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by SD67
25 Jun 2022, 17:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 93
Views: 18336
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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: 2382
Views: 605839
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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: 15134
Views: 3418543
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

tomuk wrote: 20 Jun 2022, 06:17
Scimitar54 wrote: 20 Jun 2022, 00:51 Solution: If one disco cannot meet the demand, then obviously two or more may be required! :idea:
Are there any good clubs in Adelaide?
Hindley Street is not quite “The Gaza Strip” but it can get lively
by SD67
18 Jun 2022, 08:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Reality check - Israel is an outlier on many levels. We’ve been the only tier 1 partner on F35 for 20+ years and we still don’t have Brimstone or Storm Shadow integrated. IMO if Germany want to buy Tempest they can negotiate some local assembly as part of their purchase contract just as the saudis d...
by SD67
16 Jun 2022, 03:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

They didn't let Australia or Japan get anyway near F22, even as plain old customers.
by SD67
14 Jun 2022, 11:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Germany has a big checkbook but they also have a big industrial appetite. They've just set out a different and inferior radar purely for nationalistic / industrial reasons. I believe they're still blocking Typhoon sales to Saudi Arabia. German involvement these days probably rules out any sales to E...
by SD67
12 Jun 2022, 14:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I would have no issue with both Germany and Spain joining the development phase of Tempest. It would be the production phase where I would want to lock both down to whatever number they decided to purchase to ensure we did not repeat the issues that arose in the Eurofighter programme. I see these t...
by SD67
11 Jun 2022, 21:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Well apart from Jaguar they’ve developed everything else on their own, and sold mostly outside Europe, “solo SCAF” would be business as usual. Maybe India comes in attracted by the nuclear angle
by SD67
10 Jun 2022, 07:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

It'll be fascinating to see this play out. I get the feeling that the interests of Dassault the company (still 62% family owned) are not exactly aligned to those the French state. The family alone are worth of 20 billion +, that's alot of "F off" power.
by SD67
08 Jun 2022, 10:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think Dassault sees Rafale cleaning up in the mid 2030s when virtually every other Western jet is out of production then they build SCAF themselves. It's not a bad business strategy- why rush if the thing is still selling?
by SD67
07 Jun 2022, 17:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2311
Views: 685741
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Looks like the Italian sale of 24 x Typhoon to Egypt is coming close to completion...good news for Leonardo and BAE, probably MBDA as well... https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-italy-arms-deal-close-completing?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Social_Traffic&utm_co...
by SD67
06 Jun 2022, 11:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 317
Views: 119364
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Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

On further reflection, there are many stages at which you could step into between capability requirement and solution. Close to or at the capability end, you have "Stop Enemy doing what he is doing" and you then solutionise from there through "by dropping HE in fragmenting cases on h...
by SD67
02 Jun 2022, 20:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Yep, it must be a tough call for Dassault - do they share their technology with Airbus DE, or just cut out the middleman and email the blueprints directly to the Kremlin
by SD67
02 Jun 2022, 14:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Let’s face it Dassault’s core market is “people not allowed to buy the JSF”.
by SD67
31 May 2022, 21:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 743
Views: 202744
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Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Tempest414 wrote: 31 May 2022, 18:12
As it now looks like we will have to keep what we have which is

400 Jackal
70 Coyote
400 Foxhound
250 Husky
150 Panther
300 Mastiff
150 Ridgebacks
But what about next year after they've all been donated to Ukraine? :-)
by SD67
31 May 2022, 18:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Yes - I read Oct 2024 is penciled in as main gate. The Rolls / IHI engine demonstrator is aiming for 2026, so that fits with having a flying prototype by the end of the decade. A couple of years production gap between Typhoon and Tempest in the early 2030s could almost be convenient, to allow breath...
by SD67
25 May 2022, 20:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1324045
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Wow - sounds like Battersea power station - perfect place for a billion pound inner city residential property redevelopment
by SD67
25 May 2022, 17:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1324045
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Reposting this as a friend in industry has told me that the claim over welds has been misunderstood and not accurate, please disregard that. I've been told BAE has submitted a planning application to drain the wet basin at their Govan shipyard in order to construct a covered build hall. It is hoped...
by SD67
24 May 2022, 17:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1324045
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Personally looking at the transcript I thought the union rep talked alot of sense.

South Korea isn't Glasgow in Winter
by SD67
24 May 2022, 17:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1324045
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

It doesn't get away from the basic problem - the ships are being built before they're fitted out. Scotsdoun or Govan - choose one. Please.
by SD67
20 May 2022, 07:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1324045
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Jdam wrote: 19 May 2022, 20:49 And this has become a problem now because?

Sound like excuses to me, they have been building ships on the slipways in Glasgow and welding them for decades (maybe nearly 80 years) and now it has become a problem. :lol:
"Wrong type of weld" ;-)
by SD67
19 May 2022, 18:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4821
Views: 1324045
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://committees.parliament.uk/oralev ... 10235/pdf/

Recent evidence from Sir John Parker on the refreshed shipbuilding strategy

There's an interesting titbit about the slow build of T26, apparantly being built outside is causing the welds to deform because of the temperature changes .
by SD67
15 May 2022, 15:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766450
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Fantastic news, this means it really is going to happen. There's no way Japan will let this slip given the threat environment.
by SD67
15 May 2022, 14:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4431
Views: 1126527
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

donald_of_tokyo wrote: 04 May 2022, 02:24 HMS Spey and Indonesian Bung Tomo class corvette. (from HMS Spey twitter mobile.twitter.com/HMS_Spey/status/1521098923749691394)
Aren't they disgtantly related? The Bung Tomo class are the Brunei ships that went to arbitration, variant of the then GEC F2000 family
by SD67
11 May 2022, 00:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3582
Views: 908485
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The US has previously gone for very capable but very epensive drones. Primarily for conflicts against insurgents rather than a peer on peer conflict. Against a peer rival the high rate of attrition of such valuable assets would in all likelihood be unsustainable for the UK. Ideally the UK can devel...