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by Jensy
17 Sep 2019, 21:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 388929
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: 10628
Views: 613363
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: 975
Views: 70586
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: 935
Views: 81768
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...
by Jensy
10 Aug 2019, 22:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 975
Views: 70586
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Suggestion that a possible update on the FSS may be made at the DSEI early September (depending on politics) - given an election is brewing I think it’s quite possible... https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2019/08/06/a-hazy-future-amid-a-competition-to-build-british-frigates-a-uk-shipyard-hits-hard-...
by Jensy
05 Aug 2019, 16:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 287491
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://twitter.com/PaulJSweeney/status/1157602504428929025?s=20 They seem to be building Iver Huitfeldt Class frigates (in an AA spec). Which is rather odd as they were not one of the three designs taken forward for the Sea 5000 project back in 2016. Still food for thought about assembling a poten...
by Jensy
02 Aug 2019, 23:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 613363
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I like your approach The FF shouldn’t even be that expensive. I believe the Frigate factory in Adelaide is costing around 300 million, were that to be replicated onto the Clyde it would surely pay for itself pretty quickly. The Aussie facility is a fair bit simpler than the proposed Clyde Frigate F...
by Jensy
15 Jul 2019, 23:26
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1477
Views: 119665
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

If anyone's headed to RIAT this year, looks like the Tempest is going to be on public display: https://twitter.com/BAESystemsAir/status/1150749579761061888?s=19 Guessing it will be used as a backdrop for officially announcing the Swedes joining the programme and the recent talk of doubling the desig...
by Jensy
09 Jul 2019, 18:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114894
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Folks genuine question here, from someone who appreciates but doesn't really know armoured vehicles. With all the talk about Challenger 2 updates or potential replacements, why is the Israeli Merkava never proposed? It's obviously a very formidable and modern MBT, with the latest active protection. ...
by Jensy
07 Jul 2019, 23:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1477
Views: 119665
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

The sad thing about Sweden joining is that the project will now never be renamed the Future UK Combat Aircraft and never be referred to by the acronym, FUKCA. Swedish & UK Combat Aircraft, SUKCA Yeah, I suppose that an RAF spokesperson saying that they intend to have the SUKCA operational by 20...
by Jensy
03 Jul 2019, 18:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 287491
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

I wouldn't be so sure. The Italians will have delivered a whole class of frigate in the time it take the Brits to finish a single T26. They're not alone. If (big 'if', I appreciate), the Type 31 goes to plan the Royal Navy will have: - Issued an RFI to industry; - Run an international completion; -...
by Jensy
17 Jun 2019, 20:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1477
Views: 119665
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I appreciate that the Dassairbus is basically a plastic fantasy at this stage, but I can't imagine it will be fun to land on a carrier with that nose/canopy. Feel a tad sorry for the French as the Turks seem to have ruined their big reveal event with their own giant Airfix kit, which apparently had ...
by Jensy
16 Jun 2019, 16:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 388929
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Unlikely to have much impact on the Type 31 project but it seems interesting that Babcock is clearly in the cross-hairs of smaller, leaner firms, that want it for its service providers, if not engineering capability: The Times: Serco’s £4bn swoop on Babcock Serco is understood to have returned with ...
by Jensy
19 May 2019, 17:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 121
Views: 16405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

I am not sure runway length is the issue, they used to land Tristars there for example. Indeed Duxford is 300m shorter than Cambridge Int. Wyton has plenty of runway length to spare. Curious as to why Mildenhall isn't on the list - I thought it was being seriously looked at for the Marshalls move a...
by Jensy
18 May 2019, 19:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 121
Views: 16405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

It would seem that Marshalls of Cambridge is looking to relocate from their site at Cambridge Airport and move elsewhere. https://i2-prod.cambridge-news.co.uk/incoming/article13658517.ece/ALTERNATES/s1200/1373293-L5_Aerial-Photos-26th-May-012.jpg Family business, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group...
by Jensy
18 May 2019, 19:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 203741
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I know there are some who complain about too many Twitter photos.... but thought these were too good not to post: https://twitter.com/HMS_Forth/status/1129817432879697920 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D63q84VXkAEeV9Q.jpg I keep thinking these Batch 2s have something very retro about their design, like...
by Jensy
03 May 2019, 17:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 651
Views: 54779
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Must be the first 'new' name for a major Royal Navy vessel in a long time.
by Jensy
30 Apr 2019, 16:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10496
Views: 871915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Looks like Turkey won't be joining the carrier club anytime soon: https://twitter.com/VinodDX9/status/1123226148010201088?s=09 Accidents seem relatively common amongst shipbuilders both for NATO navies and globally but thankfully not here in a long time. Amazing to think that the Carrier Alliance ha...
by Jensy
22 Apr 2019, 20:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 613363
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We will have C1 , C2 and C3 The original c2 was meant to be a stripped down T26 or in today’s terms a decently armed Arrowhead would fit. Your c2 sound very much what the original c3 which was meant to be based on the black swan design. For me the C3 should be something like the black swan or Venar...
by Jensy
19 Apr 2019, 23:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1478
Views: 114894
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

be applied to a next gem MBT. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WCIc6CYHrPU&list=WL&index=7&t=0s Now ignore that it’s an excavator and look more at how the track system is set up, could something like this be the next step to allow a smoother transit over rough terrain and even over areas t...
by Jensy
22 Mar 2019, 23:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 388929
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Thales is looking at the long game. If so it could be a very very long game.... It's not just the CMS they're pushing. The only radar options mentioned so far for A140 are all fresh from the Thales catalogue. On balance, I would think Artisan is more important to retain as we have already paid for ...
by Jensy
24 Feb 2019, 22:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 66339
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Surely you mean PFI as I wasn't aware the MoD took out Payment Protection Insurance on naval projects. :D :oops: Yes indeed. Though perhaps we can claim back some money against dodgy procurement decisions.... "Have you bought a Nuclear submarine in the last ten years? You might be owed..."...
by Jensy
24 Feb 2019, 15:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 66339
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Courtesy of Think Defence: https://twitter.com/thinkdefence/status/1099665572172886016?s=09 Only had a glance at the brochure, however it seems to be marketing not just a ship, but an entire system of leased ownership, upkeep and a privately managed crew. Unsurprisingly they don't use the term PPI, ...
by Jensy
24 Feb 2019, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 388929
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Although it was fairly well accepted that this was the Babcock/Thales design, the Arrowhead 140 site is now back up: https://www.arrowhead140.com https://www.arrowhead140.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/iFrigate-V2.png The site seems to have been updated, though there is very little new information, ...
by Jensy
20 Feb 2019, 13:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1743
Views: 137865
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Could we perhaps order another batch of Tranche 3s, whilst selling our Tranche 2s to the Saudis? Germany is withholding Meteor components, not Typhoon components. Starving Saudis of the munition they want is whats costing the UK, and the Saudis want Tranche 3s (likely AESA ones). From what I read i...

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