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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Postby shark bait » 08 Jan 2020, 14:53

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Why not have a B-2 like highly stealthy plane, with an intercontinental range/ endurance as a hub and then robo-fighters (rather than 'wingmen') doing circuits around it, at a distance?

I would be willing to bet that will happen in a couple of decades, and I feel its a bit too much of a jump to happen on this next round. Perhaps we'll see the Americans experimenting with their B21.


cky7 wrote:Is the worry about something too long legged that it’s gonna make it too costly to buy/run?

The other option is low observable and more survivable tanker, which will skyrocket costs. If the RAF want to operate inside a modern air defence network they need higher endurance aircraft. (side note, so do the Navy!)
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 08 Jan 2020, 15:12

shark bait wrote:would be willing to bet that will happen in a couple of decades


2040... the OSD for the currently more modern Typhoons
... there is nothing the say that there would not be even 'more modern' Typhoons joining the ranks

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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Postby Lord Jim » 08 Jan 2020, 19:01

ArmChairCivvy wrote:there is nothing the say that there would not be even 'more modern' Typhoons joining the ranks

Just look at the developmental path the F-16 has followed and still is with the F-16V still winning orders, both for new build and for upgrades. If we manage the Typhoon fleet well, it could be in service beyond 2040.

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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Postby Ron5 » 09 Jan 2020, 16:21

SW1 wrote:workshare on f35 was not based on order commitments, it was based the percentage of funding each country provided during the development phase. The UK provided the most and such at the beginning uk companies had a big share of the work. As time has gone on more countries came on to the program uk work has moved to other countries and to RR and BAE’s US divisions and development works have concluded in some areas.


Utter rubbish. There was, and is, no notion of national work shares in the F-35 program outside of your fertile imagination.


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