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    Quote Originally Posted by ~UNiOnJaCk~ View Post
    We did, but Tranche 1 Typhoons are to be retired sometime around or just after 2020 under current plans as they will cost too much to upgrade to the latest standard.

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    The UK agreed with their Eurofighter partners to order 232 Typhoons. However, to save some money the Tranche 3 order was cut from 88 to only 16. With penalty clauses & cancellation cost those 16 Typhoons cost the UK Taxpayers 2.7 billion pounds. It would have been cheaper to buy the aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Flitcroft View Post
    The UK agreed with their Eurofighter partners to order 232 Typhoons. However, to save some money the Tranche 3 order was cut from 88 to only 16. With penalty clauses & cancellation cost those 16 Typhoons cost the UK Taxpayers 2.7 billion pounds. It would have been cheaper to buy the aircraft.
    The UK is to receive 40 Tranche 3A, actually.

    2 Typhoon Tranche 1 were diverted to Austria, and 24 Tranche 2 were diverted to Saudi Arabia, avoiding penalities. Eurofighter is going to ***** about no one buying the Tranche 3B, but it will get nowhere. The consortium got away with way too much already as it is.

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    Timelapse of HMS Prince of Wales's LB02 and LB03 superblocks being skidded tother for joining is finally online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=D5tlLuHpHYw …

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    Because the skids done, I guess ACA could also start reassembling the drydock cofferdam behind the superblock for the future LB04 float-in.

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    Great to finally see the vid, notice the base for GTA have already been welded into place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdam1 View Post
    Great to finally see the vid, notice the base for GTA have already been welded into place.
    Yes, you're right, I missed that completely! Pause the video at 0:29, and its clear that SP01L (Lower) was lifted and fitted sometime between 25/10/14 and 1/11/14, before the skid.
    Diagram re-edit done. SP01L fitted to starboard side of LB02
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    I notice the "cabins" are in place for the track mounted welding equipment. On QE these were in place for a LONG time, how many times does the welder go back and forth across the deck? Once slowly or does it make many passes?

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    I noticed in the newsletter that Babcocks are doing the CB05/06 units at Rosyth along with the sponsons, which BAE Portsmouth did for QNLZ, i wonder who is doing LB05 and the Skeg ?

    As for the coffer dam i dont think they will do that till next year as part of the preparation for the delivery of LB04, the welding teams will be focused on either the welding up the blocks on the ship or assembling the sponsons and CB blocks at the moment

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