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by dmereifield
16 May 2019, 22:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Evidence to help validate the previous statements of the 2SL (I think it was him) that manning issues were easing - didn't he say something about PoW now having a full crew or sufficient crew were now available to get all the escorts back active (I seem to remember something along these lines but d...
by dmereifield
16 May 2019, 13:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3754
Views: 172102
Location: United Kingdom

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

Poiuytrewq wrote:More pressure to increase the T26 order.


Until we replace the PM and Chancellor this pressure will continue to be ignored
by dmereifield
16 May 2019, 13:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Evidence to help validate the previous statements of the 2SL (I think it was him) that manning issues were easing - didn't he say something about PoW now having a full crew or sufficient crew were now available to get all the escorts back active (I seem to remember something along these lines but do...
by dmereifield
16 May 2019, 13:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1718
Views: 86915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

One thing of interest I spotted, it seems the RAF has different Squadron sizes when it come to the Typhoon and F-35B. The former seems to be between ten and twelve aircraft at the squadron at any one time, whereas with the latter is seems there are planned to be only eight to ten. Does that make it...
by dmereifield
08 May 2019, 14:34
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4082
Views: 175076
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

shark bait wrote:Welcome news, its the only chance we have of seeing a 'full' carrier for a long while.


How many jets is a detachment likely to be?
by dmereifield
08 May 2019, 08:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5820
Views: 220420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

This is more and more falling into the usual procurement issues. If they couldnt articulate what was putting cost into type 26 and why a “proper” frigate in type 31 mould was suddenly going to cost 1/4 of the price this was always rooted in fantasy. This had/has all the hallmarks of anyone but BAE....
by dmereifield
08 May 2019, 00:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5820
Views: 220420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The only shocking thing in all of this is that it took the waste of so much time before something as evident and unavoidable as the fucking Sun was finally acknowledged. But at least industry has now had to say exactly what it will provide for £250m. I would expect them to be held to that in future...
by dmereifield
07 May 2019, 21:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5820
Views: 220420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

yes just the plan was scrapped not the ships. So, what does a £250million, including integration costs - but not costs of - GFE, Leander look like? Likewise what does an A140 look like? Are we getting close to a proper light frigate in terms of build standard, sensors, defense equipement and armame...
by dmereifield
07 May 2019, 11:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What should the RN do if the T31e gets scrapped Start fighting for a replacement program because scrapping the T31 is not in the best interests of the navy. Stopping the T23 replacement creates a big drop in combatants, a drop that's likely unrecoverable for decades. Is it acceptable to operate onl...
by dmereifield
02 May 2019, 18:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Halidon wrote:TACTICOS now has a foot in the door


Wow...CL and BAE might actually have a fight on their hands for the T31 after all
by dmereifield
24 Apr 2019, 10:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For me this is the key. The UK has a 13 Billion pound budget for missiles so the CAMM and Harpoon for T-31 should come from this budget. All T-23's and 45's going East of Suez are fitted with Harpoon so why would RN not fit them to T-31 when deploying to the same region. For me I see T-31 coming FF...
by dmereifield
20 Apr 2019, 20:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9816
Views: 560485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Digger22 wrote:We could just sell them our F35's too :crazy: It's the British way.


The Indian requirement would be greater than the number we have...
by dmereifield
17 Apr 2019, 00:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

But Brazil has selected wide-hull MEKO A100-based corvette Yes - they have selected a Meko design for their corvettes but, under the PROSUPER plan, still have a requirement for five 6000t frigates (and a support vessel). That's more T26 size than T31 though, right? Presumably they don't have the bu...
by dmereifield
10 Apr 2019, 08:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5820
Views: 220420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

It’s subtle, but this from yesterday’s Hansard is possibly slightly less absolutist on the question of price. To be fair, right from the start, their have been hints that more money might be available if industry could show good reason why they couldn't meet the price point. I've always seen the £2...
by dmereifield
22 Mar 2019, 10:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For me SNMG-1 & 2 is one of the jobs T-31 should be doing there by freeing our tier 1 ships for carrier group ops. This why I said up thread I would like to see 7 or 8 T-31's deployed as so 3 x Forward deployed EoS ( supported by a Wave class out of Singapore) 1 x Forward deployed AP-N 4 x Home...
by dmereifield
17 Mar 2019, 17:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2661
Views: 112034
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

However RN /MOD ideas are drip feeding in first there is talk of forward deploying a FLSS out of Singapore and now a B2 River as well .... Will this also mean that the B1 Rivers will be kept for UK home waters From the communication given, yes. Though I think the B2s will be used to help support th...
by dmereifield
14 Mar 2019, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9816
Views: 560485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Im much nore excited, and hopeful, of seeing Japanese and maybe Singaporean F35Bs on PoW. Is there any further clarity on what the PoW air group will look like? Presumably, at least in the early 2020's we'll have so few F35Bs available that we'll end up blowing our load with 10-15 airframes on QE, a...
by dmereifield
08 Mar 2019, 11:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 127
Views: 8269
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Small scoop here (eventhough I guess it was expected) UK MoD Issues Notice for Interim SSGW Anti-Ship Missiles The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (MoD) issued a prior information notice (PIN) for a Next Generation Surface Ship Guided Weapon (SSGW) contract for the Royal Navy. The UK MoD Weapons...
by dmereifield
05 Mar 2019, 16:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5820
Views: 220420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence The Type 31e Frigates will be tailored toward maritime security and defence engagement, including the Fleet Ready Escort role at home, our commitments in the South Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Gulf, and to NATO. These ships will fulfil ro...
by dmereifield
04 Mar 2019, 01:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5820
Views: 220420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I do think that at some stage it is possible the RN will conclude that having land attack missiles on T26s which are either conducting blue water ASW where those missiles have no utility at all or are accompanying a carrier group which already has plenty of firepower makes far less sense than havin...
by dmereifield
02 Mar 2019, 14:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9816
Views: 560485
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

ArmChairCivvy wrote:
Tempest414 wrote: if Japan and Australia were to buy some F-35bs

Isn't the order from Japan in, already?


And now Singapore too (though not clear which varient)
by dmereifield
01 Mar 2019, 20:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Why can't a Leander built to RN standards for damage control and fitted with "Mk8, 12 CAMM*, 2x 30mm's, Artisan, simple HMS and a Wildcat hanger/Merlin flight deck configuration.... with 4-8 ASM's and a Phalanx FFBNW**" be considered an escort? I think it will end up with more like 18-24 C...
by dmereifield
28 Feb 2019, 19:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What I grasp he's meaning is that a low end escort purely for local peacetime ASW/patrol matters is essentially an escort lost if you need to do something outside that small envelope of operational capability when things get hot, or further afield. It could also be said that TAPS will always need t...
by dmereifield
28 Feb 2019, 00:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326322
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

shark bait wrote:Its entirely feasible, and preferable to using a massive frigate for local patrols.


Don't we want our top end capability for that rather than using somwthingnthats just about "OK"?
by dmereifield
25 Feb 2019, 22:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5820
Views: 220420
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Didn't think we'd ever see that site re-emerge. I'm amazed. Thanks for posting Jensy. LMM is of course a Thales product, hence the inclusion. Mk 8 is of course now a Babcocks product, hence the inclusion. The build map seems a tad jaundiced now, the "all over UK" build strategy comes down...

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