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by Timmymagic
06 Dec 2022, 01:13
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5796
Views: 1589745
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

False alarm..thought it looked a little low for an entire engine...but it does mean some of the enhancements to F-135 are being funded. They come in 2 waves of complexity. Presumably this is the first. https://twitter.com/GarethJennings3/status/1599741919877160960?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Es...
by Timmymagic
05 Dec 2022, 15:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2336
Views: 696434
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Some confusion around the German Typhoon procurement. Gareth Jennings is a good follow on twitter if you're there. luWES is the requirement for Tornado ECR replacement. The German defence spending increase seems to be a moving feast at present...inflation is eating into the announced 100bn EUR, the ...
by Timmymagic
05 Dec 2022, 11:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5796
Views: 1589745
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Some news that may have been missed. For the UK this is good news as it was unlikely that the B variant will have been able to benefit from the alternate engines. But it can benefit from the developments on F-135. https://twitter.com/GarethJennings3/status/1599725944658272256 https://newsroom.prattw...
by Timmymagic
03 Dec 2022, 12:59
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5796
Views: 1589745
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

It looks like they were towing it with a brake on...why would they do that?
by Timmymagic
02 Dec 2022, 12:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2951
Views: 790475
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

At the same time it appears that the long running Airbus/Dassault, France/Germany saga is sorted...or is it, suspect there will be more in the future.

by Timmymagic
02 Dec 2022, 11:19
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5796
Views: 1589745
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Italy not getting Meteor for the F-35? I'm afraid not. They went for US missiles. Including AIM-9X (which to be fair they do make a really tiny part of...). But...they also have Meteor already for Typhoon, if its already integrated with F-35A then they could load it. They need AIM-120 initially for...
by Timmymagic
02 Dec 2022, 09:04
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5796
Views: 1589745
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Some interesting points from the above: N.B. - This isn't a list from the programme, so should be treated with some degree of scepticism for future developments. I have some questions and corrections to it... - The recent announcement around Poland air weapons for F-35 presumably missed the deadline...
by Timmymagic
02 Dec 2022, 08:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5796
Views: 1589745
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

A useful diagram showing F-35 weapons integration to date/planned and users of those weapons...its not perfect however (see below post). I think the author of it has added some munitions in that I believe will never be integrated (Derby for example..) and not recorded some nations existing stocks. F...
by Timmymagic
01 Dec 2022, 11:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 358
Views: 140169
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Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

It was a nice dream whilst it lasted...

by Timmymagic
01 Dec 2022, 11:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480577
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tempest414 wrote: 01 Dec 2022, 10:55
Is that right if so MRA4 was not a complete wast of money and we got something from it good
Well the US got a mission system funded and all the IP...it was an LM product.
by Timmymagic
01 Dec 2022, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480577
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tempest414 wrote: 01 Dec 2022, 09:27 using the MRA4 - P8 thing is so way off MRA4 was a british project that started and finished and not one part of it saw its way to the P8 project
Apart from the entire mission system that the UK pretty much funded via Nimrod...
by Timmymagic
30 Nov 2022, 17:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480577
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

65? That sounds very low One of the upsides of FCASW in my mind is that because it's a new missile, there will need to be a substantial initial production run to justify the investment, I'm guessing around 1000 missiles split evenly. So indirectly rebuilding stocks Think about it...thats enough to ...
by Timmymagic
30 Nov 2022, 11:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480577
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think all those folks that are clamoring for TLAM to be added to an overgrown OPV need to do a bit of research on how the UK has used TLAMs in the past and ask themselves why that was so. Might also check how many TLAMs the UK has or had. What has gone before is well known and it is what it is ho...
by Timmymagic
28 Nov 2022, 20:19
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 151
Views: 47907
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Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

