Peter Elliott on Closedown Phase I CompleteMark The other thing to think about is the Complex Weapons pipeline. Currently this favours Typhoon with the UK's full A2G suite funded for Typhoon but not for F35B. As the years go by however the new SPEAR 3 and SPEAR 4 weapons will be designed and funded specifically for...Mark on Closedown Phase I CompletePE There will always be obselencance issues to address as jets get older but the manufactures have already demonstrated an upgrade option if you so wish to pay for it. It is likely the tranche 1 jets will remain without the full air to ground upgrade primarily providing uk air...Peter Elliott on Closedown Phase I CompleteMark Do you believe the talk that Tranche 1 Typhoons will hit a brick wall of obsolescence in around 2025? If that happens will we have enough Tranch 2 and 3 machines to sustain a 7 squadron force out to 2040? In that context it would not surprise me to...Mark on Closedown Phase I CompletePE True, it is worth remembering however that we have currently only actually order 48 f35s to be delivered to achieve FOC with 2 sqns in 2023. Current planning would indicate a fast jet force of 7 typhoon sqns (aspiration for an 8th Sqn) and 2 f35 Sqn up to...Peter Elliott on Closedown Phase I CompleteJust confirms how right we are to buy only one squadron of F35B in 2018 to stand up a capability and get a training pipeline going. Typhoon will be our go-to combat aircraft for a while yet. Doesn't mean we won't eventually ram up a significant F35B fleet in the...Mark on Closedown Phase I CompleteThe f35 has had is dose of reality delivered by in the annual dot&e evaluation In an August memo, Gilmore doubted the F-35A’s initial combat ready status. The Block 3i configuration, which carries weapons limited to Block 2B, would need support to locate and avoid modern threats, acquire targets and...andy reeves on Closedown Phase I Completemy favorite ever website, people with genuine intelligence and news real ideas and a real caring i have no idea where i'll go now,but like here i hope i'll stumble on somewhere that has a similar format and bredth of news and information. i take my hat off to all...Peter Elliott on Multidrive VehiclesIt is worth noting that in modern articulated buses the engine and transmission lie in the rear unit and effectively push the unpowered cab unit along. Matt on Harebrained SchemesThe mast-based ATGM does seem a bit harebrained - much better surely to extend a small mast with a sensor, and then use vertical launch missiles from the body of the vehicle? GAB on Multidrive VehiclesAll these solutions appear to be direct drive from the tractor, has any work been done on hydraulic or electric powered trailers? GAB The Other Chris on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)SEA 1180 is a bit of a special case, closer to the UK's old MHPC program: Of which the new Rivers will be fulfilling the "PC" component and the Tupperware Life Extension the "M" bit, leaving the "H" part unanswered for now. The RAN are (have been?) working with the...Peter Elliott on The Strike Brigade – what, why, how?How about asking these guys to design a fast light recce vehicle http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38561557 OK so it's basically automotive porn but who cares? sisyphus on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)yet... https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/imps-news/australia-issues-opv-rft/ How is it possible then that the River class OPV is not even short listed for this competition. Given that BAE Systems Australia is 'a subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, [and] is one of the largest defence contractors in Australia' you might have thought they would have taken...The Other Chris on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)Actually, the River-class (or, more accurately, the design family) is one of the most successful warship exports from the UK in recent decades. Including the Amazonas, Rivers, Clydes, Krabi's, and Al-Shamikh's et al, there's 17 built or building, 3-4 second-hand sales on the cards, and 15 prospects of differing likelihoods....Think Defence on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)Oh how we laughed The Other Chris on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)Where have we heard £250M before? http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/global-combat-ship-gcs-programme/ Mr. A. Smith on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)I don’t see many River Class patrol vessels flying off the shelves to other Navies so I don’t see how using an existing design and stretching them by 20/30 metres is going to suddenly make them attractive and in demand for exporting in future. We need to create a new...andy reeves on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)its been leaked that a type 31 has been provisionally priced at around 250 million!(even though its not designed yet! thats no going to increase fleet size as fast as some would hopet andy reeves on New Long Read and a Quick Updatehow about this as a solution to the ocean debate? in ww2 merchant ships had superststructures removed and a flat top fitted. why not do that to a bay class? Geoff on New Long Read and a Quick UpdateThanks for coming back with an informed and challenging fix of defence, TD. I can understand the need to step back, shame that you couldn't make the blog more 'commercially' viable, but either way, I thank you for your efforts. JohnHartley on New Long Read and a Quick UpdateJust to remind everyone that the think defence open thread is on wordpress. crj on New Long Read and a Quick UpdateAlways pleased to see new material from yourself TD, long form is the best form. Happy New Year! Mark on Closedown Phase I CompleteWonder how many containers fit on these trains. Someone will know http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38497997 China has launched a direct rail freight service to London, as part of its drive to develop trade and investment ties with Europe. China Railway already runs services between China and other European cities, including Madrid and Hamburg....S O on Multidrive VehiclesTo turn around on forestry roads would sure be more difficult than with MAN SX. The use of multi-axle trailers is restricted to 'rear' support services in land forces for a reason. One COULD make a multi-axis trailer agile with a backward driving camera and individually powered/braked if nto even...Simon on Multidrive VehiclesIs the Viking or Warthog not classed as a multi-drive vehicle?