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by Jake1992
20 Apr 2019, 00:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1354
Views: 61536
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 Jake1992
19 Apr 2019, 19:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292417
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

or future proofing its options by going flexible, by going big? If they pick the A140 :) The Arrowhead140 is big but how flexible? Compared to Leander we haven't seen a lot of detail but the four boat bay's seem pretty cramped and there is no sign of a deck crane like Leander. The storage area unde...
by Jake1992
19 Apr 2019, 14:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1354
Views: 61536
Location: United Kingdom

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

Iv been thinking recently after the C2 upgrade project is well under way we’ll need to start the process of designing the next gen MBT, could this be our chance to develop the next big change in MBT design. I say this as recently Iv come across concept designs of quad track excavator and thinking if...
by Jake1992
17 Apr 2019, 09:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292417
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

shark bait , agree it’s a politicians folly driven by the treasury, but I guess also the behaviour of BAE (who have to be fair pushed to it). The best outcome remains somehow squeezing another one or two T26s out with additional Patrol Sloops to fulfil the “Global Flagpole” role. Next would be a Ut...
by Jake1992
16 Apr 2019, 14:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292417
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Better still if the Absalon hanger was fitted to the Arrowhead 140 allowing 2 Merlins on each vessel. It would greatly increase the potency of the LSG but there appears to be little sign of that happening. Is the best way to upgrade the ASW performance of an Arrowhead 140 to fit the Absalon hanger?...
by Jake1992
15 Apr 2019, 16:01
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 56342
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Has anyone here heard anything of this or is it all just bullshit ? Weapons grade bullshit. BAE want to be the lead on this. It has little to offer the US at present as they're balls deep on F-35, B-21 with the US aviation industry looking towards F/A-XX and PCA. One of the key requirements for it ...
by Jake1992
15 Apr 2019, 10:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 578
Views: 26545
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

By the looks of it a lot on here are wanting something like this but perhaps with a smaller flight deck and larger work deck
by Jake1992
14 Apr 2019, 21:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 56342
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Iv just been watching some YouTube videos on tempest out of boredom and when reading through the comments I found one that really stuck out to me. It stated that the UK has made a deal with the USA in regards to tempest partnership similar to the F35 but this time with the USA taking a 60% lead in t...
by Jake1992
14 Apr 2019, 16:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think it's always going to cause people to get disappointed if you compare to the past numbers wise. People in the 60s probably thought the military was too small and compared it to ww2 sized military. If we look forward the numbers aren't too bad really. Exclude the Americans and we are comparab...
by Jake1992
14 Apr 2019, 15:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I never said it’ll happen I said it’s what is really needed to do what HMG want else like I said either the carriers or RAF fleets will be just token forces or even worse both half arsed. I don’t see people saying it’s tokenism when the US rocks up with 4 f22 in Estonia or 8 in Korea or when 8 f35s...
by Jake1992
14 Apr 2019, 14:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think it's always going to cause people to get disappointed if you compare to the past numbers wise. People in the 60s probably thought the military was too small and compared it to ww2 sized military. If we look forward the numbers aren't too bad really. Exclude the Americans and we are comparab...
by Jake1992
14 Apr 2019, 13:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Really looking at it that you have 60% odd of any aircraft as front line then to allow the carriers and RAF to operate properly then the full 138 need to be in service at once. This would allow the FAA to have 3 squadrons of 12 ( 24 and 12 between the carriers ) and 4 squadrons of 12 for the RAF th...
by Jake1992
14 Apr 2019, 13:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Really looking at it that you have 60% odd of any aircraft as front line then to allow the carriers and RAF to operate properly then the full 138 need to be in service at once. This would allow the FAA to have 3 squadrons of 12 ( 24 and 12 between the carriers ) and 4 squadrons of 12 for the RAF th...
by Jake1992
14 Apr 2019, 12:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Really looking at it that you have 60% odd of any aircraft as front line then to allow the carriers and RAF to operate properly then the full 138 need to be in service at once. This would allow the FAA to have 3 squadrons of 12 ( 24 and 12 between the carriers ) and 4 squadrons of 12 for the RAF tha...
by Jake1992
13 Apr 2019, 20:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Unless they are modified the Chinooks, ACC Wildcats and Apaches are only suitable for specific one off, short term deployments nothing more except if the balloon goes up in a big way, and therefore should not be counted as true assets for Carrier Aviation. To do so will serious damage the platforms...
by Jake1992
13 Apr 2019, 12:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519119
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

IMO what’s needed to make the most of the carriers and give the over all fleet the aircraft it needs is something like this - 12 x V-22 for COD and AAR 24 x Merlin ( 12 ASW and 12 Jungly ) 30 x V-247 ( 10 AEW, 10 EW and 10 Attack ) 12 x Chinook marines upgrade Wildcat attack upgrade FAA access to at...
by Jake1992
12 Apr 2019, 12:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25670
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Ideally I would like the LSS to have two CB-90s and two SF optimised Merlin HC4s, with the optional gear such as the EO sensor fitted as standard. Give it the capacity to handle twice that number if needed and to utilise cargo transfer floats/platforms (forgot the name!). There would be two davits ...
by Jake1992
10 Apr 2019, 16:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71998
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote:
Tempest414 wrote:35 x NH-90 MTT
25 x Merlin HC-4
Have you any idea about the cost difference between the two?


You also have to take in to account the cost of setting up a new logistics and training line as well as the lose in tax to the treasury that merlin would give
by Jake1992
10 Apr 2019, 12:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71998
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

So who would operate these? As they are operating off maritime platforms then the FAA could lay claim to them as a way to supplement the Merlin HC4 fleet. I know that in principle all transport helicopters are gathered under JHC, but historically those at see are flown by the FAA. The NH-90 MTT wou...
by Jake1992
10 Apr 2019, 12:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25670
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Ok maybe not he T-26. Is there a cost comparison out there? The other issue is that the CB-90 is also a combat vessel with numerous hardpoints to mount weapons on where the Watercats are really fast landing craft. I was assuming the M-12 was a cheaper alternative to the CB-90. I haven’t been able t...
by Jake1992
10 Apr 2019, 07:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

So far, only the Osprey has folding wings and props :idea: Not any more the V-247 has aswell now there are videos on YouTube showing it. How long will it be before the Osprey in USMC service acquires an AEWAC? That depends because they are also looking at other options such as the V-247 vigilance d...
by Jake1992
09 Apr 2019, 22:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

Scimitar54 wrote:How long will it be before the Osprey in USMC service acquires an AEWAC?


That depends because they are also looking at other options such as the V-247 vigilance drone which will come in at least 3 version ( AEW, EW and Attack ) this is where I’d be investing in if I was the RN
by Jake1992
09 Apr 2019, 18:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71998
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Just out of interest have anyone got accurate costings for the various Enforcer designs, because if the LHD is more expensive than the LPD then the argument is moot. If not it could be in contention. Is there any point looking at the costing of the current enforcer designs as we are talking 10+ yea...
by Jake1992
09 Apr 2019, 18:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25670
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Can we get some of these for the LSS. Maybe even the T-26? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf58AkKgmmk Would they be any better than the CB90 ? Watercat m12 - Weight - 14t Length - 14.2m Beam - 3.6m 20 troops 30knots full load 180nm range CB90 - Weight - 20t Length - 15.9m Beam - 3.8m 21 troops 40k...
by Jake1992
08 Apr 2019, 22:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71998
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

If we took things in stages, trial then hopefully upgrade the Bays first. Then using the lessons learned build two new possibly more capable platforms that to replace the Albions whilst being more efficient to run. Finally build at a later date build two or three more of the same platform but more ...

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