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by Aethulwulf
26 Nov 2019, 22:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992316
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: 10871
Views: 992316
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: 10871
Views: 992316
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: 10871
Views: 992316
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: 1036
Views: 95581
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: 6215
Views: 444108
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: 6215
Views: 444108
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: 10871
Views: 992316
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: 10871
Views: 992316
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...
by Aethulwulf
17 Oct 2019, 16:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1036
Views: 95581
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Jane's is reporting that Navantia has offered block work to UK yards as part of their FSS bid.

Blocks could be built and outfitted and then sent to Spain.

Five UK shipyards have been consulted, but some cannot currently speak to Navantia due to their involvement with competing bids.
by Aethulwulf
14 Oct 2019, 17:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3011
Views: 241296
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

The latest rumours I hear is there are hopes that the 3 batch 1 River OPVs will have their funding extended to allow them to continue to operate in UK home waters to around 2027 (at which point they will 25 years old). This will allow the B2 OPVs to be forward deployed, first to the Falklands (Fort...
by Aethulwulf
14 Oct 2019, 11:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3011
Views: 241296
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

The latest rumours I hear is there are hopes that the 3 batch 1 River OPVs will have their funding extended to allow them to continue to operate in UK home waters to around 2027 (at which point they will 25 years old). This will allow the B2 OPVs to be forward deployed, first to the Falklands (Forth...
by Aethulwulf
10 Oct 2019, 14:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721132
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Isn't the launch management cabinets (or Launch Management System LMS) capable to handle 12 CAMM each? Reference: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/content/dam/lockheed-martin/rms/documents/naval-launchers-and-munitions/VLS_3_Cell_ExLS_Launcher_Product_Card_8.5x11_042419.pdf You might be right. But fo...
by Aethulwulf
10 Oct 2019, 14:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 444108
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If understanding correctly MIRADOR only operational in daytime and fair weather as no radar, laser would not operate at night, in heavy rain, fog, snow, smoke etc to give necessary range info with the passive IR camera, whereas the STIR with its radar makes it a 24 hour all weather system. Though B...
by Aethulwulf
10 Oct 2019, 13:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721132
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The current T23 Sea Ceptor fit of 32 missiles includes 2 command and control cabinets, and also 4 launch management cabinets (one for every 8 missiles). Across the 13 T23s, that would mean a total of 52 launch management cabinets. Eight T26s, each with 48 CAMM, would require a total of 48 launch man...
by Aethulwulf
10 Oct 2019, 12:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721132
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

From the various cgi hints and non-attributable press briefings, I think we can conclude the following options are still being debated for the T31: A.Types and numbers of guns B. E/O or E/O + Radar gun fire control C. Numbers of CAMM D. Possibility of HMS Given that there appears to be a debate, I w...
by Aethulwulf
09 Oct 2019, 18:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721132
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So on the basis of nothing more than one fuzzy cgi image, you have decided it would be best to remove the primary defence from 40% of the T31 fleet. Pathetic. ?? I am proposing to increase the total number of CAMM missile carried on the 5 T31 fleet (from 12x5 =60 to 24x3 = 72). As my proposal is co...
by Aethulwulf
09 Oct 2019, 08:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721132
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If one hits a rock, your finely wrought plan of one doing this and two doing that and so many doing something else again will just go down the crapper. With only 5 they have to be interchangeable to enable tasking to be doable. And for what? saving a few pennies on cheap as chips CAMM launchers. Gi...
by Aethulwulf
08 Oct 2019, 17:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 444108
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

From Jane's.... Sea change: Type 31 frigate decision sets a new course for UK naval procurement The UK’s decision to select an industry team led by Babcock as preferred bidder for the Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigate programme has marked a significant change in naval acquisition policy and practice. Ric...
by Aethulwulf
06 Oct 2019, 16:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 734
Views: 84780
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Yes CAMM is the better missile offering 360 degree area defence however for Albion and the Bay's to use it they will need radars and CMS upgrades = big costs where at this time SeaRam will just bolt on one of two Phalanx mounts plus it can be reloaded by the ships crew unlike CAMM. No the RN dose n...
by Aethulwulf
03 Oct 2019, 12:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 726
Views: 85327
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

from "https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1179711179352084480" RFA Tidespring (with Phalanx now installed) seen from RRS Sir David Attenborough in the wet basin at CammellLaird Birkenhead I'm afraid the forward CIWS fire arc does not cover well for surface threats, because of the bulwa...
by Aethulwulf
01 Oct 2019, 11:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10871
Views: 992316
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

When did they say they were going to in the Pacfic again. hopefully it will be avalible for Tailsman Sabre, would be nice to see a combined Commonwealth battle group. The first operational deployment is scheduled for 2021, which is expected to include some time in the Pacific region. The next Talis...
by Aethulwulf
30 Sep 2019, 12:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 35850
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

The T26 isn't just a credible ASW, it was designed to over-match likely tier 1 submarine opposition in terms of detection range. This is partly why it is so expensive.

No way T31 could achieve this level.
by Aethulwulf
29 Sep 2019, 15:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721132
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Babcock also refit frigates and nuclear submarines. They know all about fitting out complex warships.
by Aethulwulf
29 Sep 2019, 12:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10869
Views: 721132
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Changes before a contract is signed are fine, provided they can be afforded.

Changes after the contract has been signed are the real killer, which MOD needs to avoid if at all possible.

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