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by TheLoneRanger
30 Jun 2024, 11:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 386
Views: 89554
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Of interest recently came across the Jan '23 Elbit Iron Fist Active Protection System Defense News article which revealed after challenging and rigorous testing by US Army that Iron Fist achieved ability to counter only 70% of incoming threats, lower than I expected, expectations too high or unreal...
by TheLoneRanger
30 Jun 2024, 11:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2865
Views: 829708
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

The Indian MRFA programme to make 4G fighters in India is warming up. According to notoriously unreliable Indian media, Eurofighter is pitching with a substantial drop in price (30% mentioned). Dassault has a big, big backlog of orders for Rafale, so perhaps availability gives Typhoon a chance? The...
by TheLoneRanger
30 Jun 2024, 11:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 602
Views: 202469
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Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

new guy wrote: 29 May 2024, 20:11 Ukraine about to have a better air force than us!

It will interesting to see how long this will last in the war - given Russia's long range AAM. This things are not exactly agile.
by TheLoneRanger
25 May 2024, 09:21
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Irish Defence Forces
Replies: 112
Views: 12199
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Re: Irish Defence Forces

On promotion to full General I believe that this will be the first Irish Defence Force 4 star in living memory. https://twitter.com/ChairmanEUMC/status/1790777829006639144 It is weird/obscene(?) you get to be 4 star, when your home country basically have an over-armed "police force" at be...
by TheLoneRanger
01 Apr 2024, 11:08
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry - News & Discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 15581
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Re: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry - News & Discussion

Britten-Norman. Nice to see aircraft work being brought back home, and seemingly making a success. :- Click on photo full story. https://britten-norman.com/uk-production-of-iconic-islander-aircraft-begins-at-britten-norman/ Britten-Norman should expand their horizons by getting into Drone manufactu...
by TheLoneRanger
01 Apr 2024, 10:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4030 Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank (1983-2001) (British Army)
Replies: 6
Views: 8322
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Re: FV4030 Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank (1983-2001) (British Army)

Jordanian CR1. Some seems in good state but some are obviously used as a source of spare parts https://twitter.com/front_ukrainian/status/1774094125861659019 https://twitter.com/front_ukrainian/status/1774094130559225955 Very interesting that Jordan retired them given that they did not have an equi...
by TheLoneRanger
01 Apr 2024, 10:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2865
Views: 829708
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Would UK supply the same radar to KSA as for the RAF? Is a wide screen available? A wide screen was made available for the Finnish proposal, so i dont see why it would not become available for Saudia Arabia. Same for the radar. "Also linked to the proposal, Helsinki was last November offered i...
by TheLoneRanger
01 Apr 2024, 10:08
Forum: UK Defence Forum
Topic: UKDF Forum Update 18/11/21
Replies: 40
Views: 6027
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Re: UKDF Forum Update 18/11/21

Hi Admins, It is possible to change the site, that after you login in, if you select a topic, it "automatically" takes you to the first unread post? Right now, you have to manually select "First Unread Post" - a bit annoying . Most other defence sites take you to the first unrea...
by TheLoneRanger
24 Mar 2024, 09:45
Forum: UK Defence Forum
Topic: UKDF Forum Update 18/11/21
Replies: 40
Views: 6027
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Re: UKDF Forum Update 18/11/21

Hi Admins, It is possible to change the site, that after you login in, if you select a topic, it "automatically" takes you to the first unread post? Right now, you have to manually select "First Unread Post" - a bit annoying . Most other defence sites take you to the first unread...
by TheLoneRanger
26 Feb 2024, 19:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071441
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The Saudia's are looking to diversify and also see some of their defence procurements programmes being fed back into their local industry and economy. They have the leverage, and the market is becoming more open with the Turkish Kaan, J-31's, Su-75's and the KF-21 programmes. So - i dont see Saudia ...
by TheLoneRanger
25 Feb 2024, 10:24
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Turkish Armed Forces
Replies: 336
Views: 47681
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Re: Turkish Armed Forces

Congratulations Turkey for being the 3rd country in the world after the USA, and China, to fly a 5th Generation Stealth Platform!!!! Fantastic achievement!!!!

