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by Spitfire9
24 May 2024, 20:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

"Alamri said the decision on the near-term purchase is likely to be closely linked to the longer-term platform decision." Bring us into Tempest and we'll give you that Batch 4 Typhoon order. If Tempest is at risk of being underfunded, at risk of needing to request substantial additional f...
by Spitfire9
24 May 2024, 12:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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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 Spitfire9
23 May 2024, 11:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Saudi Arabia still interested in Typhoon and/or upgrades?

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/ ... re-fighter
by Spitfire9
21 May 2024, 19:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

So what happens to the new technologies being developed when it comes to assessing what to incorporate in Tempest if it goes ahead? Are some abandoned as being unaffordable? Are some shelved, to be developed when funds allow? Are some downgraded to make then affordable? What one wants to avoid is sp...
by Spitfire9
11 May 2024, 13:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Iam not au fait with any demonstrator schedule. Is a demonstrator likely to be revealed publicly in the next year or so? I'm sure the GCAP partners have a nervous eye on the UK's imminent General election, Labour are resisting any increase in defence spending, their " when conditions allow&quo...
by Spitfire9
11 May 2024, 08:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Iam not au fait with any demonstrator schedule. Is a demonstrator likely to be revealed publicly in the next year or so?
by Spitfire9
10 May 2024, 17:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Only caveat is the Dassault backlog of India need a gap filler quickly I'm mostly joking when I say this, but surely better to close the production line than get caught up in the interminable nightmare that seems to be the Indian defence procurement process. How fast to deliver Typhoon to India if ...
by Spitfire9
07 May 2024, 12:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

According to what I see on a Turkish forum, the word on the streets in Istanbul is that there is still interest in Eurofighter. Is anything happening on that front? Perhaps it is too late to avoid production being interrupted at Warton (=increased cost) even if an order is placed.
by Spitfire9
25 Feb 2024, 05:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

WORLD DEFENSE SHOW 2024 — While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is “very keen” on joining the UK-Italy-Japan Global Combat Air Program (GCAP), localization remains a priority for any deal to be sealed, a key Saudi industrial official tells Breaking Defense. “I think [joining] the program [GCAP] is impo...
by Spitfire9
14 Feb 2024, 14:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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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?
by Spitfire9
03 Feb 2024, 10:35
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I read elsewhere that 12 of the Qatari order for 24 were delivered October 2022 - October 2023. Presumably work on frame 24 has already started. If a KSA order were given this year, when could the first aircraft be delivered after a break in assembly? On the Turkish front, while US senator oppositio...
by Spitfire9
30 Jan 2024, 12:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

An update on setting up the organisational structure of the GCAP entity

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/gc ... 82.article
by Spitfire9
17 Jan 2024, 19:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Did Egypt jusrt express an interest in Typhoon or are there signs it wants to buy some? I do not think that Poland would choose Typhoon over KF-21 if it is happy dealing with ROK/KAI. Last thing I heard was that Poland would like to buy out Indonesia's stake in the programme. Turkey? After putting t...
by Spitfire9
16 Jan 2024, 13:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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I am not optimistic about KSA placing a follow on order unless price is no barrier. Same thing for another RAF order. Why pay for 4G Typhoon when 5G F-35 is cheaper, especially if F-35A. The peace dividend may be a thing of the past for the UK but that does not mean it is OK to spend extra funding f...
by Spitfire9
15 Jan 2024, 21:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

How many more Typhoons are still to be delivered from the UK assembly line? Will there be a break if a KSA order is placed late this year?
by Spitfire9
13 Jan 2024, 12:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Not this government though, hasn't they just said that they want to reduce tax and reduce cash to departments,so can't see a further order of typhoons for RAF tbh https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/france-orders-additional-rafale-combat-aircraft So a Rafale F4 costs 5,000 million euros ...
by Spitfire9
12 Jan 2024, 00:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

BBC is reporting strikes against Yemen. I think that both UK carriers are in the UK, so any UK air strikes would be using Typhoon. Would that be from Cyprus or would UK Typhoons be based somewhere in the Gulf? Perhaps UK is only using ships/submarines - the news so far is not clear.
by Spitfire9
09 Jan 2024, 10:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

It will be interesting to see the size of the order. A quick google shows the Saudis currently operating 80 F15C/Ds with an average age of 37 years. It could be substantial, especially given the threat situation. The earliest Tempest could enter service with KSA air force would be near 2040 (my gue...
by Spitfire9
07 Jan 2024, 23:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Germany allows the sale of Typhoons to KSA. FINALLY https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/asien/deutschland-eurofighter-saudi-arabien-100.html Let's hope it's not too late and the French haven't got their foot in the door. Good for KSA to have Dassault in the frame. If an airline has a fleet of A320's ...
by Spitfire9
07 Jan 2024, 16:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2853
Views: 798773
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Will the RAF be basing more Typhoons in The Falklands if Argentina opts for F-16? Also offered are the Indian Tejas (a non-starter, I think, as all UK parts would need to replaced) and the Chinese/Pakistani JF-17 (also with the problem of an MB ejection seat which would need to be swapped for a Chin...
by Spitfire9
03 Jan 2024, 18:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/japan-to-develop-ai-with-us-for-loyal-wingman-uavs I would have thought that loyal wingman integration would be arranged through GCAP. Cost stupidity would be for the UK and Italy to then pay all over again to do it themselves. I would vote ag...
by Spitfire9
03 Jan 2024, 14:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/japan-to-develop-ai-with-us-for-loyal-wingman-uavs I would have thought that loyal wingman integration would be arranged through GCAP. Cost stupidity would be for the UK and Italy to then pay all over again to do it themselves. I would vote aga...
by Spitfire9
30 Dec 2023, 22:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

MQ28 Ghost Bat? Not that I'd support that, we really need to have sovereign capability, but you could see the political attraction, and the Boeing lobby. I imagine the GCAP programme will be stretched financially to develop the fighter. I don't see the point of compromising the fighter by diverting...
by Spitfire9
30 Dec 2023, 19:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4120
Views: 1020649
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Sweden has some old Hercs. Brazil has some old AMX. Would it be surprising if Sweden ordered some C-390 and Brazil ordered more Gripen E?

Australia will have some old F/A-18 to replace around 2035. What does Australia make that the GCAP partners could possibly need around 2035?