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by SD67
15 Jul 2024, 10:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 386
Views: 89201
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

RBSL now has an Italian cousin. Leonardo and Rheinmetall have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a new 50:50 joint venture aimed at developing a European industrial and technological approach in the field of land defense systems. First goal is to develop two vehicles – th...
by SD67
10 Jul 2024, 15:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4175
Views: 1070346
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Different times

And the fact that TSR2 had no partners and y know kinda didnt work
by SD67
10 Jul 2024, 12:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4175
Views: 1070346
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Sounds promising, especially as the Unions wil force Labour to keep this going and not merge with the French. https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/britain-and-japan-reconfirm-plans-to-build-new-fighter-jet/ A key topic of their discussion was the Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP), a joint effort by the...
by SD67
03 Jul 2024, 12:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583012
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

I remember when T26 was being pitched as a 5,500 tonne "affordable frigate"...showing my age...
by SD67
30 Jun 2024, 13:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2865
Views: 829207
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

India finally make a tactical decision to go for Rafales, and I can assure you - they will simply expand the Rafale fleet from now on. Anything else is wishful thinking given the costs involved for a new platform, versus the capability difference between the Rafale and Typhoon ... You're assuming t...
by SD67
25 Jun 2024, 12:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583012
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Type 26 production is about 6 years per ship currently, going down to 5 years once the new infra is ready. Japan can build complex warships in 4 years (Mogami), down from 5 years for previous designs. I would therefore assume it is possible to bring the construction time down to 4 years in the futu...
by SD67
24 Jun 2024, 10:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 183
Views: 97109
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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: 2865
Views: 829207
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 105292
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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: 105292
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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.
by SD67
26 May 2024, 17:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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: 5539
Views: 1637935
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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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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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 SD67
24 May 2024, 13:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4175
Views: 1070346
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: 4175
Views: 1070346
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...