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by S M H
14 May 2020, 21:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11677
Views: 1072341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It’s daft to keep both the 30mm and 40mm in service together for the longer term, it’ll mean we’ll have 25mm ( phalanxe ) 30mm, 40mm, 57mm, 4.5inch, 5inch all in service for the long term and not just transition. The 40mm 30 mm over lap but thinking beyond the short term. When the type 45 get repla...
by S M H
14 May 2020, 20:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11677
Views: 1072341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The new 40mm and DS30 are from different centuries... and are oceans apart in all-round capability I watched the problems caused with the 76mm. The treasury shenanigan's. Suggesting it as a cost saving fitting it to then redesigned Type 23 frigates as replacement for the venerable 4.5 gun. The use ...
by S M H
16 Apr 2020, 01:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535675
Location: United Kingdom

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

I'm probably going back to far but the original procurement plan for F35s was going to make the first deployment light on f35. It was planned for deployment of single squadron of F35s. They would be supplemented by a harrier squadron. The disastrous treasury driven S.S.D.R scuppered the original pla...
by S M H
07 Mar 2020, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 72
Views: 19976
Location: United Kingdom

Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

Caribbean wrote:In one of the images, it looks like they may be using it off the aft deck of a BF cutter
The picture was taken on a Falmouth based Air support craft on which the first set of sea trials were conducted.
by S M H
27 Feb 2020, 19:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11677
Views: 1072341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

wonder why if the 150m/8,000t T26 beam at 20.8m is 9.3m wider than the 75m/1,400t Leeds Castle which could land a Chinook The castle class had nearly vertical side plating from transom to round bilge knuckle on the hull. Given the hull profiles with the modern practice of radar reduction hull forms...
by S M H
17 Feb 2020, 19:22
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: English Electric Lightning (1959-1988) (RAF)
Replies: 23
Views: 9604
Location: United Kingdom

Re: English Electric Lightning (1959-1988) (RAF)

Was lucky enough to be taken up in the two seater. Had side by side seating unlike modern aircraft .The acceleration was something else. Its a shame that the civil aviation authority deemed it to complex for preserved flight.
by S M H
12 Feb 2020, 18:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1370257
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ron5 wrote:PoW needs CIWS to visit Liverpool?Tough city.
That comment is completely at odds with comments in Liverpool . It may be Her Majesty's Ship. But' she is ours '. And you know how Liverpudlians come together to protect there own. CIWS protecting her is nothing compared to city of pissed off Scousers .
by S M H
07 Feb 2020, 22:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1370257
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

seem to remember talk? of doing ski-jump testing with the E-2 hawkeye..or did I imagine that.... Test were done for the Indian navy in the 1980s when they purchased Hermes because the arrester gear room was structurally intact, The Indian Navy were looking into operating Hawkeye. There was some red...
by S M H
30 Jan 2020, 19:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1050
Views: 160324
Location: United Kingdom

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

I don't think there is any option that can watch over the North Atlantic besides a Maritime Patrol Aircraft, of which P8 is the best option available. I once had a conversation with a ex soviet submariner who was fellow crew. Being Estonian he was working on a U K ferry as a deck officer. Myself be...
by S M H
24 Jan 2020, 21:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6466
Views: 633980
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

allows for two frigates to be constructed side by side beforebeing railed and launched into the adjacent Main Basin to the south . When the Synchro lift was built it had two external rail lines for vessels to large to fit into the covered hall . Served by the traversing frame in front of the shed. ...
by S M H
23 Jan 2020, 17:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1370257
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

that they’re kicking about somewhere. The WE 117s are stored stripped in Sellafield .The problem is that when Blair / Brown came to power they needed replacing or refurbishing to be effective. With a expensive cost . The then government had better priority's so offered enhanced sub munitions and co...
by S M H
12 Jan 2020, 14:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 658
Views: 100315
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

C. Primary build facility: new facilities at the BAE Systems-operated dockyard in Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria), costing £240 million to upgrade aging facilities and support improved submarine construction techniques, 116% over budget. Part of the overspend in barrow was due to legacy shipbuilding on...
by S M H
03 Jan 2020, 23:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254030
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

