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by Jensy
16 Apr 2024, 18:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2828
Views: 772124
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Back in the olden days of MRCA, I seem to remember the Indians were quoted at the time as being "highly surprised" that it wasn't the UK/BAE Systems (with all the connections that go with that) leading the Eurofighter bid but EADS. So I see naturally Airbus is leading the bid again... Thou...
by Jensy
11 Apr 2024, 11:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 6128
Views: 1861857
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I must admit I took it as the RN dreaming that their unsecured budget was bigger, only for reality to bite later when it’s too late. The only way this has a chance IMO is that this class is the only new one in the 2030s. Definitely has a ring of truth to that. With the perennial personnel shortages...
by Jensy
11 Apr 2024, 09:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 6128
Views: 1861857
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

It's been nearly a month now The writing has been on the wall since the end of last year Well quite. I don't think anyone seriously thought, at least for a long time, we'd be splitting an order for 12 identical ships with the Dutch... What interested me was the line about how the "budget is di...
by Jensy
10 Apr 2024, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 6128
Views: 1861857
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

.... well. That's the end of that:



Guessing we're too poor.
by Jensy
09 Apr 2024, 18:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 6128
Views: 1861857
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Didn't seen that coming... https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1777755252311130197?t=0FY-tcAsmJo9_2lTtfSVng&s=19 Flat-top The concept that was shown to the three MPs from NSC, PVV and GroenLinks-PvdA in the Suze Groeneweg Hall of the House of Representatives, has a flight deck with four spotl...
by Jensy
09 Apr 2024, 13:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 249
Views: 90906
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Re: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]

AUKUS is all about China and helping Pacific allies get up to speed with the US/UK technologically, so Japan is a natural fit. Japan lags behind in non-conventional defence so the 2nd pillar is an appropriate stage to join. You can argue they also could use a nuclear sub but a military project that...
by Jensy
06 Apr 2024, 01:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 32
Views: 2548
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Re: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

Stealth has become the new "Mach 2+ capability". Assumed to be vital for every platform irrespective of cost. That the USN operates an outrageously expensive (2x F-35A and rising ), low-observation, tanker drone is perhaps the peak of modern combat air vogue... 1) It is quite essential fo...
by Jensy
05 Apr 2024, 02:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 32
Views: 2548
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Re: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

I can’t really think where they would have mounted a podded radar system that would not of been comprised for air to air with fuselage blanking in some part of the field of view. I think that was clutching at straws. The gr9 was mid 00s upgrade. The problem in 2010 would have been how many could be...
by Jensy
04 Apr 2024, 23:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8490
Views: 2192590
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Unfortunate timing. Though a useful reminder that all advanced navies have issues with their platforms and systems. The Danish Armed Forces announced today a “technical problem” involving a Harpoon onboard the frigate Niels Juel, which is currently in harbor at Naval Station Korsør, on the Danish is...
by Jensy
04 Apr 2024, 22:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5669
Views: 1484365
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Incredible photos! Nice flying.

Do we know what the new assembly process will be once the hall's finished? Are the old triple sheds going to be used for putting together 'superblocks', or will that all be done in the new one?
by Jensy
04 Apr 2024, 22:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 32
Views: 2548
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Re: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

There was no way they were integrating a radar to the harrier fleet in 2010 it would have taken too many airframes out of service to do it, if it was to be one of the two fastjet types to remain because it would have needed to go back to Afghanistan. Over the years, I've seen mentions of a Blue Vix...
by Jensy
02 Apr 2024, 17:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 32
Views: 2548
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Re: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

Should we have kept the Sea Harrier https://twitter.com/nicholadrummond/status/1773751780276342816?s=20 With the benefit of hindsight, a variety of poor decisions based on poor assumptions. 1) That JSF/JCA was going to enter service in 2012 (and in numbers). Which was the justification for binning ...
by Jensy
02 Apr 2024, 14:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8490
Views: 2192590
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

HDMS Iver Huitfeldt heading home for an early bath, after going up against the Iranian Houthi proxies. https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1775154472605368812?t=qELGVjYLgzNIIoCUHSZ88w&s=19 https://marineschepen.nl/nieuws/Deens-fregat-werd-aangevallen-in-Rode-Zee-maar-kanon-en-radar-werkten-ni...
by Jensy
01 Apr 2024, 02:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15455
Views: 4446086
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

