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by Defiance
02 Aug 2017, 08:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104233

Re: Typhoon

The French are supposedly very good at EW/ECM but surely BAE could provide something at least as good for tiffy with the right financial backing (JSF experience?)? Would really make a big difference to typhoon and help keep it relevant longer down the road. That'd be a BAE Inc job rather than Plc. ...
by Defiance
28 Jul 2017, 08:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104233

Re: Typhoon

If you want a nice tagline, the ambition is to get Typhoon to be as cheap to run as an F-16.
by Defiance
27 Jul 2017, 08:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212919

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Wouldn't consider it likely at all in a regular administration, let alone with Trump at the helm.
by Defiance
20 Jul 2017, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212919

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

When you spend 1,4 billion USD for a single half-armed frigate with allmost no new-technology on her, you can't say that there's no money. When you are reliant upon public sources for information, you can't say that there is almost no new technology, because plainly you do not know Ps judging by th...
by Defiance
19 Jul 2017, 21:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212919

Re: Type 26 Global Combat Ship [News Only]

Make or break time - desperately want it to be epic.
by Defiance
14 Jul 2017, 18:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)
Replies: 149
Views: 14180

Re: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)

Sustain most likely, is the work at Marshall planned to jump such that they can justify the expansion?

Granted they'll be getting older and probably need more work, but we're expecting a drop of what 8-10 airframes? Wouldn't be surprised if that didn't balance eachother out.
by Defiance
14 Jul 2017, 18:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 77
Views: 7820

Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

wonder what we're going to do with the thousands of Hellfire we have in stock though... I am sure there are targets left after Raqqa; the motorcyclist on that video as a representative one :shock: Also presumably they're planning on burning through them at a fair rate considering they've just bough...
by Defiance
14 Jul 2017, 17:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82149

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

RetroSicotte wrote:
MRCA wrote:No it's a strike fighter.


It has never been described, designed or implemented as one, ever.


JSF? ;)

*Ducks for cover*
by Defiance
13 Jul 2017, 14:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104233

Re: Typhoon

Typhoon will have its own issues mind, there's only so much overlap.
by Defiance
10 Jul 2017, 09:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4132
Views: 212331

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

Small price to pay given the alternative of not having it ;)
by Defiance
09 Jul 2017, 21:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104233

Re: Typhoon

Putting nukes on Typhoon would be a big deal.
by Defiance
08 Jul 2017, 14:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104233

Re: Typhoon

Likely waiting for someone to open their wallet at this point.
by Defiance
07 Jul 2017, 08:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41247

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

dmereifield wrote:So the dreadnought class will not be armed with torpedos?


It's Wiki, what do we expect :)
by Defiance
06 Jul 2017, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212919

Re: Type 26 Global Combat Ship [News Only]

Would the Type 23's have the power allowance to use an operationally relevant laser without compromising other tasks? Probably not but regardless, the T23's would still have the problem that prevents Phalanx installation i.e. lack of sufficient top weight margins. Were it possible, it'd be interest...
by Defiance
06 Jul 2017, 08:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275941

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

But as mentioned on the current and future escort fleet thread a reliable source has said the Spartan design is the leading design and looks likely so the budget must be there for it Leading design for whom? Just out of curiosity. What MOD wants and what the customer wants can vary fairly significa...
by Defiance
06 Jul 2017, 08:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 212919

Re: Type 26 Global Combat Ship [News Only]

Would the Type 23's have the power allowance to use an operationally relevant laser without compromising other tasks?
by Defiance
05 Jul 2017, 12:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275941

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

LordJim wrote:If we can afford the vessel above I would reduce the T-26 programme to 6 and build as many of these as possible.


I'm just glad to see a suggestion which identifies what'd be cut to fund extra hulls for once!
by Defiance
30 Jun 2017, 08:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4132
Views: 212331

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

The canopy is impregnated with tiny metallic particles to stop Radar penetrating the glass. In some light situations this makes it look cloudy. That's not the section they're pointing out (I presume). The actual strip of material that surrounds the canopy, in this case the lower left corner, looks ...
by Defiance
27 Jun 2017, 13:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Panavia Tornado (RAF)
Replies: 195
Views: 18456

Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Little J wrote:Thought they already carried them?
Also the photo in the article says UK tornado, when it's clearly a German aircraft.


I think when it came out first, the claim was they were flying with them but got denied by the Government (source: noggin, subject to change)
by Defiance
27 Jun 2017, 09:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667577

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Bloody fantastic to see her going out, to think it doesn't feel that long that she was just primed bits sat alongside a dock. It'll be even better when we eventually see her packed with aircraft.
by Defiance
21 Jun 2017, 20:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4132
Views: 212331

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

Don't think they will eat humble pie, the moaning will continue about it not achieving these levels of capability when AF-01 rolled out of Fort Worth.
by Defiance
21 Jun 2017, 19:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667577

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Very much looking forward to the day it happens.
by Defiance
15 Jun 2017, 08:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82149

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

shark bait wrote:Typhoons replacement shall be the FCAS. The RAF will end up with the F35 and whatever that project delivers.


I'd be neat to get the wider forum's opinion on this matter, strawpoll maybe?
by Defiance
14 Jun 2017, 08:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82149

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

Can they? Have they ever? Has there been any joint programme in living memory where they haven't caused umpteen problems? The fact that they're willing to sacrifice the quality of the finished product in order to protect their 'interests' should be a cautionary tale. Personally I think it might be ...
by Defiance
13 Jun 2017, 07:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82149

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

France has to play ball if they want another multinational program, they can do Rafale 2.0 if they want to pay up.

Frankly pushing so aggressively to be the lead on so many design elements tells you things about the health of their business portfolio.

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