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by Tempest414
19 Jun 2019, 12:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361708
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A bit of fantasy here so sorry up front but could it be a good move for the RN to move to a mix of 76 mm and 40 mm for both the T-45 and the T-31 and do away with the 114 mm the 30 mm and Phalanx on these ships to have a armament like so Type 45 1 x 76 mm with HE , DART & Vulcano rounds for anti...
by Tempest414
19 Jun 2019, 11:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361708
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I am personally not surprised even if the 114 mm gun of T45 be replaced with 57 mm gun. It will save a lot of weight and internal space, which means adding "XX" to T45 be more easy. Given that T-45 will be taken up with carrier escort the 114 mm gun will become less and less important. Al...
by Tempest414
19 Jun 2019, 10:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 133
Views: 9633
Location: France

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Has anything been heard regarding the interim replacement for the Harpoon for the Royal Navy? We could do with something being brought into service sooner rather than latter surely? Still think RBS 15 Mk-3 would be a good stop gap as this could give both T-45 and T-31 a anti ship and land attack ca...
by Tempest414
19 Jun 2019, 09:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 133
Views: 9633
Location: France

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I think somewhere about mid late 2021
by Tempest414
18 Jun 2019, 07:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 36
Views: 1587
Location: France

Re: Royal Marines boats

As most if not all tests can be done from a ship at anchor and instead of taking a Bay out of the loop move Bulwark out to a safe point and conduct tests from her
by Tempest414
17 Jun 2019, 09:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243223
Location: France

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Lets say the type 31 is a Leander and it is fitted with Artsain radar BAE / CMS 1 x 57mm with 3P ammo ( capable of engaging air and surface targets at 8km 2 x 40mm with 3P ammo ( capable of engaging air and surface targets at 7km 24 x CAMM ( capable of giving an unbrella of air cover up to 1000km2 a...
by Tempest414
16 Jun 2019, 13:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 36
Views: 1587
Location: France

Re: Royal Marines boats

What could be done in the here and now is send 3 Archer class boats fitted with the 20mm cannon that they are FFBNW plus 2 x minigun's .
by Tempest414
15 Jun 2019, 17:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243223
Location: France

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Now maybe your maths are different from mine, however 24 (-2) = 22. 2 x 3 cell EXLS (I presume that you intend that they be "Quad Packed") = 24. So we have 22 + 24 = giving the ship a total capacity of 46 x CAMM. Very useful indeed. the New Leander images seem to show 24 CAMM 6 in each tu...
by Tempest414
15 Jun 2019, 11:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243223
Location: France

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Looking at the images above is the hangar taller than before maybe Merlin capable ?
by Tempest414
15 Jun 2019, 10:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243223
Location: France

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

There is simply no money in the budget for offensive weapons and the only offensive punch comes from the Helicopter so instead of a GP frigate it should be looked at as global patrol frigate. I think more can be done to Leander to make it a good local area defence escort like change the two 30mm for...
by Tempest414
13 Jun 2019, 17:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 603905
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

As for the the harbour tour it happens all over I was at RAF Museum Hendon once and over herd a group tour where the guided did not know what a Jaguar was
by Tempest414
11 Jun 2019, 08:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123447
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

RichardIC wrote:I may have missed something but when have we seen B1s in the Black Sea?


Sorry you were right it was not the black sea it was HMS Mersey in the Aegean sea
by Tempest414
11 Jun 2019, 08:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123447
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Clive F wrote:A quick observation / comment. The B2 rivers are more sophisticated than B1, but have a bigger crew. Is the extra crew worth the extra capacity?


I would say not if used in the UK EEZ role but in the low end global patrol role for which they are being lined for the bigger crew is plus
by Tempest414
11 Jun 2019, 08:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123447
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

It looks like one or two companies have put some good work into naval mounts for LMM I have seen it said and seen images of LMM and Starstreak HVM on the same mount if this is right its a lot of weapon for the money ( I have seen £7000 a missile ).
by Tempest414
10 Jun 2019, 10:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123447
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Echo has gone recently and there was no need to arm her to the teeth. Well lets look at it Echo class 2 x 20mm , 2 x miniguns , 4 x GPMG B2 River 1 x 30mm , 2 x miniguns , 2 x GPMG Looks to me the Echos are pretty well armed. And I for one do not think that 1 x 40mm and upto 16 LMM plus small a...
by Tempest414
10 Jun 2019, 09:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123447
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

No it is not in the Navy but it is in the MOD. For me the point is if we are going to send the B2's off on patrols in the med or as we have seen the B1's in the Black sea then maybe we need to look at there ability to defend them self and I think the sweet spot is 1 x 40mm Mk-4 Bofors with 3P ammo a...
by Tempest414
09 Jun 2019, 12:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123447
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I would agree that any upgrade to the B2's needs to be inline with its role and where it is likely to operate. For me a lot depends on the T-31 winner and what armament is fitted. From the latest info on A-140 and Leander it looks like Phalanx is out and will not be fitted if this is true then for m...
by Tempest414
07 Jun 2019, 14:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 298
Views: 24076
Location: France

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

You beat me to it I was about to say all the Bay were deployed right now top effort from the RFA
by Tempest414
07 Jun 2019, 14:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 298
Views: 24076
Location: France

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Looks like the US are making good use of the Bays for MCM trials I just hope we are taking it all in
by Tempest414
07 Jun 2019, 08:02
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 326
Views: 20295
Location: France

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

All good questions I will put them on the list
by Tempest414
06 Jun 2019, 12:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Vessels (RN)
Replies: 79
Views: 7074
Location: France

Re: Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Vessels (RN)

RichardIC wrote:https://twitter.com/Gabriel64869839/status/1136563355722899456


well hopefully we will what the bidders come with
by Tempest414
05 Jun 2019, 23:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 326
Views: 20295
Location: France

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

I will be spending a week at Wattisham in the summer where I will also be visiting Marham , Honington and 16 air Assault at Colchester so if there are any questions anyone would liked asked I would be happy to put them forward but please no silly questions
by Tempest414
05 Jun 2019, 09:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123447
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

We are now at a point where we have ships like the bay class were we can carry in numbers unmanned boats, patrol boats or some marines or a couple of helicopter or some stores and the role of that ship changes accordingly dependant on what it’s carrying. Taking a leap these vessels would replace yo...
by Tempest414
04 Jun 2019, 23:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123447
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

so I see some good footage of land based gun crews firing from landing craft
by Tempest414
04 Jun 2019, 23:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123447
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

there is some hope in that the type 26 will be fitted with the mk-45 gun which can use Vulcano rounds which means the ship can stand off more as the new round has a claimed 90km range over the mk-8s 27km's. We are still low on numbers of both ships

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