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by RichardIC
19 Jun 2019, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9634
Views: 370358
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: 298
Views: 24847
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: 2719
Views: 126256
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: 2719
Views: 126256
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: 7478
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: 9956
Views: 615007
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: 5893
Views: 248236
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: 5893
Views: 248236
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: 9956
Views: 615007
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: 5893
Views: 248236
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: 5893
Views: 248236
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...
by RichardIC
29 May 2019, 12:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 248236
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

PS The DS30 Mk 2 is of very limited capability as a CIWS to counter air or missile attacks, it's fitted with the US ATK MK44 30x173mm Bushmaster Chain Gun, a low RPM of approx of 200 and as it uses an uncooled barrel only able to fire a limited number shots in burst of 5 secs ~ 16 rounds for before...
by RichardIC
29 May 2019, 09:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 44998
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Poiuytrewq wrote:The initial FSS concepts incorporated a floodable well dock.

http://ukarmedforcescommentary.blogspot ... -ship.html


You're confusing "concept art" with detailed design, which is something that happens on here all the time.
by RichardIC
24 May 2019, 18:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 248236
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What really puzzles me is that when he is demonstrating the Chinook capable flight deck at 3.36 you can also clearly make out two Phalanx mounts port and starboard above the hanger which seems like overkill somewhat, also they would appear to severe!y restrict the arcs of the aft 40 mm? My thoughts...
by RichardIC
15 May 2019, 15:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3802
Views: 192439
Location: United Kingdom

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

Just a line from Penny Mourdant's keynote speech to the Seapower Conference today. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/defence-secretary-keynote-speech-at-the-sea-power-conference-2019 What is the point of running on old vessels and delaying new ones and running up massive costs in the process? T...
by RichardIC
15 May 2019, 14:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 8406
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Yes p8 has different wings, different fuselage, different fuel tank system, different engines, different avionics but yes apart from that it the same a 737ng Yup. P-8 is not a converted 737NG. It's a military aircraft based upon the 737NG in the same way Nimrod was based on the last version of the ...
by RichardIC
29 Apr 2019, 22:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 10317
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

Now as the tone in the quoted bit below is about as irritating (=rude) as that certain Mark Francois "I was in the Army... therefore I won't lose " let me insert some italics, rather than chop the quote up into 'atoms': " Yeah, you're right there. I only ever seem to get angry and ru...
by RichardIC
29 Apr 2019, 21:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 10317
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

I’d argue, regardless of the number of SSSs that are built for the CSGs (2 or 3), focusing Ft Victoria as a core of a EoS Littoral Task Group would give an asset that would actually allow a different thinking on the T31e, and actually just be a extension on what it has been up to for a number of ye...
by RichardIC
26 Apr 2019, 11:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 393
Views: 28240
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

So the all-up price Poland is paying is roughly £320 million (1.65 bn zloty). That 90 million euros figure was clearly nonsense and only related to offsets. I'd embed the full Tweets from the Polish MoD but they contain characters that aren't supported by this board. You can find them at @MON_GOV_PL...
by RichardIC
21 Apr 2019, 13:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 307
Views: 23774
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

I've no knowledge of this but ref the earlier discussions on the Lynx AH9 & the need for a light utility. We're the AH9 & the navy's lynx not rushed out of service too quickly to make way for the wildcat or were they all knackered . Would it not have made more sense to retain some for the a...
by RichardIC
13 Apr 2019, 15:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9956
Views: 615007
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

You're right. I apologise. Post in haste...
by RichardIC
13 Apr 2019, 14:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9956
Views: 615007
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:There is also a deficit in all aircraft types that will be operated from them


No solution then?
by RichardIC
12 Apr 2019, 21:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9956
Views: 615007
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

No SAM’s will be fitted to eithe CVF, other wise the RN would need to justify the T45 at £1 billion a pop. USN has armed carriers escorted by ABs and Ticos. There are more pressing need to be met before a discussion on arming CVF. I'm all in favour of discussing issues in order of priority, but the...
by RichardIC
09 Apr 2019, 22:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 248236
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If Bae/CL ask "may we remove, refurbish, re-warrant CMS, Artisan and CAMM from the T23's at our expense? and then re-install on the Type 31?" and the MoD says yes, why should that be revealed to Babcocks? If Babcocks asks "may we built the T31 blocks in low cost Romania before shippi...

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