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by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2024, 14:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4180
Views: 1071112
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Re the Buccaneer, look up Blackburns proposed P150?? It had potential to be a superb aircraft. It had the advantage of a company that really understood low level operations and airframe subsequent stresses involved. I'm not sure Blackburn did. They had a long, inglorious history of making a small n...
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2024, 13:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6124
Views: 1856062
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

IMHO, a gun for the F-35B is a total waste of money. What the hell would it be for? I think the RAF agrees. They never bothered with one on Harrier II after the ADEN 25 failed development (although they were developing it in the first place, but after its failure they could have reverted to the twi...
by Timmymagic
17 Jul 2024, 09:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6124
Views: 1856062
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

From Janes this morning: Italian Navy to equip F-35Bs with JSM, SPEAR 3 stand-off weapons 2024-07-16 The Italian Navy has spelled out the future weapons package for the F-35B (foreground) that it is to field over the coming decades in place of the AV-8B (background). For the first time, this includ...
by Timmymagic
16 Jul 2024, 09:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 787
Views: 225638
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

depends what it is used for if it is part of a logistics hub defence system with say 2 x 40mm pallets systems 1 x SAAB X1 & 2 x NEMO 120mm container systems it could be OK Sounds vulnerable to any artillery the enemy might have. I can't seem to post links but just read an article stating the UK...
by Timmymagic
11 Jul 2024, 18:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: RAF's New LTR-25 radar system.
Replies: 6
Views: 873
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Re: RAF's New LTR-25 radar system.

Ron5 wrote: 11 Jul 2024, 13:55Spanish. Sigh.
It's worse than that....

It's a Spanish update of the Marconi Martello radar....developed and built in the UK, then shamefuly neglected by BAE...
by Timmymagic
05 Jul 2024, 18:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 330
Views: 138367
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Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

A good overview of current and future UK drone systems....

Depressingly short of MoD support for UK drone manufacturers though...

https://dronewars.net/british-drones-an-overview/
by Timmymagic
05 Jul 2024, 09:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2865
Views: 829527
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Gareth Jennings got it right an age ago.... 24 more Typhoon for Italy... Warton is now the only Consortium member state assembly site without a production order for Typhoon assembly coming up. They will benefit from the 127 Typhoon now on order from Germany, Italy and Spain...but they could do with ...
by Timmymagic
29 Jun 2024, 10:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5846
Views: 1583600
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Looks like Canadian Navy moved from CAMM to RAM. See https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/rcn-mrc/documents/ships/river-fact.pdf Yes that has been picked up by others, but CAMM has been contracted since 2021 and all the renders including ones issued today by the RCN and the PDF show no RAM launchers b...
by Timmymagic
29 Jun 2024, 10:37
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 331
Views: 40012
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Re: MBDA (UK)

The latest fact sheet from the Royal Canadian Navy of the CSC (now River Class) has RIM-116 Rolling Air Frame Missile as the Point Defence Missile system...

It appears that CAMM is no longer going on it...which is odd as MBDA got a contract from LM for it....
by Timmymagic
28 Jun 2024, 10:23
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 331
Views: 40012
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Re: MBDA (UK)

Maybe it's an overspec on range for the Apache target acquisition and designators? Brimstone 2/3 are believed to have 40km+ range from rotary. If that platform is flying 'nap of the earth' then detection range is horizon limited, if no 3rd party intel/designation..might kinda operationally negate t...
by Timmymagic
27 Jun 2024, 13:40
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 331
Views: 40012
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Re: MBDA (UK)

Little J wrote: 27 Jun 2024, 11:39 Wonder if they will look at integrating it on their other platforms (UAV's, Helicopters, etc)...
Wouldn't be surprised...French are looking at it for Tigre, Germany may for the H145M that are replacing Tiger as PARS 3 integration would be ridiculous.
by Timmymagic
27 Jun 2024, 09:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 192
Views: 111813
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Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2024-06-ntt-docomo-and-space-compass-partners-with-airbus-on-haps One bit that a lot of people missed in here was the number of Zephyr S built to date. 12 built, with more on the way.....but...3 have been lost. At least 2 of these belong to UK MoD (...
by Timmymagic
27 Jun 2024, 09:43
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 331
Views: 40012
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Re: MBDA (UK)

