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by Timmymagic
02 Aug 2021, 12:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13402
Views: 3770480
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ron5 wrote:Try that on your CATOBARs !!!


Its the 5 ship RAS we all want to see...
by Timmymagic
30 Jul 2021, 17:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

Part of me hopes that Brimstone will be integrated onto the Apache Guardian at a later date to give the platform more options. I believe Brimstone 3 has a more capable seeker combo that the US Missile, and someone somewhere has got to realise that we already have Brimstone in service with the RAF a...
by Timmymagic
29 Jul 2021, 09:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 422
Views: 145009
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Is it just me being suspicios about how well will UAVs fly over the North Atlantic? Propellor driven aircraft have been flying over the N Atlantic for 100 years...it's not an issue. Personally I think the failure to develop the larger, twin engined, UK built BAE Mantis was a massive error. It's cap...
by Timmymagic
28 Jul 2021, 10:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

Isn't the block 4 software split into 4 sections? From memory the Meteor was in section 4. Yes its delivered incrementally, it doesn't drop all in 1 go. What everyone also needs to be aware of is that even when Meteor is integrated to F-35 in general, there may be a significant part of the UK's F-3...
by Timmymagic
26 Jul 2021, 11:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

Seen elsewhere...hopefully the MoD can shake the piggy bank and find some small change for a number of these..at 7.5 ft it will fit in F-35B (PWIV is 8.5 ft.) http://www.kihomac.virtualtsb.com/atp/#slide-03-39a2d428 Now with video...hopefully the price isn't that outrageous for a carbon fibre tube ...
by Timmymagic
25 Jul 2021, 18:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

sunstersun wrote:The EW on the F-35 is better than the Growler.


It really isn't...when it comes to EW power and size mean a hell of a lot. The different varieties of NHJ will be far more powerful than anything the F-35 can mount internally.
by Timmymagic
24 Jul 2021, 15:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

It would appear there is some level of commonality, enough to bring it out as a plus-point with respect to cost savings at least (dated 2017) Italian involvement in CAMM (surface launched) is the RF seeker, and for CAMM-ER, the larger rocket motor (and the seeker). But for legacy Asraam and Asraam ...
by Timmymagic
24 Jul 2021, 15:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

I'm struggling to think of a component of ASRAAM that is both common with CAMM and made in Italy. Surely, Meteor integration would be the most likely to interest Italy? I'm also a tad surprised the ASRAAM CSP requires integration above and beyond that done already. But I suppose there are H&S i...
by Timmymagic
23 Jul 2021, 20:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

Air International reporting contract with LM for integration of 3 munitions. Interesting bit in red... LOCKHEED MARTIN has been awarded a US$472m contract modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee agreement to further develop and integrate three new weapons capabilities on the F-3...
by Timmymagic
22 Jul 2021, 14:13
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

written answers 21st July 2021 :- https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-07-16/34463 Kevan Jones is asking some decent questions at the moment... So, given that answer, unless an F-35 is sat at Marham sans engine...there are no spare engines on HMS Queen Elizabeth....
by Timmymagic
22 Jul 2021, 14:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

Cost of F-35 integration: ASRAAM: £47 million, Paveway IV: £103 million, SPEAR Cap 3: £170 million. The devil is in the detail....i.e. is that the full cost for Asraam and will it include integration of Asraam Blk. 6 (CSP). Because if its just legacy Asraam only we've paid an awful lot for 3-4 year...
by Timmymagic
20 Jul 2021, 11:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2476
Views: 699359
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I do wish the trade press (and the press in general) would actually get a real understanding of IPA RAG statuses. Yes there is a clear definition of what each level means (Red, Red/Amber, Amber, Amber/Green and Green) in writing, but the actual RAG status assigned to GMPP programmes is given in a ra...
by Timmymagic
16 Jul 2021, 13:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13402
Views: 3770480
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

