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by KiwiMuzz
12 Jan 2022, 23:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1234
Views: 400915
New Zealand

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

SW1 wrote: 12 Jan 2022, 14:18 I think your far far more likely to see more protector aircraft than more p8
Here's a crazy idea - RAF gets nine of the Mariner version, so each P8 can go out with a "Loyal Wingman"...?
by KiwiMuzz
05 Jan 2022, 23:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1845953
New Zealand

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

I agree that having the launchers available is a good thing. And yes there is an option to procure missiles as say a UOR, but modern weapons can not be produced rapidly. There needs to be an adequate war stock for troubled times. Pity that the money for such a situation is not there. Indeed. Defenc...
by KiwiMuzz
02 Jan 2022, 21:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: National Flagship for Britain
Replies: 97
Views: 7515
New Zealand

Re: National Flagship for Britain

Well if they are going to build one - can it be a " Q ship " :lolno: Or how about large medical facility's to help with disaster relief ....it need a better reason for spending the money imo One of the reasons for keeping HMY Britannia was that she could operate as a hospital ship in war....
by KiwiMuzz
01 Jan 2022, 22:19
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529006
New Zealand

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

downsizer wrote: 01 Jan 2022, 14:56
Because those involved in the project are busy delivering actual outputs rather than worrying about a meaningless designation that only fan bois on the net care about.
Methinks the fan boi doth protest too much.
by KiwiMuzz
31 Dec 2021, 21:57
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529006
New Zealand

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

None so far. Quite a few to choose from...FGR, FG or in FAA parlance FA. Been a trend recently e.g. C-17 or C-130J (even though its actually the C4 or C5). Then Reaper gets RG.1....someone needs to get a grip of it. I just hope it isn't the RAF and FAA failing to agree on what the designation shoul...
by KiwiMuzz
30 Dec 2021, 20:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529006
New Zealand

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

None so far. Quite a few to choose from...FGR, FG or in FAA parlance FA. Been a trend recently e.g. C-17 or C-130J (even though its actually the C4 or C5). Then Reaper gets RG.1....someone needs to get a grip of it. I just hope it isn't the RAF and FAA failing to agree on what the designation shoul...
by KiwiMuzz
29 Dec 2021, 21:19
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529006
New Zealand

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Apologies if I have missed this somewhere, has the F35 been given an official type designation in UK service - e.g. GR Mk 1 or similar? No mention even on the RAF website. Cheers.
by KiwiMuzz
25 Nov 2021, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13830
Views: 3957384
New Zealand

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Given that they have been a key element in the most important Royal Navy deployment since the Falklands War, VFMA-211 heading for home strikes me as quite a poignant moment. Safe journey Marines :thumbup:
by KiwiMuzz
19 Nov 2021, 21:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 216
Views: 199629
New Zealand

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

I saw a comment on Twitter that one reason Sentinel was binned was that it was a "corps-level asset for a brigade-level army". Ouch. It somewhat makes a sense. on the other hand, things like Sentinels give additional strength to "brigade(if even that)-level Army". Definitely, ev...
by KiwiMuzz
17 Nov 2021, 20:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 216
Views: 199629
New Zealand

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

I saw a comment on Twitter that one reason Sentinel was binned was that it was a "corps-level asset for a brigade-level army". Ouch.
by KiwiMuzz
10 Nov 2021, 20:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1845953
New Zealand

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

It’s no wonder HMG are pushing so hard at T31 export, with multiple UK built export T31’s the T32 budget line can be deferred almost indefinitely. If building additional T26’s isn’t an option then jettisoning the RN T31’s onto the export market to be replaced by T32’s constructed in the early 2030’...
by KiwiMuzz
07 Nov 2021, 21:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179417
New Zealand

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

On the interim SSGW I’m wondering what the Navy would put them on, other than T31. HMS Glasgow is my due to be commissioned until 2027 and is probably more a candidate for the FCASW. T45 - doesn’t the CAAM mushroom farm take away the space? The CAMM silos will go in the space previously set aside f...
by KiwiMuzz
05 Nov 2021, 23:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: British Aerospace 146
Replies: 20
Views: 4240
New Zealand

