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by Timmymagic
23 Nov 2021, 15:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13729
Views: 3924593
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

HMS Queen Elizabeth and ITS Conte di Cavour together in the Med.



And more of the Italian Air Force and Italian Navy F-35B's on QE

by Timmymagic
23 Nov 2021, 09:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3237
Views: 864771
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

When we look back at 2009 it was as good as it was going to get i.e 1 x LPH , 2 x LPD's , 4 x LSD's , Argus and 6 Point class On top of this we had 2 x light carriers , 6 x destroyers , 17 frigates . There were also 2 Fort Class solid stores ships to carry large quantities of ammunition and other s...
by Timmymagic
22 Nov 2021, 22:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 726833
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

No sources listed, but from a respected commentator.

by Timmymagic
21 Nov 2021, 10:52
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5557
Views: 1516806
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

This earlier article states there were investigations of a dedicated landing spot for the f35b on the French carrier, there is more likely trials of an f35b would include aircraft from the U.S.N marines than the U.K as per the Cavour A dedicated spot would also be useful for CMV-22 as it also gener...
by Timmymagic
19 Nov 2021, 17:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13729
Views: 3924593
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Latest reports are that the pilot noticed a fault on the takeoff run, but there was not enough deck left to attempt to stop. Ejected straight after the aircraft had departed the ramp....almost landed back on the deck in their chute and ended up hanging by the parachute lines from the side of the shi...
by Timmymagic
17 Nov 2021, 18:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13729
Views: 3924593
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:Anyone know which F-35B tail number/registration is was, just for the records?
Won't be released for a while.
by Timmymagic
17 Nov 2021, 15:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13729
Views: 3924593
United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:Just waiting for the, waste of money, dangerous aircraft, single engined...should've kept the Sea Harrier
If they make the claim around dangerous and single engined and then mention Sea Harrier they need their head examining to see if anything is there...
by Timmymagic
17 Nov 2021, 15:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5557
Views: 1516806
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

The pilot being safe and sound is the big thing, thank god for that. Lets hope they're scrambling the salvage assets to recover the remains of the aircraft as soon as possible. Hopefully the loss of 1 aircraft does not sour the view on CSG21. Its to be expected occasionally in operations, particular...
by Timmymagic
16 Nov 2021, 17:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13729
Views: 3924593
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Brings to mind: where will Zephyr's value-add be - in satellite -like images (not far off from targeting; perhaps more 'on-line)? - or, in comms linking (satellite orbits & cost of bandwidht)? OR in all of these, while thinking of the weight limit on payloads? Dependent on the model chosen. Zep...
by Timmymagic
16 Nov 2021, 15:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1211
Views: 396685
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Timmymagic wrote:
Timmymagic wrote:Number 8 has arrived in the UK.
Which I guess means no.7 (ZP807) arrived recently...unannounced, which is weird.
Hang on...mystery explained...it arrived on October 20th.

by Timmymagic
16 Nov 2021, 15:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1211
Views: 396685
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Timmymagic wrote:Number 8 has arrived in the UK.
Which I guess means no.7 (ZP807) arrived recently...unannounced, which is weird.
by Timmymagic
16 Nov 2021, 09:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13729
Views: 3924593
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SW1 wrote:and also Airbus’ Australian anchor station in Adelaide.
Believe this is a specific Skynet ground station at Speedcasts ground station facility at Mawson Lakes, Adelaide.
by Timmymagic
08 Nov 2021, 17:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13729
Views: 3924593
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Looks like the F-35B are still there...

by Timmymagic
08 Nov 2021, 07:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 224
Views: 99077
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

Not clear to me which two of these 3 apply as for the locations: Cyprus? Vegas (as for those flying them)? The garage (one in two disassembled into crates)? Of course, what counts is where circuits can be maintained Don't believe we have any in Cyprus or Creech anymore. They're all run out of Waddi...
by Timmymagic
08 Nov 2021, 07:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 224
Views: 99077
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

Is there not enough life left in at least some of the Reapers to retain them and operate in addition to Protector? There probably will be. Its worth noting that we've retired 1 Reaper as out of flying hours, this was the first one delivered in 2007, retired in 2019. So 12 year service life. But.......
by Timmymagic
07 Nov 2021, 15:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 224
Views: 99077
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

Ron5 wrote:Seems odd. Why not buy one more of the new type?
Think they needed it now to maintain 2 orbits (hence the name of the project, SOLAR, Second Operating Location Alternate Reaper). You can get another MQ-9 off a hot production line, or wait for 5 years for another Protector to arrive.
by Timmymagic
06 Nov 2021, 19:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 224
Views: 99077
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

RAF have taken delivery of a new MQ-9 Reaper. This will bring the RAF Reaper fleet back up to 10, following the retirement of the earliest example in 2019 (which was delivered in 2007) This also raises questions about the Reapers fleet post Protector delivery...it might end up being retained in serv...
by Timmymagic
04 Nov 2021, 16:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5557
Views: 1516806
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

With the ongoing A model engine fracas I'd be fairly relaxed about delaying until it's certain that there isn't an enhanced power plant option for the B. However the RAF fast jet fleet is not exactly overflowing with aircraft post-IR. The only possibility of an enhanced engine for the B is the F-13...
by Timmymagic
04 Nov 2021, 08:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5557
Views: 1516806
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:The Spanish number seems like the Italian one.. ever shrinking. But keeping the balance (between the navy and the AF)
This is the first time I've seen a number for the Spanish...and its about 3 times larger than I ever expected...
by Timmymagic
03 Nov 2021, 21:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5557
Views: 1516806
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

- Decision on future numbers not to be made till 2025 (which suggests a gap in procurement unless LockMart is keeping some slots for us) Given the c2 year lead time that means no deliveries in 2026. However, it might be the fact that the current re-profiling to the UK's deliveries over the next cou...
by Timmymagic
03 Nov 2021, 21:13
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5557
Views: 1516806
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

LM are pushing the F-35 to 4 new countries in Europe at the moment. Obviously Finland with the HX Competition is one, the other 3 are the Czech Republic, apparently for 40 F-35A, Greece (no surprise) and Spain. The Spanish numbers quoted were an eye opener, remember this is LM's proposal, not a Span...
by Timmymagic
31 Oct 2021, 23:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 267983
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

The good news is that any experienced nuclear engineer will be able to name their terms for a relocation package to Australia. I wonder if they will be required to take out Australian nationality as a security control. Pretty certain that both the UK and US will make sure that the Australian's agre...
by Timmymagic
29 Oct 2021, 20:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2222
Views: 657529
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I would gift them to Greece in the interest of NATO co-operation & maybe a interest in the Tempest end product in the far future ....or more 2nd hand Tiffies when they get replaced - & the french reaction would be a bonus but i agree the french would put loads of pressure on the possible tr...