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by RichardIC
17 Jul 2019, 15:41
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4134
Views: 212461
Location: United Kingdom

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

dmereifield wrote:So how many is it that we have based in the UK now across the two squadrons?


15

Three still in the States.
by RichardIC
17 Jul 2019, 12:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 43
Views: 2150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Honestly was news to me that the ones on the Darings were manual. I've even been on board one and didn't notice! TBH not sure myself and the question seems to been mulled over on this board before. There are EORs on each beam above the bridge so maybe it is an option on the 45s, although there woul...
by RichardIC
17 Jul 2019, 10:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 43
Views: 2150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

So if I'm reading this correctly the important bit isn't the gun - because the missile launcher is just a parasitic attachment to the mount - but the siting of the laser transmitter. Presumably this has been located in the EOR that's used to control the gun from a console in the ops room. So will Ma...
by RichardIC
16 Jul 2019, 14:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4134
Views: 212461
Location: United Kingdom

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

downsizer wrote:207 probably sending some jets back to Marhell later....


From various Twitter activity it looks like either five or six aircraft enroute now accompanied by three Voyager. Possible number six was a flying spare and has turned back.

#F35AtlanticCrossing in use.
by RichardIC
16 Jul 2019, 13:55
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 43
Views: 2150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile



Tested on board HMS Sutherland. If you go to @hthjones there's a thread with more info.
by RichardIC
07 Jul 2019, 10:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276044
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

You will not be surprised that I take exception to this bollocks - Scottish independence is a real possibility, it is not Little Englander to face reality and put mitigation plans in place. You seem to have a superficial admiration for Churchill, so think on this... On June 4 1940 he had two choice...
by RichardIC
07 Jul 2019, 09:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276044
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Aethulwulf, I’m sure they can build blocks, the point is the capability to assemble and launch ships would also be focused in Scotland. With the political version of Jimmy Krankie increasingly stirring up trouble, this has to be a strong factor in our decision making IMO. Getting way off topic now ...
by RichardIC
06 Jul 2019, 15:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276044
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Again, this is why I'm "OK" with Arrowhead 140, if UK selects it. But, I do not think Arrowhead 140 is superior to Leander in "all respect". Agreed Arrowhead is not superior in all respects to Leander but it is in so many respects that the superiority becomes fundamental. It'll ...
by RichardIC
06 Jul 2019, 10:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276044
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Isn’t this image from the Arrowhead 140 derivative? There is no 40mm on the T31 plans (however could be fitted later). The model is a marketing tool. It’s purely designed to show that T31 offers potential customers options. It’s not indicative of the fit out of an RN T31. As the design presented in...
by RichardIC
06 Jul 2019, 10:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 43
Views: 2150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

The Army's three round pedestal launcher for the HVM could be useful on small RN vessels and RFAs, especially if adapted to fire the LMM. Wouldn’t want to be guiding a missile from an exposed pedestal on a moving vessel in filthy weather with a heavy swell. Rather have one of these: https://www.jan...
by RichardIC
05 Jul 2019, 16:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 43
Views: 2150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

Just realised that link doesn't contain the video

by RichardIC
05 Jul 2019, 15:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276044
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Latest article from Save The Royal Navy. https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/in-focus-the-arrowhead-140-type-31e-frigate-candidate/ Most interesting bit is that all IP has now passed from Denmark to the UK. https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Arrowhead-140-Medium-Guns.jpg .
by RichardIC
05 Jul 2019, 14:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 43
Views: 2150
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

I had no idea before this video started doing the rounds that there was a MANPAD version.
by RichardIC
19 Jun 2019, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9789
Views: 415240
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

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 I've said it before but the Mk8 is a dinosaur - smart ammunition is the future and the Mk8 is never g...
by RichardIC
12 Jun 2019, 06:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27431
Location: United Kingdom

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

The Bay Class Landing Ship Dock are very versatile vessels, but really quite ugly looking.

Thanks.
by RichardIC
10 Jun 2019, 11:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2764
Views: 140775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Dahedd wrote:Is it feasible to use the 40mm cannon from the Warrior & Ajax on a naval vessel? I know Thales has the land based RapidFire air defence concept.


by RichardIC
10 Jun 2019, 09:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2764
Views: 140775
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Tempest414 wrote:or as we have seen the B1's in the Black sea


I may have missed something but when have we seen B1s in the Black Sea? HMS Echo has gone recently and there was no need to arm her to the teeth.

We've also had Border Force cutters in the Med and they're completely unarmed.
by RichardIC
06 Jun 2019, 10:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Vessels (RN)
Replies: 79
Views: 8239
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Vessels (RN)

by RichardIC
03 Jun 2019, 12:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667779
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The Armchair Soldier wrote:Apaches join HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time:


Is that the floatation gear on the inner pylons?
by RichardIC
31 May 2019, 11:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276044
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Hopefully. Anyway, my point is the license issue is one of the biggest concern to Arrowhead 140, as well as the MEKO A200 proposal. I hope clear announcement to be provided from the two teams. P.S. Babcock has a license to sell Vard7 80 and 90 OPVs. But, RNZN Otago-class OPV = Vard7 85, virtually a...
by RichardIC
30 May 2019, 15:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276044
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Do you think those sells activity is associated with a disclaimer as; "note if RN selects Arrowhead 140, you will be force to build these hull at UK, or build by your own under Babcock's technical support". Sorry, I cannot imagine such a thing to happen. I guess it will be just 1: you can...
by RichardIC
30 May 2019, 12:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667779
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

But some further thoughts on how the "loadout" on the two carriers, with a lot! of capacity, could be better: When our carriers were mainly of WW2 design (if not of construction, because so many of them sprung back to life much later)... that led to some ingenious carrier a/c designs that...
by RichardIC
30 May 2019, 09:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276044
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I think you will find that USN vessels by the end of WWII had far more AA than that. The final class of Battleships, the Iowas had 10 dual 5 inch DP guns, 20 Quadruple 40mm Bofors Guns and 49 single 20mm Oerlikons. Even their Light Cruisers by the end of the war had 6 dual 5 inch DP guns, 4 quadrup...
by RichardIC
29 May 2019, 18:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276044
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Zero smell of UK company, Babcock, involved in Iver Huitfeldt-class sales around Asia, in IMDEX Asia 2019. There are Thales, Lockheed Martine, SAAB and many companies' banner, but I cannot find Babcock there. Just an impression, I agree, but I feel more and more that, UK is just one of the "im...

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