( The Su-57 does not count(its a joke re:stealth ) and South Koreas has said their platform is 4.75 Gen and not a stealth platform )
by TheLoneRanger
17 Feb 2024, 10:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2865
Views: 829708
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Would UK supply the same radar to KSA as for the RAF? Is a wide screen available? A wide screen was made available for the Finnish proposal, so i dont see why it would not become available for Saudia Arabia. Same for the radar. "Also linked to the proposal, Helsinki was last November offered i...
by TheLoneRanger
30 Dec 2023, 12:46
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 342
Views: 29913
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Re: Indian Armed Forces

India to send P8 aircraft and 3 destroyers to patrol against supposed Houthi attacks in Indian Ocean / Gulf of Aden. Not clear exactly what area they will be covering and whether working alone or as part of a multinational Maritime Task Force. But it is a start in getting one of the main non-aligne...
by TheLoneRanger
30 Dec 2023, 12:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071441
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I would have thought it was a capability that would make both Israel and the US rather nervous to be honest. The QME is legally binding. Either Americans provide Israel with their own latest and greatest or they prevent the Saudi procurement if they/Israelis perceive GCAP to be superior. Hey - What...
by TheLoneRanger
29 Dec 2023, 12:23
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Ukrainian Forces
Replies: 91
Views: 8569
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Re: Ukrainian Forces

Implies they have done basic training, aswell as advanced jet training on the Hawks ?
by TheLoneRanger
29 Dec 2023, 12:20
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 342
Views: 29913
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Re: Indian Armed Forces

Unlikey Saudia Arabia, or Egypt will join any task force whose sole purpose is to protect shipping to Israel. The Houthi have been clear in that they will only target vessels going to Israel only. While there is a side effect of an economic cost to Egypt of transit fees for non-Israel bound ships sk...
by TheLoneRanger
11 Nov 2023, 11:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2865
Views: 829708
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

The future german Typhoon ECR order will most likely only consist of the ECR pods by Saab/Helsing. They will be integrated into 15 already existing airframes. The German AF however still insists on getting 30 ECR Typhoons. A larger T5 order (about maybe 60-80) Aircraft becomes more likely imo. Lets...
by TheLoneRanger
30 Sep 2023, 10:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071441
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I am not sure that Japan's constitution prevents it exporting defence equipment - IIRC it has offered the C2 airlifter for export. If the constitution bans export of kit with lethal capabilities (eg a fighter aircraft) then GCAP faces a big problem. The Japanese have already given assurances around...
by TheLoneRanger
30 Sep 2023, 10:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2865
Views: 829708
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Has the PM suddenly grown a pair? But the Civil service are still pathetic though "risk poisoning Anglo German relations" sheesh that's a great negotiating position I daresay nothing will piss the Germans off as much as Brexit. You've also got to consider just how effective "privatel...
by TheLoneRanger
30 Sep 2023, 09:25
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 615
Views: 61068
United Kingdom

Re: German Armed Forces

About bloody time !!!!!!
by TheLoneRanger
17 Sep 2023, 10:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 330
Views: 138387
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Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

Timmymagic wrote: 16 Sep 2023, 19:39 Overwatch Pholos

https://www.overwatch-group.uk/

Cool - lets make some and send to Ukraine to see how they get on - perfect opportunity to battle test new concepts on the russian army.
by TheLoneRanger
17 Sep 2023, 10:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071441
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think that was the role of Sweden, giving equal grounds as the FCAS to EU funds. So their lacking of partecipation even just nominally is bad. I'm still holding out hope for Swedish participation, especially since the Gvmt has announced a 28%!!! increase in defence spending for next year to 2.1% ...
by TheLoneRanger
09 Sep 2023, 10:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 2323
Views: 1088336
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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

So I have seen the video it looks bad but do we know that it was destroyed or was it just put out of action could it be dragged back worked on and sent out again Unlikely it can be repaired - but the area is under Ukranian control - so Ukraine should be able to tow it back. Good to see the C2 do wh...
by TheLoneRanger
19 Aug 2023, 15:05
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Hill Helicopters
Replies: 12
Views: 3921
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Re: Hill Helicopters

Thought I'd posted a thread on this ages ago... Hill Helicopters, a UK start up, who appear to be making serious progress. They're developing a 5 seat turbine powered helicopter, the HX-50, but also, unusually, developing their own GT to power it, the GT50. https://imgur.com/WCOF19P https://www.hil...
by TheLoneRanger
12 Aug 2023, 09:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4181
Views: 1071441
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

this news has been around for quite a few months. It pisses me off when the media respieles it a few months later trying to make it seem like news. IMO, unlikely to happen. They could definitely be an end buyer though. Saudia Arabia has options now in Ka'an from Turkey and the J-35 series from Chin...