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by Timmymagic
27 May 2020, 16:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 380
Views: 79966
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

What is the practice with the "guard" helicopter, launched to be ready for quick reaction should any 'ditching' occur? - for the cost over many years Wildcat would be by far cheaper than a Merlin - if it's launched from an escort, the interference with deck ops would be less - there must ...
by Timmymagic
27 May 2020, 10:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 380
Views: 79966
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

So it looks like Wildcat is going to form part of the QLZ's airgroup when she deploys next year. Pretty sure they mean it will be onboard an escorting vessel. Don't think there are any plans to actually keep Wildcat aboard the QE Class. Interesting Leonardo Wildcat/Sea Venom video just released sho...
by Timmymagic
26 May 2020, 12:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 159
Views: 42464
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Sentinel to be removed from service March 2021. Don't think we can expect a reprieve this time....the MoD are saying it down to obsolescence...after 13 years in service....with one of the most advanced sensors aloft... https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/sentinel-r1-to-be-scrapped-next-year-due-to-obsol...
by Timmymagic
25 May 2020, 09:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 380
Views: 79966
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Didn't really appreciate the wing cant until I saw this image. It doesn't look like you could even use a GPMG mount effectively given the space the wing occupies, certainly not an M3M.

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by Timmymagic
21 May 2020, 10:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1051
Views: 160860
Location: United Kingdom

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

It needs special brackets that lower the radar down below the engines to give a clear field of view. Only a couple of USN aircraft have this fitted. It also needs ventral fins/strakes added to the aircraft. Only a small number of US P-8 have these. None of the UK P-8 have been fitted to date. I sus...
by Timmymagic
20 May 2020, 17:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 152
Views: 44257
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Really, did I miss that it just forget, have we officially ordered them? Sorry missed this. Yes ordered 3 in 2016. One of the ones that crashed in Australia in 2019 was one of the MoD ones (although it sounded like it might be repairable, but no news whatsoever since). The other one was an Airbus o...
by Timmymagic
15 May 2020, 22:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 237271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

SW1 wrote:Boeing will still be here but it needs to light a fire under a new small jet as soon as it gets max back in the air.


Don't think they have the cash or the engineering resource at present, and won't for a fair few years. The loss of the Embraer deal has killed them in that segment.
by Timmymagic
15 May 2020, 22:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 537089
Location: United Kingdom

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

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Part of the explanation for slower progress could be that some purely US 'stuff' is given priority, like:


The way I've read those is that they're tests incorporating the current level of development and have taken little away from the block 4 development
by Timmymagic
15 May 2020, 19:57
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 537089
Location: United Kingdom

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

24 in 24! 28 in 28! I've been in favour of limiting the UK's buy of F-35 to c90 maximum for a while. That was based on fiscal realities and the necessity of switching the UK's Combat Air effort to Tempest at some point c2030. But I have to say I think now we should stick at 70-75 max and use them f...
by Timmymagic
15 May 2020, 17:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 537089
Location: United Kingdom

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

The Block 4 upgrade - a modernisation of the relatively new stealth fighter’s software and hardware - was initially to be delivered by 2024, but now will not be handed over until 2026, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on 12 May. Been saying that Meteor, A...
by Timmymagic
10 May 2020, 14:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1214
Views: 171110
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

RetroSicotte wrote:It sounds a lot like marketing blab for just general line software upkeep and refactoring.


They'd have been a BAE announcement of a big contract if there had been a big upgrade programme. This can only be software and removal of obsolescent components.
by Timmymagic
07 May 2020, 18:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11501
Views: 1374336
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I must admit that I do think that adding a few RAM batteries to the carriers (less impact on aircraft operations than e.g. CAMM, as they can be mounted in positions where they don't need to launch across the flight deck/ path), alongside Phalanx (to give them, effectively, their own "Goalkeepe...
by Timmymagic
07 May 2020, 12:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 380
Views: 79966
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

