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by BlueD954
16 Jan 2021, 05:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12987
Views: 3100064
Location: Singapore

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Thanks Naval news for the heads up, Does this bode well for QE maiden deployment to meet up with the french ? would be a good sight to see :clap: https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/01/french-carrier-strike-group-to-deploy-to-eastern-mediterranean-and-indian-ocean/#prettyPhoto Anything can ha...
by BlueD954
14 Jan 2021, 04:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 292
Views: 96307
Location: Singapore

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-01-08/134370 In common with all 737 Next Generation airliners, the first two airframes to be modified to become RAF Wedgetail AEW Mk1 aircraft were manufactured by Boeing in the United States. They were initially operated by co...
by BlueD954
13 Jan 2021, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122908
Location: Singapore

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

It is not that massive compared to other launch systems when comparing deck space, though you would probably only get half as many missiles. But it would give you the ability to launch LRASM from the deck rather then a VLS as was the question. Of course if we had put the Mk41 on the T-31 this would...
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 09:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1987
Views: 468610
Location: Singapore

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

Makes sense - realistically it's almost inevitable we collaborate with either Europe or the US. We don't have the political backing to support the MBTs in service we already have and don't really have any international market share worth defending. Just an observer status. Doubt there's the money f...
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 08:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1987
Views: 468610
Location: Singapore

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



“Observer status is being granted to the U.K. for the Franco-German Main Ground Combat System program,” an MoD official in London said.
by BlueD954
12 Jan 2021, 03:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)
Replies: 65
Views: 27151
Location: Singapore

Re: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)

You may, or may not know that we initially leased the a/c and had to 'handle with care' if we were to (theoretically) hand them back some day. That there is nothing new in this (except throwing caution to the wind :) ) is captured by " “exploit” the existing capability" in the linked arti...
by BlueD954
10 Jan 2021, 10:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5279
Views: 1206670
Location: Singapore

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

interesting if used by helicopters forces Spear would need alteration to be used by helicopters. It would need a booster rocket to bring it to a speed where the jet could function. This is also the reason why Kongsberg proposes the NSM not the JSM for helicopter use. If I got the gist, the idea was...
by BlueD954
10 Jan 2021, 06:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5279
Views: 1206670
Location: Singapore

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

My limited understanding is that only the future new variants of F-35B Block 4 a/c will have the capability to use the ASRAAM CSM, Meteor and Spear 3. Block 4 including its new computers and software is $12 billion 2018-2026 development programme with its various iterations, did see mention that th...
by BlueD954
09 Jan 2021, 10:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5279
Views: 1206670
Location: Singapore

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

For now UK F-35Bs may likely use AIM-120C or D.

https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major- ... ile-amraam
by BlueD954
09 Jan 2021, 10:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5279
Views: 1206670
Location: Singapore

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

Isn't F-35B slated to carry Meteor? Is it :lol: Instead of the six, internal carry AMRAAM ... wonder why the US wouldn't buy the 'clipped wing' version for theirs? As China has their own 'Meteor' https://www.mbda-systems.com/2019/03/18/work-starts-integrating-next-generation-meteor-and-spear-onto-u...
by BlueD954
09 Jan 2021, 09:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5279
Views: 1206670
Location: Singapore

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

Isn't F-35B slated to carry Meteor? Is it :lol: Instead of the six, internal carry AMRAAM ... wonder why the US wouldn't buy the 'clipped wing' version for theirs? As China has their own 'Meteor' I believe it is. US will arm with AIM-12OD. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17250/lockheed-touts-...
by BlueD954
09 Jan 2021, 08:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5279
Views: 1206670
Location: Singapore

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

The F-35B can carry up to eight Spear 3 missiles in its internal weapons bay and further missiles on the wing. We'll finally have the stealth bomber (with anything more than free-fall bombs); capable of self-defence (ASRAAMs on wing tips) ... in the early days was described as the first-day-of-war ...
by BlueD954
09 Jan 2021, 07:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 440
Views: 146367
Location: Singapore

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

https://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:8679-2021:TEXT:EN:HTML&src=0 II.1.4) Short description of the contract or purchase(s): Systems support services. Apache Capability Sustainment Programme, part of the UK Ministry of Defence (‘MoD’), intends to award a contract to Lockheed Martin Corporatio...
by BlueD954
04 Jan 2021, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12987
Views: 3100064
Location: Singapore

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:Crowsnest included?


Only IOC as well.
by BlueD954
03 Jan 2021, 15:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122908
Location: Singapore

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Is the interim AShM programme actually funded yet? What is the latest on the FGASW programme, is it still one missile or has it become two with common components? The last I read it was in a bit of trouble as the requirements were contradictory and a single missile would be massively expensive if i...
by BlueD954
02 Jan 2021, 15:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 292
Views: 86689
Location: Singapore

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/def ... r-guardian

UK to buy Turkish Drones to complement Protector?!
by BlueD954
02 Jan 2021, 03:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 453
Views: 122908
Location: Singapore

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

https://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:639128-2020:TEXT:EN:HTML&src=0 II.4) Short description of nature and scope of works or nature and quantity or value of supplies or services: Harpoon In-Service Support (ISS). The authority has a requirement for an ISS Contract for the Harpoon Guided Weapo...
by BlueD954
01 Jan 2021, 11:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1987
Views: 468610
Location: Singapore

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

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/digi-camouflage-makes-tanks-more-difficult-to-see-539d0fkqz ‘Digi camouflage’ makes tanks more difficult to see A new type of camouflage with multiple patterns has made it 80 per cent more difficult to spot tanks compared with the “bog-standard” designs used before...
by BlueD954
30 Dec 2020, 14:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 885
Views: 212799
Location: Singapore

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Technically there's a fifth battalion or sixth, but these are Army Reserve units and I doubt their will be equipped with Warrior or Warrior CSP all the time. 5 Rifles paired with 7 Rifles for eg. Can't remember the exact pairing but this may help: https://britisharmedforcesreview.files.wordpress.com...
by BlueD954
30 Dec 2020, 08:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 885
Views: 212799
Location: Singapore

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:The requirement has not gone away, hence the question 'format'.


Technically 'Armoured Support Vehicle'

Q12 https://committees.parliament.uk/writte ... 12523/pdf/
by BlueD954
30 Dec 2020, 02:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 885
Views: 212799
Location: Singapore

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Warrior was to be for 6 bns and will be for 4.

There's been talk abt hull inspections, and perhaps so many have been rejected that we only just have enough

But that aside, assume we have c. 100 to play with. To what uses should they be put (ABSV... or)?

ABSV was cancelled 4 years ago
by BlueD954
24 Dec 2020, 05:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12987
Views: 3100064
Location: Singapore

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:626952-2020:TEXT:EN:HTML&src=0 II.2.4) Description of the procurement: The Secretary of State for Defence intends to award a contract to Viasat UK Ltd for the provision of quantity ten Link 16 Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Mobile Crates, for the T45 ...
by BlueD954
24 Dec 2020, 05:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4344
Views: 1002911
Location: Singapore

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

Sticking to news only https://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:626755-2020:TEXT:EN:HTML&src=0 II.1.4) Short description: MOD Defence Digital Deployed Platform Services will be inviting bids for the provision of water-cooled enclosures to house the OpNET Communication and Information System serve...

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