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by bobp
22 Jan 2019, 17:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Hawk
Replies: 84
Views: 4348
Location: United Kingdom

Re: BAE Hawk

It appears the RAF are using Hawk T1 variants for training due to a surge in need for trained pilots.

https://www.janes.com/article/85879/raf ... on-hawk-t1
by bobp
17 Jan 2019, 17:06
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115417
Location: United Kingdom

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

The F-35 in that aerobatic video. is it an A, B or C model? And can a B do that? Hi its an A model. Its part of a US Aerobatic team and they are practising for a forthcoming display. Our B model is different aerodynamically in that it has the lift fan and other changes. Remember the B can Hover whi...
by bobp
16 Jan 2019, 05:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

My lad joined the army in 1990 and he is still serving. I am also immensely proud of him and how he has progressed in his career. Stay in touch with your son as much as you are able, that's not always easy when he is on deployment.
by bobp
15 Jan 2019, 12:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:Well that's my lad all packed up and relocated


Good luck to your son in his new career. Hope he does well and has some stories to tell in future years.
by bobp
15 Jan 2019, 10:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115417
Location: United Kingdom

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

jimthelad wrote:Just saw this on SNAFU. If this is replicable in combat then it makes the tail slide and cobra manouver look tame.



This should quieten those who say the F35 is not very maneuverable.
by bobp
15 Jan 2019, 05:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115417
Location: United Kingdom

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

As we have no control over when the Government makes its announcements, can we not get this thread more on topic, as the current conversation is becoming somewhat tiresome.
by bobp
10 Jan 2019, 15:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115417
Location: United Kingdom

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

See the Tempest mock up got a mention in the article.
by bobp
10 Jan 2019, 07:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115417
Location: United Kingdom

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

The defence secretary is expected to make a IOC declaration today whilst visiting RAF Marham.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/n ... spartandhp
by bobp
09 Jan 2019, 21:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Probably paintwork as we have seen pictures of the topcoat peeling off over the past year or so. Only a 5 Million contract so cant be anything too major happening.
by bobp
08 Jan 2019, 13:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 95
Views: 2247
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

I think the idea of a Hospital Ship has some merit, but should it be owned and run by the Navy I agree with Lord Jim NO. In addition where are you going to get the medical staff and nurses to man it, our NHS is already struggling. The running costs would not be affordable unless DFID paid all the bi...
by bobp
06 Jan 2019, 06:25
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115417
Location: United Kingdom

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

Just read the above mentioned article and it is not clear as to the amount of time needed, whether it is man hours or actual time. Nor does it state how many personnel are needed to do the job. I cant help thinking that Defense Aerospace are over exaggerating to make a story about the fuel lines tha...
by bobp
01 Jan 2019, 19:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 48
Views: 2065
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

It would be good if any new replacement Helicopters could be built in the UK.
by bobp
19 Dec 2018, 03:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1190
Views: 33254
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

ArmChairCivvy wrote:how can it take 4 years for an existing vehicle to get to deliveries?



Setting up a UK production facility including any tooling, and relevant training perhaps.
by bobp
17 Dec 2018, 21:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 309
Views: 11290
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

mr.fred wrote: Hull structure stays


As i understand it some Hulls have issues with the aluminium, and these are not repairable. Only a small quantity though.
by bobp
14 Dec 2018, 19:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5573
Views: 136476
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ron5 wrote:More pictures from Tim Fish in Chile. Can't spot any differences from previous pics of previous exhibitions.


Is this the export version of the T31. I see it has been designated T31e.
by bobp
11 Dec 2018, 11:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

No doubt they will paint it as part of the planned upgrades. Maybe use a small barge alongside or a cherry picker from dockside. Does seem to be a problem with the paint as a similar thing on a larger scale happened whilst she was being outfitted up in Rosyth.
by bobp
11 Dec 2018, 10:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1109
Views: 32982
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

ArmChairCivvy wrote: DE&S is that there are actually three different models of Captor-E



I understand one of the versions has built in Electronic Warfare modes, possibly the version the RAF is seeking.
by bobp
08 Dec 2018, 19:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I was led to believe that some new radios will be fitted as well. Not sure if this is a update to existing units or additional ones.
by bobp
04 Dec 2018, 18:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9204
Views: 383864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Nice photos seems like the paint is peeling off the bow, looking at the picture of the F35 taking off the ski jump.
by bobp
21 Nov 2018, 02:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115417
Location: United Kingdom

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

Not UK-centric but it deserves sharing: Interesting it reminds me of the first night of the Gulf war when 100 F111 lined up to take off from Taif airbase in Saudi, all fully loaded and on afterburner to take off. Very impressive and noisy. My dear wife working in the Hospital directly under the fli...
by bobp
19 Nov 2018, 18:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3949
Views: 115417
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: 3949
Views: 115417
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: 3949
Views: 115417
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: 3949
Views: 115417
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: 9204
Views: 383864
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.

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