 2019, 14:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1257
Views: 40470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Is it slightly concerning that both upgrade teams are now working as one... Or do I need to take my tin foil hat off :think:
by Little J
13 Jan 2019, 22:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Think that you'll be left a little bit disappointed come the day...
by Little J
31 Dec 2018, 15:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 2065
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

As has been said before, AW139 or 149 would have been a better option for AAC.

Maybe even NH90 (still probably an option to replace Puma if the bugs get fixed).
by Little J
28 Dec 2018, 11:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 2065
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Are AgustaWestland (sorry but Leonardo is a silly name) doing anything for Merlin/Puma replacement? Haven't heard anything - or from Airbus... Would think we'd have to get in with the Septic's otherwise. Plus, I always thought that if Sikorsky did an ASW version of the S-97 Raider, that would kill W...
by Little J
27 Dec 2018, 11:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 2065
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Preferred the original Sikorsky-Boeing concept, it was aw139/189 sized. The SB1 is bloody massive for what it carries.
by Little J
27 Dec 2018, 00:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 770
Views: 24141
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Is the US Army pushing for a new high-powered 6.Xmm caliber with their new NGSAR program?

Https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/201 ... num-round/
by Little J
24 Dec 2018, 09:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Or build a third QE, then buy all the Dave B's we said we would (and give them all to the FAA), buy 2 LHD's to replace Ocean. Build a decent number of t26's, some more t45's and make the t31 what it should be... Oh and get some Dave A's to shut the RAF up :D But, May and her useless colleagues have ...
by Little J
20 Dec 2018, 15:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 770
Views: 24141
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I said before that the Desert Tech MDR (in its early concept guise) could be a good replacement for the SA80, turns out its been modelled on the A1's reliability and build quality :silent: :wtf:



Maybe they need to hand it over to HK to get a version that works :lol:
by Little J
13 Dec 2018, 05:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3568
Views: 112660
Location: United Kingdom

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

A new crane is to be built across 14 & 15 docks at Pompey!
https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defen ... -1-8738012

I believe that there is one in Scotland that's for sale, only used to build a couple of things so is like new :D
by Little J
12 Dec 2018, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I am still worried the Queen Elizabeth is too naked against hostile action. If you are only having Phalanx as the active means of defence fit four and ideally make two Sea RAM. Other nations and commentators cannot understand our way or thinking and how we think our most valuable surface units shou...
by Little J
09 Dec 2018, 23:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115416
Location: United Kingdom

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

Sunday Express had same article... Some times I think they share reporters :roll:
by Little J
08 Dec 2018, 00:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Has the SRVL been performed on U.S.N ships by the F35B,s Don't think they have the space on LHD's, but if the Marines ever visit their F-35C colleague's on a CV it could be an option. BTW, does anyone else think it's funny that we're taking the most expensive vertical takeoff and landing aircraft a...
by Little J
06 Dec 2018, 22:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 592
Views: 18791
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Digger22 wrote:I thought the Orions were the first 'Super Dreadnoughts'

HMS Orion. I like that a lot.

Shoot for the stars and all that........


Not so sure, makes me think the next one would be HMS Sierra :eh:
by Little J
05 Dec 2018, 16:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

To go with the above...
by Little J
01 Dec 2018, 15:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

No nation that is considering being a f35 only fleet is solely buying the b model they have all split there buys with the A. Each variant has there advantages and disadvantages the B being it’s flexibility in basing. The A maybe better at qra, more persistence and better performance with 4 amraam, ...
by Little J
29 Nov 2018, 11:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115416
Location: United Kingdom

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

:thumbup:
by Little J
25 Nov 2018, 20:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3568
Views: 112660
Location: United Kingdom

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

Essex :mrgreen:
by Little J
24 Nov 2018, 19:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115416
Location: United Kingdom

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

First time I've heard that... I have heard that it's more draggy though.
by Little J
24 Nov 2018, 07:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115416
Location: United Kingdom

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

Little J wrote: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...

Posted 1st November...
by Little J
22 Nov 2018, 14:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle
Replies: 127
Views: 9726
Location: United Kingdom

Re: L85A1/A2/A3 - SA80 Assault Rifle

Next upgrade will be to replace the TMH with one that has Tavor / MDR style controls, then Trigger's broom will be complete :D
by Little J
19 Nov 2018, 15:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115416
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: 9204
Views: 383858
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: 375
Views: 16171
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: 3949
Views: 115416
Location: United Kingdom

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

If it was 17 on top of the 48, that would be worth an announcement...

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