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by TheLoneRanger
02 Mar 2021, 11:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

France and Great Britain, natural partners In this respect, Franco-British cooperation has often been fruitful. It is probable that as soon as the consummated SCAF fails, the British will abandon the bluff of the "Tempest" project and become again a privileged partner with a view to the d...
by TheLoneRanger
21 Feb 2021, 10:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: BAE Hawk (RAF & RN)
Replies: 115
Views: 45122
Location: United Kingdom

Re: BAE Hawk

Has anyone else heard anything else about this programme? Could the RAF be looking to replace its Hawks at the end of the decade? Far more questions than answers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kizmBZ7Yfmw The Hawk is an old design, everything that could have been done with that platform, has been...
by TheLoneRanger
20 Feb 2021, 08:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-france-defence/berlin-and-paris-in-crisis-talks-to-bring-fighter-jet-project-back-on-track-idUSKBN2AH2I8 Before moving ahead, Germany aims to gain concessions from France, insiders said, adding Berlin would like to be able to use technologies co-developed ...
by TheLoneRanger
13 Feb 2021, 10:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

To see the French and Germans squabble brings a nice smile and a warm inner feeling on a cold cold saturday morning for me. Both the French and the Germans are as bad as each other when it comes to military-industrial collaboration projects, and they both DESERVE each other after the Typhoon fisaco ...
by TheLoneRanger
06 Feb 2021, 11:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

From the Joint statement of Japan-UK foreign and defence ministerial meeting 2021: The four Ministers endorsed the progress of the work of the Japan-UK High Level Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation Steering Panel on defence equipment and technology cooperation. They welcomed the ongoing d...
by TheLoneRanger
24 Jan 2021, 15:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A more central role in R&D could (?) mean more cost, but forgetting that and thru-life costs (anybody's guess), the case of getting 150-ish for 30 bn looks a bit optimistic considering that the overall costs will be shared across a production volume likely to be a quarter (max) of the F-35 prod...
by TheLoneRanger
23 Jan 2021, 19:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Possibly, but unlike FCAS, Tempest doesn't have German Bankers supporting it. It is going to come down to the Political will to spend the necessary money if Tempest is going to result in the platform everybody wants including me. German bankers are irrelevant to FCAS. The programme is goverment fun...
by TheLoneRanger
23 Jan 2021, 15:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

How much? £ 35 bn in today's money? 2 QEs =6, an airwing (not just a token one) twice that ==18bn in all, take twice that = Tempest - BTW, I support the prgrm - let's just not forget the sense of proportion. Money doesn't grow on trees, though Sunak is working overtime on that one If the French can...
by TheLoneRanger
20 Jan 2021, 19:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1987
Views: 468230
Location: United Kingdom

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

Challenger upgrade takes major steps. KRH troops find it tiring to mount such a monster :- https://www.army.mod.uk/news-and-events/news/2021/01/atdu-tank-steps/ We eitherupgrad the Challenger tanks, or we go for an American option where the economies of scale mean that there will be longer term sup...
by TheLoneRanger
18 Jan 2021, 19:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

One of the key benefits of the Tempest programme, is the value add of new engine technology we will develop which will help keep Rolls Royce as one of the premier engine makers in the world. There is a lot of direct and also indirect benefit in the programme, that goes beyond the actual platform its...
by TheLoneRanger
17 Jan 2021, 10:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

As for Gripen and a possible replacement, the Viggen and Gripen almost broke the bank with their programme costs though the latter has done better due to exports. To replace the Gripen I do not think Sweden can afford a solely national project this time around. Quite likely true, and then who to co...
by TheLoneRanger
15 Jan 2021, 18:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1987
Views: 468230
Location: United Kingdom

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

The point is weather it is eurofighter or frigates or tanks work share is now a thing in most projects and is doable Yes, work share is common and how modern systems now are built. The point of most of the people on this forum is that both France and Germany are untrustworthy countries who look to ...
by TheLoneRanger
13 Jan 2021, 21:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1987
Views: 468230
Location: United Kingdom

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

https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... -eurotank/

All that history going to waste if we get into bed with the Eu-tards and their pet project...
by TheLoneRanger
12 Jan 2021, 20:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1987
Views: 468230
Location: United Kingdom

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

Thoroughly stupid idea, esp given Brexit and also how EU defence programmes go. The infiltration of EU collaborators are sympathisers runs deep unfortunately. We need to fight the fight on this and help stop it becoming a reality.
by TheLoneRanger
10 Dec 2020, 19:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Given how France has behaved with Brexit, I really dont see the British people wanting to get into a development project of a new fighter with France or Germany.

If the UK fails to complete Tempest, then lets get into bed with the Americans. Lets avoid the EU under all circumstances..
by TheLoneRanger
06 Dec 2020, 10:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Tempest is beautiful. If it looks right, it will fly right for sure. I am excited that there is still momentum behind this project, though i have fears that the UK may drop this and join the ugly FCAS programme. I still think BAe should look to de-risk the programme by decoupling the airframe from t...
by TheLoneRanger
29 Nov 2020, 10:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13187
Views: 2563291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

bobp wrote:What they lack in quality they sure do make up for it in numbers.


I am not sure they lack quality anymore. It is generally considered that China has surpassed Russia in every military metric except for Jet engines, where Russia still has a lead.
by TheLoneRanger
08 Nov 2020, 17:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Very interesting comment about the ARM processor range. Yes, the IP is still British owned(though it does look like SoftBank will sell it to NVIDIA shortly) and with Apple switching over to ARM for its mainstream laptop and desktop range, the instruction set for ARM will get more support and coverag...
by TheLoneRanger
08 Nov 2020, 12:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

ADA would be the programming language and not the operating system, (and kind of suprised they wont switch to C++ if that is true about ADA, it is 2020 now!). Despite it's issues which are understood and can be managed, it brings a lot quantum of productivity tools with it that the ADA ecosystem won...
by TheLoneRanger
07 Nov 2020, 17:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2415
Views: 576556
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The full roadmap for Tempest as yet, will not have been mapped out, given the need to develop some of the core systems such as the new engines, airframe and a new fly by wire for the platform, operating systems(do we know what they will use?) for the mission computers, etc. Therefore the programme c...

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