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by Blackstone
01 Aug 2020, 19:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: The loss of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse 10 December 1941
Replies: 26
Views: 4340
Location: United States of America

Re: The loss of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse 10 December 1941

The decision to send a Froce to Singapore was reasonable in the pre-December 7th world, but it's important to remember the limits of what deterrence can achieve when up against someone sufficiently determined to act. The RN could have put more ships in the East, the Dutch could have built their batt...
by Blackstone
09 Jul 2020, 00:16
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 271
Views: 85319
Location: United States of America

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Other documents have discussed adding UAVs with distributed sensors to their AWACs fleet, an "E7B"with new/modernized radar could also fall under that line item, or they may be planning to take a look at whatever systems USAF finally coughs up to replace E-3&8.
by Blackstone
08 Jul 2020, 22:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12812
Views: 2777278
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Why would Germany want a carrier? Never really had one before. Purely for their own needs they don't, and likely couldn't make it happen in any kind of reasonable time frame unless they bought from someone else. But a joint carrier project presents possibilities depending on its shape. A purely Fre...
by Blackstone
07 Feb 2020, 16:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12812
Views: 2777278
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Interesting if feasible. https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/boeing-to-conduct-ski-jump-trials-for-super-hornet/ Would give the UK access to tankers & ew support from Growlers. Discuss :?: Something to remember for when discussion of the carriers' major mid-life refits gets serious, but highly unli...
by Blackstone
27 Jan 2020, 01:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6832
Views: 1297897
Location: United States of America

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

so I assume that a semi submersible barge will be used. an instant buoyancy test, the USN way, is much more fun, with a bigger splash! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_wnwFpw26g MM will, thankfully, cease chucking hulls into the river sideways if they win FFGX. That is, if the synchrolift can surv...
by Blackstone
14 Jan 2020, 01:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13062
Views: 2293366
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote:Isn't this what the USN is aiming its planned Future large Surface Combatant at, it replacement for the Ticonderoga class replacement?

Depends which Admiral you talk to, on which day, sadly.
by Blackstone
24 Nov 2019, 20:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12812
Views: 2777278
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

They could also lily-pad off the escorts, fueling mid-mission from a Frigate while the carrier continues Lighting ops or whatever else.
by Blackstone
14 Nov 2019, 19:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1143
Views: 292899
Location: United States of America

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

It's pylons. Even with standardized pylons, fit checks still happen. Have to check ground handling clearances, load distribution, etc.
by Blackstone
03 Nov 2019, 16:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 750
Views: 201531
Location: United States of America

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

by Blackstone
29 Oct 2019, 04:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1737
Views: 392345
Location: United States of America

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Nicholas Drummond's idea for a Boxer based Brit Centauro complete with 120m gun. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EH9uQyvWoAMnTIZ?format=jpg&name=medium I imagine such a concept is definitely coming, but oh my does the looming Great British Tank Fight seem daunting. Maybe better to "settle"...
by Blackstone
23 Oct 2019, 18:54
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1106
Views: 264458
Location: United States of America

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

The turret ring on Ajax was sized for a larger weapon than 40mm as direct fire was part of the original concept family. Lots of talk about 105 and 120 mm but could 76mm with Vulcano guided rounds be made to work Vulcano may have direct-fire capability, but it's really an artillery round with a diff...
by Blackstone
17 Oct 2019, 05:14
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1106
Views: 264458
Location: United States of America

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

The Ajax-based GDLS entry for Mobile Protected Firepower, in miniature


Between the 105mm and Ajax DNA, there's a lot of potential here if the UK is interested in a small buy of MPF (or-like) vehicles.
by Blackstone
15 Oct 2019, 05:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12812
Views: 2777278
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Looks like that 4th F-35 is already tucked behind the forward island in the "first landings" video, could be a training bird for the deck crew.
by Blackstone
09 Oct 2019, 04:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1106
Views: 264458
Location: United States of America

