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by Timmymagic
20 Feb 2024, 23:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 185
Views: 76941
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Seems an odd calibre to choose why not 120mm like the guns fitted to most NATO tanks? Why use a 'Navy' size? The rational is greater range and payload, but also that as the main naval gun of the US and Allies that there will be lots of ammo developments, especially in terms of guided rounds. But......
by Timmymagic
18 Feb 2024, 10:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2785
Views: 709969
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

The German shill still at it I see. What is your suggestion M- Shorad for Boxer infantry Battalions? Don't mean that in a critical way, simple curiosity? If an UK Infantry Battalion is being depleyed, potentially by air to Poland or Estonia to rapidly deploy as deterrance, makes sense to me to incl...
by Timmymagic
08 Feb 2024, 13:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6019
Views: 1717534
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Firstly there is no reason they need to be in a HAS. The US doesn't put them in a HAS and whilst there is arguably some protection offered the UK CONOPS for F35 isn't based around HASs like it used to be. Secondly there is no modern muntions storage left at cottesmore, it was never maintained once ...
by Timmymagic
08 Feb 2024, 13:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 684
Views: 189343
United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

First good look at the Supacat/Asraam combination in Ukraine...

by Timmymagic
08 Feb 2024, 10:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6019
Views: 1717534
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

We'd need at least one other base and hundreds of people for this fleet alone to hit 138. Just out of sheer curiosity, if there were to be enough 'extra' F35's to justify it, which previous but currently non-active airfield is still close enough to being operational to be worth reactivating? Any of...
by Timmymagic
05 Feb 2024, 18:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 3993
Views: 941963
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Hawk sized, 1,500nm combat radius, modular with sensor and weapon paloads carried internally in 2 bays. 1/10h the cost of a manned aircraft...very stealthy....allegedly demonstrator flying in 2 years... https://twitter.com/FlightGlobal/status/1754565698309742739?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eser...
by Timmymagic
02 Feb 2024, 22:02
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: BAE buys Malloy Aeronautics
Replies: 7
Views: 573
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Re: BAE buys Malloy Aeronautics

SD67 wrote: 01 Feb 2024, 19:46 This could be interesting -

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/20 ... er-of-sky/

Delivery platform for Stingray?
Yes or the Future Lightweight Torpedo, which will either be an entirely new design or Stingray Mod2.
by Timmymagic
31 Jan 2024, 12:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 185
Views: 76941
United Kingdom

Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Australia has over 100 L119 in storage....are we just providing training facilties and this is in fact Australian (or someone elses) L119? Hi Timmy. Australia sold its HAMELs back to BAe Systems some years ago and, as the guns turning up in Ukraine have Australian cammo, I strongly suspect those ar...
by Timmymagic
31 Jan 2024, 12:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6019
Views: 1717534
United Kingdom

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

F-35 value to UK ‘significantly higher' than before says Lockheed Martin https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/f-35-value-to-uk-significantly-higher-than-before-lockheed-martin I'd love to see their workings....bet they don't provide them to anyone....if MoD try and make the claim again th...
by Timmymagic
30 Jan 2024, 23:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 345
Views: 63504
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

I think Abrams X was displayed with a fully hemispherical APS. Not really, it is presented with Trophy APS. Technically, T-14 Armata has vertical launching APS, together with horizontal one, but not sure if it is working (as there is no any public presentation of it) and, if it is, how effective it...
by Timmymagic
30 Jan 2024, 15:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 684
Views: 189343
United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

I'm still confused about this... Looks like Thales RapidRanger on URO Vamtac will be the Stormer replacement... RapidRanger on Vamtac is alread in service in Malaysia and Indonesia so might be ease of fielding...but does seem to ignore a Gun/Missile/EW solution like the Moog RiWP, which seems daft. ...
by Timmymagic
29 Jan 2024, 22:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 684
Views: 189343
United Kingdom

Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Looks like we know where the 150 Towed AA guns come from now... Hi Timmy. Do we have any better photos of this system in use in Ukraine? I'm afraid not. Turns out it 'might' not be the system supplied. There was a muzzle brake missing on the pic, which means it might be a Yugo built one. Still the ...
by Timmymagic
26 Jan 2024, 08:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6019
Views: 1717534
United Kingdom

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

It's approaching that time of year when another delivery happens... Should be another flying shortly (BK-35/ZM169). Probably delivered together in late October/early November based on previous delivery cycles. The only question is if BK-31 which has been at Edwards AFB also comes over at the same t...
by Timmymagic
26 Jan 2024, 08:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)
Replies: 78
Views: 25988
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Re: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)

This is strictly from the companies point of view. If there is enough money anything can be done, but I wonder if MBDA has the floor space and the staff to start Storm Shadow production up again in conjunction with other orders? MBDA may be hesitant take people off CAAM and brimstone right now as t...
by Timmymagic
25 Jan 2024, 13:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)
Replies: 78
Views: 25988
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Re: MBDA Storm Shadow Missile (RAF)

I don't follow missiles. Thinking of supplies to Ukraine, has Storm Shadow/Scalp production finished? France still has a production line for SCALP-EG in operation at the MBDA facilities in Bourges, its been used for export orders with Rafale. Not massive numbers, but according to Francis Tusa they'...
by Timmymagic
23 Jan 2024, 21:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)
Replies: 175
Views: 81606
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Re: MBDA Brimstone Missile (RAF)

Jdam wrote: 23 Jan 2024, 14:50 Is Brimstone an ongoing production line?
Yes the 3B only recently finished testing so should replace the 3A in production.
by Timmymagic
22 Jan 2024, 07:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Sig / Accuracy International
Replies: 2
Views: 429
United Kingdom

Re: Sig / Accuracy International

I'm not sure where to put this - but it sounds interesting https://soldiersystems.net/2024/01/20/sig-sauer-expands-operations-in-united-kingdom/ “SIG will benefit from AI’s extensive UK market expertise and manufacturing and logistical infrastructure to assist in the transition toward a fully indep...
by Timmymagic
20 Jan 2024, 19:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles
Replies: 83
Views: 11311
United Kingdom

Re: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles

VL and canister launch have been mentioned previously.
by Timmymagic
19 Jan 2024, 08:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 97
Views: 11475
United Kingdom

Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

Apparently a decision has been made. I bet archer I hope so, but only if it involves more UK content, particularly the gun and barrel. I was originally a fan of the RCH155....but everytime I see one fire I wonder about the effect on the suspension, plus its a whole lot easier to support a MAN HX ba...
by Timmymagic
18 Jan 2024, 10:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2803
Views: 760017
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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 ...
by Timmymagic
17 Jan 2024, 18:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2803
Views: 760017
United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Sounds to me that worst case scenario Warton is going to become a support, subassembly, and upgrade business between now and the early 2030s. There's 63 fuselages to provide Spain / Quadriga plus 40 ECR2 upgrades (and more for KSA?). Also bear in mind Tempest is a revenue generating project. Warton...
by Timmymagic
17 Jan 2024, 12:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 608
Views: 210848
United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

DE & S confirm that 38 AH-64E have been delivered. Remaining 12 are to be delivered by end of 2024 for the planned total of 50.

by Timmymagic
16 Jan 2024, 18:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2803
Views: 760017
United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

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 ...