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by Jensy
12 Aug 2022, 23:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 170
Views: 87587
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Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

Something a bit more light-hearted than usual!

Saw this on Twitter:



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by Jensy
08 Aug 2022, 20:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 258
Views: 106227
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

Mojave will land and take off from QE with ease...obviously this is not loaded with munitions and we don't know the fuel state, but add wind over the deck and a 25 knot speed from the carrier and it will have no problem whatsoever when its heavily loaded..QE deck length is over 900 feet... Painting...
by Jensy
29 Jul 2022, 17:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2826
Views: 775282
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

There was never a £450m cut to the Tempest budget. Fair enough. I've found accurate reporting/govt statements over UK Tempest funding so opaque I honestly couldn't give a figure accurate to within multiple billions of pounds. Double accounting, shifting parameters and unfunded promises seem par the...
by Jensy
26 Jul 2022, 23:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2826
Views: 775282
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/07/26/tempest-program-russian-invasion-drives-growth-in-italys-defense-budget/ Italy has hiked defense spending again as it showers cash on the Tempest fighter program in 2022 and radically upgrades its forecast for its total spending on the sixth-gener...
by Jensy
18 Jul 2022, 17:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2826
Views: 775282
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I imagine that this is the telegraph getting mixed up. Wouldn't be the first time! Pure speculation, but could be that BAE as the lead prime are going to be focused on developing an airframe whilst the other partners focus elsewhere, for example Leonardo with the Excalibur test aircraft and Saab on...
by Jensy
16 Jul 2022, 17:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 110
Views: 19714
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Re: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Must admit I'm a bit stumped on the stealthy one between Phasa-35 and Taranis...any ideas? https://i.imgur.com/c0SbOAi.jpg I share your curiosity! At first I though maybe a developed Demon, but the wing shape is completely different and obviously far larger if to scale with the other aircraft. Ther...
by Jensy
14 Jul 2022, 19:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2826
Views: 775282
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Have to wonder if the Spanish (and regrettably the German's) aren't watching with increasing interest.... I'm quite curious how this is going down in D.C. too. Despite all the growing links, between close US allies, this can fundamentally be seen as a failure of the US aerospace industry. For whate...
by Jensy
14 Jul 2022, 17:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2826
Views: 775282
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Confirms what we've hoped/seen to be the direction of travel for Tempest: https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/exclusive-britain-japan-aim-merge-tempest-f-x-fighter-programmes-sources-2022-07-14/?taid=62d0481606f6890001c80327&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_medium...
by Jensy
14 Jul 2022, 15:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2826
Views: 775282
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Timmymagic wrote: 14 Jul 2022, 15:07 Brilliant idea from BAE.

Anyone got an idea what the black rectangular shape between the tail fins might be?

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Edit: Apparently a screenshot from a mobile video game
by Jensy
11 Jul 2022, 21:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3698
Views: 915144
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Why just look at our European allies, what of those further afield ? Japan ? Australia ? Even the US ? All of these will have amphibs coming up for replacement. Japan will have the Oswin class along with the 2 Hyuga class Australia will have their own Bay class The US will have the older San Antoni...
by Jensy
11 Jul 2022, 17:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3698
Views: 915144
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

There was a throwaway line from the DefSec in the recent defence select committee hearing, which I posted above, that mentioned the possibility of alignment with an ally for replacing the Albions, Bays and Argus: Come 2030, we may be working with another country to see if we can share a cycle of des...
by Jensy
11 Jul 2022, 16:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 67
Views: 5469
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

First glimpse of an H-175M sporting the inevitable Union Jack...

