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by TheLoneRanger
14 May 2022, 16:58
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Turkish Armed Forces
Replies: 215
Views: 6494
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Re: Turkish Armed Forces

It is politics - Turkey is of course within her rights to use this as leverage to further her own political military and economic interests and Turkey has expressed concern with the nordic countries harbouring people it considers as terrorrists. ie Turkey has its own logic which it has expressed and...
by TheLoneRanger
14 May 2022, 16:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 144
Views: 49701
United Kingdom

Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

The other part of the equation for Brimstone is how is the initial targetting done? I guessing UAV? If so - then that could suggest integration with TB2's or other UAV's.

What has the UK provided to Ukraine that could provide the initial targetting?
by TheLoneRanger
07 May 2022, 09:42
Forum: Deployments
Topic: Eastern Europe
Replies: 61
Views: 2061
United Kingdom

Re: Eastern Europe

More Northern Europe than Eastern but thought this was interesting commitment. Not sure how cast iron it would be without a formal Treaty being signed: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/britain-promises-to-defend-finland-and-sweden-if-invaded/ True - and there maybe a treaty that follows this announc...
by TheLoneRanger
29 Apr 2022, 19:47
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 531
Views: 15205
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

This will make tanks an even more dangerous place to be in than they already are: https://twitter.com/CalibreObscura/status/1519986450422546433?cxt=HHwWgoC-jfPniZgqAAAA Excellent - this proves the value of owning your own intellectual property and infrastructure for weapons systems so that you can ...
by TheLoneRanger
26 Apr 2022, 14:05
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4509
Views: 82828
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1600993/brexit-britain-latest-eu-trade-imports-exports-fall BREXIT BRITAIN'S post-exit trade agreement with the EU has seen a "major shock" in its first year with a fall of 25 percent in imports compared to elsewhere. It did find, however, that exports to ...
by TheLoneRanger
22 Apr 2022, 19:13
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 531
Views: 15205
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Could be bad reporting - and more like the British Army Tank force presence in Poland will be temporarily increased until the Poles get their Abrahams. To be honest - I am suprised we have enough tanks to do a parade show let alone actual military operations given how depleted the tank force has bec...
by TheLoneRanger
20 Apr 2022, 10:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2290
Views: 682039
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I dont understand how "other" countries can afford to operate the Trance 1 Typhoons but the RAF and UK MOD say we cannot and they should be scrapped.

It shows the serious f----- up decision making process in the RAF and UK MOD .. insanity.
by TheLoneRanger
20 Apr 2022, 10:32
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 531
Views: 15205
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Given Germanys behaviour - i think the UK needs to rethink its security relationship with Germany - in particular we need to think about stopping purchases from germany in the future Germany does not seem to want Ukraine to win based on her actions. Maybe we can cancel the Challenger 3 programme and...
by TheLoneRanger
17 Apr 2022, 09:51
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 531
Views: 15205
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

There are some reports flying around that this may also be a broken arrow type situation with 2 nuclear weapons on the ship have gone down with the ship.

If so - they will need to be recovered soon for both security and ecological reasons.
by TheLoneRanger
14 Apr 2022, 22:15
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 531
Views: 15205
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10720215/Russias-Black-Sea-flagship-Moskva-SUNK-Moscows-defence-agency-admits.html The ship has sunk and hundreds are thought to have died in the initial strike by anti-shipping missiles. Impressive hit by Ukraine to take this ship down and at over 12k tonnes...
by TheLoneRanger
14 Apr 2022, 09:40
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Swedish Armed Forces
Replies: 196
Views: 6408
United Kingdom

Re: Swedish Armed Forces

If Sweden applies, can countries like Hundary or even Turkey veto their admission. If so, wouldn't Russia respond with attacks? If either country applies, they need to be admitted in days after application, otherwise Russia can launch strikes and invalidate their applications as either/or both count...
by TheLoneRanger
13 Apr 2022, 10:08
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: AERALIS - Modular Jet Trainer
Replies: 68
Views: 2467
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Re: AERALIS - Modular Jet Trainer

Excellent progress - steady and sure footed. I am so looking forward to AERALIS being a success and the start of UK original weapon systems. We will be upping our defence spending and hoping that UK companies pickup most of that to build industrial capability in the UK. Market efficiency has to sit ...
by TheLoneRanger
13 Apr 2022, 09:59
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: JAPAN / 日本
Replies: 393
Views: 14364
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Re: JAPAN / 日本

I wonder if India's backsliding and fencesitting on Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in US placing less trust and emphasis on the Quad Alliance as a counter to China in the Indo-Pacific? India's positioning has been less than ideal - and it brings into question her utility against China qui...
by TheLoneRanger
13 Apr 2022, 09:48
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 531
Views: 15205
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

The rate at which we are using up munitions should be a warning to the West - I read elsewhere that it will take the USA around a year to replace the Javelin missiles used so far and five years to replace the MANPADS used so far. I suspect that it will take the UK even longer. At the current rate o...
by TheLoneRanger
02 Apr 2022, 11:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 369
Views: 129465
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Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

If the USAF adopt the E-7, the Airbus planned AEW&C platform is dead. NATO will not buy the latter as most nations besides France and possible Germany will see it as reinventing the wheel and more expensive and alternatives are already out there if people want to spend more and not buy the E-7....
by TheLoneRanger
02 Apr 2022, 10:47
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 531
Views: 15205
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Times Article.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uk-m ... -tztnmxqr2

( Boooo on paywalls !!! )
by TheLoneRanger
02 Apr 2022, 10:14
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 531
Views: 15205
United Kingdom

Re: The war in Ukraine

Wow -



The first video of the Starstream SAM taking down a Russian Helicopter. (not fully confirmed - assuming it is )
by TheLoneRanger
23 Mar 2022, 18:10
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 526
Views: 16316
United Kingdom

Re: German Armed Forces

Whereas Sweden is going to provide another new batch of 5000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine. GO SWEDEN !!!! https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-03-23/sweden-to-provide-ukraine-with-5-000-more-anti-tank-weapons-tt-news-agency ( i guess Sweden thinks that if the Russians get a serious bloody...
by TheLoneRanger
13 Mar 2022, 13:56
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Pakistan
Replies: 51
Views: 1811
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Re: Pakistan

Pakistan inducts the J10C into its inventory as of the 11th March 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJj0NHR0uUo&t=228s The PL15s and AESA radar of the J10C should allow it to go toe to toe with the Rafales in Air-to-Air mode allowing the PAF to keep its first shot advantage against the IAF. ...
by TheLoneRanger
12 Mar 2022, 20:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2669
Views: 759731
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Whatever France can do, it seems the UK can do also. What with joint engine development with Japan, it seems RR is back to making Engines for Turkey and their 5th Gen T-FX jet. https://www.dailysabah.com/business/defense/turkey-working-with-rolls-royce-on-5th-gen-combat-aircraft-engine Stating that...
by TheLoneRanger
06 Mar 2022, 18:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2669
Views: 759731
United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

the CEO of Dassault seems to think co-partnering is completely off the table - they just want other people's money. Given how large Airbus is - playing second fiddle in this way to French is not on the agenda for them. So things may come to pass and France may have to go it alone or try and keep it...