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by Lord Jim
22 Mar 2019, 16:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1702
Views: 70025
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Isn't Mildenhall becoming available sometime in the future. :D
by Lord Jim
22 Mar 2019, 16:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 23
Views: 559
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

lso if the RAF does look at F-35A their refuelling needs would also add to the demand. That would be part of any assessment of whether the RAF should continue to procure the F-35B past the initial 48 or switch to the F-35A. As for the E-7, P-8 and Globemaster routine operations will not require AAR...
by Lord Jim
22 Mar 2019, 16:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1969
Views: 60910
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Perhaps i'm working toward the same ends as Lord Jim, unless those "operations in land" are envisaged as infantry company level helicopter raids...? No once ashore I see the Commandos operating as Battalion level battlegroups, ideally in areas where their unique skill sets can be best uti...
by Lord Jim
22 Mar 2019, 01:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4028
Views: 140750
Location: United Kingdom

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

Could this have an anti AWACS capability?
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 15:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4028
Views: 140750
Location: United Kingdom

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

How far along its development path is SPEAR?
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 15:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Military Flying Training
Replies: 75
Views: 4082
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Military Flying Training

I have fond memories of visiting the 527th at Alconbury on a number of occasions. There is still the plastic F-5E in their colours at the now defunct main gate.
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 15:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: ASDOT
Replies: 73
Views: 5047
Location: United Kingdom

Re: ASDOT

Do we know which platforms the three bidders were intending to use?
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 15:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1702
Views: 70025
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

What is the state of Cottesmore? did the Army move in or was it turned into a housing estate.? Just wondering as there was a lot of investment in infrastructure when the JHF moved there for its brief stint before the force was canned.
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 15:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1251
Views: 46832
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

We could also try to get Finns and Swedes on board and anyone else who haven't bought into the F-35, maybe even Canada if they decide to make do with the F-18 in some form or other. The Franco/German project is going to be very expensive if the one platform has to be Carrier capable, and the overall...
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 15:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 366
Views: 18292
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

At least the Germans were willing to accept that their all singing and dancing Marder 2 was going to be unaffordable in the number required and went for what was basically an off the shelf purchase of a vehicle industry had done most of the work on with their own funds. That's what is possible when ...
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 15:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9142
Views: 253598
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I wasn't considering a NATO Carrier Group, but in that case having one of the Dutch AAW Escorts would fill the position of the second T-45 very nicely as would any of the other members ASW platforms or Fleet auxiliaries. I concentrated on the UK only aspect as this is often mentioned as a core sover...
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 15:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1969
Views: 60910
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote:The Dutch have shown how flexible their platforms are during their deployment off the coast of Africa on anti-pirate operations, acting as the mothership to Swedish CB-90s. Yes, but rather than build new ships (with not so orderly queues building up in the already approved build - pu...
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 05:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9142
Views: 253598
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Interesting, thanks for the feedback. The Carrier Group proposed would be fine peace time deployments, but surely a second Daring and an Astute would be needed when things get hot. With Carriers the size of the Queen Elizabeths I really think we need to be taking nots on how the USN operates their C...
by Lord Jim
20 Mar 2019, 05:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1969
Views: 60910
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

AS stated the US is an very big exception having the biggest and most powerful navy going including over twelve nuclear carriers and then some. Australia and Italy have their over requirements and both use theirs as carriers though the former does not intend to operate fixed wing aircraft. As I stat...
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2019, 23:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1969
Views: 60910
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

What I find interesting here is that I have repeatedly put across my view that the role of the RM is to conduct raiding operations and to open an entry point for the disembarkation of follow on forces, after which they could also conduct operation in land. For this I listed the primary need for the ...
by Lord Jim
19 Mar 2019, 22:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9142
Views: 253598
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Can someone clarify this for me. IF we have the following units in the future how many would actually be available for operation not including a WWIII scenario; 2x Queen Elizabeth class CV 6x Daring class DG 8x City class FFG 5x T-31e (Tribal) class FF 7x Astute SSN 4x B" River class OPV 2x Alb...
by Lord Jim
18 Mar 2019, 20:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9142
Views: 253598
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Stiring the pot regarding a hypothetical purchase of SSKs by the UK, if these were for a Far East Flotilla and in theory based in Singapore, why not buy the same design as they are currently doing and jointly fund the maintenance and support facilities? Alternatively we could look at doing a reverse...
by Lord Jim
18 Mar 2019, 17:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 1969
Views: 60910
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

An interesting read. https://rusi.org/publication/rusi-defence-systems/amphibious-assault-over Well if the USMC is rethinking its ability to conduct amphibious landing against almost any opposition it does put our capabilities under the spot light. Do we still need to land large number of troops ov...
by Lord Jim
18 Mar 2019, 01:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9142
Views: 253598
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

There is no other asw requirement for the UK. That is the issue we are discussing. The Politicians want the UK the regain a global presence, especially a naval one. If you are going to have units forward deployed they need to be able to defend themselves with at least some AAW and ASW capabilities ...
by Lord Jim
17 Mar 2019, 16:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9142
Views: 253598
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Acquiring SSKs has merit but I disagree regarding expanding Barrow to meet a future order for a limited number of boats. Barrow has continuity of work with the transition from Astute to Dreadnought. After than and depending on the timeframe for the next SSN it might be worth looking at the construct...
by Lord Jim
17 Mar 2019, 01:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9550
Views: 467570
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

But they will be at the front of the line when it comes time to retire the two Carriers in the second half of the century, especially if they actually get around to ordering the F-35.
by Lord Jim
17 Mar 2019, 01:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9142
Views: 253598
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Does the RN have enough SSNs to operate one on a regular basis east of Suez, I don't think so. In the eastern Med possibly but like all RN assets, our current commitments to NATO occupy the majority. Protecting UK sovereign territory followed by NATO is and should remain out key defence commitments ...
by Lord Jim
16 Mar 2019, 09:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2604
Views: 90924
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Whilst both Sea Venom and Brimstone would give some land attack capability I wouldn't want to take a River in close enough to be of use in such role as in return you would be in range of basically every ATGW in service, as well as mortars etc. Fit them by all means but for use against small naval ta...
by Lord Jim
16 Mar 2019, 09:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9142
Views: 253598
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Are these forward bases going to have full maintenance facilities in order to allow the maximum availability of the units deployed, negating the need to return to the UK for such work? Just mentioning this as we will only have two FLSS and five T-31e, so that currently suggested availability goes ag...
by Lord Jim
14 Mar 2019, 21:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9550
Views: 467570
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The way things are and could be moving forward, the deployment of the Queen Elizabeth Carrier Group to the Far East should be a great event but one rarely repeated on such a scale. WE are far more likely to see a single vessel moved east to out new naval base out there for a month or two, every coup...

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