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by seaspear
01 Aug 2020, 07:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 294782
Location: Australia

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

To add some of the views of the French on merging the programs this article uses the word competitor
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... te-reports
by seaspear
31 Jul 2020, 21:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1651
Views: 231902
Location: Australia

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

The article stated heavier armour as well, have any modifications been done to the power and engine to accommodate this as its one of the slower tanks as I understand?
by seaspear
23 Jul 2020, 05:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1597170
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

How would this impact relations with South Korea? that can be suspicious of Japan
perhaps this article clears up the confusion about the different "eyes"
https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/understa ... s-concept/
by seaspear
21 Jul 2020, 23:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

I would add that many of the contributors in this forum appear to have better credentials on knowledge of defence issues than journalists which is sad because the journalists are the ones to shape public opinion ,I exclude real journalists like Xavier and Gabrielle from this comment of course who ha...
by seaspear
21 Jul 2020, 23:18
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

To be fair to Ron any journalist who has some considerable influence with their readers should have some expertise and knowledge of the issue the write on after all people pay money believing this info is accurate, articles found in Muck Rack by this journalist suggest a degree of self-promotion, th...
by seaspear
21 Jul 2020, 22:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1597170
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

From a perspective of supporting increased trade with partners in the Asia Pacific area currently under some measure of threat, by a large nation not recognising international sea borders, that is developing the second largest to date navy in the world showing the flag and providing some moral suppo...
by seaspear
20 Jul 2020, 14:12
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

There have been many articles on how the R.N will use the F35B but almost zilch on how or where the R.A.F will deploy them ,I can envisage there could be advantages of this type of aircraft deployed in a supportive role to the armed forces
by seaspear
19 Jul 2020, 23:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1597170
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I had previously read a few years ago that a complete layout of all of the carrier decks would not be published for security reasons
by seaspear
19 Jul 2020, 03:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1597170
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The Tide class ships each have two Pellegrini cranes with a capability lift of ten tons usually for use at land do they have any capability in the ship to ship cargo transfer ?
by seaspear
18 Jul 2020, 21:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1597170
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Why would you transport a nine and a half thousand-pound engine from shore when you could more easily have them or any other heavy cargo carried by the supply ship ?
by seaspear
14 Jul 2020, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1597170
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

In regards to the devastating fire on the Bonhomme Richard that has burnt out of control for a few days now with up to 400 hundred sailors involved in trying to save the ship are there lessons to be learnt from this in damage control and fire fighting. For the carriers of the R.N that are are not so...
by seaspear
13 Jul 2020, 21:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 294782
Location: Australia

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The comments above lead to the question would the f35 have been cheaper if produced in the same country but then how much of its success has been due to countries having the ability to incorporate their own industries into hi tech job production
by seaspear
07 Jul 2020, 07:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

With regards to the F35 B this article suggests that the upgrading to block4 will add weight and affect range ,I dont know if this has been discussed elsewhere but in an aircraft operating off a carrier this suggests it would be vital for all of the F35B operating off carriers to be so upgraded to a...
by seaspear
05 Jul 2020, 22:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

It might have been on the cards for a while when they did not replace the one destroyed by fire at a red flag exercise , sorry about being off the thread moderators but getting back on it , should there be a consideration for the modified f35a to be acquired by the R.A.A.F for the S.E.A.D and D.E.A....
by seaspear
05 Jul 2020, 21:36
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

The recently released white paper announced those Growlers would be replaced the only plane on the drawing board in that timeline with that capacity could be the then upgraded f35,s
by seaspear
05 Jul 2020, 11:05
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

Its likely the batch including the s.e.a.d will be sourced by the R.A.A.F as a replacement for the Growler
by seaspear
05 Jul 2020, 05:29
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

Would the modifications outlined by Lockheed for SEAD roles for the f35 be included for the f35b
https://www.airforcemag.com/lockheed-to ... nses-role/
certainly, the timeline in batch 14 could be useful
by seaspear
28 Jun 2020, 00:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6556
Views: 730438
Location: Australia

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Apologies for going off thread but with the comments about the costs of introduction of frigates perhaps this is a type of ship that also meets the budget with asw capability
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pohjanmaa-class_corvette
by seaspear
27 Jun 2020, 21:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4094
Views: 517463
Location: Australia

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Several years ago I was reading articles expecting that the future R.A.N frigate would likely be larger than the new destroyers , its likely as with the R.N the future may include air warfare versions based on this design possibly requiring minimal design change , another consideration for the diffe...
by seaspear
19 Jun 2020, 13:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 50482
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

I originally place this on the Australian defence site bt considered it went into the capabilities of the Wedgetail it might be also included here with the mention of capability in electronic warfare https://venturaapdr.partica.online/apdr/apdr-june-2020/features/project-peregrine-a-further-boost-to...
by seaspear
14 Jun 2020, 22:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: CVA-01 Aircraft Carrier Project (Cancelled 1966) (RN)
Replies: 18
Views: 4642
Location: Australia

Re: CVA-01 Aircraft Carrier Project (Cancelled 1966) (RN)

Another defence forum using SKB,s above post has also gone into this suggesting the development of the Harrier could have been affected , then would this have affected the eventual f35b t68 Well-Known Member Yesterday at 6:58 PM Add bookmark #12,942 Ah a nostalgic look at what could have been for th...
by seaspear
11 Jun 2020, 14:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

Would an external gun pod effect stealth ?
by seaspear
06 Jun 2020, 22:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1062
Views: 182095
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

This is an interesting article suggesting the U.S.N has provided further capabilities for its P-8A aircraft https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/33482/navy-p-8-with-secretive-radar-pod-surveils-massive-chinese-naval-base-in-south-china-sea could the R.A.F p-8,s be similarly equipped for their own m...
by seaspear
03 Jun 2020, 08:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

Are you suggesting there are no advantages to fifth-generation fighters over the preceding a/c , certainly the f35b can fly off a carrier unlike the Eurofighter to perform its missions or do we compare the Harrier to the f35b in capabilities,
by seaspear
02 Jun 2020, 22:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622644
Location: Australia

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

In this discussion of mission-capable, what is known on what is required for the f35b to be fully mission capable as opposed to other aircraft without being disparaging to other aircraft the f35b is a very complex aircraft with many capabilities that other aircraft don't have . Is comparing the f35 ...

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