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by Defiance
30 May 2019, 11:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 92582

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Making use of what we have means using the carriers. This is acceptable in the short term because the UK don't have many F35, however one day there wont be the space for 10+ commando Merlin, and another deck will be required. THANK YOU. I distinctly remember a time back on mp.net, when everyone was...
by Defiance
17 Apr 2019, 07:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9631
Views: 367915

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

That's more T26 size than T31 though, right? Presumably they don't have the budget (nor high end ASW requirement) for T26? Their surface ship acquisition program (PROSUPER) has been suspended indefinitely, the Tamandere acquisition is more of a stop-gap measure as they accept they need more mass in...
by Defiance
04 Apr 2019, 08:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 48
Views: 4239

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Indeed, reading the small print it specifies that protection for the cabin only. So it'd appear the RFI isn't entirely written for Caesar.
by Defiance
04 Apr 2019, 07:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 48
Views: 4239

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The requirements as written in the full article will mean Caesar needs an additional armour package. Requirement is for STANAG 4569 level 4 protection whereas Caesar bounces around level 2/3 depending on what you're trying to damage it with. EDIT: Even then, doesn't Caesar need the crew to dismount ...
by Defiance
18 Mar 2019, 13:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9631
Views: 367915

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This pipe-dream of getting anything else out of Barrow over this timeframe needs to die. Go up to the yard and talk about getting more Astutes on the go and see what the reaction is.
by Defiance
14 Mar 2019, 07:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9951
Views: 612011

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Don't worry, just keep repeating the point, i'm sure it'll be taken differently this time!
by Defiance
25 Feb 2019, 11:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9951
Views: 612011

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Scimitar54 wrote:ArmChairCivvy Wrote
IOC with 12 is still ahead of us


We do actually have 9 at RAF Marham. Are you suggesting that 2 of them are nothing more than Gate Guards already?


7 deployed is the official figure for Westland 19.
by Defiance
19 Feb 2019, 07:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I have english and german citizenship and have lived in both countries. But the UK really broke my heart in the recent past. I dont know what happened and all my UK family and friends are just as heartbroken. They just don't have the easy option to relocate.. I work in the defence industry. It show...
by Defiance
19 Feb 2019, 07:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Don't let the door hit your arse on the way out, sweetheart x

EDIT: Haha, so much German salt. You're a wee bit precious aren't you?
by Defiance
08 Nov 2018, 13:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 307
Views: 23564

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Gabriele wrote:Next year should be a lot better already, though. More complex F-35 trials, and almost certainly more jets on board. Apache will finally go on as well.


I'm 90% sure the plan for 2019 involves 7 F-35B, then 2020 is 12 aircraft.
by Defiance
07 Nov 2018, 15:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

These two? (If not i recommend them, they're good videos)




I enjoyed the comments about what the French were up to.
by Defiance
29 Oct 2018, 10:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 192905

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

Thanks. thought we were building more TBH... The aft fuse parts are pretty hefty pieces of kit - made and assembled in Samlesbury and shipped off to Fort Worth or Italy. http://www.builditsoftware.com/2012/08/bae-standardizes-on-buildit-to-manufacture-the-joint-strike-fighter/#jp-carousel-117 The U...
by Defiance
04 Oct 2018, 10:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9951
Views: 612011

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Jake1992 wrote:It's a shame would be really nice to be able to find a reliable comparison between the QEs and our previous carriers


You can find shots when QNLZ was in drydock in Scotland, with Illustrious sat in the adjacent dock, that does a good job of it for me!
by Defiance
01 Oct 2018, 13:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9951
Views: 612011

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I am told that the Phalanx Guns will be fitted when the QE returns from her present tour. Also the same source said that a new Communications suite will be fitted. It was reported in Defense News - see end of article. https://www.defensenews.com/breaking-news/2018/09/28/with-historic-first-f-35b-la...
by Defiance
07 Aug 2018, 15:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 37367

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

by Defiance
21 Jul 2018, 09:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

[box]0:44 - " What this isn't is an actual aircraft program.... it's really a framework on which they ("Team Tempest") can develop new technologies and new techniques " [Snip] So there won't be an actual Tempest plane, unless a whole bunch of other nations want to join in too. D...
by Defiance
18 Jul 2018, 16:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

One possibility that hasn't been mentioned yet... We team up with the yanks. Or are they not interested in the same weight/size class as us? If they're looking at China they'll want something much fatter and more LO which means $$$$. My personal opinion is teaming with the US would result in key sk...
by Defiance
18 Jul 2018, 16:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Ron5 wrote:Firstly, someone should give that man a better smart phone and secondly, how come nobody mentioned seeing Tempest at RIAT??


Probably kept in a tent which the regular public couldn't access.
by Defiance
16 Jul 2018, 15:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

question ,is this just a uk play to get back on a European French/german project ie please let us have a part in your European programme or is it going to be a genuine uk Swedish japan or who ever else interested in joining programme and potential competition to the French/german aircraft ? All to ...
by Defiance
16 Jul 2018, 13:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

Can't please everyone I spose.
by Defiance
16 Jul 2018, 12:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

It is a pretty picture
by Defiance
07 Jul 2018, 12:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73001

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

MBDA most like.
by Defiance
13 Jun 2018, 07:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 192905

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

whitelancer wrote:Same result if you just make people believe you did it.


Indeed, whether you can or can't blow something up isn't the point, so long as the other guy believes you can!
by Defiance
08 Jun 2018, 08:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 192905

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

I’d be interested to find out what the flying schedule of these four aircraft will be. I was under the impression that the vast bulk of 617 was still state side, I know more than four pilots came over but even so how much flying can you really get done with only four aircraft? Since a lot of the tr...
by Defiance
07 Jun 2018, 07:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 44682

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

and paying through the nose for the honour.

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