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by Defiance
04 Dec 2021, 14:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1219
Views: 397239
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

My comment was on why the USN are doing it in response to your comment WRT P-8A survivability. They're going to be waist deep in contested environment CONOP planning so if they think putting LRASM on P-8A is a good idea, they probably have some idea how to use them without getting shot to bits. The ...
by Defiance
03 Dec 2021, 12:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1219
Views: 397239
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

If P-8A is operating within range of the Chinese mainland then you can bet your boots she's going to be accompanied by a whole bunch of friends. Moreover if it's looking like something is going to go after it, then it'll withdraw the same way all the other big aircraft have done over the decades. Sh...
by Defiance
24 Nov 2021, 13:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727390
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Can you explain a bit please, because you go from Italian naval needs to expanding out to the wider EU enterprise. For the former, is Italy likely to acquire catapult-equipped carriers? If the answer is no then the naval capability of Euro FCAS is a bit moot as they will never consider STOVL capabil...
by Defiance
24 Nov 2021, 10:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13734
Views: 3926653
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Seems weird because it relies on so many people not noticing. Not just the ground crew and the pilot but aircraft handlers and people in flyco.
by Defiance
24 Nov 2021, 07:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727390
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

He might want them to, but it doesn't politically fit. It's difficult to imagine the sequence of events that would force this to happen bar one of the efforts collapsing.
by Defiance
21 Nov 2021, 07:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3237
Views: 865097
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

In a nutshell the RM are moving away from being seen as another Infantry brigade/Battalion organisation aimed at moving such formations over the beach. It is returning to its roots so to speak and destined to be conducting raids and other smaller scale operation as the norm. The way i've wrapped my...
by Defiance
16 Nov 2021, 13:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5566
Views: 1517931
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Lockheed exec says they're still in discussion with Spain regarding F-35A/B despite denial from Madrid

https://aviationweek.com/shownews/dubai ... rid-denial
by Defiance
14 Nov 2021, 14:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 699
Views: 169741
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Honest question - if there was a surface threat to the CSG what is the possibility of a ASM being used versus a SSN / F35B / Wildcat strike? IMO we can't keep relying on SSNs to do so much. We have precious few boats available and, while very capable, they can only do so many tasks concurrently. I'...
by Defiance
12 Nov 2021, 13:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 699
Views: 169741
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Sounds like a more expensive and complicated way to do something worse than Wildcat with LMM/Sea Venom, and a significantly less effective capability than what I-SSGW was supposed to do.

Whatever we'd need to give up to fund that effort is probably more valuable than what we'd get.
by Defiance
10 Nov 2021, 19:44
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5566
Views: 1517931
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Chiefly because they operate so many fewer (Janes puts them at 14) if they've flown them with any sort of regularity, it's unlikely they'll have any worthwhile life left in them.
by Defiance
10 Nov 2021, 19:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5566
Views: 1517931
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

How many years left do their Harriers have? and does Spain still actively embark them on the Juan Carlo? I am not up to date with the Spanish Navy. Last I heard the Spanish Navy chief said they'd be out of life in the 2025-27 period. They might try snag the best examples the USMC hand over but ther...
by Defiance
10 Nov 2021, 08:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 149
Views: 25301
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Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

Mk41 might be old hat when Type 83 comes around in 20 years.

I recall reading a while back that while Mk57 is a bit bigger, the USN don't think it'll be big enough to hold future hypersonic weapons they expect to bring into service.
by Defiance
10 Nov 2021, 08:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5566
Views: 1517931
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Spanish MOD rejects possibility of acquiring F-35

https://www.defensenews.com/global/euro ... -the-f-35/

*French shotgun cocks in the darkness*
by Defiance
08 Nov 2021, 11:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13734
Views: 3926653
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Carriers are so out of date, the PLAN is actively sinking billions of $ into building a significant fleet of carriers with air wings to match.
by Defiance
07 Nov 2021, 10:59
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles
Replies: 50
Views: 3023
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Re: Future cruise/anti-ship missiles

Tbenz wrote: I don’t see how this decision squares with Boris Johnson’s stated goal of Britain becoming the foremost naval power in Europe.
Style over substance, always has been with him. If it can make a splash in the news with some glossy pics then that'll always take priority.
by Defiance
03 Nov 2021, 06:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 788
Views: 268112
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

tomuk wrote:is an Astute not a Vanguard without the missile compartment, and is a Dreadnought not an Astute with a Missile compartment,
No.
by Defiance
15 Oct 2021, 16:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4651
Views: 1268764
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

If we were talking Mk57 or something bigger to carry beefier hypersonic weapons then you might be on to something, but Mk41 (and contents) are pretty known quantities these days. I doubt strategic misdirection is the intent behind ignoring Mk41.
by Defiance
13 Oct 2021, 08:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5566
Views: 1517931
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

You can see why the RAF (and many other nations) are so keen on synthetic training
by Defiance
12 Oct 2021, 19:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: National Flagship for Britain
Replies: 88
Views: 6430
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Re: National Flagship for Britain

UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s controversial £250m “trade yacht” is to be deemed to have a “national security” role, in a move that would allow it to be built in a British shipyard without going out to international tender. Ministers have been looking at ways to get around a World Trade Organiza...
by Defiance
09 Oct 2021, 11:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7397
Views: 1830756
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

The full article outlines some that Babcock have provided a spec smaller and less heavily armed than originally intended in the Sept licence agreement compared to the April 2020 contract. ( BOLD are the April specs for comparison) The new spec is 140m long ( 143.57m ), 4x8200kW engines ( 4x9100kW en...
by Defiance
07 Oct 2021, 08:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13734
Views: 3926653
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Great picture of the combined battle group from NZ frigate Te Kaha https://twitter.com/geoallison/status/1445859310618087428?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1445859310618087428%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fukdefencejournal.org.uk%2Fbritish-carrier-leads-inte...
by Defiance
05 Oct 2021, 08:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5566
Views: 1517931
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

What's the re-base-lining that he mentions? This Air International article came out at roughly the same time. It covers an agreement between US and JPO regarding new production targets in light of COVID. They're going to ramp up to 156 jets a year rather than the agreed 169 https://www.airinternati...
by Defiance
29 Sep 2021, 18:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2529
Views: 727390
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Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Talks with Japan are ongoing...around collaboration and up to joining Tempest (unlikely I suspect..) https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/uks-tempest-fighter-jet-set-international-contracts-japan-talks-ongoing-bae-2021-09-29/?utm_source=reddit.com Maybe not as a full partner but maybe...
by Defiance
29 Sep 2021, 13:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 699
Views: 169741
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I fear not, I believe the CAMM will use the space set aside for potential Mk41. There is still the existing Harpoon space, perhaps that may be enough room for sixteen, rather than eight, launchers. You're correct - CAMM is occupying that left-over space for strike length cells. There's some discuss...
by Defiance
28 Sep 2021, 14:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14546
Views: 3300647
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Probably want to court France enough to put the screws to Qatar and stop them basing brand new Rafale in Turkey for training purposes ...

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turk ... -agreement