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Unread post26 Jul 2019, 01:45

David Axe's take on how RAF can get 138 F-35s. Strangely logical.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/here’s-how-uk-could-get-its-138-stealth-fighters-69242


Basic premise: 60 F-35Bs in the 4 planned sqns for the CVs. 30 F-35Bs as attrition reserve. Remaining 40 F-35As to replace the Typhoon tranche 1s.
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Unread post28 Jul 2019, 15:31

weasel1962 wrote:A400M woes

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/0 ... keep-26bn/

"A recent Defence Select Committee was told that engineering staff at RAF Brize Norton called the aircraft “a dog” and that on occasion only two out of the fleet of 20 aircraft were serviceable."

"In Parliament this week Mark Francois, a former Defence Minister, said: “We have paid £2.6 billion for an aircraft with appalling reliability, bad engines, a virtually broken gearbox, problem propellers, massive vibration problems and an inability to deliver paratroops.”

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207 sqn returns to UK with 6 F-35B

https://theaviationist.com/2019/07/17/r ... -markings/


Damn, that's too bad about the A-400M. Always liked its design, carbon fiber wing and ability so far above and beyond the C-130. All of that doesn't matter though, if it's a hanger queen. I hope the Luftwaffe's experience with it has been better, but it doesn't sound like it.
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Unread post17 Oct 2019, 01:09

Attached is what the UK reported for the UN arms register relating to year 2018 in terms of military holdings.

Summarised below.
20 Tornadoes
140 Typhoons
9 reapers (for armed UAVs)
52 Apache Mk 1s
62 Wildcats
55 Merlins
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UN register - UK military holdings.pdf
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Unread post18 Oct 2019, 03:45

mixelflick wrote:
weasel1962 wrote:A400M woes

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/0 ... keep-26bn/

"A recent Defence Select Committee was told that engineering staff at RAF Brize Norton called the aircraft “a dog” and that on occasion only two out of the fleet of 20 aircraft were serviceable."

"In Parliament this week Mark Francois, a former Defence Minister, said: “We have paid £2.6 billion for an aircraft with appalling reliability, bad engines, a virtually broken gearbox, problem propellers, massive vibration problems and an inability to deliver paratroops.”

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

207 sqn returns to UK with 6 F-35B

https://theaviationist.com/2019/07/17/r ... -markings/


Damn, that's too bad about the A-400M. Always liked its design, carbon fiber wing and ability so far above and beyond the C-130. All of that doesn't matter though, if it's a hanger queen. I hope the Luftwaffe's experience with it has been better, but it doesn't sound like it.


Lmao.They should have contracted Russian turbo prop designers at that rate. Their stuff seem pretty reliable and proven.
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Unread post18 Oct 2019, 06:49

RAF received its 160th and final typhoon on 30 Sep 2019.
https://www.airforce-technology.com/new ... on-combat/
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