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by mrclark303
24 Feb 2024, 14:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4000
Views: 942593
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Interesting. I don't see how the Aeralis concept could be applicable to the LIFT part - it would surely need to be supersonic. Maybe some kind spin out of GCAP using M346 as a base You can guarantee the Italians are pushing very hard for a M346 derivative for GCAP Lift. Why wouldn't they, they make...
by mrclark303
23 Feb 2024, 16:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 396
Views: 46199
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

Ignoring the platforms, and focusing purely on politics, my money's on Airbus. Should the programme go ahead before the election. One would hope Leonardo's industrial promises aren't taken seriously anymore by the MoD. Not to mention they have RN PROTEUS (the programme not the ship) to keep them bu...
by mrclark303
23 Feb 2024, 11:04
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 1148
Views: 83520
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Re: The war in Ukraine

https://twitter.com/FCDOGovUK/status/1760669354197500254/photo/1 https://www.forces.net/ukraine/uk-send-200-more-brimstone-anti-tank-missiles-ukraine So who thinks there will be a forced diplomatic solution this year? If the stailmate continues into the Autumn, without a significant counter offensi...
by mrclark303
23 Feb 2024, 10:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 396
Views: 46199
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

https://twitter.com/Gabriel64869839/status/1760334116933742860 I doubt it, it will be kicked into the long grass for the next government to try and figure out how to pay for it.... My guess is the whole thing will be reduced to a rolling lease deal for a minimum number of medium helicopters https:/...
by mrclark303
22 Feb 2024, 21:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 396
Views: 46199
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

new guy wrote: 22 Feb 2024, 16:05
I doubt it, it will be kicked into the long grass for the next government to try and figure out how to pay for it....

My guess is the whole thing will be reduced to a rolling lease deal for a minimum number of medium helicopters
by mrclark303
15 Feb 2024, 08:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 8403
Views: 2134635
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Sigh. No reputable source has said the Type 31's will be getting Mk41's with ExLs. Hence it is a figment of imagination. How the Poles and Saudi's configure their ships has fuck all to do with it. Why do you have to be so obnoxious? How the Saudis and Poles configure their ships is very relevant. T...
by mrclark303
06 Feb 2024, 20:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4000
Views: 942593
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Maybe that's the tempest demonstration model that base are going to use as test in a couple of years but the GCAP model will be totally different in future IDK to be honest, I thought of that too, but we have already seen the 10m+ inlets for the tempest demonstrator and I don't think those will fit...
by mrclark303
06 Feb 2024, 20:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4000
Views: 942593
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Maybe that's the tempest demonstration model that base are going to use as test in a couple of years but the GCAP model will be totally different in future IDK to be honest, I thought of that too, but we have already seen the 10m+ inlets for the tempest demonstrator and I don't think those will fit...
by mrclark303
06 Feb 2024, 16:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1752
Views: 180818
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Well if you follow through on his suggestion the outcome would just be sending the extra 2% straight to the states. In many instances this is exactly what is required. • Double the P8 fleet • Double Wedgetail procurement • Double Protector procurement • Add Sea Guardian or similar ideally STOL • Pu...
by mrclark303
06 Feb 2024, 10:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4000
Views: 942593
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Maybe that's the tempest demonstration model that base are going to use as test in a couple of years but the GCAP model will be totally different in future IDK to be honest, I thought of that too, but we have already seen the 10m+ inlets for the tempest demonstrator and I don't think those will fit...
by mrclark303
04 Feb 2024, 13:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1752
Views: 180818
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

You can always rely on Mr Page to contradict himself and miss the point entirely. Perhaps but it’s raises at least one interesting question. If U.K. Defence Spending rises to 4% or 5% of GDP what is the plan to implement such a huge increase in spending. “Britain must rearm”……great but none of the ...
by mrclark303
31 Jan 2024, 10:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4000
Views: 942593
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

An update on setting up the organisational structure of the GCAP entity https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/gcap-industry-partners-70-through-negotiations-bae-official-says/156682.article I like this bit : We are looking at setting up a single entity that is authorised to act on behalf of the thre...
by mrclark303
29 Jan 2024, 16:51
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4597
Views: 116736
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

The fact that South Africa has cozied up to Russia and China is a concern as with the Suez blocked this is the only real alternative way to get goods to Europe in a timely manner. Well, the SA government has gone to hell in a handcart, how they have the nerve to criticise others when rampaging corr...
by mrclark303
29 Jan 2024, 14:18
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4597
Views: 116736
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

