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by RetroSicotte
25 Jul 2015, 10:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Panavia Tornado (RAF)
Replies: 195
Views: 25905
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Yes and yes.
by RetroSicotte
25 Jul 2015, 02:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 305724
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK's Future T26 Frigate.

I always kinda wondered, why didn't we just use the Type 45's propulsion system?

It could push an 8,500t destroyer to above 30 knots, the tech already exists and as far as we're seeing, it works fine. Surely it'd permit fast speeds on a 6,000-8,000t frigate.
by RetroSicotte
23 Jul 2015, 17:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 877
Views: 73582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Scout SV Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

Well, Scout isn't a tank so... :P

[/Tanknerd pickiness]

It's fantastic news though.
by RetroSicotte
22 Jul 2015, 17:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 337688
Location: United Kingdom

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

The problem is that historical precedent has taught us that the moment you eliminate a fighter's gun is the moment you discover that you actually still need it after all. Aside from that we aren't eliminating the gun...when are you referring to? Not Vietnam, which is a massive urban myth oft repeat...
by RetroSicotte
19 Jul 2015, 19:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147804
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

I think it's perfectly believable to do flight testing with an unselected weapon.

If it fits to the aircraft, might as well do it and see how it handles to help allow you to make that judgement.
by RetroSicotte
18 Jul 2015, 02:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147804
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

Physically, no, they wouldn't get in the way. The modifications are all forward on the fuselage nearer the cockpit. Aerodynamically? I would be surprised if it made a huge difference, given the modifications seem to enhance flight anyway. What I'm more interested in is that "increased lift"...
by RetroSicotte
18 Jul 2015, 00:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147804
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

Only in January the MoD confirmed that a lot of Reapers had been boxed up for storage, and the crews would remain current through rotation. There are some interesting unit prices here (not vouching for their accuracy, but will do as a ball park): http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/05/uk_reaper_fl...
by RetroSicotte
13 Jul 2015, 22:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 21571
Location: United Kingdom

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

Fully expect this to be the next 2 Airseeker/Rivet Joints and the remaining Watchkeepers being "announced" as part of the "larger" budget. What? What do you mean they were already planned anyway? Haven't you heard about the new air defence destroyers we've been investing into tha...
by RetroSicotte
13 Jul 2015, 17:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 337688
Location: United Kingdom

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

It all just stems from this relentless "1 vs 1 STRONGEST WINS" crowd in aviation enthusiasm. The more you scale up the numbers, the more and more the F-35 becomes outrageously in favour with "overall picture". It's the strategic scale you need to look at. (I say to those arguing ...
by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2015, 21:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1151
Views: 109561
Location: United Kingdom

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

...how would it go on top of the hanger, may I ask? I like the suggestion from WhitestEephant. The CAMM system as planned for the Type 26 has a silo of 24 missiles located aft. Since CAMM is a cold launched system, unlike Aster & Mk41, there are no hot gases produced and no exhaust vents requir...
by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2015, 19:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1151
Views: 109561
Location: United Kingdom

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

...how would it go on top of the hanger, may I ask?
by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2015, 14:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1151
Views: 109561
Location: United Kingdom

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

seaspear wrote:Would there be any advantage in having quad packed essm,s instead of aster 15 to increase numbers available


Not particularly. For one, ESSM isn't enabled on Sylver silos (really, all Sylver silos can take is Aster and SCALP) and even if it was, it'd make more sense, I think, for us to use CAMM.
by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2015, 12:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 877
Views: 73582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Scout SV Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

There is every likelihood that the French will add a fourth vehicle sometime in the mid-future. The VBCI has been demoing the CT40 as a replacement for the 25mm.