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Just covering my 6 'O' Clock there. Thanks for the info. Is the OMFV also aimed at re equipping the Stryker Brigades or are the US Army looking at creating a new style of "Cavalry" units as well as replacing the M2/M3? They've been less than clear about long-term plans for the Styker BCTs...
by Blackstone
08 Oct 2019, 18:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1106
Views: 264458
Location: United States of America

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

Wasn't the whole OMFV supposed to be based on a proven existing platform? It is a bit like GM trying to get SAAB to base there last car on an existing GM Vauxhall/Opel design with minimum changes yet they went ahead and changes over 90% of the platform. So how much is actually proven and in service...
by Blackstone
08 Oct 2019, 04:18
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1106
Views: 264458
Location: United States of America

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2019/10/04/lynx-41-disqualified-from-bradley-replacement-competition/ GDLS remains the only horse in the race for the Bradley replacement, with Griffin/ASCOD/Ajax. Could be seeing a US/UK shared hull. My dream on it is that in the end the UK, US, AUS and CAN would a...
by Blackstone
06 Oct 2019, 16:51
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 1106
Views: 264458
Location: United States of America

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2019/10/04/lynx-41-disqualified-from-bradley-replacement-competition/ GDLS remains the only horse in the race for the Bradley replacement, with Griffin/ASCOD/Ajax. Could be seeing a US/UK shared hull. My dream on it is that in the end the UK, US, AUS and CAN would a...
by Blackstone
03 Oct 2019, 16:47
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 439
Views: 139809
Location: United States of America

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

Puzzled by why the Boxer RCH155 isn't everyone's favorite for the BA requirement. Chassis commonality - check Protection - check Tactical mobility - check Strategic mobility - check High UK content - check Shoot & scoot - check What's not to like? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EEIBJriU8AIPMaY?for...
by Blackstone
25 Sep 2019, 05:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12812
Views: 2777278
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Made a massive boob folks it wasn’t Poseidon it was the Wedgetail. This opinion is known to lurk on this side of the pond as well, and at least shares some portion of the blame for the relatively lethargic pace of our own AWACs recap. That said, I still side with those who find a dedicated aircraft...
by Blackstone
22 Sep 2019, 16:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12812
Views: 2777278
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

YouTube navalist Drachinifel shares some slides from his visits to both carriers during this stream, starting around 10:24 in case the timestamp feature bugs out.
by Blackstone
18 Sep 2019, 04:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 193
Views: 71344
Location: United States of America

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

Why not the Thales rapidfire https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/defence/rapidfire The RAPIDFire system has also been designed to enable firing of the STARStreak missile system, a Very Short Range Air Defence missile system with a speed in excess of Mach 3 and a range of around 7km. The combin...
by Blackstone
17 Sep 2019, 20:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13062
Views: 2293366
Location: United States of America

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Scimitar54 wrote:How about the "Battle" Class ? :idea:

Given how often they've mentioned 3 centerline turrets "bringing back the broadside." They should just call them the Broadside class. Or maybe just name them all after types of naval guns.
by Blackstone
17 Sep 2019, 17:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 193
Views: 71344
Location: United States of America

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

NickC wrote:Correction,
The DARPA 57 Madfires in R&D, as yet not adopted by USN, is rocket powered to give longer range, the trade-off will be smaller fragmentation warhead reducing its Pk.

MAD-FIRES is a hit-to-kill interceptor.
by Blackstone
05 Sep 2019, 05:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 808
Views: 221297
Location: United States of America

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

https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1169146866224775168 HMS Kent passes through the Suez Canal on her way to the Gulf Via Intrepid_Sailor Interestingly, "mush room heads" are all taken off from her CAMM launchers. Presumably "ready to fire", or simply Mediterranean environmen...
by Blackstone
04 Sep 2019, 05:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12812
Views: 2777278
Location: United States of America

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

There's no need to sail back with them. What's the point? They would have to fly off before QE reached Portsmouth anyway. Would it not save a fair amount of expensive fuel? Well, it depends what you do with the time. If they're just loaded on and shipped across like cargo, that's saving fuel but it...

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