UKD wrote: 28 Nov 2022, 20:11 Out of interest, how hard would it be to make an NLOS Martlet version that can be queued off a drone?
Cued in what way? General co-ordinates or with a laser?
by Timmymagic
28 Nov 2022, 17:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14315
Views: 4118777
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ron5 wrote: 28 Nov 2022, 15:06 Does this mean Crowsnest is working at last?
I don't think its there yet..but the fact they seem happy to have it photographed onboard might not be a bad sign.
by Timmymagic
28 Nov 2022, 16:06
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles
Replies: 53
Views: 4612
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Re: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles

It seems to me a fairly niche demand. Up to circa 80 miles range the requirement (unless it needs a much bigger warhead) is going to be covered by SPEAR 3 anyway and, while there certainly could be quite a few targets that could be hit at beyond that range using a cheaper weapon than FCASW, is it r...
by Timmymagic
28 Nov 2022, 14:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480577
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The future FCASW is naturally a big unknown at the moment - indeed we have heard gossip that UK wants a larger stealthy subsonic missile whilst the French want emphasis on Supersonic speed. But either way we can assume that FCASW will be considerably more expensive than NSM and thus will be priorit...
by Timmymagic
27 Nov 2022, 09:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 991
Views: 205059
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

what the odds now of getting the JSM for the P8 & F35 fleets ? - external use Low for both still.... JSM is not integrated on P-8. The Australians were looking at it in 2015, but since gone very quiet. They have since ordered LRASM, which will be integrated on P-8 in 2027/28. Basically unless s...
by Timmymagic
25 Nov 2022, 20:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 79
Views: 42874
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Re: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

TheLoneRanger wrote: 25 Nov 2022, 20:06 https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/17016 ... arines-spt

Any ideas on what is being blocked?!
Isostatic Press from EPSI. Probably for Aldermaston.
by Timmymagic
23 Nov 2022, 21:45
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: The war in Ukraine
Replies: 812
Views: 27816
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Re: The war in Ukraine

https://twitter.com/AlexLuck9/status/1595345503998603264?cxt=HHwWgMDTvZGS56MsAAAA Ok I think I know where these are from...Seaking long since left UK military service, but the company HeliOperations continues to operate them and trains pilots from around the world on them (including Germany). HeliO...
by Timmymagic
23 Nov 2022, 19:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1249
Views: 418471
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Come to think of it, how much would it cost to attach some kind of CAMM derived booster to Stingray and make a modern mk41 compatible ASROC replacement? You'd need a bigger booster... But we could just buy the MBDA MILAS and fit Stingray to that...more than twice the range of ASROC and canister lau...
by Timmymagic
23 Nov 2022, 16:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1249
Views: 418471
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Can we strap it to the Sting Ray Torpedo. An option for the future. HAAWC is based around the LongShot wing kit that they purchased the design for from Leigh Aerosystems in the US. If BAE had to adapt StingRay they might be inclined to go to MBDA for their DiamondBack wing kit or alternately buy th...
by Timmymagic
23 Nov 2022, 16:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480577
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I'd like to see JSM ordered for P-8 annd F35 as well JSM isn't integrated on P-8. Australia was looking at it c2015. But since then its gone deathly quiet. Australia has gone and purchased LRASM which the US is integating on P-8 for c2027. Suspect they've decided to really keep their P-8 out of har...
by Timmymagic
23 Nov 2022, 13:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480577
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I believe Type 31 will come on line with 24 CAMM given the rise in tension a cross the globe By the time T-31 and T-26 arrive in service, and the T45 upgrade with Sea Ceptor, there is a very real chance that CAMM-MR will have arrived as well. There's a couple of questions around that that I'm curre...
by Timmymagic
23 Nov 2022, 13:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15863
Views: 3480577
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

NSM is sweeping the market at present. Serves everyone else right for ignoring AShM for so long and only progressively updating old designs. Norway took a big gamble on NSM and its come off spectacularly. Spain has also just announced they are ordering it as well....its becoming defacto the main Wes...