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by Timmymagic
19 Jun 2019, 23:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

For me the design is pretty much the mcdd/ng/bae jsf offering that lost out before the x32/x35 fly off but with two engines. The tailless JAST/JSF was very much the most interesting, real pity that it lost out. But despite lots of manufacturers proposing tailless design when push comes to shove (ex...
by Timmymagic
19 Jun 2019, 09:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Not sure what you were expecting. This was about conveying an image of what a system of systems approach to future battlefield might look like and where conceptual ideas of how it maybe achieved. Something a bit out of the ordinary, but more than anything a coherent concept from both partners worki...
by Timmymagic
18 Jun 2019, 22:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190354
Location: United Kingdom

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

4 or 6 meteors internally I wonder It's a good point, dimensionally there is no reason why the clipped wing Meteor that will be used on F-35 couldn't be mounted like the proposed Amraam arrangement. What would be even better is if there was a way to mount 2 x Asraam on the doors and have them as dr...
by Timmymagic
18 Jun 2019, 22:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SW1 wrote:A cranked arrow first appeared with what was called the f16 xl.


You could make the claim that it really appeared with the Draken.
by Timmymagic
18 Jun 2019, 22:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Although there was murmurings of Tempest using "developed technology" from Typhoon, so a nose large enough for a Captor-E seems highlighted. What kind of size of the French model is to that I dunno. Captor-E is about 1,500 t/r modules in scope, F-22 was about 1,700 to 1,800 I think, so a ...
by Timmymagic
18 Jun 2019, 22:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The area I find most interesting is the loyal wingman concepts and the weapons thinking, more simplistic single mission, configurable, modular and could be introduced sooner and be integrated with current aircraft to move things only greatly in the cost capability arena. While there being shown wit...
by Timmymagic
18 Jun 2019, 17:25
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190354
Location: United Kingdom

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

Are you sure? That's without the engines presumably? Flyaway apparently (engine included)...It looks like the F-35B carries a c$20m premium over the F-35A (at least it has on the recent lots). Lockheed are also saying that they're still aiming for $25,000 per flight hour in 2025 (obviously this wil...
by Timmymagic
17 Jun 2019, 10:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

More on the Loyal Wingman and Remote Carrier's.
Airbus going all in on their products....A330 AWACS, A330 MRTT, Euromale UAV, Zephyr HAPS, A400M launching Loyal Wingmen



by Timmymagic
17 Jun 2019, 10:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Seems to be a little less 'chunky' than Tempest



Loyal Wingman and another MBDA Remote Carrier next to FCAS/NGF

by Timmymagic
17 Jun 2019, 10:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190354
Location: United Kingdom

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

Some good news for F-35 (and the UK). Looks like it will get even cheaper at FRP when the majority of UK orders will go in. Sounds like F-35B is on course to go under $100m, probably closer to $90-95m when we get to FRP.

by Timmymagic
17 Jun 2019, 10:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

And the reveal...

From the front its an F-22/23 mashup (canted tails). Can't see the planform though..



by Timmymagic
17 Jun 2019, 10:20
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190354
Location: United Kingdom

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

\Nothing we didn't know, Asraam CSP, Spear and Meteor for Block 4.

Worryingly though Lockheed don't appear to know what a JSM looks like...

by Timmymagic
16 Jun 2019, 22:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

On the stands the Neuron style flying wing is next to the still covered FCAS.

But it looks like Dassault have a number of other Loyal Wingmen concepts outside...

by Timmymagic
16 Jun 2019, 22:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Looks like the French and Germans are gearing up with a retaliatory mock up of FCAS/NGF at Le Bourget. Should be revealed tomorrow.. In the CGI it appears that the FCAS will have tails after all, but the stand model doesn't appear to, can't tell from the full sized mock-up photos seen so far. It is ...
by Timmymagic
16 Jun 2019, 21:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190354
Location: United Kingdom

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

A number of articles now reporting issues surrounding f35s that are making there way public https://www.defensenews.com/smr/hidden-troubles-f35/ Lockheed have come out with some answers to the list of issues. Looks like the supersonic issue on B's and C's will affect practically none of the UK's fl...
by Timmymagic
13 Jun 2019, 17:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

You say that, but workshare issues are a fundamental and priced in part of that programme. With Tempest it'll be a no less long and complex process of negotiation for workshare and the like with potential partners, but it'll be on an ad-hoc basis that will likely end up pleasing nobody. For Tempest...
by Timmymagic
13 Jun 2019, 15:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 604181
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Scimitar54 wrote: "Most of our previous Carriers have had Ski-Ramps". Three out of how many? The mind boggles.


Think you're forgetting Hermes...
by Timmymagic
13 Jun 2019, 09:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 71487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

"This would avoid repeating the UK’s experience as a member of the four-nation Eurofighter consortium, where he argues “preservation of the purity of the workshare arrangements sometimes seemed to be the main aim of the programme”." Thats the key part and its where Tempest has a massive ad...
by Timmymagic
12 Jun 2019, 10:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190354
Location: United Kingdom

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

You would think a plane as sophisticated as f35 would have a override to protect the pilot and get to steady level flight like others do. There aren't any that deploy automatically though, the MiG-29 one was a button press that resulted in a wings level, low rate of climb. But it still needed the p...
by Timmymagic
10 Jun 2019, 12:25
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190354
Location: United Kingdom

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

It looks like the recent Japanese fatal F-35 crash was a CFT. The recovery effort seems to have ceased following the recovery of the pilots remains. This might be the reason why they're not spending an age on the recovery effort. Near vertical crash into the ocean at m0.9 from 14,000 ft. There prob...
by Timmymagic
10 Jun 2019, 12:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 907
Views: 53766
Location: United Kingdom

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

With all of the Seedcorn instructor crews already operational on US P-8 there must now be a fairly decent sized MPA crew set up in place already. 2 new crews qualified, with 2-3 already operational under Seedcorn with another 2 more in the pipeline. P-8 will probably be the smoothest introduction to...
by Timmymagic
10 Jun 2019, 12:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190354
Location: United Kingdom

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

Some lovely photos here:



by Timmymagic
10 Jun 2019, 11:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190354
Location: United Kingdom

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

It looks like the recent Japanese fatal F-35 crash was a CFT. The recovery effort seems to have ceased following the recovery of the pilots remains.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-48578178
by Timmymagic
09 Jun 2019, 15:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 907
Views: 53766
Location: United Kingdom

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

SKB wrote:^ New artists impression of the RAF P-8A Poseidon


It looks great...but can't help but think it would look better in hemp...
by Timmymagic
07 Jun 2019, 10:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 604181
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:Found a video of QE passing underneath the Forth Rail Bridge...!


Must have been a windy day! The flag on the stern is pointing forard even though they're making a decent speed under the bridges. Wouldn't have wanted to be the person making the video up there on the bridge!

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