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by Timmymagic
19 Nov 2018, 09:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1495
Views: 42604
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

...perhaps (?) we are only going to integrate this newer Meteor onto F-35s, bridge the capability with the already integrated Amraams and back them up with the longer ranged "old" Meteors, carried by the less stealthy Typhoons The Amraam D's will provide a 'long' range capability for F-35...
by Timmymagic
17 Nov 2018, 22:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8892
Views: 324608
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote:This is a great illustration of how much space a single Chinook takes up.


Never noticed that before but it looks like there is one of the 'big boards' in the hangar at the end as well. Probably a couple more in there as well for visibility, makes sense..
by Timmymagic
17 Nov 2018, 22:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8892
Views: 324608
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

An interesting article on the QE Class hangar gantry cranes. IR operated to avoid RF interference..

http://scxspecialprojects.co.uk/news/sc ... of-wales1/
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2018, 18:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147580
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Technical Specifications Length—11.2m I believe it will be operable from T26 mission bay handling. But how high a sea state can it run in? It's definitely part of the answer. A USV like the ARCIMS with a small towed sonar like a helicopter one or just deploying a sonobuoy on a winch would be useful...
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2018, 18:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147580
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I accept that sonar bouys (like everything else) may be going up in price they must still be considered effective must they not? I've no doubt the modern ones are effective. Particularly the multistatic versions that rely on active sonobuoys being used in conjunction with passive with complex proce...
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2018, 16:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8892
Views: 324608
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Later noted by the author of the tweet that its the Michael Monsoor. And a Burke Class leading. Taken from the Tidespring I believe.

by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2018, 16:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3512
Views: 95286
Location: United Kingdom

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

matt00773 wrote:Leeds/Sheffield


Sheffield perhaps. But probably not a Leeds. Leeds did have one of the ex-US 4 stackers named after it (called Town Class in UK service). But traditionally it has adopted a larger vessel (the last Ark Royal was tied to Leeds in place of a ship named Leeds).
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2018, 15:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147580
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How long will it be before the environmental impact precludes the widespread use of complex sonobuoys outside of a conflict situation? It might seem like a small consideration now but it may not be in the future. Indeed. But for me the profligate use of sonobuoys wasn't really possible even in the ...
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2018, 13:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147580
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just to understand you correctly. Are you suggesting a vessel capable of embarking a Merlin, a Wildcat and 2x Hero's simultaneously ? No. Merlin + 2 x Hero's on T26 Wildcat and 1-2 Hero's on T31 or T45 In the Merlin's case on T26 the Hero's would essentially act as relocatable sonobuoys to support ...
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2018, 13:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 494
Views: 9536
Location: United Kingdom

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

The Falklands. We sent 4 converted trawlers loaded with a bolt on minesweeping kit. I think they arrived after the landings went in though. They were used to clear the waters around Stanley afterwards. Wasn't the minesweeping kit quite specialised as well (for rumoured Soviet Deepwater mines) Prior...
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2018, 13:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8012
Views: 147580
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Does anybody know if any consideration has been given to using sonar bouys instead ? Lightweight, cheap, and we will soon have them in service again on the P8 ,I'm sure Ultra would be more than happy to come up with a Heli born rig ? I took the quote from the T45 post. But I'm interested in others ...
by Timmymagic
10 Nov 2018, 18:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1199
Views: 30327
Location: United Kingdom

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

Lord Jim wrote: Is fitting a RWS standard on all operationally deployed CR2s now, I cannot remember see them fitted to the CR2s in the Baltics.


I think we're going to have quite a few spare from the Panther in due course. A lot of platforms that had them mounted in Afghan had them pinched from Panther.
by Timmymagic
08 Nov 2018, 17:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Germany might be tempted to use the Tempest effort/ join it, to up the game from Tr3+ to Tr4? "Thus any partners might be involved in some, all or just certain aspects of project." Possibly. But I suspect they're not really looking much beyond the P1E, AESA and Centurion style upgrades at...
by Timmymagic
07 Nov 2018, 18:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1495
Views: 42604
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Nobody has ever seriously considered taking them up, and i wonder if a single one will ever be successfully sold. The problem is they cost a tonne of cash to fly and support. The T1's are still fantastically capable fighters, but if you've got the money for high end fighters you want multi role or ...
by Timmymagic
07 Nov 2018, 13:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1495
Views: 42604
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Good news for Typhoon if it actually goes ahead. Although this protects the German production line, it will mean an awful lot of work for UK suppliers including BAE.

by Timmymagic
07 Nov 2018, 13:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The old adage: let the missiles (w/o a human onboard) do the turning! And that's why a lot of the super manoeuvrability that is demonstrated at low speed at airshows really makes zero sense in the real world. Why lose all of your energy in a Cobra manoeuvre to get off a missile shot if you can get ...
by Timmymagic
07 Nov 2018, 13:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 88
Views: 3175
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)

Good news on the Vanguard (and Astute) reactor cores. Looks like Vanguards was replaced unnecessarily in the end, but good news for the rest..

https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/a-reli ... efuelling/
by Timmymagic
07 Nov 2018, 10:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Didn't they try and market VT as a fuel saving device not so long ago? Not needing the control surfaces, etc... The BAe/MDD/Northrop JSF proposal (which was by far the most interesting, and by the best design houses) incorporated a tailless design and relied on thrust vectoring for some control. I ...
by Timmymagic
02 Nov 2018, 16:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

EOTS is too tightly integrated to be an easy upgrade, Didn't the F-35 programme announce a very easy upgrade recently? They're replacing the E/O sensors with new versions. Not even from the original manufacturer. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lockheed-reveals-advanced-eots-targeting-se...
by Timmymagic
29 Oct 2018, 14:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8892
Views: 324608
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is the cue in the second part of the name... ie. will the function be different, or are their additions to it? Prime Contractor, thats all. The boats looked like the standard design with a passenger module on the back. I wonder if the order for Alnmaritec was placed for the PTB's for QE as needed s...
by Timmymagic
29 Oct 2018, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8892
Views: 324608
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

so some sharing of PTB's must be going on. If I remember correctly the PTB's for QE were from Alnmaritec, but the PTB's for PoW are from the recent workboat order that has been placed with Atlas Elektronik. By the looks of it there will be 7 in total, 4 from Alnmaritec, 3 from Atlas (presumably one...
by Timmymagic
26 Oct 2018, 23:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 8892
Views: 324608
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

New US Navy video about the F-35 trials on QE, with bonus SH-60 taking off in the background...

by Timmymagic
26 Oct 2018, 20:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1040
Views: 22744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

yone really see a Typhoon only doing a 25 year service (please ignore which trache), when most front line fighters these days are expected to do 40ish years... Yes. In the UK I could. We refurbished and rebuilt Jaguar into the GR.3 then canned them shortly afterwards (just before they would have be...

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