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by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 22:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

in amphibious ops, takes an LG or half of a RM tracked vehicle (which are in two halves anyway for unsurpassed mobility) and drops them 100km away... while not forgetting one of these (which we have not bought in this configuration -yet! https://defense-update.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/spikeNL...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 22:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 259
Views: 16249
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

How about getting Argus to "soldier on" along with Albion & Bulwark and their limited helicopter facilities It's not a bad idea. Of the Forts, only Ft. Vic has had refurb (lately) so she will last to c. 2027 and with the SSSs coming, could do twilight duty in a similar way (and provid...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 22:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

One hears v little about the Franco-British JEF, a new and more broadly based one has been dreamt up by Macron, but in the above text the ref is to a different one, by the Northern Group: " the deployment is the biggest test yet of the Joint Expeditionary Force. The force was established seven ...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 21:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

26 troops isn’t bad for what essentially is a mid size helo Yes, but add armour (as they do) and mini-/ machine guns and you are soon down to 20. But as said, it was designed as a "Rolls Royce" for reliability and serviceability, has speed and range - and in amphibious ops, takes an LG or...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 16:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

has the speed and folds down to the size of a merlin but has a much smaller troop load out, this is why I’d stick with something like the merlin to help bring mass. Merlin has a ridiculously low troop loadout for its weight/ size. - this is not a criticism; it was designed with other primary driver...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 11:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5882
Views: 240501
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

the Danish defence industry and its companies TERMA, OMT , NTD etc are simply too small to properly compete on the international market ....and further handicapped by the lack of our own shipbuilding yard(s).......Hence the tie-up with Babcock Sensible as the other Nordic defence companies are pret...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 22:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

https://www.mauric.ecagroup.com/media-p ... edar-4.jpg I assume by that you mean you’d carry any chinooks on the QEs and lily pad them to the others, if so would carrying a reasonable number of chinooks on the QEs heavily impact on F35 operation and would it force them to sail where they really sho...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 18:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The carriers will end up operating more like a uss America than uss enterprise. + That will certainly be true for at least the first decade of service That's what I tried to say on the carriers thread: they will be rattling half empty for a decade to come - folks could try to answer the question, r...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 18:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43431
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Around £265m won't build a Karel Doorman but it would build a highly capable Enforcer based multipurpose vessel that could act as an auxiliary SSS vessel within the LiTM group. At 205m LOA with a 32m beam a 6 Merlin hanger should be possible. Which one of your designs/ concepts is the closest match?
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 18:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9936
Views: 599062
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

WTF? Why don't you report on DG and get the anger out... unpleasant language, and I deeply disapprove of your sentence construction. - Or go to the local pub and get your lights punched out; that's the real world, meeting with that kind of approach (putting, should I say :thumbdown: , a 'hard stop'...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 18:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 58894
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Let's see if LJ approves: "The system uses a panoramic gunner’s sight with 3rd GEN thermal imager, and an independent commander’s sight, to offer 95% hit probability at a stationary target sized 2.3×2.3 meters (+80% probability against moving target), with a first three rounds burst. TOUTATIS i...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 11:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 58894
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

If anyone can find a RWS capable of mounting the CTS40 with modern sights and FCS equal to those fitted to the upgraded Warrior, Challenger2s and Ajax please let us all know. Toutas Challenger 2 Mk2 and Ajax's Orion sights are...pretty dang high end The previous edition adorns thousands of Russian ...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 10:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43431
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

in high intensity ops requires the SSS to be designed dedicated yep, add a fraction to the one (could be +1.0) as the SSS will also need topping up - and heavens know from how far would almost be like a merging of a bay with the old rover class + But that would be separate to a solid stores require...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 10:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9936
Views: 599062
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

But some further thoughts on how the "loadout" on the two carriers, with a lot! of capacity, could be better: When our carriers were mainly of WW2 design (if not of construction, because so many of them sprung back to life much later)... that led to some ingenious carrier a/c designs that ...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 10:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9936
Views: 599062
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

swoop wrote:It would be interesting to see how well the active stabilisers are performing


We know that from cruise ships (similar size; perhaps? a different hull form):
- at first they work well
- and past a "certain" sea state they stop working... so the change is a memorable experience for the PAX
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 17:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

spreading 20 helicopters across 5 platforms? This is the long standing comprise between distributing for additional resilience, or centralising for greater efficiency. Resilience 50-100% of the time (rqr'ed); TLC by support crews in deeper ways than refuelling/ rearming... say 10% of the time Now t...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 16:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43431
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

sustaining the LiTM group over an extended period? A small well dock could be an extremely useful feature and take the pressure off the rest of the Amphibious logistic fleet. Why not a steel beach... a major difference in the structural design (demands)? We must remember that the FSS vessels are th...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 15:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Ocean worked as part of a group with the Albion’s, the Albion’s came in close ( built to higher standards for this ) Ocean her self sat further back A good doctrine, helping to move to STOMP (straight to objective manoeuvre...?) Canberra class for example they are based on the Spanish JC1 which is ...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 11:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 357887
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Like or not HMG / MOD have put them self in a corner with poor budgets and planning Yes, this is the real problem. More specifically the back-to-back renewal/ rebirth of carrier aviation and then Dreadnoughts - the former is a joint capability - the latter a sovereign capability. Rearranging the bu...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 11:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

example of a ship operating 6 helicopters without being a big flat top Admittedly only two, rather than "three Tiger cruisers" were converted and "would in some way replace the anti-submarine warfare role provided in the past provided by Aircraft Carriers, in theory providing twelve ...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 10:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 586
Views: 31774
Location: United Kingdom

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

shark bait wrote: developments appear to be slowing while other press on.

Watch and learn... and shipbuilding (even w/o boats included) seems to be walking a tightrope between
- investment funds available (vs. pending mass obsolescense)
- and crewing
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 10:31
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 14991
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

Everyone from the individual vehicles to the Regimental HQ need to be linked in and networked. There needed to be greater ISTAR resources available to locate and identify targets and this information needs to be got to the guns fast. I think this is the key for getting bang :) for the buck in the a...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 02:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 357887
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

are the goalposts just going to be moved to accommodate it? missions- threats -force mix (what kind of ships, fitted with what... and how many of them, within the budget and crewing constraints); that's all that matters - but I guess you said so, too, in your concluding sentence? as currently confi...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 01:30
Forum: British Army
Topic: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)
Replies: 275
Views: 14991
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AS-90 Self-Propelled Gun (Army)

I'd go with a common gun module and different carrier vehicles, as appropriate (tracked or 8x8 armoured/ unarmoured). like the Germans will,,, we just don't have the armoured howitzer, just a very mobile AS-90 - so let's build from what we've got (as money will continue to be tight)? How far can a ...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 00:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9936
Views: 599062
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

You could also have a 3rd smaller group of a/c within that which are at theatre entry standard that have specific modifications. Like for Tornados we bought only 12-14 modern helmets, aka what is std on e.g. F-35s - or, for Ch2s we bought 22 Streetfighter upgrade kits... so half a rgmnt can enter i...

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