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by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2019, 23:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9199
Views: 381799
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I do not think even the Carriers have good Command capabilities, wasn't that one of the things removed to save a few pennies? WE know the RN wanted to move forward with CEC, but could not get any such programme funded as it was seen as "Nice to have" rather then essential back when these d...
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2019, 23:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1865
Views: 41951
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Can you explain these points further?
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2019, 23:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8394
Views: 182784
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The MoD is desperate to balance the books and be able to move money around to what they believe are more pressing requirements. Having a "Fire Sale" maybe something their Bean Counters have come up with to facilitate the speeding up of another programme or simply enabling existing programm...
by Lord Jim
20 Jan 2019, 01:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1865
Views: 41951
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The Lib Dems will have a majority Government in Westminster before the RN gets a LHD.
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2019, 09:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3948
Views: 112675
Location: United Kingdom

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

I agree thee are many things on the list that need to be sorted first, but also mission type affects what weapon system is needed. The whole mess with the Typhoons gun is a case in point, trying to say pennies by not installing it, then finding out it was more costly not to install it. So reluctantl...
by Lord Jim
19 Jan 2019, 08:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1597
Views: 52584
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Sorry for the confusion, maybe I should have said Containers.
by Lord Jim
18 Jan 2019, 20:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3948
Views: 112675
Location: United Kingdom

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

the info on the Aden25 pod, I knew there were problems but didn't realise they were that bad. I did not, either. After dealing with all the problems with just the ejected cartridges that the earlier (30 mm) installations brought - up to engine flash outs on Hunters - at least there were trays to co...
by Lord Jim
18 Jan 2019, 20:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1597
Views: 52584
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Another related question, do typhoon (and soon F-35) Pilot train from Maritime Strike either in the air or in the simulators? It would be all well and good for a few crates to suddenly turn up when things go south (or north), but you have to have the skill sets to use them.
by Lord Jim
18 Jan 2019, 04:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3948
Views: 112675
Location: United Kingdom

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

Thanks for the info on the Aden25 pod, I knew there were problems but didn't realise they were that bad. Maybe we should have adopted the pod used by the USMC, the one with the Gatling in one and the ammo in the other. Anyway it is better we wait to see how things go over the pond with the F-35 Gun ...
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2019, 22:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1597
Views: 52584
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Regarding the RBS-15.
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2019, 22:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1597
Views: 52584
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Does anyone think the RAF with reintroduce Maritime Strike with anything other than possibly the P-8? Is there any chance that whatever weapon is chosen to replace the Harpoon could be integrated on to the Typhoon?
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2019, 16:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3948
Views: 112675
Location: United Kingdom

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

Hence the name Aden25. The clue in in the name.
by Lord Jim
17 Jan 2019, 00:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1597
Views: 52584
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

have the missiles and the aircraft is capable? Like their deciding to reintroduce coastal RBS-15 missile batteries, I wouldn't be surprised if they are looking at actually bringing this capability on line. Were that the case, then the industry sources reporting that the Thais paid for the integrati...
by Lord Jim
16 Jan 2019, 18:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3948
Views: 112675
Location: United Kingdom

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

Brings back memories of the fabled Aden25 pods that were supposed to go on the Harrier GR5/7s but never materialised.
by Lord Jim
16 Jan 2019, 04:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1597
Views: 52584
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Integration of the Martel er anti ship missile on typhoon should be completed within the next year its just not for the UK. And that is only happening because it was required by a Gulf country. - just like the current Gripen has an anti-ship missile because Thailand required it - The Swedes thought...
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 18:38
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 376
Views: 13481
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Boxer Fan here, well yet again the swappable Mission Module rides to the rescue, as all the Germans or others have to do is develop a NBC Warfare module and bolt it on to a Boxer they already have and problem solved.
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 18:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1597
Views: 52584
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

What caused the confusion was the press release saying only a certain number of Typhoons were to get the new AESA, can't remember if it was 40 or 50. So the Conningsby wing will have AESA as they are the get up and go boys, where as the Lossiemouth Wing will trundle on with the older but capable rad...
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 18:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 241
Views: 8512
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

Thing is the rules probably won't allow anything but a big white vessel with red crosses if at all. Like so many things there are rule as to what counts as Over Seas Aid and because we are tied to spending 0.7% such a platform would have to meet the rules.
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 18:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1865
Views: 41951
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Someone got their landing spots mixed up between the Ocean and the Waves. :D
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 13:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1109
Views: 32300
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The role the F-35B actually has with the UK Armed Forces is going to have an interesting journey of discovery. With the JHF it was easy as the role was basically the same for both the RAF and FAA, but with the F-35 the FAA is going to have different requirements compared to eh RAF, fleet aid defence...
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 13:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1597
Views: 52584
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

From the comments above, I am assuming the F-35 has all the black boxes built in to locate, and identify ground based threats, then pass the information on the a weapon system. A variant of ASRAAM or other missile in this role would require a seeker that can home in on a hostile emitter and remember...
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 12:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5555
Views: 135512
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Will it be published before any decisions are made on the T-31e though?
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 12:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1865
Views: 41951
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

My reference to the Carriers had a sense of negativity because at present both the Albions and Bays have little or no aviation facilities and so any required by the LCG or SPTG would have to be carried by the Carrier. Of course one will be present (I am still unconvinced both will be available at an...
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 06:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1865
Views: 41951
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

After all the talk above about how the RM Commandos will be used, I thought I would have another look at the current organisation of 3 Commando Brigade. This currently comprises two Commandos 40, 45. in addition 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group has been assigned to 3 Commando Brigade after losing ...
by Lord Jim
15 Jan 2019, 04:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 8394
Views: 182784
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Although I am not a fan of operating east of Suez, having a RAF Tanker out their would serve a number of roles beneficial to the UK and our allies in that area. Firstly it is a UK presence, albite a small one. Secondly although some of the nations out there do have support assets, there are not enou...

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