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by TheLoneRanger
29 Nov 2021, 20:34
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5566
Views: 1517929
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Video of launch failure of F35B on QE -

by TheLoneRanger
26 Nov 2021, 17:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Canada should join the Tempest programme ! https://www.thestar.com/politics/2021/11/25/boeing-told-its-bid-to-sell-fighter-jets-to-canada-did-not-meet-ottawas-requirements.html Maybe BAe can do a 5th Gen version(drop in a variant of the avionics core of the latest Typhoon version - that was pitched ...
by TheLoneRanger
24 Nov 2021, 18:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

If for whatever reason - the Tempest Project is terminated - then the UK will look to join forces with or buy off the shelf a variant of whatever the Americans are building. Of that I am quite certain. Any EU led programme will not make meet any timelines, or cost projections and unit costs will be ...
by TheLoneRanger
03 Nov 2021, 18:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 268112
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

If the Aussies do select the Astute as the starting point - then while it would be good news for the UK defence - it will be even better if that causes Macron to choke on the large frog that will undoubtly jump down his throat.

That has to be worth something just on it's own!! :clap: :clap:
by TheLoneRanger
06 Jun 2021, 13:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7397
Views: 1830754
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Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

No disrespect to the Dutch - but the future of warfare is increasingly software driven and the lack of "joined up thinking" by the UK MOD to investing in developing intellectual property that we ultimately own and can resell for economic benefit down the road is frustrating as well as the ...
by TheLoneRanger
06 Jun 2021, 12:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7397
Views: 1830754
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Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Is it wise to invest so much in developing and buying a French combat system in our frontline Naval ships given the importance of our naval capability and the direction of both the EU and the UK and the "Internet of Warfare" revolution we are seeing with connected subsystems, remote drones...
by TheLoneRanger
04 Jun 2021, 17:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Bad news for Tempest if the option of "cost saving and greater european co-operation" comes back to the table and the french/germans get involved in tempest. ideally we would want this falling out in 7-10years from now when too many facts have been established and all the french and german...
by TheLoneRanger
27 May 2021, 17:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

"Scotland" to benefit £800million from involvement in Tempest Programme.. Edinburgh defence contractor will benefit from £800 million fighter aircraft project windfall https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/defence/edinburgh-defence-contractor-will-benefit-from-ps800-million-fighter-a...
by TheLoneRanger
08 May 2021, 09:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 2022
Views: 592397
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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

I think some people on the forum are excited about "Challenger 3", but to me it is distressing that the country that invented the tank is now forced to have its tanks upgraded by intellectual poperty owned by a German orgin company ie Rheinmetall .... We are relying on German intellectual ...
by TheLoneRanger
02 Mar 2021, 11:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

France and Great Britain, natural partners In this respect, Franco-British cooperation has often been fruitful. It is probable that as soon as the consummated SCAF fails, the British will abandon the bluff of the "Tempest" project and become again a privileged partner with a view to the d...
by TheLoneRanger
21 Feb 2021, 10:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: BAE Hawk (RAF & RN)
Replies: 119
Views: 55277
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Re: BAE Hawk

Has anyone else heard anything else about this programme? Could the RAF be looking to replace its Hawks at the end of the decade? Far more questions than answers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kizmBZ7Yfmw The Hawk is an old design, everything that could have been done with that platform, has been...
by TheLoneRanger
20 Feb 2021, 08:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-france-defence/berlin-and-paris-in-crisis-talks-to-bring-fighter-jet-project-back-on-track-idUSKBN2AH2I8 Before moving ahead, Germany aims to gain concessions from France, insiders said, adding Berlin would like to be able to use technologies co-developed ...
by TheLoneRanger
13 Feb 2021, 10:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

To see the French and Germans squabble brings a nice smile and a warm inner feeling on a cold cold saturday morning for me. Both the French and the Germans are as bad as each other when it comes to military-industrial collaboration projects, and they both DESERVE each other after the Typhoon fisaco ...
by TheLoneRanger
06 Feb 2021, 11:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

From the Joint statement of Japan-UK foreign and defence ministerial meeting 2021: The four Ministers endorsed the progress of the work of the Japan-UK High Level Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation Steering Panel on defence equipment and technology cooperation. They welcomed the ongoing d...
by TheLoneRanger
24 Jan 2021, 15:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A more central role in R&D could (?) mean more cost, but forgetting that and thru-life costs (anybody's guess), the case of getting 150-ish for 30 bn looks a bit optimistic considering that the overall costs will be shared across a production volume likely to be a quarter (max) of the F-35 prod...
by TheLoneRanger
23 Jan 2021, 19:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Possibly, but unlike FCAS, Tempest doesn't have German Bankers supporting it. It is going to come down to the Political will to spend the necessary money if Tempest is going to result in the platform everybody wants including me. German bankers are irrelevant to FCAS. The programme is goverment fun...
by TheLoneRanger
23 Jan 2021, 15:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

How much? £ 35 bn in today's money? 2 QEs =6, an airwing (not just a token one) twice that ==18bn in all, take twice that = Tempest - BTW, I support the prgrm - let's just not forget the sense of proportion. Money doesn't grow on trees, though Sunak is working overtime on that one If the French can...
by TheLoneRanger
20 Jan 2021, 19:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 2022
Views: 592397
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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Challenger upgrade takes major steps. KRH troops find it tiring to mount such a monster :- https://www.army.mod.uk/news-and-events/news/2021/01/atdu-tank-steps/ We eitherupgrad the Challenger tanks, or we go for an American option where the economies of scale mean that there will be longer term sup...
by TheLoneRanger
18 Jan 2021, 19:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

One of the key benefits of the Tempest programme, is the value add of new engine technology we will develop which will help keep Rolls Royce as one of the premier engine makers in the world. There is a lot of direct and also indirect benefit in the programme, that goes beyond the actual platform its...
by TheLoneRanger
17 Jan 2021, 10:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727383
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

As for Gripen and a possible replacement, the Viggen and Gripen almost broke the bank with their programme costs though the latter has done better due to exports. To replace the Gripen I do not think Sweden can afford a solely national project this time around. Quite likely true, and then who to co...
by TheLoneRanger
15 Jan 2021, 18:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 2022
Views: 592397
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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

The point is weather it is eurofighter or frigates or tanks work share is now a thing in most projects and is doable Yes, work share is common and how modern systems now are built. The point of most of the people on this forum is that both France and Germany are untrustworthy countries who look to ...
by TheLoneRanger
13 Jan 2021, 21:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 2022
Views: 592397
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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... -eurotank/

All that history going to waste if we get into bed with the Eu-tards and their pet project...