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by NickC
15 Jan 2021, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
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Views: 2513201
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Just to clarify my understanding the JSM is too long to fit into the shorter F-35B weapons bay and will require external carriage degrading its stealth capabilities plus to be effective assume it will need Block 4 a/c with the upgraded AN/APG-81 radar capable of wide area surface search by 'big SAR...
by NickC
14 Jan 2021, 14:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12717
Views: 2513201
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Just to clarify my understanding the JSM is too long to fit into the shorter F-35B weapons bay and will require external carriage degrading its stealth capabilities plus to be effective assume it will need Block 4 a/c with the upgraded AN/APG-81 radar capable of wide area surface search by 'big SAR...
by NickC
13 Jan 2021, 12:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12717
Views: 2513201
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If it takes 7 years, how about buying JSM now? JSM is in production and can be carried underwing of F35, as I understand? SPEAR3 and JSM is in different class, so they can go along with after SPEAR3 introduction. JSM MIGHT have some overlap with FCASW, but it all depends on FCASW specification. As ...
by NickC
11 Jan 2021, 11:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5135
Views: 978285
Location: United Kingdom

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

Block 4 F-35Bs with capability of carrying ASRAAM CSM, Meteor and Spear 3, only 13 a/c? My understanding of UK contracts and future buy at current time LRIP - Number lot 3 ---- 2 4 ---- 1 7 ---- 1 8 ---- 4 9 ---- 6 10 ---- 3 11 ---- 2 12 ---- 2 13 ---- 6 14 ---- 8 15 ---- 7 16 ---- 6 Total -- 48 Und...
by NickC
09 Jan 2021, 14:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5135
Views: 978285
Location: United Kingdom

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

My limited understanding is that only the future new variants of F-35B Block 4 a/c will have the capability to use the ASRAAM CSM, Meteor and Spear 3. Block 4 including its new computers and software is $12 billion 2018-2026 development programme with its various iterations, did see mention that the...
by NickC
08 Jan 2021, 12:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5135
Views: 978285
Location: United Kingdom

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

Timmymagic wrote:
NickC wrote:What did surprise me if the figures correct was the high cost of integrating Spear 3 with the F-35B at £411 million.


That was the design and development costs for Spear, not integration.


Thanks for your clarification.
by NickC
07 Jan 2021, 16:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5135
Views: 978285
Location: United Kingdom

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

A few quotes from Defence News the signing of a £550 million (U.S. $750 million) production contract by the Ministry of Defence and contractor MBDA, the company announced Jan. 6. guided firings of the weapon from a Typhoon in support of the Spear 3 development for the F-35B will start within 18 mont...
by NickC
30 Dec 2020, 12:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 400
Views: 102191
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

Interesting read re T45 ASW technologies https://www.ultra-electronics.com/uploads/business-documents/media-brochures/ultra_iss_brochure_uk.pdf Copied from T45 news As understand similar type systems used in integrating sonar data eg as fitted to the P-8A, the Lockheed Multi-Static Active Coherent ...
by NickC
17 Dec 2020, 10:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 331
Views: 96087
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

updating the Tomahawk IV's to V's for the Astute class unfortunately, as the main customer is going VLS also subsurface, it has been announced that the wrapper for launch thru torp tubes will no longer be in production - wonder if A. any missile upgrades continue to be feasible, and - B. how long w...
by NickC
16 Dec 2020, 14:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056548
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The 9th and 10th Italian FREMM GP frigates said to be sold to Egypt for 1.2 billion euros ~ £1.1 billion, build contract was 764 million euros with the first supply, one year guarantee and ten years support, final contract total value ~1 billion euros with cash deposits and loans. Ships to be delive...
by NickC
16 Dec 2020, 12:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 331
Views: 96087
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

So I take it developing a long range hypersonic missile for the R.N is out of the question Anglo-French FC/ASW, according to NavalNews, a French website, there appears to a dichotomy between the British and French staff requirements, British wanting a stealthy sub-sonic missile (LRASM type) whilst ...
by NickC
13 Dec 2020, 13:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 331
Views: 96087
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

