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by Jake1992
18 Jul 2020, 15:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12008
Views: 1622349
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Just wondering if anyone has ever seen this image before...its a Faradair Hybrid STOL aircraft currently under development in the UK. 18 seat, 1100 mile range, 10,000lb cargo (3 x LD3 containers). Un-pressurised (15,000ft altitude) and is aiming for a $4m pricetag...operating costs of $600 per hour...
by Jake1992
17 Jul 2020, 17:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12008
Views: 1622349
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

What is the current situation with the Wasp-class in general? I've heard that the America-class are replacing them but with 11 built it seems like an expansion rather than direct replacement and considering they are being called LHAs to seemingly disassociate them. If they were supposed to operate ...
by Jake1992
16 Jul 2020, 15:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

I don’t really see the V-280 as a competitor to the V-22 but more of a complimentary aircraft, when you look at there size, there lift capacity and troop load they both fit in to different areas. To me the V-22 sits between a merlin and chinook in the above where as the V-280 sits between the wildc...
by Jake1992
16 Jul 2020, 14:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

Chinook self deployed to Sierra leone Where from as that is interesting. Did they conduct AAR ? Deployed 3000 miles from RAF Odiham over a couple of days That is interesting but would the US army look at deploying all helos / tilt rotors that way from the US to the Middle East or Far East consideri...
by Jake1992
16 Jul 2020, 13:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

Chinook self deployed to Sierra leone Where from as that is interesting. Did they conduct AAR ? Deployed 3000 miles from RAF Odiham over a couple of days That is interesting but would the US army look at deploying all helos / tilt rotors that way from the US to the Middle East or Far East consideri...
by Jake1992
16 Jul 2020, 11:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

SW1 wrote:Chinook self deployed to Sierra leone


Where from as that is interesting.

Did they conduct AAR ?
by Jake1992
16 Jul 2020, 10:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... nt-with-us If the Brits are buying even more american aircraft it can kiss goodbye to it's domestic production base. If the V-280 is chosen by the US army wouldn’t a folding wing be necessary or at least make more sence for transport. Not necessary, they'...
by Jake1992
15 Jul 2020, 22:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

I don’t know if they are! I do know that Bell want them to, but that is not necessarily the same thing. I guess that there would have to be a certain lack of satisfaction with the MV-22 for that to happen, or the further passage of time! :mrgreen: I don’t really see the V-280 as a competitor to the...
by Jake1992
15 Jul 2020, 21:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

Maybe! However, it will be a very long way off. Oh I agree this 10 years away at least. What would be interesting though is if the US army go for the SB1 Defiant family would the USMC look to pick up the V-280 as a replacement for it lighter aircraft and to compliment the V-22s since they are alrea...
by Jake1992
15 Jul 2020, 20:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

V-247 is a concept, which Bell is looking for the USMC to fund the development of! It is true that the concept proposes that it can be carried aboard an Arleigh-Burke. A long way off at the present time though, I would say. V-280 is US Army led, so why would they want to pay for it to have a foldin...
by Jake1992
15 Jul 2020, 19:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

V-280 and V-247 might, if considerably modified might be capable of Carrier use. However, who is going to fund the re-design to include folding wings etc. Do the USN or USMC need them? They already have the MV-22, so probably not. Leaves the question, who will fund a Carrier version? Probably no on...
by Jake1992
15 Jul 2020, 17:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Location: United Kingdom

Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme

IMO they both offer a wider set of options, not just this the aircraft themselves but the wider families of aircraft they link to. For example the V-280 has the wider family of the V-247s with all its variants which would be good for carrier use. The SB1 Defiant opens up with the likes of the S97 Ra...
by Jake1992
11 Jul 2020, 22:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1325
Views: 190667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Which once again shows what an idiotic move it was to bin Fort George!! I have a feeling the decision on the FSSS is going to be pushed back and back as the various groups argue over things like where it is built, is it a warship etc. They have a pot of money but they seem to want more than this ca...
by Jake1992
11 Jul 2020, 15:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12008
Views: 1622349
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Why would Germany want a carrier? Never really had one before. I don't think that it's about Germany wanting an aircraft carrier, I think that it's about creating a capability that would necessitate greater integration of EU member state navies. I think it's more about France trying to get Germany ...
by Jake1992
08 Jul 2020, 15:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12008
Views: 1622349
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RichardIC wrote:
inch wrote:possible french / German second of class carrier


Where on earth has that been proposed?


Wasn’t it floated last year as a “joint” European carrier based off the next french design, I believe Merkal was in support of the idea.
by Jake1992
06 Jul 2020, 17:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2914
Views: 371700
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

What happened to Boris’ little speech last week if we are not going back to austerity, we’ve had 10 years of it a different approach is needed ? Cuts of 5% plus across the board seem very much more of the same not a change of path. He's also going to have to face questions about spending all that (...
by Jake1992
06 Jul 2020, 16:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 162353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I would agree in part that with the two carriers we have loads of space for RN types even RAF and AAC as well but for me we come back to the fact that we would need both carriers one in strike fit and the other in LPH and if we don't have both then we would be pushed and operational tasks would be ...
by Jake1992
06 Jul 2020, 12:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1325
Views: 190667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

That chart really shows how capable Fort Vic is and how well she stacks up compared to the rest of west. And what a mistake it was to get rid of Fort George. The two older Forts should have been scrapped. Couldn’t agree more, it really shows they’re even more than a match for the US’s Lewis & C...
by Jake1992
06 Jul 2020, 09:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1325
Views: 190667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

A quick and dirty comparison of Naval Auxiliaries from around the world. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcOqUJNXgAIjLot?format=png&name=900x900 The Farnco-Italian design and Navantia's might both be a tad small Plus simple tankers do not convert well because zero consideration given to intermediat...
by Jake1992
06 Jul 2020, 06:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2914
Views: 371700
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

What happened to Boris’ little speech last week if we are not going back to austerity, we’ve had 10 years of it a different approach is needed ?

Cuts of 5% plus across the board seem very much more of the same not a change of path.
by Jake1992
05 Jul 2020, 19:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1263812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just wouldn't surprise me that after the first batch there will be either a massive slow down (24months per ship) or cut to the numbers to help with the financial "black hole" Just thinking what would be an ok outcome, it would keep the workforce working, the politicians could spin that t...
by Jake1992
05 Jul 2020, 18:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1263812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just wouldn't surprise me that after the first batch there will be either a massive slow down (24months per ship) or cut to the numbers to help with the financial "black hole" Just thinking what would be an ok outcome, it would keep the workforce working, the politicians could spin that t...
by Jake1992
04 Jul 2020, 16:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 162353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

The way I see it is short term Argus will soon go with no replacement and the QEs + Fort Vic will be tied together so the question is how to provide aviation for LRG on the cheap and gives the best all round for the RN. Option 1 - Bring back the 2 points and convert the to LSS or convert 2 of the re...
by Jake1992
04 Jul 2020, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1263812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

clearing out the over entitaled civil service Please differentiate between the Senior Civil Service and those who actually work for a living. It really (biting one's tongue) annoys me when ignorant people don't I am sorry that is what I was getting at with the over entitaled, I was not referring to...
by Jake1992
04 Jul 2020, 13:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1263812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

After a very lengthy and troubled gestation, both T26 and T31 are progressing. With international sales T26 is looking like a genuine success. Any amateur student of the RN over the last few decades will know that it is inevitable - inevitable - that the forthcoming Cummings led security review wil...

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