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by Tempest414
22 Aug 2019, 11:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 27091
Location: France

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Bang on it is more important for typhoon as it needs the launcher to translate for it where F-35 is a step ahead however if the said rock booster is designed for surface ships it could come in for Apache
by Tempest414
22 Aug 2019, 11:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 163
Views: 14714
Location: France

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

for me I have always said RBS-15 with its 300 km land attack capability would be a good option for Type 45 and 31
by Tempest414
22 Aug 2019, 10:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2846
Views: 161728
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

My point is there is stablizied mounts for LMM As I have said in the past I would go with 3 x 30mm with 5 round mounts fitted and given that both LMM and Starstreak come pack with a 15 year life and can fired from the same mount I would have ships operating out side UK waters carrying 20 LMM and 10 ...
by Tempest414
22 Aug 2019, 10:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2846
Views: 161728
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

donald_of_tokyo wrote:1: Stand-alone launcher, need to be stabilized? I'm not sure, if the system can be accurate enough without stabilization.


There is already a stablilized 8 round unit in the Aselsan / Thales UK system
by Tempest414
21 Aug 2019, 14:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 27091
Location: France

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Now this is just what I was told by one of the guys I was at Wattisham with who works for MBDA. He said that Brimstone is better in every way to Hellfire 11 also he is working on the launcher that allows Spear-3 to be launched from anything that can operate Brimstone as the launcher will translate f...
by Tempest414
20 Aug 2019, 17:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 588
Views: 48129
Location: France

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Not that I am a fan of FLSS but if it joined something like a 200 meter Enforcer able to operate 6 Merlin's off of 3 spots that would allow 10 Merlin's in two lifts of 5 helicopters allowing a ramping up if needed like so 1 - 1 x FLSS = 4 helos + 200 troops 2 - 1 x FLSS & 1 x Enforcer = 10 helos...
by Tempest414
20 Aug 2019, 12:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486617
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would agree . As for me as I have said before if we are to expand for me the best as most cost effective way is to add one more Type 26 and 3 more Type -31's to the current planning and then aim for a build of 10 type 45 replacements based on a 160 meter type 26 hull form
by Tempest414
20 Aug 2019, 12:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 916
Views: 55745
Location: France

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Lets not get carried away of that 400 EMF only 200 will be fighting troops the rest will be there for support when you take a Bay class it has a crew of 80 plus 350 troops = 430 doing the the same job less the helo support but as we have so few helos any way it will be hard to deploy more than 2 at ...
by Tempest414
19 Aug 2019, 19:10
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 27091
Location: France

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

other things being talked about was that the aircrews are split over wanting Hellfire 11 or Brimstone still a lot of love for hellfire. Is that anything to do with integration with the platform, rather than the weapon? They are looking at how LMM performs on wildcat but at its per unit cost it woul...
by Tempest414
19 Aug 2019, 18:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 27091
Location: France

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

Weird. I'm pretty sure i read that the new engines and new transmission actually delivered more useable power than the AH1's combination. Anyway, as the US Army will transition to the T901 ITEP engine in the coming years, it is pretty likely that british examples will have their engine changed as w...
by Tempest414
18 Aug 2019, 13:19
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4168
Views: 252608
Location: France

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

So when I was at Wattisham I spent a day at Marham which included a great visit to F-35 ground training unit which I can't really go into however what I picked up over the visit was when talking to a RN PO he was very pro F-35b and what it means to carrier strike however when talking to the RAF visi...
by Tempest414
18 Aug 2019, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 120542
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

for me if we want a truly flexible force of ships we should put FLSS to bed and replace the Bays , Argus and the Albion's with 2 x Enforcer 200 meter x 28 meter capable of holding 400 troops and operating 6 Merlin's from 3 spots plus 2 LCU's from the dock 2 x Enforcer 160 meter x 28 meter capable of...
by Tempest414
15 Aug 2019, 12:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 120542
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

