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by Mercator
07 Jul 2019, 02:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 271
Views: 31684
Location: Australia

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Not sure if this info is already out there, but apparently the Bushmaster will be built at a Thales facility in Glasgow, if selected for MRV-P. The Australian Defence Minister apparently plans to visit: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/lreynolds/media-releases/strengthening-australias-de...
by Mercator
31 Mar 2019, 00:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 121
Views: 18142
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Because p8 an e7 are different a/c that share a common name. Sticking a big radar atop of p8 would require new engineering, an aerodynamic flight test campaign and re certification of the airframe and flight control software. For all the platitudes this is seen as a low risk, low cost build to prin...
by Mercator
15 Mar 2019, 06:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

[I'll drop this here, because it is still new information for some. And it rounds out Donald's reply.More on the Oz thread, if you like.] Not to mess up your timeline too much, Donald. But if you look at graphic, you'll see that there is actually 2 programs in that timeline. The Future Frigate and t...
by Mercator
15 Mar 2019, 04:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

2040 is a long time to believe that the hull for the replacement Hobart would be unchanged from the Hunters class or even what the requirements for this ship would be , Sure. Not unchanged, but a variant. That's just my guess. Part of me thinks I heard something official along those lines, but perh...
by Mercator
15 Mar 2019, 02:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

Also, while the first hull might not be turned over till 2026 (6 years after they start), I think they will probably start with the basic hull of the 2nd vessel around 2025. (The AWD program had 3 on the go at one point). There's probably not much risk in that. 11 vessels between 2025 and 2042 is a ...
by Mercator
15 Mar 2019, 01:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

A little old story, from https://adbr.com.au/breaking-bae-type-26-selected-for-sea-5000/ RAN T26 starts building in 2020, and the 9th hull will be delivered on 2042. I suspect - 1st hull handed-over on 2026 (6 years build). - 1 hull every 2 years, for 8 more hulls, it will give us 2042. As UK T26 s...
by Mercator
12 Feb 2019, 02:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 43267
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

They were never really "in production" aircraft anyway. They were always a mod kit to 'green' aircraft. (Actually they were pretty much painted already, IIRC.) Only 2 of ours were done at the Boeing plant in the US – and not on a line there either. The rest were done here in Australia at t...
by Mercator
29 Jan 2019, 00:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 952
Views: 87779
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

So we have sufficient trained and actually experienced air crew ready for the P-8, what about maintainers and infrastructure, do we have sufficient of the former and the latter in place yet? No this is the first set of groundcrew out on training and (i believe) that infrastructure build is still on...
by Mercator
21 Dec 2018, 04:27
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 21293
Location: Australia

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

I don't imagine many point into the sky. And members of the public were discouraged from going outside the terminals to look for them.

It's hardly a conspiracy mate.
by Mercator
20 Nov 2018, 00:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 43267
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

ArmChairCivvy wrote: there will be other allies on the scene, too


Indeed. And I bet those allies would appreciate it if you could tank their assets too. And gosh, think of the flexibility that would give operational planners...
by Mercator
03 Oct 2018, 03:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 43267
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

This just in from the Australian Defence Minister:
by Mercator
03 Oct 2018, 03:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 43267
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

The global eye feature some nice additional features, with an optical sensor and another radar on its belly it's has a mid range maritime surveillance role, as well as a ground moving target indicator to support land forces. The Boeing has nothing comparable. The E-7 radar interweaves the air to ai...
by Mercator
29 Aug 2018, 04:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 43267
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Also, something that is often overlooked here is the confidence of Australia in the aircraft (and by extension, the UK MOD). Your people have seen it in action. I doubt this is the usual chest thumping. We did not make the aircraft, we just endured the delays. By all accounts, we are extremely pleas...
by Mercator
29 Aug 2018, 04:12
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 43267
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Off set deal(s) related to the type 26 buy? Um. Boeing make the plane. It's not an Australian product. So there's nothing to offset there. The best we can do (here in Australia) is offer some training at "mates rates". It's certainly in Australia's interest to increase the pool of aircraf...
by Mercator
17 Aug 2018, 03:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 43267
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Oh and BTW, you guys were asking what Australia gets out of the UK buying the E-7? There might be some IP in there that Australia benefits from, but I believe one of the biggest gains will be in creating a bigger pool to pay for software development, spares, etc. Right now there is a sizeable bunch ...
by Mercator
17 Aug 2018, 02:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 43267
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

The choice of the ESM system probably has the greatest potential for local content and/or improvement. (It's also the greatest difference between all the Wedgtail variants). If I understand correctly, the present ESM system on the Australian Wedgetail is related to the ALR-2001 on the last upgrade t...
by Mercator
24 Jul 2018, 02:13
Forum: British Army
Topic: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)
Replies: 271
Views: 31684
Location: Australia

Re: Multi Role Vehicle – Protected - MRV(P)

Ron5 wrote:The UK are going to get the vehicles at exactly the same price as the US army.

The spares, training, service & support will be extra and tailored to the UK requirements.


Plus the FMS surcharge, of course. Whatever that's at these days.
by Mercator
01 Jun 2018, 02:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412190
Location: Australia

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Perhaps the worry is that the CMS needs to be exportable. I imagine there are restrictions on your top-of-the-line CMS.
by Mercator
22 May 2018, 14:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

well it doesn't look like there's anything in tomorrow's papers. I've just watched a late-night review program and there's nothing about Sea 5000. So it doesn't look like any quick announcements are coming tonight.
by Mercator
22 May 2018, 09:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

Are we still expecting an announcement from Australia today? I guess their working day is done now.... The National Security Committee meets tonight. Probably underway within the hour. If it's a slamdunk, you may hear something in another four hours, particularly as tomorrow's newspapers start to b...
by Mercator
21 May 2018, 02:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

If they pay for the IP and then you use that IP as a basis for another bid, well then, you're damn right they get a cut.
by Mercator
10 May 2018, 01:08
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1344
Views: 104025
Location: Australia

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Should the Bushmaster be selected for MRV (P), there is a dual cab gun towing version that was specially designed for you guys several years ago. Gabriele actually wrote about it in 2012: http://ukarmedforcescommentary.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/multi-role-vehicle-protected.html http://2.bp.blogspot.co...
by Mercator
27 Apr 2018, 01:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

If they choose the Navantia option, effectively they will be flight II AWDs. Indeed they should properly be called destroyers as well.
by Mercator
26 Apr 2018, 10:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

A RFT doesn't write your bid for you, much less the contract that the two parties agree on. When Navantia make the pitch in their TV ads that they are "ready to go", one may reasonably assume that an aggressive schedule is one of their points of differentiation from other competitors. To f...
by Mercator
26 Apr 2018, 04:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 303305
Location: Australia

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

PS. I should address the second part of your reasoning as well. With SEA1000, the politicians could set a very modest pace because there is no existing submarine building program, and hence no yard workers clamouring for the follow-on submarine. With SEA 5000, workers from the previous AWD program a...

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