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by NickC
07 Apr 2020, 09:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3999
Views: 414436
Location: United Kingdom

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

Ultra Electronics S2150 HMS, xav posted on T23 thread, Ultra also rec'd order for three ship sets for the first batch of T26's, presume any future orders for T26 the HMS will be met from scrapped T23's, my pic wouldn't post [b] :eh: [/b], see xav post. Courtesy Ultra Electronics "The sonar has ...
by NickC
04 Apr 2020, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3999
Views: 414436
Location: United Kingdom

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

Just background info on quiet propellers, RRS Sir David Attenborough designed for extremely low underwater radiated noise to avoid interference with survey equipment or disturbance to marine mammals or fish distribution is fitted with two RollsRoyce, now Kongsberg, five bladed 4.5 m diameter Control...
by NickC
31 Mar 2020, 12:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3999
Views: 414436
Location: United Kingdom

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

https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1242847914818506756 I'm guessing the German Mission Bay Handling System was part of Rolls Royce Commercial Marine, sold to Kongsberg in Apr 2019 for ~£350 million to help RR fund rectification of tech problems on their Trent engines, BBC reported RR incurred £...
by NickC
30 Mar 2020, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3999
Views: 414436
Location: United Kingdom

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

https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1242847914818506756 I'm guessing the German Mission Bay Handling System was part of Rolls Royce Commercial Marine, sold to Kongsberg in Apr 2019 for ~£350 million to help RR fund rectification of tech problems on their Trent engines, BBC reported RR incurred £...
by NickC
30 Mar 2020, 11:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3999
Views: 414436
Location: United Kingdom

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

Its worrying that with the BAE Scottish shipyards build system it was only on delivery that the build defects on HMS Forth showed up, now with the bad experience of Forth behind them its good news that they have made the necessary changes to their quality assurance protocols. It could be argued the ...
by NickC
30 Mar 2020, 10:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 333130
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

NAO Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General Ministry of Defence Defence capabilities – delivering what was promised HC 106 SESSION 2019–2021 dd 18 MARCH 2020 "Current estimated cost - The procurement cost of the three ships originally ordered (including HMS Forth) was £378 million. A firm...
by NickC
26 Mar 2020, 14:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1841
Views: 211331
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Mark Hewer, Leonardo’s Vice President Integrated Mission Solutions recent talk on Typhoon's EW suite, Stealth Master , March 24th "With an up-to-the-moment, accurate and comprehensive picture of the environment, a Eurofighter pilot can make sure they don’t even come within range of potentially-...
by NickC
21 Mar 2020, 10:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 658
Views: 91462
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Lockheed awarded additional USN $601 million contract 19th March for Trident II D5 Production & Deployed Systems Support, UK funding $93 million, all work to be carried out in US.

UK percentage ~15%, potential overall contract value ~$1.3 billion, completion date Sep 2024
by NickC
19 Mar 2020, 09:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1195
Views: 153536
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

One fact didn't know was that even though first T45 commissioned more than ten years ago the RN has never been able declare class fully operational due to its propulsion problems. Below NAO findings The 18th March NAO report "Defence capabilities – delivering what was promised" Figure 6 Ty...
by NickC
12 Mar 2020, 17:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 578262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

in the graphic labelled as Vigile-D ESM is in fact Thales Gatekeeper. Ohh... Sep 2019 write up on Thales Vigile D ESM on sale to Dutch for upgrade to Damen 3,300t M/Karel Doorman class frigates. selected Thales’s innovative digital wideband Radar Electronic Support Measures product Vigile D, as par...
by NickC
11 Mar 2020, 14:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 578262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What GFE is likely to be transferred onto the T31...maybe RADAR ESM and COMMS ESM? An interesting POV. The answer might be found in what was recycled from the 4 command frigates - which had a top spec relative to the others - in the aftermath of the 2010 fiasco - at the time the embarrassment was s...
by NickC
10 Mar 2020, 12:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

