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by jimthelad
06 Apr 2018, 22:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9861
Views: 425407
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Depends on water tracts, littoral noise and accoustic interface, etc. Even if you can hear you cant estimate range, bearing, or even time of inception. If you are the emitter the original point of reference and timing mean you can get more information than anyone listening. It is not like ESM but mo...
by jimthelad
29 Mar 2018, 19:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 189
Views: 17948
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Give Carter a chance, He has quite a lot of combat time and has made himself quite unpopular with the bean counters which is a major win in my books.
by jimthelad
08 Mar 2018, 13:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9861
Views: 425407
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The away wins class:

Waterloo, Trafalgar, El Alamein, Gibraltar, Quebec, and Falklands.
by jimthelad
02 Mar 2018, 19:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1385
Views: 83979
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

G limitation on pilot is about 10g max
by jimthelad
02 Mar 2018, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678138
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It would appear that the hidden safety and design features may make this the most survivable and all weather operable Western carrier yet. STORVL ops have a wider weather tolerance than CATOBAR or STOBAR anyway. As an aside, does anyone have any data on that Kinzhal missile. Mach 10 hyperglide seems...
by jimthelad
27 Feb 2018, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 716
Views: 58756
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

About the same I think. It just looks smaller on the QE due to the vast scale.
by jimthelad
23 Feb 2018, 22:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5949
Views: 281053
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

they have sea wolf radar tracker on top of bridge in that image. i suspect it will be 2 x 12 camm in front.
by jimthelad
09 Feb 2018, 14:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1730
Views: 106129
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

A spear3 storm will give you a mission kill. The original AsUW alpha strike was a below horizon lob attack of airburst 1000lb bombs by the Buccs. The Soviet era and even modern Sino/Russian designs have lots of exposed rotating array in high places, take them and the ship is blind.
by jimthelad
05 Feb 2018, 19:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 68818
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I think in reality Afghanistan was our Vietnam. What we need to do now is have a long hard look at our defence budget, have clear political directives with respect to intervention, readiness, and foreign policy (easier than you might think), and be pragmatic about the force structure. I agree with J...
by jimthelad
19 Jan 2018, 19:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678138
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

ASRAAM is already integrated with firings complete. Meteor is scheduled for testing 2019 it think but Gab did put a link somewhere in the past.
by jimthelad
11 Jan 2018, 15:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678138
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Somebody should forward this to the present incumbent at 1600 Pensylvania Ave!!!
by jimthelad
01 Jan 2018, 19:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216382
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ron, as always you cant resist sniping. Firstly, Aviation week is not available to many of us not being in the industry and having other priorities. HOWEVER, it does not show up in the logged articles on the host website despite the aforementioned issue being listed. Also, I redirect you to my previ...
by jimthelad
01 Jan 2018, 19:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 61702
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft) (RAF)

Ron, I have had the great privelege of spending several years in the USA as a child embedded within the USN and later in DC. In addition I have been on more than a few ops with US personnel in my time in green. I have the highest regard for the US and especially it's military; several of my closest ...
by jimthelad
01 Jan 2018, 14:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 61702
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft) (RAF)

I agree but they levy a very heavy price every time. I would add whilst they are generally supportive they are invaraibly late and make terrible tea. However, I for one am very glad they are on our side!!!
by jimthelad
01 Jan 2018, 14:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216382
Location: United Kingdom

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

Thanks Dave, didnt reference these because they dont have specific UK content. As Caribean says, the split buy might be the initiator for this. AFAIK this was off the table except as a FOAS component way in the future and as a Typhoon replacement. I guess they could defer a portion of the 138 but un...
by jimthelad
01 Jan 2018, 10:20
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216382
Location: United Kingdom

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

Unsurprisingly I cant find it either. Using a Google search and Advanced search the last post on F35 is 17/09/17 with respect to flight trials. I used the Boolean "Aviation Weekly"AND "UK F35B" which got 126 results. Given the recent announcements I cant see how they could revers...
by jimthelad
31 Dec 2017, 14:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 61702
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft) (RAF)

Made it back to Gods country yesterday to see the family. In the "Beastie" over a few shandies I was reliably informed that the UK Poseidon's are carrying the factory standard software so will include full compatibility with Harpoon, JDAM, and possibly SDB but the USN has already requested...
by jimthelad
20 Dec 2017, 17:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 379
Views: 26297
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Other way around, the terrain in Falklands makes it nearly impossible to use the full engagement range unless you site all the batteries on West Falkland on the coast. It really is a hellish place to operate anything so point defence of key terrain/sites with GBAD and robust fast jet defence is the ...
by jimthelad
13 Dec 2017, 23:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678138
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

HMWHS has a hangar access via an armoured blast proof room under the towers. This allows disarming weapons if damaged in flight or if too expensive to jettison before land on.
by jimthelad
05 Dec 2017, 20:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 106
Views: 11399
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

The computer was terrible, the aximuth alignment motors were very unstable when airborne leading to doppler issues( this was fixable but needed a stronger bulkhead at the after radome, a shift of centre of gravity aft, and the need for a 30% bring back of fuel to act as a heat sink due to inadequate...
by jimthelad
23 Nov 2017, 22:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1126
Views: 77410
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

Ron I think you will find pride in our country in the context of many of the members of this forum extends to service at the sharp end (more than I expect you have done). Defending the corporate largesse of the multinational behemoth is best left up to ingratiating proctoscopists such as yourself. S...
by jimthelad
28 Sep 2017, 23:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 61702
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft) (RAF)

Now then lads, better not argue with the oracle :roll:
by jimthelad
28 Sep 2017, 17:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41946
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Borat mankini's take up much less space in your bergen :lol:
by jimthelad
20 Sep 2017, 22:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678138
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Yes they have also bred out the longer leg on one side to allow for housing in flat landscapes. This has led to problems when anti-vivisectionists etc have released captive Haggi into the wild and inevitable cross breeding with wild types. Sadly we in the veterinary profession do not yet have the an...
by jimthelad
18 Sep 2017, 22:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 461
Views: 35277
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

It is more target resolution and PID at range. I believe there was/is a refined solution being looked at for the US which might make it's way onto Stryker. Will try to find link when i get a sec.

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