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by SW1
01 Aug 2020, 20:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2002
Views: 273307
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/airbus-demos-remote-carrier-loyal-wingman-connectivity-with-eurofighters-and-tornados The event during the Luftwaffe’s Timber Express exercise over northern Germany and the North Sea, announced by the company on 30 July, saw national Eurofighter and Pan...
by SW1
01 Aug 2020, 10:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

If it’s agreed at the start you can offer an engine option or major systems/like a radar option on an airframe. If your pragmatic on requirements and tech readiness/selection you can do it yourself as Sweden has proven. You probably get the best trade off with a two country program. Offering any cou...
by SW1
31 Jul 2020, 22:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

serge750 wrote:I do like the wing on the CGI !! better looking than a normal delta wing, would it be called a cranked delta wing ?


A cranked delta would be more a bend along the leading edge like a saab draken. The planform shown would probably best described as a lambda planform.
by SW1
31 Jul 2020, 15:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

by SW1
29 Jul 2020, 21:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 178
Views: 147946
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Lucky we don’t need it anymore

by SW1
29 Jul 2020, 12:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 134
Views: 35100
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/british-army-upgrades-its-foxhound-armoured-vehicles.html/amp?__twitter_impression=true The British Army has begun upgrading Foxhound armoured vehicles in the run-up to the deployment of its troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “8 Parachute Field Company are the first...
by SW1
27 Jul 2020, 10:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 619980
Location: United Kingdom

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

Interesting infographic. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ed3kQq_WoAI_V1W?format=jpg&name=large And about as reliable as this one "The ASCOD SV programme is British to its bootstraps, delivering a Military off the Shelf vehicle with British design by British engineers to the British Army while ...
by SW1
23 Jul 2020, 22:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2002
Views: 273307
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

You have what the sdsr20 has to decide based on the budget options available Put your money where your mouth is and launch a full new aircraft development program Or Go for a full upgrade along the lines outlined “ We have done a lot of technical definition work with the customers, giving them a ran...
by SW1
22 Jul 2020, 22:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SKB wrote:When do we get a Tempest/London Buses/Houses of Parliament comparison video?! :mrgreen:


When the government has the swingers to commit to a production contract.
by SW1
22 Jul 2020, 10:27
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 619980
Location: United Kingdom

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

https://aviationweek.com/ad-week/rising-pressures-cloud-optimistic-f-35-sales-outlook The U.S.-led F-35 Joint Program Office declared in 2009 that total sales of the F-35 could reach 6,000, but more than a decade later government and Lockheed officials prefer to size the global market at around 4,00...
by SW1
21 Jul 2020, 19:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2002
Views: 273307
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2020-07-21/typhoons-e-scan-radar-introduction-months-away Flight trials began on July 8, 2016, using IPA5 and, from September 2016, IPA8—a German Tranche 3 Eurofighter. From December 23, 2019, the two aircraft were joined by the first Typhoon in Kuwait...
by SW1
21 Jul 2020, 14:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2898
Views: 364551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

or the army That is an option, and a globally deployable “Strike Brigade” or whatever it’s called after the next SDSR is a must. To rely totally on allies would be a step too far. It would need enough RFAs and Points as part of a restructured Army Logistics Corps however to make it at all credible....
by SW1
21 Jul 2020, 12:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2898
Views: 364551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The word “Vanguard” normally means advance party - there needs to be something that follows up But is that follow up force not something that an alliance member provides or the army something able to operate against a Russia type force. The advance party provides intelligence, reconnaissance, long ...
by SW1
21 Jul 2020, 11:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2898
Views: 364551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

jedibeeftrix wrote:3Cdo might be whittled down to:
1. Special Duties
2. 42 - Maritime Operations Specialists
3. 40 - 3x Vanguard companies
4. 45 - 3x Vanguard companies


Think this maybe is what’s most needed in the future
by SW1
20 Jul 2020, 20:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 14
Views: 583
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

And yet space x can get a space rocket to land on a small floating pad and we have quite a large one by comparison.
by SW1
20 Jul 2020, 14:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2002
Views: 273307
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

https://www.ainonline.com/sponsored-content/air-transport/2020-07-17/leonardo-continues-embrace-partnerships-deliver-exciting-new-technologies-and-capabilities Leonardo’s involvement in Typhoon has been central and extensive over decades, spanning from airframe to sensors and systems. As for a few e...
by SW1
20 Jul 2020, 12:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2898
Views: 364551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2020/july/20/200720-vanguard-strike-company A select group of commandos will form a new Vanguard Strike Company to shape how the Royal Marines Commandos of the future will operate around the globe. These trailblazers will have access to game...
by SW1
20 Jul 2020, 12:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://www.baesystems.com/en/article/future-combat-air-continues-to-drive-economic-advance-across-the-uk The companies involved include Bombardier Belfast, Collins Aerospace in the UK, GE Aviation UK, GKN Aerospace, Martin-Baker, QinetiQ, and Thales UK. This is the first phase of organisations to s...
by SW1
20 Jul 2020, 09:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

by SW1
20 Jul 2020, 08:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.ft.com/content/f654250d-9af1-4c23-9183-b83f9add107a Sweden’s leading defence contractor will this week announce plans to invest an initial £50m in the UK to develop technology for future combat air systems. Saab’s investment comes as Ben Wallace, defence secretary,...
by SW1
19 Jul 2020, 13:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 619980
Location: United Kingdom

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

Timmymagic wrote:Typhoon in full A2A configuration has 4 Meteor and 4 Asraam


That is the baseline standard air defence layout not the full one and you can add in the important but often overlooked gun.
by SW1
18 Jul 2020, 10:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Or are they planning a change to the method of refuelling...
by SW1
18 Jul 2020, 08:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2898
Views: 364551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Repulse wrote:True, but a minimum amount is better than nothing (even though there are no rules to stop things like pensions being included).


I believe there is NATO guidance to what can be included and I think the US also includes pensions
by SW1
17 Jul 2020, 22:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Pseudo wrote:Fair point. I hope they don't make any massive changes to the basic design because I really love the look of that plane.


If they do, do it I hope they have the were with all to go all in with eyes wide open of what is needed because it really is last chance saloon.
by SW1
17 Jul 2020, 21:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 293868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Interactive 3D https://www.raf.mod.uk/what-we-do/team-tempest/tempest/ Is it just me or do the weapons bays not look particularly big? I wouldn’t read a whole lot into the graphical representations of such things at this stage. Oh, yeah. The whole thing might end up looking a lot different, just ma...

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