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by NickC
18 Oct 2020, 11:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 344996
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

According to DES: The radar development programme, negotiated by DE&S’ Typhoon delivery team, will see hundreds of highly skilled jobs sustained across the UK. In addition to the 600 jobs at Leonardo’s Edinburgh’s site, there are a further 100 at Leonardo’s Luton site, 120 at BAE Systems’ site ...
by NickC
17 Oct 2020, 14:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 344996
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

unknown if any or what percentage of work will be Italian. It will probably nearly all the work of Leonardo (UK), which are the Radar specialists. Expect you are right, but unless you have inside knowledge its an educated guess, have Leonardo allocated certain work packages to Italy at one of their...
by NickC
16 Oct 2020, 10:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 344996
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Italy's state controlled Leonardo group, CEO Alessandro Profumo has been found guilty of fraud and given six year jail sentence and fine of €2.5 million, but will keep his job as CEO of Leonardo, appeal that will take years. Found guilty of fraud in previous role as CEO of Banca Monte dei Paschi di ...
by NickC
15 Oct 2020, 08:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 779406
Location: United Kingdom

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

but it does thru into doubt the recent talk of ~$80 No it doesn't Mr Hater. Reading the SavetheRoyalNavy 300+ posts this morning on T31 and saw the comment by 'X' on your posts, "Now I have finished laughing at you pomposity and stupidity" and "You really are an idiot. Why don’t you ...
by NickC
13 Oct 2020, 14:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6663
Views: 920280
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Max speed stated as 26.1 knots, not 30 knots[/b] (Might be 100% MCR vs 80% MCR?) I wouldnt read too much into that really......BAEs own website lists T45 @ 27kts and T26 at +26kts.....and gets their displacement figures wrong too. Its all probably a bit of deliberate misinformation to try to hide t...
by NickC
12 Oct 2020, 11:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6663
Views: 920280
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

T31 max speed 26.1 knots and range ~7,000 nm whereas IH max speed 29.3 knots and range ~9,300 nm. As both ships have the same hull and engine power plus T31 lighter the reduced speed of T31 assumed to be due to different propellers? If the T31 shorter range confirmed will be due to reduced fuel tank...
by NickC
09 Oct 2020, 18:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6663
Views: 920280
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

https://www.baesystems.com/en/article/bae-systems-awarded-naval-guns-contract-for-uks-type-31-frigate-program BAE Systems awarded naval guns contract for U.K.’s Type 31 frigate program https://www.baesystems.com/en/download-en/multimediaimage/webImage/20201001153841/1434656924264.jpg BAE Systems wi...
by NickC
06 Oct 2020, 14:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 779406
Location: United Kingdom

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

Report released on crash of a USAF F-35A tail number 12-005053 19th May 2020, reason given tired pilot and a previously unknown flight control logic glitch. What also surprised me besides the glitch was the USAF valued the a/c at $176 million way higher then any figure seen for F-35A, early lot buil...
by NickC
06 Oct 2020, 13:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Radar/lasers performance and the physics constraints. Looking at Danish Weibel who are in small minority of companies who specialize in CW radars, another is Blighter Surveillance Systems of Cambridge, the Weibel MFSR-2100/36 is a low power 240/60W, X-band FMCW-CW/ FCW-CW radar, of interest was they...
by NickC
05 Oct 2020, 18:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

At least at sea, looks like 'sensors over weapons' as the range does no good w/o detection & targeting AKA the Indians don't have Merlin. But the Indian Navy in May placed contract with Sikorsky for 21 new MH-60Rs, plus 3 ex USN MU-60R for delivery this year, Sikorsky state “India’s selection o...
by NickC
05 Oct 2020, 14:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

India yesterday successfully tested its long range Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) with its LWT payload, the test objectives included missile flight up to the range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, release of torpedo and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism, VR...
by NickC
03 Oct 2020, 10:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 779406
Location: United Kingdom