As said for me build 4 new 200 meter Enforcers and a 200 to 210 meter Enforcer LHD all operating one hull type power plant and so on
by Tempest414
15 Aug 2019, 09:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 347
Views: 27091
Location: France

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I was at Wattisham last week and two were loaded on to lorries and taken for refit following striping down. other things being talked about was that the aircrews are split over wanting Hellfire 11 or Brimstone still a lot of love for hellfire. They are looking at how LMM performs on wildcat but at i...
by Tempest414
11 Aug 2019, 09:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3903
Views: 240030
Location: France

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

This needs to be said.... WHAT DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND ABOUT A "NEWS ONLY" THREAD? THIS T26 NEWS THREAD IS NOT THE PLACE FOR GENERAL DISCUSSION, GOSSIP, RUMOURS OR FOR SHIP REDESIGN FANTASISTS. STOP IT. NOW. :evil: If you see news about Royal Navy T26, then fine, post it here. For Aussie an...
by Tempest414
01 Aug 2019, 17:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60068
Location: France

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

What ever you want to call the soles on these ships we are seeing ships going to sea over crewed . T23 has a normal head count of 185 yet we see Montrose has 215 30 more than the norm as said we have seen T45 on deployment with a lot more than standard which could mean to much manpower for the ship'...
by Tempest414
01 Aug 2019, 14:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60068
Location: France

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

I will carry on using crew people will just need to get over it
by Tempest414
01 Aug 2019, 13:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486617
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For me the T31 program should be seen as a 25 year stop gap allowing proper planning of the escort fleet and for me we should go for 6 A140 fitted with 1x 76mm , 2 x 40mm 24 CAMM ,FFBNW 2 x Phalanx and 8 x anti ship missiles which would allow for a good patrol frigate and quick upgrade to a good pic...
by Tempest414
01 Aug 2019, 13:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60068
Location: France

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

So Montrose has 215 crew we are all seeing type 45 carrying 250 + crew
by Tempest414
31 Jul 2019, 12:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 120542
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/07/sacred-cows-die-as-marine-commandant-changes-course-on-amphibs/ This is an interesting article suggesting a change in the thinking on large amphibious ships due to their vulnerability , perhaps this relates to all navies . He doesn’t seem to give an answer though...
by Tempest414
31 Jul 2019, 07:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486617
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Do not agree. Naval is a world leader in export escort building, and FTI is designed well AFTER Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate was born. Naval knows it well. Heavily armed A140 could be "comparable to", but will never be "superior to" the FTI. Sorry Donald, can't agree with that. ...
by Tempest414
29 Jul 2019, 11:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486617
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

For me pushing forward we do need T-31 we also need to form groups which allow good coverage of tasks and better understanding from HMG. so as I have said in the past I would look for 2 x Carrier groups with 1 x Carrier , 2 x T-45 , 2 x T-23 , 1 x SSS , 1 x Tide ( all of these ships will deploy toge...
by Tempest414
28 Jul 2019, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10149
Views: 486617
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As much as I want to see the RN grow we need to do this the right way first step is to retain the key manpower needed second is to recruit and train new people and at the same time build a new fleet of ships that need less crew and can give more sea going days
by Tempest414
28 Jul 2019, 03:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60068
Location: France

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

I would have to say 6 frigates in or waiting for refit is a ship problem not a manpower problem anyway I am back in the UK next week for 2 weeks and at Wattisham and Marham for one of those weeks and it turns out a mate of mine will be there to who is on the CAMM team now so I will dig up what I can
by Tempest414
28 Jul 2019, 02:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 60068
Location: France

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

donald_of_tokyo wrote:
clivestonehouse1 wrote:She'll have to wait quite a while.
There's already 3 in the FSC sheds and 2 in the basin.
May be her crew is needed for a LIFEX T23 to come back to the fleet. RN is just lacking crew, not hull.


or she is just knackered and needs a refit

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