EXCLUSIVE - HMS Queen Elizabeth Ski-jump ramp removed! (Royal Navy/MoD) As part of the Royal Navy's Future Maritime Artillery Force (FMAS) programme, the 12.5 degree ski-ramp of HMS Queen Elizabeth has been successfully removed from the bow of the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier, which is currently d...
by Jensy
31 Mar 2024, 16:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19343
Views: 9714386
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

"Not all" doing some very heavy lifting there Ron! Sorry but what does that mean? This particular idea from Parker has been dropped. It was agreeing with you. Suggesting that a great many of Parker's other concepts (particularly in supply chain and distributed build) have similarly gone o...
by Jensy
31 Mar 2024, 02:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19343
Views: 9714386
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The National Shipbuilding Strategy said Starting with the Type 31e, the Royal Navy will determine the optimum economic service life for each future class of ship and this will be fixed at Main Gate. This will balance initial purchase costs and through life costs against the costs of upgrading capab...
by Jensy
30 Mar 2024, 19:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19343
Views: 9714386
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I don't think either are correct. The Navy intends the T31's to have a regular service life and the NSS doesn't mention Parker's idea of selling on "young" ships. Not all of his recommendations were adopted. "Not all" doing some very heavy lifting there Ron! We might all want mo...
by Jensy
26 Mar 2024, 23:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2809
Views: 738212
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

It's the Eurasian Times, whatever agenda that article serves it's certainly not aligned with that of the UK... To put it very mildly.

The phrase "Royal Army" should probably rule it out from being taken seriously too.
by Jensy
26 Mar 2024, 22:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 32
Views: 2548
United Kingdom

Re: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

This book maybe of interest on transport aircraft topics https://www.crecy.co.uk/on-atlas-shoulder On Atlas' Shoulders: RAF Transport Aircraft Projects Since 1945 The coanda effect is used to aid lift by inservice aircraft today namely c17. An excellent book with some very unexpected aircraft that ...
by Jensy
26 Mar 2024, 17:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 32
Views: 2548
United Kingdom

Re: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

Re the AW681, I seem to recall that Lockheed offered a Hercules based project, with a UK designed STOL wing and RR Tyne engines. It would have given C130J levels of performance 30 years earlier. Lockeed understood the UK's excellence in Wing design even then, a really doable trans Atlantic project ...
by Jensy
25 Mar 2024, 17:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 32
Views: 2548
United Kingdom

Re: Post-War British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

On the subject of TSR-2 the RAeS had a fantastic series of lectures on the topic about eight months ago (July 2023): https://www.youtube.com/@Aerosociety/videos
by Jensy
25 Mar 2024, 17:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]
Replies: 32
Views: 2548
United Kingdom

Post-war British Aviation - [Fantasy and Speculation]

So, rather than polluting other threads with misty eyed dreams about lost or cancelled projects and 'missed opportunities', I thought I'd go ahead and create a thread... [mods - hope this is OK?] Do you dream of gigantic, angular, variable geometry triangles from Barnes Wallis; rocket powered interc...
by Jensy
25 Mar 2024, 16:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4067
Views: 981584
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Not to piss everyone off... I'd have probably favoured a UK spec Mirage IV-B, with a British powerplant and lots more buccaneers. In 20/20 hindsight, a transonic or supersonic Buccaneer variant (as outlined in Ray Boot's wonderful autobiography) would have been the best answer. Would have tagged mo...
by Jensy
25 Mar 2024, 14:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4067
Views: 981584
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

True enough, but at the time we were also building a new class of very expensive SSBN.... oh wait.... :D How much did the tosser waste by ordering F-111's and then cancelling the order? Wilson's mob was dazzled by supposed Yankee technical superiority. Too dumb to realize it was actually superior Y...
by Jensy
25 Mar 2024, 14:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4067
Views: 981584
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think Labour's union connections, and the value of thousands of highly skilled jobs Didn't stop the tosser Healey from cancelling TSR2. True enough, but at the time we were also building a new class of very expensive SSBN.... oh wait.... :D In all seriousness, along with P.1154 and HS.681 the RAF...