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Suspect it will also be pride of place at Farnborough.
by Jensy
05 Jul 2022, 16:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3698
Views: 915144
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

From today's Defence Select Committee hearing. Put succinctly by Navy Lookout: https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1544335411702530049?t=fIUVerqww2JHGpXMTpYugw&s=19 Was surprised to hear that the Albions were in consideration for conversion. The DefSec described the Royal Navy as having "...
by Jensy
05 Jul 2022, 15:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1728
Views: 488024
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

From today's Defence Select Committee session with Ben Wallace: - The budget for three FSSS: £1,617M - Final bids in for the end of July 2022 - Contract given by the end of Q1 2023 - RFA Fort Victoria to serve till the end of 2028 (not expected to need a further full refit) https://www.parliamentliv...
by Jensy
05 Jul 2022, 15:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4887
Views: 1332521
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Just listening to the Defence Select Committee session on the National Shipbuilding Strategy: https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/e7ec74a4-23ec-4a76-86c8-12ab44b04d71 Couple of nuggets which aren't so relevant for this thread, though Francois mentions that BAE have now set IOC for Type 26 as &...
by Jensy
01 Jul 2022, 21:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 67
Views: 5469
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

Flight Global quoting the package as being worth $1.8bn (£1.5bn) for 32 helicopters. The deal also covers the provision of logistics support, spare parts and ground-handling equipment, plus the “comprehensive training of pilots and technical personnel and the delivery of a set of advanced simulators...
by Jensy
29 Jun 2022, 17:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 332
Views: 135884
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Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

https://twitter.com/harry_lye/status/1542165905978916866?s=20&t=0ZLtw0BButmQWjs25YxF3g (£) https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/naval-warfare/royal-navy-to-extend-rfa-argus-service-life-beyond-2030-retaining-medical-capabilities/ RFA Argus medical facilities will eventually be replaced by a capabi...
by Jensy
24 Jun 2022, 22:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 110
Views: 19714
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Re: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

I hinted at this in the other thread about that article in the telegraph, decision was made a couple of months ago interesting they choose this evening to release it A good night to bury bad news... To be frank, Mosquito was never the most compelling of ideas or planned out going forward. Seemed li...
by Jensy
24 Jun 2022, 22:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 110
Views: 19714
United Kingdom

Re: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Wondered how long it would take this to make it into the wild https://twitter.com/geoallison/status/1540435560631881729?s=21&t=TYGjUZUmt-4aMIb0EyhEEg Unless (and I seriously doubt this is the case) the government has a very impressive alternative then this is the abandonment of 20 odd years of ...
by Jensy
19 Jun 2022, 16:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2826
Views: 775282
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Interesting view point is one way to put it. Have to say it’s one of the worst articles I’ve read. I used to enjoy Gareth Corfields's articles when he was at The Register. Usually had a witty take on most tech matters and interesting stuff on shooting. That said, his aviation content is pretty far ...
by Jensy
16 Jun 2022, 16:56
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: NEDERLANDS
Replies: 110
Views: 4418
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Re: NEDERLANDS

A small but good win for Embraer - especially considering the end of their joint venture with Boeing: https://twitter.com/Rotorfocus/status/1537456825221713927?t=9SgsWc4TRwhW167a7gDpkw&s=19 Five KC-390s will be replacing four J model Hercs. Will be joining Portugal and Hungary to become the thir...
by Jensy
14 Jun 2022, 19:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2417
Views: 610801
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Another photo, showing the Tracked Boxer with the 120mm module but in green: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FVM8n7UUUAAJUSO?format=jpg&name=large https://twitter.com/ronkainen7k15/status/1536638605090705408?t=NtIjAEMOJh-BbJkgXLz3lg&s=19 Also a first glimpse at a 'naked T-Box'.. https://twitter....
by Jensy
13 Jun 2022, 19:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 67
Views: 5469
United Kingdom

Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

When you have a war next door you move very very fast and shows that defence acquisition programs can not last decade's moving along https://mobile.twitter.com/RyszardJonski/status/1536364753546842113/photo/1 Can see why Leonardo is rather reluctant to give up their main production line. We had an ...
by Jensy
11 Jun 2022, 17:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2826
Views: 775282
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

By doing that the French would basically have to develop SCAF on their own. Can they afford to do so? In isolation, I'd suggest they would. However when combined with the future MBT, the new French carrier and SSNB replacement that's a lot of commitment over the next two decades. To flip the questi...
by Jensy
02 Jun 2022, 00:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2826
Views: 775282
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Meanwhile, in the other camp... https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/european-sixth-generation-fighter-stays-stalled-amid-industrial-rancour/148870.article Airbus Defence & Space and Dassault Aviation were due to sign a contract in 2021 covering the creation of a demonstrator aircraft for the Ne...