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by Cooper
16 Jul 2018, 16:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1735
Views: 184608
Location: Korea North

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Absolutely. The Japanese are the real prize for co-operation. South Korea or Italy are consolations in comparison. I think that's being harsh on the Italians TBH, they are somewhat overshadowed by the UK & France when it comes to defence & don't shout about it but they do have a superb indi...
by Cooper
28 Jun 2018, 14:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3978
Views: 371579
Location: Korea North

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

Lets hope it gives a boost to the Canadian bid as well.
by Cooper
25 Jun 2018, 15:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3978
Views: 371579
Location: Korea North

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

IMHO, Australia has way too many shipyards, considering her naval needs... I think the bigger problem is that they have way too small a population for the territory they have to guard. A population of 25m in a country nearly the size of the US, is a crazy out of whack demographic. They need at leas...
by Cooper
20 Jun 2018, 13:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1564
Views: 159999
Location: Korea North

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

I told you they finished 4th.

Sorry that you didn't want to believe me or BFTV.
by Cooper
09 Jun 2018, 09:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1564
Views: 159999
Location: Korea North

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

UK finished fourth overall, according to British Forces TV.

Not bad at all.

Sorry, I know most of you in here wanted them to finish last in order to affirm your views that the C2 is now an obsolete pile of junk, better luck next time.
by Cooper
15 May 2018, 12:07
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1564
Views: 159999
Location: Korea North

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

I bet you lot want the C2 to finish last, don't you. Just so you can keep on griping about it.

I mean, what on earth would you do if it came in first place :lol:
by Cooper
08 May 2018, 15:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1564
Views: 159999
Location: Korea North

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

RetroSicotte wrote:
Cooper wrote:Even the Russians, in their post war battle assessment of Allied tank performance declared the C1 as the best tank in theatre, which led to much sulking from the Americans.


Can you link to said assessment?


Updated my post.
by Cooper
08 May 2018, 15:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1564
Views: 159999
Location: Korea North

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

..and yet just 4yrs later, in actual combat, the Chally 1 was the most successful allied tank in theatre. I have yet to see any real statement on "most successful in theatre". It performed well, but it must always be remembered that it wasn't exactly up against much. Challenger 1 was dece...
by Cooper
08 May 2018, 14:49
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1564
Views: 159999
Location: Korea North

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

Gabriele wrote:Hopefully it will not be a humiliating disaster like CAT 1987 for the Chally 1


..and yet just 4yrs later, in actual combat, the Chally 1 was the most successful allied tank in theatre.
by Cooper
06 May 2018, 08:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 180778
Location: Korea North

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

CFT's are nothing more than a last ditch remedy for a country desperate to delay purchasing new aircraft, they're a way of kidding yourself that your 40yr old fleet of F15's, F16's & F18's can still be relevant for another 40.
by Cooper
21 Mar 2018, 17:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1163
Views: 132030
Location: Korea North

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

So, it will only be about 15yrs into their service life before they all work as advertised.. :roll:
by Cooper
12 Feb 2018, 08:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 91529
Location: Korea North

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Lol, you can just imagine the argument put forward by the bean counters in the treasury to RN objections to the idea.. "but the French manage with 6 SSN's,but the French manage with 6 SSN's,but the French manage with 6 SSN's,but the French manage with 6 SSN's,but the French manage with 6 SSN's,...
by Cooper
24 Jan 2018, 07:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 180778
Location: Korea North

Re: Typhoon

RetroSicotte wrote:Waited far too long on Bahrain. Missed the chance when it was sitting right there years ago.


Anyone that chooses F16's over Typhoons were never really in a financial position to buy them anyway...
by Cooper
11 Dec 2017, 15:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1825
Views: 180778
Location: Korea North

Re: Typhoon

This radar better be awesome, because it is taking ages. Its also completely unnecessary, the current radar on Typhoon is more than good enough but the demand for AESA was simply a case of BAE responding to an extra bullet point on the Rafale's sales literature. ..and given the opportunity for furt...
by Cooper
06 Dec 2017, 13:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3978
Views: 371579
Location: Korea North

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

So the French tried to be a bunch of sneaky fucks, trying to use informal back channels to push their bid and it backfired on them. Oh dear, what a shame, never mind. Anyway, given the history of Canadian procurement, and what an absolute hell hole of politics it is, whoever wins the contract will h...
by Cooper
01 Dec 2017, 16:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3978
Views: 371579
Location: Korea North

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

So what is the betting that the T26 sells better than the T31e We might actually make some money on T31e sales though, countries who might want that level of naval ship don't tend to have their own construction facilities. From what I can see, we're practically just selling the engineering blueprin...
by Cooper
11 Nov 2017, 12:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1735
Views: 184608
Location: Korea North

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft General Discussion

I don't see how the UK & France could ever come to a common design agreement on a (manned) Typhoon & Rafale replacement. The problems of the French wanting an aircraft suitable for both land and carrier based operations will be the same as what caused France to pull out of the Eurofighter pr...
by Cooper
27 Sep 2017, 11:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3978
Views: 371579
Location: Korea North

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

By giving them names of cities in regions of the UK agitating to leave the union, all were doing is giving them an easy excuse to claim said ships as their rightful property in any future negotiations over separation... :roll: Losing two T26 out of a fleet of only 8 is not something the RN could tol...
by Cooper
20 Sep 2017, 13:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11195
Views: 1143540
Location: Korea North

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:It seems the RN and the QEC captain's are now doing commercials for Land Rover....


They'd better get used it, given the number of tedious trade missions the carriers will have to host during their lifetimes, acting as an ambassador for UK PLC.
by Cooper
13 Sep 2017, 14:20
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 261
Views: 36105
Location: Korea North

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

Last of the 'white tail' (unsold) C17's has just been purchased by India, so that boat has sailed, and I've no doubt we'll buy more A400's as the C130 fleet is eventually retired.
by Cooper
13 Sep 2017, 13:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 261
Views: 36105
Location: Korea North

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

I'm not criticising the aircraft but for the life of me I can't see the point in it. The C130J and C17 fleet seemed capable of transporting pretty much everything required for the RAF to support the Army, predominantly 16 Air Assault Brigade, what new capability does the Atlas add? I doubt the C130...
by Cooper
13 Sep 2017, 11:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 261
Views: 36105
Location: Korea North

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

I must say they're a fine looking bird, they have a real chunky, solid looking appearance about them..
by Cooper
05 Sep 2017, 14:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11195
Views: 1143540
Location: Korea North

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I'd imagine the actual fitting of a sea ceptor silo would be relatively easy, it would fit..somewhere. The tricky part would be integrating the command and control room along with all the people needed to operate an independent, carrier borne missile air defence system, that wouldn't overlap the def...
by Cooper
28 Jul 2017, 12:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3978
Views: 371579
Location: Korea North

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

Jesus, anyone would think we're getting a fleet of 30 ships watching that... :evil:

How many will be available at any one time? 3,4 at most. :roll:
by Cooper
20 Jul 2017, 11:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3978
Views: 371579
Location: Korea North

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

dmereifield wrote:Surely they have to include at least one from each of the home nations, so Belfast must be one...hopefully...


...not until the DUP demand it :D


...And the separatist trash in Scotland will have already put this down as future flagship of their newly independent navy... :roll:

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