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by bobp
16 Oct 2019, 17:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RFA Tideforce left Mayport so hopefully will be rejoining Westlant Task Group soon.
by bobp
15 Oct 2019, 21:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ok thanks well at least we have one from 17 squadron so far. and 3 from 617. Still think the US will show up as well.
by bobp
15 Oct 2019, 20:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:So where are the other two 17 Sqn planes, BK01 and BK02 ?


Who actually said they would be coming. Surely they have other commitments or are under maintenance/upgrade. We will just have to be patient and wait to see what others show up.
by bobp
15 Oct 2019, 20:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I suspect its to handle the telemetry data that the 17 squadron aircraft collect. There will probably be a lot more data in this set of trials. If with 17 sqn aircraft with possibly the U.S.M.C. aircraft including additional instrumented airframes. We will have to wait for there numbers. It would b...
by bobp
15 Oct 2019, 15:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

That's BK04 by the Island, looking a bit aged with its paintwork.. Interesting little ISO container on deck with a Air Conditioner sticking out the back.
by bobp
14 Oct 2019, 18:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Jdam wrote:4 F-35's on deck


Well spotted.
by bobp
14 Oct 2019, 11:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:First: BK-04 (ZM138). Second: BK-15 (ZM149).


Now I am confused at 5.30 you can clearly see there are three F35B
by bobp
10 Oct 2019, 21:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4225
Views: 306914
Location: United Kingdom

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

As well as the six UK aircraft, up to 4 from the USMC will be joining them. It will be nice if we get to see them all on deck at same time, plus of course the deployed Helicopters.
by bobp
09 Oct 2019, 15:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4225
Views: 306914
Location: United Kingdom

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

Only three from uk???
by bobp
09 Oct 2019, 13:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4225
Views: 306914
Location: United Kingdom

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

That's great to hear that the there will be quite a few on deck at the same time.
by bobp
09 Oct 2019, 13:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

QE in Submarine hunt along with escort and merlin helicopters.



https://www.defense-aerospace.com/artic ... -hunt.html
by bobp
04 Oct 2019, 21:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4225
Views: 306914
Location: United Kingdom

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

SKB wrote:Last year, Jerry Kyd said 7.

Correct I remember that statement but...…..
Possibly one or more from the Test Squadron and possibly others from the USMC.
by bobp
25 Sep 2019, 11:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Could be, he just felt the money should be spent on further F35 purchases. I know I’m delving slightly into the off topic arena but it kind of confirms that the F35 future EW availability and it’s networked sensors can make a highly effective AEW platform. Great for carrier ops, makes you wonder if...
by bobp
23 Sep 2019, 21:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Absolutely brilliant to see all these wonderful pictures, am now dying to see some F35 on deck. Also good to see both carriers at sea at same time.
by bobp
19 Sep 2019, 13:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Its likely that the carriers will need occasional dry docking for hull inspections and painting.
by bobp
17 Sep 2019, 05:24
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 863
Views: 66230
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Seems like the SA80A3 model is going ahead

https://www.defense-aerospace.com/artic ... tract.html
by bobp
15 Sep 2019, 14:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6175
Views: 382645
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

cockneyjock1974 wrote:Is there any “news” on the SAM fit and will it have mk41 fitted at build?


Very little has been announced yet, but I suspect Sea Ceptor will be the SAM.
by bobp
10 Sep 2019, 21:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4225
Views: 306914
Location: United Kingdom

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

And some info on possible chaff dispensers in the future as well as more on its EW suite https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29734/the-f-35a-will-finally-get-chaff-countermeasures-to-confuse-enemy-radars-next-year?utm_source=spotim&utm_medium=spotim_recirculation&spotim_referrer=recirculat...
by bobp
10 Sep 2019, 21:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4225
Views: 306914
Location: United Kingdom

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

F35 electronic warfare

by bobp
10 Sep 2019, 18:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6175
Views: 382645
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

No contract announcement yet? Thought it would happen at DSEI 2019
by bobp
04 Sep 2019, 20:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Sorry to hear that. There are certain behaviour patterns that annoy me at times, too much fantasy fleet stuff, and endless re tweeting from other sites with no commentary added or links to original stories. Shame that certain individuals can annoy more than others. I believe you can block certain me...
by bobp
04 Sep 2019, 18:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861853
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Yes good to see you back CJ. I was thinking what a PR stunt as well as training it would be if the F35B took off from Marham and landed on the QE flight deck after several refuelling sessions.
by bobp
30 Aug 2019, 11:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4225
Views: 306914
Location: United Kingdom

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

Indeed the sea looks spectacular.
by bobp
24 Aug 2019, 21:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6175
Views: 382645
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Maybe enough work to keep Harland and Wolf going for a few more years would be good for Anglo- Northern Irish relations at the moment.
by bobp
24 Aug 2019, 21:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601398
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Arrowhead 140 was their last offering

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