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by cky7
07 Jan 2020, 23:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1678
Views: 166327

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SW1, Thanks for the reply, gives me plenty to think on. typhoon pilots doing 8 hours - even from the simple perspective when you think about TACOs on vehicles and how long one is supposed to do a less strenuous task like driving without taking a short break that suddenly seems like a hellish flight!...
by cky7
07 Jan 2020, 19:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1678
Views: 166327

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Is the worry about something too long legged that it’s gonna make it too costly to buy/run? I think really long range ought to be one of things we have pretty high on the wish list and would be sad to see our future fighter have considerably less than PCA unless of course the US do something really ...
by cky7
25 Nov 2019, 20:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1678
Views: 166327

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

For all of the reasons above a many more is why I believe that we need to move away from being so intertwined with continental Europe and move back to our more traditional place of being able to intervene in Europe if need be but concentrate on global influence with the likes of the Anglo-sphere wi...
by cky7
25 Nov 2019, 19:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1678
Views: 166327

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

How’s the Mitsubishi region jet going after Japan’s phenomenal Aerospace R&D effort. In aerospace North America and Europe are miles ahead. I’ve read many of your posts on here before and it’s clear to me you have far greater involvement knowledge and experience in nearly all this field than my...
by cky7
25 Nov 2019, 18:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1678
Views: 166327

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Ron, All jokes aside, whilst I’d say we still hold a lead in fighter design/development over SK or any one in Asia, we (rest of Europe too) really do have to seriously get our fingers out or we will be a way behind the Asian big boys like SK and Japan who are doing a phenomenal job investing in R&am...
by cky7
22 Nov 2019, 01:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 22353

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Ron5 wrote:
Wish we had that show in the states.


Google the show’s name followed by putlocker (keep your anti virus up to date or use a Mac) and you can watch that (or any other) show in the states!! ;) :shh: :P
by cky7
14 Nov 2019, 20:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10989
Views: 1066056

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: 656
Views: 72651

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: 10911
Views: 785269

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: 10911
Views: 785269

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: 10911
Views: 785269

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: 10911
Views: 785269

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: 10911
Views: 785269

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: 6219
Views: 477284

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: 10911
Views: 785269

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: 1678
Views: 166327

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: 32651

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: 961
Views: 105785

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: 167923

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: 1678
Views: 166327

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: 1678
Views: 166327

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: 1678
Views: 166327

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: 1678
Views: 166327

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: 26769

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: 656
Views: 72651

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 ...

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