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by Dahedd
09 Nov 2019, 19:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 147
Views: 21767

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

I was, thinking that a carrier group deploying with 1 or 2 HAPS equipped with an EO or radar package would be a good match. Never thought about assigning one to a frigate
by Dahedd
09 Nov 2019, 19:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146422

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Surely conformal tanks make more sense than 2 small tanks on the wings. Something like a Growler should be a no brainer for the RAF.
by Dahedd
08 Nov 2019, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920847

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

She's apparently up off Fraserburgh just now, seems to have been a fav spot. Annoying as I've stuff to do in Lossie this morning, was hoping I'd see her before she went back south.
by Dahedd
03 Nov 2019, 23:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2518
Views: 171065

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Whatever you do don't read the readers comments on that Express post.
Theres an extra helping of Tinfoil hats needed on there. It's all a ploy to surrender the UKs forces to the EU apparently.
by Dahedd
03 Nov 2019, 23:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 19366

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

What ever happened to the Warthogs we bought. Are they in decent storage or dumped somewhere to rot? Would they not make a good chassis to carry Exactor?
by Dahedd
02 Nov 2019, 12:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920847

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Can't see why not. One of the original designs for the QNLZ carriers was a good bit longer if I remember. Was a section not removed on cost grounds?
by Dahedd
02 Nov 2019, 10:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 952
Views: 87761

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

Sounds like 5+3... anyone remember the assessment where adding the Barents Sea called for a minimum of 9 - I can see some accountant's finger prints all over this The lad I know is RAF & he's been in Florida for months now. He says that there are at least another 3 serial numbers assigned to th...
by Dahedd
02 Nov 2019, 08:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 952
Views: 87761

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

Dunno about 8 but a mate of mine working on them reckons at least another 3 are in the pipeline.
by Dahedd
28 Oct 2019, 09:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2518
Views: 171065

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Probably been discussed earlier but what ever became of the Pascat project?
by Dahedd
27 Oct 2019, 23:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2518
Views: 171065

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Not sure about using Absaloms to replace the LPDs but it's certainly a ship class that would work say to replace the Bays when they are used as mine warfare command ship in the gulf or for anti drug warfare/pirate operations.

They are a ship with plenty of uses.
by Dahedd
26 Oct 2019, 12:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2518
Views: 171065

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

As an aside, someone above said leave the Mountain warfare to the countries with actual Mountains (the French, Italians)

Surely with the Gurkhas we have troops from what must be the highest & most unforgiving mountains in the world.
by Dahedd
25 Oct 2019, 11:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920847

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If they plan on using the USA America & Tripoli as Lightning carriers then they should bite the bullet fit a ski jump to both vessels. They don't need the space for choppers as is the normal argument & both ships were specifically designed without the well deck & with improved aviation f...
by Dahedd
15 Oct 2019, 14:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920847

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I thought id read that between 4 and 6 USMC Lightnings would be joining as well. Good practice for a busier flight deck.
by Dahedd
04 Oct 2019, 16:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 271
Views: 31680

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

As a civvie looking in expanding on the Foxhound & Supacat ranges has ways seemed like a no brainer, but what do I know.
by Dahedd
03 Oct 2019, 14:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920847

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I headed down to the beach at Findhorn on Tuesday hoping for a peek but had no joy, she was further east & further out to sea. Had to make do with a fantastic display from 2 Typhoons dog fighting instead. We also had Chinooks & Merlin buzzing about yesterday but the weather was crap so I hea...
by Dahedd
24 Sep 2019, 19:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920847

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

cockneyjock1974 wrote:What he did offer to me after a few beers was that in his personal opinion the F35 negated the need for Poseidon. Still getting my head around this.


In an anti shipping role perhaps but I think he's had one sherry too many.
by Dahedd
20 Sep 2019, 11:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920847

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

"big Charlie" :D

The crew or the newspapers?
by Dahedd
20 Sep 2019, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920847

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://t.co/3Ua1pqXdYD

Apologies for linking to such a rag as the Daily Mail here. Apparently she's not fully finished on the inside though. Lots of complaining according to the Mail.
by Dahedd
19 Sep 2019, 14:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10642
Views: 920847

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Wonder if the plan is to head up to the Moray Fifth as the QE did. Hopefully if she does ill get a better view this time. The QE was right over the other side from me so couldn't make her out that well. Even her massive size was obscured by the Firth & the mountains behind her.
by Dahedd
17 Sep 2019, 19:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 12916

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

RAPIDfire should he adopted by the Army as well for ground based uav/chopper defence. I'd have though it'd be a no brainer given the commonality of gun & ammo with the Ajax/Warrior.
by Dahedd
14 Sep 2019, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412066

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Mmh eight ,think reporter dreaming on that front but nice try I guess ,or I wouldn't put it past government to scrap 3 type 26 and make eight type 31 instead ,you know that's the kind of things they do folks don't cha Can't see that if they're still trying to plug the T26 for export. As it is we'll...
by Dahedd
14 Sep 2019, 03:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 122986

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

150 Challenger 2 with the upgrade seems too few. It might be sufficient perhaps if the direct fires version of the Ajax was purchased though. Not that I realistically expect that to happen at any stage.
by Dahedd
13 Sep 2019, 09:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 657821

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If that's the case would the Artisans be better saved for use on the FLSS & replacements for the Forts?
by Dahedd
13 Sep 2019, 08:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1493
Views: 129261

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Are Spain planning on replacing their carrier? Can the existing carrier operate the F35b? If not then they'll almost certainly opt for the French/German option. If they are then the F35 (A & B) would probably fill there needs.
by Dahedd
12 Sep 2019, 11:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 734
Views: 73585

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Rather off topic but I can't see the Waves being replaced in RN service. With all the shenanigans at Westminster I unfortunately can see another independence vote up here being won by the SNP. I could imagine the RN ditching the Waves so they can keep the Tides. At least one of the Waves going to wh...

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