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by seaspear
15 May 2020, 13:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

Well just to spice things up President Trump has suggested pulling back from manufacturing parts outside the U.S


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-15/ ... a/12252384
by seaspear
05 May 2020, 23:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1369869
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Would there be value in acquiring c.e.c for the carriers and escorts in the co-ordination of defences espiacially with other navies that have such
by seaspear
05 May 2020, 07:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 755
Views: 126182
Location: Australia

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

H.M.S Kent has been deployed to the Barents sea with the US. navy in a freedom of sea navigation excercise ,Russia was given prior knowledge of this to prevent misunderstanding ,Im not sure of the last occassion a R.N ship entered these waters certainly they were more welcome during the second world...
by seaspear
02 May 2020, 06:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6466
Views: 633772
Location: Australia

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Or perhaps name them after the WW2 Castle class ,plenty of castles to name them after .
by seaspear
29 Apr 2020, 22:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1369869
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

What is the testing for the Covid 19 virus for the R.N is it the nasal swab or just temperatue test?
by seaspear
28 Apr 2020, 10:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 236490
Location: Australia

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

This is an old article discussing developments of building Eurofighter with SEADS capabilities it may have been posted before but I had not seen this configuration of the fighter with those antenna at the front I was wondering if this is the type of Eurofighter Germany could build or has this been c...
by seaspear
27 Apr 2020, 15:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

I understand some of the main differences that are obvious is the the Global eye directs received information to ground based operators which is different to the Wedgetail and other AWACS aircraft which have their operators onboard ,certainly a question is why isnt everyone else doing this ,and was ...
by seaspear
27 Apr 2020, 10:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

I dont doubt that the SAAB ERIEYE is a very capable aircraft but if comparing to an aircraft like Wedgetail SAAB would have to come up with a very good argument why it is superior and which I cant find any statement from SAAB of this
by seaspear
26 Apr 2020, 23:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

I appreciate the reply but when you state the Wedgetail has a range over some point and cant state the why the SAAB can exceed this its hard to understand your claimed advantage certainly also the Wedgetail,s L band is steerable so in one direction as required it can sweep further out but the full c...
by seaspear
26 Apr 2020, 13:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

In respect of the SAAB radar can you provide any information as to any of the advantages it has over the Wedgetail ,
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/the-e-7 ... he-sentry/
by seaspear
26 Apr 2020, 02:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

My apologies if this article has already been placed here but it seems to cover many of the points of discussion e.g. the U.Ks contribution as a tier1 partner ,the incremental pace of introduction of block 4 upgrades etc.
https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL30563.pdf
by seaspear
25 Apr 2020, 21:20
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

This article suggests that early ifnot present engines of the F35B will not reach expected service life by more than half ,I can understand the need for numbers of these aircraft to be delivered but would suggest waiting for the more mature versions with more efficient engines https://www.thedrive.c...
by seaspear
25 Apr 2020, 01:51
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

Seems like the Queen Elizabeth class dodged a massive bullet not going to catobar with the help of the U.S.N ,makes some people look like geniuses
by seaspear
24 Apr 2020, 21:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

Among some of the deficiencies noted for the f35 was the issue of limited radar in sea search mode https://www.defensenews.com/smr/hidden-troubles-f35/2020/04/24/the-pentagon-has-cut-the-number-of-serious-f-35-technical-flaws-in-half/ This may not be such an issue for the U.S.N which has other aircr...
by seaspear
22 Apr 2020, 09:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1911
Views: 236490
Location: Australia

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

An interesting article claiming that Passive radar tracked two F35s at the Berlin airdhow last year and that Germany is looking to further develop this . https://www.businessinsider.com/german-radar-maker-hensoldt-says-it-tracked-f35-in-2018-2019-9?r=AU&IR=T I raise this because Russian sensors ...
by seaspear
18 Apr 2020, 13:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1369869
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Nice picture probaby the aftermath of the spray which would also be another good picture
by seaspear
17 Apr 2020, 20:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1369869
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Thanks S.K.B the film footage of the demonstration of fire fighting was interesting ,the footage of the Prewetting with fine mist spray on the Illustrious was what I meant , this had some measure of signature reduction providing a slight cloud over some of the ship how this would go though if had to...
by seaspear
17 Apr 2020, 13:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1369869
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is there any information on the "Prewetting "system used on the Queen Elizabeth carriers , this is a system that was originally used to wash off nuclear and chemical weapon residue but later found to be useful to assist in masking the infrared red signature http://www.leongalle.com/Documen...
by seaspear
16 Apr 2020, 13:25
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

There have been reported strains on the defence budget causing it is claimed to be unsustainable as such it would only be prudent to allocate those funds to meet the greatest need ,there would be a number of programs that need further resources that would present a greater priority than the filling ...
by seaspear
16 Apr 2020, 02:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

Excactly mutually beneficial
by seaspear
15 Apr 2020, 21:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

The carriers themselves are fairly flexible ships and designed as per the report to the commons to provide a high sortie rate ,interoperability with the U.S.N ,The flexibility I refer to is the ability to perform other roles not as a strike carrier loaded up with the F35B but with the ability to put...
by seaspear
15 Apr 2020, 06:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535488
Location: Australia

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

The operations of the carriers are likely to be in roles previously held by U.S carriers in the Med and Atlantic though not exclusively previously it was reported there would be more movement of U.S carriers to the Pacifichaving the U.S.M.C operate from the Queen Elizabeth class carriers though sugg...
by seaspear
14 Apr 2020, 00:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 297
Views: 77981
Location: Australia

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Active protective systems are being widely introduced to various tanks and armored troop carrying vehicles in a move away from passive armour is there any move in this to the various vehicles using artillery that would be exposed to counter battery fire ?
by seaspear
12 Apr 2020, 20:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1369869
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

With the events on other naval carriers concerning the virus is there a testing regime before the crew embarks ?
by seaspear
07 Apr 2020, 23:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 406
Views: 68706
Location: Australia

Re: Merlin helicopters

This is of course an article from last year concerning the U.S.N seeking remote launched U.A.v capable of detecting magnetic anomalys in detection of submarines only the Indian navies Poseidon operate with the magnetic anomay detector boom as per the contract it was thought by other nations that the...

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