It's being reported that Wildcat has fired Martlet for the first time from the Wildcat weapons wing, at a boat target off Wales (presumably Aberporth Firing Range). Intriguingly its being reported that the missile used SAL AND Infrared...hopefully this isn't a press release mistake referring to the ...
by Timmymagic
04 May 2020, 18:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 237271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

There was an article in one of the Aviation mag about a year ago going on about how USAF were burning up F-22 hours and money doing QRA and chasing Russian Bears and that the F-15 was a much better option from a cost point of view and was a over match for the task Thats part of the reason why the R...
by Timmymagic
04 May 2020, 14:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 237271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

The fifth-generation aircraft are meant to replace the country's fleet of 60 or so F-16s, with yearly deliveries scheduled between six to eight planes until the target number of 37 is reached. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2019/10/08/the-netherlands-to-buy-nine-more-f-35s-for-11-billion...
by Timmymagic
04 May 2020, 12:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 237271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

This will depend on Russia and how it ramps up its 5th gen capability if we take it as a NATO whole Europe will have 250 + fifth gen jets plus its forth gen jets do France and Germany need to buy US built fifth gen now who other than Russia is going operate fifth gen in there area of operations Rea...
by Timmymagic
01 May 2020, 19:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11501
Views: 1374336
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Sorry if this is a stupid question or mentioned before, could the gun mounts be used for the combination gun+martlet system as tested a few months back? & could that account for a delay fitting to the carriers as they are making up there minds ? Yes. The system tested was a standard DS-30M ASCG...
by Timmymagic
30 Apr 2020, 15:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 537089
Location: United Kingdom

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

The critics really are running out of steam now on F-35. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but there was certainly a Russian disinformation campaign for a number of years around F-35, all aimed at getting sentiment against it. It's good to see that its failed, and the people who went along with it thoro...
by Timmymagic
30 Apr 2020, 15:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 237271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Was about to say that, which then takes us to AWACS-like look-down radars; of which Russia has quite a few Actually they don't. On paper they have 22 A-50M (the old Mainstay model) and 6 A-50U, which is the new version. But when you look at Ivanovo, the main operating base you can see over half the...
by Timmymagic
30 Apr 2020, 13:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 237271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I've been curious about this too. It's not like the 80s when 'the front' was slap bang in the middle of Germany. How long do they honestly think a fleet of 30 Super Hornets is going to give them any kind of effective strike capability? I'd even have questions over whether the F-35 could safely deli...
by Timmymagic
30 Apr 2020, 10:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11501
Views: 1374336
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Yes wonder what the hold up is. Also I seem to remember that the Carriers would also get 30mm guns, maybe I was mistaken. They are also to get the ASCG mount for the 30mm's. Think later in the year to be ready for CSG21. The holdup will probably be the number of available mounts and those finishing...
by Timmymagic
29 Apr 2020, 21:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11501
Views: 1374336
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

zanahoria wrote:If the Royal Navy manages to pull off a successful deployment with no cases of Coronavirus on board, it will be a huge achievement. Fingers crossed.


It's good to see clearly that the Captain has the discretion to return to port no questions asked as well.
by Timmymagic
14 Apr 2020, 11:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 537089
Location: United Kingdom

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

The UK carriers will almost always carry USMC jets I don't think that will be the case. Particularly given the recent USMC restructure announced that may cut the overall number of F-35B available. Quite rightly I'd expect the USMC to only embark F-35B to QE Class when they're going to an area, or o...
by Timmymagic
07 Apr 2020, 11:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 171
Views: 44509
Location: United Kingdom

Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

I wonder if the new Protector will be used over the UK during counter terrorist operations. Their ability to stay on station far longer than a helicopter and be far higher would have advantages. Obviously I am not suggesting using the platforms in an armed configuration here though I am sure there ...
by Timmymagic
04 Apr 2020, 11:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 139
Views: 18129
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

The AW169 and AW609 are both far, far too small to replace Puma or Merlin. AW's current Puma sized replacements are the AW139M and the AW149. To replace the Merlin in size and capability they need to develop a folding wing variant of the NextGenCTR. If we could hold on until the 2030-35 timeframe it...

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