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by Gabriele
13 Nov 2019, 09:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921510
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps also an explanation to why the number of helos carried on the latest batch of tankers has gone lower in priorities You must be thinking of the Forts, actually. And we don't really know how many helos would be on the new Solid Support Ships. I think 2-3 Merlin spaces will still be in the req...
by Gabriele
13 Nov 2019, 09:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146503
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

To be honest it looks like a bit of an act of desperation, if the conformals could have been made to work they would have gone down that route as it would have opened up potential sales of conformal tanks to users with Tranche 3 Typhoons. Absolutely. If Conformals were feasible, they would be the N...
by Gabriele
12 Nov 2019, 14:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146503
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

It is now clear that tests have demonstrated some unexpected, huge problem with Conformals and we will never see them adopted. https://twitter.com/GarethJennings3/status/1194253773549510656 Let me get this straight: in ECR images they are effectively proposing to make "wet" the innermost p...
by Gabriele
09 Nov 2019, 15:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146503
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

IX(B) and 12 are the Sqns in question. 12 working with the Qataris. I don't think 12 uses the Tranche 1s though, does it...? Since the Qataris are obviously getting the latest standard machines, it would seem pretty awkward. I'm guessing that the Tranche 1s are used in Coningsby by whoever is train...
by Gabriele
03 Nov 2019, 17:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 19386
Location: Italy

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

98 systems. I've seen a 135 thrown around as well, but i think until 4 regiments are the ambition, 98 are more than enough. And also more than challenging enough from a financial / programme schedule perspective. Also, there are studies / design work ongoing for a "super lightweight gun" f...
by Gabriele
02 Nov 2019, 23:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 19386
Location: Italy

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Well the Royal Artillery has lost one of its three AS-90 equipped Regiments (26 Regiment) and has had its GMLRS brought together into a single Regiment. So these three Regiments are going to have to provide Artillery support in future to the Army's Two Armoured Infantry and two Mechanised Brigades....
by Gabriele
24 Oct 2019, 16:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 26139
Location: Italy

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

They already requested and obtained the authorization for 16 at MH-47G (minus AAR probe) months ago; and last year they have paid some money for early procurement activities. They are unlikely to be additional, however. More like a replacement for the oldest airframes, while bringing in new capabili...
by Gabriele
23 Oct 2019, 10:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921510
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

But once on deck it is probably because of safety considerations. I remember reading that one of the considerations for putting an F-35, with internal weapon bays, on a carrier / LHD / what-have-you was how to effectively fight a fire into the aircraft, and having a way to spray up into the bays was...
by Gabriele
23 Oct 2019, 10:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1493
Views: 129371
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Which is what the US Army is putting absolute top priority on.

The British Army is, instead, putting priority on the idea that if you disperse 38 tons wheeled APCs armed like SAXONs in tiny platoon groups, you are going to put the enemy in an existential crisis...
by Gabriele
11 Oct 2019, 15:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921510
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

When will the trials of F35s on the Prince of Wales start, will she undergo two sets of trials as the Queen Elizabeth has and, if so, will both sets of trials happen in the US? The last thing i read said DT-4, with Prince of Wales, would happen in 2021. Which would make it a busy and interesting ca...
by Gabriele
10 Oct 2019, 08:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921510
Location: Italy

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I read that already last year they operated up to Sea State 7 during Westlant 18.
by Gabriele
05 Oct 2019, 14:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 334760
Location: Italy

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

17 Sqn has been constantly mentioned too. Wonder if some of their 3 instrumented jets are coming over from Edwards. Considering the particular role of 17 Sqn, don't think their involvment is limited to personnel only. Unless they use other instrumented jets from the East coast part of the Integrated...
by Gabriele
12 Sep 2019, 14:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 52690
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

What i read was the opposite: the 2-vehicle approach was abandoned because it led to much increased radio traffic between the vehicles, with obvious correlate issues. The prototype fit eventually trialed was for a single vehicle solution. What's not clear is whether that kit is funded, since it is n...
by Gabriele
11 Sep 2019, 08:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 52690
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Need 245 for 4 battalions, and turrets/guns have already been ordered. 250 is unworkable, and 280 also. You'd be cutting all REME vehicles, pretty much. Which are not used just in armoured infantry units, but REME battalions and tank regiments.

The whole thing would fall apart.
by Gabriele
25 Aug 2019, 18:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412359
Location: Italy

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

An Arrowhead 140 selection would be very welcome news, as far as i'm concerned. Design-wise, it's a clear winner. The RN ships will still be woefully under-equipped at entry in service, but at least there will be less constraints to their slow growth once in service. More credible customisation for ...
by Gabriele
21 Aug 2019, 19:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658311
Location: Italy

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I just think it is kind of pointless to get too hang up on SAMPSON for a destroyer to be built in the late 30s. There better be some advancement on the radar front by then, or the Royal Navy will seriously be lagging.
by Gabriele
21 Aug 2019, 10:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 348
Views: 36767
Location: Italy

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I think Brimstone 3 has many advantages over Hellfire, especially in performance, but there are a couple of advantages that Hellfire R has over it at present, particularly around fusing (height of burst etc). Going with Hellfire would be a stop-gap in any case. The US are about to transition to JAG...
by Gabriele
18 Aug 2019, 22:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 348
Views: 36767
Location: Italy

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

however it still lacks the raw power of the UK D's Weird. I'm pretty sure i read that the new engines and new transmission actually delivered more useable power than the AH1's combination. Anyway, as the US Army will transition to the T901 ITEP engine in the coming years, it is pretty likely that b...
by Gabriele
15 Aug 2019, 09:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303375
Location: Italy

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

2 years to build those blocks there. Impressive... but not in the right way.
by Gabriele
13 Aug 2019, 21:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146503
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

That would be great, but unless it is what they are using for Brimstone carry (and only it), i don't think i've ever seen a photo of one flying.
by Gabriele
11 Aug 2019, 10:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1792
Views: 146503
Location: Italy

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Not much gets out, but i think Litening V has been in the works for a while. Litening III replacement was in the pipeline for some time, and the V has some very noticeable reconnaissance capabilities beyond targeting, much more than the III, which would "solve" two problems at once, the se...
by Gabriele
09 Aug 2019, 17:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 77407
Location: Italy

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

2 of those are actually coming out, and 2 are only preparing to get in, for accuracy.
by Gabriele
05 Aug 2019, 15:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 348
Views: 36767
Location: Italy

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Apache remanufacture order is one of few things that i wouldn't worry about. There is nothing mysteryous on the lack of an announced contract for the last 12: they will be part of the next (and last) US Multi Year Production contract, which won't be announced for a a few more months. The last 12, in...
by Gabriele
12 Jul 2019, 09:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 52690
Location: Italy

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

There's 11 or 12 vehicles being used in the Reliability Growth Trials. Until the manufacture order is confirmed, there won't be others.
by Gabriele
10 Jul 2019, 09:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1493
Views: 129371
Location: Italy

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

MBDA formulates one concept per year. Most go nowhere.

FCASW can be part of that family of system... or even the only part to see light. Depends on whether someone forks out the money for the rest.

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