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by SW1
22 Jan 2020, 20:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4393
Views: 394494
Location: United Kingdom

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

Deploying air power half way round the world without a boat it’s simply not on I tell you, whatever will they think of next...
by SW1
22 Jan 2020, 20:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11066
Views: 1081905
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Alternatively we could of signed up to the UN charter in 1945 that ensured our p5 seat. When neither ICBMs or ssn’s existed...........
by SW1
22 Jan 2020, 20:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24731
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

https://www.c4isrnet.com/air/2020/01/22/the-us-air-force-tested-its-advanced-battle-management-system-heres-what-worked-and-what-didnt/ The first field test of the U.S. Air Force’s experimental Advanced Battle Management System in December was a success, with about 26 out of 28 capabilities showing ...
by SW1
22 Jan 2020, 11:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 970
Views: 107394
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Protector more than able and is capable of being armed.
by SW1
21 Jan 2020, 18:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11066
Views: 1081905
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

inch wrote:So are you proposing selling a carrier a good idea SW1?


Not proposing anything other than cutting our cloth according to the budget the MOD are getting. So as people are not overstretched and we stop get into situation where we are not in control of events.
by SW1
21 Jan 2020, 15:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11066
Views: 1081905
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

You “a aren’t trying hard enough, what a headline it would make ,global Britain strengthens trade and military ties with commonwealth partner India thru the sale of xxxx carrier and will in future allow us to land planes on it when we head out east....... Personal plan requires lots more money, equi...
by SW1
20 Jan 2020, 08:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24731
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

All of course assuming e7 makes it out of sdsr2020
by SW1
15 Jan 2020, 12:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4393
Views: 394494
Location: United Kingdom

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

ALIS to become ODIN change name to change the shame... https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1ZE00D The computer-based logistics system of the F-35 stealth fighter jet made by Lockheed Martin (LMT.N), which has been plagued by delays, will be replaced by another network made by the same comp...
by SW1
09 Jan 2020, 22:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4393
Views: 394494
Location: United Kingdom

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

Singapore to acquire up to 12 F35b for $2.75b dollars

https://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/s ... l-aircraft
by SW1
08 Jan 2020, 12:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

what is the thinking between linkage of Tempest and the Typhoon OSD? Some Tempest coverage has talked about "Typhoon retiring from 2040", but that's not wholly correct is it? Aren't Batch 1 going out of service in the 2020s? The thinking is described by the man in charge https://www.googl...
by SW1
07 Jan 2020, 20:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Is the worry about something too long legged that it’s gonna make it too costly to buy/run? I think really long range ought to be one of things we have pretty high on the wish list and would be sad to see our future fighter have considerably less than PCA unless of course the US do something really...
by SW1
05 Jan 2020, 18:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Tempest will be used in a multitude of roles and have a multitude of capabilities but this should not be used as an excuse to cut. I agree their main task will be national air defence but if you are saying that is all the numbers we need then we no longer have an offensive Air Force capability. It ...
by SW1
05 Jan 2020, 13:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The problem is before 2010 we had what 150 odd typhoons, 70 odd tornadoes and 70 odd harriers in service No we didn’t. Admitingly I may have got my individual aircraft numbers wrong but in 2007 the RAF had around 210 fighters made up of around 75% tornados, add to this the fact the the UK 70 odd ha...
by SW1
05 Jan 2020, 08:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Jake1992 wrote:The problem is before 2010 we had what 150 odd typhoons, 70 odd tornadoes and 70 odd harriers in service


No we didn’t.
by SW1
03 Jan 2020, 19:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

EAP was built to test technology that was primarily new in particular its fly by wire system for statically unstable aircraft. If they could of carried over the bigger fin to typhoon it would been of benefit. Will such a test bed need to be built this time, very much depends on what you need to test...
by SW1
03 Jan 2020, 11:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268823
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Gibraltar? For operating in security along west Africa perhaps or the Caribbean both areas of importance to the UK and seeing a increase in non state belligerents.
by SW1
02 Jan 2020, 15:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

IMO existing/new weapons(Uav wing men) and sensor pods development, integration and support to the existing fleet are more important than an investment in a new manned platform. The priority of a new manned aircraft is more an industrial skill protection than a necessity. That sounds a lot like res...
by SW1
02 Jan 2020, 12:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

But that’s just not going to happen we aren’t going from 3 fast jet stations to 5. Until the question is answered of what you want the future fast jet fleet to do its composition cannot be defined. At the end of the Cold War it was deemed that 7 fast jet sqns were required to provide the QRA require...
by SW1
29 Dec 2019, 16:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11066
Views: 1081905
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

. I have seen how secretive the American's have been over there intellectual property. They are that alright having worked on a couple of a/c projects incorporating their stuff it’s pushed cost up and extending the schedule quite a bit, mind you it’s even worse when were doing it and the final cust...
by SW1
29 Dec 2019, 13:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11066
Views: 1081905
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The Honeywell IPP provides electrical power for main engine start on f35 along with a number of aircraft system functions which they may get excited about. F35 is the military’s first “electrical jet” in this regard and few other functions. It’s not uncommon to have US only “black boxes” on aircraft...
by SW1
24 Dec 2019, 11:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229329
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Dahedd wrote:When was the last time NATO practiced a Reforger exercise? That could be an interesting thing to see.


The 90s?? Something similar planned for next year defender 2020.
by SW1
23 Dec 2019, 21:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229329
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

On 2% of gdp the army can’t afford armoured brigades and strike brigades its one or the other logistics were stretched getting 7 armoured from Kuwait to Basra a mere 100 miles and we’ve done nothing but cut logistics and engineering since. The strike brigade properly configured being more mobile is ...
by SW1
23 Dec 2019, 18:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229329
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

why the caveat. If we are to provide reinforcement to Norway then it better be more than light battlegroup. The reinforcement from the UK to Norway or anywhere else within NATO should be at brigade strength and capable of operating against peer forces in essence a properly constituted strike brigade...
by SW1
22 Dec 2019, 16:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11066
Views: 1081905
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2019/12/22/amid-a-heated-aircraft-carrier-debate-the-us-navy-sees-funding-slashed-for-a-next-generation-fighter/ WASHINGTON – As questions continue to swirl about the vulnerability and reach of aircraft carriers, Congress has gutted funding for the U.S. Navy’s resea...
by SW1
21 Dec 2019, 09:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

This could mean the RAF and FAA Fast Jet fleet stabilising around ten to eleven squadrons over three RAF Stations, and that would mean we would end up purchasing sufficient "Son of Tempest" airframes to re equip the Lossiemouth Wing, say between seventy and eighty planes in total, unless ...

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