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by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2015, 12:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1151
Views: 109561
Location: United Kingdom

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

We don't know if there is any gap in the radar performance. What we do know is that - the two-way link with a BDM capable missile has not been tested - there might be incompatibililty between the current silos and the chosen missile (silo swap, or potentially an adapter kit) BDM is such a specialis...
by RetroSicotte
12 Jul 2015, 00:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147804
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Typhoon

As a note, if anyone gets a chance to see the Typhoon display at Yeovilton Air Day from this year online somewhere, watch it . The Typhoon display this year absolutely blew every single other aircraft out of the water, and it did it all in that sexy sexy Battle of Britain camo while carrying a 1000l...
by RetroSicotte
11 Jul 2015, 11:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Hawk
Replies: 85
Views: 12123
Location: United Kingdom

Re: BAE Hawk

Honestly, sounds like something our Reapers already do. Budget wise it'd be nice, but we already have that sort of ability with the UAVs so I doubt the budget would look for it. It'd honestly be cheaper to just buy more Hawk T2's than get a separate fleet.
by RetroSicotte
02 Jul 2015, 17:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 337688
Location: United Kingdom

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

Official press release to debunk the article https://www.f35.com/news/detail/joint-program-office-response-to-war-is-boring-blog?sf10503378=1 If the 35 in question wasn't set up for a dogfight simulation, why was it sent out to take part in one? To see what happens? Because there are more complicat...
by RetroSicotte
01 Jul 2015, 18:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 337688
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ah yes, yet another "War is Boring" article that completely fails to show it's sources other than "I talked to a pilot, honest!"

It has less worth than if I had wrote "A sailor told me that Type 45's can't actually use their radar."
by RetroSicotte
30 Jun 2015, 00:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Hawk
Replies: 85
Views: 12123
Location: United Kingdom

Re: BAE Hawk

possibly because the Hawk is nearing its sell by date the 346 is meant to be excellent and very modern. whereas BaE have sat back on their laurels a bit which is typical and such a shame. The T1's, yes. The T2's are effectively an all new aircraft in terms of training capability, one right at the f...
by RetroSicotte
29 Jun 2015, 21:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: BAE Hawk
Replies: 85
Views: 12123
Location: United Kingdom

Re: BAE Hawk

I find myself surprised. France wants a replacement for its aging Alpha Jets. The Italians are getting the M-345 in on the replacement program, why are we not throwing all the weight behind the Hawk T-2 for this? It suits the needs as a similar jet, it's completely capable and aren't France supposed...
by RetroSicotte
27 Jun 2015, 21:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10691
Views: 930300
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Personally, I'd hope it stays as PoW. Reason? They've already done all the money stuff to name it as that and painted stuff to do with it all over. Can you imagine how much money it'd take to replace all the signs, orders, painted symbols yadda yadda? Yes, I'd like Ark Royal as a name. But maybe I'm...
by RetroSicotte
26 Jun 2015, 13:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 877
Views: 73582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Scout SV Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

Thanks RetroS, probably posted it in the wrong topic then but I get confused with all the Army acronyms for vehicles. Is the Puma their equivalent of the FRES or what is our current and planned equivalent? Puma is their equivilent to Warrior. At least without knowing the "soft" details (e...
by RetroSicotte
25 Jun 2015, 22:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 877
Views: 73582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Scout SV Armoured Vehicle Variants (Army)

Puma is an IFV, not a recce vehicle; so it's not really a comparison. Regardless, the Puma is by all accounts an exceptionally high quality vehicle. Strong armour, an enormous engine for world leading mobility of a vehicle that size and a nifty unmanned turret mounting a solid 30mm cannon. It's no C...
by RetroSicotte
24 Jun 2015, 16:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10691
Views: 930300
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Never understood dudes getting in a twist over linear conversations, they don't work like that in person, why shouldn't they wander on here. While I would advise people to be a little more polite in how it's said (one post has been deleted regarding) this is very much a thing. Topics can and will d...
by RetroSicotte
23 Jun 2015, 17:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 877
Views: 73582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Scout SV Armoured Fighting Vehicles (Army)

Well, an SV is 34 tonnes. With the armour packs its 38. So they could go in an A400, but youd need separate module transport. Bit late to the party on this one but yes, to my knowledge, that Scout will fit in to an A400...just. As you say however, that is only for the vehicle itself - her combat lo...

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