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by bobp
24 Jun 2019, 11:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 813
Views: 42574
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Yes it is in the Sunday times behind a paywall,,,,
by bobp
24 Jun 2019, 09:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 122
Views: 10225
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

Saw Wave Knight up close in Portland Harbour, last Tuesday, she looked like she was taking on supplies. I hope the MOD are keeping her.
by bobp
11 Jun 2019, 20:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4113
Views: 193572
Location: United Kingdom

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

sunstersun wrote:81 mil a plane next year.


The article states that as the forecast price for the F35A, the B version will be a lot more, due to its unique lift fan and additional engine parts. Poland have asked for their F35A models as soon as possible, so diverting them from Turkeys quota makes some sense.
by bobp
04 Jun 2019, 12:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 326
Views: 20699
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Thanks for that.
by bobp
03 Jun 2019, 20:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 326
Views: 20699
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Great pictures. I assume the sea trials will be starting soon. Does anyone know if the flotation device that was developed ever got manufactured and fitted.
by bobp
28 May 2019, 21:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613592
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Its fair to say that the 3 test aircraft will never see active/operational service and will remain in the US for the foreseeable future. So we shouldn't be counting them in any fleet assignments.
by bobp
24 May 2019, 06:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613592
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

According to the Daily Telegraph the Captain Nick was allowing his wife to use the ships car whilst the QE was at sea, and she used it for shopping, school runs etc. The Daily Telegraph claims it was members of the crew who shopped him, and that's why he was removed from the ship. Obviously the cars...
by bobp
21 May 2019, 11:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613592
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

According to the Daily Mail Captain Nick is to command the QE on her return to Pompey, even though he has been publicly humiliated. And again that voyage starts today?
by bobp
20 May 2019, 21:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3797
Views: 191803
Location: United Kingdom

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

Timmymagic wrote:f its for ships 4-8 it will be for 10 motors (2 per ship).


Good point I only heard five motors, makes sense to order 10 though.
by bobp
20 May 2019, 16:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3797
Views: 191803
Location: United Kingdom

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

The order is for five motors. Also it would be nice if the Aussies and Canadians ordered some for their ships as well.
by bobp
19 May 2019, 21:59
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4113
Views: 193572
Location: United Kingdom

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

Yes state of the art facilities, there is also a computer centre for ALIS and mission planning I believe.
by bobp
19 May 2019, 19:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 8369
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Don't they also do the deep maintenance on the C130 as well for the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands
by bobp
19 May 2019, 10:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 8369
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

albedo wrote:NB I think there's a lot of reasons for the proposed move


How about Runway length, its quite a small airfield for handling large jets.
by bobp
17 May 2019, 06:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613592
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

As CO he has to be squeaky clean there has to be more to this story that we have not yet heard.
by bobp
12 May 2019, 21:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing RC-135W Airseeker (RAF)
Replies: 80
Views: 7198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing RC-135W Airseeker (RAF)

18 months is an awful long time for upgrades
by bobp
07 May 2019, 20:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 247647
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

yes just the plan was scrapped not the ships.
by bobp
07 May 2019, 19:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 247647
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well good news that they are still going to be built. And that the decision is still the end of this year.
by bobp
06 May 2019, 20:27
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4113
Views: 193572
Location: United Kingdom

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

Back in the 1980's a friend in the USAF told me about spares that had gone missing including a complete mobile radar that was shipped back to the US after a deployment, never to be seen again...…. Fast forward 35yrs... To make matters worse, the DoD has spent billions of dollars on F-35 spare parts,...
by bobp
06 May 2019, 09:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 187
Views: 15917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

The US is talking about a reduction in JLTV orders as well. They say like the Block II Chinook it was designed for Afghan type warfare and now question if they need so many when they have lots of Humvees available. Cant find the link as to where I read that though.
by bobp
05 May 2019, 15:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 187
Views: 15917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

The full programme calls for the upgrade of 473 CH-47F models and 69 MH-47G models, a variant used by US Special Operations Command." I believe there is some talk of cancellation of the block II program with respect to the F model as the requirement (Afghanistan) has gone away for the time bei...
by bobp
02 May 2019, 19:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 36865
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Repulse wrote: NHS/Education/DFiD budgets need to be cut to pay for better kit.


We could increase taxes to pay for more defence..... :mrgreen: :crazy: :geek:
by bobp
22 Apr 2019, 20:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613592
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

cyrilranch wrote:Not directly RN QNLZ issue, but French CGD "inside" video here is very impressive. We will be seeing RN version of this kind of movie within 2 years?


Enjoyed the CdG tour, nice to see areas such as the Engine workshop and test area. Also garbage disposal and L:aundry in action.
by bobp
20 Apr 2019, 20:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613592
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Of course we could throw in the wardroom silver. You do realise that Hammond and co would keep the dosh.
by bobp
20 Apr 2019, 20:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1427
Views: 76761
Location: United Kingdom

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

Disgrace indeed, not surprised there is no dosh to pay for upgrades.

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