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by cky7
14 Nov 2019, 20:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10707
Views: 933577

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

repeat of post in General discussion as as there’s loads of Relevant discussion to QEs.... Anyone with an interest in military aviation REALLY should check this podcast out. I discovered them through the excellent aircrew interviews on YouTube. Bunch of reallly experienced U.K. pilots chatting aviat...
by cky7
17 Oct 2019, 21:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 651
Views: 60047

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

I notice the model in the Navy lookout picture has 16 launch tubes. Wish that was the case.....
by cky7
08 Oct 2019, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10737
Views: 668868

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I don’t understand why everyone is so optimistic about type 31. Yes, were the ideas people here have talked about (off board systems, USVs, UUVs, compact towed sonars and a decent hull sonar etc) to come to fruition they could be useful vessels. The thing is I don’t see any evidence to support any o...
by cky7
16 Sep 2019, 00:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10737
Views: 668868

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

In missile terms, it sits much closer to ESSM than RIM-116. In software terms it sits closer to PAAMS than ESSM does to Aegis (70% of the code is said to be identical - presumably the 30% is the missile physics package), so is probably more comparable to a short-range SM2 under Aegis. It's a Local ...
by cky7
15 Sep 2019, 20:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10737
Views: 668868

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Simply wrong. Much more capable than a point defence system. As for the rest of your rant, how about waiting until the actual specification is known. I'm pretty sure the RN want a sonar (the upgrade from 2050 to 2150 was pretty cheap) and ASM (interim solution currently waiting for proposals, diffe...
by cky7
15 Sep 2019, 16:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10737
Views: 668868

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This is complete nonsense. The parent design, the Iver Huitfeldt, is the Danish equivalent of the Type 45 AAW destroyer. In a 'cool' situation I'm sure a 9000nm range, full aviation facilities with Merlin sized hangar, four large boat bays and 4x TEU mission space are worse capabilities than a B2 R...
by cky7
14 Sep 2019, 13:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10737
Views: 668868

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Politicians have been selling the Armed Forces down the river so to speak since the end of the World War 2. As soon as a Politician get elected all they are really bothered about is doing whatever is needed to get re elected at the next election and what is in the nation's interest does not appear ...
by cky7
13 Sep 2019, 23:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6207
Views: 418667

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

^^^^I put the link to vago’s other DSEI IV today in the tempest thread that’s well worth watching too....
by cky7
13 Sep 2019, 23:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10737
Views: 668868

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Still not happy myself, these are just a cut in disguise. We should have had 13 type 26s (or 16 ideally) and these should only be looked at after this. They’re not ‘good’ for when things get really hot and don’t bring much to the table in cooler situations that can’t be done with a river type patrol...
by cky7
13 Sep 2019, 23:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131429

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

As usual excellent interview and analysis from vago with a very interesting chat with sash Tusa on tempest yesterday at DSEI. Also touches on type 31. Couple of interesting snippets from the IV - from talking to industry friends Dassault are already getting pissed off with the Germans and a partners...
by cky7
05 Aug 2019, 21:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 26503

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Lol, I live up the road from that white horse and spent many an evening in my teens/early 20s parked up or wandering by it with girls I took up there to pull. That horse did me a lot of favours so always have a soft spot for him. Hadn’t realised he was so young, I’d always imagined it to be very old...
by cky7
24 Jun 2019, 01:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 960
Views: 89244

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Why is there no MAD boom on the standard p8? Is it cos it’s designed to be mostly high altitude or were methods seen to be more effective?
by cky7
20 Jun 2019, 13:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 148296

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

“digital stealth” Is anyone at these shows actually impressed by this kind of bullshit? I dunno, yes it’s hyperbole but I want to see us spend more on upgrading Typhoon along these lines. Like it or not spectra gives rafale a boost, it was the only fighter to fly combat missions over Libya without ...
by cky7
20 Jun 2019, 01:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131429

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The tailless JAST/JSF was very much the most interesting, real pity that it lost out. But despite lots of manufacturers proposing tailless design when push comes to shove (except with flying wings) they all seem to end up with a tail. That’s fair and conservative does seem to be the accepted wisdom...
by cky7
19 Jun 2019, 22:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131429

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SW1 - Ah sorry, see what you mean. Was just assuming the Paris model cos the Airbus one had been out a while and till today I’d only seen images of the Paris model from angles that I couldn’t be certain of the planform. Interestingly in the video I linked the guy says they’re looking at a few differ...
by cky7
19 Jun 2019, 20:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131429

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Didn’t think the wing looked like a cranked or cranked delta to me when it was mentioned the other day but was unsure as the angle of the pics made it very hard to tell accurately in fairness. This video has much better angles and you can see its lambda delta which is what I’d thought I’d seen. For ...
by cky7
17 Jun 2019, 15:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131429

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Much Prefer the looks of the dassault mock up to the tempest one for whatever very little that means
by cky7
11 May 2019, 22:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 21623

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

Kratos are now teaming up with aero environment so their new drone can fire canister based small UAVs and missiles. We really need to be getting on board with this one imo https://www.navalnews.com/event-news/sas-2019/2019/05/sas-2019-aerovironment-kratos-partner-for-unmanned-system-solutions-develo...
by cky7
11 May 2019, 00:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 651
Views: 60047

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Still think the reduced to 12 number of CMC missile cells is a stupid choice, same with the never carrying more than 40 warheads isn’t it? Whilst the yanks are going for 16 on theirs this time, they had 24 on the current design. If you’re gonna spend the sort of colossal money an SSBN costs you may ...
by cky7
10 May 2019, 23:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 121
Views: 18452

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

When I went to Fairford last year there was both an raf e3 and and raaf e7 wedgetail there as static displays (at least when I was there you couldn’t see inside just from outside and the thing that really struck me on first impression was the huge size difference. The E3 really does look massive nex...
by cky7
16 Feb 2019, 20:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131429

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Along the lines of what’s being discussed above, let’s hope we can all be grown up when sorting production this time. IMO we have to avoid a repeat of the eurofighter ‘build the left wing here and the right there...’ stuff, followed by multiple production lines as it must have really added to costs ...
by cky7
28 Jan 2019, 13:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 148296

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Nice interview with a typhoon pilot from a couple of years ago

by cky7
24 Jan 2019, 14:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 148296

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:- where is the 7th? Is this the night shift already writing?


:lol: thanks my ipad is now covered in the glass of coke I was trying to drink!! ;)
by cky7
27 Oct 2018, 21:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131429

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Anyone see the Franco/German FCAS models on XAV’s videos on euronaval? There was both a manned and UCAS in the display. UCAS appeared to be the same one we saw in dassault animated vids for the Anglo/french FCAS but the manned fighter looked good I thought. Carrier capable and highly stealthy along ...
by cky7
18 Aug 2018, 00:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131429

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Also one from Cranfield - the U.K. combat air parts of their cost reduction group papers. Relevant to some of our thinking for tempest?

https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/~/media/fil ... ashx?la=en

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