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by Timmymagic
23 Sep 2022, 10:53
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5771
Views: 1581143
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Looks like we can expect a delivery of 3 x F-35B to Marham in the coming month or 2...

BK-28, 29 and 30 are all flying now. BK-30 had its maiden flight on the 12/09/22.

This will mean RAF Marham will have 26 x F-35B on hand.
by Timmymagic
23 Sep 2022, 07:55
Forum: British Army
Topic: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)
Replies: 59
Views: 17164
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Re: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)

I admire the effort we will be going to in seeking units. One of the things that will happen as a result of Ukraine is I suspect that vehicle and other kit disposals will be drastically cut back. Withams and L Jacksons Ltd. may find themselves very short of stock in the future...MoD will be hoardin...
by Timmymagic
22 Sep 2022, 14:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)
Replies: 59
Views: 17164
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Re: M270 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)

Some great news.... UK M270 fleet to be increased by between 50-100%. These will be upgraded UK M270 and refurbished launchers from other nations (perhaps Germany or Norway). Original buy of M270 was 67 during the late Cold War. Some of these were turned into recovery/repair vehicles. https://twitte...
by Timmymagic
21 Sep 2022, 06:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: M777 Portee DVD 2016
Replies: 98
Views: 22260
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Re: M777 Portee DVD 2016

Didn't the Australian Army have barrels or both the L118 and L119? The idea being they would use the L119 barrels for training with the cheaper US ammunition but use teh L118 barrels for actual operations with their higher performance and of course bespoke ammunition. That was the plan originally b...
by Timmymagic
20 Sep 2022, 17:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: M777 Portee DVD 2016
Replies: 98
Views: 22260
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Re: M777 Portee DVD 2016

Apologies for the slip. I forgot that we supplied them from Kiwi stocks, not UK, presumably to maintain compatibility with US munitions. Even more interesting, if they are even shorter ranged. There is a lot of talk on here about how the L118 is obsolescent because it's too short-ranged, yet the Uk...
by Timmymagic
20 Sep 2022, 13:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: M777 Portee DVD 2016
Replies: 98
Views: 22260
United Kingdom

Re: M777 Portee DVD 2016

Hopefully we will get some feedback from the Ukrainians as to how effective the L118 is "in the wild", as we have donated a reasonable number to them and I'm sure they are putting them to good use. L119's not L118's. To be honest L118 and L119 have seen so much action over the years I sus...
by Timmymagic
20 Sep 2022, 13:27
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Lynx/Super Lynx Helicopters (RN & AAC)
Replies: 34
Views: 22536
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Re: Lynx/Super Lynx Helicopters (RN & AAC)

Definitely a huge missed opportunity Yes and No. WG.30 was too much helicopter for the Lynx engine and running gear. It also lacked investment and testing, so much so that the limited number of WG.30 sold in the civilian market got a bad reputation. Westland didn't help themselves with a truly awfu...
by Timmymagic
19 Sep 2022, 12:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: M777 Portee DVD 2016
Replies: 98
Views: 22260
United Kingdom

Re: M777 Portee DVD 2016

sol wrote: 16 Sep 2022, 09:56
I doubt that Pinzgauer could tow an artillery peace almost twice its weight
Ahem...

by Timmymagic
13 Sep 2022, 20:55
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 262
Views: 13196
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Re: MBDA (UK)

If the MoD's excuse was cost of integration (can't remember if it was or not), then that doesn't hold water anymore surely... Brimstone for the win :thumbup: £50m was the amount quoted...for a weapon with double the range that clearly dramatically increases the platforms survivability. Which to be ...
by Timmymagic
13 Sep 2022, 18:07
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 262
Views: 13196
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Re: MBDA (UK)