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

Thx to pointer from post by ARES on Tempest, with ref to the Northrop Grumman video on the F-35 radar APG-81. The capability of the F-35 radar to search, target and launch long range AShMs, eg SPEAR 3, or pass targeting info to RN frigates/destroyers for ship to launch AShM, eg NSM, if ever funded, ...
by NickC
02 Oct 2020, 12:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

FWIW a one minute Youtube video showing the Chinese advanced computer controlled tooling used in shipyard able to produce variable shaped hull plates for the Type 055 cruiser, plate looks approx 20mm thick? so substantial press pressure/power required to shape the steel, giving ability to designers ...
by NickC
30 Sep 2020, 14:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

my point is more that NATO Europe should replaces the escort only SNMG-1/2 with a LRG 1/2 Amphibious operations, in the main, include accessing hostile or potentially hostile shores ..., with more or less persistence to enhance the joint commander's freedom of action - I can see the case for such o...
by NickC
30 Sep 2020, 10:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 779406
Location: United Kingdom

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

Worth noting an F-35B can carry, off a 450 foot launch from the QE: - Full internal fuel - 4x 1000lb bombs - 2x AMRAAM - Full Expendibles - Targeting Pod/EWAR (Fuselage) And perform a 550nm radius combat mission, drop only two bombs, and then lug the rest back and perform a vertical landing. (So th...
by NickC
29 Sep 2020, 10:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

ArmChairCivvy wrote:
NickC wrote:From <https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2020/09/14/army-to-award-contract-for-gps-alternative-by-end-of-september/>


So ;) , where does that leave everybody else?


Up the khyber :(
by NickC
28 Sep 2020, 16:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

faking can be much more than 60km. NATO exercises had to cope with it all the way to the Alta Fjord; where the emitting Russian assets where located was never disclosed; hence no range estimate derived ( in public domain) from there Increasingly gaining the impression that its doubtful GPS will not...
by NickC
28 Sep 2020, 13:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

@ ArnChairCiviy - Forgot to mention North Korea in the past has jammed GPS from large swathes of South Korea, so GPS faking can be much more than 60km.
by NickC
28 Sep 2020, 13:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

There are studies and attempts at using other satellite signals along with [ the militarily hardened] GPS to increase resolution and resilience. The NickC bit I read as triangulation results being fed in from afar, so as to annul GPS faking (which can only be done for a limited area... like moving ...
by NickC
28 Sep 2020, 09:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Another question on operational viability of long range AShM that rely partially or totally on GPS for guidance eg Harpoon & NSM US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, MARAD, issued a renewed advisory 2020-016 dd.22/09/2020 to the maritime industry of multiple instances of GPS ...
by NickC
27 Sep 2020, 11:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

the [US]Navy will potentially be adding more capabilities to support the F-35 acting as a spotter for shipboard interceptor missiles targeting enemy aircraft, anti-ship missiles A mig-31 flying at a high altitude and releasing a Zircon with Mach 3 at launch ... sort of invalidates the 'shoot the ar...
by NickC
26 Sep 2020, 11:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12328
Views: 1599190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

An update on earlier posts on need for the near instantaneous targeting info required to make ship launched long range AShM an operationally viable weapon system. A comment in a piece by Arstechnica on F-35 upgrades "And the [US]Navy will potentially be adding more capabilities to support the F...
by NickC
18 Sep 2020, 19:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2162
Views: 374611
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

If you read the announcement carefully, the US has flown a full size model aircraft, hardly the same as what anyone would view as a prototype. 95% Trump inspired hype, he's got all the services announcing all kinds of fantasy crap as if it were real. Airforce Magazine, "Roper Reveals NGAD Has ...
by NickC
18 Sep 2020, 15:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2162
Views: 374611
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

So question could Tempest IOC be much earlier than 2035 which have seen mentioned and as the priority programme come at the cost of funding 138 UK F-35 as mentioned above with suggested numbers cut by half in the current Defence Review. If the US is claiming to be heading down the route of new figh...

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