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by Tempest414
21 Apr 2019, 09:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9297
Views: 292385
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Given that we have gone with CAMM for the Navy, Army and RAF anti air missile have we miss a trick and should we have gone for a M777 based gun for our navel ships , self propelled gun and field gun all using the same standard round and extended round
by Tempest414
18 Apr 2019, 11:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9297
Views: 292385
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Depends how you are going to use the 4 SSM my thinking is that they would be there to help our patrol ship to get away in terms of firing them to force a attacker to take avoiding action and giving it time to get away

Also my fantasy 24 would 16 T-26 and 8 T-45 replacements but it will never happen
by Tempest414
18 Apr 2019, 09:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9297
Views: 292385
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For me this thing of 24 escorts will need to come over time if it comes at all but for me if there is a true push for more escorts I would go about it like so . First add one more full fat T-26 next make T-31 a six ship order with a 2 billion pound budget and build two batches of three like so Batch...
by Tempest414
16 Apr 2019, 10:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9297
Views: 292385
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For me T-31 should be fitted with 24 CAMM as all missiles and there launch systems should be coming out of the 13 billion pound missile budget and not the T-31 budget.
by Tempest414
16 Apr 2019, 08:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23257
Location: France

Re: Merlin helicopters

Are Poland still looking for up to 50 battle field lift helicopters if so this could be a foot in the door deal
by Tempest414
16 Apr 2019, 08:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Lord Jim wrote:How does CROWSNEST compare to the current version of the Hawkeye. Can the former transfer its intel via datalinks to the vessels in the Carrier Group as well as the F-35s and other aircraft?


The old Sea-King AEW had Link 16 so I should hope the new platform will have this as a base line
by Tempest414
15 Apr 2019, 16:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9297
Views: 292385
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For me now if the RN /MOD want to grow the ecsort fleet it will have to be baby steps like add a T31 to the end of the order to make it 6 then do the same with the T26 to make it 9 and then order 8 T45 replacements
by Tempest414
15 Apr 2019, 16:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A simple the French only have 2 AEW would have been good enough but clearly you needed to get a tissue out but as the french have 3 Hawkeye we are both wrong
by Tempest414
15 Apr 2019, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Also worth noting the French operate 3 operational rafale sqns to support there naval air wing we intend to operate 2 at this time. However one will have OCU as part of its day to day duties so what we are seeing on this current deployment with 30 jets is CDG in surge with 2.5 sqn's little or no AS...
by Tempest414
14 Apr 2019, 17:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

topman wrote:and that cycle would continue each year?


As long as the jets are available and what the carrier is being sent to do
by Tempest414
14 Apr 2019, 15:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If I'm reading your post right, you think 3 FAA badged sqns from JFL will deploy 30 aircraft out 30 to two different locations at the same time? No what I am saying is 20 jets = 2 sqn's would deploy with HMS QE on a 7 to 9 month deployment in year one when they return home the 2 sqn's would adapt a...
by Tempest414
14 Apr 2019, 12:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

topman wrote:Its the numbers you're talking of being deployed to the aircraft carrier or anywhere else, that is unrealistic.


Why ?
by Tempest414
14 Apr 2019, 12:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

he air fleets being discussed are completely devote of any reality what is currently the situation or likely to be. Until 6 months ago a Point class FLSS was devoid of any reality. I agree CH -53K wil not happen but as for having 5 sqn's of F-35 with 10 jets in each or the FAA having 3 sqn's of 10 ...
by Tempest414
14 Apr 2019, 11:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It would be interesting to know if the MOD ever seriously costed the possibility of a dozen fully marinised Chinooks with powered folding rotors. They really would be a game changer for the Commando Helicopter Force. the cost for the UK alone to do all the mods needed just for 12 air-frame will be ...
by Tempest414
14 Apr 2019, 10:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Personally, I see the need for a capability to surge 4 frontline Sqds of 12 F35B a/c with the ability to integrate & operate USMC sqds from the two CVFs as sufficient for both Carrier Strike and air defence for a task force, given overall priorities. Add the reserve, OCU and experimental a/c pr...
by Tempest414
14 Apr 2019, 08:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

IMO what’s needed to make the most of the carriers and give the over all fleet the aircraft it needs is something like this - 12 x V-22 for COD and AAR 24 x Merlin ( 12 ASW and 12 Jungly ) 30 x V-247 ( 10 AEW, 10 EW and 10 Attack ) 12 x Chinook marines upgrade Wildcat attack upgrade FAA access to a...
by Tempest414
13 Apr 2019, 14:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RichardIC wrote:No solution then?


Sorry No solution to what then ? if this is a question on the escort problem it was not me you put the question to so I would not reply if it is a to the aircraft problem then I have put forward a number of options
by Tempest414
13 Apr 2019, 11:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

- It's going to have the worlds best strike fighter in F-35 - UK F-35B with Asraam CSP and Meteor will be the best fleet interceptor ever fielded by any nation - Merlin HM.2 the best shipborne ASW on earth - Merlin Crowsnest - A very good AEW solution, maybe not as good as E-2D, but still up there ...
by Tempest414
13 Apr 2019, 09:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Yes we can take land based helicopters and use them on the Carriers but they are limited in that they take a lot of time and work to fold up the rotors and to much room if you don't ( we have seen 1 Chinook unfolded takes up the space of 4 folded Merlin's ) plus they have limited protection from sea...
by Tempest414
12 Apr 2019, 22:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519093
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RichardIC wrote:I'm all in favour of discussing issues in order of priority, but the whole issue of carrier strike sustainability is a priority. There is a deficit of escorts. What's your solution?


There is also a deficit in all aircraft types that will be operated from them
by Tempest414
12 Apr 2019, 08:39
Forum: British Army
Topic: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 455
Views: 24389
Location: France

Re: Warrior Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Soldiers aren't assets. Assets have value but are ultimately replaceable. Soldiers are not. But Soldiers are seen as Expendable by HMG / MOD as proven by the lack of kit they are afforded High value assets are battle winning assets. If this is the definition then each and every common garden soldie...
by Tempest414
11 Apr 2019, 18:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 48
Views: 3244
Location: France

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

What about a South African G-6 Rhino
by Tempest414
10 Apr 2019, 17:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71993
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I do get cost and budgets but there is more to it than just cost alone like you can fit one Merlin into a C-17 but can get two NH-90's into a C-17 and so on. Now I am not saying NH-90 is the best fit but there is a lot to take into account but my main point is what ever replaces the Puma fleet shoul...
by Tempest414
10 Apr 2019, 15:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71993
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I may be wrong but I feel the RAF would want something about the same size as puma which NH-90 is. Merlin is a fair bit bigger than both of these and I just feel that a good mix for JHC would be

35 x NH-90 MTT
25 x Merlin HC-4
55 x Chinook
by Tempest414
10 Apr 2019, 11:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71993
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

So who would operate these? As they are operating off maritime platforms then the FAA could lay claim to them as a way to supplement the Merlin HC4 fleet. I know that in principle all transport helicopters are gathered under JHC, but historically those at see are flown by the FAA. The NH-90 MTT wou...

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