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by mrclark303
18 Jul 2024, 00:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6126
Views: 1856418
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

IMHO, a gun for the F-35B is a total waste of money. What the hell would it be for? I think the RAF agrees. They never bothered with one on Harrier II after the ADEN 25 failed development (although they were developing it in the first place, but after its failure they could have reverted to the twi...
by mrclark303
17 Jul 2024, 20:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Re the Buccaneer, look up Blackburns proposed P150?? It had potential to be a superb aircraft. It had the advantage of a company that really understood low level operations and airframe subsequent stresses involved. I'm not sure Blackburn did. They had a long, inglorious history of making a small n...
by mrclark303
17 Jul 2024, 02:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

.... y know kinda didnt work TSR2 was working fine when cancelled. I love TSR2 Ron, alas in 1965, TSR2 required a complete redesign of its rear fuselage, a change in materials, as some the alloys used were already showing stress related issues in testing. Also serious doubts were being expressed re...
by mrclark303
17 Jul 2024, 01:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6126
Views: 1856418
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Give them all to the RN. Fly Navy!! It would be nice to see another FAA F-35 squadron, 800 or 801 would be great. If UK decide to go with four frontline squadrons we might but I think they will not go further than three. But I don't mind RAF and FAA operating plane together, and UK is not the only ...
by mrclark303
16 Jul 2024, 10:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6126
Views: 1856418
United Kingdom

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

Give them all to the RN. Fly Navy!! It would be nice to see another FAA F-35 squadron, 800 or 801 would be great. If UK decide to go with four frontline squadrons we might but I think they will not go further than three. But I don't mind RAF and FAA operating plane together, and UK is not the only ...
by mrclark303
15 Jul 2024, 17:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

.... y know kinda didnt work TSR2 was working fine when cancelled. I love TSR2 Ron, alas in 1965, TSR2 required a complete redesign of its rear fuselage, a change in materials, as some the alloys used were already showing stress related issues in testing. Also serious doubts were being expressed re...
by mrclark303
24 Jun 2024, 10:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Does anyone think gcap partners should offer gcap to the USAF instead of NGAD ,not as high tech but probably good enough and hopefully have the long legs ,heck they can even install NGAD tech on their version, consolidate to win the numbers game against China Russia NKorea, Iran pact , just saying ...
by mrclark303
17 Jun 2024, 14:44
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Franco-German-Spanish FCAS/SCAF Programme News and Discussion
Replies: 67
Views: 7454
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Re: Franco-German-Spanish FCAS/SCAF Programme News and Discussion

https://en.defence-ua.com/industries/germany_announces_new_partner_for_next_generation_fighter_jet_project_at_the_ila_berlin_air_show-10855.html Interesting, I can't see France being happy about diluting it's workshare further, or is Germany planning on reducing its commitment and selling some of i...
by mrclark303
31 May 2024, 17:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

It looks to me like there are two possible candidates - Saudi Arabia and India. Two BRICS nations, that too as not just simple customers but as development partners. What could possibly go wrong. Not to mention both nations currently have a downwards trajectory wrt relations with collective west. J...
by mrclark303
25 May 2024, 10:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I completely agree that in an ideal world the incoming Labour government would have cancelled the MRA4 and went with something else, though realistically I get the impression that the true scale of the problems didn't become apparent until the early 2000's. Though it really shouldn't have gotten to...
by mrclark303
24 May 2024, 23:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Something I missed at the end of last month. The RAeS magazine AEROSPACE ran a cover feature of GCAP. Including some very impressive new concept art: https://twitter.com/AeroSociety/status/1785376182122258724 https://www.aerosociety.com/media/23522/may-2024-aerospace-cover-image-official.jpg?width=...
by mrclark303
23 May 2024, 19:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

In the event of the next election being won by Labour, I can see them going all in on Tempest or something similar as a demonstration of their commitment to the armed forces, much as they did with the QLZ carriers after 1997. The 1998 SDSR supported looking at 30-40,000 tonne carriers. I wouldn't c...
by mrclark303
23 May 2024, 19:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Well at least it will keep us awake unlike the actual election which is shaping up as the bore to end all bores Looking rationally - Maingate on Tempest is 2025. Everything is set up. The partnership is in place the concept work is promising, a couple of thousand have been recruited (mainly in the ...
by mrclark303
21 May 2024, 21:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