NavyLookout@NavyLookout Mar 8. @HMSDauntless alongside in Portsmouth - due to sail for first time this month after 4 years laid up / in refit. Will depart under her own power for short period at sea to baseline existing machinery performance before heading to @CammellLaird for engine upgrade. For w...
by NickC
10 Mar 2020, 11:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

@Ron Must admit when I read your posts and you're having to revert obnoxious language on IH they bring a smile to my face, as you make up fantasy claims, I have challenged you three times to back up on one of your specific claims and you never reply, so I'm sure you will understand if I consider you...
by NickC
10 Mar 2020, 11:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The claim T45 is the better AAW system than IH maybe true, would depend on actual operational scenario and missiles fitted, both have pluses and minuses, T45 with its Sampson S-band two antenna array radar and Aster 15/30 missiles with active seekers and 48 VLS cells vs the IH with it's two radars,...
by NickC
09 Mar 2020, 15:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The RN would really want the whole ship built to true naval standards rather than the pick and choose method used on the IHs. If you want the exact differences then you will need to find a naval ship designer to lay them out. No one else is going to be able to build ships like the Absalons and IHs ...
by NickC
06 Mar 2020, 12:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With both the Absalons and IHs the Danes got five very useable warships far cheaper then by conventional means. I doubt anyone else could achieve or want to achieve the same with the need for higher standards often given as a reason not to even try. We wanted a cheap warship that could carry out a ...
by NickC
05 Mar 2020, 17:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 578262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

DE&S worked with the Navy to minimise the amount of GFE with a more "hands off" approach has meant that together with industry, DE&S were able to deliver the best possible solution and real value for money While I agree with that, what will actually be passed on from the T23 LIFEX...
by NickC
05 Mar 2020, 15:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 578262
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

March Desider has a page on T31, a few quotes, no new news The five ships will be delivered by end of 2028 Babcock International has confirmed steel will be cut for the first ship in 2021 at Rosyth and that it will be in the water in 2023 Babcock's solution is based on and built upon the proven desi...
by NickC
05 Mar 2020, 13:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Third in my series of Troll spotting is on Top Trumps equivalency. The equivalency states that if two things are named the same then they are the same and have the same capabilities. For example: Ford makes a vehicle with 5 seats, a trunk, 4 wheels and an enclosed body that will safely transport pe...
by NickC
04 Mar 2020, 12:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

To speed up Type 26 apart from more money we desparately need the 'frigate factory' at Scostoun. I would say we need a Escort factory and it needs to be 200 X 80 meters to allow for future escorts to be built up to 180 x 22 meters side by side Thought should include a panel line system and syncroli...
by NickC
03 Mar 2020, 16:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Gritting my teeth and side stepping the interesting discussion on mushrooms, here's the second in my series on troll like behaviors. Another hall mark of the troll is repeating a misleading piece of information ad nauseam well after it has been comprehensively proven to be bogus. Case in point is t...
by NickC
03 Mar 2020, 12:37
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4474
Views: 475770
Location: United Kingdom

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

May be future possible competition/alternative to the problematic Anglo-French FC/ASW for the F-35B as new gem Storm Shadow, which now understand two separate missiles, UK subsonic and French supersonic, looks like on a similar timeline to the FC/ASW, a US future/possible faster BrahMos? The DARPA/U...
by NickC
28 Feb 2020, 12:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

PS The RN/Babcock design of the T31 includes a flight deck to take the Chinook Maybe that is because it already had one i.e the IH class deck is large enough for a Chinook. Babcock's have not made the ship longer or the Hangar shorter so it is a by product of picking this design Thanks for your inf...
by NickC
28 Feb 2020, 10:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
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 NickC
27 Feb 2020, 12:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973147
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

PS Would have liked to seen a Chinook 30m and 30 tonnes MTOW land and take off from a 75m castle class OPV HMS Leeds Castle https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdyhwPMU0AAKHMo.jpg:large Thank for your pic. The T26 flight deck will be 50% larger than T23 as longer and wider, ~30m length, ~600 sq mtrs, ~ 5m ...

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