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by SW1
23 Jan 2021, 14:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

everyone focuses on moving an infantry section. However a "medium" lift helicopter would need to lift more. things like Light gun and its eventual replacement again into confined spaces. In belize when i was there we had a 4 aircraft puma flight. They tried using Lynx then got Bell 212 on...
by SW1
22 Jan 2021, 15:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

Hi, Excuse my ignorance for the crap suggestion ? but could we not except a limited capability for a few years until a common replacement for the merlins etc by buying more wildcats which would keep yeovil open, no differing logistical supply line, its not in the same league as puma but if we could...
by SW1
22 Jan 2021, 12:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

There is rumours of army looking to replace gazelle with h145m. You could potientially live with a compromise around that platform but you’d need to look at where and who is using Puma at present. Airbus helicopter have facilities at Oxford and Aberdeen. However if you potentially read some tea leav...
by SW1
21 Jan 2021, 18:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

Nothing is going to be off the shelf for 20 years service. Most aircraft are designed for 25 year service life. The 20 years service life is a reference to the original Tony Robinson tweet that comes before the two you posted. Folding rotor blades (powered or not) seem fairly essential if you're se...
by SW1
21 Jan 2021, 17:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

For military use https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EsQ3HRwXAAEJx_m?format=jpg&name=large take away 6 seats, just to get troops out thru the door Luckily it does not have a ramp (the one on NH90 was too weak for the troops+bergens to rush over it) Configuration would likely be 10 seats up the middle 5...
by SW1
21 Jan 2021, 17:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

I’m not sure your point. If they’re talking of offering it they will offer a configuration they believe meets the requirement. Which will surely add cost for such a small order. I was replying to your suggestion that a Puma replacement would prioritise compactness and ease of transportation over pa...
by SW1
21 Jan 2021, 17:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

Seems a slightly modest and cramped (see below) option considering they have: NH90, Super Puma and even the much larger Super Cougar for sale, though perhaps this is a production line they're willing to give up (it's produced in China as the Avicopter AC352): Because the puma requirements isn’t bas...
by SW1
21 Jan 2021, 17:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

by SW1
21 Jan 2021, 16:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

Seems a slightly modest and cramped (see below) option considering they have: NH90, Super Puma and even the much larger Super Cougar for sale, though perhaps this is a production line they're willing to give up (it's produced in China as the Avicopter AC352): Because the puma requirements isn’t bas...
by SW1
21 Jan 2021, 08:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

“From the mid-2030s to 2040 there is definitely a UK requirement on two fronts,” May be the quotes have been picked 'at random' for a fixed length article, but sounds like: - Merlins will be life-extended - and will serve on land *de ja vu* and from ships until 2040 Shaping to be an important year,...
by SW1
20 Jan 2021, 22:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 225
Views: 78789
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/uk-eyes-wide-ranging-chinook-replacement/142042.article The UK may replace all of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) current 60-strong fleet of Boeing CH-47 Chinooks with new-build examples to enable the operation of the tandem-rotor type well into the future. London ...
by SW1
20 Jan 2021, 22:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 74
Views: 5540
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopters/uk-keeps-options-open-for-puma-replacement-but-deadline-will-be-too-early-for-fvl/142048.article The UK is unlikely to replace its fleet of Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2s with a high-speed platform from the USA’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme due to timi...
by SW1
19 Jan 2021, 15:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 310
Views: 91978
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

by SW1
19 Jan 2021, 08:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 192
Views: 70066
Location: United Kingdom

Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

https://www.flightglobal.com/military-uavs/ga-asi-leonardo-to-work-on-seaspray-integration-with-mq-9b/142014.article General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) will integrate the Leonardo Seaspray radar into the MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned air vehicle’s (UAV) centreline radar pod, and the UAV make...
by SW1
17 Jan 2021, 11:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384748
Location: United Kingdom

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

In very much the same way the RN acquired type 31 or the Australians type 26. We may chose different modifications at a different time, like a different communication system, perhaps a different defensive aid system or different add on armour packages. You want something different you ask the suppl...
by SW1
17 Jan 2021, 09:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384748
Location: United Kingdom

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

As long as we are allowed the IP to modify and design/Integrate future systems in the UK. Why would we need that? If we’re just going to license build German kit, we’ll just take their upgrades as well. In very much the same way the RN acquired type 31 or the Australians type 26. We may chose diffe...
by SW1
17 Jan 2021, 00:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384748
Location: United Kingdom

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

The makers on one of best and most successful main battle tanks in the world is currently setting up a major production facility in the UK to build boxer. Suggestions here seem to be going out of the way to conjure up tie ups with every one but the one that’s staring us in the face. Long term indus...
by SW1
16 Jan 2021, 22:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384748
Location: United Kingdom

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

The makers on one of best and most successful main battle tanks in the world is currently setting up a major production facility in the UK to build boxer. Suggestions here seem to be going out of the way to conjure up tie ups with every one but the one that’s staring us in the face. Long term indust...
by SW1
15 Jan 2021, 12:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 270
Views: 78994
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

If Boeing wishes to open a design and manufacturing facility for wing or fuselages U.K. in the U.K. it can compete for VIP aircraft purchases if it doesn’t we can put a 300% tariff on any price they give. Don’t know why we would prop up aligning foreign manufacturers that actively attempt to destro...
by SW1
15 Jan 2021, 11:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384748
Location: United Kingdom

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

Setting arbitrary work share arrangements leads to subject matter experts from various places being overlooked and issues arising dwn the line. You should let the company designing the product choose the suppliers with a free hand as much as practicable in defence project. If the past year has taugh...
by SW1
15 Jan 2021, 10:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 270
Views: 78994
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

If Boeing wishes to open a design and manufacturing facility for wing or fuselages U.K. in the U.K. it can compete for VIP aircraft purchases if it doesn’t we can put a 300% tariff on any price they give. Don’t know why we would prop up aligning foreign manufacturers that actively attempt to destroy...
by SW1
15 Jan 2021, 09:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 270
Views: 78994
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Jensy wrote:Would be curious why, considering no one had built an E-7 in a decade, we didn't chose to enjoy commonality with our fairly modest fleets of both? Perhaps even for a VVIP BAE 146 replacement down the line.


I wouldn’t be buying Boeing period and certainly not for the 146 vip replacement.
by SW1
14 Jan 2021, 18:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 270
Views: 78994
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Probably using 2nd hand airframes because Boeing hasn’t sent a 737-700 down a production line in donkeys. But the problem with second hand aircraft is they will arrive with different mod standards on the airframe. Something the RAF is not fond off and in programs past has result in delays and increa...
by SW1
12 Jan 2021, 22:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)
Replies: 65
Views: 22921
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)

I guess were it maybe of benefit is if your flying in airborne forces from much further back to take an objective to support a fwd deployed force. Or if more geared toward special forces. Mind you if your load is around 100 paratroopers then a400m will reach out a couple of thousand nautical miles. ...
by SW1
12 Jan 2021, 22:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1961
Views: 384748
Location: United Kingdom

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

A long term road map and development/assembly for the U.K. heavy armour forces based on collaboration with Rheinmetall at Telford would seem a sensible move.

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