EAP was built to test technology that was primarily new in particular its fly by wire system for statically unstable aircraft. If they follow the EAP path we may see modified Typhoon test bed. There was a modified Jaguar (a.c.t.d.) that was modified to be unstable in flight. This proved the concept...
by S M H
03 Jan 2020, 19:09
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 254030
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Isn't the Team tempest project in the same vain as the EAP was to typhoon? I did range safety for EAP the aircraft had better capability's that were traded away in production Typhoon. Hopefully we will not repeat that with Tempest. The air to ground tests done on EAP were not transferred to the pro...
by S M H
29 Dec 2019, 16:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1370257
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It’s not uncommon to have US only “black boxes” on aircraft we have them on a number of other aircraft. The joys of working with Uncle Sam. I assume not all the crew are US ITAR cleared. If anything its the clearance for restricted U S equipment. I have seen how secretive the American's have been o...
by S M H
20 Nov 2019, 19:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6466
Views: 633980
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

- don't ask me . Just read the accounting policies and DEFCONS... when I first tried to get my head around Mr Browns new accounting polices my headaches crippled me. I came to the conclusion was the M.O.D. paid from the procurement budget while the operational budget paid back the deprecation money...
by S M H
19 Nov 2019, 19:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 193
Views: 42094
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Timmymagic wrote:All the evidence suggests that Outfit DEC never made it down to the Falklands in time, and was never used there. It may have gone South on a couple of ships relieving the task force at the end of the war
So some one removed them of Battleaxe type 22 as she was testing them before she sailed south.
by S M H
17 Nov 2019, 16:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 193
Views: 42094
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

eah, I remember the Argentinian pilots claiming to feel sick when they were close to our ships, so it could be something like that. But if we had tech more than 30 years ago, then surely there must be something better now? Know as laser dazzlers. Kept under wraps until HMS Andromeda entered port wi...
by S M H
17 Nov 2019, 13:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 193
Views: 42094
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

I would guess range finding/tracking lasers. Not the shoot `em down type. I m inclined to suggest that the navy retained the none lethal distraction lasers that we developed in the 1980s. Successfully kept quite until someone forgot to cover a frigate set up on entry to port. They effectively disor...
by S M H
24 Oct 2019, 22:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 49591
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Whose piggy bank are they raiding to pay for them? To some it might sound stupid but our early eighties procured airframes have been progressively updated. ZA718 was unrecognisable from the airframe that I first saw in 1982. However the airframe will like all the early purchases will be life expire...
by S M H
20 Oct 2019, 12:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4661
Views: 535675
Location: United Kingdom

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

What is of concern that until IOT&E/F-35 In-A-Box' (FIAB) completed that any of the UK buy of current aircraft might not be able to be bought up to full specification or require expensively upgrades, making actual number of our limited buy of F-35 fully operational capable fewer still, presume ...
by S M H
18 Oct 2019, 19:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1370257
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

And a aerial video of Invergordon itself, if you're curious about it. I would of expected the tank farm that was part of the closed R.N. fuel depot twenty five years ago. Would have been removed along with the pumping house for Inchin down to the side of the church . The Cromlet tanks on the west s...
by S M H
15 Oct 2019, 19:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11495
Views: 1370257
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Interesting little ISO container on deck with a Air Conditioner sticking out the back. I suspect its to handle the telemetry data that the 17 squadron aircraft collect. There will probably be a lot more data in this set of trials. If with 17 sqn aircraft with possibly the U.S.M.C. aircraft includin...
by S M H
13 Oct 2019, 17:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 768
Views: 138201
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

t Supposedly it is being fast tracked as a high priority within the RN/MoD. . The problem is that the R.N. has high end carrier acting as L.P.H. and contractor owned and operated S,D. Victoria. Our L.P.D. were built without a embarked aviation capability because the were expected to work with a dedi...
by S M H
13 Oct 2019, 15:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11677
Views: 1072341
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The destruction of the silk worm was a priority. As the Iraq weapon had been upgraded as later examination of captured weapons showed . This gave the weapon a require capability so if weapon had been successfully decoyed by the battleship it would have reacquired a target. So the weapon posed a majo...

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