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by ArmChairCivvy
02 Oct 2015, 10:04
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 333772
Location: United Kingdom

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

F35 programme has been a concerted effort to get [...] fighter market in the West sewn up Tony, not really if you look at it from this angle. Letting the international order book already built up drain away was not an option. Whereas for the international customers the "in for a penny, in for ...
by ArmChairCivvy
02 Oct 2015, 09:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 333772
Location: United Kingdom

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

^ That is a question of management orientation, in the end incentives. The railway infrastructure company's board, when it started, had huge accumulated experience and knowledge. But the Gvmnt incentivised them to become property speculators (with so many "redundant" center-of-city propert...
by ArmChairCivvy
02 Oct 2015, 08:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

Good discussion. For me, Ron's point about the extent to which the chosen solution meets the design brief/requirement is the compelling one; i.e. scrutiny of the decision to go with CODLOG comes down to whether the GT [alone] meets the targeted power requirements? If yes, then you look like a hero ...
by ArmChairCivvy
02 Oct 2015, 08:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 333772
Location: United Kingdom

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

from software engineering. Its never going to work on real things, I think that's plain to see. SB, if you talk about Agile Development, concurrency is replaced by rapid iterations. Some of the iterations involve prototyping, which you will have to be ready (=budgeted for,in money as well as time) ...
by ArmChairCivvy
02 Oct 2015, 08:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10637
Views: 919082
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

desertstwo, you are 100% right in all of those statements, but there is another (doctrinal) angle that makes the Marines glad to have maximum numbers of F35Bs. It's not that they don't like the big carriers, after all their real strike power is flying off (backed up by USN A2A punch) those carriers....
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Sep 2015, 15:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 333772
Location: United Kingdom

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

And further, to SB and TW, if you can manage to bull shit politicos on the Capitol Hill, the law of numbers (economies of scale plus the number of tax payers whose pockets are being emptied) means that regardless of how many times the likes of Saab and Dassault get it "right" - rather than...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Sep 2015, 13:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 333772
Location: United Kingdom

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

This point is so underplayed "I think we do have an F22 equivalent in typhoon, which will have excellent stand of weapon capabilities soon surpassing that of the F22, " - not taking any stand on the stealth and sensor differences - it is not a coincidence that Japan has chosen to co-operat...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Sep 2015, 10:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 333772
Location: United Kingdom

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

My amateurish feeling is that many of the benefits of fifth generation fighters will only really be realised against sub-fifth generation combatants. Two points: 1. Over the next 15 years at least, the majority of what is flown will be sub-fifth. You can enhance the efficacy of your "legacy&qu...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Sep 2015, 08:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

Anyone who thinks the FREMM power train is superior either a) will not have to pay the extra or b) will not have to do the maintenance. I understand that this was in reference to an earlier mention by SB about the Italian FREMMs. That one left it unclear whether only the propulsion choice was being...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Sep 2015, 08:25
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 52493
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

battery used to have 3 FV514 (and a Warrior Battery Command Vehicle, but these have long gone). That would be 27 vehicles for the 9 remaining batteries, plus probably other vehicles needed across cavalry and infantry battalions. Have no idea if the FV514 is still in Warrior CSP; if the RA has froze...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 Sep 2015, 07:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 261
Views: 28276
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

I know that lots of people still mistakenly think the US looks down at European gear for being European, bit's it might just be possible we don't have a requirement for A400M over here. I don't think it is desperation, but rather driven by a genuine need. Hence a genuine question to Halidon: - what...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2015, 16:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

Someone got jumpy for that same reason, nested quotes having an attribution problem.

Have simply started to take the attribution off as the quotes are editable just like any other text.
- the select & quote facility still saves a lot of hassle, so one minor quirk is neither here or there
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2015, 08:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 481
Views: 52493
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

FV514 the OPV and FV515 the battery command vehicle @95th, do you see the joint fires version of the SV (Ajax) as the new FV515? - only a good two dozen on order - off the top of my head I count RA to stand at: 3 rgmnts in RF (GMLRS/ AS90+ 1 more airportable); 1 in AF (LG); 3 more in reserves (1 GM...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2015, 07:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

My guess is now days all your eggs are already in one basket. The whole system is coupled and dependant on others parts, but gains robustness through its modular architecture. taking the point beyond propulsion (and keeping the radar turning), I was surprised to hear that all processing on a T26 is...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 Sep 2015, 07:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 261
Views: 28276
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

Pure speculation from me, but an atlas order from the US would see the project actually return a profit and be a massive deal for Airbus. Would be good... the original client gvmnts had to put in a rescue loan, dressed up as equity, that will only become payable (back) from genuine export orders - ...
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2015, 21:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1339
Views: 103364
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I didn't get that "made in America"?
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2015, 21:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

PAAMS being a member of a radar family, even though usually touted as a totally British and go-it-alone solution By who? Not the French, they're perfectly happy to say it's a shared joint solution. The beef of the post was to counter the claim that European radar technology would exclude using Amer...
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2015, 08:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

http://defense-update.com/20130311_inte ... gjukvlViko

PAAMS being a member of a radar family, even though usually touted as a totally British and go-it-alone solution
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2015, 08:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

BTW, in this embedded video http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2015/september/16/150916-type-26 the two masts between the funnel and the hangar caught my eye. Have they been re-specced (why would that be?) - or have I just not been looking carefully enough before? Two other po...
by ArmChairCivvy
28 Sep 2015, 08:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

with the systems Architecture designed in I would suggest the designers are going for a vessel that is designed to be refitted unlike the Type23 they was meant to be discarded and replaced instead of refit. I would say some of the network stuff will change and in 10 years they could be refitting th...
by ArmChairCivvy
27 Sep 2015, 11:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

arfah wrote:As the Kaiser is rumoured to have stated that Great Britain is an island of shopkeepers


Napoleon that was. He did not reckon with shopkeeper's daughters, what they were like (like Maggie Thatcher, as a specimen).
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2015, 19:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

The italian FREMM programme for 10 ships costs 5680 million euro according to parliament documents. vs. "Les 11 frégates multimissions (FREMM) de la classe Aquitaine coûteront 7 milliards d’euros, a indiqué vendredi le ministre de la Défense Hervé Morin. Soit 636 millions d’euros l’unité."...
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2015, 19:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 302577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

cockneyjock1974 wrote:after having their trousers taken down and royally spanked over the carrier debacle


So you have read about the honey trap for the responsible Indian Admiral? Only the spanking detail is new for me (he was court marshalled, when found out... probably had to retire, to play more golf).
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2015, 19:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 348
Views: 36585
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (Army Air Corps)

So the 50, per piece, will cost the same again as the originals (v expensive and extensively modified) per piece?
by ArmChairCivvy
26 Sep 2015, 09:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 163
Views: 20373
Location: United Kingdom

Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (UCAV) (RAF)

BAMS had serious de-icing problems, though specifically developed to operate in oceanic climate conditions... I wonder how a Reaper derivative would manage

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