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by SW1
15 May 2019, 10:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9661
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Yes p8 has different wings, different fuselage, different fuel tank system, different engines, different avionics but yes apart from that it the same a 737ng.
by SW1
10 May 2019, 15:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9661
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

It appears there will be a mix of second hand airframes in the conversation to wedgetail! The de-modding will make for entertainment!!

http://m.aviationweek.com/awindefense/s ... il-program
by SW1
08 May 2019, 21:57
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212831
Location: United Kingdom

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-07/williamtown-joint-strike-fighters-susceptible-to-corrosion/11085220 This article refers to the corrosion risk associated with the F35 because of its aluminium structure effected by salt and recomended measures including de humidfying ,has this been thought of ...
by SW1
08 May 2019, 08:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276366
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

This is more and more falling into the usual procurement issues. If they couldnt articulate what was putting cost into type 26 and why a “proper” frigate in type 31 mould was suddenly going to cost 1/4 of the price this was always rooted in fantasy. This had/has all the hallmarks of anyone but BAE. ...
by SW1
07 May 2019, 13:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A divergence of requirements. Possibly the same conundrum facing the next uk a/c https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/future-us-navy-fighter-will-not-be-joint-effort-with-457968/ A penetrating fighter, the Navy doesn’t have to do that. So some of that inherent design of the aircraft it does dr...
by SW1
06 May 2019, 14:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

something much more rounded in thought that just sending a naval vessel. agree v much with this broader thought, while being pedantic If we send the carrier group on a cruise to the Far East then that’s all we do that year, we cant send another one to Africa or the gulf or where ever. the two indic...
by SW1
06 May 2019, 14:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

SW1 , not sure if it comes over but I agree with what you are saying. The UK plays (and should play) a contributing role globally not a militarily leading one. All I would add is that having a naval support facility in Singapore and a forward based minor ship / RFA or two is probably more appropria...
by SW1
06 May 2019, 10:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

There is a lot of emotion involved with terms like great power, global player, first rater, tier 1 military. I personally class them all as political PR of playing to there perceived political base. A lot of it’s being going on the past 18 months to 2 years and it’s all nonsense. We already trade wi...
by SW1
30 Apr 2019, 08:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 11615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

Did the Fort Victoria not act in a similar role for about 4 years as command vessel for CT 151, with lynx helicopters and commandos for boarding and maritime security operations. What’s in a name!! I think the connection between what people think littoral strike is and what is perhaps intended maybe...
by SW1
29 Apr 2019, 19:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212831
Location: United Kingdom

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

The 44% figure stands out a mile for me from that article. Things like that are a pita to manage and put such a handbrake on deployments. They also soak up time and manpower trying to manage day to day flying, longer term dets, PEPS etc. It's something that has come up time and again but 44% is ver...
by SW1
29 Apr 2019, 19:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

shark bait wrote:However none of the new concepts feature a back seat,



I wouldn’t been entirely sure about that..
by SW1
27 Apr 2019, 12:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4137
Views: 212831
Location: United Kingdom

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

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/f-35-full-mission-capability-rate-only-27-due-to-pa-457734/ The F-35 fleet is also suffering from mismatched parts. The DoD purchases certain sets of F-35 parts years ahead of time to support aircraft on deployments, including on US Navy (USN) aircraft carr...
by SW1
27 Apr 2019, 10:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I’m not sure any new aircraft has to switch between roles at the flick of a switch more I think the roles will change depending on what it will carry. Obviously modern radars have many modes that will cover a number of areas but various roles can be undertaken if we take a more simple approach the c...
by SW1
26 Apr 2019, 16:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Near certain the slogan not a pound for air to ground was the F15s tag line not the f16. If your considering tactical a/c adding air to ground ordnance to a fighter oriented design gives a much better result than trying to do it the other way round. The best result with least amount of compromises i...
by SW1
23 Apr 2019, 19:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The Americans very keen to temp japan out of working with european partners there reportedly offering access to the code no one gets to see

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... sal-report
by SW1
23 Apr 2019, 17:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668525
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Assuming of course the speculation about 10a/c is correct and also assuming that 10 isn’t some sort of norm they expect to carry. Given the Japanese say the ship was only supposed to carry a handful of helicopters we will need to wait and see. But it highlights the usefulness of the vertical takeoff...
by SW1
22 Apr 2019, 13:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Relevant to a number of threads but https://www.defensenews.com/interviews/2019/04/22/vice-chief-of-uk-defence-staff-talks-brexit-budget-and-littoral-ships/ Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson recently announced a plan to develop a new littoral fleet, but a lot of people looked at that and said it wa...
by SW1
20 Apr 2019, 09:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9795
Views: 416031
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Many years ago the RN used depot ships stationed at various places around the world to support small craft, submarines and the like. They say history rhymes rather than repeats. If you are wanting to have a portion of your force used as fwd presence for engagement maritime security and the like then...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 22:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668525
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Agreed, but the French seem to be able to regularly operate a fleet of 24 Rafales from a fleet of 42. They don’t unless you count once in 20 years as regular ok They did just that in 2015 and 2016 when launching air attacks in Syria and hit 30 Rafales in recent trials. They didn’t 18 rafale in 2015...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 18:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668525
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Repulse wrote:Agreed, but the French seem to be able to regularly operate a fleet of 24 Rafales from a fleet of 42.


They don’t unless you count once in 20 years as regular ok
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668525
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I never said it’ll happen I said it’s what is really needed to do what HMG want else like I said either the carriers or RAF fleets will be just token forces or even worse both half arsed. I don’t see people saying it’s tokenism when the US rocks up with 4 f22 in Estonia or 8 in Korea or when 8 f35s...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 11:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668525
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The uk already operates a stand alone chinook fleet, the cockpit is different to the rest of the world wide fleet as well as a few other things. Chinook has been continually deployed at sea and I suspect there’s pilots and ground crew in the chinook force with more time at sea than some of those in ...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 11:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Now you are being silly. Is anyone suggesting that these vessels are manned by raw recruits that have never seen a sonar before? Training is a continuous process, covering the full spectrum from basic training to upgrading the skills of experienced operators in the light of new developments (the mi...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

You don’t send people who are training to your priority task they need to be combat ready Agree with covering the priority tasks first, but tell me, if the T23 currently carrying out this duty does detect a lurking Russian submarine, waiting to track the deterrent as it sails, do they immediately t...
by SW1
13 Apr 2019, 18:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41510
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Does the RN have enough ASW specialist to just man the type 23/26 asw vessels or an excess of crew so it can put them on other vessels without have to take them away from primary assets? Not sure. But its a whole lot cheaper and an easy win to train some additional crew over a period of years to ma...

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