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by Timmymagic
17 Feb 2020, 13:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 151
Views: 28670
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

dmereifield wrote:UK should be buying some!


To be fair we've got 2-3 Zephyr built/on the way for the MoD. Probably more HAPS than anyone else.
by Timmymagic
17 Feb 2020, 10:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 151
Views: 28670
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Gone a bit quiet on Zephyr at the moment, probably as a result of the crash. But Phasa seems to be pushing ahead very quickly. Phasa 35 first flight over at Woomera. Airbus are a fair way ahead, but at the speed that BAE/Prismatic are going they might not keep that lead for long... https://twitter.c...
by Timmymagic
11 Feb 2020, 17:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412089
Location: United Kingdom

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

UK are the remaining prospects in order of probability (and the UK and Italy are distant ones) I should add, to put some focus on the UK aspect that I would be in favour of a very small JSM buy, but not LRASM. JSM would close a gap for AShM from the QE Class, but would also provide a longer ranged,...
by Timmymagic
11 Feb 2020, 15:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412089
Location: United Kingdom

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

- going forward, by ten years as and when the intl F-35 deliveries pick up: what else is there for serious (stealthy and multiple impact from differing angles) anti-ship missions? LRASM. Which appears to have gone ahead of the JSM in the Australian competition. Particularly with the recently announ...
by Timmymagic
11 Feb 2020, 14:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412089
Location: United Kingdom

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

Steep competition coming for the Meteor. Not really, by the time it arrives and is available for export it will be too late for most users. Meteor has got most of Europe nailed down as users already, add in Persian Gulf and Med countries, South Korea and Japan. Integration of Meteor to F-35 will in...
by Timmymagic
10 Feb 2020, 17:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1002
Views: 114495
Location: United Kingdom

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

Maybe FC/ASW is a project too far, as for a single missile to meets all of both nations requirements MBDA have already moved to a 2 missile design. One stealthy, long range, subsonic (which the UK appears to favour) and a supersonic, medium range missile. As long as the sub systems, sensors etc. ca...
by Timmymagic
10 Feb 2020, 17:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1718
Views: 180324
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Bear in mind, involvement doesn't mean buying the aircraft. Look at the UK with Gripen. I know (and Gripen was a rather different situation), but if they're not ponying up some serious cash or orders I can't see any of the partners having any interest in chucking any work to other countries except ...
by Timmymagic
09 Feb 2020, 12:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 178490
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

This is a little weird....looks like Egypt may be about to buy 24 Typhoon....Italy is the sales lead in this case.

by Timmymagic
09 Feb 2020, 12:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1718
Views: 180324
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Perhaps they are saying that other European countries will be hesitant to signing up for the Franco/German fighter right now if there is a credible competitor. Why not wait and make the decision later after seeing which is the better deal? That's the thing. There are no European countries left to g...
by Timmymagic
08 Feb 2020, 16:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1718
Views: 180324
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Nothing major, but some slight delays and issues with sorting out the arrangements. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/02/06/germany-france-plot-new-steps-for-trinational-fighter-jet-but-what-about-spain/ This paragraph at the end is a little confusing though.. "A section on risks p...
by Timmymagic
07 Feb 2020, 19:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1002
Views: 114495
Location: United Kingdom

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

Interesting but I wonder if it will have any baring on our "interim" anti ship missile purchase. It would be nice to buy a weapon we could use on a few different platforms but my fear is we will do the usual and only use it on a single platform. The contract notice appears to be out to 20...
by Timmymagic
07 Feb 2020, 13:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 25549
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

WE will probably end up with the latest version of one of the Israeli multifunction pods, with Targeting, Recce capability and also equipped with a SAR. Reccelite XR is that pod that you're thinking of. https://www.janes.com/article/89175/rafael-adds-sar-capability-to-litening-5-reccelite-xr-eo-pods
by Timmymagic
06 Feb 2020, 22:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 25549
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:... and the answer to this one is ...??


I suspect it will turn up on Protector, easy integration on that as DB110 was carried by US Reaper. Don't think the numbers we've got (think its 6 pods) would justify the work on Typhoon. I think we may get something like Reccelite for Typhoon eventually.
by Timmymagic
05 Feb 2020, 20:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 25549
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

SW1 wrote:Yeah there is so many options we could consider for pods that could be used by a number of aircraft types we have that could be of benefit.


It will be interesting to see if the DB110 sensors from RAPTOR ever see the light again..
by Timmymagic
05 Feb 2020, 11:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 25549
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

RC-135 is a fantastic capability, but you have to wonder if a ELINT Sentinel would have been a better buy in the long term. We could have had spare funds and crew to get an EW version like the Australians... And in other news... https://www.wsj.com/articles/bombardier-in-talks-to-sell-business-jet-u...
by Timmymagic
04 Feb 2020, 18:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412089
Location: United Kingdom

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

dmereifield wrote:Are we not susceptible to the same?


Totally. But cunningly we don't have extensive SAM system's to get seduced....hence no wastage of munitions.
by Timmymagic
04 Feb 2020, 14:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1002
Views: 114495
Location: United Kingdom

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

And in addition... https://twitter.com/Aviation_Intel/status/1224518141050359809 LRASM (not really a surprise), JDAM 500lb-2000lb (including LJDAM), Stormbreaker (SDBII), MALD (presumably the N variant), Quickstrike Mines. It's not limited to that list though, I'd be very surprised if JASSM and JASS...
by Timmymagic
04 Feb 2020, 13:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1002
Views: 114495
Location: United Kingdom

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





by Timmymagic
04 Feb 2020, 11:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412089
Location: United Kingdom

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

I wonder if the SPEAR 3 EW will have a decoy function, just enough visibility to make the other person believe an F-35 is inbound and switch on his (or hers) radars and bang the actual F-35 redirects the other SPEAR 3s in flight to take them out, whilst sitting more than 100km away opening a hole f...
by Timmymagic
03 Feb 2020, 19:06
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412089
Location: United Kingdom

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

And the way SPEAR 3 is shaping up, if the cost is right it could also be a good seller. The EW version especially is a novel approach that seems to be unique, allowing low visibility platforms to jam enemy radars without giving away their position to passive EW sensors. The Spear family is looking ...
by Timmymagic
03 Feb 2020, 18:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6338
Views: 507960
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

That's a small patch of water: a circle about 12 miles in radius for CAMM. 12 miles?? I don't think anyone seriously believes Sea Ceptor is only good for 12 miles...Janes have previously said it was good for 60km (37.5 miles). Personally, I think that's a maximum range against a simple target, but ...
by Timmymagic
02 Feb 2020, 10:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 1127715
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Back in Invergordon again for some fuel, and a run ashore...

by Timmymagic
30 Jan 2020, 09:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1002
Views: 114495
Location: United Kingdom

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

Digger22 wrote:This whole P8 purchase is a complete and utter waste of money, and if it's just me that doesn't want anymore of the bloody things, then I'm comfortable with that.


What were the other options? Anything else out there, with the exception of the Japanese P-1, were glorified Coast Guard aircraft.
by Timmymagic
28 Jan 2020, 21:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 1127715
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Got to say I think the flight deck guy who just grabs a tie down and hangs on might have the better approach...
by Timmymagic
28 Jan 2020, 18:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4444
Views: 412089
Location: United Kingdom

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

ASRAAM not becoming the standard NATO WVR missile is an interesting story. I don't think anyone will ever agree on the reasons. But the feeling within the UK was that the German's bailed for industrial reasons and the US bailed after getting AMRAAM in prime position. Ultimately I think we're lucky ...

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