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by Aethulwulf
11 Feb 2020, 23:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

And my point is that there are credible future scenarios involving small scale operations where F35s or Typhoons or other fast jets will not be present / deployed.
by Aethulwulf
11 Feb 2020, 23:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The real questions are: A. How likely is it in the next ~20 years that a small scale UK force will be faced with an opposition force mostly armed with Toyota pick-up Technicals or other light armour, and these operations will be within a coastal area. B. How much priority should be given to equippi...
by Aethulwulf
11 Feb 2020, 15:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It is linked to the Littoral Strike concept, for very small scale interventions when a carrier with Apache / F35 is not present. Also, lessons from Libya show that such a capability would have been very useful. But, still quite far from the top of the funding priority list. I realise your last stat...
by Aethulwulf
11 Feb 2020, 15:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It does overlap with SeaVenom (but not with Martlet/LMM). Developing a surface-launched SeaVenom vs add a booster to SPEAR3 and load it in ExLS. I like the latter. My main curiosity is...what is the intended purpose of a surface launched Spear on a ship? What is its target? Is this a solution looki...
by Aethulwulf
11 Feb 2020, 15:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As I understand, the potential interest in a ship launched version of Spear is primarily for precision land attack, against mobile targets. This would be an adjunct to NGFS, potentially supporting RM. To be useful, it would need a range of ~100-150 km. As such the air launched version would need som...
by Aethulwulf
08 Feb 2020, 11:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ok thanks for that, but that does not tell me were it will dock, likely i am a dumb git and just not seen it!. Ok lets try another way, where could a ship of that size actually dock in Liverpool? Most likely is it will dock at the Liverpool cruise terminal, close to the iconic Liver building. There...
by Aethulwulf
27 Jan 2020, 13:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3976
Views: 367878
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

No. No idea where Donald got his dates from... ...but as I understand it for T26 first delivery to RN and commissioning likely to be 2025, with first operational deployment in 2027. Construction and fit out to be finished in 2023, with contractor sea trials in 2024. But dates are not fixed, and ther...
by Aethulwulf
25 Jan 2020, 12:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I'm guessing.... 1. Flight tests (takeoff and landing) in UK waters. 2. Pilot Carrier Qualifications. 3. Landing Signal Officer Qualifications. I would guess RAS of solid stores with Fort Victoria and interoperability testing with Merlin Crowsnest will both be required before IOC was declared. Not ...
by Aethulwulf
22 Jan 2020, 14:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11165
Views: 846917
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

From House of Lords this week... Lord West of Spithead: “To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the number of Royal Navy frigates in commission will rise above the present total of 13; and whether that number will drop below 13 at any stage in the next ten years.” Baroness Goldie, Minister of State fo...
by Aethulwulf
19 Jan 2020, 22:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3976
Views: 367878
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Why is everyone assuming they are CAMM? Canada already uses ESSM. It's far more likely they'll just pack that in instead. Altogether an impressive ship. Wish the City class could take some lessons from it... Iv said it before not only are we ordering the smallest number of our own design but also a...
by Aethulwulf
19 Jan 2020, 16:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3976
Views: 367878
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Why is everyone assuming they are CAMM? Because that's what Jane's reported back in May. For fans of ExLs https://www.janes.com/article/88550/udt-2019-lockheed-martin-touts-exls-success From beyond the paywall... "With the selection of the ExLS launcher in Canada, Jane's understands that the M...
by Aethulwulf
19 Jan 2020, 14:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3976
Views: 367878
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

The 24 CAMM in 6-cell ExLS are for CIWS, selected by Canada as an improvement on and instead of SeaRAM.

The expectation is that the Mk41 cells will be filled with ESSM block2 and Standard Missiles - but exact details have not been announced.
by Aethulwulf
19 Jan 2020, 08:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

First reported in Australia, last April... http://www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/sea/bae-systems-offers-queen-elizabeth-carrier-design-to-india?fbclid=IwAR3PVdHuo6peCEKHWQq7rcInE40cegQ_xHt65N8McpKpjemJkEzEgTJpCkw and then elsewhere... https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/india-building-copyc...
by Aethulwulf
13 Jan 2020, 18:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ron5 wrote:
Aethulwulf wrote:The emissions (and reflections) from their surveillance radars are much harder to track, especially when put it to anti-surveillance mode.


