Great Britain conditions new order for F35B on lower maintenance costs

While the Royal Air Force's F35Bs began the aircraft's first operational missions and strikes from the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth II, targeting Islamic State targets in the Middle East, the Minister of La British defense, Ben Wallace, has weighted these previous statements regarding future orders for the Lockheed-Martin aircraft. According to the Conservative minister, these new orders will only come into effect once the integration of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile has been completed and validated on board the new aircraft. Above all, he announced, on June 23, that these will only take place once the maintenance and upgrade costs…

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Royal Navy to send 165.000 tons of diplomacy to the Pacific

Obviously, British authorities like the Royal Navy want to make the first long-term operational deployment of their new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, an event that is as significant as it is symbolic. Indeed, the carrier battle group which will set sail next month for a 28-week mission in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, will be made up of no less than 8 major British-listed ships, representing a total tonnage of 165.000 tonnes, more to the global gauge of Marines like Turkey or Brazil. No month of 18 F35B will embark on the HMS Queen Elizabeth, including 8 belonging to the Royal Air…

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With the Vixen, the Royal Navy studies the use of a versatile on-board combat drone

Obviously, the ambition to equip the aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales with a catapult and arresting wires to implement combat drones is gaining momentum within the Royal Navy. Indeed, according to several articles that have appeared in the specialist press across the Channel, the Royal Navy is actively studying the possibility of using a fixed-wing combat drone, designated the Vixen program, on board its aircraft carriers, to fulfill numerous missions. , ranging from early air warning to in-flight refueling, air-to-ground and air-to-surface strikes, and intelligence and communication missions. Better, the objective...

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UK to order more F35Bs in coming years

Prior to the publication of the new Integrated Strategic Review, many rumors circulated about the arbitrations that will be carried out by the Johnson government, to redefine the format of the British armies. Among them figured prominently the hypothesis of a significant drop in orders for F35 aircraft, of which Great Britain had committed to order 138 copies. For a long time, it was even a question of limiting the size of the fleet of this essential device for the use of the two new aircraft carriers of the Queen Elizabeth class, to only 48 aircraft, i.e. the number of aircraft already ordered. and being delivered. The publication of the Review…

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The Royal Navy wants a catapult and stop strands on its aircraft carriers

Since the aircraft carrier HMS Bulwark entered service in 1959, Great Britain has no longer designed aircraft carriers equipped with catapults and arresters, capable of implementing conventional on-board fixed-wing aircraft. With the arrival of the Harrier and the Sea Harrier with short or vertical take-off and landing, the British Navy chose to design aircraft carriers equipped with springboards, which were certainly less effective, but also much less expensive than their counterparts equipped with catapults, such as the French Clemenceau-class aircraft carriers, or their successor, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. The last two British aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and…

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The Royal Navy will keep its 2 Albion-class assault ships until 2033

It is difficult to measure, seen from the outside, to what extent the British armies were worried about their fate before the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a policy of reinforcement of the means of Defense of the kingdom last week, taking the contrary to several weeks, and even several months, of anxious speculation. Among the many issues of concern that were hurting the morale of the British military, the possible early withdrawal from service of the two assault ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark, was not the most spectacular or the most publicized, but it was probably the 'one of those who could most handicap the real military capabilities of…

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To finance the Tempest program, London could divide its fleet of F2B by 35

In 2010, the Royal Air Force justified, in part, the withdrawal of its 72 Harriers from service by the fact that the implementation of such a limited fleet of aircraft was both complicated and very expensive. However, this is what is likely to happen in the years to come, since according to the British press, the government of Boris Johnson is seriously considering dividing by 2 the fleet of 138 F35Bs, the acquisition of which was planned for the first half. the length of production of the American device. The savings made, representing at least £8 billion on the simple acquisition budget, would then be marked...

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HMS Queen Elizabeth and Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier: two different concept of naval air combat

On April 29, the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail from Portsmouth for a long sea trial campaign. Previously, the entire crew was tested against the coronavirus, in order to prevent the Royal Navy from knowing the same setbacks as the US Navy or the Marine Nationale. This test campaign should make it possible to qualify the aircraft carrier for its first operational deployments, now expected for next year. From 2021, therefore, the Royal Navy should once again have naval air capability, for the first time since the withdrawal of Harrier aircraft in 2010. The future of British naval aviation is therefore taking shape around its two new…

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The HMS OCEAN LHD is sold to Brazilians after only 23 years of service

The helicopter carrier assault ship HMS Ocean was the flagship of the Royal Navy for nearly 20 years. She was withdrawn from service to be sold in Brazil with the arrival of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, for an amount of 84,3 million pounds sterling. The 21.000 ton ship is capable of projecting 400 men as well as a dozen helicopters of all types. It will significantly strengthen the capabilities of the Brazilian Navy after its decision to withdraw the aircraft carrier Sao Paolo (Ex Clemenceau) from service The resale of a ship that has not been in service for 25 years may appear surprising. However, the British are...

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