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by bobp
30 Jun 2020, 22:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito (Swarming Drones Capability)
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Project Mosquito (Swarming Drones Capability)

It is already known that BAe are involved in the Boeing Australia Loyal wingman project, and that data from that is being fed back to the UK govt.
by bobp
28 Jun 2020, 19:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 683134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

inch wrote:So we not doing news only on this thread now

Nope its fantasy time
by bobp
27 Jun 2020, 20:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480326
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The 20 percent reduction in flying hours is worrisome, as is shortages in spares and munitions.
by bobp
26 Jun 2020, 05:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480326
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The NAO is worried about the lack of investment in carrier strike

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53186611
by bobp
25 Jun 2020, 13:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 289
Views: 59326
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

RichardIC wrote:Ouch!


Looks like some serious damage.
by bobp
24 Jun 2020, 22:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4768
Views: 576310
Location: United Kingdom

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

Is it not the case that some of the early f35b models have reduced airframe hours because of cracks in bulkheads. And that these need major rebuilds to bring up to current standards.
by bobp
24 Jun 2020, 18:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 317
Views: 64571
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

by bobp
23 Jun 2020, 21:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1977
Views: 255656
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I think the 15 percent is for the B version.
by bobp
23 Jun 2020, 17:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480326
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion



The QE is in safe hands.... :crazy:
by bobp
22 Jun 2020, 18:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1977
Views: 255656
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Ron5 wrote:I'm left very puzzled why Germany is dissatisfied by the job being done by the present consortium. Can they still not get it to work?

The present consortium is led by UK. Perhaps its a political move of some sort as UK is leaving EU.
by bobp
22 Jun 2020, 13:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 145353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Defiance wrote:Allegedly the Waddington runway is too short


Surprised at that statement, bearing in mind that when I was there in the 1970's it was a V bomber base. And more recently the E3-D being based there.
by bobp
21 Jun 2020, 19:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 145353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Sentinels. Sorry got mixed up in my ageing skull. I find it interesting that the RAF are willing to spend an awful lot of money on new facilities at RAF Waddington, including a huge new building and Hangar for the E7, and new housing for 1000 airmen, and families but cant spare the money to keep th...
by bobp
21 Jun 2020, 18:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4768
Views: 576310
Location: United Kingdom

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

Scimitar54 wrote:Any proposed means of supply must be fully tested


Yes we must test the American Beer, as they must test ours. And good old US steaks will need to be had too.
by bobp
21 Jun 2020, 18:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4768
Views: 576310
Location: United Kingdom

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

So we're back to...is the RN going to have to wait for the USMC to airlift a load of stuff over and get it loaded in port, or dock in a friendly port along the way to meet up with that gear.. A lot of the US "gear" will be exactly the same as the UK gear including fuel. Remember its exact...
by bobp
21 Jun 2020, 11:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 145353
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Why does the RAF hate the Sentinels so much? I think the point is the old mechanically scanned radar on the E3 is not sensitive enough to detect stealthy targets unlike the AESA on the Wedgetail. Secondly the RAF failed to properly keep their E3's up to date resulting in big operational and mainten...
by bobp
19 Jun 2020, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480326
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:think he may need to also pay for some adjustments to my Father of the Bride Suit


Ha ha More than likely. My youngest got married two years ago and my suit no longer stretches enough to be comfortable.
by bobp
19 Jun 2020, 16:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 317
Views: 64571
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

SKB wrote:MV Britannia, possibly the ugliest rebrand i


Would take me half a day to walk from the bow to the stern, and i hope there are lifts to get upstairs too.
Besides that floating bug carrier.
by bobp
19 Jun 2020, 16:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 937
Views: 144722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

now I have no idea what prompted the Wed post Recruitment possibly looking at some of the twitter links. The Household Cavalry were supposed to have quite a few of them by now, but there was some delay, now it looks like at least one has reached them for training. Your original picture is very high...
by bobp
19 Jun 2020, 14:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 937
Views: 144722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Anyway, they should commission more vids from the same team


Yes I agree with regards the videos. Beginning to think (Some wishful) maybe there is some light at the end of a long tunnel. More firepower needed in the right places is a must along with the ammunition of course.
by bobp
19 Jun 2020, 10:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 937
Views: 144722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Lord Jim wrote:with more under consideration


Maybe one with a 105mm/120mm gun and ATGM for the ones with RWS.
by bobp
19 Jun 2020, 07:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 937
Views: 144722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

An article I found in Janes from the beginning of June 2020 I did hear somewhere it had something to do with a quality issue in the Spanish production plant. That article implies the Household Cavalry should have had some for training by the end of 2019,well maybe they have one of the pre productio...
by bobp
19 Jun 2020, 07:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 937
Views: 144722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Caribbean wrote:Edit: Oops - sorry Bobp


No worries i am as curious as anyone, for sure they are making show in recent months, but I do not think the Household Cav has any quantity yet to make a Squadrons worth.
by bobp
18 Jun 2020, 19:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 937
Views: 144722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

They may have one to play with.... https://www.bing.com/videos/search?view=detail&mid=97E675BA0F89F730E9DE97E675BA0F89F730E9DE&shtp=GetUrl&shid=28ac93f8-e3ea-4085-95e7-84abf0756590&shtk=TW92aW5nIGF3YXkgfCBCcml0aXNoIEFybXkgTmV3IEFybW91cmVkIEZpZ2h0aW5nIFZlaGljbGU%3D&shdk=I2hvdXNlaG...
by bobp
17 Jun 2020, 22:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480326
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

dmereifield wrote:I can't see the US embarking aircraft on another nation's carrier without wanting some of their own escorts joining


Already happened when the QE was off the Eastern Coast of the US. But yes it would be nice to have US support above or beneath the waves.
by bobp
16 Jun 2020, 16:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 317
Views: 64571
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Who is footing the bill?

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