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by SW1
20 Apr 2021, 12:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 231
Views: 91544
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-20/u-k-reaches-2-billion-deal-to-buy-boeing-s-chinook-helicopters?sref=IYQ5mP1s The letter serves as “acknowledgment that the UKG wishes to extend its Chinook Vertical Heavy Lift capability by proceeding with the acquisition of quantity fourteen (14) n...
by SW1
19 Apr 2021, 12:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 312
Views: 106737
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2021/04/airbus-a400m-conducts-major-helicopter-refuelling-certification-campaign.html The campaign took place in day and night conditions over the west coast of France at between 1,000 ft and 10,000 ft and flight speeds as low as 105 knots. During th...
by SW1
17 Apr 2021, 18:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12984
Views: 3096974
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The main dock at Harland and Wolff Belfast is 550m long the second dock 350m.
by SW1
15 Apr 2021, 19:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12984
Views: 3096974
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

This will bring a flood of comments https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14651188/navys-hms-queen-elizabeth-leak/ THE Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier has sprung a leak — just weeks before she sets off on her maiden round-the-world voyage. Thousands of gallons of salt water flooded the 65,000-ton HMS Queen...
by SW1
15 Apr 2021, 18:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

by SW1
13 Apr 2021, 18:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 34494
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

https://www.janes.com/amp/leonardo-to-unveil-uk-new-medium-helicopter-demonstrator/ZnlJK3dHVU9mZ28xajRJVkc5dVI5VFp1cVMwPQ2?__twitter_impression=true Leonardo is to unveil a demonstrator helicopter at its Yeovil plant in Somerset in May to spearhead its bid to win the UK’s recently announced New Medi...
by SW1
08 Apr 2021, 10:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576554
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://teamtempest.podbean.com/e/episode-2-–-check-information-advantage/ With the title ‘Global Britain in a Competitive Age’, the Integrated Review has been described as the most radical assessment of the UK’s place in the world since the end of the Cold War and reveals a seismic shift in emphasi...
by SW1
08 Apr 2021, 10:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I’d be hoping that the mrvp program is more future variants of foxhound and jackal.
by SW1
07 Apr 2021, 13:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A321 (RAF)
Replies: 34
Views: 4361
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A321 (RAF)

Taking the foreign secretary out it would appear

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fore ... ooperation
by SW1
07 Apr 2021, 11:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1846
Views: 439595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Only heavy and light; where did Medium disappear to? Or did we get Medium-heavy and Light-medium

It’s a gd question about medium. The mantra for its need over the last 20 years has been around its deployability advantage. I guess though when the vehicles you ordered for it are now all touching the scales at around 40 tonnes you can only describe them as heavy. The strike concept I’ve read remai...
by SW1
06 Apr 2021, 13:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1187
Views: 275585
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)

Littoral strike ship going from strength to strength

by SW1
05 Apr 2021, 15:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 292
Views: 86619
Location: United Kingdom

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

Dahedd wrote:Is this the Zephyr program with a different name or something new ?





To operate we'd apparently be best to have a base on the equator. Suggestions ?


Zephyr is an airbus program based out of farnbrough.

This is a bae systems program with a similar concept.
by SW1
05 Apr 2021, 12:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2177
Views: 526117
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Not sure it’s as much of an issue as is implied in the question. From open source information you can work out a rough enough figure of what’s going one these a couple of years old but gd enough Fleet dispositions https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment...
by SW1
05 Apr 2021, 12:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2177
Views: 526117
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Not sure it’s as much of an issue as is implied in the question. From open source information you can work out a rough enough figure of what’s going one these a couple of years old but gd enough Fleet dispositions https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_...
by SW1
04 Apr 2021, 11:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)
Replies: 430
Views: 134309
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)

It doesn’t sell that well. The same qualities that the RN appreciates (in having a work horse for the middle of the Atlantic, in most weathers) has found quite a few customers in niche roles: CSAR, SAR... Could it be a variant of the new European Future Medium Rotorcraft programme that has just got...
by SW1
03 Apr 2021, 22:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)
Replies: 430
Views: 134309
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)

I'd like to think given how effective the Merlin is that they would realise the benefit of keeping production going. Just look at how old the Chinook is for example. I’m afraid that’s the problem the RN like it in the asw role but no one else does. It’s generally regarded as large overly complex an...
by SW1
03 Apr 2021, 17:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)
Replies: 430
Views: 134309
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)

I don’t think your wrong serge750 I think what your beginning to see is reasoning for why Merlin will be replaced by a smaller rotorcraft.
by SW1
03 Apr 2021, 17:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 440
Views: 146273
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I’m actually a little surprised there is so much interest in the pusher prop configuration in battlefield helicopters. There has always been a design requirement in battlefield helicopters to ensure the tail rotor was as high off the ground as possible for tail strike/ uneven surface landings ect. ...
by SW1
03 Apr 2021, 10:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 440
Views: 146273
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I’m actually a little surprised there is so much interest in the pusher prop configuration in battlefield helicopters. There has always been a design requirement in battlefield helicopters to ensure the tail rotor was as high off the ground as possible for tail strike/ uneven surface landings ect.
by SW1
03 Apr 2021, 10:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2177
Views: 526117
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

If your looking at deliveries in the early 2030s they would be expecting to see the early examples of the manned aircraft element out of the tempest program arriving in that time frame.
by SW1
03 Apr 2021, 09:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 499
Views: 157274
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

To a certain extent yes but then they’ve using lots of javelins which are expensive too. I think if your looking at lighter forces being used in more urban areas or areas were there is mixing with civilians the need for precision will increase also. It’s likely the light forces may operate over long...
by SW1
02 Apr 2021, 12:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 499
Views: 157274
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

With new mlrs and hopefully new 155 guns for the heavy units perhaps its worth asking is 105mm guns what the lighter forces require for the roles they going to be doing. As mentioned with acc on another thread is it perhaps time they looked to loitering munitions for the future.
by SW1
01 Apr 2021, 20:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 34494
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

the working assumption was that merlin asw and aew would be replaced with unmanned systems Ohh, well for the latter we can modify a weather balloon to be tethered and carry enough of payload ... but for the former :?: Perhaps along these lines https://www.naval-technology.com/features/fire-scout-asw/
by SW1
01 Apr 2021, 19:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 34494
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

going now to make way for AW-149 will help keep Yeovil going until Merlin replacement around 2035 That would look like a straigth, well arranged time line. BUT - can a medium helo do the Merlin ASW job - it is easier to do the AEW, roll on & off job, especially if there will be a rear ramp (hig...

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