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by Little J
14 Mar 2019, 15:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 455
Views: 23394
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Jon Hawkes, Associate Director, Jane's Land Warfare Platforms talks to the UK’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme Directors Lee Fellows (Lockheed Martin) and Marcus Bruton (DE&S) about the significantly transformed Warrior IFV, its new capabilities, the experiences of users to date and r...
by Little J
03 Mar 2019, 22:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 180
Views: 12062
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Signed and shared... Don't think it will make a difference though (unfortunately).
by Little J
24 Feb 2019, 14:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9728
Views: 512130
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

What’s the weather like where you are?

Much the same... View isn't quite as good though :D
by Little J
21 Feb 2019, 09:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Panavia Tornado (RAF)
Replies: 195
Views: 13496
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

My first experience of the Tornado was visiting RAF Honnington in 1982 to see the first squadron(s) in their new HAS complex. Mine was open days at BAe Hatfield in the early / mid 80's, my adolescent brain liked them but preferred the Lightning 'coz that was louder :angel: And that it looked a litt...
by Little J
12 Feb 2019, 19:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1217
Views: 48634
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Bit of info from Janes
by Little J
11 Feb 2019, 15:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9728
Views: 512130
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Very nice photo of French carrier CDG. It carries 30 Raffle M, 2 E2C, 1 NH90 and 1 Dauphin. And I think it is very much crowded. Even if half of them can be stored in the hangar, deck handling will be complicated. HMS QNLZ will carry 24 F35B and 12-15 Merlin, with a few Wildcat, I guess. Thanks to ...
by Little J
10 Feb 2019, 16:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Panavia Tornado (RAF)
Replies: 195
Views: 13496
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Someone needs to do a low level send off... I'm talking as low as TFR can go.
by Little J
07 Feb 2019, 11:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Phalanx
Replies: 65
Views: 5007
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Phalanx

SKB wrote:Image


Kind of reminds me of the Terminator production line in the film :thumbup:
by Little J
01 Feb 2019, 19:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 808
Views: 34249
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Isn't it a new bullet design (not the one in the SPC)?

To be honest, from the small bits I've seen online, I think 556 and 762 will still be standard for a long time to come.
by Little J
31 Jan 2019, 19:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)
Replies: 894
Views: 44992
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

So does that turn it into a mini JSTARS? It was actually Boeings proposal to replace JSTARS in the US (last I heard the USAF now want to use satellite's). ...together with the possible E-7 buy could give us a ISTAR fleet with a basically common airframe down the line. That has been one of the argum...
by Little J
31 Jan 2019, 18:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)
Replies: 894
Views: 44992
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

In standard trim there shouldn't be any major need to operate overland.
But that goes well out of the window if they get any of Raytheon's Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) radar.
by Little J
30 Jan 2019, 23:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Gloster Meteor (1944-1965) (RAF)
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Gloster Meteor (1944-1965) (RAF)

Isn't Martin Baker still using a Meteor for ejection seat testing?
by Little J
30 Jan 2019, 19:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3669
Views: 154382
Location: United Kingdom

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

I thought the Yanks wanted a design that was already in the water (and proven)? Why the change?

Not that I wouldn't want t26 to win this...
by Little J
28 Jan 2019, 19:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1339
Views: 59835
Location: United Kingdom

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

I'll put this here (because I'm not really sure where to put it :lol: )
Not suited to a CR2 upgrade, but looking to the future - a CR2 replacement...

by Little J
21 Jan 2019, 14:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1339
Views: 59835
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: 9728
Views: 512130
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: 3640
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: 3640
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: 3640
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: 808
Views: 34249
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: 9728
Views: 512130
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: 808
Views: 34249
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: 3669
Views: 154382
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: 9728
Views: 512130
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: 4049
Views: 157359
Location: United Kingdom

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

Sunday Express had same article... Some times I think they share reporters :roll:

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