"16 F35B for 6-9 months within 12 months out of 48 F35B" means deployment ratio of 8-12%.SW1 wrote:Donald
I think it would be more if the QE deploys with 16 f35 for 6-9months then pow would be deploying with none. 24 is everything with wings on eg Falklands.
SW1 wrote:I’ve no idea what the us navy do.
Aethulwulf wrote:Can I just say "work" and avoid any possible trouble for myself.Ron5 wrote:Can you share the source(s) of your info? Thanks.
donald_of_tokyo wrote:French CDG carrier deploys with
- 2001: 16 Super Etendards, 2 Rafale, 1 Hawkeye +
- 2010: 12 Super Etendards, 10 Rafale, 2 Hawkeye +
- 2012: 7 Super Etendards, 7 Rafale, 2 Hawkeye +
- 2015: 9 Super Etendards, 12 Rafale, 2 Hawkeye +
- 2015: 8 Super Etendards, 18 Rafale = 31-34 in total as "a larger than normal air wing"
- 2016: 24 Rafale +
For me, if CVF deploys with 24 F35B, 13 Merlin, and a few Wildcat, it is great enough. Merlin is not small.
shotleylad wrote:More USMC jets than UK. I cannot see that happening.
Ron5 wrote:There's seems to be a general assumption that deploying an F-35 squadron onto a carrier is the same as deploying an RAF squadron overseas.
Is that really the case? especially if the squadron is Navy?
Wont be a problem for the carrier to operate the Osprey's as the hanger centre section is designed to take them. A bit of forward thinking for once.SDL wrote:I can definitely see them putting an Osprey or two onboard, if only to show the MOD how useful one or two of them might be be
Ron5 wrote:I'm looking forward to the V-22's, that will be quite a sight. Refueling the RM Merlins maybe?
Aethulwulf wrote: The carrier was designed to be capable of an initial 24 hour surge of 108 sorties (36 × 3), with a sustained rate of 72 sorties per day (36 × 2). Everything was designed around these sortie rates and an aircraft load of 36 F35b and 4 Merlin AEW.
SKB wrote:They did say flight trials would be the "third week of September" didn't they?
Well, Saturday 22nd September is the final day of that third week. But there was the delay caused by Hurricane Florence, so I would guess next week ?