So what happens to the new technologies being developed when it comes to assessing what to incorporate in Tempest if it goes ahead? Are some abandoned as being unaffordable? Are some shelved, to be developed when funds allow? Are some downgraded to make then affordable? What one wants to avoid is s...
by mrclark303
17 May 2024, 09:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 382
Views: 31943
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

Yep, a large reconfigurable hanger is what's needed..... with large lifts from the flight deck and and a large ro-ro access ramp at the rear. They need to be as flexible as they possibly can be and able to rapidly re-role from a floating NGO base with containerised equipment / vehicles - helos / ho...
by mrclark303
16 May 2024, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 382
Views: 31943
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

To keep costs down enough for a class of six and have a through deck would be a challenge. For example Mistral has a two aviation lifts a separate aviation hangar, vehicle hangar and well dock each on a different deck. Maybe a through deck vessel with a combined well dock, vehicle and aviation hang...
by mrclark303
16 May 2024, 10:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 382
Views: 31943
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

As a drone-carrier, it looks quite good, but it's not really a Multi-role design. It's very close to the San Giorgio class. I would look at something closer to a Dokdo-class design at c. 14k tonnes (light), with a swing-role hangar/ garage & 2 LCAC-capable steel beach (or replace it with a 2 LC...
by mrclark303
16 May 2024, 09:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)
Replies: 382
Views: 31943
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Re: Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSS)

Gotta be through deck for UAVs in my opinion. Rules out all of these. Both the 'LSD' and 'through-deck' form factors are good reference designs for MRSS. The through deck enables light drone operations, which is a big feature, but comes at the cost of lower helicopter capacity. Is that a worth whil...
by mrclark303
11 May 2024, 14:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Iam not au fait with any demonstrator schedule. Is a demonstrator likely to be revealed publicly in the next year or so? I'm sure the GCAP partners have a nervous eye on the UK's imminent General election, Labour are resisting any increase in defence spending, their " when conditions allow&quo...
by mrclark303
11 May 2024, 08:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Iam not au fait with any demonstrator schedule. Is a demonstrator likely to be revealed publicly in the next year or so? I'm sure the GCAP partners have a nervous eye on the UK's imminent General election, Labour are resisting any increase in defence spending, their " when conditions allow&quo...
by mrclark303
11 May 2024, 00:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

It's an interesting one, in the cold light of day Australia probably made the right call. The F111 was arguably the better aircraft from a number of perspectives, the most important one being bankrolled by Uncle Sam and his bottomless pockets of cash... This kept the F111 very well supported and it...
by mrclark303
10 May 2024, 11:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 386
Views: 89550
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

An interesting graphic Very interesting. Another one for the Nordics may be even more revealing. Hence the Royal Marines Brigade level ops mate... They were one of the few formations within NATO capable of taking the war to the Russians if they attacked the far North. Their level of training and eq...
by mrclark303
08 May 2024, 11:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071404
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

True enough, but at the time we were also building a new class of very expensive SSBN.... oh wait.... :D How much did the tosser waste by ordering F-111's and then cancelling the order? Wilson's mob was dazzled by supposed Yankee technical superiority. Too dumb to realize it was actually superior Y...
by mrclark303
08 May 2024, 11:18
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Reform UK (Political Party)
Replies: 30
Views: 2651
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Re: Reform UK

Labour see a plan to save £350 million a year from the policing budget by simply making each force use best procument practice, i.e, buy Dasia Dusters instead of BMW's as patrol cars. It is interesting that you mention that. Buying BMWs was at one point trumpeted as procurement coo and actually sav...
by mrclark303
06 May 2024, 12:34
Forum: Deployments
Topic: Falkland Islands (British Overseas Territory)
Replies: 252
Views: 39052
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Re: Falkland Islands (British Overseas Territory)

2HeadsBetter wrote: 06 May 2024, 10:00 He seems to have put the chainsaw back in the shed:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/ce43zv3qln9o
It seems that Argentina have finally got themselves a competent leader, I wonder, is there time for him to run for our parliament??