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by Timmymagic
09 Aug 2022, 17:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5748
Views: 1575043
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

The reason I asked about Chinooks refuelling the f35b is because of hearing Singapore would be doing such, equipping its new Chinooks with "fatcow" tanks That will be a ground basd FARP. A significant number of the UK's Chinook fleet also have the larger sponson fuel tanks. But it wouldn'...
by Timmymagic
08 Aug 2022, 21:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 258
Views: 106159
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

Painting an angled landing strip sounds an awful lot cheaper than fitting a mini-EMALS. I think I read somewhere they were looking at folding wings for Predator-B. I wonder if the same could be done for Mojave. Once you start supporting UAVs onboard, interior space is going to be at a premium. Even...
by Timmymagic
08 Aug 2022, 21:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 258
Views: 106159
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

dmereifield wrote: 08 Aug 2022, 20:55 Great, but I was more checking about how difficult it will be landing with the deck moving about
With the modern precision approach systems it won't be hard at all. Auto landings are safer than manned.
by Timmymagic
08 Aug 2022, 17:56
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5748
Views: 1575043
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Little J wrote: 08 Aug 2022, 15:43 I know they can receive, I meant to give...
Not sure if there have ever been any real attempts at helo to helo AAR. But the drogues seem to remain stable when a CH-53 approaches one. I expect the interactions between 2 helos would be something no-one would be too keen to test though...
by Timmymagic
08 Aug 2022, 15:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 258
Views: 106159
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

dmereifield wrote: 08 Aug 2022, 15:36 But landing in a rolling deck?
With wind over the deck and steaming at a decent rate its going to come in like a Swordfish...pretty much hovering.
by Timmymagic
08 Aug 2022, 14:23
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5748
Views: 1575043
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Would the hose even be stable at whatever low speed the Chinook could maintain??? Yes, after all MH-47 can refuel from KC-130. But F-35 refuelling from MC-130 are going as slow as they can, with the KC-130 going as fast as it can. With a CH-47 refuelling from an KC-130 the situation would be exactl...
by Timmymagic
08 Aug 2022, 13:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 258
Views: 106159
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Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

Very interesting footage from General Atomics... Mojave will land and take off from QE with ease...obviously this is not loaded with munitions and we don't know the fuel state, but add wind over the deck and a 25 knot speed from the carrier and it will have no problem whatsoever when its heavily loa...
by Timmymagic
08 Aug 2022, 09:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5748
Views: 1575043
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Would it be feasible for some CH-47s to be equipped as an aerial refuelling service to extend the range of the f35bs ? No. The speed that the F-35 would have to drop to to maintain station behind a CH-47 loaded with fuel and a refuelling kit would require the F-35 to be running with its engine and ...
by Timmymagic
06 Aug 2022, 09:42
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Leonardo (Agusta-Westland)
Replies: 72
Views: 3854
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Re: Leonardo (Agusta-Westland)

Well this is a little unexpected....

With NH-90's well known issues the market has certainly opened up, but I'd assumed MH-60 would clear up in that regard and in the Far East.
Genuinely no idea who these are coming from...

by Timmymagic
03 Aug 2022, 15:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 2413
Views: 610026
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Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Looks like Boxer will get RS4 Protector and Javelin. https://www.kongsberg.com/kda/what-we-do/defence-and-security/remote-weapon-systems/protector-rs4/ Real pity we're not buying the RS6 variant though... https://www.kongsberg.com/kda/what-we-do/defence-and-security/remote-weapon-systems/protector-r...
by Timmymagic
03 Aug 2022, 15:24
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 179
Views: 90837
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Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Day 48.....previous record was 26 days (well 3 minutes under).

They've got to be going for the absolute record now...64 days.

by Timmymagic
02 Aug 2022, 12:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5748
Views: 1575043
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

SKB wrote: 02 Aug 2022, 12:19 47 (+1 crashed ZM152/BK-18) then
At present even the use of 'contracted' is debateable. We've actually only contracted 35 F-35B (including the crashed aircraft). The final order for 13 of the initial 48 has not been made.
by Timmymagic
02 Aug 2022, 11:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5748
Views: 1575043
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Some good news...at least you'd think it is....but I'm not so sure... The report says.... "48 F-35B Lightning aircraft are on contract. We have made provision to buy additional aircraft, and our planning assumption is that we will purchase additional F-35B Lightning aircraft, but this remains s...
by Timmymagic
02 Aug 2022, 10:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: Javelin Anti-Tank Missile (British Army)
Replies: 78
Views: 30992
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Re: Javelin Anti-Tank Missile (British Army)

The LWCLU also enables Javelin to reach out to 4,000m rather than 2,500m with the original CLU. Hopefully we'll retain the older CLU in formations as well as its still an additional CLU and can be used as a surveillance tool. https://twitter.com/Gabriel64869839/status/1554223652446826497 From Wiki.....
by Timmymagic
31 Jul 2022, 11:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2806
Views: 773897
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Suspect this is a story based just on some offhand comments from the US defence attache..

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/h ... r-programs
by Timmymagic
31 Jul 2022, 11:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5748
Views: 1575043
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

For anyone who still thinks JSM is arriving in the next couple of years on F-35..., not that long ago some were predicting it would be operational in 2022/23. They're just starting to do some fit tests...there will be reviews following this, then environmental tests, followed by reviews, then carria...
by Timmymagic
28 Jul 2022, 15:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15250
Views: 3432615
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tempest414 wrote: 28 Jul 2022, 15:45 Would these VLS not go to the Constellation class as the US are building some 20 of them also there are some 20+ AB's to be built so some 40 ships
I guess a lot depends on when ships are built and withdrawn from service in terms of timing. 2,816 VL cells though...should be some spare...
by Timmymagic
28 Jul 2022, 11:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15250
Views: 3432615
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Been meaning to post this for a while but keep forgetting.... Interesting article on Chuck Hills Coast Guard Blog. If you've not seen it before its a really good site... https://chuckhillscgblog.net/2022/04/09/mark-retiring-cruiser-mk41-vls-and-5-62-mk45-mod4s-for-possible-future-installation-on-cut...
by Timmymagic
28 Jul 2022, 10:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14102
Views: 4072853
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The idea of changing was idiotic! It didn’t however stop the Royal Navy pushing it and getting it selected for sdsr2010. That was then championed by all the online pro naval media, you could care to mention from the phoenix think tank crowd to save the Royal Navy to WIFR you name it. It was the bes...
by Timmymagic
27 Jul 2022, 14:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 179
Views: 90837
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Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

RunningStrong wrote: 27 Jul 2022, 12:24 It's flying at 58,000 ft, upto 70,000 ft. I'm not sure what bad weather considerations you'd come across.
This is correct, descent to 58,000ft overnight as batteries are used, then return to 70,000ft+ during the day. That already good figure will only improve with time as batteries improve.
by Timmymagic
27 Jul 2022, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 131
Views: 47849
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Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

XV Patrick Blackett due in to Portsmouth c1415 today..
by Timmymagic
27 Jul 2022, 10:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 131
Views: 47849
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Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

NavyX demonstrator vessel XV Patrick Blackett due in to Portsmouth today....