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by RichardIC
13 Jan 2021, 17:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 266
Views: 77361
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

First UK Wedgetail arrives for conversion by STS https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/first-uk-wedgetail-arrives-for-conversion-by-sts/141909.article https://d3lcr32v2pp4l1.cloudfront.net/Pictures/780xany/0/9/8/76098_boeing_bhx_0004_103370.jpg A former Deer Jet-operated Boeing 737NG which will be m...
by RichardIC
09 Jan 2021, 10:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 331
Views: 95814
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

https://www.babcockinternational.com/news/harpoon-missile-system-in-service-support-extension-agreed/ Harpoon Missile System – In-service support extension agreed Babcock International, the Aerospace and Defence Company, is pleased to announce a further year contract extension has been agreed to con...
by RichardIC
06 Jan 2021, 14:39
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5134
Views: 974859
Location: United Kingdom

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

by RichardIC
02 Jan 2021, 09:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 679405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Did they? It really depends if your strategic horizon is 5 minutes or 5 years. "Strategic horizon"!!!? Absolutely they caved. Strategic horizon doesn't come into it. They got what they were given and failed to take back control. Do you actually think this is part of a cunning plan? Let th...
by RichardIC
01 Jan 2021, 15:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 679405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Tempest414 wrote: however this has been planned for sometime by both the RN and HMG as a show of force


Show of force against who in order to achieve what?

It's not anything to do with "our fish" because HMG caved in on that one.
by RichardIC
23 Dec 2020, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Research Vessel
Replies: 31
Views: 2538
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Research Vessel

According to STRN's review of the year: Two hydrographic vessels will be purchased to replace HMS Scott, but with additional capabilities to monitor and protect undersea cables. So maybe this is in the wrong thread. But with so little to go it seemed this was possibly a reference to the mystery Mult...
by RichardIC
21 Dec 2020, 21:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Research Vessel
Replies: 31
Views: 2538
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Research Vessel



Go to 4:09.

"We also had announced two new ocean surveillance ships to help us with our data gathering but also to help us protect critical national infrastructure and undersea cables."
by RichardIC
12 Dec 2020, 15:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 348
Views: 105565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

SKB wrote:The RAF do not own the Voyagers. AirTanker Services Ltd do, and they lease them to the RAF.
https://www.airtanker.co.uk/
https://find-and-update.company-informa ... y/06279646

Have you actually read what you're replying to?
by RichardIC
11 Dec 2020, 13:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6820
Views: 1165938
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

by RichardIC
10 Dec 2020, 22:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 331
Views: 95814
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Yep, as an interim lets have five set of NSM for the T-23 then T-31 and say forty eight LRASM for the T-26 allowing for four sets of eight to be installed routinely, with two sets in reserve ashore. That would make the RN the only user of LRASM as a ship-launched system. Is it still in active devel...
by RichardIC
01 Dec 2020, 16:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If RN wanted Absalon it would have been the T31, perhaps it should have been. Personally I think a Arrowhead 140 with alterations and additions from the Absalon design is in fact the concept to beat. An Arrowhead 160 design is a very tempting prospect. If RN deviate too far from the existing T31 pr...
by RichardIC
01 Dec 2020, 06:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6820
Views: 1165938
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Jensy wrote:However the main thing these two designs have in common is that neither is likely to ever see the light of day


Happy to stand corrected on the origin, I completely forgot there was an Arrowhead 120. But still more marketing material than a ship design.
by RichardIC
30 Nov 2020, 22:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6820
Views: 1165938
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 & Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Interesting to see VLS in the above image in B position. I wonder if that graphic came from babcock? Absolutely nowt to do with Babcock. It's a Stellar Systems Spartan CGI, which was essentially marketing bumf. http://www.stellersystems.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/07/Project-Spartan-Broch...
by RichardIC
30 Nov 2020, 12:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Have seen various posts on how the T31 with its minimal capabilities improved, we could all come up with our own wish list if funding were available, but, a big but, understand T31 contract was deliberately written so specification was set in concrete, MoD/Navy has no ability to request/fund any ch...
by RichardIC
25 Nov 2020, 16:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote:It is now, they've given it an F number plus ASW gear earmarked for the IH's.


I think that's all the confirmation needed that the support ship concept hasn't worked. But some people just seen to love 'em.
by RichardIC
24 Nov 2020, 09:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote:Is an Absalon a Frigate?


No.
by RichardIC
21 Nov 2020, 17:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1 wrote:Well you may consider the LSS is dead but the Iranians have gone a built one for 2.75m dollars


Bonkers!... and Williamson.
by RichardIC
21 Nov 2020, 16:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Caribbean wrote:As I'm sure you know, the concept is effectively being trialled at the moment, using a Bay, rather than a dedicated vessel.


Sorry for lack of clarity. I meant the LSS. That's dead.

I don't know how the LSG trial differs from any other exercise that's involved amphibious forces.
by RichardIC
21 Nov 2020, 14:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What has become of the LSS/LSG It's dead. It was Gavin Williamson's "thing". It died the moment he leaked national security details. He mentioned it in one speech and just about nothing else he mentioned in that speech has materialised either. As for the rest, maybe the Strategic Defence ...
by RichardIC
20 Nov 2020, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Research Vessel
Replies: 31
Views: 2538
Location: United Kingdom

Multi-Role Research Vessel

Speculate away.

My speculation is something like:

Image
by RichardIC
19 Nov 2020, 19:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think STRL have probably called it right in their latest editorial. If it's a new project there has to be an element of competition. They can't just hand it to Babcock. But Babcock will bid with an Arrowhead variant and it will be their's to lose - unless they're right royally screwing up on Type ...
by RichardIC
19 Nov 2020, 18:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We're going to have months of this now aren't we? And publication of the review won't clear it up.
by RichardIC
19 Nov 2020, 17:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

"We" haven't designed anything, unless you mean the removal of systems "We" couldn't afford. That's just factually incorrect. Type 31 is a British design developed from an original Danish design. You can moan about the equipment fit, and we all have, but it's a large and adaptab...
by RichardIC
19 Nov 2020, 16:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2049045
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Nope. Dumb is spending £40bn annually on defence and still be unable to cost effectively design a general purpose Frigate. We just have designed one. Do you expect Babcock to keep building Iver Huitfeildt variants forever? It's not plausible. They haven't even started yet. This is a golden opportun...

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