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by SD67
24 Jun 2024, 10:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

It would be great to see a 21st century version of the Martin B-57, though the number of Congressional dead bodies you'd need to step over to get there does not bear thinking about.

And then if it happened the US licensee would likely "do a Constellation Class" and re-engineer half of it
by SD67
15 Jun 2024, 11:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 178
Views: 94842
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Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Seems everybody is buying it except the British Army.....
by SD67
08 Jun 2024, 19:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2860
Views: 819884
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Having split fleets has never bothered the Indians before. A big question mark is whether Dassault is remotely interested in supporting IP transfer and Made in India. Who knows it could end up as a small batch of Rafale, made in France, for niche roles (Navy, Nuclear), and Typhoon being built in Ind...
by SD67
07 Jun 2024, 07:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

In the last decade we've been dealing with a log jam of block obsolescence that goes all the way back to Options for Change in the 90s, but the problem does eventually work itself out. As the previous poster said- Nuclear is the Elephant in the room. Doubling the size of the Construction facilities ...
by SD67
06 Jun 2024, 15:28
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

It's all in the NAO report I can send you a link. In terms of the 12 billion, this is development cost, the production cost comes after 2033. Let's say it's 50 billion to develop a 6th gen fighter, our 40% of that is 20 billion, some has already been spent, some is listed under different categories....
by SD67
06 Jun 2024, 08:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The 10 year equipment plan is around 280 billion, of which around 12bn is directly Tempest/GCAP. Less than Armoured vehicles, digital, and only slightly higher than helicopters.
by SD67
05 Jun 2024, 15:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I'm very confident that no new countries will be joining GCAP as a development partner. There's no need and no time. This would suggest otherwise: https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/air-warfare/uk-gcap-programme-can-only-survive-if-more-funds-are-allocated-expert-warns/ What was it I heard recently...
by SD67
03 Jun 2024, 07:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I'm very confident that no new countries will be joining GCAP as a development partner. There's no need and no time. This would suggest otherwise: https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/air-warfare/uk-gcap-programme-can-only-survive-if-more-funds-are-allocated-expert-warns/ What was it I heard recently...
by SD67
02 Jun 2024, 18:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Agreed. Frankly we've got the best development partners in the world, it's a McLaren/Ferrari/Honda F1 team, just crack on and build it. There'll be many parties coming in on the back end late 2030s
by SD67
02 Jun 2024, 14:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

There are different levels of partnership, the word can mean anything. IMO what India really cares about is in-country build. They've built Jaguar, Gnat, Hawk, MIG21, SU30. Their design input was zero and I cannot see that model changing much for GCAP. India's involvement would most likely be at the...
by SD67
31 May 2024, 15:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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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. It would make sense to fully explore what arrangement could be made with these countries before reaching a decision on going ahead (or not going ahead) in 2025. What would be dumb would be to invest tens of billions o...
by SD67
29 May 2024, 03:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 263
Views: 104001
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Re: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]

Their accounts are fine. It's a startup, normal CAPEX to get things up and running in the first couple of years. On track for 200million revenue in 2024, likely cashflow neutral over the course of the year. Everything is not fine if you are relying on receiving a government loan guarantee which you...
by SD67
28 May 2024, 08:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 263
Views: 104001
United Kingdom

Re: SSN-AUKUS Future Astute Replacement (2030s) (RN) [News Only]

Their accounts are fine. It's a startup, normal CAPEX to get things up and running in the first couple of years. On track for 200million revenue in 2024, likely cashflow neutral over the course of the year.
by SD67
26 May 2024, 17:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Excellent post
by SD67
26 May 2024, 06:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Taking a charge is an internal accounting matter, often tax-driven. Bottomline is they were paid over 3 billion, cash and delivered nothing. No major purchases of material, no production line to set up, just people's time, who were already employees and had nothing else to do anyway. It was a nice l...
by SD67
26 May 2024, 06:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 5534
Views: 1622302
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Task for River B2 there is to be an OPV, not as an escort. Contribute to day-by-day presence. You've hit the nail on the head. The Rivers are OPVs, not FF/DDs, nor even corvettes. That doesn't mean that one can't debate their sensor fit and lethality, but people need to bear in mind the role they w...
by SD67
25 May 2024, 11:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
United Kingdom

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 SD67
24 May 2024, 13:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
United Kingdom

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 SD67
24 May 2024, 12:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
United Kingdom

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 SD67
23 May 2024, 13:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2860
Views: 819884
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

"Alamri said the decision on the near-term purchase is likely to be closely linked to the longer-term platform decision."

Bring us into Tempest and we'll give you that Batch 4 Typhoon order.
by SD67
23 May 2024, 11:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Who knows but I feel the Project is just too far along. Japan in particular are on a China-driven timeline and if there's going to be years of Euro-faff they could just walk. In fact they may well already have a veto on new partners as part of the agreements signed I see the cosying up to the EU as ...
by SD67
23 May 2024, 06:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4165
Views: 1054293
United Kingdom

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 n...
by SD67
19 May 2024, 15:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2457
Views: 572148
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Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

Genuine question - why exactly can Ares only fit 4 people? Are there electronic gubbins in there that could be minaturised?
by SD67
19 May 2024, 05:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 914
Views: 344494
United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Anything to do with Boeing tends to be poor VFM but At least we know it is 3 wedgetails for 1.9 billion being rebuilt by Marshall aerospace and we know it is in service with the RAAF

On RCH155 we know basically nothing. Who knows it could be a 5 year capability gap
by SD67
18 May 2024, 19:56
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 914
Views: 344494
United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Is there a contract value? A delivery schedule? A formal requirement including numbers? An industrial strategy? Genuine question. Most sane organisations formalise all this stuff before they announce a winner. We could be looking at a significant capability gap -where’s the assurance on that. Norway...