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by Dahedd
15 Oct 2019, 14:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861905

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I thought id read that between 4 and 6 USMC Lightnings would be joining as well. Good practice for a busier flight deck.
by Dahedd
04 Oct 2019, 16:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 271
Views: 29248

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

As a civvie looking in expanding on the Foxhound & Supacat ranges has ways seemed like a no brainer, but what do I know.
by Dahedd
03 Oct 2019, 14:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861905

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I headed down to the beach at Findhorn on Tuesday hoping for a peek but had no joy, she was further east & further out to sea. Had to make do with a fantastic display from 2 Typhoons dog fighting instead. We also had Chinooks & Merlin buzzing about yesterday but the weather was crap so I hea...
by Dahedd
24 Sep 2019, 19:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861905

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

cockneyjock1974 wrote:What he did offer to me after a few beers was that in his personal opinion the F35 negated the need for Poseidon. Still getting my head around this.


In an anti shipping role perhaps but I think he's had one sherry too many.
by Dahedd
20 Sep 2019, 11:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861905

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

"big Charlie" :D

The crew or the newspapers?
by Dahedd
20 Sep 2019, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861905

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://t.co/3Ua1pqXdYD

Apologies for linking to such a rag as the Daily Mail here. Apparently she's not fully finished on the inside though. Lots of complaining according to the Mail.
by Dahedd
19 Sep 2019, 14:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10468
Views: 861905

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Wonder if the plan is to head up to the Moray Fifth as the QE did. Hopefully if she does ill get a better view this time. The QE was right over the other side from me so couldn't make her out that well. Even her massive size was obscured by the Firth & the mountains behind her.
by Dahedd
17 Sep 2019, 19:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 10391

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

RAPIDfire should he adopted by the Army as well for ground based uav/chopper defence. I'd have though it'd be a no brainer given the commonality of gun & ammo with the Ajax/Warrior.
by Dahedd
14 Sep 2019, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6175
Views: 382669

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Mmh eight ,think reporter dreaming on that front but nice try I guess ,or I wouldn't put it past government to scrap 3 type 26 and make eight type 31 instead ,you know that's the kind of things they do folks don't cha Can't see that if they're still trying to plug the T26 for export. As it is we'll...
by Dahedd
14 Sep 2019, 03:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1477
Views: 113356

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

150 Challenger 2 with the upgrade seems too few. It might be sufficient perhaps if the direct fires version of the Ajax was purchased though. Not that I realistically expect that to happen at any stage.
by Dahedd
13 Sep 2019, 09:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 601595

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If that's the case would the Artisans be better saved for use on the FLSS & replacements for the Forts?
by Dahedd
13 Sep 2019, 08:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1470
Views: 116708

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Are Spain planning on replacing their carrier? Can the existing carrier operate the F35b? If not then they'll almost certainly opt for the French/German option. If they are then the F35 (A & B) would probably fill there needs.
by Dahedd
12 Sep 2019, 11:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 64851

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Rather off topic but I can't see the Waves being replaced in RN service. With all the shenanigans at Westminster I unfortunately can see another independence vote up here being won by the SNP. I could imagine the RN ditching the Waves so they can keep the Tides. At least one of the Waves going to wh...
by Dahedd
23 Aug 2019, 01:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 19301

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

Give them the Predators when the RAF retires them ;)
by Dahedd
04 Aug 2019, 20:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 38154

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Think perhaps the H145 is perhaps a touch too small. The others seem the correct size, am I right in thinking the AW 189 is used by the UK Coastguard & the 149 by the Irish forces?

Let's just avoid the NH90 at all costs.
by Dahedd
03 Aug 2019, 11:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 38154

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

That's crazy. I know Watchkeeper is supposed to replace the Gazelle & Lynx in some aspects but that size of reduction is rediculous. The AH9 Lynx was retired far too soon.

I'd move all the Wildcats to the Navy & get a new light chopper for the Army.
by Dahedd
02 Aug 2019, 00:04
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 38154

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

"Work is being conducted by the airframer under a £90 million ($110 million) contract signed in 2014 that will see all 28 of the RN's Wildcats gain the weapons wings." 28? Is that all the Wildcats they have? That's doesn't seem anything like enough. Surely that's a hefty reduction on the n...
by Dahedd
23 Jul 2019, 21:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 284391

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

No brainer really to use the T26 as the basis for the T45 replacement. Aren't a few of the Canadian ships being built more with air defence in mind? Or did I pick that up wrong?
by Dahedd
29 Jun 2019, 12:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6175
Views: 382669

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ahh cheers. Fingers crossed they avoid that then, they'd be as well with a modernised T23 rather than a Meko. They're getting on a bit now aren't they?
by Dahedd
28 Jun 2019, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6175
Views: 382669

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What are Atlas Electronik putting forward as their offering? Or did I misread that & they're in with Babcock?
by Dahedd
24 Jun 2019, 11:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 854
Views: 64839

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I think it's in the Times. Mate of mine mentioned he'd read it as well. Not sure if he meant yesterdays or today's.
by Dahedd
20 Jun 2019, 08:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)
Replies: 151
Views: 20607

Re: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)

Maybe we should look again at this option and retain 6 to 8 of our C-130Js if we still have them. These could supplement the P-8s allowing the latter to concentrate more on the ASW aspect whist the former could possibly provide SAR cover given their AAR capability allowing them to cover a very larg...
by Dahedd
10 Jun 2019, 11:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 200793

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Is it feasible to use the 40mm cannon from the Warrior & Ajax on a naval vessel? I know Thales has the land based RapidFire air defence concept.
by Dahedd
04 Jun 2019, 23:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 348
Views: 33654

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

This should also be relevant to the above. https://www.janes.com/article/88989/us-army-to-retrofit-apache-helos-with-underwater-crew-escape-system If as suggested in the article the flotation system (at least the US version anyway) cuts into fuel & ordnance can we expect the layout of the Army ...
by Dahedd
04 Jun 2019, 08:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 348
Views: 33654

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I think that's the flotation bags on top of (&below?) the "wings" . If you zoom in on the first pic there's bags above the wing & something new between the weapons pylons.

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