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by SD67
04 Aug 2022, 13:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773738
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I remember at at Barrow they had these joint MOD / BAE posters up stressing confidentiality : "NO confidential discussions with Foreign Nationals! - EVEN AMERICANS"
by SD67
03 Aug 2022, 12:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773738
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Given the timelines and the scale of the project BAE may as well start their own Technical University, now. Train them up. Any 50 year old who joins the project will be retired before IOC.

Alot of CAD on T45 was done in Slovakia
by SD67
30 Jul 2022, 12:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773738
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The US didn’t export F22, and unless something radical changes I cannot see them sharing its successor. I also question whether they really have an interest in “dominating the aerospace market”. There are many countries that are not allowed to buy F35 - including Turkey. if European suppliers didn’t...
by SD67
23 Jul 2022, 20:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773738
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

If Japan are on board anything is possible. F35B capping out at around 74 means there is the fast combat air funding line available from around 2027/8 which fits with the prototype timeline. Nice. BAE already testing manufacturing processes means it’s real. Only real risk I can see is the Italian ec...
by SD67
23 Jul 2022, 07:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431995
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I would of thought the deployed aircraft numbers of the past couple of years, rotary and fixed would have put paid to these fantasy air groups but clearly not. How so? CSG21 sailed with 18xF35b and 10 x Merlin. Given that she was arguably still working up and another 30 F35s are scheduled for deliv...
by SD67
23 Jul 2022, 07:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773738
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Or carbon fibre molded?
by SD67
21 Jul 2022, 10:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 88
Views: 36037
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Re: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

How much grief would that have saved.. I understand Warrior 2000 used basically a CV90 turret so it was probably low risk.
by SD67
20 Jul 2022, 18:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773738
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think Dassault CEO Trappier recently said that FCAS has already missed 2040, and with Rafale cleaning up in the export market I suspect the foot has gone off the gas I wouldn't put too much into what is said about timeframes. Throw enough money at something, and suddenly it is possible. “Even if ...
by SD67
20 Jul 2022, 13:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 88
Views: 36037
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Re: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

I’m talking 10 years ago

Vs unmodernised Warrior to be shortly replace by nothing
by SD67
20 Jul 2022, 11:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 88
Views: 36037
United Kingdom

Re: CRV(T) Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Yes it "hasn't managed to deliver" something the user hasn't ever asked for :crazy: In many cases features are not requested because the manufacturer has said they cannot be accommodated within the budget. With GD profligacy, that would seem to be a reasonable guess. The fact that the arm...
by SD67
19 Jul 2022, 14:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773738
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think Dassault CEO Trappier recently said that FCAS has already missed 2040, and with Rafale cleaning up in the export market I suspect the foot has gone off the gas
by SD67
19 Jul 2022, 13:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773738
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

If technically possible I’d like to see Sweden update Gripen with one Tempest engine plus some Tempest electronics, thereby freeing themselves from ITAR. Could be a good competitor at the lighter end of the market
by SD67
19 Jul 2022, 13:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431995
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I would of thought the deployed aircraft numbers of the past couple of years, rotary and fixed would have put paid to these fantasy air groups but clearly not. How so? CSG21 sailed with 18xF35b and 10 x Merlin. Given that she was arguably still working up and another 30 F35s are scheduled for deliv...
by SD67
17 Jul 2022, 21:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14101
Views: 4072333
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It’s really interesting that the navy bots and there online cheers leaders that so championed the change way back in 2010 and where so rabit anti anything but the navy are now the ones poo pooing such an idea being expressed today even though they changed the titles they write under today. Who exac...
by SD67
17 Jul 2022, 14:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14101
Views: 4072333
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Oh he’s not limited to F35 there’s also a vendetta against frigates, the RN don’t need t26 apparently - I remember that one from the early noughties
by SD67
10 Jul 2022, 15:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431995
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I would of thought the deployed aircraft numbers of the past couple of years, rotary and fixed would have put paid to these fantasy air groups but clearly not. How so? CSG21 sailed with 18xF35b and 10 x Merlin. Given that she was arguably still working up and another 30 F35s are scheduled for deliv...
by SD67
10 Jul 2022, 14:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4468
Views: 1132080
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I thought the Sir H piece was either a satire or completely delusional. There’s a war brewing in the South China Sea and Humphreys talking about cocktail parties and water delivery to Pitcairn. We have the FPDA, an increasingly deep defence relationship with Japan, and around 5 million UK citizens l...
by SD67
10 Jul 2022, 13:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431995
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We dont have two “carrier strike groups”, there is only one. We have the ability to prioritise assets to form two and that is my view on what we should do. We don’t, two ships to allow 1 to be available. Insufficient helicopters, fixed wing and support ships to configure a single group let alone 2....
by SD67
10 Jul 2022, 13:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773738
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I suspect that even if it were exactly the same aircraft for both Japan and the UK noone would admit it publicly. Lingering Japanese pacifism would be a real hindrance for exports. But if you can split the R&D cost on the engine and power management 59/50 well that in itself is huge
by SD67
05 Jul 2022, 18:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 110
Views: 19648
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Re: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

SW1 wrote: 05 Jul 2022, 10:40
SD67 wrote: 05 Jul 2022, 10:17 Too many research projects, not enough products.

Still, gotta keep the boffins busy
Research projects are cheap!
So is pornography....
by SD67
05 Jul 2022, 10:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 110
Views: 19648
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Re: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Too many research projects, not enough products.

Still, gotta keep the boffins busy
by SD67
29 Jun 2022, 13:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: TSR-2 (Cancelled Project)
Replies: 54
Views: 35119
United Kingdom

Re: TSR-2 (Cancelled Project)

Whilst the investment of funds was huge for the TSR-2, it was way ahead of anything else either in service or in development at the time. IF we had been more positive in the management of the programme without the mixed signals form Government it could have been a major success, both for the RAF an...
by SD67
25 Jun 2022, 17:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 110
Views: 19648
United Kingdom

Re: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Here’s a theory. - we end up buying a BAE version of the Bayraktar drone as part of a big defence deal with Turkey, Wallace and Truss were there last week talking industrial cooperation.
by SD67
20 Jun 2022, 17:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2407
Views: 609612
United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

I think we’re all underestimating the reputational damage to a firm like GD if a reference customer takes them to court. This is the sort of thing that costs the CEO his job pension share options etc. Whereas what is the damage to us? Worst case we meet them half way and get a billion or so. Serious...
by SD67
20 Jun 2022, 06:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15249
Views: 3431995
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

tomuk wrote: 20 Jun 2022, 06:17
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Are there any good clubs in Adelaide?
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