Poland has selected Brimstone as the armament for their Tank Destroyer vehicles... Think the UK may end up as the third ground user of Brimstone in due course (although there is a very real chance that other countries will get there ahead of the BGOAA requirement...wonder if the AH-64E integration ...
by Timmymagic
13 Sep 2022, 12:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5771
Views: 1581143
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Not sure I quite get Gareth's surprise here, its been well known for an age that full operational capability of 2 squadrons will not arrive until 2025 based on deliveries alone. And as I've said before if you count full operational capability as having more than 3 weapons available, 2 of which are A...
by Timmymagic
13 Sep 2022, 12:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5771
Views: 1581143
United Kingdom

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

Not sure I quite get Gareth's surprise here, its been well known for an age that full operational capability of 2 squadrons will not arrive until 2025 based on deliveries alone. And as I've said before if you count full operational capability as having more than 3 weapons available, 2 of which are A...
by Timmymagic
11 Sep 2022, 18:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5771
Views: 1581143
United Kingdom

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

I’m not sure if I’ve missed an announcement or if it’s pure speculation but it in Septembers edition of Warship IFR they are reporting that of the 74 a/c, 15 would be in maintenance at any time with 59 available for four operational squadrons. They've got one bit wrong straight away... There are 73...
by Timmymagic
09 Sep 2022, 10:46
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 91
Views: 47392
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Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

Posted in the MBDA thread as well...

Lets resurrect LIMAWS(R), LIMAWS(G) with the new M777ER and this...

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by Timmymagic
09 Sep 2022, 09:40
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 262
Views: 13196
United Kingdom

Re: MBDA (UK)

Supacat + Brimstone...

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by Timmymagic
08 Sep 2022, 15:13
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 262
Views: 13196
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Re: MBDA (UK)

Looks like CAMM is getting another big order for at least 700 missiles and more launch vehicles under the Polish Pilica programme. This is seperate to the already announced NAREW programme that will adopt CAMM and CAMM-ER into Polish service. The Pilica system will provide close in protection for th...
by Timmymagic
07 Sep 2022, 15:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 133
Views: 46711
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Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Something I wasn't aware of....

Indonesia has added Martlet to its LML and RapidRanger systems.., looks like they got them at least 6 months ago.

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by Timmymagic
04 Sep 2022, 12:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: National Flagship for Britain
Replies: 135
Views: 11617
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Re: National Flagship for Britain

Thank Christ for that....

Another Boris Johnson project bites the dust....

Did he ever manage to deliver any one of the projects he came up with?
by Timmymagic
01 Sep 2022, 11:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2914
Views: 782297
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I'm not so pessimistic on Sweden dropping out of the Tempest programme. They can't drop out of something they've never signed up to. They're not in Tempest. UK and Italy are, with Japan on the way. Sweden/Saab are in the wider UK FCAS programme that is looking at technology and systems for future m...
by Timmymagic
30 Aug 2022, 15:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2914
Views: 782297
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

mrclark303 wrote: 29 Aug 2022, 23:13 I thought Gripen E 's new radar was a purely Swedish effort
Here you go...

https://electronics.leonardo.com/en/products/raven-1
by Timmymagic
29 Aug 2022, 23:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2914
Views: 782297
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SW1 wrote: 29 Aug 2022, 10:01 I think the radar is itar restricted too but maybe not in the new one as they learned that lesson the hard way
The radar is ITAR free. Its essentially made by Leonardo UK in Edinburgh. Basically a smaller derivatice of Captor-E.
by Timmymagic
28 Aug 2022, 17:43
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 184
Views: 91634
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Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Good article from Tim Robinson

by Timmymagic
20 Aug 2022, 23:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 184
Views: 91634
United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

So, so close to the record..... Although its an amazing achievement in itself, including the trip to Belize, and is far, far beyond where anyone else is....can't help thinking if this is an issue with the anhedral join in the wing that they may have to do a re-design or the Phasa 35 team are going t...
by Timmymagic
16 Aug 2022, 17:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5771
Views: 1581143
United Kingdom

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

Gabrielle has a new thread on UK F-35 deliveries.. https://twitter.com/Gabriel64869839/status/1559515968879075328?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet https://i.imgur.com/hYyucdy.jpg Having read it it doesn't change the previous delivery profile that I've worked up. But it needs an ...