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by dmereifield
24 Jun 2019, 08:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613644
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

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by dmereifield
18 Jun 2019, 21:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4113
Views: 193592
Location: United Kingdom

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

Are you sure? That's without the engines presumably? Flyaway apparently (engine included)...It looks like the F-35B carries a c$20m premium over the F-35A (at least it has on the recent lots). Lockheed are also saying that they're still aiming for $25,000 per flight hour in 2025 (obviously this wil...
by dmereifield
17 Jun 2019, 17:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 125867
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Ah yes, couldn't make it out on the mobile sized screen!
by dmereifield
17 Jun 2019, 17:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613644
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Rambo wrote:
Lord Jim wrote:Damn she is a good looking ship.

She is.. but i think she'd look far better with a single (longer) island and no ski jump.


Wash your mouth out with soap, disgusting language....
by dmereifield
17 Jun 2019, 15:20
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4113
Views: 193592
Location: United Kingdom

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

Some good news for F-35 (and the UK). Looks like it will get even cheaper at FRP when the majority of UK orders will go in. Sounds like F-35B is on course to go under $100m, probably closer to $90-95m when we get to FRP. https://twitter.com/TheDEWLine/status/1140516411787350017 Are you sure? That's...
by dmereifield
17 Jun 2019, 15:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 125867
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

No 30mm present?
by dmereifield
07 Jun 2019, 12:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613644
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Would be great to see a Harrier drop on board from Italy or the USMC. In many ways it would be good. I think the scale of QE with a Harrier on board would be an interesting view. But at the same time it would ignite the entire 'should have retained Harrier' argument and 'we could have had an operat...
by dmereifield
05 Jun 2019, 00:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9952
Views: 613644
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Westlant19 will feature several US port visits, including one to the Washington DC area. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hms-queen-elizabeth-step-closer-to-operations-with-transatlantic-training Reads like she will have double figure amount of F35 onboard then ? 3 from 17 squadron? seem to remem...
by dmereifield
25 May 2019, 00:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9631
Views: 369244
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The T31e Arrowhead 140 video looks interesting, and I can see flexibility in the design... Realistically the A140 is a £350m to £400m Frigate to do it properly. Interesting to see the core crew has now increased to 'around 100'. That means with the aviation and boarding parties included we are look...
by dmereifield
25 May 2019, 00:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1358
Views: 73270
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

There are engine depots in the Netherlands and Norway. The "loss" of the engine depot in Turkey is next to unconsequential to all but perhaps the USAFE. UK has all but promised to send its engines to Norway in exchange for Norway buying into Marham maintenance and training suppport and i'...
by dmereifield
16 May 2019, 22:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9631
Views: 369244
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: 3797
Views: 191820
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: 9631
Views: 369244
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: 1728
Views: 95913
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: 4113
Views: 193592
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: 5893
Views: 247678
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: 5893
Views: 247678
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: 5893
Views: 247678
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: 9631
Views: 369244
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: 9631
Views: 369244
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: 9631
Views: 369244
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: 9952
Views: 613644
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: 9631
Views: 369244
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: 5893
Views: 247678
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...

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