That article regarding PTB's is odd as I have seen them on PWLS and nipper was on one when transferring off for his course. I guess they've been shared between the 2 QE class up to now. The PTB's in general are odd. The original 4 PTB's were from a design by Alnmaritec and appear to be successful. ...
by Timmymagic
14 Jul 2021, 11:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7104
Views: 1752300
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Updated Type 31 configuration with 24 Sea Ceptor missiles? Think that could be the case...and with i-SSGW onboard as well (which is where it will end up eventually). These models are not cheap at all, suspect we may have seen the proper configuration of the T31 for the first time. Which should alla...
by Timmymagic
14 Jul 2021, 11:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

There are a lot more pressing integrations required before baggage pods. Sure there are, but it looks like the US is taking it upon themselves to get it underway. But...Seek Eagle is a USAF initiative so will probably only cover the F-35A. Would imagine that the USN's testing for F-35C would have t...
by Timmymagic
13 Jul 2021, 11:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles
Replies: 33
Views: 1356
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles

About that future hypersonic missile- a pie in the sky FYI - The MBDA concept for speed is described as 'high supersonic' rather than 'hypersonic'. That means they're aiming for less than M5.0. The technical challenges are therefore dramatically simpler. This is also backed up by the fact that the ...
by Timmymagic
10 Jul 2021, 14:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles
Replies: 33
Views: 1356
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles

I wonder if they are working on some sort of variable propulsion system for the missile, air breathing of coarse. It would be able to cruise a substantial distance, meeting the RN's desire for long range, or transit at a much higher velocity for anti ship work, or any combination in between. Obviou...
by Timmymagic
10 Jul 2021, 12:34
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles
Replies: 33
Views: 1356
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles

MdCN based on Storm Shadow/ Apache missile technology which its in turn 30 years old. So yes you could make a long range ship missile out of it but expect it to rapidly loose effectiveness against near future threats. To all intents and purposes it was a new missile. The jet engines used haven't si...
by Timmymagic
09 Jul 2021, 15:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

Baggage pods are pretty handy, I wonder if they'll ever be bought and cleared for use. You'd hope so, they can't be too expensive (although I'm sure that to the layman one of these carbon fibre tubes will be ridiculously priced). Looks like the US are doing the initial clearance work, but I have to...
by Timmymagic
09 Jul 2021, 15:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles
Replies: 33
Views: 1356
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles

Pseudo wrote:I'd have thought that the French MdCN version would make a decent platform for a long-range surface launched anti-ship missile.


Not sure how stealthy it is, it abandons most of the shaping that Storm Shadow has.
by Timmymagic
09 Jul 2021, 11:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles
Replies: 33
Views: 1356
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles

Why is Storm Shadow (or the French Naval version) unsuitable for this requirement? Needs a re-life, but its a good question. The UK is after a long range, stealthy, subsonic missile (admittedly the French want a medium range supersonic missile for other reasons). Why not an updated Storm Shadow (it...
by Timmymagic
09 Jul 2021, 08:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

Seen elsewhere...hopefully the MoD can shake the piggy bank and find some small change for a number of these..at 7.5 ft it will fit in F-35B (PWIV is 8.5 ft.) Should have added...realistically if you need to fly with one of these you will be flying with 2, one in each bay. So a decent 'luggage' cap...
by Timmymagic
08 Jul 2021, 13:15
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

Seen elsewhere...hopefully the MoD can shake the piggy bank and find some small change for a number of these..at 7.5 ft it will fit in F-35B (PWIV is 8.5 ft.) http://www.kihomac.virtualtsb.com/atp/#slide-03-39a2d428 KIHOMAC ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF NEW ADVANCED TRAVEL POD FOR THE WORLDWIDE F-35 FLE...
by Timmymagic
08 Jul 2021, 12:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5396
Views: 1461462
Location: United Kingdom

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

Hardly a credible source. Seems to be a massive extrapolation from the Defence Secretary sending LM a warning shot across the bows around Meteor integration. I'd speculate that this is due to LM having a stake in AIM-260 integration...getting our view across if there is any re-jigging going on at t...
by Timmymagic
08 Jul 2021, 12:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1475
Views: 424858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

This article suggests that there may be a future Aster block 2 capable of shooting down hypersonic missiles https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ ... stem-82486 I would wonder if the R.N is looking for this capability in defense of its carriers or even shore targets MBDA have actually been lookin...

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