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by R686
06 Nov 2019, 16:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334759
Location: Australia

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

it was not the users decision, just a case of 'we're struggling to meet deadlines and the programme is in crisis Yeah, each gram (attachment points, as useless extras) was the name of the game then... for the "B" more so than the other versions That’s right the B had a weight problem forg...
by R686
05 Nov 2019, 20:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334759
Location: Australia

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

Getting back to the drop tank topic for a moment. I've found some material on the internet from a decade or so ago that talks about the tanks then under consideration: 480 gallons. I’m lead to believe they were dropped as there was no interest from member nations as F35 on internal fuel had greater...
by R686
02 Nov 2019, 11:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921509
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Just a quick one with no real world relevance but could the UK have built a conventional carrier the size of the ford class in the UK or we never of had the infrastructure to do it ?I'm not saying the cash for it or need btw Of course you could, just needed to spend the extra to enlarge the docks, ...
by R686
01 Nov 2019, 21:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334759
Location: Australia

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

Some interesting little nuggets can be found here the preceding parts are not really to important in regards to the UK but does give an overall indication on what is required in the way of enablers to increase the effectiveness of long range fighter aircraft, part 5 starts with the B just waiting on...
by R686
01 Nov 2019, 08:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334759
Location: Australia

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

Remember buddy buddy refueling in the USN, is primarily to get bolters back on deck And now they're moving past that, specifically developing a tanker for extended range operations against an opponent that can deny a carrier access. Semantics I know but it’s not the USN but USMC, but I’m sure the U...
by R686
01 Nov 2019, 01:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334759
Location: Australia

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

The need for on board AAR, COD let alone allowing the RM to be inserted faster and from far greater distance should be making a pretty strong case for the V-22 even though it is expensive. A purchase of enough to equip two squadrons would allow the FAA to properly support the carriers and the F-35s...
by R686
31 Oct 2019, 23:56
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334759
Location: Australia

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

the only exception is the F35 as it currently has greater range than most on internal fuel as those with expendable drop tanks yes, currently. As "we" have the FA-18 as a "peace time bridge" between A-12 and F-35... neither of the last two have 'long legs' Not sure exactly why y...
by R686
31 Oct 2019, 22:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334759
Location: Australia

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

You tell me a single aircraft in service right now that can have its guts ripped out and turned into a flying gas tank? The Belize mission was unique as was the aircraft. With regards to the carrier getting closer and negating AAR, it would have been too late the Guatemalans would have invaded. Wel...
by R686
21 Oct 2019, 23:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921509
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The Armchair Soldier wrote:https://youtu.be/IBsUgKgMzy8




When are they planning a max weight take offs?
by R686
01 Oct 2019, 05:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921509
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

When did they say they were going to in the Pacfic again. hopefully it will be avalible for Tailsman Sabre, would be nice to see a combined Commonwealth battle group.
by R686
23 Sep 2019, 08:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921509
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps the Albion class replacement LPH/LHD should be based on the QEC propulsion and hull form (but without the sponsons). :mrgreen: I think it would be cheaper to use someone else design if you want to keep the well dock if they reckon it was going to cost a bomb to put cats on them imagine the ...
by R686
29 Apr 2019, 16:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921509
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I see the Goliath crane is still on site, wasn't it put up for sale?
by R686
19 Apr 2019, 01:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 40724
Location: Australia

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

16 Air Assault needs a bigger and more balance organic air component than it currently has and one solution is Wildcat. We currently have one Regiment currently tasked as Recce. These need to be modified to take on the task of Armed Recce in a similar vain as the US Army did converting the OH-58D K...
by R686
06 Apr 2019, 02:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2522
Views: 171266
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote:


Typical RAF, only wants to go to sea once every 2 years. Nelson spins in his grave.

Fly Navy.


One must remember if one wanted to go to sea they would have joined Navy, remember they just cant take off for that dirty weekend when they feel like it being stuck on that tin can,
by R686
04 Apr 2019, 05:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 41026
Location: Australia

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

serge750 wrote:Surely a surplus !!! that can't be right.... :lol: :twisted:

I would be up for exchanging POW/Albions for your 2 x JC LHD...ha ha



That will be like asking for the Crown Jewels :lol: :lol:
by R686
03 Apr 2019, 11:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 41026
Location: Australia

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

You should have forced the AusGov to accept HMS Invincible back in the 80’s sorry no refunds no returns,I blame the UK for the demise of the RAN maritime ASW/Strike capbilty. It all began with cancelling the CVA 01 program, bloody pommie bastards don’t even like an ice cold beer has to be warm You ...
by R686
03 Apr 2019, 08:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 41026
Location: Australia

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Lord Jim wrote:And we would have made you buy those weird humming bird like jets to replace your Skyhawks as well.


Funny you mention that, it was on the cards by defence planers at on stage, you guys wanted too much for a new build Invincible

http://www.harrier.org.uk/history/histo ... nunder.htm
by R686
03 Apr 2019, 01:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 41026
Location: Australia

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

The only silver lining was that it went to Australia, a resolute and thoroughly reliable ally of the UK. . Sorry I can’t say the same for you guys are bastards for allies...................... You should have forced the AusGov to accept HMS Invincible back in the 80’s sorry no refunds no returns,I ...
by R686
14 Mar 2019, 18:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921509
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think you guys are overthinking this, yeah they are doing a cruise to the Pacific but I think visit will be all too infrequent. I'm excited that the UK is back in the carrier game. What I'm less excited about is the funding for these task groups I'm trying to recall if the UK has ever sent a carri...
by R686
13 Mar 2019, 18:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303375
Location: Australia

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

A little old story, from https://adbr.com.au/breaking-bae-type-26-selected-for-sea-5000/ RAN T26 starts building in 2020, and the 9th hull will be delivered on 2042. I suspect - 1st hull handed-over on 2026 (6 years build). - 1 hull every 2 years, for 8 more hulls, it will give us 2042. As UK T26 s...
by R686
11 Mar 2019, 04:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334759
Location: Australia

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

There was a recent article about wargaming from the U.S apologies for not providing it but showed in the event of hostilities in Europe although the f35 may win in the air being destroyed on the airield ,this may be an argument for the R.A.A.F to stick with the F35B which can be deployed/dispersed ...
by R686
23 Feb 2019, 21:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 734
Views: 73637
Location: Australia

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Lord Jim wrote:IF we look at getting more than two LSS, someone is going to have a bright idea that the Bays are no longer as important and look to selling one or more.




mmmmmmmmmmmm :lol: :lol: :lol:
by R686
22 Feb 2019, 01:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 734
Views: 73637
Location: Australia

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

An interesting little read about the ADF’s future operating concept, a bit dated now but gives an overall guidance. http://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/Semaphore_2009_11.pdf http://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/SP10.pdf https://www.army.gov.au/sites/default/files/sp3...
by R686
12 Feb 2019, 21:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 734
Views: 73637
Location: Australia

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

IMHO, it looks to me this is preparing for the past conflict ( Somalia and similar ) instead for future ( Rusia/China ). :thumbdown: Western nations have been waiting for the big one since 1947, hardly think it is gearing up for past conflict, but the war on terror has taken away the focus With mor...
by R686
11 Feb 2019, 15:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2522
Views: 171266
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Well looks like something is on the horizon, The UK is set to acquire two Littoral Strike Ships with the ability to launch troops and their equipment via helicopters and boats. https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-to-purchase-two-littoral-strike-ships-for-special-forces/ Well there's money in the hill...

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