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by Timmymagic
20 Sep 2019, 23:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10262
Views: 801040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Got to say the RN Photographers are absolutely knocking it out of the park at the moment...fantastic picture. As much as we'd all like to see it, I'm afraid given the state of the MoD's equipment plan, and the amount of time that the V-22 has left in production, I suspect we'll never see a UK one. B...
by Timmymagic
20 Sep 2019, 13:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10262
Views: 801040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Apologies for linking to such a rag as the Daily Mail here. Apparently she's not fully finished on the inside though. Lots of complaining according to the Mail. A few people are saying this is accommodation for airwing etc. not for the main crew, so is not required right now. As a result its better...
by Timmymagic
19 Sep 2019, 22:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10262
Views: 801040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A fantastic day. Lots more milestones to come as the Carrier capability is developed further. But it does feel like we've reached the end of the beginning at least. Many thanks to all who have posted updates, their observations and (particularly) their photos over the years, especially those who hav...
by Timmymagic
19 Sep 2019, 13:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10262
Views: 801040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

cockneyjock1974 wrote:Incidentally “Hopetoun” is the worlds most powerful tug.


I did wonder which tug was going to be the lead with Tempest in Portsmouth.
by Timmymagic
19 Sep 2019, 13:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10262
Views: 801040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

cockneyjock1974 wrote:Yeah but I’ve got T31’s to look forward to! So it begins again lol.


And re-fits for QE..and hopefully FSS...lets just hope they come there as well.
by Timmymagic
19 Sep 2019, 12:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10262
Views: 801040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

cockneyjock1974 wrote:My house.


I imagine its going to be a bit odd to look at Rosyth and not see a carrier in or at least one under construction after 10 years of it.
by Timmymagic
19 Sep 2019, 11:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10262
Views: 801040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:PoW's AIS came on at 11:00. A flotilla of tugs are berthed inside the basin's west wall.


No tweets from Tugmaster Rob this time as SD Tempest is still in Portsmouth, I think he's moved to another tug as well.
by Timmymagic
16 Sep 2019, 21:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Smaller for sure, less effective? Are you sure? I’m not able to provide hard data because it’s always hard to find data about radar performances especially on systems currently in service. It's very simple. Size matters. And the Gripen (like the Rafale, but for different reasons) has a very small n...
by Timmymagic
16 Sep 2019, 14:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

According to an industrialist, it will be very hard to convince German politicians to finance a multi-billion demonstrator. To make them accept the first contract at Le Bourget had already been difficult. Sam thing happened with Typhoon. The Germans dragged their feet and eventually refused to get ...
by Timmymagic
15 Sep 2019, 20:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Meriv9 wrote:Are there Japanese products that you need and viceversa?


The UK and Japan are working on the Meteor-AESA variant together (JNAAM). Both the UK and Italy could be well placed to help the Japanese move forward with their aircraft carriers (although the first port of call will be the USMC).
by Timmymagic
15 Sep 2019, 20:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Just one post before I wrote that we shouldn't focus on Pesco funds, but that doesn't mean they arent important. PESCO funds are an irrelevance. 500m EUR spread across every defence project going is going to mean next to bugger all for combat air, and what little there is will get siphoned off by F...
by Timmymagic
15 Sep 2019, 14:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349318
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

We are talking about these systems coming into service over the next nine years. In the same period we will start to retire the T23s 114mm guns. We will be replacing a bespoke system (with all the exceptional coss that that entails) with two of the more common gun systems available in the West, wit...
by Timmymagic
14 Sep 2019, 19:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Think the Netherlands will always tow the EU line tbh They've actually been sniffing around Tempest. Just thought also maybe the Israels onboard with tempest Kiss goodbye to any sales in the middle east then... None of the names mentioned earlier make any sense. None have large amounts of money to ...
by Timmymagic
14 Sep 2019, 14:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10262
Views: 801040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Has anyone else noticed on google Earth, on the grassy area outside the Fleet Air Arm museum in Yeovilton, there is a deck layout of a QE carrier? Definately not 1:1 scale either! As others have said its a childrens playground. But....RNAS Culdrose does have an exact scale replica of the Invincible...
by Timmymagic
13 Sep 2019, 15:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Are Spain planning on replacing their carrier? Can the existing carrier operate the F35b? If not then they'll almost certainly opt for the French/German option. If they are then the F35 (A & B) would probably fill there needs. Not any time soon. They've also not signed up to F-35B, but it is se...
by Timmymagic
13 Sep 2019, 15:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

shark bait wrote:Spain have no firm plans at the moment, but I think they wanted to align with the French/Germans.


Spain signed up with FCAS the other day. Indra is their lead on it, which apparently has pissed off Airbus Defence somewhat...
by Timmymagic
12 Sep 2019, 23:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I'd like to see something substantive develop from these agreements, but I wonder if Italy have signed up in order to gain leverage to secure a more substantive role in the French/German programme Still to be worked out. But the Italian's seemed very hacked off with the French/German alliance. That...
by Timmymagic
12 Sep 2019, 23:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 113
Views: 14458
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Australia were keen if we went ahead with disposal they’ve now ordered similar but from gulfstream I know they look similar, but the MC-55A Peregrine are, as far as I'm aware, Electronic Warfare not radar reconaissance like Sentinel. The Indian ERJ based aircraft is AEW&C, it might have some gr...
by Timmymagic
10 Sep 2019, 14:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 64253
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

No mention of what aviation support facilities there are in the BMT/Navantia design - assume same as the Tide class? If so, my view is that it’s missing an opportunity and would like to see the same as RFA Victoria - IF there will be more than 2 and the additional 1/2 could be used to support other...
by Timmymagic
10 Sep 2019, 13:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 64253
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Harland and Wolff has a workforce of 130. And you don't just recruit a trained and skilled workforce overnight. So where do you get them from? And they haven't built a ship in 13 years, and nothing of this scale for longer. It's going to be interesting to see what design the UK consortium come up w...
by Timmymagic
10 Sep 2019, 12:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 64253
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Aethulwulf wrote:Who knows, maybe Navantia will buy Harland and Wolff and the build a UK design in a UK shipyard (owned by a Spanish company).


They've also tweeted out an image of the original MARS SSS today...think someone in their press team needs to have a word...
by Timmymagic
10 Sep 2019, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 64253
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Details of the BMT Navantia FSS design. Strongly based on the Tide class... It's weird, everyone has been saying its based on the Supply Class/Cantabria offering. Now the brochure has a Tide Class derivative image, the same one that was published in 2018 by the MoD/DSEI (based on BMT's work) that e...
by Timmymagic
10 Sep 2019, 10:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

But on our forum we are discussing about timing, our calendars would coincide perfectly if not by the gap of the Tornado-F35A, what are UK projects about that? UK has addressed Tornado retirement by undertaking Project Centurion, which has moved most of the Tornado capabilities over to Typhoon (Bri...
by Timmymagic
10 Sep 2019, 10:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A larger pic.
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by Timmymagic
10 Sep 2019, 10:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107898
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Confirmed. As expected Italy has joined the Tempest Programme.
Great news!


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