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by bobp
19 Nov 2018, 18:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

I think its pretty certain the RAF would like the last 90 F35 to be the A variant. Problem is having just 48 B versions is simply not enough to equip one carrier with three squadrons in the event of a conflict and allow some for OCU and maintenance.
by bobp
19 Nov 2018, 16:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

Of course the Air Commodore may have been expressing his own ideas (prejudices) and that his statement was not official policy. Bur then the article was published in Janes so who knows. But for certain infighting between the services is evident. :lol:
by bobp
19 Nov 2018, 14:15
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

It appears that the infighting between the RAF and the Navy is still apparent regarding the future orders of F35B.

https://www.janes.com/article/84593/uk- ... -off-strip


If true 24 airframes on board QE will be a BIG ask indeed.
by bobp
19 Nov 2018, 12:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

Perhaps 12 or more for NATO exercises, otherwise 6 to 9 for training ops.
by bobp
18 Nov 2018, 21:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324628
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PCU means Pre Comissioning Unit due to the fact she is on Trials.
by bobp
15 Nov 2018, 17:27
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

These birds were due to be delivered anyway, so this is just MOD bullshit to grab some headlines.
by bobp
04 Nov 2018, 07:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324628
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

ArmChairCivvy wrote:- the door would seem much smaller than the opening?



Doors not fully open, the lifts can accommodate two F35B. I also read the hangar could take a Osprey.I believe the hangar height at the aft end is elevated for such a purpose. But have seen no images or graphics to back up that fact.
by bobp
29 Oct 2018, 17:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3512
Views: 95287
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

xav wrote:Likelihood of RN (and RAN and RCN) getting this (Vulcano) for their Type 26 ? They were the "launch customer" for that automated handling system after all ...



Hope they can afford some, money is a problem.
by bobp
29 Oct 2018, 16:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324628
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:Port: Three PTB bays and a smaller bay for rhibs.Starboard: One smaller bay for rhibs.



Correct but there is also a facility to launch RIB's from the stern and lower them to the water.
by bobp
22 Oct 2018, 21:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 5004
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

I can see the need for replacing early models that are probably clapped out due to operations and age. But not understanding why they have chosen the most expensive version and by the looks of it kitted out for SF use. I thought we were skint?
by bobp
21 Oct 2018, 12:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 5004
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Are these the MH-47G versions of the Chinook, with the air to air refuelling and ability to carry internal tanks as well as the large belly tanks.
by bobp
20 Oct 2018, 21:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 5004
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Judging by the number of guns being ordered I strongly suspect these are SF variants. Two machine guns and two miniguns per Helicopter as well as the long range tanks.
by bobp
08 Oct 2018, 09:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3512
Views: 95287
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

I do realiise she has her hands full with her job, but a few minutes a month surely wouldn't be asking to much. As a major project for the RN it seems to be shrouded in secrecy, unlike the carriers where we were kept fully up to date throughout the build. Some pictures of the build would be nice :c...
by bobp
07 Oct 2018, 20:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22748
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Smooth and info packed that was, thx SW1 (much better than the many, many write-ups that were pushed out in a hurry).- those guys must have had a chance to do a cold run with their answers... all the better (for the audience) I agree with your sentiment, very informative and puts the current progra...
by bobp
03 Oct 2018, 15:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 374
Views: 10031
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Great news hope the deal is done and dusted soonest. But this is another reason why Voyager needs a refuelling boom.
by bobp
01 Oct 2018, 13:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324628
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I am told that the Phalanx Guns will be fitted when the QE returns from her present tour. Also the same source said that a new Communications suite will be fitted.
by bobp
28 Sep 2018, 19:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ron5 wrote: thought this was an excellent video of the F-35B strike on Afghanistan.



Nice video Ron first one I have seen with Gun Pods fitted.
by bobp
21 Sep 2018, 22:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8893
Views: 324628
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I'm looking forward to the V-22's, that will be quite a sight. Refueling the RM Merlins maybe? hmm I saw my first CV-22 as I was driving South just over a week or so ago, I was on the A1 fairly close to RAF Leeming and Catterick. It was about three hundred feet up and was in Hover mode, and I could...
by bobp
20 Sep 2018, 22:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Phalanx
Replies: 62
Views: 2043
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Phalanx

R686 wrote:Phalanx going in for upgrade soon by the look of it


https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/ ... se-system/

So does this mean we have fifty systems now?
by bobp
19 Sep 2018, 19:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

I am told that the UK has now formally accepted its 16th F35B into service. It was announced at the opening of the RR Lift Works site in Bristol.
by bobp
18 Sep 2018, 21:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1495
Views: 42625
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Good news, also extra 3 Hawks that will help keep that line open a bit longer.
by bobp
18 Sep 2018, 17:13
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

Testing on the F35B was abandoned due to severe damage to the airframe. They were supposedly going to manufacture another test article but did not. To be fair the flight test and development aircraft are still flying after ten years and they have been heavily used.
by bobp
16 Sep 2018, 12:59
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

Yes they are contracted to ordering 48 over the next 10 years, true. But the orders for such have not yet been placed. Why because the price is negotiated for each production batch.
by bobp
15 Sep 2018, 20:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ron is correct in what he has said. But its a fairly safe bet that the MOD will order more in the future. They are, I am sure introducing them into service in a measured way, so that in future batches less rework will be needed, as is the case with the early production batches.
by bobp
15 Sep 2018, 09:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3740
Views: 91264
Location: United Kingdom

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

Thanks ACC that better explains it for me cheers.

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