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by bobp
19 Sep 2019, 13:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10281
Views: 803068
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Its likely that the carriers will need occasional dry docking for hull inspections and painting.
by bobp
17 Sep 2019, 05:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 62151
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Seems like the SA80A3 model is going ahead

https://www.defense-aerospace.com/artic ... tract.html
by bobp
15 Sep 2019, 14:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 350150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

cockneyjock1974 wrote:Is there any “news” on the SAM fit and will it have mk41 fitted at build?


Very little has been announced yet, but I suspect Sea Ceptor will be the SAM.
by bobp
10 Sep 2019, 21:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286840
Location: United Kingdom

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

And some info on possible chaff dispensers in the future as well as more on its EW suite https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29734/the-f-35a-will-finally-get-chaff-countermeasures-to-confuse-enemy-radars-next-year?utm_source=spotim&utm_medium=spotim_recirculation&spotim_referrer=recirculat...
by bobp
10 Sep 2019, 21:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286840
Location: United Kingdom

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

F35 electronic warfare

by bobp
10 Sep 2019, 18:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 350150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

No contract announcement yet? Thought it would happen at DSEI 2019
by bobp
04 Sep 2019, 20:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10281
Views: 803068
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Sorry to hear that. There are certain behaviour patterns that annoy me at times, too much fantasy fleet stuff, and endless re tweeting from other sites with no commentary added or links to original stories. Shame that certain individuals can annoy more than others. I believe you can block certain me...
by bobp
04 Sep 2019, 18:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10281
Views: 803068
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Yes good to see you back CJ. I was thinking what a PR stunt as well as training it would be if the F35B took off from Marham and landed on the QE flight deck after several refuelling sessions.
by bobp
30 Aug 2019, 11:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286840
Location: United Kingdom

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

Indeed the sea looks spectacular.
by bobp
24 Aug 2019, 21:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 350150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Maybe enough work to keep Harland and Wolf going for a few more years would be good for Anglo- Northern Irish relations at the moment.
by bobp
24 Aug 2019, 21:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10499
Views: 551024
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Arrowhead 140 was their last offering
by bobp
24 Aug 2019, 21:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10499
Views: 551024
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

dmereifield wrote:All of these discussions assume that the carriers will always be escorted by 2 T45s. Is that realistic,


More than likely its not what you will see in peacetime unless operating in the Gulf or other hotspots.
by bobp
24 Aug 2019, 18:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10499
Views: 551024
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

past rumours that the 6th T45 was for the chopping block as it was not key. This may be true as we have heard that one t45 has been gutted to keep the others afloat. With respect to our experts above, I believe that 2 ASW cruisers, and 2 AD Cruisers is more than adequate as escorts. The one weaknes...
by bobp
19 Aug 2019, 20:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286840
Location: United Kingdom

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

SW1 wrote:I don’t see the f35 expanding much beyond what’s currently there for the foreseeable.


The price of them is way too high, also the running costs. So I don't expect any more than about 75.
by bobp
19 Aug 2019, 15:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 935
Views: 75927
Location: United Kingdom

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

Lord Jim wrote:Well its obvious now why the industrial support packages for platforms cost so much.


Some truth there. Marham, Brize Norton, Lossiemouth just wait now for the E7 Wedgetail :lol: :lol: :crazy:
by bobp
19 Aug 2019, 13:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 64388
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Thankyou for the above XAV. Do you think we will get any major announcements from the MOD.
by bobp
18 Aug 2019, 20:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286840
Location: United Kingdom

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

First female marine pilot flies F35b

https://www.silive.com/news/2019/08/mee ... r-jet.html
by bobp
16 Aug 2019, 16:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 350150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

@CJ I have sent a PM to both mods, but it seems to have “disappeared” so I’ll say it here. We need more mods, because around a half dozen fantasists and a chronic retweeter have ruined this forum. Which at the start was a worthy successor to MP.Net. Remember MP Net well. A lot of good stuff on there...
by bobp
16 Aug 2019, 15:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1740
Views: 128120
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Nice video, good to see how things are moving along.
by bobp
14 Aug 2019, 22:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 264401
Location: United Kingdom

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

8 years to completion seems like a long time for 1 ship.
by bobp
11 Aug 2019, 15:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Rover Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 8
Views: 1650
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Rover Class Tanker (RFA)

Two of the Rover Class fleet have been sold to Turkey for 1.5 million

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/p ... ld-3198892
by bobp
06 Aug 2019, 22:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 68686
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Great pictures with lots of detail too!! :ugeek:
by bobp
06 Aug 2019, 21:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 264401
Location: United Kingdom

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

I come on here to see factual news not speculation and fantasy. Yes its rather tiresome reading through some of the "fantasy" posts. There is a place for them but not filling up all the discussion groups. Likewise I come on here to gather information and news events discussing them when a...
by bobp
31 Jul 2019, 20:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 36624
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Ron5 wrote:Each wing can accommodate either 10 Martlet or two Sea Venom missiles. The design also provides additional lift for the helicopter in forward flight, taking some effort from the main rotor.


Wow that's some firepower, would be handy right now in the gulf as a deterrent.
by bobp
22 Jul 2019, 20:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing 757
Replies: 2
Views: 609
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing 757

Sounds a bit like the plane used to do the F35 avionics and sensors. Good news for the UK that this research will go ahead. Wonder if it will fly under RAF or Civilian ownership.

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