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by Aethulwulf
19 Jun 2019, 19:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 125551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Should soon be space for them to start cutting steel on the second T26.
by Aethulwulf
31 May 2019, 18:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 259
Views: 16954
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

Photo is from Baltic Protector 19. From what I hear, I would not be surprised if the End Ex lessons again show major issues with Argus as a surrogate helicopter carrier.
by Aethulwulf
27 May 2019, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 92582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

No. It's because neither carrier is available. A situation which will change in a few short years. Maybe but with only two carriers, then a backup is only wise, and a RFA ASS is relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things. An RFA ASS is a class of ship that does not exist anywhere, apart from yo...
by Aethulwulf
27 May 2019, 10:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 92582
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Is the RN assessing what aviation features a FLSS would require or looking at a ASS/PCRS replacement. No. It's because neither carrier is available. A situation which will change in a few short years. Baltic Protector 19 involves a total of 3,000 military personnel and 17 vessels from nine nations....
by Aethulwulf
16 May 2019, 16:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3787
Views: 191077
Location: United Kingdom

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

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 MBDA Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) is now also specified as the designated close-...
by Aethulwulf
08 May 2019, 18:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 246961
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The stories of changes to the T31 budget have at their heart relatively minor but key changes... 1: Exchange rate risk and inflation risk is taken by MOD, not by industry, 2: GFE not included in the total cost. The first thing this indicates is how the tight the margins are within the T31 programme ...
by Aethulwulf
07 May 2019, 19:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 246961
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

UK newspaper posts story with misleading headline - shock news!
by Aethulwulf
07 May 2019, 18:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 246961
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

MoD 'to scrap cut-price frigates plan' after fears ships would not be able to protect themselves Hopes of bolstering the Royal Navy with a fleet of five “bargain” frigates at an all-in cost of £250m per vessel have foundered after the Ministry of Defence conceded the ships could not be delivered at ...
by Aethulwulf
01 May 2019, 14:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 10150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

Where I seem to disagree with most is the obsession to build a middle tier of (Arrowhead style) T31s - which are more than what is needed for low level duties, but not good enough for high threat, plus draw funds away from the real war fighting capability. The T31 will be good enough to survive (fl...
by Aethulwulf
25 Apr 2019, 18:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3787
Views: 191077
Location: United Kingdom

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

He said that but he also said that Canada was considering the T31 on top of the T26 order, it can’t be both either their considering the T31 or were cancelling it No he didn't. There is no mention in the article of Canada considering T31. Anyway, what we have here is a highly respected and well con...
by Aethulwulf
25 Apr 2019, 08:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3787
Views: 191077
Location: United Kingdom

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

I think you're missing the point, which is the US Navy Institute chose to run an article in its Proceedings magazine which suggests the USN should buy the T26 under their FFG(X) program. This is an indication that such discussions are taking place within the USN. When was the last time that a UK war...
by Aethulwulf
23 Apr 2019, 17:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9951
Views: 612016
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I thought it was interesting to see that QEC is about 2.5 times the displacement of Izumo, but able to operate 3.6 times the number of F35.
by Aethulwulf
23 Apr 2019, 15:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9951
Views: 612016
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Not directly a QEC issue, but Flight Global has an interesting short analysis of the Japanese Izumo carriers. "Fully loaded, the Izumo class ships displace 27,000 tonnes, which compares with 22,000 tonnes for the Royal Navy’s former Invincible class. The ships will reportedly carry about 10 F-3...
by Aethulwulf
16 Apr 2019, 09:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 393
Views: 28009
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

So, 90 mil. euros for 4 AW101 Merlin? Damn cheap if you ask me... https://defence-blog.com/news/poland-to-order-four-aw101-merlin-to-replace-soviet-era-mi-14-helicopters.html Sorry, that's just the cost of the offset contract, not the actual cost of the deal. Brainfart by me. The article clearly st...
by Aethulwulf
14 Apr 2019, 23:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 246961
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Jane's article on Arrowhead 140 https://www.janes.com/article/87872/size-matters-arrowhead-140-takes-aim-at-type-31e-frigate-prize Some quotes from behind the paywall: Babcock is advancing its arguments for Arrowhead 140 along four key lines: the reduced risks arising from the adaptation of an exist...
by Aethulwulf
13 Apr 2019, 13:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 36694
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Can we afford to use one of our top class ships to protect CASD, the highest priority defence task, from tier 1 opposition?

I think I know the answer...
by Aethulwulf
13 Apr 2019, 12:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 36694
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

The writing is on the RN is getting seven new simple ships (5 OPV + 2 LSS), that covers the simple tasks, now focus on making the escorts real escorts. If we can get another vessel to cover TAPS that would be a straightforward win as well. It should be a mission for the MCM replacement vessel (hope...
by Aethulwulf
13 Apr 2019, 12:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 657
Views: 45721
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

I expect so.
by Aethulwulf
12 Apr 2019, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 657
Views: 45721
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

I expect they will train in theatre. This is what forward basing is all about.
by Aethulwulf
10 Apr 2019, 22:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 246961
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Isn't HMS Argyll due to decommission in 2023 ? with the other T23 to follow at approx. yearly intervals, if the T31 design is selected end of year then a couple of years building the first T31, initial sea trials etc maybe there will be time to transfer equipment? will be well tight, As suggested b...
by Aethulwulf
10 Apr 2019, 20:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 246961
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The other big difficulty with using second hand kit from the T23s is timing. There is not a big enough gap between the first out of service date of the T23s and the first in service date of the T31 for equipment to be cross-decked between these two ships. In fact, the timelines are such that equipme...
by Aethulwulf
06 Apr 2019, 22:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 246961
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What the RN wants is the best T31 frigate it can get within its budget. That means leaving the choice of the combat management system (and associated costs) down to the bidders. The cost of any new training system must be included within the bid. So there is no penalty to the RN to a non-CMS1 soluti...
by Aethulwulf
06 Apr 2019, 21:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 246961
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Its clear that Team 31 are strongly pushing Tacticos for Arrowhead 140 not just because Thales want to sell more of their combat system, but they also think Tacticos is better than the CMS being offered by the two rival bids and could give them the winning edge. What happens is Arrowhead 140 is cho...
by Aethulwulf
06 Apr 2019, 21:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 246961
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Its clear that Team 31 are strongly pushing Tacticos for Arrowhead 140 not just because Thales want to sell more of their combat system, but they also think Tacticos is better than the CMS being offered by the two rival bids and could give them the winning edge.
by Aethulwulf
04 Apr 2019, 09:04
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 48
Views: 4239
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

From Jane's Defence Weekly... The RFI confirms that the British Army wishes to acquire an estimated 98 self-propelled guns to equip four Royal Artillery close support regiments, along with training and support packages. “MFP’s rapid into/out of action times and mobility [will] ensure tactical agilit...

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