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by dmereifield
03 Aug 2020, 22:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186602
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Of course it's not shovel ready, but money could be spent on the project (investment in modernising the yard, building up the workforce, purchasing long lead items etc) within about 12 months or so....not quite shovel ready, but not exactly in the long grass either
by dmereifield
02 Aug 2020, 22:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186602
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

According to this piece "Foreign firms" are being invited to tender for the 3* FSS.... I can't see beyond the paywall, but I'd assume this is to pressure a/the UK consortium/bidders to keep costs down, and/or there will be a criterion which focuses on benefit to UK PLC/economy, to ensure t...
by dmereifield
27 Jul 2020, 07:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186602
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

All very good points, Donald, but whatever is ordered, it will be UK built (not 1 hull will be built elsewhere) - the politics will ensure that. Whilst many of the other suggestions you have made may make more sense, they aren't eye catching like shipbuilding. There will almost certainly be ships bu...
by dmereifield
26 Jul 2020, 22:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186602
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

the arguements about operational requirements is one thing, but the reasons why I'm confident that they will go ahead (some large RFA ships of some kind) is because they are i) shovel ready (can be, if desired, relatively speaking, with long lead items and steel cut in ca. 12 months), ii) ship build...
by dmereifield
25 Jul 2020, 14:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622602
Location: United Kingdom

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

The Italians have gone for a split buy of F35A/B. Their current F35B fleet is tiny and in any event it is probably too early to say but (assuming adequate transparency) over time their experience could be relevant to the merits of a UK split buy. @Gabriel64869839 may be able to provide some relevan...
by dmereifield
25 Jul 2020, 08:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622602
Location: United Kingdom

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

What are Italian F35's doing at Marham?
by dmereifield
24 Jul 2020, 20:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1596995
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Thanks for the info PhillyJ. I'm in Pompey next week but looks like the timing won't work out. One for the future though, hopefully. Sorry for going off topic, slightly.
by dmereifield
24 Jul 2020, 12:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1596995
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PoW (left) at Princess Royal Jetty, with QE (right) at Victory Jetty Very priviliged to say that my Brother and I had an identical view as that yesterday afternoon as we took a trip in a Westland Wasp, ex RN XT787, from Winchester. Flight included coming over Portsdown Hill, Fort Nelson, Portcheste...
by dmereifield
21 Jul 2020, 18:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186602
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Then, mothballing PoW will come up as a "good alternative", I'm afraid. Don’t agree with this - keeping both carriers active is a must, and I do not see the need for a FSS in all roles. Would say that in a ASW role for example in the North Atlantic (9 ASW Merlins, 9 CAP F35Bs and 4 AEW Me...
by dmereifield
20 Jul 2020, 11:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 294766
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Small potatoes, but a very promising development nonetheless
by dmereifield
19 Jul 2020, 08:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)
Replies: 14
Views: 615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA)

Jensy wrote:
Ron5 wrote:Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter.

And how did that turn out?


1/4 aint bad... (Barely a 'fighter' though)


Meatloaf would beg to differ
by dmereifield
18 Jul 2020, 16:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 294766
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Pretty early on in this thread I said that I thought the best development partner for the Uk would be Saudi Arabia because they have a lot of money and little relevant expertise so it would be as close as the UK could get to someone handing them a big bag of money and telling them to get on with it...
by dmereifield
18 Jul 2020, 14:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 294766
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I hope they don't make any massive changes to the basic design because I really love the look of that plane. It's looking fantastic. Like a miniature, futuristic Vulcan with some F-15/Su-34 features. If things weren't are tight as they are and the RAF was rolling in money, I'd love see them upscale...
by dmereifield
18 Jul 2020, 10:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 294766
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I hope they don't make any massive changes to the basic design because I really love the look of that plane. It's looking fantastic. Like a miniature, futuristic Vulcan with some F-15/Su-34 features. If things weren't are tight as they are and the RAF was rolling in money, I'd love see them upscale...
by dmereifield
18 Jul 2020, 08:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 294766
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I hope they don't make any massive changes to the basic design because I really love the look of that plane. It's looking fantastic. Like a miniature, futuristic Vulcan with some F-15/Su-34 features. If things weren't are tight as they are and the RAF was rolling in money, I'd love see them upscale...
by dmereifield
17 Jul 2020, 21:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4867
Views: 622602
Location: United Kingdom

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

P.S. Just checked MBDA website, they still describe 4 Meteors in bays and two ASRAAM on wing rails in air combat configuration. Only drops to one Meteor per bay when carrying other stores e.g. Spear 3. Is that a decent load out compared to the potential adversaries it might have to face? 6 missiles...
by dmereifield
15 Jul 2020, 23:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1893
Views: 294766
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.telegr ... y-jet/amp/

Williams motorsport joining team Tempest...
by dmereifield
15 Jul 2020, 17:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)
Replies: 182
Views: 50650
Location: United Kingdom

Re: General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Protector (UCAV) (RAF)

Wasn't it originally 20, and then dropped to 16?
by dmereifield
14 Jul 2020, 15:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1596995
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

that would be a daft idea... ...for the uk at least. Ino just look how good an idea it was last time they sent HMS Prince of Wales to the Far East. i refer specifically to the logic of selling of one of the two carriers (to australia), not the question of carriers in the far east. it would be... da...
by dmereifield
13 Jul 2020, 23:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1596995
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Now what was that about flogging one of these to Australia https://twitter.com/los_fisher/status/1282788004843663374?s=21 It's not flogging them off, it's a proposal akin to that proposed on here multiple times: the UK providing the core of a 5 powers/Commonwealth carrier group. Sounds rather posit...
by dmereifield
13 Jul 2020, 09:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186602
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Politicking- the FSS should likely be one of the safest things. It facilitates "Global Britain" and UK "Tier 1 military capability" (or similar politician babble) via enabling Carrier Projection, and is "shovel ready", will inject cash onto the UK shipbuilding industry,...
by dmereifield
09 Jul 2020, 16:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1596995
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

From The Brit, firstly the UK deployment followed by the 2020 French equivalent to make everyone feel good altho there's reason to believe that's not 100% accurate (too many Rafales, not enough escorts). https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcVdJiwXYAExbn9?format=jpg&name=4096x4096 https://pbs.twimg.com...
by dmereifield
08 Jul 2020, 21:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12001
Views: 1596995
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

From The Brit, firstly the UK deployment followed by the 2020 French equivalent to make everyone feel good altho there's reason to believe that's not 100% accurate (too many Rafales, not enough escorts). https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcVdJiwXYAExbn9?format=jpg&name=4096x4096 https://pbs.twimg.com...
by dmereifield
08 Jul 2020, 19:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3372
Views: 429326
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

RichardIC , interesting, especially with this bit. II.6) Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract Scheduled date for start of award procedures: 31.10.2022 Not duration, but the start date is late 2022. Is that confirmation that the B1 Rivers may be around for a whil...

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