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by Timmymagic
18 Nov 2019, 13:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10687
Views: 929485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

and also achieved a higher top speed than her sister during the trials Given that there will be won't be a massive difference between the 2. Is the opinion that this will either be due to a little more confidence in the propulsion now given the trials on both ships, better conditions for a full pow...
by Timmymagic
18 Nov 2019, 12:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10687
Views: 929485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Purdah applies to public bodies. It has absolutely no impact on the media, including the BBC. Lots of people confused around purdah and the Type 31 contract signing as well. Purdah doesn't mean government ceases, it just means announcements and politically contentious decisions are put in abeyance....
by Timmymagic
18 Nov 2019, 09:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 188
Views: 13586
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

I remember reading a post (over on ARRSE, I believe) by someone who had operated the laser systems during the Falklands. All the evidence suggests that Outfit DEC never made it down to the Falklands in time, and was never used there. It may have gone South on a couple of ships relieving the task fo...
by Timmymagic
17 Nov 2019, 22:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 188
Views: 13586
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

What you have posted exactly describes the banning of "dazzlers". The British equipment was designed & used to damage the pilots vision. They are no longer fitted on any RN ship. The dazzlers used by the RN were, and are, perfectly legal. They weren't designed to blind the pilots or d...
by Timmymagic
15 Nov 2019, 13:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10687
Views: 929485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:Once PWLS is in and I'm back home with my nipper I shall raise a glass to Desterswo and all those who have followed this project over the years who cannot be here to see what has been achieved now.


Desertswo was a lovely guy, popped up on loads of forums, always with some decent info.
by Timmymagic
15 Nov 2019, 09:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10687
Views: 929485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:Someone has just posted that the NOTAM has been lifted for Saturday. I do not have access to that website, so cannot confirm.


Weather doesn't seem that bad, wind wise on saturday, certainly better on sunday though.
by Timmymagic
14 Nov 2019, 20:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10687
Views: 929485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Not into models myself (apart from the catwalk type), but just in case anyone is into it...

by Timmymagic
14 Nov 2019, 16:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147640
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I wonder if they could adapt the AMRAAM/Meteor stations to allow the fitting of slimline ECW pods, possibly by increasing the number of power and other connectors. Installing two such pods on the front two stations would produce less drag as a minor benefit and not take up existing pylons. Just a t...
by Timmymagic
13 Nov 2019, 22:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 147
Views: 22014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

A couple decades ago it was going to be balloons that flew over warships to provide ISTAR. Kites being trialled at the moment (TALONS), but the most recent trend seems to be tethered large quadcopters carrying sensors up. Anyhoo, I will go sit in the corner and write a thousand lines "I will n...
by Timmymagic
13 Nov 2019, 22:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147640
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Timmymagic wrote:No twin stick by the look of it.


Actually have seen another image and there was what appeared to be a sidestick and throttle (and a sidestick in the Typhoon is unusual in the first place).
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2019, 22:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 147
Views: 22014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Sorry to be such a skeptic but if there are all those reasons why the HAPS cannot be detected, why do navy ships go radio silent? I've never said the HAPS would go undetected, but directional datalinks are a thing and they're incredibly hard to intercept or detect, even if you can get between the 2...
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2019, 21:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147640
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Surely these would have to be new build AC as the ECR version is supposed to be a 2 seater. So plumbing in new wing fuel positions would be possible. Yes total new builds. They'll have a new rear cockpit for the EW operator as well. No twin stick by the look of it. The additional 2 wet pylons becom...
by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2019, 12:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147640
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Every now and then you get one right....looks like the need for the new wet pylons has been cleared up.

by Timmymagic
12 Nov 2019, 00:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10687
Views: 929485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

In the later stages of testing they can sometimes skip ahead - e.g. when they exploited the bad weather in the previous episode to demonstrate capability in a higher sea state than was planned for that stage of testing. I'm guessing , but I suspect the bad weather was a little early for an SRVL in ...
by Timmymagic
11 Nov 2019, 20:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 147
Views: 22014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Its getting crowded up there now...

by Timmymagic
11 Nov 2019, 19:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10687
Views: 929485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I take it from episode 3, SRVL is a tricky one. Or perhaps artistic licence from the director. Is it the case that SRVL can only be performed in calm seas/weather or were they playing it cautious? I think there was a little artistic licence to make it more dramatic (not that it wasn't). The initial...
by Timmymagic
11 Nov 2019, 19:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 147
Views: 22014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Err, is that the maths of having several of them, on the outer perimeter of 250 nm?
- I couldn't do it; only asking


Yep, on the assumption that an enemy could work out the circle that the HAPS were orbiting at 250 miles from the carrier the circle would cover 196,000 square miles.
by Timmymagic
11 Nov 2019, 17:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147640
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

That would depend on exactly what is required to integrate and clear either configuration. It maybe cheaper to integrate the tank option across all a/c variants, it may not be possible to do that with conformal tanks. It's definitely not possible to integrate the conformals across all Typhoon varia...
by Timmymagic
11 Nov 2019, 15:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 147
Views: 22014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

and the HAPS radar? without it, the HAPS has very little value right? The E/O set up is worth the price of admission alone, add in comms rebroadcast (inc data links) and ESM (including emitter location via triangulation from multiple platforms) and its a massive bonus. Would a radar emit? Yes. But ...
by Timmymagic
11 Nov 2019, 11:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 147
Views: 22014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Wouldn't they advertise the carriers location to anyone in radio range? All that EO video, radar, data links, being transmitted from 30,000 feet would be rather noticeable. Line of sight radio horizon from that height is over 250 miles. Directional antenna tracking on the ship and HAPS, chances of ...
by Timmymagic
10 Nov 2019, 09:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147640
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

It's an odd choice, but I wonder if its more Eurofighter looking to get the Germans to pay for some upgrades. I would have thought that plumbing for tanks and the redesign work involved would cost more than finishing off the conformal development work and open up far more sales/upgrade potential fro...
by Timmymagic
10 Nov 2019, 09:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 147
Views: 22014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

I was, thinking that a carrier group deploying with 1 or 2 HAPS equipped with an EO or radar package would be a good match. Never thought about assigning one to a frigate At the price it would be mad not to. Over 4-5 years they would literally pay for themselves with the flight hour cost on helos a...
by Timmymagic
09 Nov 2019, 18:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1798
Views: 147640
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

As said before it does seem like the UK could do with this capability & the industrial advantages wouldn't hurt either, or is this sort of tech going to be part of project Tempest ? Most of the major components on the proposed Typhoon ECR will come from Leonardo UK and MBDA UK. The radar, Spear...
by Timmymagic
09 Nov 2019, 18:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 147
Views: 22014
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

I always saw this and Airlander as great maritime overwatch platforms. Absolutely. They pay for themselves (almost). An RN Frigate/Destroyer could leave port on a deployment with a couple Zephyr/Phasa HAPS above. They'd stay there for the duration of a deployment, no need to scramble a helicopter t...

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