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by Timmymagic
20 Apr 2024, 10:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 698
Views: 196198
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Martlet refers to the Wildcat/LMM capability according the Navy...i.e. the system as a whole. A Wildcat armed with LMM becomes Martlet...obviously the names hark back to the Grumman F4F fighter names in RN service in WW2... First time I've seen that claim anywhere. The manufacturer seems to think t...
by Timmymagic
19 Apr 2024, 15:23
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 698
Views: 196198
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

Martlet is a Navy name for a Navy air to ground missile in Navy service. LMM is the name the Army uses for its surface to air missile. Please keep up. It's the same missile. If you're going to be that petty you should also have picked up that Starstreak is not the name that the Army uses either. Ju...
by Timmymagic
18 Apr 2024, 16:06
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6097
Views: 1755995
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

So by late September this year we could be in the rather odd position of having 1160 odd F-35 built in total....but c170 being parked up and undelivered. 15% of the total built...And all 990 delivered to date are in need of that same TR-3 upgrade so that they can start down the upgrade path to Block...
by Timmymagic
17 Apr 2024, 17:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6097
Views: 1755995
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Hopefully this is relevant to Timmy's last comment. From Aviation Week. PS Bronk is a prize twit, totally in the pocket of US manufacturers. Drummond is ex-infantry. It's quite incredible really. The JPO needs to deliver a real shock to LM, otherwise they are not going to change. We're in 2024 and ...
by Timmymagic
17 Apr 2024, 16:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6097
Views: 1755995
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Anyone thinking, as Justin Bronk or Nicholas Drummond seem to, that we should abandon GCAP and go all in on F-35 needs their head examining....and their bank account for any funds from LM.... I'm normally quite supportive of F-35 (but not at the expense of Typhoon or GCAP), but christ its hard.... Y...
by Timmymagic
17 Apr 2024, 12:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2828
Views: 772124
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Airbus are selling quite a significant number of airliners to India at present with considerable high level contact. It can all be part of the same conversation Not Government to Government sales of airliners though.... I'm not sure if the sales teams from Airbus' civilian side would want Airbus Mi...
by Timmymagic
17 Apr 2024, 10:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2828
Views: 772124
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

If it's Airbus (ie Germany) leading, it's a lost cause. Hopefully these mistakes are never to be repeated Unfortunately the Typhoon agreement included dedicated sales areas for each of the consortium members. UK naturally got Saudi and Oman and most of the Gulf hence the sales to RSAF, Oman and Qat...
by Timmymagic
11 Apr 2024, 12:11
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 311
Views: 28600
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Re: MBDA (UK)

Looks like an order from the Spanish Air Force for Spear is on the way...

by Timmymagic
05 Apr 2024, 11:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6097
Views: 1755995
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

I know it will reduced numbers for a while but would it be beneficial to send our F-35's to the states (soon or within the next few years) to get them upgrade to the TR3, this way all aircraft will be block 4 capable when it arrives. Like people have said even when block 4 arrives in 2028, all our ...
by Timmymagic
04 Apr 2024, 10:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6097
Views: 1755995
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

I would imagine that upgrades to the Tranche 1 airframes to bring them up to the latest spec will take a long while, so three squadrons max plus ocu. As I mentioned in an earlier post we won't see all 71 a/c at Block IV Lot 19 standard until 2031/32 at the earliest. But....if we're sensible we'll f...
by Timmymagic
04 Apr 2024, 10:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6097
Views: 1755995
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

mrclark303 wrote: 04 Apr 2024, 02:59 I believe 8 is the stated number for the OCU, it's a mix of synthetic and flight training.
As the fleet is growing I expect the demands on the OCU will be greater, so more a/c needed, what they end up with, say in 2030 is another matter.
by Timmymagic
03 Apr 2024, 11:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6097
Views: 1755995
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

sol wrote: 02 Apr 2024, 15:12
Timmymagic wrote: 02 Apr 2024, 11:47 Obviously then there are 7 delivered in 2025, probably split into 2 deliveries.
Last 7 are all from the same lot, Lot 17.
They are, but its likely some will be ready for transfer earlier in the year and given the need for a/c for 809 NAS they'll probably be trailed over earlier in the year.
by Timmymagic
02 Apr 2024, 11:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6097
Views: 1755995
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Update on delivery schedule plus serials... https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1772213965914812589?s=20 Just to note UK based F-35 fleet is 30 aircraft, not 31 as per the tweet, as 1 aircraft has been added to the Test Fleet at Edwards AFB (ZM165/BK-31). Not sure how long that would be for, it ...
by Timmymagic
23 Feb 2024, 15:00
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Taiwan
Replies: 23
Views: 2027
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Re: Taiwan

by Timmymagic
22 Feb 2024, 17:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 223
Views: 80366
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

TMF was a massive missed opportunity. It would have enabled us to really standardise across the Armed Forces. Now we've got the Navy going in all directions with 127, 114, 57mm, 40mm, 30mm....and the Army with 155, 105 and perhaps 127, plus 40CT, 30mm and whatever daft calibre they use for AA in th...
by Timmymagic
22 Feb 2024, 09:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 223
Views: 80366
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

A bit of reversal of fortune as back in the day it was the thing to replace the RN 4.5 with the 155mm from AS90 as that was where all the exciting developments were meant to happen. TMF was a massive missed opportunity. It would have enabled us to really standardise across the Armed Forces. Now we'...
by Timmymagic
22 Feb 2024, 09:42
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 223
Views: 80366
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

And that's been successful? Sending unreliable, ill-equipped hardware into battle? Perhaps when you want to measure your survivability in hours then it's an irrelevance if you manage 48 hours between maintenance. Why would we want to aim for that? The Maxims were actually Ukrainian...and incredibly...
by Timmymagic
21 Feb 2024, 18:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 223
Views: 80366
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Russia has neither taken AFV out of fields or taken 10,000 maxims out of a forgotten warehouse. In the very early days following the retreats from Kyiv, Sumy and Chernihiv they were pulling tanks from open storage with little to no refurbishment. 2 years in they tend to go to a tank repair facility...
by Timmymagic
21 Feb 2024, 13:36
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 223
Views: 80366
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Re: 105mm L118 Light gun

Well, hopefully someone will remember the scramble for any useable weapons for Ukraine & decides to put the replaced L118s into storage, rather than scrap them. You never know when they might be needed again The issue there would be the ammo stocks...which is simulteneously L118's big advantage...
by Timmymagic
21 Feb 2024, 12:00
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: BAE Systems plc
Replies: 191
Views: 16366
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Re: BAE Systems plc

BAE doing very well...record profits of £2.7bn and order book ever increasing...

https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... s-ftse-100
by Timmymagic
20 Feb 2024, 23:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: 105mm L118 Light gun
Replies: 223
Views: 80366
United Kingdom

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: 2809
Views: 738213
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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: 6097
Views: 1755995
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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: 698
Views: 196198
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: 6097
Views: 1755995
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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...