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by Timmymagic
25 Oct 2020, 13:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 397
Views: 85631
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Sonar reel and deploy system is in a 10ft container size, with another 20ft container presumably used for control and analysis. Surely the system can be added to - River B1 and B2 OPVs - T31 frigates - T45 destroyers - Echo-class survey ships - and may be Mk.10 or future (say, Caimen90) LCUs I stil...
by Timmymagic
25 Oct 2020, 08:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011143
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I very much doubt 32kt - I would expect about 28+? QE did 29.5 knots on builders trials a few days after she left Rosyth for the first time. AIS was then shut off at that point, which would indicate they were taking her faster. It's all academic anyway. Both QE and the US CVN's can maintain a high ...
by Timmymagic
24 Oct 2020, 21:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011143
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Thought the big o" American CVN's were over 33knts? but they do have 250 000hp !!! compared to only 130 000 ? for a QEC I'm afraid not. They top out at 31.5 knots. There isn't any secret sauce that will get them beyond that. The fastest carriers ever were the Forrestal's.....Enterprise was the...
by Timmymagic
23 Oct 2020, 20:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 376890
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A new to me image of Tempest from Bae shown with USAF Skyborg It's a rather odd image for BAE to use for a US contract win. Was it one they'd mocked up for the UK already? Or was the Tempest CGI the only '5th generation' airframe they had available to use (prevented from using the more realistic F-...
by Timmymagic
23 Oct 2020, 20:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011143
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The promotion listed a top speed of 25 knots I seem to recall it was approaching 30 on trials They're not allowed to state the top speed. 25 knots is the contractual minimum top speed, at end of life (50 years) with worn machinery, dirty hull and all growth margin used up. QE did hit over 29 knots ...
by Timmymagic
20 Oct 2020, 15:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 346775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Look like some more good news for Eurofighter coming soon....in addition to Germany's Project Quadriga. This one has been in the offing for a fair while, 20 Typhoon's with AESA Radar 1 for the Spanish Air Force to replace their older EF-18 that are close to being out of airframe hours. To be deliver...
by Timmymagic
20 Oct 2020, 10:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 399
Views: 104761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Still waiting for an answer to these important questions from somebody, anybody. The only real UK 'marinisation' in 2011 was the Boeing developed Blade Fold Kit, developed specifically for the WAH-64. No other operator had it in use at the time. Add in the ground breaking development of AH-64 marin...
by Timmymagic
19 Oct 2020, 21:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 397
Views: 85631
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Interesting, thanks for posting this. I didn't see any mention that the RN is trilling this system. Did that news come from someplace else? There was a press release/contracts award in the last year from the UK to CAE for MAD-XR trials on Merlin. Can't find it though.. Interestingly...guess who mak...
by Timmymagic
19 Oct 2020, 13:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 397
Views: 85631
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

This article suggests practical air launches of u.u.v in asw operations, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... 6113000204 Given all of the work on HAAWC, high altitude drops of torpedoes dating back to WW2, years of dropping sonobuoys and LWT's from helicopters and MPA etc. it should be fairl...
by Timmymagic
19 Oct 2020, 13:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 397
Views: 85631
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

I don't know about the P-8 but the USN recently announced that its Seahawk Helo's were to be fitted with an advanced MAD system. RN is also trialling one on Merlin. It's the same system as the USN MH-60R trials from CAE Systems in Canada, the MAD-XR (also seen in the tweet from Icarus). AFAIK its n...
by Timmymagic
18 Oct 2020, 11:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 346775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Expect you are right, but unless you have inside knowledge its an educated guess, have Leonardo allocated certain work packages to Italy at one of their 'centres of excellance', we don't know. All of Leonardo's top end radar expertise is in the Leonardo UK arm. There is a 'chinese wall' between tha...
by Timmymagic
13 Oct 2020, 18:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 243
Views: 56920
Location: United Kingdom

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

Say what? PS is this the one that keeps crashing in Australia? Yep...I've edited that... No, thats Zephyr. 1 hard landing and 1 crash. Both appear to have been 'learning opportunities'...I do wonder, given that they both happened following the transfer to a new location, is there was a change of pe...
by Timmymagic
13 Oct 2020, 15:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6663
Views: 925971
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

