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by ArmChairCivvy
24 Jan 2020, 18:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6241
Views: 483568
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

So, the first T31 will be in service at the same year the 1st T26 will commission. 1st of class from both coming in at the same time (how many T23s will have fallen off by then?), but the other 4 El Cheapos will follow imminently, whereas the Rolls Royces are being hand made (cash trip-fed)? - 2028...
by ArmChairCivvy
24 Jan 2020, 18:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 98
Views: 11190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

jonas wrote: Initial Operating Capability for Carrier Strike in December 2020

Sounds OK
... though the rst of the answer does not really link up with the bottom line (deliverable i Dec).
by ArmChairCivvy
24 Jan 2020, 10:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 871
Views: 91914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Qwerty wrote:The lowest bidder shall win!
There was a time when the UK Gvmnt could have bought HK with the monies it subsequently paid for HK to 'right' the half-baked design

The two first mentioned US contestants make sense, but the Norma Magnum for anything else than a vehicle mounted MG??
by ArmChairCivvy
24 Jan 2020, 08:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4393
Views: 394494
Location: United Kingdom

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

Funnily enough, F-35s embarked on ships will continue to use ALIS (which I presume we, too, have)
by ArmChairCivvy
23 Jan 2020, 21:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 98
Views: 11190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

Just erase the contract, and go back to the second (and only other bidder)
- err, that was done once already, though never explained as to 'why' and, actually, they went back to the winner
- and here we are, now, three years behind
by ArmChairCivvy
23 Jan 2020, 21:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11066
Views: 1081909
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

S M H wrote: The other question is are the B Lightnings wired to support Tactical weapons.


Some of the nuclear-designated countries/ NATO squadrons are getting 'A's
- Germany looks like getting something else... that is a rather big question; how to maintain the old accord (and capability, with dual keys)
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2020, 06:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4393
Views: 394494
Location: United Kingdom

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

This makes quite a few man years:
"According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report in November 2019, one Air Force squadron spent 45,000 hours per year “performing additional tasks and manual workarounds because ALIS was not functioning as needed.”["]
by ArmChairCivvy
22 Jan 2020, 06:03
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24732
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

True, this comparison https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Ga ... arison.png of early (ASW) and the later AEW versions caused me to think otherwise.
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2020, 18:40
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24732
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Jensy wrote:Wonder how many Fairey Gannets are still knocking about....

Ron5 wrote: the ugliest aircraft in the world. Stored outside, not pretty enough to be allowed in.


I want the one with two counter-rotating props... that would leave the 'ugly duckling' standing on the Silver Podium; easily
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2020, 18:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1564
Views: 151379
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

There are only actually 3 type 26s under contract, and, what 23 F35s? Tempest is just research out to 2025 then the real spending starts. Big spend (and risk) on Successor is also ramping up Spend on the 'bleeding edge' and the best you can expect is 1 in 2 projects pulling through ... though the F...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2020, 17:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 250
Views: 34796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

The system has a range of up to 150Km, and where as this test used the basic GPS guidance package and warhead, the plan is to be able to adapt all versions of the SDB I and II to this configuration. ... and they can go round, rather than over mountains. The Swedish test range wa good for that (I wo...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2020, 17:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 881
Views: 91095
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

To date no turreted Ajax have been delivered to the Army, only six Ares troop carrying vehicles have actually been delivered so far A bit like the Armata thing (they did deliver 50, but those did not work) - whereas the derived IFV did work, and is being delivered - admittedly: it does have a turret
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2020, 17:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1689
Views: 169467
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

and put 1+1+1+1 together and got 25..... That person will need to sent (most defence correspondents start this way; he/ she may be one of the greats... later) to this conference, which befittingly takes place over a 3-day period... within which ... falls the 1st of April Fools' Day :lol: With Gener...
by ArmChairCivvy
21 Jan 2020, 04:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24732
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Jensy wrote:could even replace Crowsnest on the carriers
:lol: and Broncos for 'strike'...

Looks like a radome, but aren't they actually configured for SIGINT?
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6241
Views: 483568
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Every walk of life has its own 'ladder' mapping for capability/ maturity/ or whatever else comes to mind :)
- in this case it would be, in due course, from 'presence' to fightability... the latter is also under a trademark (TD's :D )
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 16:33
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136511
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Or "Army in the 2020 SDSR"
- as such reviews are mandated a long view
- and we can benchmark the proposed/ eventual outcome against Force 2020 8-)
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 14:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10934
Views: 797834
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

there is a claim that the soon to be introduced AN/SPY-6 [ Oon the Arleigh Burkes flight 111] with the Radar Suite controller will be able to simultaneously track and engage ballistic and airborne threats During Formidable Shield (NATO) 2019 "US Navy Captain Shanti Sethi directed the exercise ...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 09:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1410
Views: 136511
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

possibly replies should be in another thread yes, but which one? equipped to carry out Airborne, Air Assault or ground assault missions We have all the AB we need, all the AirAssault we can afford (in the way of the assets needed to support ops at scale), but what I don't see in the order of battle...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 04:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229329
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

With
Repulse wrote: talk of a civilian HADR solution, the Bays will be able to focus more time on the mothership role being discussed.

yes; but has the idea been dropped since Penny went?
- not sure, haven't seen any mentions (since)
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 04:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11066
Views: 1081909
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Not sure if qe design more beneficial to India altho be a great asset I was trying to point out that a ship design is basically a system of systems, just lifting out a few that have already been integrated and tried can be a significant means of risk reduction No doubt paying handsomely for the pri...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 04:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6241
Views: 483568
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ron5 wrote:some. Extra equipment my a$$.

C'on Ron :) , that's the nature of 'lego ships' ... you add bit by bit (and it is cheaper during build).
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 04:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1804
Views: 170195
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

has worked in reducing costs. The cost savings are split with Bae, iirc the RAF's share can be spent back in the typhoon force. It is also a huge factor in improving export chances as, believe it or not, other countries base their decisions on over-the-life full costings (of competing alternatives)...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 03:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24732
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Not having installed CEC on the T-45s doesn't bode well for the RAF getting the capability on its E-7s. If the UK is going to go down the CEC route it should concentrate on linking CROWSNEST to surface platforms and also the F-35s as its priority. Agree. The first go at it was to make the T23s, wit...
by ArmChairCivvy
20 Jan 2020, 03:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Foxhound Protected Vehicle
Replies: 114
Views: 18240
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Foxhound Protected Vehicle

Back in the day when I was in automotive, Sisu was renowned as the gold standard for extreme application trucks, the absolute best. We used to import their axles to Australia for very top end applications in the mining industry. A pity we missed out when the Sisu Mammoths were sold off from the Kir...
by ArmChairCivvy
19 Jan 2020, 09:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11066
Views: 1081909
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

India has been promised EMALS by the US and "India interested in Integrated Electric Propulsion and possibly Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier design" the first within the quote would go nicely with that direction - the latter is just a sign that for years India was ping-ponging the d...

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