Ron5 wrote:Hardly a credible source.
Timmymagic wrote:Seen elsewhere...hopefully the MoD can shake the piggy bank and find some small change for a number of these..at 7.5 ft it will fit in F-35B (PWIV is 8.5 ft.)
topman wrote:Baggage pods are pretty handy, I wonder if they'll ever be bought and cleared for use.
There are a lot more pressing integrations required before baggage pods.Timmymagic wrote:topman wrote:Baggage pods are pretty handy, I wonder if they'll ever be bought and cleared for use.
You'd hope so, they can't be too expensive (although I'm sure that to the layman one of these carbon fibre tubes will be ridiculously priced). Looks like the US are doing the initial clearance work, but I have to say it doesn't mention F-35B anywhere, I've guessed that it will fit based on its length (its about a foot shorter than PWIV) only. It may well be that some other dimension/feature makes it unsuitable for F-35B internal carriage.
Tinman wrote:There are a lot more pressing integrations required before baggage pods.
Ron5 wrote:Cost of F-35 integration: ASRAAM: £47 million, Paveway IV: £103 million, SPEAR Cap 3: £170 million.
jonas wrote:written answers 21st July 2021 :-
https://questions-statements.parliament ... 7-16/34463
Timmymagic wrote:They're (Italy) deeply involved in the CAMM-ER programme so may also decide to go with Asraam CSP on their F-35A and B.
Ron5 wrote:Timmymagic wrote:They're (Italy) deeply involved in the CAMM-ER programme so may also decide to go with Asraam CSP on their F-35A and B.
I'm struggling to think of a component of ASRAAM that is both common with CAMM and made in Italy. Surely, Meteor integration would be the most likely to interest Italy?
I'm also a tad surprised the ASRAAM CSP requires integration above and beyond that done already. But I suppose there are H&S issues at the very least.
MBDA is also under contract for the ASRAAM Capability Sustainment Programme (CSP) to build replenishment missiles for the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The CSP effort makes use of ASRAAM’s commonality with the CAMM missile family, also being bought by the Royal Navy and British Army, to deliver extensive cost savings across the UK Armed Forces.
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