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by Tinman
19 Aug 2019, 22:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286336
Location: United Kingdom

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

We will get 138. 100 would be optimal with the spare funds channeled in to extra P8 buys.
by Tinman
19 Aug 2019, 15:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286336
Location: United Kingdom

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

My experience of FJ and RW pilots, crew and ground crew all enjoyed there respective time at sea on GR3-9, it also help to tick the boxes for promotion.
by Tinman
16 Aug 2019, 14:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349459
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I have sent a PM to both mods, but it seems to have “disappeared” so I’ll say it here. We need more mods, because around a half dozen fantasists and a chronic retweeter have ruined this forum. Which at the start was a worthy successor to MP.Net. The fantasists are emotional, I’ve even tried ignorin...
by Tinman
16 Aug 2019, 14:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349459
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

It seems a lot of random deleting has taken place. I offered my services as a moderator back when the site was young, as a then serving member of the Royal Airforce Regiment. From JTAC, JPR Force Protection, to MERT. However I don’t contribute enough. Some could say that would be the perfect type of...
by Tinman
12 Apr 2019, 20:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 480
Views: 44665
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Soldiers aren't assets. Assets have value but are ultimately replaceable. Soldiers are not. But Soldiers are seen as Expendable by HMG / MOD as proven by the lack of kit they are afforded High value assets are battle winning assets. If this is the definition then each and every common garden soldie...
by Tinman
12 Apr 2019, 20:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10265
Views: 801360
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

No SAM’s will be fitted to eithe CVF, other wise the RN would need to justify the T45 at £1 billion a pop.


There are more pressing need to be met before a discussion on arming CVF.
by Tinman
06 Apr 2019, 01:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 13800
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Wish list probably, but there’s hope of hanging a slab off the P8, with a further buy of 6.
by Tinman
03 Apr 2019, 23:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 13800
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Sentinel and GR4 with RAPTOR, were the best recce and targeting assets available to the coalition. The USAF, USN adored ISTAR.
by Tinman
28 Mar 2019, 21:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 13800
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Which other Airforce has had to operate in a non permissive environment regarding, what you think the capabilities of AEW are? Syria is very much a hostile area, parts of Iraq have been recently, all ground based threats and over Syria A2A threats. Just because you don’t know of them does t mean it ...
by Tinman
22 Mar 2019, 21:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 13800
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Hardly like for like when it's going from 6 to 5...and 6 (even without the maintenance issues) was still below what was needed. Considering two were grounded and hanger queens it seems an improvement. 5 will generate one on station, two at a push 24 hours every day if the U.K. requires it. Also Boe...
by Tinman
28 Dec 2018, 19:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I’ve been on the receiving end of accurate rifle fire at 800+ mtrs.
by Tinman
12 Nov 2018, 21:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Wasn’t there a blanket approach for 16AA that all have the pink hat, regardless of (P), company? Or other arduous courses?
by Tinman
09 Nov 2018, 22:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I always carried more, plus link, plus more.

Contacts burn through ammunition, then some. It gets emotional.
by Tinman
09 Nov 2018, 14:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

The lighter the weapon and rounds, the more rounds the infantryman will carry.
by Tinman
21 Oct 2018, 13:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 191
Views: 22609
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

JPR and SF support will be the primary mission for these.
by Tinman
28 Sep 2018, 00:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

No bugger ever puts his head up when on the receiving end of a gympy. The suppression effect of the beaten zone is frightening. If you have ever been in live fire with it in support you respect the fact that there is an ovoid of hell about 5m wide at 300m and increasing by 2 every 100m just in fron...
by Tinman
11 Sep 2018, 20:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

GPMG all the way, like I’ve said previously it wins contacts.

Winning doesn’t always mean killing the enemy, it means you break contact fall back, re- .org then act.

Or it means it has so much suppression of enemy positions you advance into contact.
by Tinman
17 Aug 2018, 10:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

jimthelad wrote:F****ng A! 1x GPMG, 1x Sharpshooter, 2x UGL, and 4 x L85A3 per section with a C G would be great.


Plus G17, I’ll carry the L85a3 please and as much link the general needs.

As it wins contacts.
by Tinman
10 Aug 2018, 11:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549197
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Smaller than a River, the QE with its F-35s could sink them all in an afternoon. LOL, the Type 056 a minor part of the Chinese arsenal, the DF-21/26 could sink the QE in less than an afternoon as RN no defence capability against ballistic missiles, just getting silly. T45 might have something to sa...
by Tinman
07 Aug 2018, 10:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Avro Vulcan
Replies: 68
Views: 9007
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Avro Vulcan

As regards to blackbuck I've always wondered if we had had 2 conventional carriers live CVA1, Gibraltar class (planned but never built) or Eagle & Ark (both servicible and updated) would the argies have tried? if so how much more useful would 26 Buccaneer and 26 Phantom FG1 have been in closing...
by Tinman
10 Jul 2018, 23:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1740
Views: 127957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Ron5 wrote:Harry at the event. Made me laugh. I'm sure he would be the first to admit the uni makes him look a duffus.

prince harry.jpg


Well as one of the many who have worn those mud guards with pride, with different wings may I say you are speaking out of your third lung.
by Tinman
29 Apr 2018, 02:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1740
Views: 127957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I find it remarkable that a bit of inter-force banter about a name gets taken so seriously by some. Chill out, poking fun is a forces tradition, after all. Only one person is taking it seriously! Apparently even daring to utter the word ‘Pathfinder’ (ssssh) is enough to be on the receiving end of a...
by Tinman
29 Mar 2018, 18:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 191
Views: 22609
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Ocean has gone, Ch47 will be role specific. Merlin has been trialed with boom recently in an attempt by RM/RN to generate an off the book JPR capability. Which is to there credit as when the RAF got into the game with the same Merlins and were told by DSF that it’s the requisite of SF. Funny how dur...
by Tinman
23 Feb 2018, 18:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62008
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I like the look of the M27.
by Tinman
09 Feb 2018, 00:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1740
Views: 127957
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/190568/royal-air-force-claims-eurofighter-to-become-%E2%80%98world%E2%80%99s-most-potent-fighter%E2%80%99.html UK Royal Air Force Hails Eurofighter Capability Improvements to Create ‘World’s Most Potent Fighter’ "Gp. Capt. John Cunningha...

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