Have the Huthis attacked anything not connected to the US/UK by the way? Of the 22 ships attacked so far, 5 were warships (US,UK, France), so I'll leave them out The rest are owned by companies, with shareholders from all over. Ascertaining ownership is difficult and likely to come up with small pe...
by mrclark303
29 Jan 2024, 08:52
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4597
Views: 116736
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

Lol. How authoritative! Carnegie thinktank of course being literal Washington beltway foreign policy cabal insiders who desperately want to go back to the 1950s but instead see even the status quo slipping away in front of them.. All that's left is the UK hugging the US extra tight and spinning the...
by mrclark303
27 Jan 2024, 14:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1982
Views: 551780
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Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1751175348153151947 This decision needs to be reversed, to at least the original out of service date of 2043, otherwise we will have only 13 frigates with a 15+ miles Sea Ceptor missiles, without the necessary radar for longer range missiles and the gap in Typ...
by mrclark303
27 Jan 2024, 10:37
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4597
Views: 116736
United Kingdom

Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

https://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/91466 UK-EU Security Cooperation After Ukraine As in most things defence related, the UK led the way in Europe over Ukraine, while the cumbersome and slow EU dithered. The current issue of the Yemen is another example, the EU is slow as molasses to react, w...
by mrclark303
25 Jan 2024, 14:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 396
Views: 46199
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Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

I'm Thinking NMH didn't stand for "New Medium Helicopter", it stood for "North Macedonia Helicopter"... We helped them choose :thumbup: The whole of the MoD is FUBAR right now. I can't see any light at the end of this tunnel... :cry: "North Macedonia Helicopter" Hilari...
by mrclark303
23 Jan 2024, 21:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1982
Views: 551780
United Kingdom

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

I notice lots of criticism around the bazars about the weapons outload on RN vessels (lately aboutT45 HMS Diamond), with same commentators staying strangely silent on the lesser outload of allied vessels. https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1749359803112083484 So far only USN and RN have sent sh...
by mrclark303
23 Jan 2024, 21:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)
Replies: 396
Views: 46199
United Kingdom

Re: New Medium Helicopter [NMH] - (RAF & AAC)

At least some can make a decision... https://twitter.com/GarethJennings3/status/1749781750358692161 I think this particular can is being kicked down the road and left with next government to sort out. It will invariably be delayed again until SDSR2025 has had it's say. So Puma will have to lump on ...
by mrclark303
23 Jan 2024, 12:52
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: RED SEA - Houthi attacks
Replies: 30
Views: 1078
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Re: RED SEA - Houthi attacks

Surely Egypt are not going to object? The houthi attacks are on shipping that use the suez canal, if this effects shipping wont it effect Egypts income? You don’t even need Egypt if it came to it. They can transit Israeli airspace as they have done for the past 3300 days for attacks in Syria and Ir...
by mrclark303
23 Jan 2024, 09:50
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: RED SEA - Houthi attacks
Replies: 30
Views: 1078
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Re: RED SEA - Houthi attacks

The impossible is possible after all. https://twitter.com/alibunkallsky/status/1749559452477411483?s=61&t=-w58-AqEK8dlq02bHexwZA ? everybody knew this was possible. I think he’s responding to my comment that we are at the whim on Egypt / Saudi whether further ops are possible, seems they got aw...
by mrclark303
19 Jan 2024, 10:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19028
Views: 7043382
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I’m not sure what you mean by additional AAW. Simply that what RN needs is another six T45 as was originally planned. Clearly that’s impossible but 6x T31 with the Iver Huitfeldt upgrades is eminently possible. A mix of CAMM and CAMM MR would give RN a Frigate with perhaps 64x quad packed CAMM and ...
by mrclark303
18 Jan 2024, 21:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19028
Views: 7043382
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I’m not sure what you mean by additional AAW. Simply that what RN needs is another six T45 as was originally planned. Clearly that’s impossible but 6x T31 with the Iver Huitfeldt upgrades is eminently possible. A mix of CAMM and CAMM MR would give RN a Frigate with perhaps 64x quad packed CAMM and ...
by mrclark303
17 Jan 2024, 19:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19028
Views: 7043382
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I’m not sure what you mean by additional AAW. Simply that what RN needs is another six T45 as was originally planned. Clearly that’s impossible but 6x T31 with the Iver Huitfeldt upgrades is eminently possible. A mix of CAMM and CAMM MR would give RN a Frigate with perhaps 64x quad packed CAMM and ...