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by dmereifield
15 Sep 2019, 23:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1449
Views: 105551
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: 10402
Views: 537575
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: 1449
Views: 105551
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: 6099
Views: 341412
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: 10402
Views: 537575
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: 10402
Views: 537575
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: 1449
Views: 105551
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: 1449
Views: 105551
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: 10402
Views: 537575
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: 10402
Views: 537575
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: 1449
Views: 105551
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: 639
Views: 54293
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: 6099
Views: 341412
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: 639
Views: 54293
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?
by dmereifield
12 Sep 2019, 20:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1449
Views: 105551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

" at the DSEI 2019 defense exhibition in London. In signing-up for the Tempest program, Italy joins Sweden as the first two international partners on the project after the Scandinavian nation signed a memorandum of understanding in June to work alongside Team Tempest to develop the future tech...
by dmereifield
12 Sep 2019, 20:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 63020
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

ArmChairCivvy wrote:
Caribbean wrote:budget was £1.6b
Costing in the option (for a 3rd)?


Isn't +£500 million awfully expensive for a solid stores ship? I.e. twice the cost of a T31 and 2/3rds the cost of a T26?
by dmereifield
12 Sep 2019, 20:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2880
Views: 177309
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

If the River B2's had been something like the Avebger you'd probably have gotten 3 hulls not 5 and given the higher than anticipated T26 costs you wouldn't have had a reduction from 13 T26 to 8T26+5T31 but problay a cut to 10 T26 and no T31. So, either you have: 1) as now: 5 x River B2 (potentially ...
by dmereifield
03 Sep 2019, 23:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10167
Views: 787753
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:There's no need to sail back with them. What's the point? They would have to fly off before QE reached Portsmouth anyway.


Would it not save a fair amount of expensive fuel?
by dmereifield
26 Aug 2019, 00:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341412
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

With the Leander there is a chance for exporting design, support and maintenance skills - for the Arrowhead there is zero chance, why would they not just go straight to the Dutch. Because the Dutch have freak-all to do with the Arrowhead design. Why would a prospective customer be interested in the...
by dmereifield
25 Aug 2019, 00:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341412
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What this sounds like is an "unofficial" drop of a story, just prior to the final decision, to gauge the public/press reaction. Now just wait to see if the story gets picked up by other papers, bbc, etc and whether any MPs, union representatives or other interested parties kick up a fuss....
by dmereifield
24 Aug 2019, 21:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341412
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I can't read beyond the paywall, but the Telegraph is reporting that Babcocks is going to be announced as preferred bidder https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/08/24/babcock-set-build-new-cut-price-frigates-weaken-bae-shipbuilding/ A consortium led by defence supplier Babcock is set to be name...
by dmereifield
24 Aug 2019, 20:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10402
Views: 537575
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

All of these discussions assume that the carriers will always be escorted by 2 T45s. Is that realistic, given that they will mostly be deployed in peace time, when there will either be allied escorts in the group or in the region, in addition to additional UK assets usually in the region?
by dmereifield
24 Aug 2019, 20:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341412
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I can't read beyond the paywall, but the Telegraph is reporting that Babcocks is going to be announced as preferred bidder

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/20 ... pbuilding/
by dmereifield
23 Aug 2019, 00:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 20376
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Could it be (trying to look on the bright side) that its 5 sets because they will be handed down to then T31s after the T23 ASW are replaced by the T26 Well, I supose the "delivery of the first (of 5) missile systems in 2023" does co-incide with the planned delivery of the last of 5 T31s,...
by dmereifield
22 Aug 2019, 18:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 20376
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Could it be (trying to look on the bright side) that its 5 sets because they will be handed down to then T31s after the T23 ASW are replaced by the T26. We'd then have 8 land attack/ASM capable T26 (with future anglo/French missile via Mk41) and 5 T31 with the canisterised land attack/ASM? So all 13...

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