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by Phil Sayers
26 Sep 2019, 19:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10480
Views: 867923

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Do we know anything about squadron sizes yet? Looking at it purely from the perspective of what would be best to get on to the carriers (i.e not considering RAF requirements, administrative efficiency, deep maintenance requirements etc) I tend to think squadrons of 9 would work best. That way a car...
by Phil Sayers
21 Sep 2019, 13:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607412

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Is there anything official about T31 increasing from 5 to 8 or 3 more River B2's? Or is this all speculative? Unless I have missed something (which is entirely possible) this seems to come solely from the 11.25 mark of the below video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7UB0YuTNQA The important thing...
by Phil Sayers
24 Jul 2019, 13:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 286174

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

Could the radar be placed as high up on a T26 derivative as it is on a T45 without causing stability problems?
by Phil Sayers
21 Jul 2019, 14:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607412

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The main thing at the moment is the safety of the crew and finding a way to resolve the crisis without having the embarrassment of a transparent tanker swap but looking to the future I think this crisis has now made it politically impossible for at least the duration of this Parliament for the gover...
by Phil Sayers
06 Jul 2019, 17:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1474
Views: 118110

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

No disrespect to the impressive Swedish Airforce and aerospace industry intended but given that they would essentially be looking for a Gripen replacement and the RAF looking for a long range, stealthy multirole Typhoon replacement capable of penetrating heavily defended airspace I wonder how compat...
by Phil Sayers
08 Apr 2019, 20:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4227
Views: 310498

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

Certainly going to learn a lot training there what with an ongoing war nearby, an aggressive Russian airforce presence based scarcely 100 miles away and a couple of very sophisticated SAM systems continually attempting to track them from the moment they take off to the moment they touch down again. ...
by Phil Sayers
03 Mar 2019, 19:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 385780

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

And indeed you would be right to wonder. Thinking of the longer term future rather than the near term future I do think that at some stage it is possible the RN will conclude that having land attack missiles on T26s which are either conducting blue water ASW where those missiles have no utility at a...
by Phil Sayers
03 Mar 2019, 16:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 385780

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Something I am unclear on with regards the Leander design is the decision to install a Mk41 but with only 8 cells and nearby having space for 8 deck canister launched SSGWs. Getting a Mk41 into the design is a considerable bonus with regards flexibility (ASROC etc) but I would have thought, maybe co...
by Phil Sayers
11 Feb 2019, 14:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 65542

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Why would they? The Americans have something similar in the region without dedicated escorts, and so do RFA. Fair point with regards routine deployment but it does seem to me that in a situation where one of these was sat off a coast and being used to repeatedly conduct special forces raids inland ...
by Phil Sayers
11 Feb 2019, 13:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 65542

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Exciting stuff but it seems to me that the group deployed in the Gulf would likely need a dedicated escort with air defence capability (which would be a large further commitment of limited resources) because these days Hezbollah and the Houthis to take but two examples have their own anti-shipping m...
by Phil Sayers
28 Jan 2019, 20:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607412

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tomahawk - no UK surface ship can currently use it, so why do we need them? The T26 will get them (or a successor system) when they are finished. As for the sub-launched version - probably only useful against an opponent without access to satellite surveillance - rather gives the position of the su...
by Phil Sayers
28 Jan 2019, 18:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 286174

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

My reading of that article is that Mr Campbell said that other designs could enter but the specific mention of T26 was not his own comment and instead speculation (whether informed or otherwise) from the author. Hopefully this is realistic but if so the USN project has moved a very long way from wha...
by Phil Sayers
20 Dec 2018, 20:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 19500

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

be able to mask where the signal comes from That's why 'zapping' it at the receiving end is the easiest solution? I don't know anything about how drones and their signals actually work so could be completely wrong but I would be surprised if the signal controlling a standard toy or commercial drone...
by Phil Sayers
20 Dec 2018, 19:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 19500

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

I might need to reach for a tinfoil hat and obviously there are numerous other possibilities (with the most likely simply being someone gets their jollies from ruining other people's Christmas jollies) but I can't help thinking that there is a country which is plenty angry at the UK, views causing d...
by Phil Sayers
07 Dec 2018, 20:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 651
Views: 54546

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Usual process would have been for the French to build and name such an SSBN, and for us to Re-name her after taking her as a "Prize" following misfortune at sea. I can see thee attraction of saving the construction cost of a fourth Dreadnought Class, but I don't think Trident D5 would fit...
by Phil Sayers
12 Nov 2018, 19:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3922
Views: 286174

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

Why aren’t they naming the ships in order? The full stop (to the sorry saga) has to be put somewhere... and leave no doubt ;) Agreed, naming the 8th ship HMS London at this stage makes it a tiny bit harder to subsequently order less then eight ships and given that doing it this way doesn't cost the...
by Phil Sayers
29 Oct 2018, 20:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 935
Views: 80844

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

they already saying that P8 are controlling drones The Russians are saying that but the Russians don't actually believe that. They are just annoyed that they have to keep firing expensive missiles at drones worth a few hundred dollars each without being able to prevent the attacks happening (and qu...
by Phil Sayers
27 Sep 2018, 19:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607412

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Assuming the structure is strong enough to take it and any negative impact on stealth isn't deemed that important is there anything to stop a small number of CAAM silos (say six on each side) being placed on the T45 hangar roof? Might need to move antennas and it is a bit close to the search radar b...
by Phil Sayers
21 Sep 2018, 20:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 385780

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If you cut 2 T26, you can build 6 T31 with no additional money. Increased number of escorts? :thumbdown: To be fair if cutting two T26 meant a guaranteed order of ten to twelve T31 (preferably divided roughly in half between an austere patrol version and a better equipped ASW version) I wouldn't th...
by Phil Sayers
06 Aug 2018, 19:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4227
Views: 310498

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

I agree that sometimes their capabilities aren't top notch, but they are GOOD ENOUGH for their intended purpose. French Navy never had any serious intent to fight the Soviet Navy, so Clem and Foch ( with Crusaders and Etandards ) were good enough for: a) giving illusion of French grandeur and b) hi...
by Phil Sayers
23 Jul 2018, 22:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10480
Views: 867923

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Has Queen Elizabeth's actual empty / light-loaded displacement been officially confirmed at any stage? I ask because she was always generally quoted as being 65,000 tonnes until a couple of years ago when most articles started to state 70,000 but recent articles I have read seem to have reverted to ...
by Phil Sayers
02 Jun 2018, 13:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 607412

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Noticed this article as well. This does not sound like permanently forward basing. More like 12-18 month deployments? "An RN spokesperson told Jane’s that, from 2019, the Type 23 frigates “would be deployed for a longer duration than the current six- to nine-month [rotations]”. While the ships...

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