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by shark bait
24 Jul 2019, 08:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3903
Views: 240039
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

Given how long the T23 replacement is taking, the MOD would need to start the T45 replacement last year to meet "the late 2030s". That probably makes a T26 derivative the only option. It's a long way off, but unless the nature of surface warfare changes dramatically (unlikely) the T26 is a...
by shark bait
23 Jul 2019, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 163
Views: 14724
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Expect the range to be much more than 20km, just like Sea Skua was. There is no way the RN would put a manned helicopter that close.
by shark bait
23 Jul 2019, 10:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3903
Views: 240039
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

Interesting to see they already have their eye on the T45 replacement!
by shark bait
22 Jul 2019, 09:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 52
Views: 4456
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Lord Jim wrote:and whether this was purely a trials fit, a UOR lash up prior to deployment or the full system?

Purely for trials. It looks like there's a door behind the launcher, along with a bunch of other equipment, I doubt that can be considered safe for operational use.
by shark bait
22 Jul 2019, 08:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As for RN's role in providing security in the area the proposed FLSS vessels would seem like a good option. Operating 3 Wildcats and 2 Merlins along with multiple small craft and the Royal Marines to go with them it would seem to be the perfect option. I agree, maritime security does not revolve ar...
by shark bait
22 Jul 2019, 08:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 163
Views: 14724
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

SPEAR3 and SeaVenom are very different weapons, they have totally different guidance methods, very different ranges, and one has a far bigger warhead. Importantly SeaVenom can be launched in a complex environment because the operator gets a video feed from the missile to reduce misidentification eve...
by shark bait
17 Jul 2019, 11:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60069
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

What can the Mach 4 Starstreak hit that the Mach 1.5 LLM can't?

You'll find there is no difference because the guidance is the limiting effect, not the speed.
by shark bait
17 Jul 2019, 10:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60069
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Why does a patrol vessel need a mach 4 missile?
by shark bait
17 Jul 2019, 09:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60069
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

So double the cost for a 20% increase in range. Is that really worth is for a patrol vessel?
by shark bait
17 Jul 2019, 08:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think the RN fear on that ( and rightly so ) is that if they let numbers slip now with the idea of expanding in the future they never get those numbers back That is a reasonable concern, and why the RN can't drop the T31 and buy an extra T26 in the 30's, that would likely create an unrecoverable ...
by shark bait
17 Jul 2019, 07:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60069
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

No need for Starstreak, LLM has a surface to air capability.
by shark bait
17 Jul 2019, 07:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Do we really need 5 T31? No. The Navy has not has 19 escorts in use for years, it makes little sense to accept such low quality ships just to maintain an arbitrary figure decided by politicians in 2010. The Navy should focus on quality, and fixing its internal issues, after that it can consider exp...
by shark bait
16 Jul 2019, 10:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1 wrote:I’m not sure why you are continuing to link this carrier requirement to drones.

Just as an example why the Navy can't build a crap ship then say it'll have drones to offset the capability drop.
by shark bait
16 Jul 2019, 08:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What is needed is a new class of Warship that is designed to operate as part of the fleet and be able to launch, operate and recover drones and numerous types Kinda like a carrier for aircraft? Not wanting to go into fantasy but perhaps in the future asw drones may be launched via parachute from ai...
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 15:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Using an aircraft carrier to operate aircraft is a waste now?
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 15:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This all sounds like a solution in search of a problem. QE has plenty of space for UAV's and the T26 has plenty of space for boats. There is nothing on the horizon that doesn't fit into these categories. Dress it up however you want and the concepts touted over the last couple of days are a massive ...
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 14:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

There is no drone that can protect a moving carrier from missiles, and there is no drone that can protect a moving carrier from submarines. As long as the Royal navy are in the carrier business they have not lost the requirement for traditional escorts.
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 11:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Drones do not turn a big patrol boat into a frigate replacement. No way can drones be used to offset such a massive capability climb down.
by shark bait
15 Jul 2019, 08:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486648
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Avenger style ... would be a very capable vessel The marketing spin is clearly rubbing off on people. Either that or Poiuytrewq uses a new definition of 'capable'. This is a smaller, less powerful, and less robust hull than its predecessor designed 40 years earlier. The Royal Navy is on a capabilit...
by shark bait
10 Jul 2019, 08:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2846
Views: 161745
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

May be better to offset the structure aft of the funnel & the crane to either Port or Starboard Sounds totally reasonable. The Navy should have expected better from this class, but since it was a politically driven rush job important little optimisations like this have gone unchecked. Its such ...
by shark bait
09 Jul 2019, 08:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2846
Views: 161745
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Cannot stop thinking extending the stern by ~2m or so, to Agree entirely. They came so close to creating a modern small naval ship, but missed the opportunity because the decision was such a rush job. The Russians have achieved this with their Project 22160 patrol boat, shame the Brits couldn't hav...
by shark bait
08 Jul 2019, 12:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 594
Views: 40908
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

What on earth is a "real capability"? And what is so special about Venari that generates "real capability"?
by shark bait
08 Jul 2019, 10:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1396
Views: 95515
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I think Tempest has to challenge that view.

If the next gen continues on the trend set by its predecessors western air forces will consume themselves. Tempest has to buck this trend. I'd stamp “Perfect is the enemy of good” on the project office door.
by shark bait
08 Jul 2019, 10:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1396
Views: 95515
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I will clarify, I am referring to the mechanical stuff. The F22 has suffered and under-investment on the systems, and Tempest should obviously aim to surpass this. The good news is much of this work can be applied to the current generation, and Tempest has two different platforms (+revenue streams) ...
by shark bait
08 Jul 2019, 09:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1396
Views: 95515
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

A future fighter really needs to get cost down and supportability up Yes, this needs to be front and centre. The Swedish nailed this on Gripen, hopefully they can bring a bit of that to Tempest. they would essentially be looking for a Gripen replacement and the RAF looking for a long range, stealth...

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