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by Timmymagic
01 Nov 2016, 21:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 339
Views: 51357
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

New video on Sea Venom from MBDA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gsm6xfnpoCw Interesting that Mark Sheehan mentions a 20km range. Sea Skua has at least 25km. I know the Sea Venom is smaller in overall weight, but has a similar warhead to Sea Skua, but I would have thought the RN would have insisted...
by Timmymagic
05 Sep 2016, 15:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 488
Views: 67796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

PAUL MARSAY wrote:if we decided to upgrade all warriors how many have we got that actually could be upgraded .


We are upgrading them as part of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme. I think the number of vehicles to be upgrade is around 250. Over half the fleet won't get upgraded.
by Timmymagic
04 Sep 2016, 22:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 488
Views: 67796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

Is it just me but in the attached video is that a Warrior at the 1.15 mark...



And in the picture here...

http://www.rada.com/capabilities/land-r ... -menu.html

Seems strange to use a Warrior in the graphics...
by Timmymagic
02 Sep 2016, 10:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11195
Views: 1143461
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Does anyone know if there are another couple of these coming for when both carriers are in port? Presumably so..
by Timmymagic
23 Aug 2016, 20:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV430 Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 19
Views: 5387
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV430 Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

The Kongsberg Defender RWS will already take a GMG, GPMG and HMG. I'd be surprised if it wasn't a requirement by MoD. Nexter already do an unmanned CTA turret with reportedly zero hull intrusion. That would be an interesting fit on MIV. I think if we're realistic the best we could hope for is a Pro...
by Timmymagic
22 Aug 2016, 21:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3120
Views: 287373
Location: United Kingdom

Re: river I/I.5 and II patrol vessels

Just as a thought, have we ever trialed Starstreak on board a RN or RFA vessel, using the 3 round portable launcher. If this could also be used for the LWM it should be a low cost add on for areas with a known threat such as Pirates or low tier opposition. I'm sure we will have done at some point i...
by Timmymagic
22 Aug 2016, 21:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV430 Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 19
Views: 5387
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV430 Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

not expecting enough to do a proper job though are we? Were there ever enough Bulldog though? There were hundreds converted with new engines etc. but how many up-armour kits were bought? Given that the up armour kits were Theatre Entry for Iraq to take the heat off the Warrior fleet I'd be surprise...
by Timmymagic
22 Aug 2016, 21:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 417136
Location: United Kingdom

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

The US is trailing a version of the EO Sensor we used to use on the Canberra PR9, on a Predator B variant. Given our "Protectors" are an evolution of this design could this provide a wide area surveillance capability to replace the Raptor pod. EO and standard Protectors would compliment e...
by Timmymagic
22 Aug 2016, 07:52
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 417136
Location: United Kingdom

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

ArmChairCivvy It's a good question on whether we will ever see a UK F-35B carrying AMRAAM. All UK stocks of AMRAAM should be out of service by the time F-35 gets IOC in UK service. The AIM-120C5's we have are ex RN SHAR stocks, if they were to be retained they'd need either new AMRAAM or an extensiv...
by Timmymagic
13 Aug 2016, 11:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Military Flying Training
Replies: 75
Views: 13115
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Military Flying Training

arfah wrote:Helicopter from RAF Valley suffers technical emergency, lands, then catches fire.


That will buff out, right?
by Timmymagic
10 Aug 2016, 21:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 872
Views: 97442
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

If you are going to go smaller than 7.62mm NATO, why keep the calibre? A lighter bullet at lower velocity with the same cross sectional area will have a much more curved trajectory and it will be harder for a soldier to score a hit. How are the short 7.62mm rounds "better" than the NATO s...
by Timmymagic
10 Aug 2016, 21:20
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 872
Views: 97442
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

after ww1 there wasn't allot of money or will to spend money on defence and as you say there was millions of rifles in store....even the SMLE was looked at to be updated to the mk IV? (there wasn't even the money to do that) and the No4 only came much later. Same with the Americans large numbers of...
by Timmymagic
28 Jul 2016, 17:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11195
Views: 1143461
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ian Booth's latest blog is available here: http://www.aircraftcarrieralliance.co.uk/delivering-the-nations-flagships/programme-director-blog/yr-2016/july-16/july-blog.aspx I'm sure some F-35 hater will soon pick up on the QE tracking F-35's on it's Long Range Radar....and in the next paragraph ment...
by Timmymagic
28 Jul 2016, 17:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 180761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

