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by Jensy
15 Jan 2020, 21:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1046
Views: 105514
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Yep "As for Cummings's carrier-phobia, he seems easily distracted and will hopefully find a new hobby horse." ... they are too low tech for him I think his little gilets are a cry for a more agrarian lifestyle... Probably dreams of a simpler life in the Bavarian hills from his very own mo...
by Jensy
15 Jan 2020, 16:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1046
Views: 105514
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

My take on it and I really hope I'm wrong is maybe all the talking of reassessing the top to toe needs of the the UK is that they going to cut a carrier ,then say they don't need to build the 3 fleet support ships saving to fill black hole ,and other things they promised especially with Cummings no...
by Jensy
07 Jan 2020, 17:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1678
Views: 167110
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

the latest versions are likely to be significantly longer legged I am led to believe. From value to cost: A study presented to US Congress, The Cost of Replacing Today’s Air Force Fleet , attempted to calculate how much government would have to put aside for the Penetrating Counter Air project. The...
by Jensy
23 Dec 2019, 00:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3068
Views: 265504
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

SKB wrote:HMS Clyde was the last ship to be fully built in Portsmouth.


Might be wrong but weren't the Khareef/Al-Shamikh class built after they had finished the River class? Or were they partially constructed up on the Clyde?
by Jensy
18 Dec 2019, 17:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3068
Views: 265504
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Tempest414 wrote:working with the way you are heading maybe we should just strap lumps of concrete to the Typhoon force


The RAF has a proud heritage of using only the finest British concrete in the place of radar and weapons...
by Jensy
15 Dec 2019, 14:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11007
Views: 1070832
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ron5 wrote:By the way, it should be 4x12 RN squadrons plus 18 aircraft RN OCU. What's with this RAF crap?


You guys got some low mileage, Turk A models going on the cheap? Could make everyone happy.
by Jensy
15 Dec 2019, 14:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11007
Views: 1070832
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Don't know if anyone has seen the Times today but there's a 2 page rant about the carriers from Max Hastings. Guys a complete pillock. Was pulling my hair out by the end. The whole piece would have a lot more weight if he wasn't calling for more tanks and infantry. Seriously how many does he think ...
by Jensy
10 Dec 2019, 14:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11007
Views: 1070832
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://twitter.com/RoyalNavy/status/1204345086387138560 I daresay we have real budgetary issues with the Royal Navy. That is either the same cake from QE's commissioning ceremony and they've been keeping the leftovers in a fridge somewhere (conveniently losing the pennant number and shield on the ...
by Jensy
06 Dec 2019, 00:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2748
Views: 226096
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I really don't want to be that guy. However all this talk of: Faster, smaller, lighter, stealthier with indirect fires and information dominance is the future trend according to CDS. Has me thinking of (something vaguely like) the UXV Combatant. http://image.hnol.net/b/2007-10-8/0/2007108085399.jpg ...
by Jensy
24 Nov 2019, 22:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10911
Views: 788872
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think people need to appreciate that there is a rather heated election going on in the UK. Taking an article like that seriously is not a good idea, much less starting to draw conclusions from speculation that is probably false. Really not a fan of the new SoS for Defence, Bradshaw but he has cate...
by Jensy
23 Nov 2019, 21:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11007
Views: 1070832
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Considering a Merlin is nearly 22ft tall, and an F-35, even with the canopy and flaps closed is over 14ft I'm not sure that extra space would be of much use. Though we could probably take every single Wildcat from the AAC/FAA to sea. That said, I'm sure its toilet roll and original Routemaster capac...
by Jensy
21 Nov 2019, 13:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10911
Views: 788872
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It will be 1 T45, not 2 In October this year Commodore Utley is reported to have said the 2021 CSG deployment will be made up of 1 carrier , 2 x Type 45 , 2 x Type 23 , 1 x SSN , 1 x Tide & Fort Victoria Has this been changed in any statements I have missed ? However I will say that it has been...
by Jensy
20 Nov 2019, 14:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 961
Views: 106142
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Boeing will need a few military contracts thrown its way considering the mess they’ve gotten themselves into with 737. Especially now that the NTSB are requesting the nacelle is replaced on all 737ng following the fatal southwest accident last year. Not a got time to be associating ones self with t...
by Jensy
19 Nov 2019, 19:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1678
Views: 167110
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A view from india, first of all india doesnt steal tech,because if we were doing would not be struggling with homegrown products...secondly india is moving away from both western & russian weapons as ,it cost hell lot to us,india runs in negative trade deficit & oil import & weapon impo...
by Jensy
15 Nov 2019, 03:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1678
Views: 167110
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SKB wrote:But there isnt going to be a new plane called "Tempest". Its just a name for a new technologies partnership called "Team Tempest".


