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by Timmymagic
21 Apr 2019, 13:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Surely a navalised EC135/145 or AW109 (all of which we already use), equipped for SAR would be an ideal (and cheap) fit for this task. Also makes an awful lot of sense as a Gazelle replacement on land. Simply put high ranking officers will always demand to be carried around...sometimes for good rea...
by Timmymagic
19 Apr 2019, 21:52
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

That's what I was thinking that Merlins were to valuable in their ASW role so why not use something cheaper to run for the equally essential role of planeguard Even if we have 8 Merlin HM.2 and 2 Merlin HC.4 on the carrier and 1 Merlin and 1 Wildcat on the escorts that is actually less than is need...
by Timmymagic
19 Apr 2019, 21:04
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Sorry if this sounds dumb but does anybody know if a naval Wildcat is going to act as a plane guard for the carriers, As i thought it might be a lot cheaper than running a Merlin ? I'm sure I read that they will use Merlins for downed aircraft inland but does that include plane guard duties ? No Wi...
by Timmymagic
19 Apr 2019, 16:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519097
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Jdam wrote:This may sound a bit selfish but a part of me hopes we don't sell the plans to anyone, the design is unique to the Royal Navy and I think it gives the ships an identity that other nations don’t have.


We already sold them to the French in 2006...
by Timmymagic
19 Apr 2019, 16:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20051
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

These need to be modified to take on the task of Armed Recce in a similar vain as the US Army did converting the OH-58D Kiowa in to he Kiowa Warrior, possibly equipped as mentioned above. No-one is going to equip land based Wildcat with anything more substantial than a machine gun until the Apache ...
by Timmymagic
17 Apr 2019, 08:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 263
Views: 11816
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

A small fleet of these operating in the north could be a great addition if they can find away round the communication problem There was some mention of improved underwater comms (what was journalistically termed an 'underwater internet'..) a while ago, not sure what could be expected of those thoug...
by Timmymagic
17 Apr 2019, 07:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 56337
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Always worthwhile to remember that "Xth Generation" is pretty much just Lockheed Martin marketing terminology that has somehow gotten picked up worldwide. Yes. Some of the boundaries used between generations are fairly arbitrary....almost as if someone in marketing was coming up with it. ...
by Timmymagic
17 Apr 2019, 07:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 263
Views: 11816
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Looks like the RN are finally looking to get in the XLUUV game... Unless QinetiQ, James Fisher, Ultra, Atlas, Thales and BAE get their skates on now this one is only going to one place...Boeing Orca. It would be nice to not have a direct award to Boeing for once... https://twitter.com/AndyNetherwood...
by Timmymagic
16 Apr 2019, 13:52
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 125
Views: 9302
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Had to happen sooner or later...apparently weather related. No word on how serious the crash but apparently happened during or shortly after takeoff.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airb ... SKCN1RN0QD
by Timmymagic
15 Apr 2019, 17:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 578
Views: 26543
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Poiuytrewq wrote:Order eight and the magic 24 number would be sorted.


Think you're maths is out....
6 T45, 8 T26 + 8 T31 = 22 Escorts
by Timmymagic
15 Apr 2019, 15:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 56337
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Has anyone here heard anything of this or is it all just bullshit ? Weapons grade bullshit. BAE want to be the lead on this. It has little to offer the US at present as they're balls deep on F-35, B-21 with the US aviation industry looking towards F/A-XX and PCA. One of the key requirements for it ...
by Timmymagic
14 Apr 2019, 09:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25660
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

SW1 wrote:But it isn’t a routine task it’s a priority task. You don’t send people who are training to your priority task they need to be combat ready.


It's a peacetime task. And an asset with trainees onboard also has the trainers on board...who tend to be the best around....
by Timmymagic
13 Apr 2019, 13:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25660
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

With the routine of the peacetime role of TAPS it is easy to forget that in times of heightened tension or conflict the TAPS vessel will become a primary target for one of the most capable of opposition forces in the world. This is an argument for keeping TAPS within the T26 fleet. That's true to a...
by Timmymagic
13 Apr 2019, 11:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25660
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Does the RN have enough ASW specialist to just man the type 23/26 asw vessels or an excess of crew so it can put them on other vessels without have to take them away from primary assets? Not sure. But its a whole lot cheaper and an easy win to train some additional crew over a period of years to ma...
by Timmymagic
13 Apr 2019, 09:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1706
Views: 79713
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

AS do most people who don't live in a City. Where I live there used to be two major Air Force Bases that flew fast jets, yet when the aircraft were withdrawn and the Council wanting to turn one into an airfreight Hub the locals all complained about the noise that would result. Sort term memory nimb...
by Timmymagic
13 Apr 2019, 09:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519097
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

There is also a deficit in all aircraft types that will be operated from them Really? - It's going to have the worlds best strike fighter in F-35 - UK F-35B with Asraam CSP and Meteor will be the best fleet interceptor ever fielded by any nation - Merlin HM.2 the best shipborne ASW on earth - Merli...
by Timmymagic
11 Apr 2019, 13:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25660
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

The writing is on the RN is getting seven new simple ships (5 OPV + 2 LSS), that covers the simple tasks, now focus on making the escorts real escorts. If we can get another vessel to cover TAPS that would be a straightforward win as well. It should be a mission for the MCM replacement vessel (hope...
by Timmymagic
10 Apr 2019, 10:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 56337
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

So the pilot can withstand higher G, that IMHO in the future will be important if fighter drones becomes a thing. Already done with the F-16. The P.125 was as much to do with directed energy weapons and the potential for pilots being blinded. Laying down, rather than sitting up, may increase your a...
by Timmymagic
09 Apr 2019, 22:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 56337
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I would be enormously surprised if a jet even with this lacks physical controls. I figure this will be an enhancement, not a replacement. Agreed on the physical controls. It will be very difficult to work the VR like in the video under high G loads. The cockpit of the future could just have some cl...
by Timmymagic
09 Apr 2019, 21:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Light Multi Role Missile
Replies: 8
Views: 1208
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Light Multi Role Missile

Been a while since there has been anything posted on this one. It's due in 2019. Very, very quiet though....not seen any test footage recently. In October 2018 a sustainment contract was signed with Thales covering LMM and Starstreak. https://navaltoday.com/2018/10/26/thales-to-upgrade-royal-navy-ma...
by Timmymagic
08 Apr 2019, 13:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 455
Views: 24389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Of course funding permitting, having a true dedicated long range under armour system like Spike-NLOS or even a ground launched derivative of Brimstone 3 would be a valuable addition, with the CTA40/Javelin-ER Turret equipped vehicles being allocated one per platoon instead. The perfect solution wil...
by Timmymagic
04 Apr 2019, 14:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519097
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Why on earth does it fold that way instead of swinging back like the Sea Kings? Looks daft. Looking at the picture my guess would be due to the fact they’re using the weapons mounting pylon location any rotation aft may have cause ground clearance issues in the event of a tire deflation and gear st...
by Timmymagic
04 Apr 2019, 14:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519097
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I honestly cannot bring to mind a large aircraft carrier design that has ever been exported as a design for someone else to build due to wanting the design. That is quite a coup for British design if that goes through, the only large carrier in modern times to achieve an export contract! Perhaps no...
by Timmymagic
04 Apr 2019, 09:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 125
Views: 9302
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

As long as there is enough power to reach the operating altitude... There is some truth in that, but its also fair to say solar powered UAV's struggle in higher latitudes. Development of solar arrays and batteries, plus more efficient motors and designs will bridge that gap somewhat but at the mome...

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