Say what?
Sorry, meant low emission mode.
by Aethulwulf
13 Jan 2020, 16:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The TOR-1M has a target tracking radar and provides command guidance to the missile. (A similar arrangement to SeaWolf.) The target tracking radar will illuminate the target, and it's likely that reflections from the target are what was picked up by whatever monitoring systems were used by the USA. ...
by Aethulwulf
08 Jan 2020, 15:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3112
Views: 283100
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Do anyone know to where HMS Medway, 2nd-hull of Batch-2 River OPV, will be forward deployed? - Caribbean option: where will be the home port? Bermuda? - Persian Gulf option: at Bahrain? - Singapore option: at the RN jetty? Confirmed that HMS Medway is off to the Caribbean. https://www.royalnavy.mod...
by Aethulwulf
26 Nov 2019, 22:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

While SRVL will undoubtedly be useful for the RN, it should be remembered that the USMC have already successfully completed a number of operational tours of F35b's onboard LHDs without the use of any SRVL.
by Aethulwulf
26 Nov 2019, 18:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Any word on SRVL for the latest deployment? Surely with the amount of Daves they had on board, they must have tried something. I’ve seen no video or reports about it. The DT-3 period of flight trials is due to test high deck motion launch and recovery, and shipborne rolling vertical landing envelop...
by Aethulwulf
24 Nov 2019, 17:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A question Iv been wondering is in regards to the 9 ASW merlins that are to be part of the CSG are these all 9 on the QE in addition to the 2 on the T23/26 or including the ones on the escorts ? Neither. If 9 ASW Merlins are part of the CSG, all 9 will be on a QEC and the T23/26 escorts will most l...
by Aethulwulf
24 Nov 2019, 17:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A question Iv been wondering is in regards to the 9 ASW merlins that are to be part of the CSG are these all 9 on the QE in addition to the 2 on the T23/26 or including the ones on the escorts ? Neither. If 9 ASW Merlins are part of the CSG, all 9 will be on a QEC and the T23/26 escorts will most l...
by Aethulwulf
21 Nov 2019, 13:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1046
Views: 111678
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Interesting. It looks like: A. Everyone is now expecting, when FSS is restarted, there will be a requirement for construction within the UK. B. Even under such new conditions, Navantia still want to win the work. C. Of the two bids (Navantia and UK team), the Navantia bid was technically preferred. ...
by Aethulwulf
19 Nov 2019, 17:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6340
Views: 508923
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

According to Jane's, the overall programme costs for T31 will be GBP 1.98 billion. This comprises GBP 1.25 billion production cost of five Type 31s in addition to other associated costs for work required to achieve entry into service. These additional costs include integrated logistic support, initi...
by Aethulwulf
16 Nov 2019, 17:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6340
Views: 508923
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Major decisions on policy are postponed until after the purdah period, unless it is in the national interest to proceed, or a delay would waste public money. MOD has signed the T31 contract and the Boxer contract during the current purdah. A little odd. But in both cases it has been argued that a de...
by Aethulwulf
12 Nov 2019, 17:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

During training and testing, RAS requirements are dominated by fuel (and food). During operations, RAS requirements are dominated by ammunition. RAS will take place when the magazines / fuel tanks are depleted. Given the size of both on QEC, RAS is always likely to take a good few hours. The plannin...
by Aethulwulf
12 Nov 2019, 16:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11168
Views: 1129528
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The main constraint of RAS is that you are sailing on a fixed bearing and a fixed speed for a long time (could be up to 5 hours). Of course you need to ensure that you have clear seas ahead of you for the full time of RAS and, if possible, you choose a bearing that is into the wind direction. But wi...

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