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by topman
27 Jun 2020, 20:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1521136
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

None of the issues raised by the report seem remotely surprising. As predictable as night following day.
by topman
25 Jun 2020, 18:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 321
Views: 68751
Location: Tokelau

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

I think that either the tail portion needs toning down or more detail on the fuselage. A bit too much contrast between the two.
If it had to be UK written it should have been in a dark blue.
Other than that it's OK, not great but not terrible either.
by topman
06 May 2020, 06:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing RC-135W Airseeker/Rivet Joint (RAF)
Replies: 93
Views: 28494
Location: Tokelau

Re: Boeing RC-135W Airseeker/Rivet Joint (RAF)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/05/republicans-move-block-48-us-fighter-jets-deployed-britain-huawei/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=news&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1588713872 They're threatening to pull F35A deployment to the UK next ...
by topman
21 Apr 2020, 18:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1977
Views: 260896
Location: Tokelau

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

by topman
20 Apr 2020, 21:06
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

As to OEM/approved manufacturers only on virtually all equipment, I'm not 100% sure but from what I understand it's a yes. Although don't take that as gospel. Didn't used to be though, we had full access to all tech drawing for GSE and so could put contracts out to tender for both repair and manufa...
by topman
20 Apr 2020, 18:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Do not forget that QEC can operate from the Pacific as well as the Atlantic (an opportunity to visit a West Coast US Naval base perhaps). There is also something called A2A refuelling, otherwise how do they get there from the UK anyway! Red Flag is not a long deployment either, so it ought to be wi...
by topman
19 Apr 2020, 06:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Sure it's a nice idea and I'm all for having plenty of kit knocking about. However you mentioned you worked in the MoD (?) so you'll know that it's pretty unlikely that sort of investment will be made. What should happen and what is likely to happen are often some way apart. But I'm sure all will be...
by topman
18 Apr 2020, 16:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

There is usually an amount of Ground Support Equipment, spares etc. earmarked and available to support deployments at all times. Nowadays this is part of the Contractor Support Packages and linked to the size of deployable force any given aircraft fleet is determined to have to maintain. So for the...
by topman
18 Apr 2020, 16:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Isn't a UK F-35B deployment to a UK carrier different (and a lot easier) than deploying overseas to an airfield not equipped for the type? Rather like sending a type from one airbase equipped for it to another base in the same country similarly equipped. It depends, as usually on money, if we (as i...
by topman
18 Apr 2020, 14:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

@ topman So I am I right in saying then if the UK wants to deploy 20 F-35b's every two years on the strike carrier ( which is a base line for all other navies who operate strike carriers ) we are looking at in year one working up aircrews and ground support plus prepping jets then a period of leave...
by topman
18 Apr 2020, 11:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

I'm not pretending anything, I'm interested in how people peering in think this works. I can't quite follow people's thoughts as to how they get to the conclusions, so I ask questions. Honestly it's nothing more than that. OK I am interested to know how you see 48 F-35b working I guess this one has...
by topman
17 Apr 2020, 18:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Thanks for the bit more detail. When they are back at Marham for 6 months would they be doing any more detachments in the year If 20 jets and there crews return from a 6 or 9 month carrier deployment there would be leave and maintenance to be carried out so unless 2 Sqn's are sharing jets it would ...
by topman
17 Apr 2020, 14:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Yes this is how I would like to see the F-35's and carriers used as time goes on however I don't see much point in the RAF training for land based strike if we only have 48 x F-35b as they will all be needed for carrier based ops in time of war and even then 48 will be tight. For me we have built 2...
by topman
17 Apr 2020, 14:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Is this the sort of thing you mean Tempest 414 ? With 48 x f35b if we have a carrier going out on a 6 month deployment every year ? (when the UK has 48 F35 after 2025?) for example QE going out as a strike carrier in yr 1 with 20 F35b, ASW merlin + crowsnest, yr 2 POW as LPH, 10 x F35b, ASW merlin ...
by topman
16 Apr 2020, 21:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Tempest414 wrote:Where are you going with this or would you like to make your point ? I am more than happy to talk your point over once I know what it is


Just trying to get a bit more understanding of your point, nothing more. You said a number you think should be doable, I'm asking if there's more detail.
by topman
16 Apr 2020, 18:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Tempest414 wrote:
topman wrote:You mean all at the same time with 48 a/c?


No if jets are at sea i.e 20 on 1 carrier then the other Carrier and 10 jets would be on low readiness or in maintenance unless the shit has hit the fan


How often do you think the 20 a/c should be on one of the carriers and for how long?
by topman
16 Apr 2020, 12:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Tempest Well very much depends on your aspirations are, and aspiration are tempered by fiscal reality. The number is similar to a number of other nations however by all means buy more it will simply mean cutting deeper else were.. Samlesbury is the main production site is and we’re engineering on b...
by topman
15 Apr 2020, 16:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

The UK carriers will almost always carry USMC jets and at this time the USMC are looking to dedicate one of it F-35B sqn's to the UK carriers as for the first deployment of 8 x 8 =16 5th gen jets in anyone's back yard is not to be taken lightly this will grow to 12 x 12 24 jets as a norm in the com...
by topman
15 Apr 2020, 12:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

The UK carriers will almost always carry USMC jets and at this time the USMC are looking to dedicate one of it F-35B sqn's to the UK carriers as for the first deployment of 8 x 8 =16 5th gen jets in anyone's back yard is not to be taken lightly this will grow to 12 x 12 24 jets as a norm in the com...
by topman
15 Apr 2020, 07:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

The UK carriers will almost always carry USMC jets and at this time the USMC are looking to dedicate one of it F-35B sqn's to the UK carriers as for the first deployment of 8 x 8 =16 5th gen jets in anyone's back yard is not to be taken lightly this will grow to 12 x 12 24 jets as a norm in the com...
by topman
04 Apr 2020, 10:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 140
Views: 22621
Location: Tokelau

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Please welcome 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, officially formed today. Finally, after years of hesitations, the restructuring of helicopter elements has started. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EUiaeSsWkAE7iiH?format=jpg&name=small And no, in case you are wondering, it is NOT an April's fools. I wond...
by topman
09 Mar 2020, 17:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

we will make a strong financial commitment Like you have any say in it :D Never said I did English language on line one. We being the UK. Perhaps I should have put it in speech marks, I thought it obvious enough but clearly not. Your mistake, my fault. I shall ensure I am crystal clear in future.
by topman
08 Mar 2020, 18:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Talk is cheap, yes of course we will make a strong financial commitment to further purchases in FY 2047/48. Like you have any say in it :D Never said I did. But statements of planned spending in several decades time are pretty much meaningless in the UK system of government. This review will kick t...
by topman
08 Mar 2020, 08:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 591725
Location: Tokelau

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

Talk is cheap, yes of course we will make a strong financial commitment to further purchases in FY 2047/48.
by topman
30 Jan 2020, 07:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1058
Views: 174880
Location: Tokelau

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

Digger22 wrote:This whole P8 purchase is a complete and utter waste of money, and if it's just me that doesn't want anymore of the bloody things, then I'm comfortable with that.


Any particular reason you're not keen?

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