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by SW1
03 Dec 2021, 14:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 44553
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Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Is Brimstone an export failure and why? Too expensive? Appears on UK, Germany and KSA are using it. The missile doesn't seem to be selling well with Eurofighter operators, who are perhaps sticking with Maverick missiles? Or none at all? It seems in a potential NATO conflict involving armour, we cou...
by SW1
03 Dec 2021, 10:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 44553
United Kingdom

Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Is Brimstone an export failure and why? Too expensive? Appears on UK, Germany and KSA are using it. The missile doesn't seem to be selling well with Eurofighter operators, who are perhaps sticking with Maverick missiles? Or none at all? It seems in a potential NATO conflict involving armour, we cou...
by SW1
01 Dec 2021, 18:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5565
Views: 1517677
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

by SW1
30 Nov 2021, 13:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme
Replies: 96
Views: 19547
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Re: UK Future Vertical Lift Programme



As has been known for some time in this sphere at 50% increase in speed over today will see roughly a 25% increase in thru life costs as well.
by SW1
30 Nov 2021, 13:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2225
Views: 658067
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)



Video overview
by SW1
30 Nov 2021, 10:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2225
Views: 658067
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)




by SW1
29 Nov 2021, 22:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13731
Views: 3926078
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A multitude of possibilities exist but the fact they continue to fly the aircraft suggest they know what caused it and it’s not something that requires fleet wide inspections and the aircraft’s airworthiness remains intact.
by SW1
29 Nov 2021, 20:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13731
Views: 3926078
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Assuming that the covers were left in place the heads that should roll should be the ones responsible for checking that they were removed and for training the relevant crew. I wouldn't stop there. A captain gets a Court Martial if they lose their ship as they are deemed responsible for the safety o...
by SW1
29 Nov 2021, 18:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13731
Views: 3926078
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

topman wrote: 29 Nov 2021, 18:08 Well someone is in the poo over recording that. Let the witch hunt begin!
Vocals above that which a dog can hear I would suspect being used
by SW1
28 Nov 2021, 19:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2225
Views: 658067
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles/raf-to-deploy-to-remote-islands-in-outer-hebrides/ The next few days will test our ability with the minimum footprint of people and kit to receive, debrief, re-arm, refuel and rebrief a Combat Air capability. In short bursts of activity, we will use an A400M to b...
by SW1
26 Nov 2021, 07:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727247
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Define what you mean by better? Perhaps they are aiming for a product which is less susceptible to the whims of the US defence production act. Perhaps also looking at national industries they consider vital like propulsion, sensor, complex weapons and material science that cannot survive in the def...
by SW1
25 Nov 2021, 21:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727247
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Define what you mean by better? Perhaps they are aiming for a product which is less susceptible to the whims of the US defence production act. Perhaps also looking at national industries they consider vital like propulsion, sensor, complex weapons and material science that cannot survive in the defe...
by SW1
25 Nov 2021, 19:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 285
Views: 55372
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

As will all aircraft types made in China they tend to only be for the Chinese market. Most major subs tend to be dual sourced or very quietly repatriated to western production facilities for western customers who will not accept Chinese manufactured major subs in their aircraft.
by SW1
24 Nov 2021, 22:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5565
Views: 1517677
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Potential F-35 B users and confirmed UK, Italy, Japan Korea, Spain, Australia, India(wildcard) Man the Navy really got fuked. No potential C users ever. Yeah, funny back in the early noughties, you'd think the B was the condemned variant and that the C would be snagged by 'probe & drogue' refue...
by SW1
24 Nov 2021, 12:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727247
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Would seem nonsensical not to cooperate on shared sub systems/senors particularly as a big element is around a cloud based net/ information distribution. If uk planes can’t talk to French planes and visa versa not gonna work very well. Like wise with armaments meteor being a good example. Crew escap...
by SW1
23 Nov 2021, 09:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3237
Views: 865019
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The choice was made by the RN and it was carriers not marines. It was one or the other there isn’t/wasn’t the money for both. You can argue for more marines and littoral/sea control shipping but it has to done in that context.
by SW1
23 Nov 2021, 09:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 226
Views: 99357
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

https://www.ga-asi.com/ga-asi-flies-uas-in-the-canadian-arctic A traditional limitation of long-endurance UAS has been their inability to operate at extreme northern (and southern) latitudes, as many legacy SATCOM datalinks can become less reliable above the Arctic (or below the Antarctic) Circle – ...
by SW1
20 Nov 2021, 10:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5565
Views: 1517677
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

I see a remake of for your eyes only in the offing!

Will be interesting to read the accident report if it’s released to see what went on.

Think this is the 7th hull loss for the f35 fleet globally.
by SW1
19 Nov 2021, 14:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 216
Views: 198751
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Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Lucky for us then we don’t provide a corps level HQ for nato or are looking to invest in long range land fires capabilities that may require a standoff long stare capability to ID enemy movements along the nato border for engagement.
by SW1
17 Nov 2021, 15:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13731
Views: 3926078
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion




Another thankful saved by Martin baker
by SW1
17 Nov 2021, 09:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 216
Views: 198751
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Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

by SW1
16 Nov 2021, 16:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13731
Views: 3926078
United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Brings to mind: where will Zephyr's value-add be - in satellite -like images (not far off from targeting; perhaps more 'on-line)? - or, in comms linking (satellite orbits & cost of bandwidht)? OR in all of these, while thinking of the weight limit on payloads? Relay to downrange ucav and all of...
by SW1
16 Nov 2021, 08:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13731
Views: 3926078
United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://securecommunications.airbus.com/en/news/airbus-delivering-secure-milsatcoms-to-uks-carrier-strike-group-on-its-inaugural-deployment Airbus is delivering the primary satellite communications to the UK Carrier Strike Group 2021 (CSG21) which set sail in late May 2021 until the end of the year ...
by SW1
14 Nov 2021, 12:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Puma Helicopter (RAF)
Replies: 285
Views: 55372
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

NH-90 is pretty much the same size as a Puma and the Blackhawk for that matter.