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by bobp
13 Nov 2019, 17:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103958
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Jake1992 wrote:Wasn’t it meant to be a new design repair and recovery variant ?


Armoured 120mm Mortar Carrier perhaps?
by bobp
12 Nov 2019, 19:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146416
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Surely these would have to be new build AC as the ECR version is supposed to be a 2 seater. So plumbing in new wing fuel positions would be possible.
by bobp
12 Nov 2019, 08:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Don't forget a lot of testing has been done on land regarding take of weights, but there is nothing like the real thing.
by bobp
07 Nov 2019, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:I think there are some Civies still on board but not sure what they are up to. Also, PWLS AIS has been off for over 8 hours...wonder where she has gone!


Hopefully on her way to Portsmouth soon.
by bobp
06 Nov 2019, 17:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

And I remember something about a short term fix for internal cracks of the main structure frame or something did they come up with a final fix? The F35B had to be taken out of fatigue testing, because the airframe had so many cracks in it, it wasn't worth continuing. In other words it did not quite...
by bobp
06 Nov 2019, 16:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

As I understand from previous posts when PWLS left Rosyth there was quite a lot of work needed to be completed, and so when she set sail she had a lot of civilian workers on board. Has there been any updates on that work.
by bobp
06 Nov 2019, 12:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103958
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I am assuming that 2.8bn covers tools, test equipment, training and all the necessary production jigs for its manufacture in this country. Then no doubt there is VAT to be paid, and a package of spare parts, and materials.
by bobp
05 Nov 2019, 22:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103958
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Hope to see a variety of modules such as mortar carrier, ambulance, 40mm turret, etc . Also some ATGW such as Javelin mounted on the RWS.
by bobp
03 Nov 2019, 16:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

UK to get 17 F35b in the next block buy....
https://www.janes.com/article/92311/uk- ... -block-buy

Slowly getting there
by bobp
01 Nov 2019, 22:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

Some interesting little nuggets can be found here the preceding parts are not really to important in regards to the UK but does give an overall indication on what is required in the way of enablers to increase the effectiveness of long range fighter aircraft, part 5 starts with the B just waiting o...
by bobp
30 Oct 2019, 16:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1343
Views: 103958
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Boxer moving towards main gate decision but will Brexit/General Election delay it

https://www.defensenews.com/global/euro ... -scrutiny/
by bobp
30 Oct 2019, 16:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 952
Views: 87758
Location: United Kingdom

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

BBC reporting first P8 delivered to RAF



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... d-50233941
by bobp
29 Oct 2019, 22:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

That Super Stallion needs a decent paint job.
by bobp
26 Oct 2019, 22:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

mr.fred wrote:Quite why you’d want to launch a medium range missile while pulling severe negative g is another question.


This was in my mind also, it seems like a very dangerous thing to launch whilst flying inverted, especially as the motor ignites after separation.
by bobp
26 Oct 2019, 09:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Whether the 5,000 psi is enough for a safe launch during hard manuevering and the the bomb bay momentarily pointing up is beyond me to say


Not sure if I would wand to try it in the first place especially as the bomb bays can carry two AMRAAM's each. Block 4 is supposed to increase this to 3.
by bobp
26 Oct 2019, 06:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

Sorry for posting a reply four times something screwed up when I pressed submit. I tried to delete the posts but was not able to do that :crazy: :problem:
by bobp
26 Oct 2019, 06:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

Are the AMRAMMs actually dropped or are they physically ejected at launch like the F-22 does from its internal bay. AMRAAM is ejected by way of a 5,000 psi actuator so that the ordnance will safely clear the aircraft structure before firing the motor. But it can be dropped from a wing station befor...
by bobp
26 Oct 2019, 06:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

Are the AMRAMMs actually dropped or are they physically ejected at launch like the F-22 does from its internal bay. AMRAAM is ejected by way of a 5,000 psi actuator so that the ordnance will safely clear the aircraft structure before firing the motor. But it can be dropped from a wing station befor...
by bobp
26 Oct 2019, 06:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

Are the AMRAMMs actually dropped or are they physically ejected at launch like the F-22 does from its internal bay. AMRAAM is ejected by way of a 5,000 psi actuator so that the ordnance will safely clear the aircraft structure before firing the motor. But it can be dropped from a wing station befor...
by bobp
26 Oct 2019, 06:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

Are the AMRAMMs actually dropped or are they physically ejected at launch like the F-22 does from its internal bay. AMRAAM is ejected by way of a 5,000 psi actuator so that the ordnance will safely clear the aircraft structure before firing the motor. But it can be dropped from a wing station befor...
by bobp
25 Oct 2019, 21:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334593
Location: United Kingdom

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

[quote="SW1"]Has the Lockheed Martin marketing department now taken over the carrier twitter pages[ A F35A can carry six 2000lb bombs, 2 on each wing and one in each bomb bay, that equates to 12000lbs plus wingtip missiles, and the rest must be fuel to get a total of 22000lbs. the B versio...
by bobp
24 Oct 2019, 20:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 26126
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Whose piggy bank are they raiding to pay for them?
by bobp
20 Oct 2019, 21:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Dolphin joins the ship

by bobp
16 Oct 2019, 17:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RFA Tideforce left Mayport so hopefully will be rejoining Westlant Task Group soon.

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