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by dmereifield
22 Sep 2019, 00:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

....if we started in 2021 to build 3 more OPV's and added 3 more T-31's to the order then by 2031 we could have a fleet of 6 AAW destroyers 8 ASW Frigates 8 GP Frigates 8 OPV's Agree 100%. This now looks like the best that can be realistically hoped for. The important thing now is for RN to find a ...
by dmereifield
21 Sep 2019, 19:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just watched the interview and it just seems that the reporter made a mistake. Seems everyone here is getting overexcited about extra ships for no good reason
by dmereifield
21 Sep 2019, 12:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Is there anything official about T31 increasing from 5 to 8 or 3 more River B2's? Or is this all speculative?
by dmereifield
19 Sep 2019, 16:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10273
Views: 801569
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:I make that 5 years and 10 days since PoW assembly at Rosyth began on 9th September 2014. (1836 days)
Or 8 years, 3 months, 24 days since first steel was cut on 26th May 2011. (3038 days)


Almost quicker than the time it will take to build HMS Glasgow....
by dmereifield
18 Sep 2019, 21:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349527
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If Babcock do build a 'Frigate Factory'.... I was under the impression that the extra £250m in the T31 programme was partly to improve the infrastructure of the chosen yards to maximise efficiency of build. If so, where is the other £200m going? That 250 million is for updating MoD facilities for t...
by dmereifield
18 Sep 2019, 19:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349527
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If Babcock do build a 'Frigate Factory'.... I was under the impression that the extra £250m in the T31 programme was partly to improve the infrastructure of the chosen yards to maximise efficiency of build. If so, where is the other £200m going? That 250 million is for updating MoD facilities for t...
by dmereifield
18 Sep 2019, 18:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2954
Views: 182241
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Thanks for the info. I wasn't sure about the ops room. I knew it didn't have a "normal" ops room on a different deck to the bridge. The TS4100 can certainly track targets, but as a 2D radar it can only track bearing and range. These tracks can then be passed to the CMS, where another syst...
by dmereifield
17 Sep 2019, 22:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2954
Views: 182241
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

It all depends what we’ll want them to do. At the low end it could be something like an extra 2 30mm with all 3 having LLM At the higher end we could have a 57mm up front, 2 30mm with LLM and 2 permanent ISO’s one either side of the funnel / crane one to house and maintain a UAV the other as it’s c...
by dmereifield
17 Sep 2019, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349527
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

T-Force wrote:£250 million a hull won't get much for that, the royal navy is paper fleet in practice

can't see more than 3 type 26s being built can see the final construction work of the type 31 being moved to England


Get down to the optometrists
by dmereifield
16 Sep 2019, 19:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 5671
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

On the T31 guns: As addition of two new types of guns (57 mm and 40 mm) looks like a bit in-efficient, I have some proposal. How about carrying two 57 mm, in double end . one at the bow, another on top of the hangar. Arrowhead 140 has an additional "top-space" at the back end of the Merli...
by dmereifield
16 Sep 2019, 10:21
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107956
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A little info on Tempests rival (translated from french); The French worried about the attitude of the Germans, accused of questioning the agreements and worrying about industrial rather than operational issues. Paris can not accept this partnership "under any conditions". According to an...
by dmereifield
15 Sep 2019, 23:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107956
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Just no on so many levels the last thing wanted is another multi national bun fight looking for National work share for little input. It’s key specialities that are required as an example there is no absolute no guarantee Sweden will buy any aircraft that is potentially developed. Fair enough, but ...
by dmereifield
15 Sep 2019, 21:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I wonder if the Leander specs for BAE's £250 million bid will leak at some point. I'd be really interested to see the sensor and weapons profile of their offering, given the presumed lower hull costs, vs what we are going to get with the Arrowhead 140
by dmereifield
15 Sep 2019, 21:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107956
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Never heard of the pesco funds personally and I'm sure it not in the team tempest front and center goal ,think they manage without it tbh and I would behave thought the EU wouldn't want UK getting it after leaving it even indirectly If for now they are "negligible" https://thedefensepost....
by dmereifield
15 Sep 2019, 21:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349527
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

But its still the main gun on the T45 and will likely remain so for the ships service life. Thats another 20 years. True, but we will only have 6 systems to support, with another 13 to cannibalise for spares etc. At some point I would think that they may be replaced by a 57mm as "better for it...
by dmereifield
15 Sep 2019, 15:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Hey, did they confirm that the T31 will have 57mm and 40mm? When/where?
by dmereifield
15 Sep 2019, 08:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yes, I think they'll get 24 Camm, and I'm almost certain they'll get the space for the 8 ASM's, but not the actual ASM's (upon commission at least, hopefully they'll get them later down the line) I think we could very well get them with the transfer of equipment from the T23s, we have 13 sets that ...
by dmereifield
15 Sep 2019, 08:46
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107956
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Thanks, the Swedish input/partnership confuses me...but if they count as full partners in terms of Pesco eligibility then great, 2 down, 1 to go... I do love the irony that in the event of the UK leaving the EU so many here think that a major concern should be securing access to EU defence cooperat...
by dmereifield
14 Sep 2019, 23:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107956
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Thanks, the Swedish input/partnership confuses me...but if they count as full partners in terms of Pesco eligibility then great, 2 down, 1 to go...
by dmereifield
14 Sep 2019, 23:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yes, I think they'll get 24 Camm, and I'm almost certain they'll get the space for the 8 ASM's, but not the actual ASM's (upon commission at least, hopefully they'll get them later down the line)
by dmereifield
14 Sep 2019, 16:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10472
Views: 549341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

They’re not ‘good’ for when things get really hot and don’t bring much to the table in cooler situations that can’t be done with a river type patrol ship. This is complete nonsense. The parent design, the Iver Huitfeldt, is the Danish equivalent of the Type 45 AAW destroyer. In a 'cool' situation I...
by dmereifield
14 Sep 2019, 16:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1465
Views: 107956
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A hard choice that for Poland ,it's a political at the end of the day ,stay with france/Germany euro project or go with the naughty British brexitters and upset the French / Germans ,I can't call it tbh both got their merrits for Poland . suppose its just how much the EU machine leans on Poland not...
by dmereifield
14 Sep 2019, 16:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 642
Views: 55611
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I’m still a fan of basing it around what we have, so till late 2020s I’d go for the following per group. Either RFA Argus or RFA Fort Victoria 1 x Wave Class Tanker 1 x Bay Class LSD 2 x T31s Mid to late 2020s I would then replace with perhaps an enlarged FSS with hanger space for 4 Merlins or 2 Ch...
by dmereifield
13 Sep 2019, 13:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349527
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

T26's = Cities. T31's = More cities or maybe towns? Yes please, towns, counties or historical/geographical names which can help ensure that the wider public has more affiliation with the ships and their crews. Sadly, most people don't care about the RN or RN ships, but when they hear of HMS "h...
by dmereifield
12 Sep 2019, 21:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 642
Views: 55611
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

So, is the FLSS still a thing now Williamson has left? Is there a defined budget and timeframe?

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