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by dmereifield
24 Jun 2022, 14:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5727
Views: 1570745
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

So we'll have 47 plus 26 in total, minus the 3 experimental airframes equals 70. Enough for 3 frontline squardons, but probably not 4... Anyone know what the breakdown will be? 1st squadron is joint RAF/FAA, the 2nd is RAF (I believe?), will the 3rd be FAA? Would be nice to have at least 1 squadron ...
by dmereifield
23 Jun 2022, 12:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7593
Views: 1903037
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

21 day endurance though, that's the trade off... Not really an issue for Indonesia. They just want these to patrol the multitude of Islands that make up their territory. They won't be venturing much further than that in their lifetime. Yes, indeed, just highlighting the different requirements than ...
by dmereifield
22 Jun 2022, 21:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7593
Views: 1903037
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

21 day endurance though, that's the trade off...
by dmereifield
18 Jun 2022, 20:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)
Replies: 104
Views: 45200
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Re: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)

Cheaper than decommissioning them....
by dmereifield
15 Jun 2022, 09:30
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Airlander Airship
Replies: 64
Views: 2646
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Re: Airlander Airship

Fantastic news
by dmereifield
06 Jun 2022, 22:34
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Reports of 4 weeks to deliver the helmets might have been generous....

by dmereifield
04 Jun 2022, 17:53
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4524
Views: 84357
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

Where this becomes problematic is that it's really easy to make this an ugly choice to advocate, given the campaign will run precisely as follows: Q - "You want us to rejoin the Single Market to ease trade disruption, right?" A - "Yes" Q - "Without the rebate? A - "Yes...
by dmereifield
04 Jun 2022, 08:07
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 20:00
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Geopolitics and the global economy
Replies: 115
Views: 3351
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Re: Geopolitics and the global economy

The integrity of the UK and peace in one of it's constituent parts is far more important than what the US and EU might say or do, if they were to turn against" us. It's an existential issue Lol, pull out the nukes I guess /s No, the concerns of unionists will be treated with parity, as it shou...
by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 19:30
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Geopolitics and the global economy
Replies: 115
Views: 3351
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Re: Geopolitics and the global economy

The integrity of the UK and peace in one of it's constituent parts is far more important than what the US and EU might say or do, if they were to turn against" us. It's an existential issue
by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 19:06
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Geopolitics and the global economy
Replies: 115
Views: 3351
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Re: Geopolitics and the global economy

https://www.ft.com/content/315346dc-e1bd-485c-865b-979297f3fcf5 https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcontent%2Fb175b76b-4f3c-4dff-afa8-e61518dbc93f Biden's native political instinct is centrism. He wants to hold the Western coalition together through this Ukraine crisis. But most impo...
by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 19:04
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
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Re: The war in Ukraine

"All I can say you can’t be more proud how the U.K. and those we have sent have stepped up in support not only of Ukraine but of the Eastern European states we have stood by. It’s a stain on the political elite across all the west that Ukraine has had to endure this at all" Can't disagree ...
by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 18:03
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Geopolitics and the global economy
Replies: 115
Views: 3351
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Re: Geopolitics and the global economy

https://www.ft.com/content/315346dc-e1bd-485c-865b-979297f3fcf5 https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcontent%2Fb175b76b-4f3c-4dff-afa8-e61518dbc93f Biden's native political instinct is centrism. He wants to hold the Western coalition together through this Ukraine crisis. But most impo...
by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 17:56
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
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Re: The war in Ukraine

Sholtz has been dealt a very poor hand. Nothing he can do about Merkel and Von Der Leyen's many failures. He has, however, made some partial corrections for those failings - substantive elevations of defence spending and announcements to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas, for example. Even w...
by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 17:28
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Geopolitics and the global economy
Replies: 115
Views: 3351
United Kingdom

Re: Geopolitics and the global economy

https://www.ft.com/content/315346dc-e1bd-485c-865b-979297f3fcf5 https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcontent%2Fb175b76b-4f3c-4dff-afa8-e61518dbc93f Biden's native political instinct is centrism. He wants to hold the Western coalition together through this Ukraine crisis. But most impo...
by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 16:55
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Sholtz has been dealt a very poor hand. Nothing he can do about Merkel and Von Der Leyen's many failures. He has, however, made some partial corrections for those failings - substantive elevations of defence spending and announcements to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas, for example. Even w...
by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 16:54
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Sholtz has been dealt a very poor hand. Nothing he can do about Merkel and Von Der Leyen's many failures. He has, however, made some partial corrections for those failings - substantive elevations of defence spending and announcements to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas, for example. Even w...
by dmereifield
03 Jun 2022, 07:35
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Sholtz has been dealt a very poor hand. Nothing he can do about Merkel and Von Der Leyen's many failures. He has, however, made some partial corrections for those failings - substantive elevations of defence spending and announcements to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas, for example. Even w...
by dmereifield
02 Jun 2022, 20:45
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Sholtz has been dealt a very poor hand. Nothing he can do about Merkel and Von Der Leyen's many failures. He has, however, made some partial corrections for those failings - substantive elevations of defence spending and announcements to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas, for example. Even wh...
by dmereifield
01 Jun 2022, 19:41
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

The Germans haven't been that bad really. Just really bad PR and speaking. Factually, no one has given Western MBT's or IFV's, an no one sends stuff ahead of the USA. The German army is broken completely, not Scholz fault, but Merkel. He's under a huge amount of economic pressure over gas, also not...
by dmereifield
01 Jun 2022, 15:00
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 624
Views: 17563
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Germany are apparently already on the case: https://twitter.com/marceldirsus/status/1531957916420517888?cxt=HHwWgMC9sffmzcIqAAAA Significantly, they will also be sending the surface to air variant of the IRIS-T. That would mark a step change in capability and range. The German government has been p...
by dmereifield
28 Apr 2022, 23:25
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5727
Views: 1570745
United Kingdom

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

Yes, apparently its still going to be 3 frontline squadrons and the OCU squadron
by dmereifield
24 Apr 2022, 23:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1324044
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

The pessimist in me foresees 48 CAMM and 48 Mk41. Still waiting for evidence that HMG have realised the error of their ways and will fund defence properly and that the MoD/RN will invest sensibly (no more gapping the essentials or doing the minimum to tick a capability box)
by dmereifield
20 Apr 2022, 14:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2311
Views: 685739
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I dont understand how "other" countries can afford to operate the Trance 1 Typhoons but the RAF and UK MOD say we cannot and they should be scrapped. ..'Other countries' don't have the same level of spending commitments that the UK has. No Tempest programme No Aircraft Carriers No Nuclear...
by dmereifield
29 Mar 2022, 20:06
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4524
Views: 84357
United Kingdom

Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

Are there still people that think that the motivation for voting for Brexit was about the level of imports and exports to the EU?