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by Timmymagic
27 Jun 2022, 10:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 84
Views: 3972
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Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

The answer to all of our prayers really.... The Artillery Gun Module...if we could get in soon we could make the UK the main manufacturing centre for it... Boxer Tracked https://i.imgur.com/7EZZj1b.jpg Boxer Wheeled https://i.imgur.com/smH1WUP.jpg MAN HX3 https://i.imgur.com/76NWrVZ.jpg I'll take 40...
by Timmymagic
27 Jun 2022, 10:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: UK Mobile Fires Platform
Replies: 84
Views: 3972
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Re: UK Mobile Fires Platform

There is no truck mounted double pod platform that I am aware of as given HIMARS is truck mounted, it would take a much larger platform, especially wider to mount a two pod launcher on such a platform. South Korean K-MLRS, K239 Chunmoo.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K239_Chunmoo Or you could tak...
by Timmymagic
25 Jun 2022, 19:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 93
Views: 18302
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Re: Project Mosquito / Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

The key wording in the announcement is 'mutually agreed'....

This means that it wasn't going to work as intended....

We should really be happy that they've stopped a programme for once before it has consumed more funds...its good programme/risk management.
by Timmymagic
25 Jun 2022, 19:15
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5727
Views: 1570568
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

I assume that operational squadrons would ideally have 12 active aircraft and 3-4 aircraft as spares to allow for repairs / maintenance etc. If training squadron needs the same then that would be 75-80 aircraft needed for 4 operational squadrons plus 1 training squadron. So not too far away. It wou...
by Timmymagic
24 Jun 2022, 17:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5727
Views: 1570568
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

So we'll have 47 plus 26 in total, minus the 3 experimental airframes equals 70. Enough for 3 frontline squardons, but probably not 4... Anyone know what the breakdown will be? 1st squadron is joint RAF/FAA, the 2nd is RAF (I believe?), will the 3rd be FAA? Would be nice to have at least 1 squadron...
by Timmymagic
24 Jun 2022, 12:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)
Replies: 443
Views: 173451
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Re: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)

RichardIC wrote: 24 Jun 2022, 12:38 Fitting forward firing gun pods and unguided rockets on Merlin would be monumental act of stupidity. That’s the way the Americans lost many hundreds of helicopters over Vietnam 50 years ago. And they could afford to.
And yet they still do...

And laser guided rockets with 8km range are a thing.
by Timmymagic
24 Jun 2022, 11:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5727
Views: 1570568
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

If that is the 2nd lot of the initial 48 and we have 22 right now (google) that is not a lot of new aircraft to come between now and when these start arriving in 2026 27 delivered so far (with 1 lost). 23 are at Marham with 3 at Edwards AFB in the test force. The 21 left to get to the '48' should b...
by Timmymagic
24 Jun 2022, 09:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)
Replies: 443
Views: 173451
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Re: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)

Rocket pods, not such a fan, more logistics and stocks to deal with just fit Martlet and/or Sea Venom I can't see any reason why you couldn't apart from the integration/clearance costs. Integration and clearance is precisely the reason, Sea Venom in particular would be an expensive integration effo...
by Timmymagic
23 Jun 2022, 18:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)
Replies: 443
Views: 173451
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Re: AW101 Merlin Helicopter (RN)

I know we often say that Frigates equipped with Merlin suffer from having no access to Sea Venom or Martlet as they are not integrated, and that even with an OSD of 2040 there is little to no chance of Merlin ever being equipped with either weapon system. But...there is another option. I didn't real...
by Timmymagic
23 Jun 2022, 14:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2311
Views: 685665
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Project Halcon, the supply of 20 new Typhoon to Spain to replace the oldest EF-18 is signed.

by Timmymagic
22 Jun 2022, 08:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2311
Views: 685665
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Any opinion on this configuration of the Eurofighter is welcome ???? It's an odd one. It's a single seater for a start. Airbus were wanting to do the ECR as a 2-seater in previous images. It also has the EW pods and tanks in the wrong position. The ECR proposal switched them around to give the EW p...
by Timmymagic
22 Jun 2022, 08:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5727
Views: 1570568
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Jdam wrote: 21 Jun 2022, 22:56 I am starting to doubt those 2026 integration dates.
It had already slipped to 2027 for F-35.
Spear does seem to have slipped behind Stormbreaker somewhat. Obviously its more complex but they were started at the same time.
by Timmymagic
21 Jun 2022, 17:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5727
Views: 1570568
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Just a quick update. Although the next 8 aircraft have been assigned serial numbers in sequence there's been no sign of any new build RAF aircraft on test flights yet. The next 3 look like they will be delivered at the back end of this year. Possibly in November like previous deliveries were. I'd ex...
by Timmymagic
21 Jun 2022, 11:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2311
Views: 685665
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Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I'm not going to update the list....but a Turkish delegation has been in the UK talking to us about Typhoon.... It sounds like a courtesy visit with a side aim of pressurising the US from dragging their feet on F-16V sales and an upgrade package for other aircraft, or it could possibly represent a g...
by Timmymagic
15 Jun 2022, 15:42
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Airlander Airship
Replies: 64
Views: 2621
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Re: Airlander Airship

