UK Defence Forum

News, History, Discussions and Debates on UK Defence.

Search found 318 matches

Go to advanced search

by jimthelad
01 Sep 2015, 22:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

So the Defence Industry is a modern-day British Leyland? Yes in many ways! The supplier dictates the product not the end user. TRIGAT was a classic example, nobody in the UK wanted it. It never worked and damned near killed me in one test fire. We wanted the proposed SAL MILAN with the motor upgrad...
by jimthelad
31 Aug 2015, 22:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

Does anyone remember TRIGAT?!? That was a complete CF. We cant compete on all fields so pick the battles we can win. IMHO perhaps we need smaller design houses modelled on our superlative car industry. All the great British designs came out of small UK firms or the garden shed!!
by jimthelad
31 Aug 2015, 22:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10023
Views: 669607
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The lateral view of QE looks like ARTISAN has been fitted?
by jimthelad
25 Aug 2015, 22:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

Whilst it is true i have ended up in the gutter on more than one occasion following a sortie to Clatty's in the fair city of the Clyde, I was also brought up as a gentleman. As such I wont dignify the previous comment with a response other than to say I eagerly await your second. The source is not a...
by jimthelad
24 Aug 2015, 22:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

3+6+3 P8 airframes starting 2016.
by jimthelad
30 Jul 2015, 22:57
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

I believe the OCU is due to wind down soon AFAIK they only have 6 operational airframes(dont have serials)I guess they may stay in business for a while longer if the OSD is put back more but there are sims at Marham and the HAS complex is being revamped for Typhoon soon if the order book for a local...
by jimthelad
29 Jul 2015, 23:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

All the tonkas are down south!The base at Lossie is now the northern qra field. At Kinloss all the the ASuW/ASW infrastructure has been removed and the airfiled down graded from a NATO diversion field. I believe the LRR radar has been deactivated and the sim block demolished. The armory has been rep...
by jimthelad
28 Jul 2015, 23:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

Lossie doesnt have the washdown bays and hangars spare to deal with them. A big part of the move to Waddington is based on common facilities etc. Sadly Kinloss was too inefficient when it comes to operating a few airframes instead of the 4 squadrons of the kipper fleet.
by jimthelad
20 Jul 2015, 23:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

My understanding is that there are 2x 3 and 3 x 2 unallocated serials in Boeing production plans.1of those '051' is in early assembly. There are not inclusive of the preproduction models B1-4 which were delivered to the US already and not those allocated to the RAAT and IAF which have FMS serials.
by jimthelad
17 Jul 2015, 22:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104574
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

I seem to remember Reaper being mentioned with Raptor.
by jimthelad
13 Jul 2015, 23:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

I believe they are looking at some of the hardware. Joint Warrior was used for some hands on P8 evaluation. Will post more when and if it becomes available. Interestingly the AAS has been certified for use in SKYNET satellites.
by jimthelad
13 Jul 2015, 22:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

P8 and the P1 are under evaluation as of today, I believe 2 UK crews from seedcorn have been recalled 'on leave' to do this.
by jimthelad
12 Jul 2015, 22:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76531
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN)

...how would it go on top of the hanger, may I ask? It has been looked, the hangar roof is stressed as a future 'growth enabled space'. 1 company to my knowledge has 2 designs. 1 a retractable navalised army mount with 2 x 12 fire units and the other a 2x 36 parallell vls array. Some intransigence ...
by jimthelad
09 Jul 2015, 22:52
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: British Forces Personal Issue Kit Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 9216
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Forces Personal Issue Kit Thread

That would be a bastard to jump with!!I am assuming the airborne troops have an alternate or if not I would be telling my crew to ditch it!!Still looks like finally we are getting decent, effective, user friendly kit.
by jimthelad
28 Jun 2015, 01:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10023
Views: 669607
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

You would never get away with that! You might get HMS Alternate Sexuality Wandering Nordic Person past the PC cops :roll:
by jimthelad
15 Jun 2015, 22:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

DS is correct, 2 on lease with right to buy at 4 years for OCU prob on 120 sqn badge in Jacksonville and then 201 standing up with 4 airframes (Boeing serials 056-59)at Waddington and the 2 lease units following integration trials. 6 other options to follow at paired purchases starting in 2018. Stin...
by jimthelad
24 May 2015, 22:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options
Replies: 1217
Views: 54664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Maritime Patrol Options

It shouldn't too much. The STINGRAY fit standard loading lugs and umbilical connectors and was trial fitted for the Indian models. There needs to be some changes in the software for telemetry handoff to the weapon butnthe mission computers are virtually the same as the MRA4 due to the same company b...
by jimthelad
16 May 2015, 14:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10023
Views: 669607
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

downsizer wrote:I'd smash sturgeon though, I have really low standards and done much worse in Joannas, Elgin. Probs a fair bit of work to get her juiced up! ;)

"Jo's" many a crime against dececy has been committed there!!Are you still in the fair city?

Go to advanced search