Indeed. Almost a platform of platforms, to re-quote the F-35 brochure...
by Jensy
15 Nov 2019, 00:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1678
Views: 167110
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Considering their connection to Russians? Not their industry track record ? They are very much how turkey is becoming, happy to buy off both sides and share with both sides. Now most here are not happy with turkey doing this and are very weary of western tech being shared with Russia so why shouldn...
by Jensy
06 Nov 2019, 02:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1803
Views: 168798
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Thats unlikely. The UK and Italy own 54% of Eurofighter GmbH. They call the shots. Airbus has 46%. Last time I checked Airbus D&S still had a further 72 for the UK on its order books. The 72 for the UK were transferred to Saudi Arabia. Was that ever officially agreed by all the countries in pla...
by Jensy
06 Nov 2019, 01:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1046
Views: 105514
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Can't see beyond the paywalls. Can anyone provide a summary? Is this likely to help or hinder a possible UK build? There was a UK consortium in the running wasn't there, so presumably the consortium wasn't competitive? Trimmed a little fluff: The £1.5bn contract to build a new fleet of supply ships...
by Jensy
05 Nov 2019, 12:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1803
Views: 168798
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I do hope the contractual position means the UK receives some re-imbursement or commercial benefit from all of the work the UK has done to bring Typhoon to this position... https://twitter.com/warnesyworld/status/1191635205632737285 I share your hopes but fear the Italians and us are likely to find...
by Jensy
01 Nov 2019, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3068
Views: 265504
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

She would have been a one off ship in their fleet and maybe this was the off putting thing . I agree buy her put her in refit and send her back down South to finish her days The Brazilians have three Batch 2 equivalents, serving as the Amazonas class. Possibly, they see Clyde as a backwards step, w...
by Jensy
24 Oct 2019, 13:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10911
Views: 788872
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

From Lucy Fisher ‏ A quarter of Royal Navy’s 76 ships are inoperable & dragging down Britain’s maritime aspirations, the defence secretary has said. Forget "rule of thirds", Ben Wallace is ambitious to improve availability of fleet. Forward basing set to play a key part "https://...
by Jensy
17 Sep 2019, 21:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6228
Views: 479272
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Apparently, Babcock are going to be building a new £50m covered ship hall at Rosyth - large enough to build two frigates side by side at the same time. Very interesting. That talk of a single site build strategy might be closer to the truth than it seemed. In the Vago Muradian video that's been pos...
by Jensy
15 Sep 2019, 13:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10911
Views: 788872
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Some questions for the better informed than I: to £250m if they have chosen not to reuse the: Radar, CMS, 30mm + Phalanx from older boats? What is the black-magic of naval procurement! 4. Does this fit-out include any kind of hull mounted sonar - perhaps similar to the T45 - for some basic kind of ...
by Jensy
10 Sep 2019, 16:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1046
Views: 105514
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

No mention of what aviation support facilities there are in the BMT/Navantia design - assume same as the Tide class? If so, my view is that it’s missing an opportunity and would like to see the same as RFA Victoria - IF there will be more than 2 and the additional 1/2 could be used to support other...
by Jensy
24 Aug 2019, 21:06
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 961
Views: 106142
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

https://twitter.com/AeroimagesChris/status/1164744652999708674 Number 2 is coming along :D Advantages of the production line showing results. Is there some sort of competition to see how small they can make the "Royal Air force" stencil on the side? So tiny they might have allied aircraft...

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