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by cky7
15 May 2020, 17:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2002
Views: 277095

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Thanks, I’ll bet both Boeing and Airbus will be praying for successful results at Paris. Boeing had already been having a tough time before the devastation wrought on the industry by the corona crisis and now it seems Airbus have been massively damaged by it too. I can’t blame either to be honest, I...
by cky7
15 May 2020, 15:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Hawker Siddeley/BAE Harrier (1964-2010) (RAF)
Replies: 16
Views: 8602

Re: Hawker Siddeley/BAE Harrier (1964-2010) (RAF)

Couldn’t believe my luck this week. I do removals and though I’ve been on lockdown for months I agreed to take some stuff down to a relative’s house in Devon from storage near mine as they were desperate and there was nothing too heavy for me to carry by myself. Anyway I get there and am sent down a...
by cky7
15 May 2020, 15:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2002
Views: 277095

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Yeah had pretty much assumed it would be, was just wishing it could be otherwise. With it being bi-annual what will happen next year as before current crisis it wouldn’t have been held in 2021?
by cky7
15 May 2020, 13:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2002
Views: 277095

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Love seeing the tiffy at airshows. Whilst f22s and the Russian TVC migs are impressive they appear so slow they always made question the utility of those types of manoeuvres in real combat, especially when typhoons and others have high off boresight helmet mounted sights. With this in mind the only ...
by cky7
17 Mar 2020, 18:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1239
Views: 196620

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

Lord Jim wrote:So what would HMS Duncan have on the bow?


Admiral Duncan's coat of arms? Just had a look at it on his wiki page... might work? If not theres something to do with the horn they have as the ships badge?
by cky7
04 Mar 2020, 18:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 72453

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Wouldn't go anywhere near the idea in the essence that i interpreted it in the article i read in Times. DFID buy the hospital ship (just buying a ship of this type not a particularly massive investment for such a cash flush dept) then expect it to be crewed by already critically undermanned navy. Ev...
by cky7
01 Mar 2020, 13:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: English Electric Lightning (1959-1988) (RAF)
Replies: 23
Views: 11102

Re: English Electric Lightning (1959-1988) (RAF)

Was lucky enough to be taken up in the two seater. Had side by side seating unlike modern aircraft .The acceleration was something else. Its a shame that the civil aviation authority deemed it to complex for preserved flight. Didn’t you have to lean right over to one side as they were all dual cont...
by cky7
29 Feb 2020, 19:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Taranis (UCAV Demonstrator) (BAE Systems/MOD)
Replies: 90
Views: 21489

Re: BAE Taranis (UCAV Demonstrator) (BAE Systems/MOD)

Cynic in me says they’re realising the project might actually come to fruition with the Ozzies running jt so are placing their bets and tech developed here there where Australia will real the benefit. Fair enough, the project looks good and I can see it being exactly the first step in all these syst...
by cky7
22 Feb 2020, 19:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1258016

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Wouldn’t it be the case as with so many modern war ships etc that the platform itself isn’t the ticky bit, it’s the sensors and electronics, t45 was a world. Beater when it entered service but will sooom begin to get s little king in the tooth compared to best in class we need to know what hull we n...
by cky7
22 Feb 2020, 01:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 297596

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SW1,

Thanks for the info, Will do some more research :) my initial impression still edges towards us having no internion of being sole design lead as others as had mentioned or hoped for. It still looks to me like partnership of workshare for numbers bought or go in with the US as the only hopes
by cky7
22 Feb 2020, 01:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 297596

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

No disrespect, but I think this is a load of defeatest nonsense. Firstly, the idea that we haven't built anything since TSR2 is just false. The Typhoon is essentially a British aircraft. Rolls Royce based engine, Marconi based radar, EAP based airframe. The fact that we built it as part of a consor...
by cky7
21 Feb 2020, 20:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 297596

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SW1, Firstly, let me acknowledge I don’t have the weal world understanding and view of the how things are actually done that you do so apologise if at times I come across as amateurish. I acknowledge also that with such a globally connected and enormous industry and project s there are gonna be very...
by cky7
20 Feb 2020, 23:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 297596

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Ron, Aye I can see France pulling something like this but to be fair they’ve been looking into the manned/unmanned teaming thing for at least a decade now. My point was that they’re pretty savvy operators and i can see them getting design lead on the manned aspect and still getting a decent share of...
by cky7
20 Feb 2020, 15:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 297596

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I still think we ought to be careful with our egos here in regard to how other nations see us. If we go round saying this is to be a British lead program I worry about how many will truly follow through. At the moment it’s very early days and there’s clear logic for others to enjoy the chance to joi...
by cky7
11 Feb 2020, 19:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 297596

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I agree but it all depends on what level of input they expected to have, as we saw with the F35 project some times too many partners can cause problems of its own. Personal I think I aim should be to have 4-5 core partners that will be looking to order at the end, but it must be made clear from the...
by cky7
07 Jan 2020, 23:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 297596

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: 1893
Views: 297596

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: 1893
Views: 297596

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: 1893
Views: 297596

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: 1893
Views: 297596

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: 193
Views: 48726

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: 12007
Views: 1614377

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: 665
Views: 114491

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: 11816
Views: 1258016

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: 11816
Views: 1258016

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 ...

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