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by Timmymagic
07 Apr 2020, 11:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 170
Views: 38855
Location: United Kingdom

Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

I wonder if the new Protector will be used over the UK during counter terrorist operations. Their ability to stay on station far longer than a helicopter and be far higher would have advantages. Obviously I am not suggesting using the platforms in an armed configuration here though I am sure there ...
by Timmymagic
04 Apr 2020, 11:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 131
Views: 12470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

The AW169 and AW609 are both far, far too small to replace Puma or Merlin. AW's current Puma sized replacements are the AW139M and the AW149. To replace the Merlin in size and capability they need to develop a folding wing variant of the NextGenCTR. If we could hold on until the 2030-35 timeframe it...
by Timmymagic
04 Apr 2020, 10:39
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 131
Views: 12470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Leonardo have positioned aw149 as a modern replacement. The only issue with the AW149 is how few countries have bought it. But the AW-189 being developed as a civilian version should alleviate those concerns to a degree. But what needs to be done is industrial. Right now our national capability to ...
by Timmymagic
03 Apr 2020, 17:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 131
Views: 12470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Sigh, here we go again: do we want cheap or do we want a domestic production capability? Can't have both. Ron right now we're on the course to neither... Because what work does AW in Yeovil have on the horizon? Wildcat? A couple of examples for Bangladesh. Merlin/AW-101? HM.2 upgrades all done, Cro...
by Timmymagic
03 Apr 2020, 14:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1009
Views: 143557
Location: United Kingdom

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

RAF declares IOC on P-8 Poseidon. We're finally back in the MPA game...unfortunately looks like a/c 3 and 4 might be delayed by the Boeing shutdown.

by Timmymagic
03 Apr 2020, 13:56
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 131
Views: 12470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Even people from Yeovil will tell you wildcat is expensive for what it is. £30m per example in UK service. Now for a limited naval helicopter with na data link or dipping sonar thats bad enough. But for an incredibly limited 'Scout' (with no data link, no radar, rubbish weapons fit) its crazy. Apac...
by Timmymagic
03 Apr 2020, 12:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 131
Views: 12470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

But what about a replacement for Puma AW139M or AW149 AW149 would be the best choice as its built as a militay helo from the start. The 139M essentially replicates the Puma spec, but the 149 goes beyond. However, we should have sorted this an age ago. We made a cock-up going with Wildcat, both on a...
by Timmymagic
02 Apr 2020, 17:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 149
Views: 15150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Spike vs MMP in Oz


So essentially it won because Australia were using an Israeli battle management system and the Lance turret.
by Timmymagic
02 Apr 2020, 17:16
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 149
Views: 15150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Ron5 wrote: Cancel MRV(P) stage 2 as that's almost certainly going to be 100% offshore build.


The answer to MRV(P) could be Supacat...you just hope someone in the MoD is listening..
by Timmymagic
02 Apr 2020, 16:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 149
Views: 15150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: The future form of the Army

Ron5 wrote:Is the army not looking for a Javelin replacement? thought I saw a line for that in the budget. If so, Spike has to be the hot fave.


I'd have thought the MMP would be the clear pole sitter. It's made by MBDA, and they'll set up a UK line for it (like they did with Milan).
by Timmymagic
27 Mar 2020, 17:52
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 131
Views: 12470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

I believe the Americans navy even used them of supply ships (old RFA ness class they bought in the eighties). They're still used by the USNS under a commercial contract for VERTREP. Usually white painted Super Puma, no national markings on. Believe the Puma's were retired. Well the French use the p...
by Timmymagic
27 Mar 2020, 14:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1841
Views: 211330
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

- what deal? - are my musings about the Spanish and the Swiss being in a hot competition RE: who will be (operationally) flying the last Hornets now turning into humbug? They've been talking for a few months now on replacing a portion of their EF-18 fleet with new build Typhoon. The oldest examples...
by Timmymagic
27 Mar 2020, 11:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 228595
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Looks like the Japanese are going on their own... Not all bad news though, they may be looking to co-operate on lots of the systems inside, which is pretty much what Tempest is about. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-japan-defence-fighter-exclusive/exclusive-japan-favours-home-grown-design-for-next...
by Timmymagic
27 Mar 2020, 11:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1263667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

seaspear wrote:When you add addittional abilities to the U.A.V would you be thinking of a litening or sniper pod for innfra red tracking against stealthy targets


To all intents and purposes thats what any MQ-9 is carrying already.
by Timmymagic
27 Mar 2020, 10:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1841
Views: 211330
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

German newspaper Handelsblatt is claiming it is likely the GAF will order 90 Typhoon to replace their T1's. Also being reported that F/A-18E/F and EA-18G is being procured in limited numbers to replace Tornado ECR and Tornado's nuclear mission. Good news for the UK as the UK consortium members will ...
by Timmymagic
27 Mar 2020, 09:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1841
Views: 211330
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Sounds like what the french have been claiming for 5+ years, SPECTRA on Rafales They've been claiming every Rafale deficiency is covered by SPECTRA for 15 years...some of the Rafale fan boi's even claim it is superior to F-35's...cloud cuckoo land. The fact that Eurofighter have never made a big de...
by Timmymagic
26 Mar 2020, 13:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1263667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It’ll be interesting to see that’s for sure but does any UAV need a range of 3,000nm or a duration of 24hrs with out AAR? That is far greater than any manned fighter. When you've got high lift, are efficiently cruising at 180 mph at 40,000ft with no need to carry a pilot it's very possible. The Rea...
by Timmymagic
26 Mar 2020, 09:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1263667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

From what Iv seen being planned it’ll be a real struggle to get a UAV with that range and duration in a STOVL formate. The Turks are looking to put full size UAV's on their F-35B less Andadolu Class. Lets see how that goes... So how does the Protector detect oncoming threats ? Stick a radar on it. ...
by Timmymagic
25 Mar 2020, 20:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1263667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Jake1992 wrote:What do we consider long range ?

Would AAR apply or be needed ?


Protector can stay up for 24 hours+. Dependent on payload thats at least 3,000 mile range. No need for AAR.
by Timmymagic
25 Mar 2020, 17:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1263667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

That makes me think, could we one day see a STOVL long range picket style airbourne early warning subsonic autonomous aircraft with a couple of air to air missiles, (far from the carrier doing long endurance CAP/AEW ) then use the manned F35b when the picket craft have a contact? The Turks are look...
by Timmymagic
25 Mar 2020, 11:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1263667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Not sure if this has been posted before, first time I've seen it, RAS with HMS QE from the perspective of a Tide Class tanker:

by Timmymagic
19 Mar 2020, 14:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1263667
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ron5 wrote:A proposal for future games:


FLYCO will be a spectacular commentary position.

Teams brought up to the pitch on the elevators, and the ski jump as a Kop. This could work
by Timmymagic
18 Mar 2020, 19:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4474
Views: 475769
Location: United Kingdom

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

jonas wrote:Yes it is US dollars per unit :-

https://www.f35.com/about/cost


It's worth noting that that is for Lot 11 (and so is the PQ). Lot 12, 13 and 14 pricing has already been released:

F-35B
Lot 12 - $108m
Lot 13 - $104m
Lot 14 - $101m
by Timmymagic
07 Mar 2020, 17:56
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4474
Views: 475769
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ron5 wrote:Where? By the lads down at the Old Dirty Duck at closing time doesn't count.


https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defe ... eview-fal/

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