A lot of interest from foreign buyers? Hard to see how serious these are at this stage. Is the interest in purchasing one of the 5 that have been ordered at a future date (and no doubt bargain price) as set out in the original strategy, or for additional units. Or even god forbid one of the 5 being...
by Timmymagic
13 Oct 2020, 12:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 376890
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

This is a pretty good video demonstrating the complexities and usefullness of Remote Carriers and Manned/Unmanned Teaming.

by Timmymagic
13 Oct 2020, 12:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 243
Views: 56920
Location: United Kingdom

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

New Update from BAE on Phasa 35. This was a soak test. Not flight. It's worth noting that although Phasa 35 has really progressed rapidly, its still a long, long way behind Zephyr. Nothing heard on Zephyr recently (although thats not unusual in itself).. https://twitter.com/BAESystemsAir/status/1315...
by Timmymagic
10 Oct 2020, 11:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 243
Views: 56920
Location: United Kingdom

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

The Royal Artillery already has MBDA's Fire Shadow loitering (100km range, 6 hours loiter) available. Once it was ready for deployment in 2014(?) everything went quiet? Got cancelled....technically was in service, typical really all the hard work done... One thing it didn't have was the ability to ...
by Timmymagic
09 Oct 2020, 13:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 243
Views: 56920
Location: United Kingdom

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

Good spot from someone...RM's showing off a U-Vision Hero loitering munition. Presumably being trialled. Can't imagine they're too happy at it being advertised as, like Exactor, it's an Israeli system. Looks like a Hero 30 (or possibly the 70) Good spot from someone...RM's showing off a U-Vision He...
by Timmymagic
08 Oct 2020, 18:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 783822
Location: United Kingdom

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

with a massive USAF base and our whole Expeditionary Airwing - stretching from the Med to the Gulf - commanded out of there. As you say, they might not get the a/c (as they don't need them) but it is a way of signalling "don't forget us". I hope the US extracts a Qatar/Israel peace deal a...
by Timmymagic
07 Oct 2020, 19:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011143
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I wonder who is using the AW-109SP. It was allegedly being used on the Isles of Scilly route but has an...interesting set of destinations for a private helicopter over the last few weeks..

Thinking about it...Royal Visit?
by Timmymagic
07 Oct 2020, 17:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011143
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Puma's must just be visiting whilst she's in port surely? Thought there were real restrictions on using them at sea as their high CoG made them unsafe (in the UK's eye's, Super Puma is used afloat elsewhere) for operations. Don't think we ever saw any on HMS Ocean. Seem to remember that was one of t...
by Timmymagic
07 Oct 2020, 10:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12530
Views: 2011143
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Hopefully the "ship without planes" narrative is now well and truly confined to history. It has now migrated to...'the aircraft carrier with US planes'. Which ignores the UK aircraft (including all the Merlin) onboard. But, lets be fair it is also true. The fact that the programme plan ha...
by Timmymagic
05 Oct 2020, 11:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 376890
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Here's the picture that Jane's shows of the UK/Japanese Meteor. I was a little surprised it doesn't have the clipped wings of the F-35B variant. Or am I mistaken on that? Never seen an image of the clipped wings variant. Don't think MBDA have ever released any images of it. It is not the procuremen...
by Timmymagic
02 Oct 2020, 19:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2175
Views: 376890
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Is it maybe for the JNAAM Anglo-Japanese advanced Meteor missile which pretty much seems to be a Meteor with a Japanese AESA seeker Just posted on the MBDA thread the update on JNAAM from Janes. According to them its $11.4m for JNAAM so unless there is a multi year budget mentioned for it elsewhere...
by Timmymagic
02 Oct 2020, 19:06
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 783822
Location: United Kingdom

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

topman wrote:It did used to be done by RAF in house, but it was contracted out some time around 2011.


Are they bringing it back in house for Protector?
by Timmymagic
02 Oct 2020, 19:04
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 243
Views: 56920
Location: United Kingdom

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

Good spot from someone...RM's showing off a U-Vision Hero loitering munition. Presumably being trialled. Can't imagine they're too happy at it being advertised as, like Exactor, it's an Israeli system. Looks like a Hero 30 (or possibly the 70) https://uvisionuav.com/products/#category_id_21 https://...

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