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by topman
18 Jun 2022, 12:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)
Replies: 104
Views: 45151
Tokelau

Re: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)

Is that the 7th crash? I've lost count.
by topman
02 Jun 2022, 20:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 398
Views: 131772
Tokelau

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Boeing is in a mess it needs government contracts to keep cash flow going as it’s currently selling 737s at a 20% loss to cost. And impairment charges for 787 and 777x delivery suspension and delays are going thru the roof. It was a contract only ever going that direction. That said, I don't imagin...
by topman
21 May 2022, 06:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 398
Views: 131772
Tokelau

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

I bet you could increase manpower in the E-7 fleet, and any chance of manning additional a/c, by moving it to waddo...
by topman
12 May 2022, 15:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: British Forces Personal Issue Kit Thread
Replies: 102
Views: 60418
Tokelau

Re: British Forces Personal Issue Kit Thread

I think they've been sending them out there for a few years.
by topman
30 Apr 2022, 18:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5726
Views: 1570160
Tokelau

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

I don't think it matters too much if most of the stuff here regarding deployments and operations are fantasy. It's harmless enough, i don't think anyone takes themselves seriously that the things here are realistic. Its nothing than harmless fantasy chit chat.
by topman
30 Apr 2022, 06:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5726
Views: 1570160
Tokelau

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

You anoraks get so het up about Sqn numbers or numbers of airframes per Sqn.... The real metric is how many spares have been bought. That drives everything! With only 3 operational squadrons, that means two could be allocated to the designated Strike Carrier, and then one squadron could be allocate...
by topman
17 Apr 2022, 10:28
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MEL Group
Replies: 1
Views: 200
Tokelau

Re: MEL Group

Having dealt with them in the past, they do what they say. They are a pretty good company to deal with.

They have quite a few MoD contracts already, hopefully they'll keep going for some time to come.

I believe they also export quite a bit as well.
by topman
24 Mar 2022, 20:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 400
Views: 167908
Tokelau

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

I don't think the US are likely to ignore their own coasts.

We've got far better things to worry about. And more important things to spend our money on.
by topman
23 Mar 2022, 21:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 400
Views: 167908
Tokelau

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

What would we patrol for that close to the US? Its their back yard, they don't need any help and we've got bigger problems.
by topman
19 Mar 2022, 09:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)
Replies: 104
Views: 45151
Tokelau

Re: Thales Watchkeeper WK450 (British Army)

The army could use them in the kamikaze role, they've plenty of experience of watchkeeper piling in.
by topman
19 Feb 2022, 17:03
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Franco-German-Spanish FCAS/SCAF Programme News and Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 1704
Tokelau

Re: Franco-German-Spanish FCAS/SCAF Programme News and Discussion

Yes Eurofighter will cover them for some time a limited buy of say 25 F-35b to cover off the Harrier for the navy seems a good option to me this would be a bit like the UK typhoon and F-35b until the next gen fighter comes along They have a dozen harriers, its nearly pointless considering the expen...
by topman
18 Feb 2022, 20:00
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Franco-German-Spanish FCAS/SCAF Programme News and Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 1704
Tokelau

Re: Franco-German-Spanish FCAS/SCAF Programme News and Discussion

Yes Eurofighter will cover them for some time a limited buy of say 25 F-35b to cover off the Harrier for the navy seems a good option to me this would be a bit like the UK typhoon and F-35b until the next gen fighter comes along They have a dozen harriers, its nearly pointless considering the expen...
by topman
08 Feb 2022, 08:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 408
Views: 168207
Tokelau

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

I read a report stating cancelling 2 wedge tails cost the mod £18m in fines to boeing. I assume that's the loss of discount through EOS that ordering all 5 would have brought, rather than plans incompetence if the individual price would have been the same if we ordered 3 in the first place with an ...
by topman
24 Jan 2022, 20:01
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 622
Views: 17384
Tokelau

Re: The war in Ukraine

The public given reason was the uk didn't ask permission to fly through german airspace, so nothing was denied.
by topman
09 Jan 2022, 08:06
Forum: UK Defence Forum
Topic: Technical Support - Post here if you're having technical issues with the forum
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Tokelau

Re: Technical Support - Post here if you're having technical issues with the forum

Site moderation My partner works within the NHS, and runs an Audiology department here in Wales, specifically Powys. She's currently doing her masters, her subject is Tinnitus, specifically Serving Military personnel and Veterans. My question to the site admin is, would it be possible to post her s...
by topman
08 Jan 2022, 07:16
Forum: UK Defence Forum
Topic: Technical Support - Post here if you're having technical issues with the forum
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Tokelau

Re: Technical Support - Post here if you're having technical issues with the forum

There seems to be a new problem with non-UKDF members now having full access to all sections and all threads, where previously only the main equipment threads were accessible. This wasn't intentional so I've fixed it. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Also fixed issues with the forum not kee...
by topman
22 Dec 2021, 14:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766101
Tokelau

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

If it was upto him it might have a bit more weight.
by topman
20 Dec 2021, 07:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: BAE Hawk (RAF & RN)
Replies: 133
Views: 58635
Tokelau

Re: BAE Hawk (RAF & RN)

I believe its all being contracted out to a private company some time next year
by topman
11 Dec 2021, 21:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14056
Views: 4058756
Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think there's a flag type exercise in alaska every year, not done it but i think it's still on. Harriers used to go donkeys years ago.
by topman
11 Dec 2021, 19:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5726
Views: 1570160
Tokelau

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

I think i understand what you mean, but i think you're looking through the wrong end of telescope.

Anyway moot point, it's joint service and that's not changing.
by topman
11 Dec 2021, 19:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5726
Views: 1570160
Tokelau

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

wargame_insomniac wrote: 11 Dec 2021, 16:37 How many squadrons would be required if the F35B was to be deployed only for RN?
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I'm not quite sure that question makes sense? Please explain.
by topman
11 Dec 2021, 14:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 992
Views: 34900
Tokelau

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Anyone seen what the rental element of the future housing model? I've seen for homeowners it's £125, but for the rental info seems harder to come by. Just says things like band c or similar, anyone know why any figures for the pilot sites? Go to Witterings sharepoint site, load of stuff about it th...
by topman
11 Dec 2021, 10:58
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 992
Views: 34900
Tokelau

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Anyone seen what the rental element of the future housing model? I've seen for homeowners it's £125, but for the rental info seems harder to come by. Just says things like band c or similar, anyone know why any figures for the pilot sites?
by topman
04 Dec 2021, 09:52
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1788
Views: 54875
Tokelau

Re: Australian Defence Force

A400m reliable is improving considerably and will improve further. What makes you say that? Aircraft have over the past year and a half started cycling thru the agreed upgrade cycles that should clear ECS and engine issues that have plagued most of the earlier delivered a/c and as they return avail...