Confirmation of German order for Brimstone 3. Initially 274 live munitions, and around 100 test missiles, but with a ceiling of 3266 missiles...looks like MBDA will need that Brimstone line they're building.... Suspect that like Spain appear to be doing this will clearly send Germany on a path to Sp...
by Timmymagic
24 Jun 2024, 10:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 4180
Views: 1071112
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I only mentioned it as read that USAF having a possible rethink on NGAD program , maybe a negotiation tactic or a genuine cost too much per fighter or too cutting edge tech , whatever ,was just an idea for the USAF to get a 6th gen fighter in numbers cheaper to have money to spend on other programm...
by Timmymagic
20 Jun 2024, 12:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 589
Views: 195137
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Re: Future ASW

donald_of_tokyo wrote: 20 Jun 2024, 12:03 Minimum-range of ASROCs are not so large, 800 m.
That depends on the system...if you want it to have range and the speed necessary to make that range worthwhile its minimum range will increase.
by Timmymagic
19 Jun 2024, 19:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 589
Views: 195137
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Re: Future ASW

Lockheed paid for CAMM to be integrated with ExLS. And Nulka. Which means both are qualified for Mk 41. They did. In 2010 and 2012 for Nulka and CAMM in 2018. But all were in the ExLS standalone (probably the same one). But they've never done it actually in a Mk.41, or done it at sea. We're probabl...
by Timmymagic
19 Jun 2024, 15:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 589
Views: 195137
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Re: Future ASW

Given CAMM has yet to be fired from Mk.41, and isn't going to be in Mk.41 on T26…. How sensible is that? RN should rationalise around the Mk41 now. It’s time to spend the money and future proof the new Frigates entering service as well as massively increasing the T45’s defensive capacity by adding ...
by Timmymagic
19 Jun 2024, 12:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 386
Views: 89524
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Not surprising either, since titanium is pyrophoric and requires high cutting forces to machine. DU would be similar (since it is also pyrophoric) but you also have to take greater care of the swarf since it is both toxic and radioactive. Then you've got to design the projectile to accommodate the ...
by Timmymagic
19 Jun 2024, 10:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 589
Views: 195137
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Re: Future ASW

2027/2028 is rapidly approaching and at present the only thing that will be in the Mk41’s is CAMM or fresh air. Given CAMM has yet to be fired from Mk.41, and isn't going to be in Mk.41 on T26 anyway I think that is in doubt anyway.....it should happen soon as the Saudi's need it to happen for thei...
by Timmymagic
19 Jun 2024, 09:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 589
Views: 195137
United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Useful overview. https://www.navylookout.com/royal-navy-considers-purchase-of-vertical-launch-anti-submarine-rocket/ With a program cost of over £1bn this really doesn’t seem like a priority considering the deficiencies elsewhere unless further funding actually materialises. Thats not the programme...
by Timmymagic
19 Jun 2024, 09:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 386
Views: 89524
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Re: RBSL Challenger 3 (Future) Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Making DU penetrators isn't really hard though... Isn't it? How do you know? Is it still easy if you have to comply with health and safety regulations? Saw an interview with someone a while ago who would know and they stated matter of fact that DU was easier to work with than Tungsten... Have a loo...
by Timmymagic
18 Jun 2024, 15:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ground Based Air Defence
Replies: 787
Views: 225638
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Re: Ground Based Air Defence

PS don't like the Tridon either. As its demountable it's more useful than Tridon. But...unless the 40mm are bringing something special to the table (like the 40mm CT guided round using Starstreak Dart) I don't think they add a huge amount over faster firing 30mm guns given the type of threats. Yes ...
by Timmymagic
17 Jun 2024, 20:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Land Precision Strike
Replies: 18
Views: 4178
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Re: Land Precision Strike

Secret Projects have spotted what appears to be an intake on the underside.... Looks like LPS has become a ground launched Spear.... https://imgur.com/IoY77AX I think we can stop calling it a ground launched spear when it becomes a different shell / hull. In reality, having an air intake makes it s...
by Timmymagic
17 Jun 2024, 19:26
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: MBDA (UK)
Replies: 331
Views: 40012
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Re: MBDA (UK)

Looks like we have a new Spear variant.... Land Precision Strike appears to have gone from a Brimstone/CAMM mashup....to ground launched Spear Only its twice as long.....Spear-LR/XR appears to have arrived...they'd be insane not to make an air launched variant (minus booster) would have thought 250n...
by Timmymagic
17 Jun 2024, 18:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Land Precision Strike
Replies: 18
Views: 4178
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Re: Land Precision Strike

Secret Projects have spotted what appears to be an intake on the underside....

Looks like LPS has become a ground launched Spear....