It'll already be great news if it goes onto Tranche 2. Tranche 1 is pretty much out of the question: while not completely impossible, it is technically very complex and extremely expensive. It'll be installed on Tranche 3A aircraft first, and then, hopefully, on Tranche 2 if we are lucky. Its retro...
by Timmymagic
23 Jul 2016, 10:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11195
Views: 1143461
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I believe it was. But if I remember correctly we were looking at a different launch system from the US. It was to be an electromagnetic system from Converteam, which I believe was partially developed and working better than the US EMALS (at least sub-scale).
by Timmymagic
19 Jul 2016, 19:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11195
Views: 1143461
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

QE's float out date was 17th July 2014, 2 years and 2 days ago. Is QE likely to need a hull clean beneath the waterline before sea trials? SKB, I try to keep current, by reading this thread, and before that being a lurker on Mp.nets mega thread. I seem to remember that they had run the engines unde...
by Timmymagic
19 Jul 2016, 14:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11195
Views: 1143461
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ha ha. Nice try. Ha ha. Nice try. Ron to be fair, and not wanting to derail the QE thead, all the reports I've ever seen were glowing about the ALARM's performance, in contract to that of the HARM's. The only bad thing I've read about it, is that it was surprisingly not very low drag carried extern...
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2016, 20:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 180761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

downsizer wrote:PWII is not supported nor trained for on Tornado any longer. It was only retained until typhoon could do PW4.


Bugger. I'd hope we sell them/gift them on to a friendly country who can make use of them (friendly as in European or Commonwealth, not Saudi).
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2016, 20:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 180761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

Call me old fashioned, but with much of SS being classed as secret I don't like seeing these numbers bandied around. ;) Fair do's. But numbers aside. Are we really going to scrap a large number of our most effective/expensive weapons? I could understand if they were a throwback to the Cold War, but...
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2016, 20:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 180761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

ISIS? We did fire 2 the other week. If we're getting rid of a load though, couldn't we have fired 20? Just to make absolutely sure....Plus another few just in case... It is something that perplexes me though. If you look at the weapons used by Typhoon and Tornado in Iraq (and very occasionally Syri...
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2016, 20:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 369
Views: 50642
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (Army Air Corps)

93km according to the RAF website. Seems pretty good. No idea what the actual range is, but I'd take any published range on the RAF's website with a massive dose of salt. If it's on there, its wrong, and usually by a healthy margin. Storm Shadow is listed as around 200 miles range and ASRAAM's used...
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2016, 20:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 369
Views: 50642
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (Army Air Corps)

I don't recall much about said about it's withdraws. It seemed to have reached a point where it needed to be mlu'd after the 2010 SDSR so got canned as a result, I suspect money was the issue. All I've seen about it's effectiveness is that it was regarded as far more effective than HARM in a real wo...
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2016, 15:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 180761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

downsizer - In all truth those figures are all open source. The original buy has been mentioned in loads of places, including Hansard, as have the number to be mlu'd (granted neither are exact). After that it's just subtraction and a bit of common sense guesswork of numbers of rounds expended in tra...
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2016, 14:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 369
Views: 50642
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (Army Air Corps)

Brimstone characteristics straight from the horses mouth, MBDA. They don't say much on range. Think Defence in his excellent Complex Weapons series had this to say.. "The range of Brimstone is generally accepted to be approximately 20km, with Brimstone 2, again, generally accepted as approxima...
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2016, 14:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 369
Views: 50642
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (Army Air Corps)

It would be fairly straightforward. But the RAF is looking to move to DEAD with SPEAR 3. For SEAD it would make more sense to re-resurrect ALARM with it's loiter capability. For the UK the F-35 negates the need for the long range AND speed of a Meteor ARM. The SPEAR 3 has the range. If we were looki...

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