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by bobp
12 Dec 2019, 19:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)
Replies: 60
Views: 6040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)

Jake1992 wrote:Not if the Royals fund it them selfs it doesn’t


Suppose they could name it Duke of York
by bobp
12 Dec 2019, 18:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)
Replies: 60
Views: 6040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)

Jake1992 wrote:Looks like we could be getting a new royal yacht


Just need to get the Treasury to cough up another 50 million or so. And dual purpose it with Dept of Trade, or Foreign Office.
by bobp
12 Dec 2019, 15:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992288
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:A few pics from the day,


Its obvious who the lad looks like. You must be overflowing with pride after your day.
by bobp
11 Dec 2019, 21:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992288
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Nice hearing of your visit PhillyJ . I bet you are a proud dad at this time. I went on board QE when she was being built and a lot of areas where of limits. But I enjoyed what I saw. At that time was not allowed to take any pictures and there was so much to take in and so many decks and passages to ...
by bobp
05 Dec 2019, 21:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 338
Views: 45685
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Ron5 wrote:Do the new "wings" enable longer range?


Doubt that it does, bearing in mind the drag and weight of the missiles versus any small gain from the wing. They are supposed to enter service next year. So we may hear more shortly I guess.
by bobp
04 Dec 2019, 20:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992288
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Re the above videos.....Impressive sight one for the history books of the RN
by bobp
03 Dec 2019, 21:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1156
Views: 117944
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

Work to install a third generator in the T45 has been delayed until March next year.

https://www.janes.com/article/92974/typ ... de-delayed

Some of article behind paywall.
by bobp
03 Dec 2019, 18:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992288
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SDL wrote:i wasn't expecting to see a F-35 on board....


Me neither but as they are loading some families and kids at Weymouth maybe they are on display for them to see.
by bobp
03 Dec 2019, 08:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992288
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

QE is due back this week according to this article probably Saturday.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... task-group
by bobp
28 Nov 2019, 22:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1405
Views: 122720
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Maybe just storage racks, for supplies. Also is the crew, all three of them? sitting in the front section. just done a quick google search and found a image with eight seats in back. So it must depend on variant.
by bobp
28 Nov 2019, 22:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1405
Views: 122720
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

whitelancer wrote:but only six seats in the rear compartment?


Interesting. I do see two large equipment racks in the back, is this maybe a command vehicle?
by bobp
21 Nov 2019, 08:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992288
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:HMS Queen Elizabeth, currently undertaking sea trials off the coast of the USA, is due back to Portsmouth before her sister ship’s commissioning ceremony.


Looking forward to seeing that historic moment.
by bobp
15 Nov 2019, 19:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 444096
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Excellent news about the T31. Wondering what the 750M is for. Is that for the government furnished equipment I wonder.
by bobp
13 Nov 2019, 17:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1405
Views: 122720
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Jake1992 wrote:Wasn’t it meant to be a new design repair and recovery variant ?


Armoured 120mm Mortar Carrier perhaps?
by bobp
12 Nov 2019, 19:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 157791
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Surely these would have to be new build AC as the ECR version is supposed to be a 2 seater. So plumbing in new wing fuel positions would be possible.
by bobp
12 Nov 2019, 08:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992288
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Don't forget a lot of testing has been done on land regarding take of weights, but there is nothing like the real thing.
by bobp
07 Nov 2019, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992288
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:I think there are some Civies still on board but not sure what they are up to. Also, PWLS AIS has been off for over 8 hours...wonder where she has gone!


Hopefully on her way to Portsmouth soon.
by bobp
06 Nov 2019, 17:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4349
Views: 363434
Location: United Kingdom

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

And I remember something about a short term fix for internal cracks of the main structure frame or something did they come up with a final fix? The F35B had to be taken out of fatigue testing, because the airframe had so many cracks in it, it wasn't worth continuing. In other words it did not quite...
by bobp
06 Nov 2019, 16:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992288
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

As I understand from previous posts when PWLS left Rosyth there was quite a lot of work needed to be completed, and so when she set sail she had a lot of civilian workers on board. Has there been any updates on that work.
by bobp
06 Nov 2019, 12:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1405
Views: 122720
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I am assuming that 2.8bn covers tools, test equipment, training and all the necessary production jigs for its manufacture in this country. Then no doubt there is VAT to be paid, and a package of spare parts, and materials.
by bobp
05 Nov 2019, 22:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1405
Views: 122720
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Hope to see a variety of modules such as mortar carrier, ambulance, 40mm turret, etc . Also some ATGW such as Javelin mounted on the RWS.
by bobp
03 Nov 2019, 16:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4349
Views: 363434
Location: United Kingdom

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

UK to get 17 F35b in the next block buy....
https://www.janes.com/article/92311/uk- ... -block-buy

Slowly getting there
by bobp
01 Nov 2019, 22:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4349
Views: 363434
Location: United Kingdom

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

Some interesting little nuggets can be found here the preceding parts are not really to important in regards to the UK but does give an overall indication on what is required in the way of enablers to increase the effectiveness of long range fighter aircraft, part 5 starts with the B just waiting o...
by bobp
30 Oct 2019, 16:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1405
Views: 122720
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Boxer moving towards main gate decision but will Brexit/General Election delay it

https://www.defensenews.com/global/euro ... -scrutiny/

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