Re: British Aerospace 146

You also get an extra 100 points if the aircraft type proposed has been fitted /is compatible with DAS/DIRCM. I assume Sentinel had this fitted? Is there a Global Express simulator in the UK? Yes it did, and yes at Burgess Hill in London. Sentinel airframes we’re very heavily modified even MoD woul...
by KiwiMuzz
05 Nov 2021, 04:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: British Aerospace 146
Replies: 20
Views: 4240
New Zealand

Re: British Aerospace 146

Sounds like there looking for something in the medium range biz jet category something like a challenger 605. In the biz jet category that range isn’t really that long if you go into the acj220, global express or gulfstream 650 size you could nearly double that range. Probably a daft question, but ...
by KiwiMuzz
04 Nov 2021, 21:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3298
Views: 873014
New Zealand

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The idea of having them blend in would be all well and good if they were not massively advertised during design and build phase so anyone who wants will know exactly what they look like. This has always been my problem with the "we'll make it look innocent, so they won't know what it is" ...
by KiwiMuzz
03 Nov 2021, 22:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 157
Views: 27311
New Zealand

Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

Ron5 wrote:
KiwiMuzz wrote:
SKB wrote:"Exquisite Class" (C)2021 SKB :mrgreen:
Exquisite, Excelsior, Enterprise, Executor, Endeavour, Electra. :D
Exquisite, Gorgeous, Brilliant, Sparkly, Dandy, Awesome, Fabulous, Superb, Glorious, Dainty
Inspirational ;)
by KiwiMuzz
03 Nov 2021, 10:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1845953
New Zealand

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

I think the RN intends them to be a bit more fighty than the glorified OPV that some on here seem to suggest they'll be. The comments would also indicate they the RN will use them as such, too Not withstanding KiwiMuzz 's valid cynicism, assuming the funds are there and do not result in higher prio...
by KiwiMuzz
03 Nov 2021, 08:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1845953
New Zealand

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Remember that initial costs (and therefore build costs) have been “capped”, so such changes would have to occur “post build”. :thumbup: Oh, absolutely. What I believe will actually happen is that funds to up-gun T31 will be deferred to up-gun T32, jam tomorrow. Then funds to up-gun T32 will be defe...
by KiwiMuzz
03 Nov 2021, 07:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 157
Views: 27311
New Zealand

Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

SKB wrote:"Exquisite Class" (C)2021 SKB :mrgreen:
Exquisite, Excelsior, Enterprise, Executor, Endeavour, Electra. :D
by KiwiMuzz
03 Nov 2021, 06:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1845953
New Zealand

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

From Jensy's photo above, it looks as if 16 Mk41 and 24 CAMM (in the new 6-tube launchers) would be possible, while retaining the boat bays. That would be a pretty flexible layout. Just keep the 32x Mk41 as per the picture. Use eight for quad-CAMM, leaving twenty-four for land attack and still room...
by KiwiMuzz
25 Oct 2021, 00:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13830
Views: 3957384
New Zealand

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

dmereifield wrote:Forgive my ignorance, but how could the solution be to buy more F35B?
I think the inference is that F35 has such significant capabilities in terms of radar, electronic warfare, and data-linking/networking that they could feasibly remove the need for a separate ASaC platform.
by KiwiMuzz
23 Oct 2021, 23:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529006
New Zealand

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

We should not have had to start from Scratch ! We should still have had Sea Harrier FA2 (FAA) in service and operating from QEC until sufficient F35B could be embarked . Keeping the FA2 for longer still as a fallback until F35B numbers had sufficiently increased. Another example of strategic inepti...
by KiwiMuzz
23 Oct 2021, 22:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529006
New Zealand

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

If we need to use both carriers because the fan is truly coated, then we will undoubtedly trawl both the reserve and the aircraft of the OCU etc. This was done in the Falklands war to form an ad-hoc operational Sea Harrier squadron to increase numbers and cover loses. To look at the operational tem...
by KiwiMuzz
23 Oct 2021, 08:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5609
Views: 1529006
New Zealand

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Scimitar54 wrote:138 ? :mrgreen:
Well, they're getting "up to" 138 :P