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by Timmymagic
21 May 2017, 17:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4349
Views: 338845
Location: United Kingdom

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

So in this case, they would anticipate a max of 34 F35Bs and how many helicopters for AEW and CSAR? Looks like QE will be deploying with 2 x Merlin HC.4 for SAR/CSAR. They'll also use them for vertrep and HDS. Which does irk me somewhat. The HC.4 is a expensive and comparatively rare asset. I can u...
by Timmymagic
21 May 2017, 16:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4349
Views: 338845
Location: United Kingdom

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

I wonder when the USMC squadrons will go through their Ski Jump training and if they will also adopt the Bedford array for SRVL to maximise the STOL capabilities of QEC's and F-35B. For that matter will USMC F-35B crews be trained with the ASRAAM and UK Paveway or will the QECs have to carry a dual...
by Timmymagic
20 May 2017, 11:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10737
Views: 669049
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

From the Conservative manifesto. Seems the Parker Report may actually be implemented. GPFF programme mentioned also. Seems it's still the intention to go ahead with it. 'Take Forward' are the key words....and they're not the same as 'we will implement in full'... Add in 'We want to see shipbuilding...
by Timmymagic
16 May 2017, 22:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131458
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

Defiance wrote:Definitely were reports as long ago as 2009 about interest in a MALD derivative


Anything since though? Pre-2010 SDSR was a happier, better place..
by Timmymagic
16 May 2017, 22:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 148313
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

In-service support for the Enhanced Paveway II has been extended to 31 March 2021. Together with AMRAAM, this is what will arm the Typhoon Tranche 1 until they last. I suppose the contract will be extended out beyond that if necessary, but can the the weapons be re-lifed that far out? Could the Amr...
by Timmymagic
15 May 2017, 22:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1498
Views: 131458
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

Using decoys and the F35 it self, a pilot should be able to tempt a radar operator to light up his area of sky, thus revealing its location to the F35 which can guide spear to the target, with the missile pin pointing the target with its own radar. All that is suppose to happen before the bad guys ...
by Timmymagic
12 May 2017, 22:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10706
Views: 933711
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

WhiteWhale wrote:Not sure of what the source is for this one but damn.


It's from the QE Class twitter feed, from January as well.
by Timmymagic
08 May 2017, 18:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10706
Views: 933711
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

This is fairly recent according to the source. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5375753 Is the tentage on the catwalk area of PoW inidicative of them being ahead of schedule? They only did that work on QE when she was in the basin IIRC. Presumably PoW will be a little further along than QE was when...
by Timmymagic
02 May 2017, 07:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4349
Views: 338845
Location: United Kingdom

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

Any information I can access on comparative ranges of f35b Rafale and Super Hornet puts the b well behind The problem is any information you can acccess will not be comparing apples and oranges. Rafales range figures are usually quoted as 1,000 mile radius. But unfortunately thats with 2 massive ta...
by Timmymagic
01 May 2017, 16:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4349
Views: 338845
Location: United Kingdom

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

Defiance wrote:It could probably hold it, but if the discussion earlier about the tanks not being worthwhile for the F-35 to fly with, why bother?


Purely for buddy fueling off QE. Can't see the point myself, fuel offload wouldn't be massive, could be a useful niche capability to have I suppose.
by Timmymagic
29 Apr 2017, 16:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10706
Views: 933711
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Air2Air refuel has 3 aspects, as I understand. - refuel near the enemy, good for deep attack. - refuel just after the take off, to enable full bomb carriage with full fuel carriage. I think this can extend the range by 50% or so. - refuel for CAP F35 (especially F35B) suffers from short range and s...
by Timmymagic
29 Apr 2017, 15:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 148313
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

Some good news...double Meteor firing from Typhoon.



https://www.eurofighter.com/news-and-ev ... er-typhoon
by Timmymagic
29 Apr 2017, 14:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10706
Views: 933711
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion



This pic does rather put the QE Class' armament in perspective. ESSM, RAM and Phalanx. Approaching GRF from the rear as a bogey might not be the best idea..
by Timmymagic
29 Apr 2017, 14:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10706
Views: 933711
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Buddy tankers more capable than a V22 tanker? I don't think so. Agreed. But is the V-22 even worth bothering with as a tanker? It's no Voyager. By the figures quoted 1 V-22 in tanker configuration couldn't even fill up 1 F-35B. Yes it could top a strike up or CAP, but how far away could it do that?...
by Timmymagic
28 Apr 2017, 18:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 36017
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

marktigger wrote:2 RAF Regt aux sqns at Waddington had them. the radars were still in use as height/speed cameras to make sure pilots followed the rules


I think the Skyguard are still in use for that role.
by Timmymagic
28 Apr 2017, 10:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 36017
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

We've got AMB. The Giraffe 4 is very new. It may get procured in the future to fulfill the weapon locating (and more role).
by Timmymagic
28 Apr 2017, 09:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 36017
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

ArmChairCivvy wrote:"Aux" in that is the hint, as is the location of that unit, c lose to Boscombe Downs: They were used for (RAF) training against such air defences (including experimentation, not just training).


I thought they were mainly deployed around Waddington?
by Timmymagic
28 Apr 2017, 09:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 36017
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

how good are the giraffe at detecting this type of drone I guess it depends on the Giraffe. The AMB is very capable, so should detect them. The 4 with it's GaN is capable of being used as an artillery locating radar so should pick them up. Not sure about the Blindfire radars though. The problem wil...
by Timmymagic
25 Apr 2017, 13:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4349
Views: 338845
Location: United Kingdom

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

Looks like the USAF aren't mucking around...

8 x F-35A to Lakenheath and then on to Estonia for a little light training.

http://www.janes.com/article/69807/usaf ... r-training
by Timmymagic
25 Apr 2017, 11:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10706
Views: 933711
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

So much wrong with your post.

But as we're leaving the EU no-one needs to go through it in detail....has the EU ordered that we use less punctuation as well?
by Timmymagic
25 Apr 2017, 09:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10706
Views: 933711
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Am I going overboard in decrying this rubbish? No, this is how Trump's false news works. Nope you're not. That is some seriously weapons grade conspiracy bullshit. What worries me most is the susceptibility of so many useful idiots for this nonsense. They lack the insight, desire or understanding t...
by Timmymagic
25 Apr 2017, 08:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 148313
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

How's their Typhoon fleet doing? We really need to secure another order soon before the production line closes, in, what is it, 2018 or 2019? Their Typhoon fleet is apparently in use over the Yemen and they're one of the drivers behind upgrades. With the oil price going back up and a better budgeta...
by Timmymagic
24 Apr 2017, 19:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 148313
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

Thanks for info. Do you know of any operators in that fits he bill: " a Tornado operator currently burning through their hours faster than they would have anticipated which throws their sustainment plans all out of whack. Budgets permitting etc" Saudi must be adding some extra hours at pr...
by Timmymagic
23 Apr 2017, 19:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 36017
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Not something I've come across before, but the US has just bought a 'large' number of them for forces in Iraq and Syria. It only weighs 5lb's and can detect and jam commercial UAV's. It won't provide cueing by the looks of it, but it does put a basic, small handheld capability out there. http://www....
by Timmymagic
23 Apr 2017, 13:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10706
Views: 933711
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

seaspear wrote:Is these a handrail for that accommodation ladder ?


That was my thought as well. Even a knotted length of rope down it would help. Harbour Pilots are a tough bunch though, probably wouldn't bother them in the slightest.

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