My concern about Harpoon is that it has been sold widely around world, eg 2016 Egyptian 2016 contract for Block IIs, and assume nearly all navies eg Russia has close ties with Egypt, now have the intel/knowledge and necessary EW kit to jam Harpoon's RF seeker.
by NickC
11 Dec 2020, 11:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 331
Views: 96087
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Yep, as an interim lets have five set of NSM for the T-23 then T-31 and say forty eight LRASM for the T-26 allowing for four sets of eight to be installed routinely, with two sets in reserve ashore. That would make the RN the only user of LRASM as a ship-launched system. Is it still in active devel...
by NickC
10 Dec 2020, 11:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 331
Views: 96087
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

JSM too big to fit in F35B bomb bay. Fits F35A & C. That's true but its not a big deal. It's a missile with a 300 mile range so losing some stealth to carry it on an external pylon doesn't cost you much, it could be launched well outside of an enemys detection or engagement range.. Kongsberg on...
by NickC
10 Dec 2020, 10:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12717
Views: 2513201
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Nuclear powered for a cool $6bn. https://www.marinelink.com/news/frances-nextgeneration-aircraft-carrier-483735 Personally I think two QE's was a much better option. PARIS (AP) - "They didn’t provide a price tag but French media estimate it will cost around 7 billion euros ( $8.5 billion ).&qu...
by NickC
08 Dec 2020, 15:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056548
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

ASW capable T32 based on a T31 using USVs? The unsilenced diesels of the T31s will always generate more noise at low speed by some order higher than the T26 degrading ASW ops, but the severe limitation is only eight very expensive T26s planned. If T32 was based on T31 for it be to be an effective fo...
by NickC
08 Dec 2020, 10:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 676
Views: 166351
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Telegraph - "Ministry of Defence mulls takeover of nuclear steel submarine maker // Sheffield Forgemasters is reportedly in talks with defence chiefs about a takeover to protect steel production for Britain's nuclear subs"
by NickC
02 Dec 2020, 13:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5135
Views: 978285
Location: United Kingdom

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

Unbelievably the new Ford cannot operate with the F-35C, it would seem the necessary kit was not cheap and as ship was way over budget USN deleted the requirement, Congress when found out they were upset and have insisted the necessary kit be installed on the 2nd ship of the Ford class the Kennedy, ...
by NickC
02 Dec 2020, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4226
Views: 808317
Location: United Kingdom

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

"The Canadian navy's new frigates will get a cutting-edge radar system that has never before been installed on a warship — a recent decision that quietly ended a heated debate within the $60 billion warship program. The Lockheed Martin-built AN/SPY-7 radar will be installed on the new warships...
by NickC
01 Dec 2020, 16:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056548
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

LCS max payload only 180t, 75t JP-5 leaves only 105t for helo/spares plus its mission module, cost for latest Independence class $584 ~ £440 million each plus cost of MM, GAO report noted O&S costs not too far off the Burke costs and had problems launching and recovering USVs... Thanks for the ...
by NickC
01 Dec 2020, 11:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056548
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Simply always surprised USN LCSs are always over looked. It is very very similar to (or even the default design of) such "under flight deck mission bay". LCS's mission bay has its own good and bad. - Its good aspects are a good lessons learned - and its bad aspects are also a good lessons...
by NickC
30 Nov 2020, 11:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056548
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Have seen various posts on how the T31 with its minimal capabilities improved, we could all come up with our own wish list if funding were available, but, a big but, understand T31 contract was deliberately written so specification was set in concrete, MoD/Navy has no ability to request/fund any cha...
by NickC
27 Nov 2020, 10:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056548
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Meanwhile China continues to build the equivalent of the Royal Navy's entire tonnage every four years...[/quot They have lots of "Bobs" Moved from T26 news FWIW Chinese new Navy 5 year build plan to 2025 for corvettes, frigates, destroyers and cruisers. -Type 056A corvettes ~ 1,500t / 90 ...
by NickC
26 Nov 2020, 15:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056548
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Today MBDA PR today announced Sea Venom completed its qualification firings trials at Ile du Levant on 17 November. "Previous trials have tested the missiles launch envelope, release envelope and engagement modes, such as its low-altitude sea-skimming flight, lock on after launch (LOAL), lock o...
by NickC
25 Nov 2020, 12:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2056548
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Originally the T31 was the T31e, export, in part driven by the thinking of Sir John Parker's 2016 National Shipbuilding Strategy report, which in simplified form advocated building naval ships for their economic service life and then sell them on to avoid expensive mid-life refits eg original T23 de...

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