Possibly the money from the film industry for renting the sheds is what’s covering them to make the airships? Hangar 2 is owned by Cardington Studios, Hangar 1 is owned by Gallagher Developments. No idea what they'll be using it for, they'll never be allowed to pull it down for housing. https://www...
by Timmymagic
15 Jun 2022, 12:33
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Airlander Airship
Replies: 64
Views: 2621
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Re: Airlander Airship

Air Nostrum are a 'real' company as well. Part of Iberia, fleet size of over 40 aircraft and revenue of c500m EUR a year.
by Timmymagic
15 Jun 2022, 12:31
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Airlander Airship
Replies: 64
Views: 2621
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Re: Airlander Airship

Shame they are moving from Bedford - it has such a long association with airships in the UK, both old and new. I have memories of clambering all over an, if IIRC, Airship Industries prototype in the Cardington Airsheds, sometime in the early 70s, when the weather was too bad to fly on our gliding c...
by Timmymagic
15 Jun 2022, 09:20
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: Airlander Airship
Replies: 64
Views: 2621
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Re: Airlander Airship

Well this is genuinely a pleasant surprise, I honestly thought it would be another 'airship' venture that quietly announced bankruptcy a few years down the road after the market didn't buy any... Do wonder where in South Yorkshire they'll be, they've got a link up with Sheffield University. https://...
by Timmymagic
13 Jun 2022, 13:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14058
Views: 4059571
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Anyone know if anything is missing from this list? Aircraft that have landed on QE Class... F-35B Merlin HM.2 Wildcat HMA.2 Merlin HC.4 Wildcat AH.1 Chinook HC.4 Puma HC.2 (whilst she was docked) S.92 - Bristow chartered HMCG MV-22B UH-1Y SH-53E MH-53E MH-60R/S Dauphin 2 - FOST Apache AH.1 UH-60P (S...
by Timmymagic
12 Jun 2022, 10:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766335
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

In isolation, I'd suggest they would. However when combined with the future MBT, the new French carrier and SSNB replacement that's a lot of commitment over the next two decades. It's worth remembering that there were some calculations/reports produced that showed that the Eurofighter Typhoon could...
by Timmymagic
12 Jun 2022, 10:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766335
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

It would be the production phase where I would want to lock both down to whatever number they decided to purchase to ensure we did not repeat the issues that arose in the Eurofighter programme. To an extent that actually happened in Eurofighter. The German's had to compensate the UK in particular d...
by Timmymagic
11 Jun 2022, 12:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2717
Views: 766335
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think we'll be seeing quite a lot of Chinese and Russian "5th gen" jets being sold by 2030 Chinese perhaps. But Russian? I'd say its close to zero now. SU-57 failed at the first hurdle with India and will struggle to get funds allocated to it. SU-75 is utterly dependent on foreign monie...
by Timmymagic
10 Jun 2022, 10:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Panther Protected Command Vehicle
Replies: 27
Views: 15801
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Re: Panther Protected Command Vehicle

So what was so bad about Panther was it the hole package or some parts of it Not the best vehicle, reliability not great, a lot of the RWS got pinched for other roles...but mainly it was too small for the Bowman kit they had to cram in to make it work. The integration of all that kit was a real mes...
by Timmymagic
10 Jun 2022, 09:01
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: NORGE/Norway
Replies: 99
Views: 3558
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Re: NORGE/Norway

All is not well in NH-90 land...Australia...then Sweden....now Norway. Looks like Norway has a choice of Merlin HM.2, MH-60R or CH-148 Cyclone... Don't think anyone will touch CH-148 with a bargepole however....and they already operate AW-101 for SAR and Utility and are very happy with them....but w...
by Timmymagic
10 Jun 2022, 08:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Panther Protected Command Vehicle
Replies: 27
Views: 15801
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Re: Panther Protected Command Vehicle

Just a reminder of what we could have had instead of Panther...V-shaped hull...

Mind you if they'd have botched the systems integration like they did with Panther it could still have been a dogs breakfast...